Brace yourself – last night’s episode of Glee was an homage to the 1977 classic, Saturday Night Fever. Yes, polyester suits were involved. Whenever the New Directions weren’t covering songs by the Bee Gees, Mr. Schue was pushing them to figure out what they want to do with their lives (he was extra pushy on Finn, Mercedes and Santana). So, put your boogie shoes on and let’s go over ‘Saturday Night Glee-ver’.

The Players:

  • Director: Eric Stoltz
  • Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
  • Cast: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum, Jr., Cheyenne, Darren Criss, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, and Mike O’Malley

Episode Title: “Saturday Night Glee-ver”

Will becomes concerned that several of his students do not have a certain direction for their future, so he attempts to motivate them through the ’70s movie Saturday Night Fever and its Bee Gees–infused soundtrack. While some of the glee club members put the lesson to use in order to see their future clearer, it influences others to help their significant others’ future. Meanwhile, Roz Washington returns with a goal of stealing control of the Cheerios away from Sue Sylvester, and a student from Vocal Adrenaline seeks words of wisdom from Kurt and Mercedes.

The Good:

  • Jesse St. James: Rachel’s ex-boo has taken over Vocal Adrenaline. We only see him for two brief moments, but he’s as witty and funny as ever. He’s manner of speaking super-speedy fast is admirable.
  • Unique: Vocal Adrenaline member Wade Adams  (Alex Newell) showed up for the first time at McKinley High. He stopped by to tell Mercedes and Kurt that he’s their biggest fan and to gain some perspective on a troubling issue – cross dressing. You see, Wade has another personality called Unique, who happens to be a girl. After giving it some hard thought Wade decides to perform, with Vocal Adrenaline, as Unique (which upsets Jesse). Unique was amazing; and his performance of “Boogie Shoes” was the best performance of the night. Watch out New Directions, this kid could own you at Nationals.
  • Santana’s ‘I’m Going To Be Famous’ Speech: Santana can be very arrogant and narrow-minded sometimes. She’s an honest person, but she’s not always aware of what she’s saying. She gives this elaborate speech to Mr. Schue and the New Directions about fame, saying that all she wants is to be famous. Brittany takes this as a hint and sets out to help Santana accomplish her dream by putting out a sex tape feat. Santana, Brittany and a cat. It works. Santana become the center of attention at school, but later realizes that she wants to do something of substance. Overall, the whole ‘fame monster’ thing was a good idea because fame is not something to aspire to.
  • Finn Figures It Out: After months of moping and whining as to what he was going to do with his life, Finn finally figures it out. It’s what we thought all along – he wants to be an actor and follow Rachel to New York. Hey, at least he figured it out and now we can move on.

The So-So:

  • Disco Theme: I’m going to say this once – Disco Sucks! Why is Glee some eager/keen to bring back the the 70s? Please stop.
  • Quinn’s MIA: And where was Quinn during all of this? She’s MIA and no one even mentions her name and whereabouts. That was odd.
  • Finn/Rachel: These two are just too much for TV. They’re better off alone than together. They’re just so in love, it’s disturbing.

The Music:

  • “You Should Be Dancing,” Bee Gees  Blaine, Brittany and Mike start the episode with a song-and-dance number of “You Should Be Dancing”.
  • “Night Fever,” The Bee Gees – Everyone gets into the disco spirit and grooves to “Night Fever” in hopes of winning a 70s polyester suit.
  • “Disco Inferno” The Trammps – Mercedes grooves while Sam records.
  • “If I can’t Have You,” Bee Gees –  Santana dedicates this number to fame.
  • “How Deep Is Your Love,” Bee Gees – Rachel apologizes for being a self-centered jerk ad sings to Finn.
  • “Boogie Shoes” KC and the Sunshine Band – Unique gives an awesome performance of “Boogie Shoes”.
  • “More Than A Woman,” Bee Gees –  Finn realizes what he wants to do with his life and performs an imaginary dance number with Rachel.
  • “Sayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees – Finn, Mercedes and Santana strut a la John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.

Overall:

The 70s homage to the Bee Gees and Saturday Night Fever didn’t really work, but there were some nice special guests and performances that made the episode worthwhile. Plus, we finally put a lid on the whole ‘I don’t know what to do with my life’/Finn situation.

Rating: 6.5/10

Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on FOX.

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