In the real world, a Sadie Hawkins dance is a chance for teenage girls to take charge. But in Glee, it allows them to ask guys out through elaborate singing and dance numbers. Last night, the New Directions returned with a fierce face and a crazy conspiracy theory. Here’s how it all went down.

The Players:

  • Director: Bradley Buecker
  • Writer: Ross Maxwell
  • Cast: 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, Dean Geyer, Melissa Benoist

Episode Title: “Sadie Hawkins”

Kurt starts at NYADA and has trouble making friends. Sam investigates whether the Dalton Academy Warblers cheated when they won the Sectionals competition. The glee club ladies organize a Sadie Hawkins dance at McKinley High. Meanwhile, Rachel moves forward in her relationship with Brody.

The Good:

  • The Conspiracy: The Warblers won Sectionals fair and square — except they didn’t. A suspicious Sam uncovers that Dalton Academy’s singing group cheated for the top prize. He gets former-Warbler Blaine Anderson to back him up when he tells Finn that they have another shot at the competition. We understand how cheesy it is to follow a conspiracy theory about glee clubs and show tunes, but this new storyline is exciting. It’s turned Glee into a procedural drama!
  • Sadie Hawkins Shenanigans: The girls take advantage of their role-reversal. But even when the balls in your court, it’s always nerve-racking to put yourself out there. This episode handled that feeling flawlessly. 
  • Tina’s Gay Crush: Tina’s going through that stage in her life where she’s in love with someone impossible – Blaine. Sadie Hawkins was her idea so she could ask him to the dance (which she did via song). Her performance was devastating. Blaine’s face during it was hilarious – so clueless, happy and innocent. He didn’t know he was getting asked out by a girl. And when Tina popped the question, he said no.

Best Lines:

  • “I had every flavor of Cheerio you could imagine – original, honey nut.” –Puck
  • “You have to resist that God-loving little devil.” –Puck
  • “I know how to spell. Leave my brother a-l-o-n.” –Puck
  • “We’re not flowers. We’re losers.” –Lauren

The Bad:

  • The Becky Character: Becky is a great character. But lately she’s been a bit of a clown. We love her confidence, but shouldn’t the writers draw the line somewhere? Her sexy dancing and blunt statements are beginning to feel unnatural. It’s like they’re just done to amuse us, not because she’s actually sure of herself. Are we over-thinking this one? 
  • The Cheesiest Couple Ever: We were rooting for Rachel and Brody since the beginning. But what was up with Rachel’s little drama scene? She totally overreacted when he showed up 45 minutes late. Then she asks him to move in with her? We get that she’s trying to be spontaneous, but she’s smarter than that.

The Music:

  • “I Don’t Know How To Love Him,” Jesus Christ Superstar – Tina is humiliated in front of the whole Glee club, including Blaine. 
  • “Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix-A-Lot – NYADA’s show choir performs an awful, laid-back version of “Baby Got Back  This song should not be sung, it’s best left as a rap.
  • “Tell Him ,” The Exciters Brittany offers to help Marley gain some confidence. The Glee girls perform a super fun number. Heck, even the dancing is great. Marley has never looked so beautiful. She looks happiest when she’s performing.
  • “No Scrubs,” TLC – The New Direction boys put on a sexy number at the school dance. The girls go a little crazy.
  • “Locked Out Of Heaven,” Bruno Mars – The girls take the stage at the Sadie Hawkins dance. The performance is energetic and well-choreographed, but not as sexy as the guy’s.
  • “I Only Have Eyes For You,” The Flamingos Ryder serenades everyone with a slow song. 

Overall:

“Sadie Hawkins” was a great comeback episode. We appreciated the subtle humor, drama and suspense. We can’t wait to see what Sam, Blaine and Finn are going to do about the Warblers. Also, we’ve realized that Marley is definitely the new Rachel. But she’s not as dramatic, which is a good thing.

Rating: 9/10

Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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