Mercedes – Disco Inferno
Rin says: I love love loved this performance because it was so incredibly fun and upbeat, and just had a lot more oomph in it than the other disco numbers. It was also nice to see Mercedes, Brittany and Santana get down and boogie, without the need for random Cheerios backing them up. The whole red/black colouring thing was gorgeous too! It was also kinda sad because that final shot? What does it remind you of? SAY A LITTLE PRAYER, perhaps?
I’d have to say my runners up in terms of performances was Boogie Shoes. What can I say man? Vocal Adrenaline, they’re gonna be tough to beat. AND ON THAT NOTE. JESSE ST JAMES I AM SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU BACK AND BEING AS BEAUTIFUL AND STUPID AS EVER.
Sophy says: There’s probably nothing I enjoy more than when they do that thing where they’re walking through the halls in their school clothes, and one of them bursts into song like you do because why not and also it’s Glee, and then the others start getting all synchronized and back-uppy, and then suddenly there’s lights and an audience and it’s all BAM I HAVE A SLINKY RED DRESS ON AND I AM ROCKING YOUR WORLDS, HELLO.
Sudden costume changes are to me what mobiles are to babies.
For me this was definitely the stand-out performance of the episode. Amber nailed it, and like Rin said, it was great to see Mercedes, Britt and Santana being Mercedes, Britt and Santana. Not the ~Troubletones. And yes, my first thought was ‘Omg it’s so cute how Brittana are backing Mercedes up just like they used to back Quinn up’ and then my second thought hot on its heels was ‘Unholy trinity :-.’
Because there should be more of those three. There really, really should be.
But enough of that, let’s focus on how brilliant this was. So much energy, so much fire, and so much adorableness to boot.
And I agree with Rin, the only other performance that was a contender was the Vocal Adrenaline one. Unique was a fabulous performer, but unfortunately my overall enjoyment of the character was slightly diminished by the fact that from where I was sitting Alex Newell really could not act. At all. And by the fact that I’m not interested in seeing Jesse St James wasted all over again as the nasty mean coach who has no significant emotional ties to anyone like oh say Rachel Berry?
We all know that in the real world he would be breaking up Finchel like some kind of real-world-saving human being.
As for the rest of the performances? Yeah, you did good kids. But you will never be this:
SO STOP TRYING. Disco is not your friend. Didn’t we learn this in episode 102?
Rin says: LOLOLOL I know right. Didn’t we learn anything from 102 when they spent the whole episode going over how Will shouldn’t be forcing the kids to do things. Cause it leads to things like them defying him and doing ‘Push It’ in front of the entire school? Granted that was one of the best performances in Glee history… but still. It was pretty established that DISCO WAS LAME.
“Maybe you can get a business degree; open up a taco truck. I’m still somewhat confused about your ethnicity.”
Rin says: Classic Sue Sylvester. Classic Jane Lynch.
Sophy says: I just.
Rin says: Best.
“I don’t know if this is 100% the answer for me, but just to know that I have somebody who believes in me as much as you do. I love you so much.”
“I love you, too.”
Rin says: AW AW AW. Cause! AW AW AW.
I guess what I liked most about this scene was how simple it was. No bells, no whistles, just Brittana and Sue being the kind of coach we’ve seen her be in the past. And they do have a special kind of bond that I love seeing played out on screen, much like the one between Quinn/Sue. And I love that it wasn’t something ridiculous e.g. I WANT TO BE AN ACTOR (MORE ON THAT LATER), because it is completely feasible that Santana could get into college via a cheerleading scholarship. The Cheerios are a Nationals winning team afterall.
And I did have major issues with this episode because of the finchel stuff, but I really did enjoy the focus on Mercedes and Santana and their futures. It’s about damn time.
I’m still really wondering how the hell they’re going to keep these kids around though. With Santana now going off to Louisville as well.. IS IT GONNA BE LIKE, HALF THE KIDS ABROAD AND THEN THE OTHERS LEFT OVER IN LIMA? I just don’t know. It’s gonna be weird.
Sophy says: Okay this was both wonderful and depressing. Wonderful because wonderful. Depressing because ‘Dear Finchel, this is how it’s supposed to be’. I mean really, this is what you want a teenage love affair to be, and I say that as someone who has not always been supportive of the directions Brittana has taken. But my previous gripes were forgotten in this moment, because this? This is what it’s all about.
Loving someone is doing what you can to make their dreams come true, and knowing that they will do all they can in return when you need it. All they can. Not everything. We’re not talking about either girl giving anything up here, and we shouldn’t be. There’s a question mark over whether a fully grown human being in a long-term committed relationship should sacrifice important parts of themselves for their partner. That’s an issue that was explored with Will and Terri, but never fully resolved on account of how the crazy fake baby plot took over and made things simple.
But with teenagers? There is no question mark. It’s just a no. It should be about support, not sacrifice – or at least nothing beyond ‘I’ll miss the football this friday because you’re broken-hearted over your hamster’.
What I love here is the effort Brittany made for Santana. Some of her ideas were horrific, some of them were silly, some of them were sensible – and maybe none of them are what Santana really needs. But the point is that she cared – she really cared a whole damn lot. And that’s what makes Santana get that soft-centered look on her face – the one where she knows, once and for all, that she is as special to Brittany as Brittany has always been to her.
The thing with these two is that they’re on the same page. And maybe it’s a really simple page with simple words on it – short sentences, metaphors to a minimum all that… but maybe that’s okay. Maybe that’s kind of lovely.
Maybe “I love you so much,” and “I love you too,” said with such sincerity, are worth more than all the songs Finn and Rachel will ever sing at each other.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
“No, I know, but I spliced it together with a video of Lord Tubbington performing everyday household chores.”
Rin says: MY FAVOURITE CAP IS EASILY THE FOURTH. HIS LITTLE PAW, PUTTING THE PLATES BACK.
Amazing. Simply, amazing.
I LOVE YOU LORD TUBBINGTON
Sophy says: I honestly think this is one of the most magical things the show has ever done. And not just because it made me flash back to ‘Getting Things Done With Delores’.
I am starting to side with those people who think Brittany may be a secret genius.
“You know, it came with a pair, but I got hungry on the way home, so… it tastes just like a chicken testicle.”
Rin says: I’m so glad Brittany got more to do than just say one throwaway line which is usually not up to par. BUT SHE WAS OUT IN FULL FORCE this episode.
SHE GOT HUNGRY. AND ATE ONE TESTICLE.
AND IT TASTES JUST LIKE A CHICKEN TESTICLE.
I mean, really.
Sophy says: SHE. JUST. GOT. HUNGRY.
Rophy Says No!
“If you don’t want to go to New York, then we don’t have to.”
Rin says: Okay. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever screamed out louder at the screen than I did at this moment. Because. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? When those words are coming out of Rachel Berry’s mouth something is deeply wrong. DEEPLY. And it just reiterates everything that we’ve been saying over and over again about why Rachel can’t marry Finn Hudson. BECAUSE LOOK WHAT HAPPENS. She puts herself on the back burner, and Finn first. And that? That’s really not the way that it should be. And you can say how relationships are all about compromise BLAH BLAH (and this is a whole ‘nother argument), but I think what we’re forgetting here is that Rachel is a TEENAGE GIRL. That is not the age to already be putting others NON-EXISTENT PLANS before your own. Especially when you have been dreaming about the stages of New York since you were a small child.
I honestly haven’t disliked Finchel before, even with the wedding stuff. I thought it was really drawn out, sure, but I was mostly just uninterested and could overlook it all because I eventually thought there was no way they were ever going to see them through. I expected them to break up pretty damn soon, and they were just holding off because of ratings etc. BUT NOW? Now I feel like they don’t even see ALL THE WRONGS that they’re doing. They don’t see that they’ve completely screwed Rachel Berry up and are continuing to drag her through the Finnmud over and over again. So when I asked Sophy with all the desperation in the world about how they’re going to ‘fix it’ she said that Glee doesn’t think anything needs fixing. AND I CANNOT. I CANNOT!
Since episode 1 Rachel has been my favourite character, easy. And probably one of my favourite characters on TV. Her ambition and dreams and drive were something that were really not common on TV. Especially for a young girl. So she really was a breath of fresh air. But now? Now we’re being told that Rachel doesn’t really have to go to New York if Finn doesn’t want to. BECAUSE HIS DREAMS MIGHT BE BIGGER THAN HERS.
…excuse me? CAN WE PLEASE? JUST?
AND EVEN IF HE DID. Which, no. BUT EVEN IF HE DID. It shouldn’t fucking matter. Rachel should not compromise on this, because this isn’t something small and unimportant in the bigger scheme of things. Broadway isn’t something fickle, it’s a part of WHO RACHEL IS.
I used to admire Rachel Berry, and I will always still love her.. but I can’t handle what Glee are doing to her right now. I’m scared that even if they do break up Finchel, it will be too little too late and Rachel will still be a shell of her former self. I’m hoping they prove me wrong, god I hope they prove me wrong.
Sophy says: This was the worst moment ever in Glee. Actually I’ll go further than that, this was probably on a level with that time everyone hugged it out in that magic church in LOST and they called it a night. It was that disappointing.
How do I even put into words what’s wrong with this? Should I even have to?
Here’s the thing. I find it impossible to believe that Ryan Murphy and co. actually don’t know how awful this is, and therefore I can’t help telling myself that they actually intend us to be gnashing our teeth and making Finchel dolls out of toilet rolls and sticking pins into the place where we’ve joined their pipecleaner hands with bluetack.
And yet… I’m getting a little tired of giving the writers the benefit of the doubt on that. Because up to now, sure, there have been a lot of worrying signs about the direction Rachel’s character was taking in terms of her relationship with Finn. But never had it been so explicitly stated that she has fundamentally changed – and never had it seemed so worryingly like the show might think that’s a good thing.
When the ‘previously on’ told me that Finn thinks Rachel only thinks about herself and that’s kind of true, my feathers were ruffled. But I reminded myself that I’d said more or less the same thing in the recap for the previous episode. And I reminded myself that I’d wished for exactly what happens in this episode – that Rachel would consider Finn’s future along with her own and put some effort into helping him find his path – the way Brittany put effort into helping Santana find hers.
BUT AT NO POINT DID I EVER WISH FOR RACHEL BERRY TO SAY SHE DIDN’T NEED TO GO TO NEW YORK IF FINN DIDN’T WANT TO.
THAT IS THE STUFF NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF.
WHAT EVEN I JUST.
WHAT IS THIS.
WHAT HAPPENED TO MY GIRL?
Really. What happened to my icon of female ambition? What happened to the best one? The one who knew, no matter how much anyone tried to take her down a peg, that she was special? That she was meant for something big and she was on her way?
I guess I just feel kind of tricked by the show. Because all the way through this season and even in the last it’s been clear to me that Quinn’s perspective was the right perspective – that it was Rachel’s own perspective from day one of the show up until that season 2 finale where she sadly told Finn that if they got back together it would have to be a temporary deal because she couldn’t compromise her dream. All along I’ve been absolutely sure that the message was that Rachel Berry had lost her way, but by the end of the season, with a little help from Quinndependence Fabray, she would very much have found it again.
But now it seems like the message is that Quinn was just being a spoil sport. And Rachel just needs to go shopping for some frilly aprons over the summer.
And it doesn’t matter that she’ll be going to New York anyway. Because it doesn’t fucking count when it’s because Finn wants to.
I don’t even.
I’ll keep watching the show, because let’s face it, it’s the gay cowboy to my gay cowboy. But I do feel that with this moment a part of me died along with a part of Rachel Berry along with a part of what made the show special.
So. RIP, Rachel. Or, you know, claw your way out of your coffin? Please?
“I want to be an actor.”
Rin says: I can’t believe they did this. AND SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT QUINN/YALE WAS RIDICULOUS. HAHAHA.
We have defended Finn a lot of times. Even when he was copping the most shit i.e. Mash Off. But now I have to say that I really dislike Finn’s character at the moment, and how Glee are writing him. Apart from the obvious, RACHEL IS ONLY GOING TO NEW YORK BECAUSE NOW FINN IS LETTING HER. I have to say this whole acting thing came out of LEFT FIELD. And Glee has pulled a lot of things out of its ass in the past, but this has to take the cake. Magic legs and all.
At least with Quinn and Yale, it was a drama program — but that’s not necessarily what she’d end up graduating with. I feel like there’d be space to manoeuvre and take on other electives and such. She would end up with more qualifications, is what I’m poking at. BUT FINN ATTENDING AN ACTING SCHOOL. AND PLAINLY STATING HE WANTS TO BE AN ACTOR. I just. It felt completely unbelievable and you didn’t feel like it was anywhere in Finn’s wheelhouse.
I feel like it’s important that Finn have goals an ambition, but this just seemed absurd. And this is why I loved how they handled Santana — because it wasn’t show business orientated and that was COMPLETELY OKAY. Not everyone has to be a freaking star, okay? Finn is great..but he’s mediocre at best. I just don’t see how they expect us to believe that he’d have any sort of shot at getting into James Lipton’s acting school. Which btw, is it really just a coincidence that they had a Glee Inside The Actor’s Studio that aired a week before? Really.
Sophy says: My response to this was pretty much the following:
This is Glee falling prey to two things: 1. We will shoe-horn cow-shit into baby Jesus’ crib in order to keep our OTP together, and 2. All the tough choices went away when you weren’t looking because see 1.
Really. This stuff is worthy of Stephenie Meyer. Edward doesn’t want Bella to become a vampire? Oops, he knocked her up, now she has to become a vampire. Newborn vampires can’t help eating people? Bella can. Don’t ask why or she’ll tell you about her love shield. Meanwhile, Jacob is a bit upset about the way that love triangle turned out. Don’t worry though. He will shortly be breaking all previously established rules of werewolf nature by falling in love with the magic vampire baby. Solved.
‘Finn always wanted to be an actor’ would fit in nicely on that list. Because it is that much of a fucking ridiculous out-of-nowhere conflict-avoiding cop-out.
Let’s talk about why it’s ridiculous. Finn has never shown any interest in acting. At all. Ever. And this is at a school where he would have had multiple opportunities to act, including that whole West Side Story thing he sat in the audience gazing at Rachel for. The only time we have ever seen Finn attempt acting was when he was made to do so for the Christmas commercial. And he was terrible. It was a comedic plot-point, you know? Just how much talent Finn Hudson lacked as an actor?
Remember that lols?
So no interest in acting, check. No talent for acting, check. And whilst Cory is a handsome guy, he’s not exactly the type of look that is going to have casting agents making grabby hands.
Dianna on the other hand. Quinn is precisely the type of girl who would have a good shot of making it as an actor based purely on her exceptional good looks. And then there’s the fact that at the very least we’ve never seen her be proven to be bad at acting. What we have seen is a girl who has had an absolute ton of big emotional experiences over the past three years – the kind of experiences that make you grow as a person and better understand yourself and the people around you. And more than anything in the world, that’s what’s going to make you a good actor. Empathy, insight, intelligence. Quinn has all of those things in spades. Finn, not so much.
And meanwhile, Quinn’s actually talking about going to an Ivy League university and doing a degree and including drama in it. Not about putting all her eggs in that basket.
You know why? Because she’s a smart girl. And because Quinn/Acting wasn’t about trying to shoe-horn cow-shit into baby Jesus’ crib.
And let the record show that a few recaps back I said I had my eye on Finn because he looked like he might be thinking of stealing Quinn’s plotline with Rachel. Well, I guess he’s trying. But really it’s such a pale, pitiful imitation that I almost just feel sorry for him.
Meanwhile, let’s face it, Finn is never going to be a thespian. The really hilarious thing is that if he wanted to be an actor he would be better off trying his luck in some sun-tanned trash in LOS ANGELES.
But Finchel are our OTP. So let’s just ignore that.
Just like we’ll ignore that it hasn’t even been a year since Finn was taking Quinn to prom and telling her she was the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen and slow-dancing with her while Rachel spilled her wounded guts out all over his Don’t care.
OTP, you guys.
Rin says: HAHA I know right. IT WAS ONLY LAST YEAR THAT FINN WAS TELLING RACHEL THAT KISSING QUINN WAS LIKE FIREWORKS ETC.
And re: Finn stealing Quinn’s plotline. I guess that’s the only way to keep Rachel interested in this guy. By slowly turning him into Quinn.
Missing: Quinn Fabray
Rin says: Infuriating.
I don’t expect Quinn to be the star of every episode, I wouldn’t object, but I’m really not that unreasonable.
I DO however, expect her to be included in every performance that is a GROUP number. ESPECIALLY NOW — since they hit her with a truck and paralysed her. If Quinn wasn’t in a wheelchair, she would be in the two group performances without question. And maybe I’d be able to let it go if Artie, for some unknown reason too, wasn’t included in the performances, but he was RIGHT THERE. AS PER USUAL. And Quinn wasn’t.
So please, someone, explain. And I don’t think this is something along the lines of when Darren was excused to go on Broadway, because that’s a really special case. This is their job and they’re not allowed to just take off whenever they want, and I don’t think Dianna had any other important commitments, so I don’t think it’s that.
I feel like it’s Glee being assholes. Plain and simple. Quinn was in the room for Night Fever when Will said, ‘EVERYONE HAS TO PARTICIPATE!!!’ and she didn’t get up on that floor and roll like a boss. And she didn’t put on a white suit (WHICH GODDDDD WHY GLEE WHY), and roll-strut like a boss. So I don’t know. I hated them for doing this, I really did.
By the way, I kind of roughly know how much screen time Quinn gets each week because of the gifs I make, and this week? She got 21 seconds of being in the background.
On what fucking ensemble show is this okay?
Sophy says: Okay, I was already pretty angry by the final performance so I didn’t think there was anywhere to go in terms of rage. But there was. I broke another ceiling. Thanks Glee.
Seriously, I had to pause to make sure I wasn’t seeing things – that Artie really was there in his wheelchair and that Quinn was not. Because it was just unfathomable to me that that could be the case.
I mean, I’m absolutely sure that this was simply the result of scheduling issues and that Dianna wasn’t available when they were filming. But this is not the time for her to pull a Tina. If there was ever a time when it was crucial for a character to be there, included in the group, it was now and it was Quinn Fabray.
Rin says: OKAY YEAH IT WAS PROBABLY SOME SCHEDULING ISSUES. BUT I EXPECT THEM TO POSTPONE EVERYTHING TO MAKE SURE DIANNA IS INCLUDED IN THE PERFORMANCES.
Oh. I am pretty unreasonable afterall.
“Santana, watching ‘Two Girls One Cat’ was like staring into the face of God. Thank you. New favorite movie.”
Rin says: Shut the fuck up Artie.
Sophy says: Ugh.
(Also, if you don’t know what ‘Two Girls One Cat’ is a reference to, do not look it up. I repeat do not look it up.)
Head In Hands
Black and white stripes.
And Will choreographing Faberry.
Rin says: I don’t even know. It’s like they knew Quinn had a) No lines, and b) No involvement in anything anywhere, so they had to just have them in matching clothes. Again.
And Rachel “talking to Blaine” as she spots Quinn and eyes her as she rolls across the choir room.
Imagining what it’d be like to be wheeled to class by her.
And look at the dolls They’re basically reflecting what just happened, with Rachel watching Quinn as she rolls by.
FABERRY HAPPENS EVEN IN RANDOMISED DOLL FORM.
Sophy says: The matching black and white stripes was the highlight of the episode for me.
And lol, Will. What are you, Franky Fitzgerald when she was awesome?
Kurt doing a pretty good imitation of Rophy when they fangirl.
Sophy says: CUTEST.
Quinn Glory Shot
One of the highlights of the episode.
Rin says: Nobody puts Quinn Fabray in a corner.
EXCEPT THEY TOTALLY DID, BUT SHE STILL ROCKED OUT THAT CORNER.
Sophy says: She rocks all the corners. Even the ones she’s never been in.