Rachel & Tina – Flashdance (What A Feeling)
Rin says: OH MY GOOD GOD this was adorable. In the way where, HOW HAVE THEY NOT HAD A DUET BEFORE NOW? Ridiculous!
What I hadn’t noticed until this episode is how Tina is shorter than Rachel. Or maybe they just put Lea in heels or whatever, but oh my god, they’re so cute and short. I love them. Love them so much.
And what I really love about Rachel dueting with someone other than Finn, is how playful she gets. It’s so NICE to see her jumping around and pointing and clapping and having a
quinnball in general. Makes a change, and I really wish she’d get to perform with each and every one of the Glee club members. Cause they’re always so memorable! So Emotional, Take Me Or Leave Me, Happy Days/Be Happy, I FEEL PRETTY AND UNPRETTY. Ya know. I’d really love to see a Puck/Rachel. So, make it happen Glee, thanks.
AND ANOTHER FABUET BECAUSE I WILL NEVER.
Um. Back to this song, perhaps?
It’s such a CLASSIC, and they nailed it. And I was very much head in hands over Lea and Jenna getting to have actual scenes and a song together. They’ve known each other for so long, and I’m sure it must have been really fun for them, and you can see that translate onscreen.
And they skipped around holding hands, and Rachel made Tina have her moment and take a bow and Rachel clapped and AWAWAW. So cute.
And then they ran down the hall and RACHEL FOR NO GOOD REASON just pushes up against a locker and my first coherent thought was, THAT’S QUINN’S LOCKER OMDSAGOMAROHJG!
It wasn’t. I checked. It’s on the opposite side.
Just really, the perfect way to tail off a really fun episode. ESPECIALLY when they walked out of school and it cut to them getting on the bus. I LOVED that so much, it was a really great cut and just went with the whole feel of the episode and the song and it was like, ‘THEY’RE READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD!!!’
And all the kids on the bus being excited and cheering and dancing and that very specific way that Quinn puts her hand in the air to the beat of the song. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. Like. She raves with grace. You know it’s true.
AND THAT SHOT OF TINA/RACHEL ENDING THE SONG MIGHT BE ONE OF MY FAVOURITES EVER. Look at them!!! <3333
And I don’t know, maybe I’m getting nostalgic with the final around the corner..
But this cast. They really are one of a kind.
You can literally see how much they love each other, and they exude joy. And sometimes I think about how much more they have to work than any other cast on TV and how talented each and every one of them are, and god I don’t say it enough because we get so caught up in the plot and how this and that and nonono, but really. They’re the most amazing cast on TV when you think about it.
….You’d think they’re all going off to war after the finale with the way I’m talking.
By the way. All the regulars are confirmed for Season 4. I cannot tell you what a relief that is to hear. WE GET ANOTHER YEAR WITH OUR BABIES! I’m so excited by the idea of Quinn and Rachel being 1.5hr away from each other in New York. And just. Faberry in New York, ’cause Quinn is going to visit and oh my god.
Glee 4: The Farewell Faberry Season
Sophy says: THEY ARE ALL AMAZING. Cory, Kevin, with all the bitching we’ve been doing about your characters lately, we hope you know we love you. And crickets for Samuel.
Sorry guy, it’s just, we’ve only just met, and your dreads king is already stepping on our toes.
Anyway. This duet was so fun and so special too, because really – REALLY – THIS IS REALLY THE FIRST TIME WE’VE HAD A TINABERRY DUET?
It’s one of those things you look back on and think “How?” Because it seems like by now there’ve been so many performances that surely every possibly combination has happened at one time or another. And then I remember that despite having basically parallel lives and being the pair whose arcs have most consistently revolved around one another, Faberry have only ever had the one duet. But that’s okay. I kind of like it that way. There’s a certain amount of restraint in the way Faberry is developed, and who knows, maybe if the show had decided that since they’re “kind of friends” now they should sing sixtybajillion duets to try and catch up with Finchel… well, they might have ended up feeling like Finchel – yesterday’s scraps, refried and served up over and over again with different condiments, none of which are a decent mustard.
Okay, no, Faberry would never end up that way, no matter how many times they performed together. But I do like that they’re rare – special – that they only get to be quite that close and that open every once in a while – turning and returning to some secret place inside. That’s my girls.
Anyway, back to Tina and Rachel and ‘What a Feeling’ and all the ways it rocked my world. I love that their performance stood for exactly everything Sue was standing against in this episode and everything the New Directions are really about. It was completely propless, free, young and alive and spontaneous. Basically it felt like the girls had come back to school and nudged their way down the hallway until Rachel had said ‘You know how you mentioned earlier that you’d like to sing together…’ and then they’d basically had a race to the auditorium and Rachel won, because Rachel always wins, but maybe also Tina let her, because Tina is a Rachel Berry fangirl.
Anyway, like Rin said, it was probably a heap of fun for Lea and Jenna to get to do this together, and it was nice to see what the two characters think of each other, given that they’ve had so little meaningful screentime. I loved Tina’s little meltdown, and the way it was heralded with the hilarity in the opening credits. And even though I was bothered by nobody mentioning the elephant in the room – ie. that Tina had a major solo part at the most recent competition – I was there with the sentiment. She has been underused, generally – and Jenna has been underused, generally. So it was nice to see that acknowledged in such a funny, sweet way.
Also it just warms my heart that Tina wanted to sing with Rachel before she left. How cute is that?
Meltdown notwithstanding, ultimately Tina understood Rachel better than most of her friends and cared more than any of them too – enough to find out where Whoopi was and drive Rachel to her. It is a tad contrived though, that Tina would think of it and Kurt and Blaine wouldn’t. They’re totally Rachel’s cheerleaders, and Kurt has a lot invested in having his friend to share the NYADA journey with.
Quinn… it makes sense that it wasn’t Quinn. She’d think of something like this, because she is a smarty-pants and has lots of experience with plotting and I suspect she keeps a Rachel Berry dream journal of some kind. So she’d think of it. But she wouldn’t act. It’s all about staying on the sidelines, watching from afar. If she started openly doing this kind of thing for Rachel all her emotions would fall out. Turning and returning, you know? Secret place, my girls.
As for Finn, he is a foam doorstopper.
So yeah, a little contrived, but nowhere near as contrived as ‘Joe is the only one who offers to help with Quinn’s physio’ so I’ll take it. I’d take pretty much anything for the adorableness of these two running around curtseying and pushing themselves up against lockers like amazing freaks.
And I agree with Rin, them dancing their way to the Nationals bus is one of my favourite shots the show has ever done.
AND THEIR FACES.
I hope and trust this is not the last of this new bond between these two. Next year I expect Rachel to be in the front row at Regionals, cheering Tina through her power ballad.
Which rocked, by the way.
Rachel – I Won’t Give Up
Rin says: Rachel Berry..singing about not giving up on herself. And her dream. And being all Rachel/Rachel = MY FAVOURITE.
This was like Fireworks all over again, except less about the way it feels to kiss Quinn, and more about Rachel getting back her drive. Which, thank god.
Also, I’ve had this song as part of my ‘Faberrry’ playlist since the start of hiatus and so it’s a very Faberry-esque song for me. And Rachel sung it. I MEAN, THAT LITERALLY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING, but I thought I should just let you guys know. That I’m a bit pathetic.
Lea’s voice is quite different, especially noticeable in the chorus, and I love that. I love that she’s still playing with her voice and finding new and interesting tones. She has so many layers and nuances and I hope they continue to give her songs that aren’t just power ballads next season, and give her some more interesting stuff musically. Not that I’m ever opposed to sitting in awe over her killing a ballad, but ya know, it’s been a while since she’s rapped. Just saying.
Sophy says: Rachel Berry sang a love song to herself and it felt like coming home.
How were we supposed to choose between these two numbers? It was hard enough cutting the Tina-as-Rachel Celine Dion, and even then we’ve just kind of sandwiched it into a certain category below…
Sigh. Spoiled Glee Girl Problems.
Anyway, just. There is absolutely no way this could be left out. In fact it should be in everything ever. They should just randomly insert it into the start of each episode from now on, like a prayer.
I swear, when she was singing about looking into eyes and night skies and all that nonsense, I was facepalming preemptively and thinking ‘Another Finchel love song? SERIOUSLY?’ I was so sure she’d be singing to a big picture of them from prom or something and somewhere Quinn Fabray would sit bolt upright in her sleep and know and shake her head.
But then the camera panned around and it was a mirror. A FREAKING MIRROR.
Rachel Barbra Berry. Singing a song about gazing into her own eyes, not giving up because she’s worth it, and how she’s going to give herself all her love.
You hear that Finn? All of it. Now get out.
(It’s okay, Quinn already stole a piece of Rachel’s love and has it stored away against hard times like a squirrel stores nuts for winter.)
“I’m Rachel Berry.”
Rin says: I have never laughed so hard at a Glee episode before. Never. In the way where I had to pause as each of them came on screen in their new personas and I laughed so loud each time that I worried the other people in my house.
They were ALL fantastic and spot on, but I have to say my favourites were definitely Naya as Artie, Dianna as Sugar, Chris as Finn, and Matt as Sue. These guys really nailed it and oh my god, just thinking about that bit when they’re watching in the auditorium and Naya does the Artie ‘PREACH’ hand movement, with the pouty frown face. That’s just pure genius.
I think Matt as Sue was probably the best imitation. EVERYTHING he did was so Jane Lynch that I couldn’t. The way he talked, walked, what he did with his hands, the way he paused and delivered the lines. SO SPOT ON.
And can I just with the HAIR? Puck and Blaine?!?! HOW?! They performed a miracle with that shit.
AND FUCK. CORY AND MARK AS KLAINE. CANNOT. THE WAY CORY SMILED AND NUZZLED INTO BLAINE. Lol forever.
AND THE BRITTANA PINKY KISS. Fucking hilarious.
I literally couldn’t stop laughing throughout it all, and I was quite sad that it didn’t go on for longer. It was just pure bliss to watch.
Jenna really nailed the way Rachel performs on stage too. With the hands over her abdomen and when they both stick out <33 It really looked like a proper Rachel solo, right down to the way it was filmed.
AND LEA AS TINA was perfect too. The way she slouched and ducked her head and was all shy-like. Ahhhhh. Plus. Eyeliner.
OH AND. THE WAY VANESSA PLAYED QUINN WAS AS IF QUINN WAS A ROBOT. AND IT WORKED. I wonder if Vanessa asked for any tips from Dianna, and all she said was, ‘Just look at Rachel like you’re in love with her.’ I’m pretty sure that’s what went down. AND THE WIG. AND THE YELLOW HEADBAND, AND THE WHITE LACE.
And I love that she doesn’t clap for ‘Rachel’ like all the others when she’s done. She just stands up clutching her folder.
I will never get over how adorable Dianna as Sugar was. Never.
And the way she barked after ‘Sue’ says her native american name was ‘Cheerleads with Wolves’. Never.
Special shout out to the ‘Here’s what you missed on Glee’ Tina intro. It was the best.
Sophy says: Honestly one of the most ridiculous and amazing things the show has ever done. Everyone was wonderful as everyone else. Special props to Kevin as Santana and Naya as Artie. And oh God, Chris’ Finn imitation made me flail. AND MARK AS BLAINE. CHRIST. AND PUCK’S HAIR ON DARREN. And Mercedes and Kevin doing the Brittana pinky kissing. Okay these special mentions are getting out of hand and I’m nowhere near done.
I want to say a big hello to DIANNA AS SUGAR. SERIOUSLY. ONE OF THE CUTEST THINGS EVER. The real Sugar has grown on me a lot over the past season, so I’m not saying I want to replace her or anything but you guys, Dianna Agron as Sugar.
And yes, the bark was the greatest thing in the known universe.
Another special mention goes to Matt Morrison as Sue. Honestly, I was shocked at how great he was. He completely embodied that character and made me believe some actual Freaky Friday stuff had gone down and his own brain had left the flesh building and been replaced by Jane Lynch’s. Seriously, the swagger, the facial expressions, the line readings. All absolutely amazing.
And Rachel as Tina was pretty special too. I love that she picked the Goth look out of all of Tina’s costume changes over the years, because let’s face it, it was the coolest version of Tina. And beyond that it’s kind of interesting that Tina picked that out for not-herself to be wearing – like she was feeling so small compared to Rachel Berry in her mind that she went right back to the beginning of the show. (I also love that as Rachel she put herself in pink. And that her subconscious basically chose Quinn’s ‘We Are Young’ dress. Apt.)
I also thought it was genius to see Tina!Rachel berating herself for not having recognized how wonderful Rachel!Tina is, because it works on two levels. First of all it’s classic wish-fulfillment – your secret real life idol/rival validates you as an important person in her life/the world of Glee generally. This alleviates feelings of being overlooked and irrelevant and helps Tina to frame herself more positively. And then it’s also interesting because ultimately the dream helps Tina to see Rachel more clearly and accept that even if she feels jealous of all the standing ovations, she admires all the work that Rachel puts into getting them. So really, in that same moment, Tina was validating herself, by having Rachel say nice things about her, and also coming to terms with her feelings about Rachel, by saying nice things to a Rachel who was wearing her clothes and her slouch and her general adorable underconfident poutiness.
Also Tina’s sheepish, relieved smile when she sees the real Kurt and Blaine at the end is the cutest.
“You know, you and me, we’re badasses. Nobody thinks anything hurts us, but it does.”
Rin says: Tears. There were tears.
Mostly because Mark and Dot were crazy-good in this scene and my feelings couldn’t handle their cry-faces and oh my gosh my babies.
Mark surprised me. Not that I didn’t think he couldn’t do this sort of stuff, but he never gets to, so I’m really glad he got to show his stuff. Puck gets so shafted on this show, but I’m glad that they’re continuing his story instead of letting it drop off the face of the earth like most other stuff. AND I LOVE HOW THEY SEAMLESSLY INTERTWINED IT WITH BIESTE’S STORY. And that they helped each other without really intending to. It was a bit right time, right place, but more importantly it felt very natural.
And when Puck’s voice broke as he said he was sorry.
Beautiful. Gorgeous. Heart-breaking. All of the above.
And Bieste referring to them as badasses. Perfect.
Sophy says: This is a Glee rarity – when two storylines intersect in a way that actually feels organic and yet catches you unawares with the poignancy.
Bieste as a character is a joy. Dot Marie is a champion.
Puck as a character has been criminally overlooked by the writers. Same goes for Mark Salling, who is far more talented than you’d think based on the screentime and song-time he is allocated.
I was so pleased to find that Puck’s recently developed storyline re: failing at school and having the worst parents ever was not kicked under the carpet, because it would have been another woeful instance of ‘But it’s Puck so it doesn’t matter.’
I loved that Bieste got to explicitly state what I said in the last recap featuring the abuse storyline, because let’s face it, it hasn’t happened on Glee till it’s been explicitly stated. They do not do subtle unless if starts with an F and ends with omfg.
So it was nice to hear her articulate it for the audience – people think tough types like her and Puck don’t get hurt. And that’s a load of miserable crap. And it’s something the show has engaged in a lot with Puck. As I mentioned above, they’ve pulled ‘It’s Puck so it doesn’t matter’ on us way too many times. As far back as that time he was in love with this girl who had his baby and then he forgot about it because it wasn’t relevant to her arc anymore. Then he hooks up with Lauren because it’s something for him to do. She’s a complete asshole to him for most of their relationship, but it doesn’t matter, because he’s Puck and he likes that about her. Which… wow. How wrong does that whole dynamic feel now in the context of his rejecting and neglecting parents and how they are directly paralleled with the domestic abuse Bieste suffers?
Anyway. To make matters worse, when it stopped being convenient to have them in a relationship, Lauren simply disappeared. Puck didn’t need to be upset about it or anything – because he doesn’t have feelings. He especially doesn’t have feelings when it comes to his baby and the deeply confusing sexual relationship her adoptive mother entered into with him before whisking herself and said baby away. Shelby disappears like Lauren, we don’t need to see him grieve. It’s Puck, so it doesn’t matter.
That’s very much the attitude the show has taken with him over the past few years. He’s just here to be tough and funny, no emotional development needed. It’s nice to see the writers officially chastising themselves for that, via Bieste.
Rin says: Okay. Um.
I really fucking love this.
Sophy says: She called him Pumpkin. SHE. CALLED. HIM. PUMPKIN.
Can Bieste just adopt Puck?
Rin says: OH MY GOD. YES. AND HE’D LIVE IN HER POOL HOUSE. SPIN OFF!
I actually really love this song. I don’t care that it’s Taylor Swift. I adore them singing together, and Bieste should sing more often because it’s just.. head in hands. AND PUCK NEEDS TO SING MORE. GOD DAMNIT.
I really need him to duet with EVERYONE. Quinn, Rachel, Tina, Santana, Brittany.. probably not Finn.
I JUST LOVE UNLIKELY DUOS SFM.
AND. YOU ARE LOVED PUMPKIN. IS THE BEST EVER.
The subtitles say she says Punkin.. but.. I don’t know what that is. So I’m pretty sure it’s Pumpkin.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
“I couldn’t really figure that out, so I just stopped wearing any at all.”
Sophy says: Oh Britt. And under that skirt?
Rin says: IDEK.
Rophy Says No!
“You’re being selfish.”
Rin says: WHOA WHOA WHOA.
I have to say that I really thought this was very out of character for Mike. He’s always been the sweetest and super supportive boyfriend figure, so this just jarred with everything else we’d seen from him till now. He can not agree with Tina’s outburst, but I definitely think he would have just talked to her like a normal person instead of calling her selfish and saying he’s really disappointed in her. THAT’S JUST. SO BAD.
I think the majority of people felt like it was OOC and poor writing, especially because it was totally unnecessary for him to be calling her out like that as they didn’t really resolve it between the two. They just did the ol’ smile from the doorway as I just so happen to be passing by.
So yeah, sloppy writing.
But you guys! We only really have this one no.
Are we progressing?
Are we becoming a better show?
Nationals is next.
Sophy says: I like to call this Rophy Says No ‘The time a writer accidentally swapped the Mike character sheet for the Finn one.’
Really, this is a classic Finn Hudson move. Your girlfriend is expressing some inconvenient feelings? Quick, inform of her of her eternal selfishness. And then he capped it off with the “I’m really disappointed in you right now” which… who says that? I mean, really.
WHO SAYS THAT?
If anyone ever spoke to me like that on grounds of anything less than baby-war, they’d be dumped. End of. Honestly, I’m not exaggerating and I don’t think it’s unreasonable to feel that way. You expect the person who loves you to support you, to be there for you, to back you up wherever humanly possible. Finn always goes to the judging place, way before he has any right to. And that’s what Mike’s doing here. “Tina’s upset? LET ME BE THE FIRST TO JUDGE HER FOR IT.” And meanwhile, even if she had actually done something really wrong… “I’m disappointed in you,” is just such a condescending phrase. Like, what does he think he is? Her dad?
And then later he sends the text to her saying how she’s being unreasonable because Rachel is one of a kind. UGH. Sure, we know Rachel’s one of a kind. He speaks the truth. But it’s extremely insensitive.
And ‘extremely insensitive’ is just not Mike Chang to me.
Rin says: There will be stampedes.
Head In Hands
Sophy says: This is the best thing I’ve ever seen. Did any Klaine-haters start shipping Klaine purely because of this moment? Because I would not be surprised.
Rin says: KURT’S ‘BADA BING’ OH MY GOD. I DON’T EVEN WATCH THE JERSEY SHORE AND THIS MAKES ME WANT TO.
By the way, I’m really glad they made it clear that just because he’s gay, it doesn’t mean he’s happy to wear dresses.
“I mean, I have no idea why you would choose this moment specifically to make a stink about it but I want you to know that you are being heard. Which is why I’m willing to offer you $50 just to let this all go until after Nationals.”
Rin says: She tried. To. Bribe. Tina. With. $50.
Welcome back Rachel Berry.
Sophy says: Oh Rachel. Did you ever know, wind/wings?
Although I will say that I’m still trying to repress “while keeping my boyfriend interested and physically satisfied.”
You know, I’m beginning to think that Finchel is actually one of those Glee jokes that’s going wrong. As in it’s meant to be gross, but funny, and the funny part just isn’t coming through. Kind of like that time Brittany wanted to eat her cat’s feces.
Yeah. Finchel is like people eating feces.
Rin says: Agreed.
“Rachel is probably practicing her songs right now, over and over again, until her vocal chords bleed. And none of us would be going to Chicago if not for her commitment to Glee Club, so show some respect.”
Rin says: FFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. YES.
This was the kind of resolution I wanted earlier in the season with the whole Trouble Tones ordeal.
Sophy says: This just in, houndstooth looks really good on Jenna.
As mentioned above, Tina Cohen-Chang is a Rachel Berry fangirl. That’s what I got from this episode. She’s someone who not only admires Rachel’s talent enough to bashfully ask if she can sing with her, she’s also someone who feels Rachel needs to be on Broadway stages to the point where she’ll drive her to a make-shift make-up audition. And beyond that… Tina just gets it. She may gotten upset about being in the background and that may have even been fair enough. But she can see both sides of the story. She understands that Rachel is special, and she’s special because she works to be special. And she’s as inspired by that as she is frustrated by it.
I love that Tina outright tells Whoopi that Rachel deserves the things she gets. And you know what? I also love that Rachel tells Tina that to start with. The whole bit about how twitter and facebook have been sacrificed to her ambition was not only vintage Rachel, it was also a dose of reality. No one gets to be as brilliant at anything worthwhile as Rachel is at performing by resting on their laurels.
So I love that when all was said and done Tina stood up for her friend to the newbies need to shut their adorable mouths.
Crickets for Samuel.
Rin says: It’s not unusual that I wanted to punch Joe in the face when he was all ‘Quinn said..’ .. SHUTUP THE FUCK UP JOE. STOP MAKING IT OUT LIKE YOU’RE THE BEST OF BUDDIES. JUST. STAY AWAY. OR I WILL PULL YOUR DREADS OUT WITH MY BARE HANDS.
I love that you’re just calling Carmen, Whoopi. I don’t know how to spell her last name, so maybe just calling her Whoopi is the right idea.
Quinn Glory Shot
“I can’t dance with a little person. I can hardly walk.”
Rin says: I love that she didn’t even have a period where she was on crutches.
Straight out of the chair.
And then onto the stage at Nationals.
I don’t really care though. I’ll take anything to have Quinn/Dancing back.
Sophy says: Oh Quinn.
Still classier than Downton Abbey.