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Glee Recap "Dance With Somebody"

Glee-ful Highlights From Episode "Dance With Somebody"

This week's Glee kicks off with a goose-bump-inducing rendition of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" by Rachel, Mercedes, Santana, and Kurt, and it's just the beginning of an episode full of some of my favorite performances of this season. The kids are still grieving Houston's death, and Emma points out that it's partially due to the fact that they're having a rough time dealing with the impending transition of graduation. Schue suggests a Whitney-themed assignment, and we all benefit, getting some sentimental but hugely entertaining numbers.

A couple of relationships are tested, but I'm most pleasantly surprised by the blossoming of a new romance that seems to come out of nowhere. Let's talk about those moments and more after the jump.

  • Kurt makes a new friend, Chandler, who shares his path to New York and passion for Whitney. They strike up a text flirtation, and when Rachel confronts him about the messages, Kurt admits that things haven't been that spicy between him and Blaine lately. Blaine sees the texts and accuses Kurt of cheating, and Kurt tries to split hairs, claiming that the texts are innocent, but it's obvious that Kurt's emotionally involved. This launches a fun, fierce, and hilarious number by Blaine of "It's Not Right, but It's OK." Was anyone else cracking up during this scene? First, Artie and the other members glare at Kurt accusingly, even singing along, and then we see Blaine suited up in black. Santana puts it best: "Snap."
  • Two of the best numbers aren't related to any major plot developments, they're just pure fun. I loved Brittany's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," for Santana and Brittany dancing together and wearing the Whitney garb from the original music video, while the pairing of Rachel and Santana's "So Emotional" blew me away. When Rachel has a similar realization, she reaches out to Santana, expressing that she's regretful they were never friends before, but ready to embrace their chance at friendship.
  • New favorite couple: Quinn and Joe! Brittany's shout out to Quinn about still being able to dance in her dreams bums Quinn out, so Joe volunteers to accompany her to physical therapy. And with a flick of those dreads and a dreamy gaze during their duet to "Savin' All My Love," Joe and Quinn have a little love connection going on. I'll admit it — I'm diggin' it. Joe is the last person I would have predicted for Quinn, but this new development is cute (and surprisingly hot — who knew physical therapy could be so sexy?). At first Quinn thinks that Joe isn't into her because he doesn't kiss her when they're having a moment in therapy, but when Joe consults Sam about Quinn, we learn that he only pulled away because his physical urges challenge his religious beliefs. (Oh, and best line goes to Sam: "You mean like in-your-pants feelings?") I'm actually glad we don't see these two kiss yet. Why rush it?
  • Will wants to move up his and Emma's wedding, and he has some pretty unreasonable demands, like trying to throw the wedding in a month and rapping at the reception. He finds her limit when he suggests a campground event, and when she asks for a November wedding, we find out the real reason Will wants to get hitched right away: because his glee kids are graduating and he wants them at the wedding. He's sad to lose the kids that changed his life, but he gets a reassurance that he changed their lives too, in the form of the episode's final number. Though there's no practice, everyone still meets up to sing "Your Love Is My Love." Mr. Schue's moved, I'm moved, and it made me realize that no matter the ups and downs of this season, I've really enjoyed watching the development of these characters.

Though Kurt and Blaine kiss and make up and the last song is upbeat, this episode is tinged with bittersweetness. It's not even over the sad passing of Whitney, which is really just brought up in the beginning, and then takes a backseat to each character's personal drama. What did you think of the episode? Did you like the Whitney songs, and what did you think of the sudden Quinn/Joe romance?

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Shannon-Vestal Shannon-Vestal 4 years
 @popcorn19 I totally agree. I think it's weird that he freaked out so much about moving the wedding up. The wedding day should be about you and your lady, Schue.
popcorn19 popcorn19 4 years
and also, as a teacher, I just want to say that I find it creepy how obsessed Mr. Schue is with these kids.... wanting to reschedule your wedding so that they could be there, appointing a student to be your best man, crying over the idea that they're going away... I get that they changed his life, but dude needs to get more friends his own age.
popcorn19 popcorn19 4 years
I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this episode!  I too got all choked up in the end, thinking about how the majority of the time this show drives me nuts, but at the end of the day, it really is just fun listening to the characters sing their songs and watch them grow.  I love that Kurt had the pictures from their first sectionals competition in his locker.  To this day, that's the only episode I find to be absolutely flawless.
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 4 years
As soon as Blaine deadpanned "It's not right, but it's OK?" I died in a fit of giggles.
Brittney-Stephens Brittney-Stephens 4 years
First of all. . . this was one of my favorite episodes in a while. I thought the cold open was amazing, and their version of "How I Will Know" gave me goosebumps, too! I loved how they re-created the "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" video (and as usual, Brittany's moves were totally on point). One of my favorite moments was everyone's awkward staring at Blaine while Kurt was performing, and Santana's "oh, snap" comment at the end. After hearing Mercedes singing HWIK in the beginning, I kind of wished she could have just performed every song for the entire episode.   Secondly? I am completely obsessed with Joe.
fresh1721 fresh1721 4 years
Loved both the Santana numbers, hated Kurt's, lol'd during Blaine's. I'm shipping Joe/ Quinn. Mr. Schue is just strange. i can't with him.
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