'Glee' Season 3, Episode 17 Recap & Song List - 'Dance with Somebody' (Whitney Houston Tribute)
I'm not sure the fact that this was a tribute episode needed to be so on the nose (and where was this "he/she had problems" talk when they did the Michael Jackson episode?), but the opening to this episode was pretty good regardless: One half of our resident tumultuous couples (Santana, Kurt, Mercedes and Rachel) gave a very nice, completely a capella rendition of "How Will I Know".
The Whitney Houston tribute episode continued with six more of Houston's hits, and fortunately most of them were tied to a particular context within the show, i.e. sung for a reason. Of course, not all of them were, but that would be asking a lot these days.
Will wants to move the wedding up from Novemberish to May, i.e. about a month or so, and he won't be having it any other way. "Wedding planning takes so much time!" says Emma. Yeah, so does preparing for Nationals in theory, but you don't see anyone actually rehearsing, do you?
As it turns out, Will is just worried that the kids won't come back for the wedding if it's later in the year, officially making Will more worried about the kids leaving (for pretty selfish reasons) than the kids are, and officially making it clear that Will needs more adult friends.
Love is in the air between Quinn and Joe this episode as well, because Joe needs something to do, doesn't he? The conversation quickly turns to religion again, as Joe is worried about getting too close because he doesn't want to give in to "sins of the flesh." Yes, the phrase "sins of the flesh" is actually used here.
Sam gives Joe the advice that they should be a new breed of Christian: faithful, devoted, but still totally down to bang. Joe's all like whaaaaaaat no. Nonetheless, it looks like Joe and Quinn will be dating now, and will continue to be annoyingly lacking in self-esteem.
Kurt and Blaine hit a rough patch this week, as Kurt meets an enthusiastically gay young man at the music store. His name is Chandler, and he has a habit of texting inappropriate things to Kurt pretty much constantly. Eventually Blaine finds out, calls it cheating (despite that whole Sebastian thing), and the two are officially in a fight.
The Whitney song "It's Not Right But It's Okay" is put to good use by Blaine, who starts off his performance by saying, "This is for anyone who has been cheated on." So... pretty much the entire Glee club, then? Except maybe Rory? Kurt's respose of "I Have Nothing" is nicely placed as well.
Basically, we're treading water a bit this week while we wait for the big events to come: namely, Nationals and graduation. This episode simply serves to underline the nervousness of everyone involved as far as the future is concerned, which might act as a parable for the show itself.
Serious question, though: why don't they just have Mike O'Malley on every episode as Burt, giving emotional speeches to Kurt? He absolutely kills it every time. Booyah.
This week's numbers:
All songs originally performed by Whitney Houston
"How Will I Know" - Rachel, Mercedes, Kurt, Santana
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" - Brittany and Santana
"Saving All My Love For You" - Quinn and Joe
"So Emotional" - Santana and Rachel
"It's Not Right But It's Okay" - Blaine
"I Have Nothing" - Kurt
"My Love Is Your Love" - New Directions