Get your bell bottoms and platform shoes ready. We're taking it back to the '70s on "Glee."
Any episode that starts with Blaine singing in a bowtie gets my vote! After learning the theme for this year's regionals competition is vintage, Bowtie Blaine recommends disco ... although everyone else thinks it sucks (except for Mr. Schu and Sue).
Mr. Schu, likes the rest of us, wonder what our favorite Gleeks are going to do after graduation–namely Santana, Mercedes and Finn. In order to inspire the kids, Schu and Sue suggest they sing songs from "Saturday Night Fever" and compete for a customized white polyester three-piece suit a la John Travolta.
But, we quickly learn the competition is really just a way to get the three "finalists"–Santana, Mercedes and Finn–to seriously think about life after William McKinley High. Mercedes sings "Disco Inferno" and admits she wants to be an iconic singer, like Mariah Carey and the late, great Whitney Houston (who will have an entire episode dedicated to her next week. I can't wait. I've got Kleenex on standby).
All along Sam is filming her performance on his phone and later uploads the video to YouTube, where it receives 435 views. Go, Mercedes!
Meanwhile, Santana sings "If I Can't Have You" and says simply wants to be famous ... and she gets what she wishes for, sorta. With good intentions, Brittany uploads the couple's sex tape, spliced with footage of her cat performing chores, of course. How embarrassing! But, as Sue says, Brittany has a good idea every few years, so they also applied Santana to the University of Louisville, where she receives a full scholarship for cheerleading. I totally could've used a cheerleading scholarship back in the day.
Finn, however, is as clueless as ever. But after some deep soul searching, during which he reunites with Rachel, watches "Saturday Night Fever" at Mr. Schu's request and sings "More than a Woman," Finn agrees to move to New York with his fiancee and pursue his dream of...acting? Yeah, I didn't see that one coming either, but I wish him the best of luck. Hopefully his acting is better than his dancing.
Elsewhere, Wade (played by "The Glee Project" finalist Alex Newell) visits William McKinley High to tell Mercedes and Kurt he's their biggest fan...even if he's a member of Vocal Adrenaline. He also tells them about this goal to perform in regional as his alter ego, Unique...in a dress with heels. Imagine Cee-Lo and Beyonce had a baby...it would be Unique. And, amazingly, he/she pulls it off. Seriously. Unique gives Mercedes some fierce competition. This is by far the best performance of the night...in my humble opinion, of course.
We end our flashback to the '70s with the "Saturday Night Fever" winners (you guessed it, Santana, Mercedes and Finn) strutting their stuff to "Staying Alive" in those iconic suits, joined by their friends, Mr. Schu and a visibly preggers Sue.
And remember kids, "if you want to be famous, you have to eat crazy food," according to Miss Brittany S. Pierce.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun