Brrrrrrrrrrring! Classtime! Everybody is sitting very studiously, very quietly. They are either taking a test or studying for one, and Blaine. Is. BORED. He's got the music in him, he's got the need to move, his feet are tapping. All of a sudden, for no particular reason, Blaine is singing. He's singing "My woman takes me higher, my woman keeps me warm." Somebody forgot that Blaine is gay. Well, that's OK. By next year, I suspect they will dump that inconvenient situation altogether.
Today we learn something new about his vocal abilities; Blaine's got a truly excellent pop style tenor, but his falsetto... ahem.... needs a little work. It's a bit breathy. Now, if I think for a second, I bet I can come up with a cast member on Glee who has a stronger falsetto than Darren Criss does, and that list just might include a guy who spends a LOT of time on camera with him. What's his name? Clark? Cross? It's hard to remember, it's been so long since he sang anything.
But that doesn't matter, because Blaine is a magic man. With the touch of his vocals, the hall is transformed into a disco, and all of a sudden he is on his feet playing hooky and Mike and Brittany have joined him in his revolt. They should be dancing! Everybody should be dancing! They are dancing all the way to the auditorium, where they perform for the entire Glee Club, and Blaine explains what possessed him to install a musical time machine in the middle of history class: the Nationals theme this year is Vintage, and he thinks they ought to sing Disco songs.
Disco is... vintage? Not just out of style? Vintage... that's something that's so old it's cool again. Uh... Saturday Night Fever was popular when I was in Jr. High School. OK, I will be over here in a corner taking my Geritol.
Will loves it. It brings back wonderful memories for him, memories of really awful orange polyester costumes during that championship season... the year he won Nationals with the McKinley Glee Club back in 19?? They sang "That's the Way (Uh, huh, Uh huh...) I Like It". Unfortunately, the kids don't like it. Earth to Will.... "DISCO SUCKS!" shouts New Directions in unison. What, would you rather have him start rapping again?
Will has a new toy I've never seen before. Apparently, he's got these tiny wooden puppets of all the Glee Club members and he's fond of posing them and playing with them and making them do his will. That's not creepy or disturbing, no sir. As Will plays puppet master with this diorama of the damned, he frets, because he thinks three of his seniors are in trouble, even though none of them are pregnant at the moment. Please note that the list of seniors Will is concerned about does not include Puck - the guy who said a few weeks ago that he sees himself in jail or dead in 20 years. No, Puck is talking to the other kids about expanding his pool cleaning business. He's already got all the dreams and ambition Will seems to think he deserves. College? HAH!
No, no, Will is concerned about Finn, who has all this incredible talent that only Rachel and Will see - I sure don't get it, except when he comes wonderfully to life behind a drum kit - but he lacks self confidence! Maybe that's because he's been putting too much emphasis on being told his mediocre singing is professional level, and he should have been developing his strengths instead. Now he realizes he's only Lima good and he's crashing. That's your fault, Will, for giving him false dreams. Will is worried about Mercedes, whom he thinks is just as talented at Rachel and Kurt - since when do you think Kurt is talented, Will? You never let him sing. However, Will thinks Mercedes lacks vision. I just think Mercedes lacks a very clear and methodical plan; we will see if this changes by the time the show is over. Will is also worried about Santana, who has the dream but not the focus. I am not clear as to how this differs from what he thinks of Mercedes. Come to think of it, aren't these three storylines all exactly alike? Santana is telling Brittany that she wants to be famous, and does not care how it happens. Well, there are a lot of people like that, and several of them are named Kardashian.
Out of ideas, Will turns to his mentor, his guru, the person he can trust to give him the best possible advice on how to counsel his students with wisdom, patience and compassion - his best friend, Sue. Yeah, just play along with it. Sue is not an effective enemy anymore, but she might just work as a frenemy - a person who shares Will's goals but not his tactics. Sue gets in three or four well-placed barbs - one could argue that the entire show has been out of ideas since Madonna week - and then suggests that he solve all their problems by assigning another famous album: Saturday Night Fever. No, there is absolutely no reason to think that the BeeGees are going to give focus to Santana's need for attention. Sue reminds Will that these greedy little jerks go bananas every time anybody offers to give them anything. If you look quickly, you can see Matt Rutherford in one of the flashbacks! Sue suggests that they give the kids something fabulous to fight over.
Kurt is congratulating Mercedes on her acceptance letters to two colleges. Will, she has been accepted to two colleges. It looks like she's got her act together. How is she a bigger concern to you than Puck? Oh, right, because her vocals are better suited for BeeGees than Puck's. Of course, Kurt's vocals are better suited for BeeGees than any other person in the entire cast, and he hasn't actually gotten into college yet, but Kurt does not worry Will because for some odd reason, RIB have decided that they don't want Chris to sing anymore, ever. At any rate, the latest Glee Project winner arrives to halt my whining. He declares himself the biggest fan of both of them, and he's been to all their performances. I am trying to figure out how Kurt got in enough public performances to attract a gushing fanboy. Maybe he's been running a cabaret on the side that the writers never bothered to mention. That may also explain how he got a NYADA audition with an empty resume. The moment this fanboy, named Wade, declares that he boycotted West Side Story because they weren't cast as the leads, Kurt decides he's got a new best friend and introduces himself.
Wade is a member of Vocal Adrenaline. Their new coach is Jesse St. James, who has completely changed his philosophy of coaching since last year. He told New Directions that they needed to base their act on one special person. (Rachel.) This year, he is barking orders like a drill sergeant and declaring that nobody should stand out - especially Wade and his fabulous scarf. Wade wants to ask Kurt for advice, as one fabulously effeminate person to another... how does he get through it? How does he survive Jesse? Or the bullies at school? Without waiting for an answer, Wade begins to tell them about the person he dreams of being - confident, charismatic, Unique. In Wade's mind, Unique strides arrogantly through the hallway to greet them, wearing fabulous designer clothing, including real chinchilla (unless you intend to throw paint on her. Then it is fake.)
Yes, I did say "her." While Wade is a boy, Unique is a girl. This is a transgendered character, and I think that distinction is how I'm going to handle it. This throws even Kurt for a loop momentarily; being the resident expert on Being Gay does not automatically make him the resident expert on every part of the LBGT world. Wade wants to perform as Unique during the Regionals competition. What would Kurt do?
Kurt is speechless. He's taken some flak on the internet for not being more supportive of Wade's transgender status, and if Wade was asking for his opinion on going to Scandals as Unique, I'd agree with that criticism. Wade should be allowed to do recreational things as Unique without anybody bothering her. However, during an official regionals performance... it's generally best to wear the assigned uniform. It is also possible that Kurt is remembering what happened to him when he wore a kilt to prom.
Just an aside. I am tearing my hair out at the inability of the Glee Project to choose winners with Any. Acting. Chops. At. All. The best I can say is that Alex is clearly really, really, really, really trying and he's really, really, really Community Theater amateurish. Alex ends up being the best thing in this episode, but it's not because of his acting.
Back in the choir room, several of the Glee kids are staring at it in befuddlement. Blaine greets whatever it is with obvious excitement. Brittney is pleased with it. What is it? It's a plexiglass disco floor! It's the personal property of great Glee club friend and supporter, Sue Sylvester. Rachel icily reminds Sue that
"HoomigodINEEDTHATSUIT!" squeaks Kurt. However, his dreams will be dashed. He has no chance of winning because Will is not concerned about his future (even though he has only applied to one exceptionally exclusive arts college) and the people who write Glee do not think Kurt should be singing BeeGees songs because his falsetto... is .... perfect for it. Mike thinks the suit would be worth a lot of money; clearly he does not understand that it is a cheap knockoff and not the real thing.
Now we understand why Blaine was grinning. He and Joe were in on this from the beginning, and he's going to help them learn the style of dance for the contest. Yeah, they asked Blaine and Joe to do this instead of Mike. Right. Everybody HAS to dance for the daily Class Participation grade! Hit it!
Will and Sue start dancing like they actually like each other, and maybe they do, now. I am really confused by this friendship. Will begins to sing "Night Fever", and I am happy to hear that Matthew Morrison has the falsetto to do this correctly. Joe sings a verse that should have gone to Kurt - I'm going to be commenting on places where they could have fixed this grievous insult without changing anything of importance at all, so just be aware - and then everybody hits the dance floor, even Artie. Well, everybody... except Quinn, who is barely in this episode at all. I wonder if she went to physical therapy? Rory and Sugar are also missing. Maybe they gave each other mono. That's the problem with having 3000 cast members. Eventually you just can't squeeze them all in.
They each get a very short spotlight dance. Finn remembers a pointing thing from the movie and awkwardly executes it, but he's clearly having fun, despite his reluctance to do disco. Kurt, determined to win that suit in this rigged contest, performs a cartwheel. They end with a group dance routine that looks very cramped with that many people on that tiny floor. Will chooses his three pre-ordained finalists for the suit:
- Santana Lopez, an accomplished dancer and Cheerio. This is no surprise.
- Mercedes Jones, who flunked out of Booty Camp because she was too lazy to try. This is considered an upset.
( I see poor little Kurt crossing his fingers so hard they are about to break and I want to go order him this costume, which I might totally do if he weren't, you know, totally fictional. )
- Finn Hudson. Everybody looks completely confused, including Finn. I am surprised we didn't have an insurrection right there.
Will takes the three Projects of the Week, er the three winners, into his private office and delivers the bad news. They are not winners in a dance contest. They are problem children that Will feels he needs to save by assigning extra homework. They each get to perform a song from Saturday Night Fever Well, and bare their souls about their future hopes to everybody in the class. Well, that's not deflating or insulting, Will. I bet Finn's feelings might actually be hurt by this. Mercedes is rightfully furious, and everything she says to him is right on target. Yes, it's a manipulative game, and you have a right to be angry at the way he's dealing with this, especially since you are the only kid in the Glee Club, as far as I can tell, who applied to more than one school - and was accepted!
"Where does Mr. Shue get off telling me I don't have a dream?" Mercedes asks us in voiceover. She's right. Having a dream does not necessarily mean New York, although I do suspect that only Seniors who go to New York will be in Season Four. She has the dream. She just does not have a plan. She also has a big, magnificent solo: Disco Inferno.
Nobody appears to notice when she bursts into song in the middle of the hallway, but by the time she gets to the choir room, she's in full costume and it's clear she's prepared her homework assignment instantly. Boy, it was generous of Santana and Brittney to help her out, especially since Santana has busy work of her own to get done. Amber killed this number, by the way. Glee got it right a handful of times this week, and this song was one of those times. Mercedes' dream is to be like Mariah and Whitney Houston. (May she rest in peace.) Mercedes does not have support from her father, and she does not know where to start. She's cream in the classroom, but she's afraid she will be skim milk in L.A.. Over in a corner, devoted Sam has very quietly videotaped this excellent performance.
Hallway. We see Finn walking sadly in the foreground, and we see Rachel walking sadly in the background. They apparently have not said a word to each other since Rachel blew a gasket over the idea of not going to New York. They are lucky there is a human bridge. Finn's stop-brother, Rachel's best friend... Kurt slides up to Rachel, aware of the longing glances that are bouncing all over the halls. "Talk to him. Help him."
Rachel sniffs that Finn needs to come to her first, but Kurt's next comment is snarky and potent: "That's a great way to start a marriage." ...And this is all why they should not get married, actually, because I think it's perfectly fine and healthy for each of them to realize life dreams that don't involve each other. Rachel turns away, but Kurt's advice will stew. In the meantime, Finn meets up with his own best friend, Puck. Puck wants a final answer; he does want an LA apartment, but he does not want to share a bed with Finn. Got news for ya, buddy; any LA apartment you can afford will involve sleeping on the floor in a tiny closet. Don't believe me? Look at this. Forget about having two bedrooms. Fortunately, Finn has figured out that he doesn't really want to clean pools, either. Puck admits that L.A. terrifies him and he doesn't want to go alone - remember, he was expecting Finn to be the brains of the outfit. Then Puck joins the lineup of people telling Finn that he's so wonderful and special he deserves big, big dreams - unlike Puck, who will be lucky to live 20 more years without being dead or in jail. Yes, this bothers me. Working in Burt's tire store is not good enough for Finn, but cleaning pools is good enough for Puck. Got it. The reason, of course, is that Cory will be around next season and Mark will not. The falling axe is beginning to resound in every scene.
Sue calls Kurt and Mercedes into her office to call them out as traitors. (First of all, may I just express my delight that Kurt and Mercedes are now apparently good friends again? It only took a year! Sue is very upset with them because they are giving tips to the enemy. Well, maybe it's not that they are giving tips. Maybe it's just that they are not giving deliberately bad advice. Wade wants to wear a dress for Regionals against Jesse's orders. The 2011 McKinley Prom Queen has decided that boys wearing skirts in Lima doesn't go over very well, so they suggested that he not do that. They lack Sue's diabolical genius. Sue has the vision: When Unique goes on the stage, she will sing-handedly sink Vocal Adrenaline, and then New Directions can take Nationals in a cakewalk because they will have rehearsed before they got there this time. And just as an extra special gift, Sue is offering up an absolutely fabulously tacky pair of platform high heeled shoes, resplendent with sequins and glitter, autographed by Janet Reno. I don't know if she expects our transgendered guest to fail in these things because they are too girly, or she's just hoping Unique will fall and break a leg.
Meanwhile, Santana, wearing a retro 70's pantsuit that looks just wonderful on her, is singing her own assignment. She's covering "If I Can't Have You" as a love song to Brittney.
As she sings, we see reaction shots in the audience and... Finn and Rachel are listening. They are beginning to face the holes they have left in their lives with their fight. I notice that Sam is looking intently at Mercedes, too, as she sits next to her newest oldest bestest friend Kurt. Will, still psyched from his role in the Reader's Theater production of "8", thinks that she sung about marriage equality for gay people and her dreams of being a lawyer... a lawyer? Really? Where in blazes did that come from? I think Will has head canon for these kids as much as the fans do. Santana sets him straight. Brittney is her girlfriend, but her mistress is fame. She wants it. She needs it, baby. "Fame is not something to aspire to" lectures a cast member on a major television show with 57 celebrity guest stars a year. Santana is a thousand percent sure that she's going to be famous. However, she has no clue as to how she's going to do it. I just hope she doesn't decide to assassinate somebody.
Brittney has some other, less violent, ideas.
Somewhere between Kurt and Santana, Rachel's stubbornness has passed. She tweets for Finn to meet her in the auditorium, and with two "I miss you's" they reunite in a hug. In the past week, they have both dialed back the out-of-control selfishness; she no longer wishes to ignore his dreams, and he no longer thinks she should just drop hers. Unfortunately, Rachel seems to have decided that they should just drop hers, which is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Maybe his dreams are bigger than hers! Uh.... no. He wants to be a competitive eating champion.
Rachel has decided that her home... her only real aspiration... is Finn. With that, she begins to sing "How Deep is Your Love."
Well, I will say this. She's been consistent. She's been mooning over Finn like he's the only that validates her for two seasons. Rachel is one of my favorite characters and I think she's selling herself extremely short here. With that thought in mind, we move into Emma's office, where the school guidance counselor is FINALLY doing her job, offering brochures to the Ohio Academy for the Arts - hey, shouldn't she have presented this as a safety school for Hummelberry? - and the Waverly College for Animal Husbandry. OK, they REALLY don't know what to offer Finn, do they? At least Emma is considering ideas that don't involve the performing arts as the only viable dream worth having. Finn politely pretends to smile. He loves Rachel. He appreciates what she has done for him. Fifteen seconds out of Emma's office, he throws all the brochures in the garbage.
Everybody is staring at Santana again. This happened the last time Matthew Hodgson wrote a script for his girlfriend, too. Once again, the staring is all about sex. Strangely enough, famewhore Santana is uncomfortable with the giggles and the leering. Artie at least thinks enough of her to give her a hint as to what's going on: Watching two girls and a cat is like staring into the face of God. OK, Artie. Thanks for sharing. Brittney slides up behind her with the most animated line delivery I think Heather has EVER given. "It's because your FAMous!" Brittney put their private sex tape on the internet for all to see. Apparently, it's gotten a lot of "likes", just like I hope this recap does. Brittney spliced it with a tape of Lord Tubbington doing household chores. I would like to buy that cat. I would feed it well.
Why has Brittney put the sex tape on the internet? How did she get it there anyway, since she does not know how to take the lens cap off a camera? Maybe Artie helped her and he got an advance screening. Santana wanted to be famous, and now, like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, she is. Seriously, I want that cat NOW.
Uh... Finn is in trouble now! Will hands him the brochures he threw in the trash like an angry daddy who saves the rejected family dinner and offers it up for breakfast. Will was able to tell that Finn was just humoring them in Emma's office, although that does not explain why he high-fived both Rachel and Emma. Finn did not reveal his real hatred for all their ideas - what, you don't want to go into Animal Husbandry? - because Rachel was so proud of herself for being unselfish and offering solutions. Finn is terrified that Rachel will realize that Finn is a total loser. ( I do not think Finn is a loser. I think Finn has been spending too much time trying to hone his weak suits, but he is not a loser.) Finn faces the problem many high school stars have; he knows that the tough world out there is not going to give him the easy applause that high school did. Cory is absolutely terrific in this scene. Every once in awhile, Glee touches on something real with a cast member strong enough to deliver, and this scene represents one of those times. And now that Finn's laid a very real, serious problem on the table, Will offers up the silliest reply possible. He needs to watch Saturday Night Fever and embrace his inner Barbarino, er, Tony Monero. Will is convinced that if he follows his dream, he will figure out what he wants to do.
Santana is still basking in the glow of being notorious. She's getting catty comments regularly. Seriously, I am surprised she did not break up with Brittney over this, or at least get mad. She wants Brittney to take the video down, but Brittney has big plans for Santana the star. She's drawn up a list of the most disgusting reality shows possible and directions on how to get on them. Put poop in your car! Eat a bull testicle! Yes, you have to do this if you want to be famous! Just... tell me how far you want to go for fame, Santana. I have a suggestion. Do not deliberately have octuplets. I understand that turned out to be very difficult for one foolish woman and her unfortunate children.
Mercedes and Kurt are backstage at the Regionals performance for Vocal Adrenaline. Apparently, when Wade got the shoes he got them confused with friends and gave them a backstage pass. They have come to see Wade at his dressing table, where his magnificent transformation is about to take place. They want him to break a leg, but not in those shoes. Yes, Kurt has worn some flamboyant designer outfits.... but he's never dressed up like a woman. Except for Le Jazz Hot.... but he was swinging both ways, it wasn't for Regionals, and his choir director wasn't going to kill him for doing it.
Wade lays down the Transgender Pride Law. I AM WHAT I AM! Kurt, of all people, should have understood his situation. Well... maybe. I still think Kurt's biggest concern might be that Wade wants to violate the set dress code for an official school performance, something Kurt has never done regardless of how he felt about the clothes. He'd wear a shroud if that the was costume. Still, if Kurt's real problem is that Wade self-identifies as female and really wants to wear a dress... lesson learned, I hope. I think in this case the writers may also be making it clear that there is a very substantial difference between being a gay man and being a transgendered person. Kurt has been accused of being transgender; this script actually makes it very clear that he is not, while granting substantial dignity to somebody who is.
I think Kurt and Blaine should take Unique to Scandals and let her have the time of her life. She can use Mercedes' I.D. At this point, Jesse slithers up to escort New Directions spies out of his dressing room - I actually understand why he feels this way, by the way. He also lets us all know that he's going to fire Wade after the show. In other words... Wade has absolutely nothing whatsoever to lose, and he may already know that.
And then... Vocal Adrenaline is on... and so is Unique. The transformation is amazing.
One minute, Wade's a very stiff and boring boy. The next minute, Unique is a very convincing belting diva who could go toe to toe with Mercedes. Unique is wearing the women's uniform, in the men's color, and I want to know how she managed to do that without Jesse finding out. And yes, she's wearing the shoes. Jesse has a complete conniption fit, and he's tossing people aside to get to the stage and throw Unique off of it bodily... until he realizes it's too late. Unique is singing lead and she's in mid-song. If Wade is forced off the stage now, Vocal Adrenaline is done. He has to let it happen.
There are a couple of things that had to happen for this situation to work. First of all, it's very obvious to me that Wade has a lot of love and support from his fellow VA members, because they knew what he was wearing and they didn't tell Jesse. There's not a single hint of hesitation or confusion from any of them at all. Maybe they've been rehearsing an alternative performance in private. Wade is absolutely wonderful as a girl, and this is the best song of the episode. Damn straight. Well, no, not straight at all, but damned fabulous. Alex can SANG, ya'll. It does make me wonder how New Directions is going to beat them. Jesse looks like he's about to have a stroke. Since we know Alex will be in at least one more episode, we can assume that VA won their Regionals and we've all learned a valuable lesson about respecting transgender people. I've actually had a transgender coworker, so I've had time to get comfortable with the idea.
I do notice that Jesse also did not get to sing in this overpacked episode. Kurt's in good company.
Now it's Finn's turn to summon Rachel. He knows his song for his Very Special Assignment. He's going to sing a love song to Rachel: More Than a Woman.
I am not sure what that has to do with his ambitions for the future, and now I think he may be back to holding her purse in New York City, but as we go into the performance I listen to the song and I think...
OK, that's got to be autotune. There is no chance at all that Cory's falsetto sounds like that. For one thing, it's better than Blaine's which REALLY has me confused now. But then... OK, I REALLY liked this part. All of a sudden, it isn't just Finchel. They have been joined on the dance floor by Asian Fusion, Brittana, and Klaine. We've got Glee's four stable teenaged romances singing and dancing with each other on the dance floor all at the same time. Two of the couple are straight, two of them are gay, all of them are convincing and it's just great. If you listen closely, you can make out the individual voices. Kurt is in there somewhere, singing that Blaine is more than a woman to him...that works on so many levels I really wish they had highlighted it a bit more. Besides, he's the one who sounds best on the song because it was written for a countertenor voice, RIB, you jerks. This is so glaring I really wonder if Chris did something to offend somebody or if he's being punished for something. It was absolutely criminal for them to have Bee Gees week and not have Kurt sing... but at least there was this scene, which also gave a little something to the ever-neglected Tina.
After this scene, which may or may not have been a fantasy sequence or a fast-forward, Finn tells Rachel that he has discovered his dream. He wants to go to New York City, like Tony did. He wants to live there with Rachel, and... The guy who was an awkward Brad and the stiffest and most wooden Han Solo known to man wants to go to James Lipton's school. He wants to join Inside the Actor's Studio.
Finn wants to be an actor.
The only possible explanation I can offer for this at all is actor bleed. Cory was kind of a mess until he discovered that he was an immensely talented actor, and that's what turned his life around. They are giving Finn Cory's life and dream. This also sets up a situation by which Finn can be in season four without having to sing a whole lot. I think it's pretty clear by now that the Big Three kids are going to end up in New York.
OK, storyline where kid with no focus is guided to success by his or her significant other, part one, complete.
Now let's get back to Mercedes. Kurt and Mercedes are offering a little exposition that lets us know it all turned out OK for Unique. She pulled it off. That's the power of a dream. They begin to walk... they see Sam... Kurt does a very abrupt about face and melts into the crowd so that Mercedes can handle her unfinished business. He's Mercedes' friend... Sam is living in his house. He knows the whole score. Sam has one more thing to show Mercedes... and it's not a love song from him this time. He shows her something on Youtube, and Mercedes is gobsmacked to see that it's her version of Disco Inferno. "Did you put this on Youtube without asking me?" she demands... there's been a lot of that going around lately... but then she sees there are 484 positive comments. Sam wanted to show her that strangers believe in her as much as he does. I am not sure that leaving a comment on a video is quite the same as wanting to buy her album, and I don't know how far she'd get with 484 sales, but it's all very encouraging. Sam thinks she's cream rising to the top. And then... quite suddenly, they are making out, and he's her boyfriend again.
OK, storyline where kid with no focus is guided to success by his or her significant other, part two, complete. Never mind that Mercedes is actually in exactly the same spot she was before. She's still been accepted to two schools and she still has no plan. And boyfriend is probably a Junior and won't be going with her.
Sue has brought Santana into her office to scold her for her unbridled ambition; never mind that it was actually Brittany who put the sex tape on the Internet. This dialogue is so bad even Naya can't pull it off, but the gist is that Santana has decided she wants to go to college, and Sue's already arranged it. Without asking her permission, without letting her know about it, without a single word to Santana, Brittany and Sue applied to the University of Louisville in Kentucky for Santana, and they've gotten her a full cheerleading scholarship. Yes, for the second time this season Matthew HorribleBoyfriend has written Naya a script in which all personal control and agency is taken entirely out of Santana's hands and other people have arranged her entire life for her without her consent or knowledge. The other one is I Kissed a Girl. At least Rachel offered Finn brochures rather than just making his decisions for him.
OK, storyline where kid with no focus is guided to success by his or her significant other, part three, complete.
The episode closes as Sue declares Finn, Santana and Mercedes all winners of the white suits, and they strut down the hall to the strains of Stayin' Alive. Suddenly, they are all in the auditorium in a huge version of Sue's disco floor, and everybody in the Glee Club has a dance suit. There is absolutely no reason why one of the many solos in this very falsetto song could not have been sung by Chris Colfer, and dammit, I want an explanation. It's like having a show entirely dedicated to Broadway and not allowing Rachel to sing, or a show that's all about songs in Spanish that leaves out Santana.
As of this writing, my favorite Bee Gee, Robin Gibb, lies in a coma, still Staying Alive. According to at least one article I've read, family members have been singing to him in hopes that the power of their song and their love will help him come out of this. I've been thinking about them all week, and I wish him either recovered health or a dignified, painless passing. They were one of the important bands of my childhood. I wish them well and thank them for the memories.