What to expect of 3x17 "Dance With Somebody", Previews!

Monday, April 23, 2012

3x17: "Dance With Somebody"

Glee Tears! The Goodbyes Begin with the Help of Whitney Houston
The sweetest throwback to Glee's very first episode. So as not to completely ruin the surprise, we'll just say this: Remember that warm and fuzzy feeling you felt when you first watched Finn, Rachel, Kurt, Artie and Mercedes sing "Don't Stop Believin'" in the auditorium, and then Mr. Schuester walked in and got all teary-eyed and choked up because he had nearly decided to ditch these kids for a more lucrative career in accounting? (Grrr, Terri!) Yessir, Mr. Schue and New Directions are a tight bunch. Graduation is not gonna be easy for anyone.
  • Unexpected romance for... two pairs! One you might root for, the other... not so much.
  • "It's Not Right, But It's Okay." Pay special attention to the lyrics. Somebody's angry!
Boyfriends, girlfriends...um, what about moms and dads? Who will break up? Who will stay together? Can we take a moment from the relationship drama to instead to consider mom and dad? How about a little TLC for the parents of the seniors? Kurt and Blaine haven't discussed the potential heartache of Kurt leaving for New York, and it looks like Kurt and Burt haven't either. Serious tissue alert: Dad's going to to want to open up before it's too late.

Brittany and Santana's first duet as a couple. Brittany isn't featured on the cover of Glee's graduation soundtrack, which means she's not a senior or, as the executive producers have previously teased, she's pulling straight Fs. If she and Santana are about to part (is Santana really headed to Kentucky?), no one's blinking just yet — which is great, because instead we get a supremely cool dance from the two Cheerios (backed by the entire squad) to "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." No tears. All awesome. Yay, Brittana!

Former enemies bond. If you watched the preview, you can guess who'll wind up in a hug. Also featured: one bromantic toast to the last four years. '

Five Things to Know about Glee’s Whitney Houston Tribute
1. You'll Get So Emotional, Baby: As Quinn, Rachel, Santana, Finn, Kurt, et al. prepare to say goodbye to McKinley High, they use the songs of Whitney to express the difficulties they are having in letting go. This leads to a really fantastic Santana and Rachel scene, an Emmy-worthy Kurt-Burt scene, and a surprising twist on who's having the hardest time saying goodbye. 

2. Stellar Performances: Along with that "chilling" rendition of Whitney's "How Do I Know?," Chris Colfer gives what is arguably his best performance yet with "I Have Nothing." Aperfect song for him. Also perfect? Cory Monteith's dance-centric rendition of "I Want to Dance With Somebody." What's that? You think that sounds properly terrible? Well, good thing we are kidding and it's actually Heather Morris. Zinger! And it's just as much fun as you'd hope it to be.

3. Lots and Lots of Wemma Wedding Talk: Wemma fans, rejoice! 

4. A Core Couple "On the Rocks": A certain fanbase is going to be put through the emotional wringer with this episode. It's not right, and it may or may not be OK, people!

5. An Inkling of What's to Come Next Season: When someone starts talking about a certain event in November that just might bring the whole Glee gang back together again (seniors too!), my mind can't help but snap immediately to the presumption the producers have a November sweeps reunion up their sleeves. That said, because they are floating that out there now, that probably won't be it at all. And so we'll keep guessing how season four will all shake down. 

In the meantime, make sure you tune into Fox on Tuesday for Glee's Whitney Houston tribute. It's just the right mix of Glee goodness and a well-crafted tribute that is tastefully done.

Glee Preview: 5 Teasers From the Whitney Houston Tribute
1. Emma's (Jayma Mays) pamphlets return and prompt Will (Matthew Morrison) to come up with the week's Whitney tribute and its underlying theme: learning to let go. Turns out the New Directions gang aren't the only ones struggling with the end of an era as Will wants to move up the wedding from Christmas to May, which may or may not go over well. 

2. It's a big episode for Chris Colfer's Kurt (a senior) and Darren Criss' Blaine (a junior), who finally address the elephant in the room thanks to Mr. Shue's Whitney assignment. How they get there, however, will definitely ruffle the feathers of Klaine 'shippers. 

3. After sitting out during "Saturday Night Glee-ver," Quinn (Dianna Agron) is back and there's movement with her budding romance with a certain someone, who turns to a blast from her past for advice with how to navigate his conflicted feelings for the former Cheerio. Here's a hint.

4. There's a reference to lesbian bed death but it isn't about the couple you'd expect and another twosome will turn to Emma for couples' counseling.

5. All of the songs in the episode land an emotional punch of some sort, be they over-the-top rousing covers like "Dance," or Kurt's "I Have Nothing," which he's inspired to sing after a teary heart-to-heart with someone near and very dear to him.

Glee 'Dance With Somebody' Preview: Wedding Jitters, Blowout Fights, and Crazy-Good Music
Quinn gets a tingling sensation…in her heart | Last week’s Glee found Quinn spending increased quality time with both Artie and recent New Directions addition Joe (The Glee Project‘s Samuel Larsen). In this week’s episode, one of those suitors turns up the heat (with adorable/awkward results) in an unexpected venue: During a trip to the physical therapist. Plus, Brittany gets to hilariously weigh in on the new kid’s appeal: “Joe’s really pretty, but I heard she doesn’t shave her armpits.”

Schue and Emma seek professional help | Even in Northwest Ohio, finding somebody to plan your nuptials doesn’t come cheap, but thanks to a healthy tax return and the sale of some blood platelets, Will manages to secure the services of the “Northwest Ohio’s premiere wedding planner.” Ultimately, though, when one half of the engaged couple clashes with the in-demand Mr. Lavender, concerns bigger and more serious than color schemes and reception favors bubble to the surface, leading to a particularly nice scene for Jayma Mays.

One couple suffers a bout of “Lesbian Bed Death” | Wait, two randy teenagers who haven’t had an unscheduled makeout session in a month? Sounds like a case for one of Ms. Pillsbury’s trademark pamphlets. Or, on second thought, maybe not?

Mr. Hummel returns from Washington | Glee is always a little better when the fantasic Mike O’Malley is in the mix, and this week the newly elected Congressman takes time from his busy schedule for a touching one-on-one with son Kurt featuring this fabulous little zinger: “I was 9. Who knew paella was gonna be so complicated?”

Frenemies make beautiful music together | Rachel and Santana team up for a spin on “So Emotional” that’s so sensational, I’m not sure why Mr. Schue doesn’t immediately add it to the set list for Nationals. Perhaps just as interesting, though, the new musical alliance leads to two out of the following three things coming true: public displays of affection; class photos hung in each others’ lockers; and eventual accusations of stalking.

Kurt’s fashion sense leads to serious relationship woes for Klaine | No, it’s not that Blaine doesn’t appreciate things like Kurt’s hippo-head brooch, it’s just that Porcelain’s outre accessories happen to catch the eye of a certain someone else. And that someone else happens to be pretty handy with text-message compliments. You see where this is heading, right?

Major musical moments galore | From Whitney’s early hits (“I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” a stunning a capella “How Will I Know“) to her later chart-toppers (“It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay,” “My Love Is Your Love”) the hour is packed with music from a variety of New Directions members, and there’s not a weak link to be found.

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