Glee Season 3 Episode 17 Dance with Somebody
It’s Whitney Houston week! The episode opens with Mercedes, Santana, Kurt and Rachel’s heartfelt a capella version of the legendary singer’s “How Will I Know.” The glee members still could not get over Houston’s death last February 2012, because the diva was an inspiration to them. Emma compares it to her connection with Princess Diana, who tragically died in 1997. According to her, the death of the princess of Wales represented the loss of her childhood and she thinks that Houston’s death is the same for the kids.
Mr. Schue also senses that part of his members’ gloomy mood has something to do with the fact that some of the members will be graduating soon. He asks them to perform songs from Houston’s songbook, not only to celebrate her legacy and success, but to express how they feel that some of them are leaving. Everybody loves the assignment and Rachel simply could not wait to sing Houston’s rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which she performed during the 1991 Super Bowl.
Together with some of the Cheerios, Brittany and Santana perform an up-tempo remix of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).” With their energy, not to mention Brittany’s excellent dance moves, they got their fellow members on their feet.
Joe Hart, who has been helping Quinn during her physical therapy sessions, plays the guitar and sings “Saving All My Love for You.” Quinn later on sings with him and the two share a romantic moment. Some of the members are perplexed with the flirtation going on between them.
Santana and Rachel perform a duet of the song “So Emotional.” With only 42 school days left, the normally hostile pair seems to be enjoying each other’s company as performers. Santana even tells Rachel that she will sort of miss her.
Kurt meets a teen boy named Chandler at a record store while browsing through Whitney Houston albums. The teenage boy turns out to be Kurt’s biggest fan. Chandler blatantly flirts with him and asks for his number. Kurt hesitates at first but ends up giving it to him. His biggest admirer keeps on sending him over-the-top compliments and Kurt is just enjoying the attention.
Rachel catches Kurt texting with his admirer. Kurt insisted that he is not doing anything wrong. He adds that he just likes the excitement because he and Blaine are in a lesbian-bed-death stage in their relationship. He is getting bored because nothing is new or unplanned. He tells her that he had not experienced an unscheduled make-out session with his boyfriend in a month.
The next day, Blaine discovers Chandler’s text messages and accuses Kurt of cheating. Kurt insists that he’s not cheating on him. Blaine dramatically performs “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” copying the original 1999 video. He dedicates it to “anyone that’s been cheated on.” On the other hand, Kurt performs an awfully emotional and extremely high rendition of “I Have Nothing.”
While he is cleaning his room, Kurt gets emotional because he will terribly miss his dad. Burt comes in and tells his son that he doesn’t want him to leave. Kurt convinces his dad that he needs to follow his dream and that he will always care for him.
Kurt and Blaine talk to Emma about their relationship. Blaine tells the counselor that Kurt wouldn’t stop talking about the New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA). He adds that he isn’t looking forward to next year because he will be alone and far from his boyfriend. Kurt cries and says his “I love you’s” with a promise to stay together.
During one of Quinn’s physical therapy sessions, Joe almost kisses her but the young man pulls away. Quinn thinks that Joe is grossed out by her condition. She clearly does not have an idea that Joe really likes her but he is just concerned his feelings for her will get in the way of his feelings for God. In another session, Quinn is in the middle of a self-pity speech, when Joe surprises her with very sweet words, saying “Maybe you could use my eyes to see yourself the way I see you.” Quinn tells him she hopes this could be the start of something new for them.
Will tells Emma that he couldn’t wait until December to marry her. He suddenly tells her he wants to do it in May instead. Emma gets her fiancé to admit that he only wants to move the wedding because he is afraid his glee kids won’t come home to attend that special day. She convinces him that these kids will still come to the wedding even if it’s going to happen in 10 years or taking place in the moon.
As he watches the kids sing “My Love Is Your Love,” Will realizes that Emma is right.
Title Original Artist
“How Will I Know” Whitney Houston
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” Whitney Houston
“Saving All My Love for You” Whitney Houston
“So Emotional” Whitney Houston
“It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” Whitney Houston
“I Have Nothing” Whitney Houston
“My Love Is Your Love” Whitney Houston