Spoiler Glee Season 3 Episode 16 Saturday Night Glee-ver
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Searching for inspiration, Will Schuester tells Sue Sylvester that he doesn’t know what to do and that he feels like he’s out of ideas. Sue replies that he’s been out of ideas since Madonna Week and suggests that he could embrace a lazier style of teaching and assign New Directions a famous album. He reminds the cheerleading coach she did that last year. Sue points out that the Rumours Week was a resounding success, and it seemed to solve everyone’s problems, even if only for about five minutes. She then suggests that the New Directions take on not just any album but a soundtrack that defined a generation.
The former rivals both want the glee club to take on the soundtrack to the definitive disco movie, Saturday Night Fever. Will loves that album. Only one problem stands in Will and Sue’s way: the kids think disco sucks. Undaunted, the two of them join forces and come up with a plan to get the kids into disco.
Will and Sue’s plan calls for swag, which the glee club kids love to receive. In his mind, Will flashes back to the time when Bryan Ryan tried to bribe the glee club with bedazzled jean jackets and when glee club members were excited about getting things like mattresses or dinner for two at Breadstix, and so on. Sue says they should give the students something to fight for.
With the kids responding to Will and Sue’s bribery, the McKinley High glee club goes back in time to the music of an older generation and pays homage to the movie. If anyone could get New Directions to do something they hate, that person would be Sue Sylvester.
Even though the glee club members probably would have flatly refused to have anything with it when their club was starting out, Mercedes sings the hell out of the song “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps while she’s flanked by Brittany and Santana. For their part, Tina, Rachel and the other glee club girls are showing off their disco moves while wearing glamorous ’70s-era dresses that look like they’re made of authentic polyester. Unique (Alex from The Glee Project) and Vocal Adrenaline get their “Boogie Shoes” on; this song was originally performed by KC and the Sunshine Band.
The soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever is in fact dominated by the Bee Gees, who performed six of the seventeen songs on it. All the other artists on the album only have one song each, except for composer David Shire, who has three songs. Furthermore, the song “More Than a Woman” appears twice on the album: one version performed by the Bee Gees, who wrote the song for the movie, and the other performed by Tavares as a cover version. Thus, the Bee Gees’ songs have prominent parts in Saturday Night Glee-ver too. Finn tackles “More Than a Woman,” while Rachel sings “How Deep Is Your Love?” Blaine, Mike, and Brittany start off the disco dancing to the tune of the Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing” in Blaine’s daydream sequence where he imagines a disco ball in their classroom. Not to be outdone, Mercedes and Santana team up with Finn for the iconic song “Stayin’ Alive,” while Blaine and Artie collaborate with Mr. Schue for “Night Fever.”
Will disco possibly be someone’s downfall? Brittany tells Santana that everyone’s loving the sex tape of them. Santana yells, “What?!” She also sings Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You” for Saturday Day Night Glee-ver.
The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack spent twenty-four weeks at number 1 and won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, when the Bee Gees also won Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for their work on the soundtrack. In the second week of April 2012, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees was in hospital care and had fallen into a coma; he was reportedly in very serious condition. If he doesn’t pull through before the airing of Saturday Night Glee-ver, then it would be the second time that Glee accidentally paid tribute to a departed musician. The first was when Whitney Houston passed away in February 2012 and in the Valentine episode Heart, Mercedes sang “I Will Always Love You,” a song that Whitney Houston made famous after Dolly Parton wrote it.
What could possibly make the glee club kids want to perform Saturday Night Fever songs like “Disco Inferno”? To see the actual swag that Mr. Schue and Sue Sylvester will use to bribe the young disco haters, Gleeks can catch the show’s all-new episode Saturday Night Glee-ver when it airs on April 17, 2012.