Glee Review/Recap Season 4 Episode 11 ‘Sadie Hawkins’: May I Have This Dance?

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Update: After missing the telecast due to cable system problems, I’ve seen it now — and loved it. Most of all, the music. Six songs, all great, and if you’re beefing about the Baby Got Back controversy, check out my earlier blog post here along with its reader comments for an elaboration on what’ s been going down. But even beyond that bizarrely sweet arrangement for vulgar lyrics, this show soared with so much Glee-tastic tunefulness that the strange Tina-Blaine storyline didn’t matter.

Besides, some of the narrative did ring true, especially the Warblers’ Trent appearing to blow the whistle on the once proud and honorable glee club for resorting to ‘roids to win at Sectionals. It’s about time this 180-degree shift in the group was acknowledged, though I still think the Warblers, as originally presented in Season Two, were too institutionally honorable to ever have let a couple of bad apples (Sebastian and Hunter) turn them into winning-obsessed demons. (Wasn’t that Vocal Adrenaline’s job?)

Another big narrative shift was Rachel’s first post-Finn fling, with Brody, whom she’s even inviting to move in. (Without roommate Kurt’s permission? Not cool.) And as we can see, ND soon will be reinstated in competition, though it’s odd that they’d win Sectionals by default with the Warblers discredited, since ND was disqualified too, for leaving the stage. That leaves the Rosedale Mennonites, who actually sounded pretty good for a corny, retro group. Hello?

Didn’t buy Blaine’s sudden obsession with Sam any more than I bought Tina’s sudden obsession with Blaine (uh, what about them discussing the fact that him being gay made him the wrong date for her?), or Sam’s sudden obsession with Brittany earlier in the season. But maybe that’s just the volatility of high school romance.

Loved the Sadie Hawkins dance not only for its message of the guys learning how much girls suffer by walking in their shoes, but also the euphoric celebration of another school dance along the lines of Glee’s proms. Great seeing ND show the student body how strong they are on stage., from the girls’ Locked Out of Heaven to the boys No Scrubs to Blake’s slow-dance soulfulness for I Only Have Eyes For You, from the Flamingos of 1959. (The song worked wonders in American Graffiti, too.

Also loved Adam, and his Adam’s Apples, NYADA’s misfit show choir, which may become a fixture on Glee before we know it. Hey, they bring it.

No, not a perfect show, but highly entertaining, and after a six-week hiatus, very welcome. Now it’s on to pinups, topless scenes and one of my favorite songs so far this season in next week’s Naked episode. And if you haven’t heard the stirring anthem This Is The New Year yet, from Ian Axel and A Great Big World (another of their songs played in the background of Sadie Hawkins), get with it, because it’s Glee at its best.

I must say, at mid-season, a reinvented Glee is lo0king damn good.

— Bruce Westbrook

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