Glee "Sadie Hawkins" Review: Baby Got Wack

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Jan 25, 2013

Glee S04E11: “Sadie Hawkins”

Hey, kids. Glee’s back! Did you miss it? I missed Darren Criss’s face, Beiste being awesome, and Sue. I still miss Sue. Why is Sue always MIA these days? I thought I missed Marley, but then she opened her mouth. I missed Brittany. I think that means I might have missed Sam too. I did not miss Kitty. UGH, KITTY. RIGHT? And now she’s dating Puck Sr. and they’re getting along and she was nice for like, ten seconds, but I’m so burned on her that I don’t know if I should take it for sincere niceness or just more of her psychotic manipulation. The more I think about it, the more I’ve come to realize that there’s really no point in trying to figure her out because Glee is going to make Kitty do whatever it's convenient for Kitty to do at any given time regardless of motive, previous characterization, common sense, or anything that even vaguely resembles a clear plan for the overall plot of the show. More and more this season, tuning in for an episode of Glee is like playing Barbie (or GI Joe!) with your friends. It doesn’t matter what the story was the last time you got together because it’s all pretend—so somebody wants Tina to lust for Blaine and Blaine to long for Sam and Kitty to randomly grow a soul, then so be it.

So this week on Glee, Kitty was “a mean hot bitch who likes to get what she wants,” but she was also a really sweet, supportive girl who read Noah Puckerman’s typo-laden screenplay when she didn’t have to and actively encouraged him to stick with his screenwriting aspirations as though she she actually cared. Does she actually care? Idk. I’m mostly of the opinion that Puck hooking up with Kitty was dreamed up purely to drive a wedge between the Puckerman-brothers-from-different-colored-mothers.

Tina came up with the idea of holding a Sadie Hawkins dance at McKinley because EMPOWERMENT. Also, her fellow members of the Too Young to be Bitter Club were sick of never having dates to school-wide soirees. The EMPOWERING nature of the Sadie Hawkins dance meant that for the first time ever, these perpetual wallflowers would get to go to a high school dance with their dream man. Or at least, that was the theory. I have to admit that I’m not entirely up on my Sadie Hawkins rules and regulations. My high school didn’t hold them because our principal was of the opinion that we should feel empowered to ask our crushes to dances at every dance, not just the one specifically designated for girls. Still, I get it, Glee takes place in the patriarchal dystopia of Western Ohio where girls don’t dare approach the boy they love for fear of, well, rejection, I guess. Unfortunately, rejection still factored into the McKinley Sadie Hawkins festivities because while the boys couldn’t ask the girls out, they could still turn them down, which is just what Blaine did when Tina singled him out via song.

Tina has a crush on Blaine now. She called him the “love of her life” when she later disbanded the Too Young to be Bitter Club because they ended up going to the dance as friends-who-may-or-may-not-have-almost-kissed. I’m leaning toward not because Blaine, meanwhile, had developed a crush on Sam, who is still dating Brittany, and made gooey eyes at him the entire time he slow-danced with Tina. A flowchart would be really helpful right now, Glee.

I want to believe Glee is setting us up for a story about unrequited crushes and how they just kind of happen and they’re part of growing up. I just don’t believe the show ever thinks that far ahead.

Earlier in the episode, Finn-who-is-most-definitely-not-a-teacher was hanging out in the teacher’s lounge like it was his second home and angsting over how hard it was to keep the glee club interested in rehearsing without an upcoming competition to justify it. It was as though the writers themselves were speaking to us through young Finn, acknowledging that they feel our pain, that there’s really no point to any of this without trophies to covet and big, glittery, drama-fraught performances to build up to. Never fear! Many of you totally called it in the comments weeks ago, so this may not come as any surprise, but it looks like the Warblers cheated at Sectionals. I KNOW. Roids, man. I loved the nefarious montage of Warblers getting shots of steroids in the butt, slowly going insane, and then all-out drinking the stuff. I’m not sure that it works that way, but I like it when Glee is weird, over-the-top, and just a little bit cheesy, so it worked. Blaine, Finn, and Sam encouraged the sole holdout, Trent, to come forward with his insider knowledge. He was reluctant, but I’m sure he’ll come around. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was awarded with a spot on the reinstated New Directions, really.

In New York, Rachel and Brody became an actual official boyfriend-and-girlfriend thing. A few years ago, Gawker made a list of Seinfeld episodes that couldn’t have existed in today’s cellphone-filled world. Rachel and Brody’s story fell firmly in line with those classics of the early and mid-'90s. Brody was late for a dinner date because his train was delayed. Rachel lost her shit. A twenty-something college student in New York City in 2013 doesn’t have a cellphone? Lol, okay. Actually, we know for a fact that Brody owns a cellphone because we saw it back when he banged his dance teacher. (How’s that flow chart coming along, Glee?) Brody was so sorry about being late that he offered to move to Rachel’s neighborhood because that’s totally not an insane overreaction at all. Rachel went a step further and invited Brody to shack up with her. Hmm, what's Kurt doing to say to that, I wonder?

And speaking of Kurt, he started at NYADA fresh off of his conveniently timed winter showcase audition and struggled to find his place. He ended up with the Adam’s Apples show choir whose leader took one out of Blaine’s book and tried to recruit/woo Kurt with a song. That song may or may not have been the totally ripped off from nerd god/musician Jonathan Coulton cover of “Baby Got Back.” Kurt was moved to almost-tears. Then again, Kurt is moved to tears when the wind blows so ugh, Kurt.


What did you think of Glee’s mid-season return?



MUSICAL NOTES


Glee playlist time: “Tell Him” by Marley, Brittany, and the girls was a lot of fun. Tina finally got a solo even though it existed purely to embarrass both her and Blaine. If you ignore the cringy faces they both made through the entire performance, her “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar was the glorious Tina solo we’ve been waiting for all season because “Gangnam Style” totally didn’t count. Also, Ryder’s “I Only Have Eyes for You.” I’m a sucker for oldies, okay?

– So is Kitty people now or is this just more of her crazy?

– Tina had a lot of questionable moments in “Sadie Hawkins” but her assessment of prom was spot-on.

– The fact that Jake was actually considering ditching Marley when Kitty offered to screw his brains out reeeeeally doesn’t help the already sub-level opinion I have of him. You?

– “I had every flavor of Cheerios you can imagine.” Lol. Dirty.

– If Trent comes forward and the Warblers are disqualified, that means that the also-disqualified New Directions automatically win? That doesn’t seem logical...

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  • sduvoisin Feb 04, 2013

    Zizes came back and that wasn't mentioned anywhere in this review! I hope she sticks around.

  • forgotten20 Jan 30, 2013

    From what I understood they didn't get disqualified, they just skipped ahead to the voting and with them not having much of a performance from the new directions to base their decision off of they voted for the warblers first, new directions second, and that Mormon group or what ever for last cause I mean, lets face it, the new directions ONE performance was better than theirs

  • ChecheEleazar Jan 28, 2013

    Isn't there another Glee club that performed at sectionals? And shouldn't they be the one to win if the Warblers are disqualified? Right?

  • Devon39219 Jan 29, 2013

    maybe they'll redo the contest?

  • usagicassidy Jan 28, 2013

    Absolutely loved reading this review! Loved.

    From the start of this episode, I knew it was something special. It was just weird, off the wall, quirky, and absolutely hilarious. Glee has thrown so much character and plot development through the tube these past four seasons, so I actually prefer it now when it doesn't try to take itself too seriously.

    And here's hoping for some Blaine/Sam slash, even if it's only a dream sequence!

  • sarahalexande Jan 27, 2013

    glee - come on. at this point the lack of continuity, reality and character development that actually makes sense from week to week is getting ridiculous. Tina. Blaine is gay. not maybe gay, not discovering himself gay - but out and proud and (mostly) unwavering is his sexuality. It's one of the reasons fans responded so well to him. Unrequited crushes are part of highschool and that's fine but don't ask him out in song in front of your friends and then demand an apology when he says really awkwardly - 'thankyou...but no.'
    and Rachel - you are the most annoying, selfish character on the show and we still loved you for it back when you were struggling to fit in and were unsure of yourself and acted like a teenage girl. now....you're just annoying. the first year of college/uni is hard. not just the first few months.
    can't believe i ranted for so long about glee. just...uhg.

  • bleumystique Jan 27, 2013

    -Bwahah Glee and Logic. As if, sister friend.
    -Kitty is cat nip cray-cray. She's strictly plot device. She is what she is according to how it fits in with the story.
    -A flow chart would be nice. Because they're throwing relationships and crushes at us left and right, and I'm damn good at keeping up with stuff typically but even I"m not that damn good. So Tina who had a crush and dated Artie, and had a crush and dated Mike, is now crushing hard on Blaine, the guy who she knows is openly gay? I would go as far as to say that this is in relation to her rivalry she has with Rachel who isn't even there before...is it that she's crushing on Blaine the gay guy because Rachel totally made out with gay Blaine before? And Blaine is now crushing on Sam, whom we initially thought was going to be gay and Kurt's love interest when he first came up on the scene, but instead was a pendulum of a character rotating between being blindingly dumb and charmingly deep while dating the likes of every Cheerio and Mercedes (though does that count because they conveniently dated OFF screen which thoroughly pissed me off but I digress)? I just can't...with the crushes they're throwing at us. I"m still trying to accept the return of "Stupid" Sam.
    -Go figure. Rachel is THAT girl who forgets about her friends when she gets involved with a guy, more specifically forgets to ask her friend if her guy can move in. NO.
    -Very uneventful Glee.

  • tegala Jan 27, 2013

    Can someone please tell me the name of the song that plays immediately after the Bruno Mars cover by the girls. Unable to Shazam on the TV. Many thanks in advance! :)

  • StephanieStra2 Jan 27, 2013

    Sheesh. I LIKED the episode! It was fun, the songs were even funny, including the Baby Got Back cover of a cover. I hated Coulton's version/vocals (whether the audio was identical or not; the AA's vocals and piano made the AA's version have a different, less annoying feel to it).

    First, this is a TV show - a COMEDY, meaning that things don't necessarily make sense. Dramas CAN follow storylines and character development, but most comedies on TV barely manage. And this stuff didn't just instantly appear for this one episode; small things have been over at least the last 2-3 episodes, some longer.

    The episode was FUN. It was great to see Kurt having fun, giggling (not crying) over the AAs song (which was not a song one would expect at a school like NYADA). The only problems I really had were Rachel inviting Brody to move in without checking with Kurt first, but she's always been impulsive to the point of insanity (ooo - consistency) and Brody not calling to say he'd be late (but that would have messed up the blow-up); he could have dropped it or battery ran down, but it was ignored. So what? It's a TV show :)

    Unrequited love is not limited to any one gender/sexual orientation. When one is lonely and someone is nice to them, bang! not uncommon at all. Insecure girls/women are particularly prone to fixating on men with whom they feel comfortable and safe: gay men. Essentially, it's tranference, but not with one's psychologist/analyst. Nothing unusual, in either Tina or Blaine's cases; Blaine was nice to Tina and Sam was nice to Blaine.

    Most of this stuff is Psychology 101. In Kitty's case, she sees niceness as weakness. Puck gave back what she dished out and she was attracted. Much like the stuff when Artie was trying to get back with Brittany in S3. Kitty's not a psychopath/sociopath, since she evinced a guilty expression when Marley fainted and they tried to give Marley juice. Quinn may have had major swings from "good" to "bad", but she didn't pull stuff like the fake Rapture or convincing an insecure person to work into an eating disorder. So, yes, Kitty's character is still way out of whack as far as being consistent.

  • bleumystique Jan 27, 2013

    It isn't the Psych 101 that's the problem. It's the way they throw this stuff at you with no lead up into it and then drop it after the fifty minutes is up. There should be a cohesive feel to stories that just isn't there.

  • ronaldfisher1 Jan 27, 2013

    We have to face it, Glee has jumped the shark! :(
    It’s the beginning of the end of a once great show...

  • KayWatkins Jan 27, 2013

    All I could say during this episode was "you know he's gay right?" Totally out and proud and dated your classmate gay. When did Tina catch Sam and Brittany's dumbness?? Ugh!

  • StephanieStra2 Feb 04, 2013

    People have selective blindness. All the girls that chase after Chris Colfer, knowing full well that he's gay? Hello? (and I'm a Colfer admirer, so no hate there - using it as an example).

  • KayWatkins Feb 09, 2013

    I get that. Just thought Tina was smarter than that. Ah well.

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