Glee Review: It's Not Right, It's Really Not Okay

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I turned on my TV for a Glee episode tonight… and a Whitney Houston cover concert came on.

Yes, I knew what to expect going in to "Dance With Somebody," considering the set-ups for previous tribute episodes - cover song; random scene to serve as fodder for the next cover song; rinse; give Will some cheesy cliches to utter; repeat - but this installment came across as especially galling because it was in honor of someone who died just a couple months ago.

A cynic would view the episode as a chance to exploit Whitney's death for ratings.

A Gleek would shed a tear over Chris Colfer's version of "I Have Nothing" and think there's no better way to honor the legend.

I'm guessing most people would fall somewhere in between.

Glee Does Whitney

Me? I just want good television. And this was anything but. The scenes in between numbers were simply brutal to watch. I'd have preferred if Glee abandoned any pretense that it could contrive a correlation between Whitney's passing and the seniors graduating and simply gone American Idol on us, giving each cast member a chance to sing a Whitney classic.

It would have been far less insulting than the following storylines:

  • We've seen Joe and Quinn interact for approximately five minutes on Glee. Now, in the course of less than an hour, he's crushing on Quinn... then immediately wanting to sleep with her... then wondering if he ought to give up his faith for her. It's impossible to imagine this character isn't a major slap in the face to practicing Christians. Joe is a walking stereotype, devoid of development and personality, who just shows up here and there when Glee wants to give religion 10 minutes of air time.

P.S. The song Joe and Quinn sing to each other, "Saving All My Love For You," is about ADULTERY.

  • We've seen nothing resembling problems between Kurt and Blaine, until the former randomly starts flirting - and, yes, of course, cheating - with some guy he met at the music store, solely so Blaine can launch into "It's Not Right, But It's Okay." Problems between a senior and a junior dating because the former is leaving? Absolutely realistic and a welcome storyline. Problems created and solved within one episode, just to provide context for a song? Sadly, typical Glee these days.
  • Note to Will: find some friends your own age. Moving your wedding date so a bunch of high school kids can perform at it? That's simply crazy and creepy.

So, no, it won't come as a surprise to loyal readers of my Glee reviews that I abhorred this episode. I apologize to those who are sick of hearing my complaints each Tuesday night, but I assure you: I'm sick of writing them. I really do want my old Glee back, though at least I knew not to expect it this week. I didn't enjoy tribute episodes even during the show's prime.

Here's a positive: I always get a kick out of Emma's pamphlets!

But that's about it. So you take over, readers. Respond to the following poll questions and share your thoughts on "Dance with Somebody."





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@DeAnn: AMEN. You said it 100% perfect what's been on my mind when it comes to the reviews and the show. And I'll admit, I was crying too at Kurt's rendition of I Have Nothing, and I NEVER cry over musical performances. Spectacular job on Chris Colfer's part


It's obvious that they put a lot of work into each program, and the fact that they're all still young and have years of growth as performers ahead gives me great hope for the future of musical theater.
All told, this episode was wonderful, from the singing to the acting, and I didn't find it at all strange that Joe fell for Quinn so fast, heck, he's a teenage boy, for heaven's sake, they fall in love/lust at the drop of a leg, especially such a shapely leg as Quinns...and I am sure he knows that the song they were singing to each other was about adultery, because he already said that he's thought of giving up his religious beliefs for her, which is not at all uncommon, at least it wasn't when I was in high school, and the preacher's kid was having sex with the choir teacher.After all they've been through, I also see why Mr Shue wants them to sing at his wedding...they changed his life and he loves those kids, not in a creepy way, either.


I really wish TV Fanatic would fire this reviewer, or at least move him to a show that he actually likes, though I wonder if he likes TV programs at all?
Anyone who has a modicum of sense and creativity knows that this was a brilliant tribute episode with gorgeous arrangements and performances of Whitney Houston's songs. I did, indeed, cry when Kurt sang the most glorious and heart-felt performance of "I Have Nothing"...his voice soared! It gave me goosebumps, as did all of the songs that the cast performed. I'm a former theater major who has been in a number of musicals during junior high and high school, and I reviewed some of the local theater scene for newspapers, so I know a bit about the performing arts, and what makes for a good singing, dancing or acting performance. The cast of Glee is rife with incredibly talented performers whose vocal talents are top notch, and their acting sublime, as is their dancing. It's obvious that they put a lot of work into each program, and the fact that they're all still young and have years of growth as performers ahead gives me great hope for the future of musical theater.


@Matt Fair enough, it may be an expression, but how come that is the only thing you could "defend" from what I said.. I'm not being hateful or anything but I do think you have been way to critical on Glee and its just bringing Glee down for everyone


I just realized that finn and rachel didn't have a solo that is a first I think that's why I liked the episode so much.




I agree with anyone saying that, while this was not the best episode of Glee, it certainly isn't the worst of the season. A lot of people are being extremely harsh about the singing. Like the covers or not, the cast is comprised of some talented singers all of whom tried their best and performed admirably. These actors are not Whitney Houston. How Will I Know was a beautiful arrangement and vocally lovely. To suggest otherwise because it was random is ignorant. Dance With Somebody was sung by an actress with no vocal training. I'll bet she did better than most of you could do. It was a happy, upbeat version.


While I usually agree with this review, for the first ti8me in a long time I liked a glee episode. Usually I find the tribute episodes overbreaing and forced but this episode was not too bad. Most of the songs worked well, whether it fit into the storyline or just suited the characters storyline(Brittanas performance). I thought that Klaine were heading towards some drama but i didnt like how fast they made up. Loved that Rachel acknowledged Santana as a bully but decided to get past it due to mutual respect for each others talent. Also felt that Quinns thought about being unattractive were realistic and the scene between Kurt and Burt was so cute. Loved the first and last songs of the ep :)


I certainly feel that Glee has gone majorly downhill this season, but I strongly disagree with this review--this was the first good episode in a looooong time. Yes, Quinn and Joe's relationship popped up out of the blue, and entire story arcs--Kurt and Blaine, I'm talking to you--happen in just one episode, but overall this was a good episode. The music was better than it has been recently, we started getting interesting stories that felt real and (for the most part) not made up on the spot. That last number they did--THAT is the Glee I love.


I've seen it asked a few times, so I just wanted to put this here:
Damien (Rory) wasn't in the episode because he fell sick at the time they were filming it. Vanessa (Sugar) wasn't in it because her contract doesn't include special episodes like tributes. But Damien said it himself: he's there til the end of the season, so he's not going anywhere yet :)

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Glee Season 3 Episode 17 Quotes

Quinn, you're still dancing in my dreams. And you can fly and breathe fire.


We're hanging on Whitney because she was incredible and we love her, so don't put your baggage on us.