Glee went heavy on the ‘80s tunes this week with its visually superb tribute to the movies. There were pants-less men, restless New Yorkers, and possibly the most romantic Klaine scene ever.
We begin with Mr. Schue’s dream fantasy about him and Emma singing “You’re All the World” from Royal Wedding. It looks and sounds great, but this is kind of a boring way to kick off the grand movie episode. I’m ashamed to admit this, but I genuinely miss the days when Will would get down in the trenches with the glee kids, rapping Kanye songs and igniting sex riots. As creeptastic as he can be, he’s one of the best singers and dancers they’ve got.
Will’s lonely dream leads him to this week’s assignment: movie week! Not only is it movie week, it’s boys vs. girls mash up week too! Wait. Did you just mash up the mash up theme, Schuester? Oh who cares, because guess who’s returned from her trip to Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? Everyone’s favorite mafia princess Sugar Motta! Holla!
There’s an extra incentive to the winners of this year’s mash off. Artie’s directing his first low budget feature film and the victors are going to get to star in it. Take note: this will either become a major plot point in future episodes or evaporate, never to be mentioned again.
Finn “I’m the worst person in the world” Hudson asks Schue if he’s found Emma yet. After fleeing their wedding, she cashed in her vacation days and disappeared. Will still hasn’t found her. In an effort to assuage his guilt over kissing Emma, Finn goes to Sue and Artie for help, the latter of whom agrees to aid Finn in his search.
Because Brittany and Blaine are made of happiness and jellybeans, they’re both bummed the boys and girls won’t get to sing together this week. They propose a warm up mash up between them all to get things going. Cue Animal House’s “Shout!” a.k.a. Glee’s 500th PERFORMANCE! 500! Did you catch that? It’s PERFORMANCE NUMBER 500! I just thought you all should know, in case you missed the promos and website banner ads and tweets and interviews about it over the past few weeks.
Britt and Blaine dance through the school plucking New Direction’s members (and other random students) out of class. The number culminates with a jubilant dance party in the cafeteria, a far cry from season three’s opening episode where a glee performance started an actual food fight. The two leads are so energetic it’s hard not to get into the spirit of PERFORMANCE NUMBER 500!
Santana’s finally settled in NYC, but is stuck inside the loft with Rachel, Kurt, and Adam because of a blizzard. Kurt and Adam are doing silly Downton Abbey impressions, Santana’s trolling them, and Rachel’s freaking out, so they decide to watch a movie together as a distraction. Kurt suggests Moulin Rouge! And…magic happens.