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Saturday Night Glee-ver 

New Directions pays homage to the film "Saturday Night Fever" by grooving to the disco-infused dance numbers.

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Bradley Buecker

Writers:

Ryan Murphy (created by), Ross Maxwell (staff writer) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dianna Agron ... Quinn Fabray
Chris Colfer ... Kurt Hummel
Darren Criss ... Blaine Anderson
Jane Lynch ... Sue Sylvester
Jayma Mays ... Emma Pillsbury
Kevin McHale ... Artie Abrams
Lea Michele ... Rachel Berry
Cory Monteith ... Finn Hudson
Heather Morris ... Brittany S. Pierce
Matthew Morrison ... Will Schuester
Amber Riley ... Mercedes Jones
Naya Rivera ... Santana Lopez
Mark Salling ... Noah 'Puck' Puckerman
Harry Shum Jr. ... Mike Chang
Jenna Ushkowitz ... Tina Cohen-Chang
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New Directions pays homage to the film "Saturday Night Fever" by grooving to the disco-infused dance numbers.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Mentions how she has a pair of heels signed my Janet Reto which is a famous district attorney in the Unabomber case. She goes to play her in the limited series Unabomber See more »

Goofs

When Sam shows Mercedes that he posted a video of her to YouTube, she/the camera look down to see that it has "485 Views", Mercedes reads out that it has 485 *comments*, a statement which Sam goes with by saying 484 are positive. Meanwhile the location they show on the page is where YouTube shows number of views, which in addition is legible on screen as "views". See more »

Quotes

Will Schuester: It's not the broken dreams that break us. It's the ones we don't dare to dream.
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Connections

Edited from Glee: Mattress (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

That's The Way (I Like It)
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Wayne Casey & Richard Finch
Performed by The Singsations
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An Homage this is not, but I still enjoyed the episode
7 June 2017 | by DjfunkmasterGSee all my reviews

I have been a huge fan of Saturday Night Fever for 40 years. The 1977 mega-disco-hit starring John Travolta, not only solidified him as an acting force to be reckoned with, but brought the day to day drama of life in 1970's Brooklyn as a teen with no direction in life.

So when Glee opted to pay homage I had to jump up and give this episode a watch. Now, they call this an homage however it doesn't even skim the surface of what Saturday Night Fever was about. Kids in midwest Ohio aren't going to understand nor relate to Tony Manero. However as an acapella glee club wanting to show respect to a film that not only defined a decade, but established music from a soundtrack that is still as listenable today as it was in 1977.

While I would have loved to have been a writer on this episode, simply because as a filmmaker and a fan I would have dialed the story around all the struggles the kids do face, not having them try to act like their life is as hard as Maneros'

What I loved about this episode was the cinematography and camera direction simply because if you know the original film as well as I do you can catch all the direct shot lifts from the film used int he episode, which gave it the proper technical nod.

The dancing was what i would expect of a Glee episode set to disco, however I personally would have saved the opening number dance for the end of the show. You Should be Dancing would have been a great closing number where as Stayin' Alive is and always will be an opening number. However, it was nice to see many Manero moves lifted and put into that opening number... they just needed the floor and they would have have almost had a shot for shot opening to the famous dance scene.

My biggest qualm was the lift of a line of dialogue from the 1983 sub-par sequel, Staying Alive. Just as the staying alive number is about to begin the line lifted is from Manero's final line after his successful Broadway performance... You Know what I wanna do, you know what i wanna do... Strut. However, due to the poor lift of a line from a throw away subpar sequel it made me angry.

In the end, this baby doesn't move at midnight and sure as heck doesn't make it to the dawn, but it does keep ya dancing.


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