Glee Season 4 Review “Sadie Hawkin”

I genuinely thought that we’d hit the lowest Glee could go in the Christmas special, but it seems that there are brand new depths this show can plunge to, demonstrated by its return for ‘Sadie Hawkin’. I’ve been Glee’s biggest fan in the past but, as it is for most hard-core fans, when it slips in quality or becomes lazy, it makes that much more of an impact. The episode sees Tina organize a Sadie Hawkins dance so that she can ask her new crush (we’ll get to that in a minute) out, because clearly we’ve all traveled back to the 1950s and women have to have permission before they ask a guy to the dance.

Tina’s new crush might be the most risible part of the whole thing, since we’re supposed to believe she has developed feelings for Blaine over the break. Disregarding how he feels about it, why would Tina be interested in her openly gay (and heartbroken) friend after knowing him for two years? I realize that none of us can help what the heart wants, but her decision to put him on the spot in front of the entire glee club, and then act disappointed when he politely declines, is irredeemable.

She thinks that it’s because he was bullied at a Sadie Hawkins dance at his old school, he tells her that it’s because he has a crush on Sam, but isn’t it just because her romantic feelings can’t be reciprocated? Since when was Tina blind to what’s right in front of her nose? Wasn’t she always the unsung hero; the girl who saw the truth from the sidelines?

Well, you’d think so, but Glee seems to have decided that, with a lack of pairings they haven’t already tried, Blaine is going to go back on his statement in season two, when he briefly thought he might be bisexual. The difference between Brittany/Sam and Blaine/Tina is that Brittany has always identified as bisexual, with no frank statements to the contrary. This turn of events, with Blaine seemingly finding an attraction to Tina while they are dancing, shows a lack of respect to the show’s young gay viewers. If Glee wants to deal with difficult issues of sexuality, this is not the way to do it.

I have less of a problem with Blaine’s attraction to Sam, as the character is given the maturity to realize their relationship can never become something more. He is missing Kurt and wants to transfer his feelings somewhere, so a close friendship with someone he’s attracted to is the natural place to put them. I don’t think this will go anywhere, since Kurt and Blaine are due a reunion, but another fresh romance could throw a spanner in the works. It was obviously time to introduce a token English character (seriously, is there a show on US television that doesn’t have one now?), and Kurt asks a fellow NYADA student for a drink.

Elsewhere in New York, things between Rachel and Brody are heating up alarmingly fast. We don’t actually see much of them this week, but that doesn’t mean that their laid-back flirtation before the Christmas break can’t develop into a full-on relationship. Rachel has a history of trying too hard and pushing too far, but for once it seems that the object of her affections in along for the ride. She deserves a bit of happiness after holding onto Finn for so long, but I don’t foresee the couple moving in together ending up very well for anyone. Will Brody say yes to her proposal? It’d be very interesting if he did.

Marley and Jake also have a big question mark over their heads, with the former asking her date that she needs to take things slow. The trouble is, Jake is also being pursued by “mean, hot, b*tch” Kitty (can we have some character motivation for her soon?!?), who ends up taking Puck to the dance instead of the brother she really wants (she has a fake ID so it’s OK for him to sleep with an underage high school girl). This storyline is selling everybody short, and I wish Marley would just wise up to how good Ryder would be for her. Jake is tempted by Kitty and will probably end up cheating should they end up together. Marley needs to show a lot more spunk if she wants to survive the mean halls of McKinley.

This review might be a little harsh, but I found the episode almost unwatchable for all of the lazy plotting that was heaped upon beloved and complex characters. It seems that, lately, characters are being adapted to the plots Glee’s writers want to include, rather than the other way around. We’ve seen these people evolve and grow over the years (Rachel and Kurt’s stories, for example, were great), so it’s disappointing to see them revert back to their season one personalities whenever it suits the simplistic writing. It makes me angry because I expect and want more from my favorite show – I really hope we return to form soon.

What did you think of the episode? Do you like any of the new relationships? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.