After seeing that seniors Mercedes (Amber Riley), Santana (Naya Rivera) and Finn (Cory Monteith) are uncertain about what to do with their future, glee club director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) attempt to motivate them through the ’70s movie Saturday Night Fever. Though most New Directions members don’t like the idea of performing disco, they are enthusiastic about the prize Sue offers for the best performance.
Wade Adams (Alex Newell), a gender dysphoric student from rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline and a fan of Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Mercedes, asks their advice about performing in drag. They initially caution against doing so, but Sue later convinces them to tell him to go ahead so that Vocal Adrenaline will lose their Regionals competition and not be competing against them at Nationals. Mercedes and Kurt later regret this reversal, and go to the competition to renew their original advice, but are stopped by Vocal Adrenaline’s director, Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff). Once Jesse realizes that Wade is on stage in female clothes, he attempts to order him off it, but Wade proves to be a success.
Mercedes sings “Disco Inferno”, and reveals that although she wants to be a star, she does not know to get a record deal and is leery of moving to California on her own. Her former boyfriend Sam (Chord Overstreet) later shows her a Youtube video that he posted of her choir room performance, which has received very enthusiastic feedback. He tells her he believes in her and her talent, and kisses her.
After performing “If I Can’t Have You”, Santana reveals that she is not interested in attending college but wants to be famous by any means necessary. This prompts her girlfriend Brittany (Heather Morris) to post a sex tape of her and Santana so that Santana can become famous. Sue calls the pair into her office and tells Santana how disappointed she is in Santana’s focus on fame at all costs. Sue then gives Santana a letter from one of the top college cheerleading programs in the country, which offers Santana a full scholarship, and reveals that it was Brittany’s idea. Santana tells Brittany how much she loves her since no one had cares about her future as much as she did.
Puck (Mark Salling) has been encouraging Finn to go to Los Angeles with him to partner in his pool-cleaning business, but Finn decides he will be going with Rachel to New York as originally planned. Although Puck is disappointed, he makes Finn promise that Finn will become successful in what he does with his life.
Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn reconcile after their recent argument and Rachel attempts to help Finn find a dream of his own. Although Rachel, Will and guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) suggest a number of colleges, Finn throws the brochures in the garbage. When confronted by Will about this, he explains that he feels he isn’t qualified for anything. Will forces Finn to watch Saturday Night Fever, which proves to be inspirational: Finn sings “More Than a Woman” to Rachel, and tells her he wants to become an actor and has decided to enroll in the Actors Studio in New York—they’ll both be in school there.
“Saturday Night Glee-ver” is the sixteenth episode of the third season of the American musical television series Glee, and the 60th overall. It first aired April 17, 2012 on FOX Network.
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