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“Hold on to sixteen as long as you can.”: Hold on to Sixteen (3×08) Gleecap

December 7, 2011

Competition episodes always have the possibility to be amazing on Glee, and sometimes, like last night, they truly deliver. “Hold on to Sixteen” felt like a slightly more mature version of the season 1 Sectionals episode – the same great music, the same great performances, the same magical feeling…yet with this fabulous underlying theme of youth and growing up. The kids of McKinley High (at least the ones that we see on Glee) seem to always be pushing themselves into adulthood through whatever means necessary. They’re the kinds of kids that just can’t seem to wait to grow up/to be stars/to leave Lima, and finally we have an episode that works to make them celebrate their youth. Quinn is obviously the main target of this storyline, particularly with Sam quoting Mellencamp to her, but the episode also addressed the topic of growing up too fast with Sam himself, and it’s really an issue we’ve seen with all of these characters at one time or another. I love the idea of New Directions maturing as a group, yet in doing so, is realizing the importance of each other and treasuring this time. High school is an experience you only get once, after all! Now let’s break the episode down a little further, shall we?

Favourite Character: I don’t know how to praise just one character this week! This episode was so strong because it was truly an ensemble affair. Sam’s return was excellent (and I wasn’t much of a Sam fan last season, but I thought he was really great this week, especially with his fight to get back Mercedes), Quinn showed amazing range from crazy psycho and all the way back to the lovely girl we used to know, Rachel was also really wonderful in her scenes with Quinn…and let’s not forget about all the amazingness that was Tina and Mike Chang. That girl deserves mega-props for not only going to talk to Mike’s dad, but also secretly submitting his dance school applications!

Favourite Song: Just like last week, this episode was super strong musically. I think my favourite has to be “ABC” just ’cause Tina was so fabulous and the whole group was so adorable, but really, all of the songs were great. “Red Solo Cup” was also super fun (best part: Kurt mouthing to Blaine “What’s wrong with you?”), “Buenos Aires” was stunning (best part: Kurt and Rachel lip syncing and grooving along), and I loved “Man in the Mirror” just because it’s one of my favourite MJ songs. I also thought that vocally the Troubletones’ performance was really excellent, but what was up with their frenetic hand movements? I found it terribly distracting, and not in a good way.

Favourite Quotes:

Finn: Even homeless people have Facebook.

Kurt (to Sebastian): I don’t like your obnoxious CW hair.

Kurt (to Sebastian): You smell like Craigslist.

Puck (on which band members are joining New Directions for Sectionals): It looks like Floppy-Haired Bass Dude, Chapped Lips McGee, and Johnny Tromboner.

Santana (to Sam): I just heard the news that Trouty Mouth was back in town. I’ve been keeping a notebook, just in case this day ever came. Welcome back, Lisa Rinna. I’ve missed you so much since your family packed their bags, loaded them in your mouth and skipped town. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to enjoy a crisp pickle, but couldn’t find anyone to suck the lid off the jar. I assume you’ve been working as a baby polisher where young mothers place their infants’ heads in your mouth to get back that newborn shine. So glad you’re back. I haven’t seen a smile that big since a claymation abominable snowman got his teeth pulled by that little gay elf dentist. Love, Santana.

Rory: Girls smell better than ham. And when they’re dancing and bouncing around, you can’t help but watch them.

Santana: It was that damn Trouty Mouth. Even I felt a little something in my lady loins when he did that magic sex dance.

TroubletonesThe Results: I don’t think anyone was particularly surprised by the Sectionals results…or the rejoining of the Troubletones with New Directions (complete with Sugar Motta…I can’t wait for more of her hilarious background moves!)…but regardless of how predictable it was, I still thought the ending was very well done. Quinn’s speech to the girls in the bathroom was perfect: it was tender, it was realistic, it was straight from the heart. As fun as the Troubletones were, I really am glad that all my favourites are back in one club again – and how cute were they all during the final number?!

Guest Star Ranking: I may have not been your biggest fan the first time around, Trouty Mouth (except for your nickname, which I was always a fan of), but Sam Evans was a very welcome addition to this episode. His return was done incredibly well, and I’m really looking forward to seeing him fight for Mercedes. Even though they only had a brief scene, his parents were both quite perfect for their parts, as well.

Weak Point: I really don’t have much to complain about in this episode (so sue me, I’m a sap!), except…where was Mike’s mom?! When Mike’s dad came in and was being shown to a seat, I thought he would’ve sat next to Mike’s mom which would have produced a lovely moment right then, too. Instead he sits next to Sebastian? How incredibly weird.

Next week: Are you ready for an Extraordinary Merry Christmas? It’s holiday time at McKinley, and you can check out the preview below:

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