So it turns out that the entire gay bar scene is an homage to an earlier musical. A sexed-up, rocked-up homage, but it’s an homage to Lauren Bacall’s show 1970 Applause nonetheless.
There are way, way, way too many similarities for it to be a coincidence She skips the cast party! Her gay assistant Duane (!) knows a place to go! Even the layout of the weirdly empty club in this filmed performance looks like the club they go to in “Opening Night.”
It’s just delightful that they threw in this deep cut musical theater reference. Nobody in their target audience is going to get it. I didn’t get it until I read the comments at the AV Club review. But someday someone who got started on musical theater with Glee is going to watch this version of Applause and go ohhhhh!
This is incredible - there is no doubt in my mind it was a reference. The moment where she is recognised is so similar (though not exactly the same) to the extent that Rachel literally says the same dialogue before the music cuts in “I’m here for the night!”
I think during the #GleeAlong Ryan said flat-out that it was an homage to Applause. So many awesome parallels
Hilarious Tim Conway skit from The Carol Burnett Show. (The laughter is live, folks.)
ok but literally how
????????? I am concerned where did the baby birdies go
Of course they know.
hooooooooomygod this week’s castle went from hilarious to adorable and everything is warm 70’s fuzzies
Hello, anon, and thank you for the question.
This topic has been studied by by researchers for years. There are three prevailing theories that I will relay to you now.
1. It keeps him on the ground.
You may notice in the gif above that Chris’ leg starts to rise as he laughs, possibly a precursor to his entire body undergoing a sort of lift off due to his joy. Chris then employs his upper body strength to force himself to obey the laws of gravity.
2. To check on his physique.
As you may be aware, anon, it takes a lot of hard work to maintain a superhero body. Chris is concerned that in the time he has spent sitting down, sans working out or eating, he has lost muscle mass. Understandably, he feels the need to make sure that he is still a specimen.
3. Object permanence.
Object permanence is a term applied to the understanding that an object still exists even when you cannot see it. Chris closes his eyes when he laughs, making him unable to see that he has not disappeared. By grabbing his left boob, Chris knows that he has not somehow ceased to exist.
I hope this helps.
the only way their bachelor party will go tbh
this is the greatest blooper
Honestly, I’d’ve been down if the first half of the episode had been Rachel’s debut and then the second half is just everyone losing it at the club and having a blast (as a sort of substitute prom since we won’t have those anymore)
Like Rachel sitting in a corner talking to adoring fans and being overly loud with fruity cocktails (a nice reprise of “IT TASTES LIKE PINK”).
Mercedes busting up the dance floor performing It’s Raining Men, backed up by Kurt and Blaine.
Santana wailing on an awesome Winehouse number with all the girls dancing dirty.
Tina making out with a hot guy but feeling a bit crestfallen when she sees him making out with another guy later but he’s like “I’m bi, you’re hot, he’s hot, threesome”.
Sam somehow getting a night job at the place because he somehow can’t keep his shirt on past the first twenty minutes.
I JUST WANT TO SEE PEOPLE HAVE FUN
BUT LET ME BE PERFECTLY CLEAR I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THAT GAY CLUB SCENE MY WHOLE LIFE THANK YOU GLEE