‘Glee’ Recap: Santana & Brittany Have A ‘Wedding,’ Gina Gershon & Gloria Estefan Guest Star
This is the episode we’ve all been waiting for — the one that combines Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Coolidge, The Pointer Sisters and a huge surprise…which is an unexpected appearance from legendary Showgirls alum, Gina Gershon! Oh yeah, and a double wedding between Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera).
As we begin, we see the wedding venue for the first time, just over the state line in Indiana. It’s a barn and, we learn from Brittany’s super-fabulous mom Jennifer Coolidge, it’s where her math genius daughter was born on a restroom stop on a road trip.
Despite this very graphic description of Brittany’s entrance into the world, Santana’s equally fabulous mother (played by Gloria Estefan), takes a glance around the barn and declares, “I can work with this.”
Per usual, everyone from glee club past and present is inexplicably there and helping to get the venue ready for the wedding. Artie (Kevin McHale) is still acting as their wedding planner and Tina (Jenna Ushowitz) is complaining as she rolls a bale of hay.
Brittany starts to freak out about the wedding and asks Kurt for some advice on how he got through his planning. He reminds her that he and Blaine never really made it to that stage. To this, Brittany tells him, “I find it really hard to track your relationship.” Ha! Girl, you and me both. Kurt then suggests that his dad officiate the wedding and Brittany agrees.
Now, it’s time to try on some wedding dresses. Dress selection montage! Santana and Brittany each come out separately to keep the tradition of not seeing the bride before the wedding. Strangely, there’s music playing in the background and it’s not the glee kids singing. That’s so not Rachel!
Santana pops out and sees Brittany in her dress choice. Brittany gets upset and suddenly, the camerawork gets all Saving Private Ryan. Next, Brittany arrives at the music room, wanting to slaughter a chicken to counteract the bad luck from earlier. Thankfully, Santana talks her out of it.
This moves to talk about seating arrangements and Rachel (Lea Michele) is being cagey about being seated next to Sam (Chord Overstreet). Mercedes (Amber Riley) and the rest of the gang convince Rachel that no one’s going to have a problem with her relationship with Sam.
Then, Santana is shocked to find out that Brittany invited Sue to the wedding. They do the math and figure out they’re screwed whether or not she comes, but less if they do actually invite her. Santana doesn’t care and still doesn’t want her to come.
Cut to Kurt and Walter (Harry Hamlin) on a coffee date. Kurt breaks the news that he’s going to the wedding with Blaine. Walter, ever the gentleman, again proves that he’s way too good for Kurt by dispensing some amazing advice. It’s jarring to see a three-dimensional character at this point.
Kurt runs to Blaine’s apartment to find him dressed like Pee Wee Herman and Kurt declares his love for him. They run into each other’s arms and make out.
Apropos of nothing, Tina gathers Artie, Blaine and Puck (Mark Salling) to tell the guys that she wants to ask Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) to marry her. This is completely insane. Apparently, they’ve been texting each other a lot and this prompted her to buy a ring. These knuckleheads support her decision to pop the question. She clearly has no real friends. These are the kind of people who would let you walk around with your fly open.
Santana steps into Sue’s office to un-invite her from the wedding. Sue immediately starts campaigning, but to no avail.
Suddenly, my world opens up when Gina Gershon appears as Blaine’s mom. I know because she tells Carole Hudson (Romy Rosemont), “Hi, I’m Blaine’s mom!” and I immediately start screaming, “Of course you are!”
Blaine and Kurt talk to Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley) and Carole and start to reconsider their engagement.
Brittany freaks out about Santana seeing her before the wedding again. Santana gives her a meaningful speech and tells her, “We make our own luck.” They share a kiss and Brittany calms down. In the midst of this, Sue shows up.
Santana immediately starts ripping into her. However, Sue is smarter than that and reveals that she convinced Alma Lopez (Ivonne Coll) to come to the wedding. Sue tries to get her to undermine the wedding, but when confronted with Sue’s hatefulness, she decides it’s more important to be supportive. Sue Sylvester for the win, again, folks.
Sue sneaks the boys away to a back room and Brittany stands in between two tuxes. Apparently, Brittany and Sue were conspiring together to get Blaine and Kurt to have a double wedding with Brittany and Santana. Sue is ready with rings, so the boys figure, “What the heck!” The lesson here is that gay people have the right to enter into idiotic marriages as much as us straight a-holes.
A half hour into the show, Mercedes sings the first song of the episode, “At Last” by Etta James. She’s joined by Artie as Kurt escorts Brittany down the aisle, followed by Santana and Blaine. Burt officiates with a heartwarming speech, throughout which Jennifer Coolidge steals the scene by repeatedly lamenting that her husband (Ken Jeong) is in the bathroom. Meanwhile, Kurt and Blaine totally nail those completely unrehearsed vows.
Ken Jeong raises his glass to “give a toaster,” and then makes a whole speech about how much more beautiful Brittany is than all the other women in the room, to have Jennifer Coolidge come calm him down. These two need a spinoff.
At the dinner, Santana gives everyone hats that read OTP (meaning “One True Pairing”) to this generation’s most overplayed wedding song, “Hey Ya!” by Andre 3000. Artie pleading, “Now, don’t have me break down this thing for nothin’,” will give me nightmares for months.
With the reception raging, Tina proposes to Mike. Then, Mike, as the only character with a shred of common sense, tells her he can’t marry her for…well, do I really need to list the reasons — including, but not limited to, the fact that they aren’t even dating.
They return to the reception and Gloria has taken the mic, along with Gina. There’s fringe! There’s shimmying! There’s Gloria singing “I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters. It’s quite glorious.
Next, all couples take to the dance floor. It’s all very cute, but seriously, I’m trying to imagine a wedding in which there are two brides and two grooms, who all insist on singing “Our Day Will Come” by Ruby and The Romantics at the reception and I’m not stabbing my eyeballs out with some cutlery. Hmm…not happening.
Blaine’s mom, Gina, is trashed and falling all over Puck on the dance floor. Everyone has had multiple costume changes at this wedding, except for Puck, who’s been in that uniform since he left high school.
In the music room, Artie throws together a romantic meal for Tina and him. They make a pact that if they’re both not married by 30 (the age they clearly think is beyond old — shoot me now, BTW), that they should get married.
In the auditorium, Sue hands Santana and Brittany and Blaine and Kurt vouchers for perfectly-planned honeymoons. Once again, Sue is the best thing on this show — except for those few resplendent minutes we shared with Gina Gershon. They’ll never take that away from us.
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