“Glee” Episode 308 Recap: Growing Up Glee


Rachel notices Quinn slipping out of the auditorium, and follows her.

“Where are you going?”

Quinn stops. “Aren’t you supposed to be in the auditorium?”

“I saw you leave the auditorium,” Rachel says. “I know what you’re going to go do; you’re going to tell Figgins about Shelby and Puck.”

Quinn’s voice is husky. “I’m an adult. I can do whatever I want.”

Rachel looks dismayed. “If you want to be a destructive force in the universe, that’s your business. But can you just please wait until after the Troubletones perform?”


“Because we don’t want to wreck all the hard work our friends in that group put into their performance.”

Quinn is unmoved. “So we win.”

“No. Not like that,” Rachel insists. “Look, if you’re going to go through with this, you owe it to Shelby to tell her first. It’s the adult thing to do.” She starts to walk away, then turns. “I got a taste of what it’s like to do the wrong thing, and it feels awful.”

After endless commercials for Victoria’s Secret and Twilight, Quinn comes in and threatens Shelby with firing. Quinn says that Shelby should never have come back with Beth, and Shelby responds by encouraging Quinn to enjoy her youth while she has it. Shelby says that being with Puck made her feel older, not younger. TMI, Shelby.

Then we get the Troubletones doing their mash-up of “I Will Survive/Survivor.”

Let me just say I love the Troubletones so much I’m incapable of being rational about them. So while I’d love to give a thoughtful recap of this number, all I can say is BRITTANGO BRITTANGO BRITTANGO. Also, Heather Morris dances so well it sometimes makes the other dancers look bad.

New Directions is up next. They’re wearing white tuxedo jackets and they perform the Jackson 5′s “ABC.” Tina is singing lead – yay! – with some help from Kurt and Quinn. Kurt is particularly adorable when he catches sight of Sebastian rocking out in the audience: He leap-frogs over Mike and snarl-sings, “Sit down, girl.”

And Mike Chang must have put in some serious overtime teaching New Directions how to dance, because they’re awesome – even Finn, who is inexplicably one of the lead dancers along with Mike and Sam, while Blaine is not. Weird. And just as Mike is dancing his heart out, he spots… his father in the audience.

Then they do two more Jackson numbers — Janet’s “Control,” and Michael’s “Man in the Mirror.” I think they should have quit while they were ahead and skipped these two. Especially since the one-to-three ratio of Troubletones to New Directions songs kind of pissed me off. But Insane!Quinn’s spoken intro to “Control” is fantastic.

At the end, Mr. Chang stands up and applauds. So does Sebastian.

Finn and Blaine shake hands. There’s just too much Finn in this episode.

Quinn and Puck hug.

Where is Kurt? No idea.

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