I started watching this episode with a friend, who saw the episode title "Actability," and said, "Is this a thing? They make up words and it's supposed to be funny?" and I realized how far down the rabbit hole I had fallen. I saw that stupid, made-up word, and just shrugged, thinking to myself, "It will be about acting this week."
I explained that the episode titles aren't really supposed to be funny, and if they are I am missing the joke. Maybe "cute" is the better word? But I quickly forgot all about that when I was reminded of my favorite moment last week: when Blake was bad at the harmony. Ha ha yay.
I can't believe Shanna got eliminated. That was some straight up jerkability on the judges' part. The remaining five contestants marvel that they made it to the week before the finale. I can't believe it either. I mean, Lily and Michael are still in this? Robert comes in and tells them that they'll have to be triple threats and the most important aspect of that is something they overlooked entirely last season: the ability to act.
Michael, who we discovered last week is in love with Blake (watch for it), admits that, "my first reaction when I heard 'actability' was 'Blake,' because he's an actor." He is nervous every week about whether or not he can measure up to Blake. He should be eliminated before he boils the rabbit. Redeemably, Michael is the only one of the group who knows this week's homework assignment: "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer.
They seriously don't know that song? Obviously there hasn't been a "tolerability" week or none of these goons would have sailed through. I guess for this homework they will have to act out two things: that they know this song, and that they are addicted to love. They will also need to act like they know how act. Everyone except Blake, that is, who is the acTOR of the group.
Robert tells the contestants that this week's guest mentor is "a serious triple threat," and plays "one of Glee's most iconic characters." Then out walks Dianna Agron and my reaction is the same as Aylin's: "REALLY?!"
First of all, I feel like Ryan Murphy has put a lot of effort toward making sure that Dianna Agron never sings on Glee, or dances. He even put her in a wheelchair for a couple episodes. Second, how can a character that the show keeps changing and has no idea how to deal with be iconic? Poor choice of words, Robert Ulrich. But, to Dianna Agron's credit, she has boxed with whatever "acting challenge" (poor writing) the show has thrown her way, and she even acted like Alex Pettyfer wasn't a complete douche for a while, so she's the right person for this week.