Glee Recap: Goodbye
May 23 2012 01:15 am ET
Last Week: The New Directions have always been the underdogs singing things like "Loser like Me," but they finally won last week.
Mr. Schuster returned to the choir room and he found the original five members perform "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat." Schue's lesson was "Goodbye" and the students were instructed to pick songs about leaving and such. Mr. Schue started with his version of "Forever Young" which luckily sounded nothing like Rod Stewart. There was simplicity to the performance as we just watched the seniors react to the performance with looks of longing and smiles.
We listened to Kurt's evolution from dork to proud gay in hopes that he wouldn't cry. Kurt met Burt in the auditorium with a special talk. Burt claimed that it was a bit tough raising him because of how hard it was to keep up with "Kurt." Burt performed "Single Ladies" with Brittany and Tina surprisingly well for being an awkward father. Kurt and Blaine talked a bit about how the two of them about their long distant relationships. Kurt tried to reinforce the two being strong together and magically in the next second was ready to talk to the New Directions. Kurt's goodbye song was "I'll Remember" and we got a lot of reaction shots and camera spins. I actually thought it was a really bad waste of being able to throw as many flashbacks as possible. I mean, if we saw "Single Ladies" in the past then we should just have shots of Kurt's evolution as well. Rachel talked to Kurt and Finn and the three agreed that they would read their NYADA letters together.
Santana walked past balloons and Mercedes got a backup singing job in California and will also be taking classes in UCLA. It turns out that Mike got a scholarship at Chicago. Santana apparently was accepted to Kentucky but continued to dream for bigger. She had dinner with her mom and Brittany. She told her mother that she wanted to go to New York but got rejected. Brittany covered up the fact that she was graduating and this allowed her to try staying at Lima.
Finn and the graduating students performed "You Get What You Give" with a lot of "let's hug" and "let's reassure the young'uns" which included Santana playing Schue's hair. The end swapped so that the people leaving were sitting down. Rachel and Finn discussed their wedding chairs; Rachel was upset about choosing chairs. Personally, I would have gone with the white chairs myself. Rachel tried to reassure Finn about everything, blah blah blah. I keep thinking how this storyline dragged on way too long for its own good.
Finn voiced-over about how his high school was a success; he's not nervous about his future. Finn apparently applied to the Inside the Actors Studio school and was apparently amazing at his monologue. He walked into Schue's office and was a bit upset that his high school year book was a bit empty. Schue finally admitted the pot problem about he planted the drugs as blackmail. Finn thought it was an amazing ploy. His graduation gown arrived and talked to his mother about how he could have done more about his dad. There was something wrong about the honorable discharge and his son trying to become an actor. Finn thought everything was falling into place except for his father.
The undergraduates gave their dedications specifically to Finn as they sung "In My Life" and it actually sounded pretty good without Mercedes/Rachel/Santana. The direction the group is going to will have to have a little less soul and power notes if they want to win next season/school year...or find a soul singer that's not Unique.
Quinn had her storyline about how amazing everything has been. She knows that she's not emotional about everything. She looked over at Puck studying with Beiste. She talked to Rachel about how the two have eventually evolved to being real friends. She handed Rachel a Metro North pass to visit. Quinn noted that Rachel/Finn were perfect. Rachel told her how Puck and her were perfect. It flashed forward to the two of them practicing. By "Practicing" Quinn meant that she made out with him to give him back his mojo. The mojo rejuvenation must have helped Puck study because he took his test with confidence.
Sue talked to Roz and while Roz was a bit snarky, the two discussed how they don't like each other but they should take over the principal's position. How would two people hold one position anyway? Quinn brought Sue her Cheerios uniform back, but Sue let her keep it, claiming that it was retired from service. Sue thought that Quinn was going to be just like her, but she turned out better. Quinn persevered through the situation and was in tears hugging Sue.
Puck got his grade with all of the Glee Club watching and he apparently got a C-, which was enough to graduate him. We watched an awkward graduation that was apparently a stage show to the song "Glory Days." I wish my graduation was like that, in this rock star fashion where all of the non-important people were ignored. They all got hugs from Emma and we got to see their parents cheer in the audience. I guess it was better than a slow, tear filled goodbye.
Kurt, Finn, and Rachel all got their letters and all three nervously stared about how their lives will change. Finn went first as the camera three circled around in excitement. Finn didn't get in and was quickly followed by Kurt's rejection as well. It was down to Rachel and she succeeded. All of Rachel's dreams were coming true but was still sad because of the other rejections. She thought that she should defer her application for a year to help the other two get in.
Here's a last minute moment to not only milk the fact that Gloria Estefan was invited to the show but to close a chapter. Santana was cleaning up her locker and her mother showed up. She handed Santana graduation money which could have covered college. Santana rejected the money at first, but her mom has accepted her fate as a back-seat driver. So wait, why doesn't Santana move in with Rachel?
Finn and Rachel got in a car and drove. He dropped her off at the train station convinced that the two shouldn't get married. Rachel admitted that she wasn't at 100% and it wasn't enough for the two to stay together. Finn thought that setting her free was the best thought. He told her that he was joining the army to avenge his father. Somehow convincing her that leaving her was the best possible option. If the two magically come back, then everything was meant to be. The two walked to the train in slow motion. All of the Glee club was there to say goodbye to her including Schue and Emma. I love how clean and outdated the trains looked. We had that stereotypical "Finn runs toward the train until he no longer could" as Rachel cried. Rachel left Grand Central and continued to walk around Broadway and Manhattan. I would have paid for a Mary Tyler Moore moment to close the episode.
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