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NOT PICTURED: Viewers crying right alongside them.
Equally heart-wrenching was her follow-up scene with Mr. Schuester, in which Rachel tearfully shared that all her dreams of her “happily ever after” life with Finn are gone, and she’s just not sure what to do. She had a plaque made with a picture of Finn that Will immediately hung in the choir room -- another smart move by Team Glee. It’s a perfect way to remember him and continue to have him around on the show without demanding to be regularly forced into conversation. Like most of the hour, this scene was both brutal to watch and hit the right notes of what viewers likely felt they needed to see as a proper tribute to the character of Finn, Rachel’s Glee-universe soulmate.
Now back to the jacket. After Kurt gave it to Santana, Santana took a nap in the nurse’s office and woke up to discover it was gone. She first thought Puck took it, but he insisted he didn’t. Later, she hung up “Missing” posters all over school, and informed Will she was going to “kick the ass” of whoever took it. I think we all know where this is going… The last scene of the episode was Will going to his apartment, taking out the jacket from his bag, and sobbing into it. (Emma joins him after a moment.)
I’m sure this is a controversial opinion, but, um, that’s not okay? The jacket isn’t his, no matter how much he may want it to be. Sure, people act irrationally in times of grief, and I would certainly be okay if in the next episode we see the jacket back at Santana and Kurt’s place in NYC -- perhaps with a note from Mr. Schu explaining he just needed it for a few days. But as it stands right now, Santana explicitly told him she wanted the jacket. I was afraid for a moment we were going down a Mean Girls hole, where each of the main cast was going to get a piece of the jacket to keep with them and remind them of Finn. That doesn’t appear to be the case, so it’ll be interesting to see what -- if anything -- happens with the famed jacket next.
This also brings up a larger question about the show going forward: Now that this painful hour is behind us, where does the show go from here? Glee is now on a month-long hiatus, and no big plot updates have been announced. Will there be a flash forward, or will we pick up where we left off tonight? A location change? Will Finn be brought up regularly, or will the picture in the choir room serve as the reminder? What would keep you continuing to tune in? And what did you think of tonight’s Farewell to Finn?
No musical grades for this episode, but viewers can listen to all of the tunes here.