PARTAY. I don’t know how Finn and Puck are doing it. For one, they’re freshmen. No way they’d be hosting a party. Two, when do they sleep? The two sing a pretty sweet rendition of the Beastie Boys’ Fight for Your Right (To Party) while their peers revel in Bacchanalian delight (one guy even makes out with a deer head!). The guys make such an impression that they’re invited to join the top party house on campus even though they are “apparently gay.” Back at home, Marley, sweet child that she is, has penned a song so the New Directions can feel better. Everyone loves it, and Blaine tries to convince her to share it with Schu, but she’s been cowed. Luckily, a certain teacher is lurking in the wings…
This was by far my favorite scene of the episode. Finn, taking a break (finally!) from his partying, gets a call from Rachel, who’s feeling increasingly nervous about her audition. She asks him to give her a song. “And no Barbra,” she quickly specifies. Finn doesn’t give her an actual song title, but rather tells her to go follow the roots of her passion. “Go back to the beginning,” he says. I have to admit, I teared up here. Even though they’re leading completely different lives, Finn still remembers what’s important to Rachel. That’s not just true friendship, that’s love.
And so, thanks to Finn, Rachel knocks her audition out of the park, literally going back to the beginning with a brand new rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the song that made Glee a star. It started off a little shaky, but halfway through Rachel’s joined by the original crew -- Kurt, Mercedes, Tina, Artie, and, of course, Finn -- and she really finds her voice. “What was going on there?” asks one of the judges. “I was thinking about my friends,” she answers.
Finn’s in for a rude awakening: Puck unceremoniously yanks back his curtains and presents him with an ominous letter. “It’s from my sociology prof. Guess I missed another test,” Finn notes nonchalantly before heading out for more partying. But wait! Puck stops him, revealing that he came to an epiphany while in bed with “three chicks” the night before. Those orgies, so good for the brain. He tells Finn that college is not high school. They need to prove to the world (and themselves) that they can do this. Puck knows Finn dreams of becoming a teacher and he won’t let Finn lose himself to endless keggers. “I’ll grab the iron and make us some grilled cheeses,” Puck announces, turning over a new leaf.
NEXT: Rachel learns her fate