Glee season finale recap: But If You Close Your Eyes...

It's a night of showcasing, screenwriting, sex-buzzing, and a healthy dose of confusion, as Glee's singing stars wrap up their fifth season
Ep. 20 | Aired May 13, 2014

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Speaking of logic leaps, Kurt approaches sad-eyed-Blaine feeding some pigeons and launches into an extended metaphor about leaving the nest and flying for the first time. It's like giving someone your heart in a relationship, he says. Kurt also says he probably would have lied to Blaine about the showcase too, if the tables were turned. WHAT?! No, he wouldn't have! Blaine stays lying as a short-term solution and Kurt stays acting like it never happened. Kurt says that trust is a choice, and he chooses to trust Blaine even when they're scared and even when they get hurt. I am not actively rooting for these two to break up, but I do feel certain that if someone somewhere tried a little harder, they could get to the same endpoint without St. Kurt always having to make these huge leaps in logic and understanding. Love isn't logical, sure; but it also isn't so blind that it can't recognize a bi-monthly pattern.

Alas, all is forgiven, trust has been rebuilt, and it's time for Blaine to show off his vocal range and showmanship with...Pippin? In front of 15-ish people? We aren't really told who all is there for the showcase, but they must be important, because there are about three half-full 8-tops -- including Blaine's buds. He and June sing "No Time at All," and it feels a little more "grandmother and grandson at a holiday party" than "one time to show 'em what you got, kid." But I'm assuming a few more rousing performances had come before this one. Not to mention, their coordinating black suits of various textures and fabrics are divine. B Blaine must be geared up, because despite June previously telling him not to even think about crossing her, he announces to the crowd, "If you all came here to get to know me tonight, then there's no better way than seeing me with my one true love," and invites Kurt up onstage.

When the first notes of the song play, I absolutely cackle at the idea that "American Boy" is their go-to song, should they ever call upon each other for an impromptu performance. And I do love that song! Apparently it was all a very calculated risk, because June LOVES it: "Never let anyone, even me, make me doubt what you're sure of." She's won over in about 10 seconds flat, and then the whole showcase full of career-shaping people are on their feet. I guess we can assume that Blaine will be taking his mall tour or quitting Broadway next. B+

Rachel gets a new script from Mary, and the last scene in the loft opens up on her reading the closing line of her pilot: "The thing about love is that it's not a scarce resource; the more you give, the more you have to give." Is that…dialogue? Voiceover? Who knows, but Rachel loves it. She always thought Fanny Brice was the role she was born to play, until she read this script, and now: "This is it...this is my dream role, you guys." I'm not willing to sit idly by as I'm told to forget that I was asked to follow Rachel's Broadway dreams for five seasons, only to informed that they were not her dreams. But I am willing to admit that "Rachel" is undoubtedly Rachel's ultimate dream role. We're not given much time to dwell on it, though, because Sam spots something outside and runs out to see his own dreams coming true: he's half-naked on the side of a bus in his Treasure Trailz ad. And in a twist I did not expect, he says seeing his even nipples on a bus was all he wanted to achieve; he's going back to Lima.

Everyone is scattering, it seems: Sam back to Lima, Mercedes and Brittany on the mall tour, Rachel to LA, Kurt, Blaine, and Artie in New York (probably), and Santana, trapped in internet rumors. Rachel says after everything she's lost this year, she can't stand to lose anything else, so they make a pact to meet back at that very spot on the street in six months...and they mark it with a group hug and a song. Everybody hits the streets singing Bastille's "Pompeii," and it finally hits the perfectly bittersweet tone of what this episode should be. Each character has a different read on how they might "be an optimist" about what they're leaving behind and moving toward; notably, it's toward all different places, even though they're still expected to make another episode of television together. A

You can't totally save a disjointed episode in 10 minutes, but you can accomplish a lot with a well-timed breaking of the fourth wall. The feeling I got, and I bet a lot of people got, when Rachel looked up to the sky to remember what she's lost, and then straight to the camera, to the audience that's been following her many, many dreams for the last five years…well, it's the "something" about this show that keeps compelling me to watch it. Will you still be so compelled in 2015, when Glee is expected to return for a 6th season?

I thank you for watching this show with me, and being forgiving, even when our Glee palates don't always align! I hope I'll see you here again, and if I do, I hope we'll all be slightly less confused.

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