Glee recap: The Show Must Go On

Glee says goodbye to, uh, Glee Club; and a final adieu for Mr. Schuester, Tina Cohen-Chang, and the youngin's, before the rest of the gang heads to New York.
Ep. 13 | Aired Mar 25, 2014

IT'S THEIR PARTY If Glee knows how to do one thing, it's a goodbye episode, even if that goodbye happens to come right in the middle of a season.

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Last episode left Brittany and Santana on a bit of a cliffhanger, and the state of their relationship still doesn’t become immediately clear, but when have these two ever had your run of the mill relationship? Santana finds Brittany in the choir room surrounded by the lesbian of flowers (lilies) to gift her two one-way tickets to Lesbos island. While a clearly appealing option, Santana knows Brittany just wants to escape MIT because solving all the world’s problems with her beautiful minds isn’t really her dream. Brittany’s all, Hey girl, being a Broadway star was never exactly your dream either. What eight different dramatic performances and an offer of 10 starring shows from Rachel couldn’t convince Santana of, Brittany S. Pierce does in just a few sentences; she really is the world’s foremost expert on Santana Lopez.

On account of not being Jewish enough, Tina doesn’t get into Mitzvah University. She feels like not only can she not move to New York without a plan, but having nowhere to go after McKinley makes her a big ole loser. Oh, you mean “…like me?” say the three guys with actual plans after graduation. Semantics -- hit those keys, Blaine! Original songs were never Glee’s strong suit, but when Blaine, Sam and Artie start in on an acoustic version of “Loser Like Me,” with Tina joining in later, I get all nostalgic for these dreamy losers. You just can’t beat the sweetness of their complete emotional commitment to lines like, “I’m not thinkin’ ‘bout you haters.” A

Santana finds Rachel working on her Funny Girl lines, which is a relief, considering she’s been at McKinley packing away the choir room for, like, a month. She tells Rachel that she’s quitting the show but she’s not doing it for her, she’s doing it for herself. Rachel agrees not to go all sentimental, but she requests one last duet for the Glee Club, because rain or shine, love or hate, all major decisions must be cemented with a song. They choose “Be Okay” by Oh Honey. The message is there and I’ll take anything these two serve me, but the performance was surprisingly smiley considering they technically still really don’t like each other. They’re not actively trying to ruin each other’s lives anymore though, so that’s something worth smiling over. B

Quinn and Puck follow up that performance with a more warranted lovey-dovey rendition of “Just Give Me A Reason.” It makes sense, it’s sweet, and naturally, it ends with them DTR-ing in front of the entire Glee Club. B+ As Schue says, the coupling of Quinn and Puck brings us fittingly full circle, as the duet was the last song that will ever be performed in McKinley High School’s Glee Club. After Holly’s little Animal Husbandry Club stunt, Sue received a flurry of complaints, and has to officially end the extracurricular musical experiment. Holly tries to apologize, but finally, finally Will isn’t blaming someone else, he’s just accepting that Glee Club is over and trying to move on.

Holly has one last stunt up her substitute sleeve though and calls on Artie for some A.V. help. There’s one precious moment where Artie thinks she’s asking for some assistance in the love department, for which he is all on board, but when Holly shuts that down (I was personally relieved -- you really never know with Holly, and Kitty deserves more than a text), he’s on board to make a video for his Glee coach and friend. That video turns out to be a message recorded by all the Glee kids, new and old, for Will and Emma’s future little nugget, played on the big screen in the auditorium that Will has spent so much time fighting for. They tell Will’s kiddo about how his/her dad could “dance like Fred Astaire and sing like Michael Buble”; how he helped Tina get over her fake stutter (“you had to be there); made them feel safe for loving whoever they chose; saved their lives and loved them unconditionally.

As the screen rises, the five remaining original members of the New Directions take the stage for one final performance of the song that started it all: “Don’t Stop Believing.” The song may have had one too many shining moments, but watching the Glee kids continue to pour onto the stage in the order they joined, and finally, the man who got them all there, whether by trickery or with a Nationals trophy, jump the stage to sing with them, well, it was a moment — full-glitter Glee. A

NEXT: What happens when it looks like the end and feels like the end, but it's really just the middle?

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