In Glee’s Season 2 Finale, McKinley High’s New Directions took on The Big Apple as they flew to New York City to compete in the Show Choir National Championships, where of course loads of drama ensued.
When the kids get there we discover that they haven’t even written the original songs they plan to sing at Nationals (a big moment of foreshadowing by the writers). So instead of staying locked in a hotel room like Mr. Shu’s instructed, they go out on the town for some inspiration, which leads to a Madonna/Frank Sinatra mashup of “I Love New York/New York, New York.”
The Quinn-Finn-Rachel love triangle continues to annoy us in NYC. Finn decides to pursue Rachel and takes her on a date and romantic walk where Artie, Puck, Sam and Mike provide the mood music (“Bella Notte” from Lady and the Tramp). But Rachel decides that she needs to focus on her dreams and a relationship with Finn would just hold her back. This is further realized when she and Kurt break into the Gershwin Theater, where they somehow aren’t arrested, and sing Wicked’s “For Good” on stage with the Broadway backdrop and sets.
Mr. Shu sneaks off to meet with April Rhodes and the cast of her new Broadway show “Cross-Rhodes” and does a practice number on the empty stage, where a random person associated with the show tells him he’s talented and has “got it.” But when he gets back to the hotel Vocal Adrenalin coach Dustin Goolsby (Cheyenne Jackson) has told the kids Mr. Shu is leaving them for Broadway to shake their confidence right before the competition. And in that moment Mr. Shu decides to give up Broadway for the kids. (Really!?)
The New Directions take the stage with two quickly written (yet somehow still fully harmonized, orchestrated and choreographed) original numbers (“Pretending,” “Light Up the World”) during which Finn does some ad-libbing and kisses Rachel. We later find out the kids don’t make it in the Top 10 and are sent home in 12th Place. Santana has a pretty hilarious meltdown and Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) shows up out of nowhere blaming Rachel and Finn’s kiss for the loss. We then get a quick Kurt/Blaine scene, two quick Santana-Britney/Rachel-Finn make-up scenes and a final act surprise when it’s revealed that Sam and Mercedes are now together.
And that’s what you missed on…GLEE.
Fave moment: I just loved how many old New York movie/musical references there were from On the Town and Taxi Driver to Wicked and Hair, and there was even a Patti LuPone cameo thrown in for good measure. But my fave was the Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment between Kurt and Rachel. That’s one of my favorite movies and my heart melted a little as soon as “Moon River” started playing in the background. I also loved how everything wrapped up this year. I thought them not placing at Nationals was a nice realistic touch. And as for the love stories: Kurt has Blaine for the summer, Finn has Rachel Santana has Britney (sort of) and now Sam has Mercedes. Though, I’m not sure why Sam and Mercedes are keeping their relationship a secret. But that’s definitely a storyline I’m look forward to next season.
Annoying moment: I still can’t believe these writers are trying to push the fact that these kids can just whip out an original hit song in a matter of days. But I guess that just goes along with the magic of Glee. And what talented 30-year-old would give up on his second chance at making it big on Broadway? Really, Mr. Shu?
Fave quote: Santana – “I think I know how to make you feel better.” Quinn – “I’m flattered Santana, but I’m really not that into that.” Santana – “No, no I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about a hair cut.”
Fave song: I am a musical hag so I definitely have to go with Kurt and Rachel’s “For Good” rendition. Although I was somewhat annoyed that they cut out parts of the song. I also fell in love with the all-girls choir who did “Yeah!” by Usher. That was definitely a nice surprise. The original songs at the end were good but “Get It Right” and “Loser Like Me” were way better.
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