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Here I was thinking Glee had jumped the shark…and then they came out with this episode. It was a vast improvement over the last few, though sad, and it wrapped up a lot of things. And best of all, Finn is finally accounted for! He’s sad, but he’s accounted for! Glee is known for themes, and this episode’s theme was breakups. Lots and lots of breakups.
As we saw at the end of last week, Finn shows up in New York. He accidentally shot himself in the thigh while cleaning his rifle in army training and received a semi-honorable discharge. He was embarrassed, and instead of calling his friends and family for four months, he backpacked from Georgia to get to New York. He must have called someone, though, because otherwise how would he have known where Rachel had recently moved to? Finn seems pretty bummed the whole time, and walking in on Rachel and Brody’s picnic probably didn’t help. He thought his place was in the army, now it’s not, and he doesn’t fit in with Rachel’s new life. He skulks in the background when Rachel takes him to her classes at NYADA and sings “Barely Breathing” in a long-distance duet with Blaine.
Speaking of Blaine, he’s feeling neglected by a very busy Kurt and receives texts from a mystery man named Eli. He shows up to visit Kurt two weeks early and the foursome (Rachel, Finn, Kurt, and Blaine) are excited to go out to a karaoke bar. Rachel tries to convince Finn to sing a duet with her but he refuses (he doesn’t sing anymore, he’s Sad Finn), and he pushes Brody to sing with Rachel. They perform “Give Your Heart a Break” by Demi Lovato while Finn’s face goes through a subtle version of just about every emotion they’d practice in an acting class. He ends up looking bummed. Then Blaine gets up to sing “Teenage Dream” to Kurt. If you recall, that was the song he sang with The Warblers when he first met Kurt. Aww. This piano version is slower and far, far sadder than The Warbler’s peppy a cappella. Blaine sounds like he’s about to cry through the whole thing, everyone looks pretty sad. Now I’m pretty sad. So much sadness.
On the walk back to the loft from the karaoke bar, everyone gets in a fight. Rachel admits to kissing Brody. Blaine admits to hooking up with someone else. At least it wasn’t with Sebastian, the evil jerk. Blaine is sorry, Kurt is mad. They all break into No Doubt’s ultimate breakup song, “Don’t Speak” and end up all getting into bed back at the loft in coordinating pajamas. How can you break up? You already bought matching pajamas that go with the bedsheets! Is there no couch? They’re all sleeping beside the people they just pretty much unofficially broke it off with. Awkward.
Finn tries to sneak out in the morning, Kurt catches him and they talk a little bit.
Jake finally breaks up with Kitty. She’s crazy; expect antics next week.
Santana comes back, too! She returns every few weeks to do her laundry and see Brittany, but she realizes that she’s not being a good girlfriend and has left Brittany behind, so she sings a sad version of “Mine” by Taylor Swift in the choir room (where they first fell in love) and they split. More sadness.
Sad Finn returns to Lima, visits Mr. Schuester, and cries. Mr. Schue says everyone is welcome to come back (see where this is going?). He sits in on glee club and makes a perfect song suggestion (Grease for a school musical). Obviously, his place is here. Mr. Schue gets the gig on the Blue Ribbon Campaign in Washington. Looks like New Directions is going to need a new leader for a few months (see where this is going?). I predict that Finn will find his purpose becoming a music teacher at McKinley and will replace Will Schuester.
Will invites Emma to join him in Washington but she refuses because she has her own life and doesn’t want to spend her days alone in a hotel room while he lives his dream (getting abandoned for your partner’s dreams is a familiar theme here.) They’re on the rocks.
Blaine sends Kurt flowers to apologize; Kurt throws out the card. They’re done. Rachel returns to McKinley’s stage in Lima to talk to Finn. It’s where they had their first date and where he proposed to her, and now it’s where they break up. She breaks up with him, he says that his life “has absolutely no direction.”
Oh, Sad Finn, don’t you see that you life has a new direction? Or should I say, New Directions? Eh? Eh? I am so right about this. Finn breaks into “The Scientist” by Coldplay and everyone who broke up (aside from Jake and Kitty) or is on the verge of breaking up joins in. Like the lyrics of the song go, and like how each break up happened (with the first song or the first place each couple met), clips from the beginning of each relationship take them “back to the start.”
In other breakups, I think Rachel has broken up with leg coverings (other than super tall boots.) She never really wore pants, but now it’s all short-shorts, miniskirts, and leotards. Every day is no pants day with Rachel. Stay tuned to find out how she survives the New York winter.