It’s time for Sectionals, and Will plans the same kind of Rachel/Finn-centric, classic-rock set list he favors for every competition. And then he gets some good advice from Emma — to stop doing the same damn thing over and over again in competition — but he manages to do it in such a way as to piss everybody off, nearly destroying the club. However, it all comes together in the end — the kids put on a great show, with Quinn and Sam singing lead, and then a second song highlighting the amazing dancing of Brit-Brit and Mike Chang. And then the a-dolterous writers cop out by having New Directions tie with the Warblers, letting both teams move on to Regionals. Oh, and Puck manages to recruit Lauren Tuna to the club, giving them the crucial 12th member they need now that Kurt is off to sing with the Warblers.
Speaking of Kurt and the Warblers, he’s having trouble dealing with being in a place where he doesn’t stand out so much. (Having to wear the exact same clothes as everyone else surely can’t be helping. It’s unnatural.) Blaine tries to help out, getting Kurt a chance to audition for a solo. After getting some advice from Rachel, he sings beautifully, but doesn’t get the solo. But he does get lots of sexy glances from Blaine, so that has to count for something. Also, he manages not to kill the team’s canary mascot.
The rest of the show is filled with relationship drama. Brit and Mike Chang are spending lots of time together preparing their dance solo, so Artie and Single-T Tina decide the two of them must be cheating (which leads Single-T Tina to attempt to keep Mike’s interest by dressing as a goth cheerleader). Of course, they’re not — Brit’s just avoiding Artie because she lost his magic, lice-ridden comb. So both couples kiss and make up. Finn and Rachel are having troubles after Santana drops the bomb that she and Finn totally did it. Rachel is pissed that Finn lied to her, and also pissed that he slept with Santana, because she is totally threatened by her spicy Latina hotness. They make up, and then Rachel reveals that she made out with Puck while mad at Finn. So Finn breaks up with her. And Emma agrees to come to Sectionals with Will. Until Hot Dentist Carl asks her to please avoid hanging out with the guy who tricked her into doing a dirty dance with him. Instead of going to Sectionals, she goes to Vegas with Hot Dentist Carl and gets married. Let’s see how long that lasts.
Featuring “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from Evita, the Zutons’ “Valerie,” “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing, Florence + The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over,” Mike and the Mechanics’ “The Living Years” (sung by the delightful senior citizens of the Hipsters), and the inevitable performance of Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” (sung by the Warblers). It had to happen sooner or later.