'Glee': 'Don't Rain on My Parade' and 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' rock the 'Glee' finale

corymonteith_glee_290.jpgIt's the "Glee" fall finale, and we've finally made it to Sectionals! The show will sadly be disappearing until April, but they left us with some great numbers to watch and re-watch in the meantime. And as an added bonus, everything pregnancy-related is out in the open. Finally.

No more secrets, please?: Rachel, who is "a little psychic," figures out the Puck/Finn/Quinn situation, and though the rest of the club has a full-on conspiracy of silence for fear Finn will quit the club and kill their chances at Sectionals if he finds out (worst friends ever?), Rachel has no such qualms. So basically, she'd rather have Finn than win at Sectionals. Fair enough. As she later admits to Quinn, her motives were selfish, so I'm not giving her much credit for doing the right thing.

Sectionals!: So, Glee Club and substitute director Emma are headed to Sectionals without Will or Finn, and they'll be performing third and last. And as Sue also arranged, the other schools completely rip off their set list, performing a killer rendition of "And I Am Telling You," a...rendition of "Proud Mary" in wheelchairs (yeah, I'm still a little unsure about that one), and what may be the worst rendition ever of "Don't Stop Believing." Though to be fair, the singers were deaf, so I guess I'm impressed that they kept it together at all.

Will, informed of the cheating, confronts an unrepentant Sue and then convinces Finn to rejoin his singing brethren, hinting at (or unintentionally inspiring...but I'm thinking the former)  what a good replacement song might be. Perhaps drawing on his quarterback roots, Finn comes in at the 11th hour to give an inspirational pep talk, provide the sheet music for their new song, and lead them into battle.

After Mercedes graciously cedes the ballad to Rachel, the first song is: "Don't Rain on My Parade," from "Funny Girl." I gotta say, Rachel does a better than serviceable Barbra Streisand. She enters dramatically from the rear of the theater and makes her way up to the stage for her big finish, as the rest of the club marches up the aisles to join her...not singing. So, um, it's really more of a glee solo than a glee club if they don't back her up vocally, right? Is that legit? At any rate, it wins her a well-deserved standing ovation.

Next up is the Will-inspired tune: "You Can't Always Get What You Want," which is just a straight up awesome song. Finn takes the first solo, of course, and Will, on the phone with Emma from afar, almost tears up with pride. It's energetic, it's casual, and it's very "Glee." Rachel takes the second solo, which makes sense since she's singing with Finn, though it would've been nice to feature some different singers. The audience is up and dancing before the song is over. We don't get a reprise of "Somebody to Love," sadly.

In the judges room, we're putting our kids' fates in the hands of a ditsy ex-Miss Ohio, a self-absorbed TV anchor named Rod Remington (which rates an A+ as far as news anchor names go), and a bored government official. They vaguely deliberate, but just as the girls' school choir director (Eve, still not singing) tries to confess about cheating after being beautifully shamed by Emma, the judges announce that they've made their decision. 

In a surprise to nobody, but still making me illogically happy, our Glee Club won! Next up: Regionals and Vocal Adrenaline (and Idina Menzel!). First, though, the club put together a number just for Will: "My Life Would Suck Without You." Awww. Kids can be so sweet. And descriptive. 

Sue's Corner: The other school directors ratted Sue out to Figgins (it's amazing what being shamed by a red-headed bushbaby can do), who cites the "orgy of evidence" that she leaked the set lists, despite Sue's increasingly implausible dismissal of said evidence. And he comes down hard: She's no longer head coach for the Cheerios, and is suspended from school. What?! No! Will is reinstated as head of the Glee Club, but that's small consolation, really. Sue decides to head down to Boca to get some sun before returning to devote herself even further to Will's destruction. Oh, good. As long as she'll be back.

matthewmorrison_glee_290.jpgEmma and Will: After Emma postpones her wedding a few hours to take the kids to Sectionals, Ken basically leaves her at the altar. And she admits to Will in her empty reception hall that she didn't postpone her wedding for the kids...she did it for him. And further, that she was settling for Ken but would've been out the door with "one blink from you." That's maybe the sweetest and the saddest thing I've ever heard - though who of us hasn't been there, if not quite so extremely?

Smartly, though it kills me, Emma realized she couldn't be at McKinley with Ken and Will, feeling ashamed and heartbroken, respectively. When she tells Will she's resigned and turns to go, he tries to stop her, telling her he just left his wife. The "just" is reason enough for her to go, apparently. Noooo! But later, before Emma can leave the school, Will catches up to her, stops her, and kisses her. It's romantic. See? See why this show makes my heart happy??? Let's all just take a moment to go "awwww!" Done? Okay. She smiles and we fade to black, on hold until April. Which seems like a very long time away.

Odds and Ends:

  • I'm impressed with Will for leaving Terri even after she gives him the whole speech about getting therapy, having been selfish, loving Will so so so much, etc., etc. Way to not buy it, Will! I wasn't sure he had it in him. But then, I wasn't sure he had last week's angry outburst in him, either.
  • Even though Puck offers to step up, Quinn insists on doing the pregnant thing on her own without his help. Why was Finn so much more desirable than Puck as a father, even though Puck is clearly more interested and engaged? Oh, that's right: Puck was sexting during a babysitting date. This guy pulls a 180 every week, and it's beginning to give me whiplash!
  • Speaking of Puck, his "We cool, dude?" to Finn was pretty insanely optimistic. You knocked up the guy's girlfriend, dude. When he wasn't even sleeping with her. That'll take a while to get over.
  • I'm so glad Mercedes finally said to Rachel what we've all been thinking: she's awesome too, and Rachel's always stealing her thunder! And her "And I Am Telling You" was predictably fantastic, especially in that it actually sounded like her singing - they smartly dialed down the postproduction a bit.
  • Aww...Santana secretly likes Glee Club! Santana and Glee Club, sitting in a tree...

Quotes:

  • Santana: "Sex is NOT dating." Brittany: "If it were, Santana and I would be dating." Ha!
  • Puck: "Does this have to happen tonight? Because I have my fight club."
  • Sue: "I'm reasonably confident that you will be adding revenge to the long list of things you're no good at, along with being married, running a high school glee club, and finding a hairstyle that doesn't make you look like a lesbian."
  • Figgins: "You have embarrassed yourself and besmirched the name of William McKinley!" Sue: "A failed president!"
  • Sue: "You are about to board the Sue Sylvester Express. Destination? Horror!" Great delivery on that one. Man, I love Jane Lynch.

Songs:

  • "And I Am Telling You" from "Dreamgirls," performed by Mercedes and later the Jane Addams Girls Choir
  • "Proud Mary" by Ike and Tina Turner, performed by the Jane Addams Girls Choir
  • "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey, performed by the Haverbrook Deaf Choir
  • "Don't Rain on My Parade" from "Funny Girl," performed by Rachel
  • "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones, performed by Glee Club
  • "My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson, performed by Glee Club

Did Sectionals live up to all the hype? Which was your favorite number? What are you going to miss most about "Glee"?  

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