'Glee': Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Some relationships are laid to rest through song
During last week's episode of "Glee," Will applies for a position on a blue ribbon panel for the arts, Kurt excels at his internship at vogue.com and Blaine wins the election for class president. Rachel invites Brody over for dinner and, after kissing him, is surprised by Finn who has arrived at her doorstep.
This week, we start in the school cafeteria where we discover that new kids Jake and Marley both have free lunch tickets because they're poor. Jake admits that his mom works extra shifts waitressing so she can pay for his dance lessons. (Dance?)
Back in New York, Kurt is making breakfast when Rachel walks in and confesses that she "didn't do anything" last night but just laid in bed next to…Finn. Finally she asks Finn what he is doing in New York and why isn't he in uniform? Finn tells her he's not in the army – anymore. Embarrassingly after only 16 days in the service, he shot himself in the thigh while cleaning his rifle (which he dubbed "Rachel") and was honorably discharged.
After a brief moment of self-wallowing, Finn is convinced by Rachel to stay in New York with her while they figure out a way for him to also get accepted to NYADA. Rachel decides she's not letting Finn out of her life again. Finchel is back!
Santana (in her season debut outside a computer screen) and Brittany are folding laundry together in her room. She loves being in college in Louisville and is only a few hours away from Brittany. Brittany tells her she's been staying up late reading the "Left Behind" series since she's joined an after-school club.
At McKinley, Blaine receives a call from Kurt but is frustrated that they keep missing their phone dates due to Kurt's now busy schedule. After telling Kurt how much he misses him, Kurt curtly hangs up on Blaine to take another call.
While observing Rachel in one of her classes, Finn admires that she's now in her element and wonders what he'll end up doing in New York since he probably won't get accepted into NYADA. Sell hot dogs?
Both Blaine and Finn feel like outsiders in their respective relationships and sing "Barely Breathing" by Duncan Sheik. On his smart phone, Blaine starts text flirting with an "Eli."
Rachel, Kurt and Finn are getting ready for a night out when there's a knock on the door and they find Blaine has arrived to surprise Kurt. Rachel is thrilled at this mini-reunion – it's just like the good ol' days!
At the bar, Brody runs into Finchel and tries to convince them to sing a duet. Finn instead asks Brody to sing with Rachel. Finn watches tensely while the two classmates take the stage for a rendition of Demi Lovato's "Give Your Heart a Break."
Blaine then gets an itch to sing and sits behind the piano, performing the song he sang when he first met Kurt. Thus commences a heartbreaking acoustic version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."
While walking home, Finn tells Rachel he feels that New York is too big for him. When confronted about Brody, Rachel tells Finn that they only kissed. Naturally, Finn is upset by this news.
Meanwhile, Kurt tells Blaine that he feels his visit has been "so emotional and weirdly sad." Blaine then admits he was with someone else because he was lonely. Distraught, Kurt says he's also lonely but that doesn't mean he would cheat on Blaine.
Finn and Blaine break out in song (again!) and are joined by Kurt and Rachel for No Doubt's "Don't Speak." Then everyone awkwardly gets into bed visibly upset.
Back in high school, Kitty (the new Quinn), as a self-proclaimed "solider of the Lord," tries to recruit Marley to join the "Left Behind Club." At the meeting, Kitty prepares the club for the "Rapture" with a prank that traumatizes one of the students. Santana wants to leave because she thinks the idea is stupid, but Brittany confesses that she felt "left behind" with Santana away in college.
Finn visits Mr. Shuester at school and when questioned about his life, breaks down in tears. Back in the music room, Finn is welcomed back by his old glee club friends. When asked what musical they should perform for the season, Finn's suggestion of "Grease" is well received.
Will tells Emma he was accepted on the blue ribbon panel, much to her delight. "Mr. Shuester goes to Washington!" He pressures her to go away with him for a few months, but Emma doesn't want to leave her job and is angry at Will's expectations of her.
At the Vogue office, Kurt has received a bouquet of roses from Blaine as an apology but he sadly trashes the note.
In the music room, Santana tells Brittany this is where she fell in love with her, and she missed being able to express herself with song. With a little help from a couple of guitarists, Santana sings Taylor Swift's "Mine." Then tears streaming down both their faces, Santana tells Brittany they should do the "adult thing" and take a break from each other due to their long distance apart, even though she will always love Brittany "the most."
In the hallway, Jake tries to apologize to Marley for bringing her to the "Left Behind Club." Marley questions why Jake would want to be with someone like Kitty. Jake defends himself ; he just wants to fit in and standing next to Kitty means nobody can make fun of him. Coincidentally, Kitty arrives being her usual verbally abusive self to Marley. Jake asks her to stop and threatens to break up with her if she doesn't. When Kitty continues, Jake dumps her. Marley thanks him, and asks if he wants to go through sheet music with her. Jake, now a single dude, abruptly leaves.
Rachel flies back to McKinley and finds Finn on stage in the auditorium. She begins to yell at him for avoiding her, and for leaving her at the train station. Through tears, Rachel tells Finn he was her first love and wants him to be her last, but she can't be with him anymore. Finn feels lost (per usual), and while Rachel walks off the stage, he begins a sobering version of Coldplay's "The Scientist" before being joined by the rest of the cast. As they "go back to the start," we see flashbacks of everyone's first meetings with their loves.
"Glee" airs Thursdays at 9/8c on FOX.