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Glee’s New Directions Journey to regionals
Just when you feared fame may have stripped some of the charm off Fox’s hit show, “Glee”, it sent fans into the summer hiatus with a finale bursting with heart, drama, a few tears, and the magic and chills of the pilot episode.
After a year together, the ageless Glee kids of McKinley High found inspiration with the group and song that started it all, Journey and their hit, “Don’t stop believin’”.
Rachel, Finn and the rest of the New Directions gang were initially dejected and convinced a loss was guaranteed after learning their nemesis, acerbic cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester, would be one of the “celebrity” judges at the highly anticipated regional competition.
It was nothing a classic Mr. Schue pep-talk couldn’t cure, however. Inspired, they performed a heartfelt and uplifting medley of Journey songs at regionals: “Faithfully”, “Any way you want it”/”Lovin’, touchin’, squeezin’” (mash-up), and “Don’t stop believin’”.
But the competition was just a backdrop to an eventful episode: Finn told Rachel he loved her, Quinn’s estranged mother showed up to give her support (and confessed that she kicked out her husband for “having an affair with some tattoed freak”), rival Vocal Adrenaline blew away the competition with Queen’s “Bohemian Rapsody”, Quinn gave birth to a baby girl with Puck and Mercedes by her side, Mr. Schuester told Emma he loved her, and Shelby Corcoran adopted Quinn’s baby before the hour was even finished — only on TV! Phew.
The finale brought back some guests from earlier this season to act as the other “celebrity judges”. Olivia Newton-John and Josh Groban reprised their roles, posing as egomaniacal versions of themselves. Their condescending attitude toward small town Ohio (“underachievers with delusions of grandeur”) drove Sue to defend and secretly vote for New Directions. It was one against three, however, and the club couldn’t even place, having been also beaten by the “not-at-all stupidly named ‘Aural Intensity’”.
It was a smart decision to not have New Directions win. This is TV after all — viewers knew if the Glee Club got canceled — which it was, briefly — it would be short-lived. And as Mr. Schuester said, “Who cares what happens when we get there, when the getting there was so much fun?”
The kids summed up their changes over the last year to Mr. Schuester with Lulu’s “To Sir, With Love” while Sue got teary eyed behind the scenes.
She later forced Principal Figgin’s to reinstate the club, but not before delivering a string of one-line zingers..
“But what kind of a world would that be, Will? A world where I couldn’t constantly ridicule your hair. A world where I couldn’t make fun of you for tearing up more than Michael Landon in a sweeps week episode of Little House on the Prairie?”
The season closed with Mr. Schuester and Puck singing Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version of “Over the rainbow.”
Now that “Glee” has wrapped until September, what did you think of the finale? Are Vocal Adrenaline’s best days really behind them? Have we seen the last of Jesse St. James? Will Shelby Corcoran change her mind about coming to teach at McKinley High? Can Quinn’s friendship with Mercedes last or will she return to her old self now that the burden of her pregnancy is gone? Find out in September.