By L'Oreal Thompson
10:31 PM EDT, May 22, 2012
Now it's time to say goodbye to the graduates at William McKinley High.
This week's glee club assignment is, appropriately enough, "Goodbye." Mr. Schu asks the underclassmen to perform a song for the seniors and vice versa. Then he delivers a heartfelt acoustic version of Rod Stewart's "Forever Young." C'mon, Mr. Schu, you're going to make me cry and we're not even five minutes into the episode!
Then we segue to Kurt's reflection on his last four years at William McKinley, where he spent ample amount of time in both the closet and the dumpster. But, he's since inspired a new class of gay students to just be themselves, which is inspiring.
Burt, Kurt's dad, calls his son into the auditorium to deliver a special present. He recalls the moment when they started walking together in the same direction instead of away from each other. It was the moment in their basement when Burt discovered Kurt dancing to "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" with Brittany and Tina. So, Burt decides to recreate that performance in honor of Kurt with a shiny Sasha Fierce glove and all. Pure awesomeness.
Santana starts to doubt her future when she learns Mercedes is going to be a backup singer in Los Angeles and Mike Chang got a scholarship to a dance school in Chicago. She's a bit bummed that she's heading to Kentucky, so she goes to BreadstiX aka the only restaurant in Lima, Ohio, with Mama Lopez (played by the glorious Gloria Estefan) and Brittany. We also learn that Brittany apparently flunked her classes (with her 0.0 GPA) and that she won't be graduating this year. So Santana decides she'll maybe stay in Lima, too. But who knows? She may end up in New York!
The seniors sing "You Only Get What You Give" to the underclassmen and they reciprocate with "In My Life" by The Beatles. Meanwhile, Quinn decides to help Puck get his mojo back, so she plants one on him while helping him study geography. Her plan works and Puck passes his geography exam with a C- (a Puckerman A+), which means he's graduating with everyone else!
Fast forward to graduation and Puck's leading us in a rousing rendition of "Glory Days." The glee club seniors are called one-by-one by Principal Figgins, but somehow Puckerman comes before Lopez. Go figure. Maybe they use a different alphabet out there in the Midwest?
Earlier, Finn recommended he, Kurt and Rachel open the envelopes from their dream schools together. Finn goes first and, as despite feeling confident about his audition, he did not get into acting school. Kurt is next and he did not get into NYADA. What the French toast?! But, of course, Rachel gets in; however, she decides to defer her acceptance to focus on helping Finn and Kurt achieve their dream as well.
But the plan is short lived. Finn picks up Rachel and drives to what she thinks is their wedding venue, but instead he drives her to the train station...in time to catch the train to New York, where her fathers are waiting for her. Finn doesn't want to stand in the way of Rachel going to the Big Apple, so he decides to set her free...and enroll in the Army to honor his father. Of course, Rachel starts crying, and so do I.
It's so awful and so right at the same time. Apparently, the rest of the glee club got the memo, because they're all waiting at the platform to bid Rachel farewell. But the sight of Finn running beside the train...it's heartbreaking.
And that's a wrap for season three. I'm excited to see what will happen next! Don't forget, "Glee" is moving to Thursday nights at 9 this fall. And in case you haven't heard, Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker will guest star next season, which will feature a show within a show. Hmm, I wonder what that could be...
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