(First, I'd like to apologize for not writing a blog last week. My DirectTV messed up in the last 10 minutes of the episode and when I called around, it seemed to have happened to a lot of people. Not sure about you, but I missed an entire song during tonight's episode for the same reason!)
Tonight's episode was all about Rachel. This was her culminating moment and it felt so important to be right there with her.
We relive her younger, awkward days, as she sings "Lovefool" in that infamous reindeer sweater, hair barrettes and knee high socks. All of her biggest doubters are there to bring Rachel down during her performance: Santana, Sue and even Kurt's bully, Karofsky.
Only, it's just a dream.
It turns out that Rachel is down because she's been reading the comments sections of different blogs in the city. After Kurt takes her phone, she seems to be doing OK -- until Tina comes to visit. Tina talks about all of the horrible comments she's seen, but that it's OK because she knows Rachel is way too strong to be taken down by words.
In the next scene, we find Rachel in bed and silent. This is unlike the Rachel we've grown to know. She is afraid to go on, and not one of her friends can find the words to relieve her of her fears ... no one except for Santana. The moment she enters the room Rachel says she doesn't want anything nice from Santana; luckily, she obliges.
Santana doesn't say anything nice. Instead, Rachel reads some reviews that say horrid things about her. As Rachel is about to share her two cents, Santana tells her that these same comments were made about Barbara Streisand when she originated the role. Santana looks Rachel in the eyes and says, "You suck at so many things, but you could never do [the show] badly. I can't stand you 90 percent of the time, but even I know that if you drag your flat little ass out on that stage tonight, you're gonna murder that crowd."
This is what I'm talking about, folks. My family doesn't understand why I love Santana so much, and they really don't get why I love when Santana is hard on Rachel. But Santana knows how to get Rachel going, more so than any other character on the show anymore. Their relationship is the show.
Meanwhile, a few states away, Will is getting ready for his trip to New York to see Rachel's opening night. Emma can no longer go because of how pregnant she is, so Sue insists on attending.
Sue wants to go because she left a terrible impression of New York City in her most recent segment of "How Sue Sees It," and she wants to make things better. Will and Sue sing "NYC" as they talk about what the city means to them. Once they get to New York, Sue winds up coming to Kurt and Rachel's apartment to stay. The hotel only gave Will and Sue one king bed, and there was no way that was happening.
As Sue enters Rachel's show, she meets a ticket scalper ("Saturday Night Live" alum Chris Parnell) and the two hit it off right away, as they are the only two attempting to scalp a single ticket.
They are the only two to walk out on Rachel's Broadway debut. This leads everyone to think that The New York Times critic in the audience is going to rip the show apart.
Where's Will to keep Sue in line? He got a phone call from Emma that her water broke as Rachel was going on stage — talk about perfect timing. Rachel sings two songs while in the role of Fanny Brice, including "I'm the Greatest Star" and the emotional "Who Are You Now," with thoughts of Finn in her mind.
It was just the emotional pull she needed; everyone cheered loudly.
Her producer wants to celebrate in Little Italy, but Kurt and Blaine take her to a gay bar in Greenwich Village. She's asked by the bartenders to sing and she performs "Pumpin' Blood." (This is where my TV goes out. This weather, I tell ya!)
The next morning, when Sue and the scalper wake up and walk into the kitchen with everyone, Rachel recognizes them as the two fools who walked out on her performance. As Santana gets up to tell them off, Rachel assures her that she's "got this."
And boy does she ever. She tells Sue everything any of us have ever wanted to tell Sue for the last six years. Afterward, the gang picks up a copy of the Times and Rachel has a sensational review. Schue calls to let everyone know that Emma is fine and that she gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Daniel Finn Schuester. Awww.
Mr. Sue Sylvester seemed to not want to let go and she seemed not quite ready to give up on some potential love. This was a very happy episode. With two more left in the season, I can't wait to see where we go from here.