“Glee” Episode 216 Recap: Gay Romance and Rockin’ Regionals

A little later, Rachel confronts Quinn about Finn while
they’re working on their original song. I confess, this scene kind of whizzed
by me the first time, but as I watched it again to do the recap, I got it. It’s
really about what’s inside of Quinn, and the life choices she’s passing up, and
given her miserable home life, the pain she’s still carrying about giving up
her baby and the tumble she took down the social ladder the year before, it
made me go from really hating her to wanting to buy her, too, a pony.

“Do you want to know how this story plays out?”
she asks Rachel. “I get Finn. You get heartbroken. And then Finn and I
stay here and start a family.” She isn’t saying this as if it makes her
happy. “I’ll become a successful real estate agent, and Finn will take
over Kurt’s dad’s tire shop.”

Quinn starts to cry. “You don’t belong here, Rachel, and you can’t hate me
for wanting to send you on your way.”

“I won’t give up on Finn,” Rachel says, insisting
it’s not over between them.

“Yes, it is!” Quinn explodes. “You’re so
frustrating!” This, she says, is why Rachel can’t write a good song,
because she lives in a dream world.

Rachel says she’ll write her original song by herself, and
leaves. Once her back is to Quinn, she dissolves in bitter tears. Then she goes
home and writes her song, “Get It Right.”

It should be good. It should be epic. It should be worthy of
Lea Michele‘s talent. It’s just meh. Of course, that doesn’t stop it
from being the third top-selling song on iTunes tonight.

Just before they head out for Regionals, Sue confesses to
Will that she forged the letter from My Chemical Romance. But Will doesn’t
care; he says he’s glad, because it gave his kids a chance to write their own
songs. Sue smirks that she custom-tailored Aural Intensity’s song list to the
panel of judges, who it turns out are Newscaster
Rod
again, plus an African-American nun and a home-schooling Tea Party
politician played by Kathy Griffin.

Aural Intensity does “Jesus is a Friend of Mine.”
I invoke recapper immunity and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Next up is the Warblers. Kurt’s nervous, and Blaine tells him he’s
wonderful and fabulous and adorable, and the two of them “are gonna kill
this thing.”

And Kurt gets to sing first! And it’s “Candles”
and he’s awesome, and the two of them are just amazing. And the whole audience
is waving candles, and it’s just so romantic and sweet. Where the hell are
those ponies? And the look they give each other when the song is done? And
Kurt’s cute little bow. Oh, sigh.

And then Blaine
jumps into P!nk’s anthemic ode to freaks everywhere, “Raise Your
Glass.”

This could have been a disaster. “We’ll never be
anything but loud and nitty gritty dirty little freaks”? Not the greatest
fit for our jacket-and-tie-clad crooners. But no. They totally rocked it. And
the house was jumping, and cheering, and even the New Directions kids gave them
an ovation.

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