“Glee” Episode 221 Recap: Four Solos and a Funeral

 
 

But for the moment, Sue is seeming to be even more hateful
than usual. Becky Jackson‘s mom
approaches Will in the hallway, and says that Sue threw Becky off the Cheerios
for no reason, and asks if she can’t be in Glee Club.

Becky absolutely breaks
my heart here, and I want to freaking kill Will, because Becky just wants to
belong to something, and Will turns her down. You’re giving in to the dark
side, aren’t you, Mr. Shue? Jesse’s got your mind poisoned with his “win
at all costs” crap.

Will turns his guilt into rage at Sue, storming into the
teacher’s lounge saying, “You are a terrible person! Becky was loyal to
you. Being in the Cheerios gave her a sense of purpose. And then you just rip
it away from her for no reason.”

“I’m going to be honest with you, Will,” Sue says,
looking tired and old. “I do have a reason. She reminds me of my
sister.”

“What does that have to do with anything?” he
says. “You love your sister.”

“I do love her, William,” Sue says. “And she
died yesterday.”

Oh. God. We get Kurt as prom queen leaked last week, but no
one got even a hint out to us that this was coming?

Will is as shocked as I am, and Sue tells him that they used
to say people with Down Syndrome didn’t live very long. But when Jean got to 50, Sue began to think they
might grow old together. And when she got pneumonia, the doctor told her it
wasn’t bad and put her on antibiotics.

Sue was with her at the home where she lived, but Jean told
her to go home and get some sleep. And in the middle of the night, she got a
call that her sister had died. Oh, Sue.

“I am so sorry, Sue,” Will says. But Sue just
tells him to leave her alone.

Rachel has signed up to audition to be the lead at
Nationals, as have Kurt, Mercedes and Santana. But Finn hasn’t, and when Rachel
confronts him about it, he tells her that Jesse has robbed him of his
confidence and he’s not trying out.

“You’re really good, Finn,” Rachel tells him.
“You have to believe me.”

He shakes his head. “I’m Lima
good, not New York City
good.”

Emma is helping Will go through his vests, and we learn he’s
going to go to Broadway and appear in April’s show after all, right after
Nationals. He tells Emma he expects the show will close within a week and he’ll
be right back in Lima,
while Emma clearly believes the exact opposite. But Will hasn’t told the Glee
Club kids yet, he says; he doesn’t want to distract them from Nationals.

In the next scene, step-brothers Finn and Kurt – both of
whom lost a parent – awkwardly come into Coach Sylvester’s office with flowers
and a stuffed animal, telling her they’re sorry for her loss.

“Put them over there with the rest,” she says
grimly. “There were more arrangements but I had to throw them out; I’m
allergic to pansies. And I don’t mean that as a swipe at either of you.”

She asks why they’re trying to comfort her considering she’s
made their lives a living hell and enjoyed doing it, and Kurt says it’s because
they know what it’s like to lose someone close to them.

Sue wants to know how they can help her, if they have some
advice on how to get through it. “Because if was being honest with you,
Eddie Munster and Herman Munster,”
she says, “I don’t know how to deal with this. I can’t go into that
nursing home and start sorting through Jean’s things.”

If I was being honest with you, I’d tell you I started
crying like a baby here.

Sue says she can’t bear to plan Jean’s funeral, and when
Kurt asks if she’s told her mother, she says, “As far as I’m concerned,
she said her goodbyes years ago.”

Sue wants Kurt and Finn to tell her why it was Jean’s time
and not hers, since “she was the sweetest person I ever met, and I’m
probably the meanest.”

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