Over at Finn’s, Rachel’s walking up to his door, wearing her
usual deflowering outfit of a pink cape.
Finn answers the door, and she says, “Hi. I got your flowers.
They were beautiful.”
“You were really good.”
“Can I come in?”
He lets her in, and they sit on the sofa. She takes off her
cape, and we establish no one’s home but Finn. Kurt’s with Blaine, and Burt and
Carol are at an election event out of town.
Rachel asks why he didn’t stay for the party, and if it was
because he was still mad at her, but he cuts her off.
“He didn’t like me.”
“The recruiter. He watched the game and then I waited
for 20 minutes while he talked to Shane. I didn’t even shower or change out of
my uniform, because I was afraid I’d miss him.”
We go to a flashback, of Finn waiting, and then asking the
recruiter, “So you guys are going after Shane?
“The kid’s a monster.” Cooter sits. “Look,
kid, just because your football career ends in high school, it doesn’t mean
your life does.”
We cut back to Rachel. “I don’t understand what this
Finn leaps up, his voice loud, and breaking. “It means
I suck. It means my life is over. He isn’t going to recruit me. He said I’ve
reached my ceiling. “
“There are other colleges…”
“Like there are other schools for you besides NYADA?
I’m not good enough. I’m not a good enough quarterback to get a scholarship.
I’m not a good enough singer to get into NYADA. It’s all over for me.” He
falls into a chair.
“Stop it, Finn, look at me,” she says, kneeling in
front of him. “Your dreams are not dead, okay? You’ve just grown out of
them. You have to find new ones now.”
“I don’t know how.”
“We’ll figure it out together. You’re special. You know
how I know that? Because I’m going to give you something that no one else is
ever going to get.”
They kiss, but he stops her. “You don’t need to do
this, okay? The play’s over, there’s no point.”
“No, the point is that I was wrong and stupid and
immature and, probably not for the last time, lost in my ambition.”
“Now, I’m just a girl, with a boy that she loves,
wanting to remember this moment for the rest of her life.”
I don’t know how to do the next scene justice. We waited for
it all night – all week, if you count the fans over on the Klaine tag on
Tumblr. But it lasted just a few seconds. And anyone looking for skin and heat
would have been disappointed. But it was both one of the best uses of a song in
a scene I’ve ever seen, one of the most beautifully shot, lit and edited scenes
I’ve ever seen, and also, very sweet and lovely. I wouldn’t have changed
anything about it.
Tony and Maria are singing “One Hand, One Heart”
on stage, while both Will and Emma and Shannon
and Cooter hold hands. Those scenes are intercut with others of both Finn and
Rachel and Kurt and Blaine making love.
We don’t see anything, really – clasped hands, Kurt’s joyful
face, Kurt touching Blaine’s shirt and arm, Rachel and Finn’s hands
interlocking in front of the fire, and an achingly beautiful shot of Kurt and
Blaine entangled on the bed, sweetly touching noses as the song fades away.
I like sexy as much as the next girl, but that scene? It was
Thank you, Glee. I
think you just proved that you can still bring it when you want to.