This week was Glee’s third season finale, and while it was mostly about graduation and goodbyes, it was also about endings and beginnings.
We open with Schuester going to the choir room where he sees the original New Directions singing “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat.” He is hit with nostalgia, and launches into a version on Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young.” He then tells the kids that this week’s theme is “Goodbye.” Seniors sing to the underclassmen, and vice versa.
Kurt goes to the auditorium to meet his dad, and gets a very big surprise graduation present. His dad launches into the entire “Single Ladies” dance complete with silver glove and Tina and Brittany as backup dancers. He says it’s to remind Kurt of when he first saw him do his thing in the basement when he was a freshman. Best. Scene. Ever. Burt didn’t do too badly either.
Sam and Mercedes inform Santana that Mercedes got a record deal as a backup singer in LA based off her YouTube vide Sam posted of her singing “Disco Inferno.” Mike got a scholarship to a ballet school in Chicago, Santana decided to pursue her dream in New York instead of her full cheerleading scholarship to University of Louisville, and Finn is all freaked that he couldn’t get his dad an honorable discharge from the Army.
Quinn makes nice and gets Rachel a Metro pass so she can come see her in New Haven, and so Quinn can visit New York. Rachel mentions that Quinn and Puck were good together, and Quinn helps Puck study for his history exam. They kiss, and he passes. Puck gets to graduate!
Graduation finally came and went to The Boss’s “Glory Days.” But then it was acceptance letter time for Finn, Rachel, and Kurt. They agreed to open them together in the choir room, so when they met, Finn went first because he was so confident. He didn’t get into the Actors Studio. Kurt didn’t get into NYADA, but Rachel did and she fully planned to defer for a year to help the boys with their applications. However, Finn had different ideas for her, and he drove her to the train station (when they should’ve been going to their graduation party) and told her he was letting her go. She was going to go on to New York and live her dreams while he went to Georgia and joined the military to help avenge his father’s name. She cried, he cried but yet she still went. End season.
Other songs featured in this episode: Madonna’s “I’ll Remember” (Kurt), New Radicals’ “You Only Get What You Give”(seniors), Beatles’ “In My Life”(the underclassmen), and Room for Two’s “Roots Before Branches.” (Rachel)
Glee will return in the fall on THURSDAYS instead of Tuesdays at 8/7c on Fox.