“Glee” delivered an emotionally heavy episode last night, as Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) finally auditioned for NYADA, Puck (Mark Salling) changed his mind about his future plans, and one of the characters revealed a troubling secret.
The episode was titled “Choke,” so right from the get-go viewers knew that either Kurt or Rachel, both of whom were auditioning for NYADA, would do just that. It turns out that the character who choked was…Rachel—while singing “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” which she previously nailed in the first season. The young performer had been singing this song since she was a mere two years old, but, alas, she screwed up the lyrics. She was allowed a second chance, but, unfortunately, she choked again. Judge Carmen Tibideaux (Whoopi Goldberg) wouldn’t allow her another try. Rachel then gave a truly heartbreaking performance of Kelly Clarkson’s “Cry” at the end of the episode.
Kurt, on the other hand, nailed his audition and was pretty much guaranteed a spot at the school. He was originally going to sing “Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera, but instead opted to take a risk and perform “Not the Boy Next Door.”
In other news, Puck, after a visit from his father (played by Thomas Calabro aka “Melrose Place’s” Michael Mancini!) and a performance of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out”, decided that he did, indeed, want to graduate from high school. His fellow Glee boys (aside from Kurt) helped him to study for a geography test he needed to pass in order to graduate. This involved a rocked out rendition of My Fair Lady’s “The Rain in Spain.” Unfortunately, Puck still didn’t pass the test.
The third storyline involved Beiste (Dot Marie Jones), who, near the beginning of the episode, was seen to have a black eye. She passed by some of the Glee girls in the hall and Santana (Naya Rivera) proceeded to make a ‘joke’ about domestic abuse. Roz Washington (Nene Leakes) overheard and was angered by the girl’s comment, so she calls them out on it, with Sue’s (Jane Lynch) help. This leads to a rendition of Chicago’s “Cell Block Tango” by the girls.
Afterwards, Beiste, in a heartwrenching scene, reveals that Cooter did, in fact, hit her. She then let them know that she left the man and went to live with her sister. The girls then gifted her with a cover of Florence + the Machine’s “Shake it Out.” In a surprise move at the end of the episode, it was revealed that Beiste had lied and didn’t actually leave her husband, but had forgiven and stayed with him.
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