Rachel – Roots Before Branches
Sophy says: This is our choice for four principal reasons.
1) Rachel Berry alone in New York is the perfect ending to this season. 2) Lea’s voice is doing incredible things, even for her. 3) The whole montage was beautifully put together. 4) The pink suitcase.
I MEAN SERIOUSLY. THE LITTLE BARBRA HAT. AND THE PINK SUITCASE. I JUST. COULD SHE BE ANY MORE PERFECT?
I can’t even deal with how well this was done. From Finn taking her to the station and having all her friends be there to see her off, to the fact that when the song started she was singing it, even as she walked the plank of adulthood, wept, and clung all the way, Rachel Berry was singing – that’s what got her through, that’s what got her to New York. And she didn’t stop singing till she’d made it all the way there. How perfectly symbolic is that?
Seriously my heart was skipping around all over the place in my chest when her voice carried on without her like magic as she took in the sights of her future, the reality of the journey she’d just made, when all of New York swirled around her, the original dream brought to her feet.
I also thought it was truly gorgeous that Finn was providing the backing “Oh, oh, ohs” as they went – gently supporting her till she got on that train – left him behind where he belongs – where he chooses to be, for her.
And the tippy-toe kiss goodbye, omg.
And one last thing. See how happy Quinn looks as she gives Rachel the thumbs up and Finn stops running and the train keeps chugging and Rachel Berry is finally on her way? I think that says it all for Faberry.
Except no it doesn’t. Because when Rachel looks around her with a mixture of trepidation and excitement in New York and sings the line “I’ll still be standing… I’m standing…” all I can think about is Quinn Fabray and I’m still standing, and that time she hauled herself up by her microphone and sang her song to her queen.
Oh my girls, living their whole lives in parallel.
And a quick shout-out to Puck’s ‘Love You’. Slim pickings, Puckleberries, but it was damn cute, so I hope you enjoyed it all the same.
Rin says: Let me get the Faberry out of the way first. Like it’s such a chore.
Quinn’s continual waving, going from a casual normal wave to big full arm waves, and ending on a thumbs up, is the greatest thing. I can’t express how much I love her thumbs up. I really can’t. It’s just something about it. And I’m reading into a thumbs up, I am. But it’s like Sophy said, it’s Rachel finally on her way. It’s, if you truly want to be happy you’re going to have to say goodbye. And, if you keep looking for that happy ending then you are never going to get it right. It’s all the things that Quinn has known Rachel is going to do, and in more recent times it’s everything that Quinn has wanted for Rachel. So yes, a picture says a thousand words, and a thumbs up spawns a paragraph on Faberry.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL.
One of the things I really love about this scene/song is that Rachel is probably the most devastated she’s ever been, as she walks into the train station. But perhaps the most comforting thing is that the entire Glee club is there to see her off. But they’re not there as the Glee club, they’re there as her friends. I have no doubt in my mind that every single person there (crickets for Joe) wanted to be there to see her off, not because they had to. And maybe it’s a bit of a consolation that even though Rachel has lost Finn (for now), she still has all of these people to fall back on. When at the very start of all this madness Rachel didn’t have friends, and half of them actually used to bully her. So. I mean, I know that I was so happy for Rachel and felt relief when I saw all of their happy shiny faces excited/proud/happy for her.
And it’s not just me who finds Quinn waiting at the top of the stairs with a huge smile on her face, crazy romantic. Right? RIGHT?!??!
So the song. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
And if you pay attention to the lyrics it really is the best song for Rachel in this moment, but also kind of applicable to all these kids who are going out into the world.
I gotta have roots before branches
To know who I am
Before I know who I wanna be
And nothing makes me happier than Rachel letting go of the happy ending, and singing about finding herself and her place in the world. She spent a lot of the season losing sight of her dreams, the big picture and everything she’s ever wanted. And I’m pretty sure every single time Rachel has been ‘un-Rachel-like’ we’ve put it as Rophy Says No. Because Rachel is our hero, and we hate to see her stumble. But what better place for her to get back her self belief and unwavering drive than New York itself?
I know we were all like, A MILLION EGOT’S FOR LEA MICHELE!! last week.. but dear lord. This week she sure showed us that she needs ONE BILLION. You know I read a lot about how people get cranky over Lea’s twitter and how much she uses it for PR because she’s always tweeting about Glee and how much she loves it, and omg watch glee etc. etc. But I have to say, when you see Lea put so much of herself into Rachel, you can’t blame her for being excited about her job. I would get exhausted after one take with the intensity Lea shows in her performances, and she has to do it day in and day out. And I must insist we all bow down before her when she’s singing on the train whilst dying inside. I just. So many bows and slow claps.
And then I adore the way she starts to open up when she’s actually in New York. She starts to remember why she has Broadway as her dream in the first place, and just being there is comforting for her. I love that.
ALSO I’VE BEEN RIGHT WHERE SHE’S STANDING. Best.
Sophy says: HAVE I BEEN WHERE SHE’S STANDING? WAS I IN YOUR POCKET?
And I think Rin hit the nail on the head as to why Lea’s voice was so especially breathtaking in this song. It wasn’t necessarily that she was doing anything more technically brilliant than usual… it’s just that her heart was literally BREAKING ALL OVER THE MUSIC. Intensity, thy name is Rachel Berry. And the character would never have been what she is today if Lea Michele hadn’t been willing to put all her heart and soul into her – day in day out.
Seniors – You Get What You Give
Sophy says: This is here for two main reasons. 1) It was like they were actually trying to murder us with cute. 2) This should have been a Nationals song. Why, why, why, show?
It had exactly the right plucky, adorable vibe, all about being grateful and giving back and never giving up and how the music is everything and it is in you. It would have been the New Directions choice.
But enough whining about what’s past. Let’s talk about how fucking cute these kids are? Mercedes and Quinn dancing nearly made me fall out of my chair, because it took me right back to ‘We Are Young’ and I just. Can’t. Also Rachel cupping Artie’s chin was just obscenely sweet. And then Quinn went up and kind of copied it and I just.
Let’s be clear, Quartie the friendship never went anywhere near the Wheelchair Love place. I hated it only for what I feared it would be. For what it is I kind of love it to pieces.
Santana ruffling Will’s hair and dancing with her girl. Will getting another Quinn kiss, the lucky bastard. Mike and Tina being fucking gorgeous and adorable. And I will never get over that look Kurt and Blaine gave each other. I know people are pissed that they didn’t get to kiss, just like they didn’t get to kiss last week, and okay, I am too. But that look? It honestly wipes the floor with most people’s kisses as far as I’m concerned. So there’s that.
And one last thing – the best thing – Puck pretending to pull his mohawk off. Seriously I wanted to give him a Cutest Human Ever award on the spot just for that.
Rin says: It also took you back to ‘We Are Young’ because Finn’s pretty much dressed the exact same way.
When this song started with Finn, something funny happened. Unlike the previous few episodes, we didn’t want to stab his face. We were actually LOVING IT like we used to, and loved his unabashed energy when he was telling the juniors to take care of the Glee club and it’ll take care of you. I mean. Cute. AND THEN HE STARTED SINGING AND I STILL DIDN’T WANT TO PUNCH HIM, AND I DON’T KNOW? I guess that’s what happens when Glee is good. You start to remember that you haven’t always hated people that you hate, and whilst there’s still a lot of no to Finn, there was also some yeses to him, and that’s what we’ve been missing for so long now. It was nice to see a glimpse of the Finn we liked, and here’s to hoping that guy sticks around, and not the one that goes around calling people selfish and trying to de-wheelchair girls.
This routine. All of the things that were going on. It was like Rophynip, for serious. I think this was one of their last days on set for the season? And you can really tell how they were all just having a lot of fun together, but also you could feel the emotion of the cast saying goodbye to one another, as if it was a last hurrah. And I adore that to pieces. How can you not, when Santana runs across the room and sways arms with Brittany, when Mike sings ‘one last dance’ to Tina and bows before her offering his hand, when Rachel and Tina hold hands after their recent bonding session, when Quinn is Quinn, when the juniors stand in a circle as the seniors dance around them, and then stand opposite each other.. singing to them. And then the song ends with the seniors sitting down, and the juniors standing up because the torch has been handed over and now it’s their turn. I just. This fucking glee club is going to be the end of me.
And this whole episode gave me vivid flashbacks to my last day at high school. ALL THOSE YEARS AGO. But after the ceremony and all that, the year 12’s sing to the rest of the school, and then the yr 11’s sing to us. And Glee club isn’t even a thing here. Anyway, we sang Wonderwall and Lean On Me, except with a lot of the words changed. Oh to be young.
One more thing.
Sam’s a junior?!?!?! LOLOLOLOL.
One more thing.
I definitely loved Will’s song to the kids. It was very nicely done, and the perfect song for him to sing to his babies.
Sophy says: We sang ‘Tonight, Tonight’ by the Smashing Pumpkins. We thought we were super cool.
LOL SAM’S A JUNIOR.
Sophy says: Literally one of the most perfect things I have ever seen in my life. Kurt and Burt’s relationship is really the only parent/child relationship that has been developed throughout the show’s run, and on one level it’s a shame that the writers limited themselves there… but on the other hand, maybe if they’d spread themselves more thinly this most perfect father/son relationship would never have been what it was.
Also this is biggest lol in the way where I was literally tearfully giggling the whole way through it, from the moment I realized we were taking a trip down memory lane to one of my favourite Glee performances. And just. Best dad ever, beyond a shadow of a doubt. And Kurt’s little faces? How do I even?
It was at this point that I actually had the thought: ‘It doesn’t matter what they throw at me, the first 15 minutes or so of this episode are so perfect that I could never be mad at Glee.’
I was wrong. But that doesn’t change the fact that this was flawless.
Rin says: I was dying from the amount of SURPRISING AWESOME Glee was giving us. I’m a complete sucker for flashbacks when done right, and this along with the start of the episode, was definitely doing it right. And this being Burt’s graduation present to Kurt is pure genius. Honestly, it was inspired.
Major props to O’Malley, he nailed it.
Sophy says: MIKE O’MALLEY IS A HUMAN NAIL GUN.
I loved the flashbacks so much. To be honest, as much as I adore the ending of this episode… I think it might have been even more amazing to weave the flashbacks through the whole thing.
Sophy says: I was kind of rage elephanting around the place the first time I saw this scene, so I didn’t pick up on this detail right away. But then when I went back in a better frame of mind and watched I literally squealed out loud when I realized that Rachel was trying to get Puck’s test paper before him.
And that is one of the many reasons why I love her.
Oh, and one last thing. There is another biggest lol for me and it probably would have nudged its way into getting actual screen caps if they’d gone the extra mile with it and included a visual. Mini-Santana as Uncle Jesse. I just. I will never. Why couldn’t they do Klaine-style cut to an adorable little Naya look-a-like with a mullet? I WOULD HAVE DIED.
Also, I wonder who played Uncle Jesse in Santana’s world? I’m sure it wasn’t Britt’s dentist… :-S
Rin says: HAHA Alternate Gleeverse Uncle Jesse.
It’s things like this where I wish I knew who’s idea it was. Was it Lea’s, or the directors or was it in the script? Because it’s these little details that show us how well they know their characters.
The teacher’s face is amazing too.
“I want my last week here to be about giving back a little of what I got.”
Sophy says: Yeah, I don’t even know where to start.
How about… can someone please explain to me how those faces right around when Quinn gives Rachel the rail pass are the faces of two friends looking at each other? Can someone please explain to me how they’re not the faces of people experiencing worryingly out of control more-than-friends feelings?
I MEAN. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. I CAN PRACTICALLY HEAR THEIR HEARTS BEATING RIGHT NOW.
But okay, let’s get the ‘No’ part of this scene over with before I go the flailing place.
There is one little line in this scene that threatened to entirely ruin this episode for me. And ultimately, it didn’t. Because I searched my soul and realized that the only reason I was so angry was that this episode came so close to being exactly what I wanted it to be and let itself down in such small and unnecessary ways. Glee frustrates me that way. So often they’re this close to perfection and then, well, sloppy, sloppy babies.
It’s a shame, but it really shouldn’t take away from what was wonderful about this scene and this episode.
Anyway, I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about. Yes, that’s right. That time Quinn Fabray told Rachel Berry she was reeeeeally happy she was with Finn Hudson.
No. Just. NO. I JUST.
The reason why this bothers me is that it seems like a continuation from ‘On My Way’ – little by little Quinn is not simply softening on the teen wedding issue because there’s nothing she can to stop it… she’s learning to accept Finchel as her lord and saviour.
And there is nothing, NOTHING, that irritates me more than when a show tries to prop up its teacher’s pet ship by having a character who has previously objected to said ship inexplicably begin singing its praises.
‘See, viewers? Even Quinn knows Finchel is destiny now.’
It’s just fucking gross and tacky and condescending and I don’t like it.
And then it bothers me on another level too, where it feels worryingly like the writers are purposely trying to stamp out the ambiguity that underpins the Quinn-Rachel relationship.
Quinn’s instinctive and fierce disapproval of Finn and Rachel being together is a staple of the show, and is one of the many reasons some of us speculate that her own feelings for Rachel go beyond friendship. To have her go back on that? It just feels like some lesbian subtext damage control, and I really don’t appreciate it. Newsflash, show. We like the ambiguity. And I promise, us being left in peace to speculate that Quinn is really in love with Rachel? It’s not going to hurt a fly. You don’t need to crush it, and frankly, you’ll never be able to anyway. So stop trying.
By the way, do you know how I know they’ll never be able to crush it? Because Rin and I have immediately formulated our own Faberry-friendly theories as to why Quinn said what she said.
For example. Quinn was testing Rachel again, in the same vein as ‘When you were singing that song… you were singing it Finn… and only Finn… right?’ She was essentially dangling the ‘Is this really what you want’ carrot, in a reverse-psychology kind of ‘Well clearly you want this so very much’ way. And Rachel’s response? Well, it was pretty much the same as last time, wasn’t it? Distinctly underwhelming.
Rachel Berry is not one to hold back, about anything, ever. She doesn’t do subtle, certainly not when it comes to all the FEELINGS she is FEELING. And yet when Quinn tells her she’s reeeeeally happy that she and Finn are together, what does she get back? Nothing. Rachel’s lips are pressed together. If anything she kind of looks like she wants Quinn to cut the crap. And then when Quinn tells her that she and Finn are meant to be? Rachel says thank you. For the tickets.
Basically she could not be less interested in discussing her epic love for Finn with Quinn. I noticed this in their ‘On My Way’ scene together and I noticed it again here. I’m very glad to see that it was going somewhere – ie. to a place where Rachel is in fact not 100% sure that the wedding is what she wants. And I think Quinn saw that – the flicker of hesitation, the desire to move on swiftly from the subject. I think when she said Finn and Rachel were meant to be what she meant was ‘Nothing can stop you apparently – your dads can’t, Burt and Kurt Hummel can’t, I can’t, the truck that hit me can’t, New York can’t… Finchel is the unstoppable force. I surrender.’ And then Rachel’s non-response came along and made her think “Oh…”
In my head canon that was the point at which Quinn went to Finn and quietly, kindly appealed to his better nature to stop this madness.
You know she would.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Okay moving on to the other comment that threatened to upend this episode for me. Rachel saying that she always thought Puck and Quinn were meant to be. What was that? JUST. WHAT. WAS. THAT?
I mean, I know what it is. It’s sloppy writing. As in its the writers having Rachel randomly say something that has no canon backing and makes absolutely no sense in order to provide an entree into the Quinn/Puck scene. That’s all it is. And I’m going to take it with the enormous grain of salt I know it’s seasoned with.
A show that cares will at least try to have its clunky segue-ways make some kind of sense.
Also it really grossed me out that Rachel explained Quinn/Puck being destiny by saying that Puck was at his best when he was with Quinn. Did no one working on this show realize how off that was going to sound? And can any of them tell me how many frilly aprons does Rachel now owns? Because that statement flatly implies that a woman’s role in life is to prop up her man. That Quinn Fabray’s role in life is to prop up Noah Puckerman. And I just.
I will never.
I frankly think it would have made a lot of sense for Quinn to give Rachel another good fabathroom slap at that point.
Anyway. Moving onto the things that matter most. Like how Quinn, not content with giving Rachel her Prom Queen dream complete with tiara, had to go out and spend what is undoubtedly hundreds of dollars on rail passes to ensure that the two of them get to spend time together next year.
I nearly blacked out.
You guys, Rin actually accidentally spoiled herself for this episode, so she knew that Quinn was supposed to give Rachel something. But that’s all she knew. Something. God knows what.
Naturally we went mental on yahoo at each other, partly trying to work out what the something might actually be, mostly fantasizing about all the things it totally wouldn’t be but totally should.
And during that fantasizing I’m pretty sure that Rin suggested something like this. And I head-in-handsed and scoffed. Because it would be the greatest thing in the Faberry world, but Glee would never.
I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WE WOULD GET THIS. NOT IN A MILLION YEARS.
I remember saying to Rin that maybe Quinn would casually mention that New Haven was only a couple of hours from New York and that I would die all over the place… but I didn’t actually think we’d get even that.
Let’s take a moment to think about this, shall we. Let’s take a moment to put into perspective what has happened here.
The season ends with Finn and Rachel breaking up. Because he finally got Quinn’s message somehow and he knows that Rachel needs to do this without him. He’s setting her free. He’s sending her on her way and going where she can’t follow to boot. The two of them are surrendering together. They are making a conscious choice to let go of one another, and we see them kiss one last time at the station, right before the close-up of their hands as they part.
Let’s contrast that to what’s going on with Faberry. Faberry are very much in the business of holding on – tighter than they ever have before, to be honest. And I’m not just talking about that hug.
I’m talking about the fact that Quinn came to Rachel. She openly came to Rachel and said all the special things Rachel has said to her – that they are friends, that that is the reason she knows change is good, that she wants her in her life, no matter what. Quinn makes it clear that she is strong enough and solid enough to say goodbye to everybody in her life… but she never can say goodbye to Rachel Berry. And I love how just moments after boldly telling us she didn’t feel tearful about any of this, she’s looking at Rachel with a tell-tale twinkle in her eyes.
Look. Here’s the thing. This is really rare for Quinn. This is her honestly and nakedly putting herself out there. It’s not depressing like that time she offered to sleep with Puck or that time she told Sam he could help her raise her baby if he liked. It’s real. It’s pure. And that’s why she’s so damn shy about it. Honestly, do you see her, you guys? Do you see her looking down at the envelope in her hands.
SHE’S PRACTICALLY BLUSHING ABOUT IT.
And oh god, I just realized what her little smile as she looks down reminds me of. It reminds me of that time she looked down at the gardenia corsage and realized it had a green ribbon to match her eyes.
DO YOU SEE?????????!!!!!!!!!!1
I cannot go on.
Okay, I lied. I will never stop.
Anyway. This is new territory, and not just for these two, for Quinn, generally.
And here’s where I start looking back at Faberry’s arc this season and wondering how the hell the writers who specialize in bumps produced something this smooth. Because there is an actual progression in the way Quinn engages Rachel, from ‘Hold Onto Sixteen’ to the finale – from “kind of friends” to the kind of friends you can’t say goodbye to.
In 308 Quinn seeks out Rachel. Rachel has sought Quinn out plenty already, but this time it’s Quinn making her first real foray into their friendship. She does so under the guise of conveying information about Shelby, then she thanks Rachel for her advice, and begins, tentatively, to open her inner life up to her. “For me” was the first time Quinn truly let Rachel get close. And it was magical.
311. Rachel comes to Quinn and spills her guts, and Quinn isn’t terribly interested in her guts, only in the fact that she absolutely must not under any circumstances marry Finn Hudson. She feels so strongly about this that she bursts into song, and at the end of the song, she gives a little speech that everybody hears, but nobody knows that it’s all about Rachel – for Rachel – directly at Rachel. This time Quinn’s not thanking Rachel for her advice – she’s giving her her own.
Moving on to 314. Quinn comes to Rachel again, this time to a) ask her to check her out in her cheerios uniform, b) show her that she supports her no matter what – even when she doesn’t approve of her choices, and c) find out how she truly feels about those choices. Quinn gives more of herself than she has before; the love she has for this “frustrating” girl is acknowledged as unconditional. And most importantly this marks the first time Quinn tries to actively engage with Rachel‘s inner life – to find out who she really is, and what she really wants. And to be her friend no matter what the answers are.
You couldn’t really say that Quinn seeks Rachel out in 319, but that’s only because it’s a stealth maneuver. Rachel may have made the first move between them that night, but there is no doubt about it – Quinn was coming for her in that final scene when she crowned her her queen and sang Take My Breath Away. This is the first time Quinn was brave enough to give something to Rachel, and maybe it helped with the jitters that she had to do it in secret.
And now 322. The gift that wasn’t secret. The time Quinn did something for Rachel – and for herself – that I never thought she’d have the guts to do.
Because this is Quinn actually coming out and asking for something – something she really wants. This is her wanting it enough to let the other person know how much. Because Rachel knows the moment she hands the envelope over – she knows that Quinn Fabray has spent money to ensure that she is in her life. That is a huge deal, and probably a bit terrifying for Quinn, and that’s why I was so proud of her, and also kind of dizzy with shipper joy, when she went the extra mile and told Rachel she’d bought one for herself to come to New York too.
Because it was the ultimate in putting herself out there – in asking – in giving – in letting Rachel have some of her power. That’s not an easy thing for a girl like Quinn to do. But after all, she’s come so far hasn’t she? And Rachel is the way she learned to start giving in the first place, so it’s only fitting that she should be the one to receive the most precious and dangerous gift of all – the undeniable knowledge that she cares, very much, what Rachel thinks of her – whether Rachel likes her or not – whether Rachel wants her in her life.
Trust doesn’t come easy for Quinn. And I think that’s why it’s been so hard for her to believe that Rachel really, truly, honestly thinks she’s special. But this is where she’s starting to hope.
Because she asks Rachel to prove it. She asks her to let her come see her in New York. And she asks her to come to New Haven to see her. She asks to matter that much to her. She asks for that level of closeness.
Because at the point at which Quinn gave Rachel the pass it looked like Rachel absolutely would be accompanied by Kurt and Finn if she went to New York. Kurt because he was a shoo-in for NYADA, and Finn because although he would never in a million years get into any acting school it was hard to see how he wouldn’t be going where Rachel was, given that they were still determined to get hitched.
So Quinn would be thinking “I’ll go to New York to visit Rachel… and Finn and Kurt.” And then she would be thinking “I wonder if Rachel would care enough to come see me in my new place… without Finn and Kurt.”
HOW. ADORABLE. IS. THAT?
And the moment we made that realization was precisely the moment Rin told me I had to write her fanfiction over the hiatus involving Rachel sleeping on Quinn’s dorm room floor.
One final thing. I’m going to ask you all the examine the above caps carefully an see if you can see what Rophy sees. Rin will be rinscoping the answer for you below.
Rin says: I’m going to follow suit and start with the bad.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so quickly ENRAGED as I was when Quinn said that Finn and Rachel were meant to be. It was then when I was saying things like I wish Glee was cancelled and that I wouldn’t be watching next season because they had taken the thing I enjoyed most on TV away from me. YES, I MAKE RASH DECISIONS WHEN THINGS I REALLY LOVE GET FUCKED AROUND WITH. Because on first viewing it really seems like the writers were doing everything in their power to squash out all possibilities that Quinn could feel something other than friendship for Rachel. And frankly, for me, that’s unforgivable because it goes against one of the major draws this show has going for it. They beauty of Faberry is that yes, they are friends, but they’re also not just friends. And even if they never really go there, I always assumed it would be left open and we’d never really know. And I love the idea of that. What I don’t need is a show that is clearly aware of its fanbase, actively going out to stop it. And I’m afraid that’s what they were trying to do with this whole Quinn condoning that so-called Finchel.
AND THEN RACHEL TALKING ABOUT QUINN AND PUCK AS ‘MEANT TO BE’ Just SO SLOPPY. Please, stop.
One of my theories is that Quinn was very much aware of what she was doing, in the sense that it was pure reverse psychology. Because it seems like every time Quinn says something about Finchel to Rachel, the opposite happens. She told her to not sleep with Finn, she sleeps with Finn. She told her not to accept his proposal, she accepts his proposal. She says she wants to support Finn and Rachel at their wedding, the wedding doesn’t happen. And now? She says Finn and Rachel were meant to be, they break up.
She’s starting to use her powers for good you guys.
After a bit of time I have very much settled down on the fury-front because I realised that Quinn saying what she said doesn’t really change a thing. It doesn’t change the fact that Quinn Fabray bought Rachel Berry a metro pass for her and herself so they could keep in touch. And in the literal sense. As in, come to New Haven so I can physically have you here with me, because the phone and Skype wouldn’t be enough.
The week before this episode aired, our chats consisted of us starting every sentence with ‘What if..’ and then naming something Quinn could be giving Rachel. Everything from a gardenia, to a pink scarf that Rachel would wear at all times in NY. Even in the summer and to bed.
And when I thought of train tickets, I didn’t really believe it would happen. BECAUSE YOU GUYS. It was definitely too much to ask for, because Quinn would never. As Sophy has pointed out, Quinn doesn’t go out on a limb for people. She just doesn’t. She needs to know exactly where she stands, what she would get from it, and construct a pie-chart with all the possible beneficial outcomes.
Unless you’re Rachel Berry.
And perhaps that’s where all of Quinn’s fascination, and it is a fascination, with Rachel comes from. The fact that she never really understood her place when it came to Rachel. It was simple when she was the Head Cheerio who bullied the Glee geek, because it was a role she played in order to stay on top. It’s what was expected of her. But the moment that Rachel sought Quinn out to tell her to come back to Glee, that no one would judge her for getting pregnant, the lines blurred. Here was the girl she tortured on a daily basis, rising above it all and offering her a place where she would feel safe when the rest of the school wasn’t. She didn’t understand why Rachel would ever go out of her way for her, when she knows she wouldn’t do the same. Rachel’s a puzzle that Quinn doesn’t have a solution for. (I do, it’s sex.)
And just as a sidenote about that scene, all that time ago. If Rachel had never convinced Quinn to come back to Glee, Quinn may have never discovered her love for performing. And maybe that’s why when Quinn wants to give back what she’s gotten, the first person she goes to is Rachel. I don’t feel like I’m exaggerating when I say that Rachel changed Quinn’s life.
There is no other way around it. Just like becoming Quinn’s friend is Rachel’s proudest accomplishment, Quinn knows that without Rachel she wouldn’t be getting out of Lima and going to the ‘school of her dreams’. And I have no doubts that Rachel is the most important person in Quinn’s life because of it. (Okay, there’s Beth.. but no one can really compete with Beth.) Quinn knows that Rachel makes her a better person, or at least, want to be a better person. So there was absolutely no way that Quinn was letting a friend like Rachel go.
So she fucking bought her tickets. And when I think about this being Quinn asking for something, my mind tries to process this and it replies with, ‘I CAN’T!!!’
Quinn is kind of passive when it comes to these sorts of things, because she’s used to being given things and being the one who gets pursued. She’s Quinn Fabray for gods sake, people parted like the red sea!! But do you know what happened? Rachel happened. Rachel made Quinn start to question things, because Rachel always represented something bigger, she was going to be a star and get out of Lima and it was everything that Quinn wanted, but didn’t believe was possible. I always go back to 216 Original Song, when Quinn talks about sending Rachel on her way while she stays in Lima, marries Finn and becomes a real estate agent. Not that aspiring to become a real estate agent is a bad thing, but because it was so clearly what Quinn didn’t want, but the only thing she saw herself amounting to. This is a girl who figured the highlight of her life would be Prom Queen, and forever looking back on her glory days. Quinn sold herself short, and that is sad.
But Rachel never gave up on Quinn. She’s the reason Quinn started to ask for things for herself, that she was a lot more than what she was settling for. Thus, Yale. And ironically, just as Quinn is starting to realise she can ask for things and not be afraid to show the world what she wants… she asks for Rachel. For her to be in her life. That out of everyone, she wants to make sure they keep in touch. As in, ‘there is no way you can get out of this Rachel, because I have a pass and you have a pass, and we can catch up whenever we want!’ Just. How is that not one of the most beautiful things ever?
I’ve also read that the tickets would have cost hundreds of dollars, which. Finn was ready to gamble away his savings with Rachel. Quinn used hers to ensure Rachel would still be in her life.
Do I need to talk about the details of this scene? Yes, I really really do.
The way Quinn walks in, peeping around the corner looking for Rachel and smiling when she sees that Rachel is there. Which, of course, it’s their Fabathroom.
The way Quinn tells Rachel to think about their journey, how fare they’ve come, the way they’ve changed and become friends, as if Quinn has already done so.
The way this is the first time Quinn mentions they are friends.
The way Rachel lights up and is flustered when Quinn does exactly that.
THE WAY Quinn looks down at her envelope, all shy smiles and turning the envelope around in her hands, as if plucking up the courage to give it to Rachel.
The way Rachel is genuinely surprised by the fact that Quinn is giving her anything at all.
The way Rachel immediately sobers when Quinn tells her what it is. Because it’s that big of a deal.
The way there is absolutely nothing ambiguous about the way Quinn looks at Rachel when she says, ‘I want to make sure that we do.’
The way Rachel looks down when she tells Quinn ‘thank you’ and keeps her eyes closed when they hug and continues to tell her it’s so sweet.
The way Rachel is smiling when they hug, as seen in the reflection.
The way they continue to embrace as Quinn talks.
The way Rachel has no response when Quinn tells her that she’s really happy her and Finn are together.
The way Rachel doesn’t smile, but almost looks apologetic.
The way Quinn leans against the sink and flirts like a bastard with her eyes after she says Finn and Rachel are meant to be.
The way Rachel replies with a thank you for the passes instead of replying to what Quinn’s saying.
The way Quinn is smiling to herself after Rachel says thank you and looks away.
The way Quinn very much dismisses the idea of her and Puck in a serious way.
The way Rachel plays with her hair as she talks about Puck with Quinn.
The way Rachel leaves Quinn in a state of thought, as per usual.
Yeah. It’s all in the details.
This season has been epic for Faberry. Especially from 308 onwards, as Sophy so aptly summarised for us all. And what better way for their season to end, then with the promise of more to come? This was them basically setting up next season, so when we see Quinn and Rachel together we won’t question why. They just used their metro passes, duh And I get giddy about the idea of Quinn visiting Rachel and Santana in New York, but I utterly die when I think of Rachel in New Haven. And yes, Sophy, I’m going to need that fanfiction soon. I need Rachel to insist that she sleep on Quinn’s dorm room floor because Quinn needs the bed because of her back.
Also Sophy pointed this out to me and it’s the greatest thing ever. When Santana is cleaning out her locker, her mother asks her why she doesn’t want to keep any of her stuff. To which Santana replies, “Nope. I don’t want to be one of those people who thinks that if they have a keepsake of someone they care about they don’t have to actually see them.” Which is why it’s so amazing that Quinn didn’t just give Rachel something to remember her by. She gave her something that would mean they would have a future together.
Oh Faberry. This is where we leave you for now. May you come back to us, stronger than ever. I’m sure you won’t disappoint.
Oh and, the answer to Sophy’s question?
Now we don’t have to look at those manips (despite how amazing that one is..you know which one) to imagine what it would look like.
Sophy says: I’m so pleased they took my suggestion for fabathroom use to heart.
And you know, I’ve got a few things to say. That’s right. Rin’s Faberry feelings spawned further Faberry feelings in me. She put the spark in me and now all it does is burn.
First of all I’d like to say that I could die from the way Quinn is all cute and shy with her rail passes and then she looks at Rachel and delivers the bombshell about wanting to make sure we stay in touch, with the emphasis on that word as heavy as if she’d touched Rachel right then with her mouth, and, you know, suddenly she’s not shy anymore, because she’s staring straight at Rachel all EYE-FUCK MODE ENGAGED.
Taking a breath.
I’d also like to say that when Rachel gets all blushy and says it’s still so weird having Quinn call her a friend? All I can think of is that cliche in which the guy is all ‘What’s for dinner, Mrs Fabray,‘ and the girl is all ‘Omg it’s still so weird having you call me that *fondles wedding ring lovingly*.
AND ONE MORE THING. When Rin was talking about how Quinn used to think all she was worth was a life she didn’t really want for herself? And how Rachel made her see she could have more than Finn, real estate and Lima forever? I realized that Faberry are paralleling each other again.
See Rachel is Will’s counterpart among the kids. Will/Finn have the closest relationship, sure, and there are ways in which they are parallel characters too. But the big thing Will and Rachel share is the big dream… and the possibility of wasting it. The possibility of thinking you don’t need it, because your high-school sweetheart means more, and maybe if you just marry them everything will work out the way it’s supposed to because you’re meant to be… and then you wake up one day and realize you were an idiot – because you do need the dream – you need it like you need applause to live – and now it’s too late.
And that’s not to say Will isn’t happy now. That’s not to say it wasn’t all worth it to him to take these kids to Nationals and marry Emma. But if he had the chance to go back in time and not marry Terri? Take the trip to New York when he was still young? I’m pretty sure he’d take it.
And so Rachel is Will, gone right. And Quinn, my friends, is Terri gone right.
The writers never really took the golden opportunity to fully humanize Terri and take a look at what really makes her tick when she’s not going crazy over fake babies. I’m pretty sure there’s a story there. I’m pretty sure she has her own regrets about the teen wedding and winding up at Sheets and Things. I’m pretty sure that she wishes she’d had a friend who’d shown her she could have more – do more – be more.
Quinn and Rachel are Terri and Will. Only instead of destroying each other, they helped save each other.
Rin says: Every night they saved each other.
I simply cannot with all of the parallels and mirrors and that no matter how much we think we’ve picked apart a Faberry scene, there is always more on offer. And that in itself is a sign of a well developed relationship.
That and the fact that we wrote 5100 words about a scene that lasted less than a minute.
“You know what we’re gonna do? Surrender. I know how hard that is for you because of how hard you hold on to stuff. But-but we’re just gonna, we’re gonna sit here and we’re just gonna let go.”
Sophy says: I can’t even deal with how brilliant and amazing this scene was. It was everything I’ve ever wanted from Finchel, and since this is them breaking up that might sound like I’m being a huge Faberry jerk, but hear me out, that really isn’t my intention.
I haven’t been bitching about Finchel for half a season because I hate them. I’ve started to hate them because I’ve had to bitch about them for half a season. I didn’t want them to suck. And honestly I’ve felt like a lot of their suck has been out of character at worst or at best out of the ordinary.
For example. This guy in this car telling Rachel that he is 100% sure that she is something special? That she needs to go and become a star without him? That that’s how much he loves her? This is the Finn Hudson I used to love. This is the guy who as recently as last Christmas bought a star and named it after himself in a clumsy but sweet gesture that showed that he knew how much bigger than him Rachel was. He knew, in the back of his mind, that this was her extraordinary journey, to make on her own, and that he would never, ever want to get in the way of it. It’s like all the wedding crazy snatched that guy away from us and replaced him with this… well… this mess. I don’t even know quite who Finn’s been supposed to be over the last few episodes. All I can say is thank God he is back to his old self.
So with this scene the dreaded teen wedding was averted, and Rachel was on her way. Basically Quinn’s message won out in the end. And yes, I was a little bitter initially that they seemed to be purposely having Quinn drop her quest so that Finn could be the one to save Rachel by saying exactly the same things to her that she was saying from day one.
But let’s not quibble.
I’ve been saying for a long time that Finchel needed to break up, and not because I’m a Faberryface asshole. The opposite. Because it’s the best thing for them as a ship.
I’m considerably more confident after this season’s ending that Finchel will wind up being endgame when the series comes to a close. And that’s because a) both characters now have room to breathe and develop, and b) they actually have somewhere to go.
If they’d gotten married the only place they would have been able to go is the divorce courts. And no love, no matter how “epic” or “meant to be” is going to withstand that kind of over and come out the other side endgameworthy. And if they’d just stayed married and been Finchel in that little shoebox apartment in New York? The lack of implosion would have been so dull and so unrealistic that their characters would have had to have suffered – or should I say continue to suffer. Finchel has been operating at the expense of Finn and Rachel pretty much since the day they got engaged.
So they needed this. And honestly, the Finchel shipper buried deep inside of me is thrilled for them.
But maybe that’s just me. After all, I always wanted them to be bittersweet. And now here they are getting all Buffy/Angel on me like it’s their mission in life to make me cry?
Yeah, I cried. How could I not? Lea’s faces and little hurt shocked vomitty noises she makes just do things to me – and she really unleashed in this scene. And I need to say that Cory was wonderful too. He was a lot more subtle with his angst, but he would be – it’s who he is. Rachel is huge and everything at once. Finn is quiet and sweet and kind of inherently sad. Or that’s the way I see him when he’s at his best.
He was definitely at his best in this scene. And maybe looking back, his worst actually sort of makes sense?
One of my favourite things about this scene is when he let slip that he’d cried over this many times, because it indicated to me that what I’d hoped, first fervently, then faintly, was going on behind the Finchel scenes, had in fact been going on all along.
These kids were in denial. They knew they were going to have to separate, and for so many reasons including the fact that they really do love each other, they couldn’t face it. And that’s what the entire wedding delusion was about.
Think about it. We know that they entered into this engagement thing for all the wrong reasons. That’s canon, clear as day. Finn proposed because he was devastated by finding out the truth about his father and felt like his whole world was falling apart, Rachel accepted because she was scared about not getting into NYADA – and felt like her whole world was falling apart. So they started to cling to each other, much more than they ever had before. And that is right and wrong and natural and sad and inevitable and needed to stop.
Early on I had faith that this was where the writers were headed, but then I got a little scared on account of just how many times they missed an opportunity to pull over, just how many times they had these two reaffirm that the teen wedding was what they truly wanted. I started to think they actually meant it. Suddenly we’d come to this place where Rachel was saying the creepiest Stepfordy things and giving up on the dreams that always defined her character. And Finn? I think the low point for me was when they had the opportunity to have him claim his independence and want something more than Rachel for himself… and then they had him conveniently decide he always wanted to be an actor in New York.
That was when I really started to lose hope for this whole storyline.
And that’s why it’s so important that Finn didn’t just not get into drama school, but that he was already questioning his desire to go even before the letter came.
It was all a smokescreen, see. His Inside The Actors’ Studio dreams were as fake as Rachel’s I Don’t Really Need Broadway crap. Both of them were defense mechanisms – desperate attempts to rationalize and justify their need to cling to one another.
And now? They’ve finally seen things clearly. Finn is doing what he really wanted to do, which is establish a posthumous relationship with his father and figure out what kind of man he is in the process. And Rachel is doing what she really wanted to do – going to New York City to be brilliant and bold and bright.
These are the things the teen wedding was really about.
And maybe I would have loved Rachel to be the one to come to her senses. Maybe I would have liked her to actually listen to Quinn one of these days and make the choice for herself. But on the other hand I’m really proud of Finn for being the one to stop the madness – because he loves her that much, yes… and maybe also because he’s decided to have a shot at the Finndepdence thing after all.
And you know, it makes sense that to me now that Rachel only became more and more “sure” that the wedding was what she wanted, right up until the moment Finn forced her to be honest about it by playing the ‘If you love me’ card. She was never going to be able to end this once she’d started it up again, and I think she knew that deep down, even last year when she was telling him they would be a temporary deal. Rachel was never going to be able to let go of Finn as long as he was holding onto her – never ever ever – no matter how obvious it was that she needed to. Because it’s like Finn says – and this is one of the most poignant lines in the show’s run – it’s hard for Rachel to surrender, because of how hard she holds onto stuff.
The thing with Rachel is that she’s driven and determined and focused as hell. And I think what Finn understands about her now – what the show is telling us about her in this scene – is that these great strengths can also be weaknesses, depending on the context. In the context of her first love, for instance, all they do is make it that much harder for her to let go and move on than it is for other kids.
Because it is just not in her nature to take no for an answer.
That’s why she’s going to be a star. It’s also why she’s never ever going to stop wanting things too much – things like Broadway, and things like Finn Hudson too.
I get it now, show. I still don’t think you had to be quite so gross about it along the way, but I see where you were going and I approve it. Kudos.
Rin says: Um, I don’t know how to add anything else on that hasn’t already been said and my thoughts exactly on all of this.
Except that this is why it’d only been a recent development that we disliked Finn and Finchel. Because this is what we’ve always wanted, as it seemed like the only real resolution and development that could happen between these two. Finn can’t go to New York with Rachel, because it’s never really been his thing. And you know, I do feel like it’s the same thing for Finn, in that we were all furious with Rachel for sacrificing her dreams when it came to Finn. But Finn was doing the exact same thing when it came to Rachel. His dream was never to become an actor and go to New York. And now that he’s let go of that too, he’s moving on to continue finding what he really wants to do with his life, and that starts with Fort Benning.
And so a lot of this was very redeeming for the Finchel relationship, and like Sophy said, for me this really helps their cause. Because instead of it being two very immature kids trying to pretend they can get married and live happily ever after, we have two mature individuals who are facing the reality of love not being enough. And now more than ever I’m more convinced that Finn really does love Rachel in the right ways, because he loves her enough to let go. And if after everything they still want to be together, then I have no doubts that their relationship will be better for it.
Lea and Cory were both outstanding in this scene too. I was absolutely blown away by Lea. It’s not that she hasn’t been incredible in the past, but this was so raw and real and I can’t not mention it. The way she clutched at her chest, and pulled back quickly and covered her mouth after they kiss. OH LEA. You gorgeous actor. I really need you to be in something that isn’t New Year’s Eve. OKAY??? DIANNA CAN CO-STAR.
I wonder if this is surprising to you guys, that… save a few MAJOR NO’s, we actually really loved this as a season finale? I get the feeling that many of you didn’t like this episode as a finale, but I want to remind you guys that it wasn’t a show finale. If it was the end of the show, we would be raging a lot more, but I feel like this served the purpose of what a season finale is supposed to be. Closing the door on the major plots of the season, whilst opening new doors for the next. And we got that. I for one, am VERY excited about next season. I don’t see there being a lot of Finchel, at least not for a little while — because logistically they can’t hop on that train again that quickly.
But you know who can hop on a train quickly?
Sophy says: S;ALKFJEOISFJE;OIJ;LSJG;LJSG.
And yeah, I guess the key for me in terms of being satisfied with this episode was not thinking of it as a show finale. I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about the lack of closure for their favourite characters, and I do get that to an extent. But it’s not really time for closure yet – provided these kids all do actually come back. THEY’D BETTER. ALL OF THEM. CRICKETS FOR SAMUEL.
The only real complaints I had about the episode apart from the No’s below were more complaints about the whole season. For example. Mercedes/Sam had the potential to be super cute… but I can’t be expected to ship it if they’re going to string me along all season and then actually get together off screen. Or are they even together?
I DON’T EVEN KNOW.
THEY WERE JUST THERE DANCING AT PROM AND I WAS ALL WHAT? WHAT HAPPENED? WHEN? DID I MISS AN EPISODE? So whilst I would have liked the finale to fix that, strictly speaking it’s Prom-a-saurus’ fault.
Another No for me was the fact that Kurt/Blaine felt off. You may be confused, seeing as how I was singing their praises above. Bear with me. I love those two kids. I think Chris and Darren have mad chemistry. I even thought the writing in their scene together in this episode was particularly lovely. So what’s my problem?
My problem is this fuckery of making everyone juniors all of a sudden. In my mind Blaine was never younger than Kurt. If anything he was a little older. And ever since they started trying to sell me this switcheroo in which Blaine is all small and insecure and needing Kurt to hold his hand about things… I’ve just felt like the dynamic was off. And that’s not because the guys have done a bad job – in fact they’ve done a superb job. That’s why the dynamic feels off. Because rather than just having Blaine be a junior in name only they really have changed the way they interact. Kurt definitely feels like the grown up in the relationship now. And it’s taking some time for me to adjust to that.
But again – it’s not a finale problem. It’s a whole season problem. Or maybe it’s just my problem. I don’t even know.
I’m going to stop No’ing up the best scene category. Enough already.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
“I have a zero point zero grade point average.”
Sophy says: Oh my god this was so adorable. Because. The way she said it like ‘Duh sweetie…’ And exactly zero point zero? I SUSPECT SHE PLANNED IT. SECRET GENIUS BRITT FOR THE WIN.
Rin says: This could go under Biggest LOL too because I cannot with ‘zero point zero’… I just. OFC BRITTANY. Of course.
But what makes it so random is how Brittany is happy that she isn’t graduated and didn’t think to mention it to Santana at all. It’s all just so random Brittany.
Anyhoo, it’ll be very interesting to see how Brittana pan out next season with Brittany still in Lima and Santana out in NY. Or is it going to turn into every fanfiction ever where Brittany is in NY too working as a dance choreographer? And it’s all Faberrittana. YEAH, I KNOW WHAT’S UP.
Sophy says: It will always be the dream. And I’d say we’re pretty close to said dream. I mean… Santana’s New York plans, however sudden, are most welcome. Because. Pezberry. And Quinn is only a train ride away. And Britt is sure to visit. So. Best possible set up for season 4 pretty much?
Thank you, Glee. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Rophy Says No!
“Besides, when did you become the one that I was settling for?”
Sophy says: It’s stuff like this that prompts me to tweet things like ‘I don’t understand you #Glee. I just do not understand you.’
I mean really, I know Rachel is a complex mix of tough and needy, brutally self-confident and critically insecure. I love that ambiguity about her. But this is just taking it too far. It’s just downright depressing to see a young woman as gorgeous and talented and warm and bright as Rachel Berry implying that she is something her fabulous boyfriend would be settling for. Or, you know, it’s depressing to see any young woman talking that kind of crap.
Rin says: OH GOD, I could not with this. At all.
No. You cannot dedicate ‘In My Life’ to Finn Hudson and expect us to be okay with it.
Sophy says: I had to pause after this because the tears of rage building in my bulging eyes were making it impossible for me to pay attention to the Quinn scene that followed.
Let me tell you something about ‘In My Life’. It’s one of my favourite songs. It’s been one of my favourite songs since I was a small child. Let me tell you something else about ‘In My Life’. I recently declared it a Faberry song after using the lyrics on a desktop wallpaper I made, and spent half a day gushing with Rin about how perfect it is for their funny little above and beyond relationship, and how in my dreams Quinn would sing it on the show.
I never expected that to happen, of course, even though I firmly believe that it fits their canon relationship from Quinn’s perspective like a glove.
Anyway. Last week I accidentally spoiled myself re: the fact that they were actually going to be using ‘In My Life’ on Glee in the finale.
My first thought was ‘Whoa, spooky.’ My second thought, hot on its heels, was ‘Oh god, what if they try to pretend it’s a Finchel song?’
I then proceeded to spend all week anxiously theorizing about who could possibly be singing this song to whom and concluded that the only way it could make sense, apart, of course, from Quinn-to-Rachel, would be if Will sang it to the kids. That must be it, I thought. I could like that, I thought. Just as long as Rachel’s not singing it to Finn, because I will honestly be a danger to myself and others if that happens.
I never in a million years dreamed that the song would be sung by misc Glee clubbers… to Finn.
Like. If someone had told me that, I would have laughed in their face, and called them a gullible foiler whore.
This is a song about the most powerful and unique relationship in your life. It’s an intensely personal and potent song about a particular person who has shaped you particularly and personally.
It contains the lyrics “But of all these friends and lovers there is no one compares to you.”
How is it appropriate for Artie to be dedicating that Finn?
This my be the most baffling and gross decision Glee has ever made in its entire 3 years on the air.
And you know, when I forced myself to rewatch with a vomit bag on hand it seemed pretty clear that the song was meant to simply be from all the juniors to all the seniors, rather than actually to Finn. But that needed to be made a lot more explicit if they wanted to avoid me having the urge to stand in a corner and punch myself in the face for watching this show.
I MAY NEVER RECOVER FROM THIS FUCKERY.
And let me just say that even then. This was not the right song for the juniors to be singing to the seniors. It’s way, way too intimate, and frankly, crickets for Samuel.
And meanwhile let’s talk about the whole issue of dedicating a song to Finn in the first place, because he is just that special to each and every kid in the Glee club. Are you kidding me?
I have recently rewatched season 1 AKA the season in which Finn was a pretty decent guy. And yes, there were times when he came through for the club. But no more than oh, say, Rachel Freaking Berry. Where the hell are her special thanks? The idea of singling Finn out because he had so much to lose is just disgusting and smacks of ‘Oh thank you Mr Super Cool Jock Man for being so brave as to not be ashamed of us lowly loser types over here’.
What in god’s name did Finn actually have to lose anyway? His football career was never going anywhere and he was never going to actually lose the lack of it by being in Glee anyway. Other than that? What? He risked losing the friendship of bullies? Oh wow, let’s make him a trophy to go with his serenade.
Rin says: I can attest to Sophy’s anger over this. I dug up when we first talked about this song, and it was on the 4th of March. So we’ve spent a solid three months listening to it as a Faberry song, and I’m sure we even said at the time that we could see the montage as Quinn sings it after/during graduation and just, oh god can you imagine? It’s such a gorgeous song, and Dianna’s voice would really suit the song but OH WELL. Let’s have the juniors all sing it to the seniors, but to Finn especially.
It just. I don’t understand why they singled out Finn. At all.
There’s a difference between making ‘sacrifices’ and being a decent human being. Finn was a decent human being when he let Artie out of the toilet.
I feel like the only person who has actually made any real sacrifices for Glee is Will. BUT WHATEVS. SING YOUR SONG TO FINN AND EVERYONE ELSE.
We’ll just say a big no to it, and hate you forever. Kthx.
SOPHY SAYS: I’M STILL ANGRY.
“I would have never given my virginity to this guy. The Puck I fell in love with had swagger.”
Sophy says: WHAT THE FUCK EVEN.
Okay, let me clarify. There were aspects to this that I actually really liked. Notably some closure to Puck and Quinn’s often turbulent and often ignored relationship. Notably true love’s kiss breaking the Geography curse and all that. Adorable. I love that Quinn wanted to help him and I love that it meant so much to him that she did.
Here’s the thing.
Quinn never fell in love with Puck.
And she most certainly did not fall in love with Puck and consequently make a gift of her virginity to him.
(ENOUGH WITH THE FEMALE CHARACTERS MAKING GIFTS OF THEIR VIRGINITIES, SHOW, I REALLY CANNOT.)
But just. What in the world possessed the writers to write that line?
Look, I can get that Quinn might want to stretch the truth a little in these circumstances. ‘The guy I let knock me up because I was a confused, repressed, self-loathing, drunk teen’ isn’t the most inspiring thing to hear about yourself from the mother of your child when you’re feeling down. But in the absence of any clear indication to the contrary it looks like Quinn actually means what she’s saying here. Which means that she has serious amnesia from that crash. Not only can she not remember never being in love with Puck back in the day… but she can’t remember telling Rachel just this year that she’d been wrong to think she was in love with any of the guys she’d had relationships with in high school.
I’m going to throw the show a bone and assume Quinn was just sugar-coating. Any further Quinn/Puck retconning and I will not be so kind.
Rin says: Yeah, I really liked this scene, but what we’re saying no to is the ‘fell in love with’ and ‘given my virginity’. BECAUSE NO. BOTH ARE MAJOR NO’S. For the love of god.
The only way I can make peace with the situation is by telling myself that Quinn was really playing it up for Puck to give him the confidence he needed to pass his test. And that Quinn was mostly doing it because Rachel said so. Honestly. This is the sequence of events, Quinn watches Puck struggle with his studies, Quinn talks with Rachel, Rachel says Puck was ‘always at his best’ with Quinn, Quinn strokes Puck’s ego. So for me it’s just a whole ‘nother episode of QUINN NEVER FUCKING SAYS NO TO RACHEL. No matter how absurd the idea.
And you know, afterwards we don’t really get anymore development and it looks more likely that it was some closure for their relationship. I guess we would have been a little up in arms if there wasn’t any Quinn/Puck, so this way we get Quinn doing a good deed, Puck graduating, and Quinn running off to Yale and wearing out her metro passes.
Lastly, to anyone who thinks the Puck/Quinn kiss makes Quinn any less gay, I have one thing to say. Emily and JJ.
Sophy says: LOL. FOR REAL.
Kurt didn’t get into NYADA.
Sophy says: Let me explain why this pissed me off so much. I don’t actually have a problem with a scenario in which Rachel gets into NYADA and Kurt doesn’t get into NYADA. I just have a problem with this scenario.
I actually think that if I really had to pick between them, Rachel is the most likely to succeed in show business, just because she’s the full package and then some – insanely talented, insanely driven, insanely disciplined, insanely marketable. Kurt is very talented and works hard, and in the real world I’m pretty sure any musical theatre school would snap Chris Colfer up in a heartbeat. But I can imagine a situation in which competition is stiff and the judges are thinking ‘Okay, he’s talented, but is he too much of a niche performer?’
Basically I can see a school taking a conservative approach and going with candidates who are going to be suited to a wider variety of roles.
But the problem is Whoopi and all the ways she made it so clear that Kurt was a winner. She specifically said to him that his idol Hugh Jackman had trained with her and that he would be impressed with Kurt’s performance. I don’t know how much more clearly she could have intimated to him that he was in, barring breaching all protocol and outright saying ‘You are in’.
The thing is, there can’t be anything wrong with Kurt’s application, or he would never have gotten to the audition stage. On paper he must be potentially NYADA-worthy, depending on how good his performance is. Thus the audition is key. Selections is not, as it is for many less specialized colleges, a convoluted process. Whoopi is hand-picking the students for her program. Whether she’s impressed with you or not is pretty much the be all and end all.
So either Whoopi is supposed to be the cruelest woman in America and was just toying with Kurt when she gave him that praise… or the show’s going to have to come up with some explanation about how powerless she actually is and make it stick.
Otherwise I’m just going to sit here and roll my eyes because it will be so obvious that it’s just Glee being sloppy babies again. They wanted to make the NYADA race suspenseful so they had Kurt do brilliantly and Rachel choke and then they switched it all around on us again at the last minute. Right. It’s all well and good to want to surprise your audience. But you can’t just not make sense about it.
And I’ll just mention that whilst I adored the way the episode ended, it did grate on me a little that we got no resolution for Kurt. He must have been devastated, given how high his hopes must have been, and I just…
A million gold stars to him for being able to stand on that platform and hug Rachel and smile like he meant it.
Rin says: HAhaha I know right? It seems like, just like Quinn’s car crash, the whole Choke plotline was pointless. With Kurt taking a risk and being congratulated on it, Rachel choking on a song which she never should have choked on… and eventually Kurt doesn’t get in and Rachel gets in anyway? I just. It doesn’t make sense.
Kurt not getting in sucks. There’s no other way to say it, I mean, WHAT MORE DO YOU HAVE TO DO? He nailed his audition, and Whoopi was obviously impressed. And it’s her call. So. Yeah. It’s strange.
I’ll be holding out for them to make it up to Kurt with an awesome storyline next season. But we’ll see.
“I’m actually thankful for this whole mess. I used to think Broadway was my one and only love, I’m so glad something has made me come to my senses.”
Sophy says: Um. Another instance of ‘I don’t understand you, #Glee’. Because. What. Dear Rachel, until the final scene of this episode, you had been doing the opposite of coming to your senses. You were running away from your senses. You left your senses in a handbag in the cloak-room of one of the larger railway stations in London and you never went back. Just.
Rin says: I’m so glad this will hopefully be the last time we have to hear Rachel saying things like this, now that she’s actually there.
Head In Hands
Sit down.. sit down.. sit down..
Sophy says: The episode began as perfectly as it ended. Screw the bumps in between, this is what it’s all about.
Rin says: I’m so fucking happy that they paid homage to the original 5 with this little flashback. And I just DIE at the adorableness of them 3 years ago and them now. ‘Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat’ has one of my favourite Glee moments ever too, when Mercedes twirls Rachel it is the most amazing thing in the world. I really wish they replicated that.. alas.
Will looking on and remembering his kids and thinking about how far they’ve come is the sweetest. THE SWEETEST. I love his doughy proud face, okay?
Sophy says: TADPOLE GAYS. SO CUTE. I CANNOT. It’s nice to know that Kurt’s outfits have made a difference.
Rin says: The term ‘tadpole gays’ is brilliant. And it’s pretty lovely to think that Kurt’s courage to be himself inspired other students at McKinley to be brave, and others to be more accepting. It doesn’t stop me from finding their outfits utterly ridiculous and hilarious though.
Sophy says: I will never.
Rin says: I think Lea Michele’s cry-face might be one of my favourite cry-faces ever. It’s just, very special to me.
AND KURT. MR COLFER. COULD YOU BE ANY CUTER? In your little suit and scarf and smiling like that. Christ on a bike.
I also really need more Rachel/Kurt. Do we think Kurt could be in NY next season anyway?
Sophy says: He’d better be. Even if he doesn’t move there he’d better at least visit.
“I’m gonna miss you!”
“I don’t see how that’s possible, but thank you.”
Sophy says: I thought parts of this scene were really heavy-handed and just served to draw attention to the fact that the writers dropped the ball on this relationship and indeed on the entire Cheerios subplot. Having said that, the magic of Jane Lynch cannot be denied. That final line and the hug? Breathtaking.
And “Just as smart, every bit as pretty, only somehow you’re slightly less evil.”
Rin says: Agreed on the heavy-handed. I almost expected her to get hit by a truck again with the way Sue was talking.
But I am super glad that they got a goodbye, because they really deserve something, and at least it ended really well. Jane Lynch KILLS the delivery of the final line. <3
And it was nice to see Quinn’s hair pulled back in a high pony again. It makes her look so grown up
She’s also wearing a rainbow dress. So.
Sophy says: Effy wants that dress.
“..We could eat Joe for the food, since she’s been here the shortest, so we know her the least.”
Sophy says: HAHAHAHAHAH OH BRITTANY YOU SECRET GENIUS.
Santana’s face. She’s so proud.
Rin says: Would he taste like crickets?
Quinn Glory Shot
You can’t just… right, okay. You can.
Sophy says: I have never seen anything so lovely as those Lena Headey-esque cry-face shots of Quinn during ‘In My Life’. Did it make me hate the scene any less? No. It just made me focus on how it was Quinn’s song to sing and would have suited Dianna’s voice so perfectly. But nevermind.
I loved that Quinn’s mum actually showed up.
And Quinncedes graduation snuggle FOREVER.
Rin says: It made me SO happy to see Mama Fabray. And that is the beauty of not using high profile actors as parents.. they’re more likely to turn up at say, their kids graduation ceremony, than conveniently away on a secret trip to NY. I also loved that the Chang’s both came back too :X:X
But yes, Sophy insisted that the Lena Headey-esque cry-face made it into the glory shot, so I made four caps. Because.
BUT THEN THERE HAD TO BE SOME GRADUATION GOWN QUINN BECAUSE HOLY MOTHER OF CUTE. Look at her smile. And her balled up fists of excitement. Oh Quinn.
And we all agree that she got Valedictorian, amirite? I mean, Yale.