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'Glee' Recap: Did Rachel Get Into NYADA?

Tue, May 1, 2012 11:37pm EDT by 10 Comments

Kurt & Rachel finally auditioned for NYADA! Find out who shined — and who choked.

On the May 1 episode of Glee, emotions ran high as the New Directions — and Coach Beiste — dealt with some pretty serious issues. Find out who made it through — and who didn’t.

Puck’s (Mark Salling) plan to graduate hit a speed bump when he found out he’s at risk of failing World Geography. He tried seducing his teacher, but when that didn’t work, he gave up altogether. Fortunately, McKinley High’s resident bad boy had a change of heart when his deadbeat dad showed up out of the blue asking him to borrow money. Not wanting to end up like his old man, Puck studied his butt off with the help of the guys, who were determined to see him pass. Unfortunately, no amount of studying — or singing — could prepare him for the test, and he failed. Poor Puck!

Elsewhere, Santana (Naya Rivera), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Brittany (Heather Morris) and Sugar (Vanessa Lengies) landed in hot water with Sue (Jane Lynch) and Coach Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes) when Santana cracked a joke about domestic violence after Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) turned up with a black eye. Even though Coach Beiste assured them she had gotten her shiner at the gym, Sue and Roz assigned the girls songs of empowerment to teach them a lesson. But when the Troubletones (plus Tina) missed the mark with their performance of  “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago, Coach Beiste admitted Cooter had in fact hit her. Even sadder, despite telling Sue she had left her abusive husband and moved in with her sister, Coach Beiste took him back. It was heartbreaking watching the tears stream down her face, as the girls congratulated Coach Beiste on her courage with a stirring cover of “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine.

All the while, Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) were busy rehearsing for their NYADA auditions. Worried his Phantom of the Opera selection wouldn’t wow the judges, Kurt considered taking a risk and performing a different, less conventional song. Rachel convinced him to stick with his original song choice, but at the last minute, Kurt went with his gut and sang “Not the Boy Next Door” from The Boy From Oz, giving the performance of a lifetime and impressing Broadway legend Carmen Tibideaux (guest star Whoopi Goldberg). For her audition, Rachel played it safe and sang “Don’t Rain On My Parade” by Barbra Streisand. But when she fumbled the lyrics — twice! — her audition was abruptly cut short. Devastated , Rachel let our her grief by performing “Cry” by Kelly Clarkson. Now why couldn’t that have been her audition song?!

What did you think of tonight’s episode, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Rachel will get into NYADA? Will Puck graduate? Will Coach Beiste leave Cooter? See you in the comments section!

— Josh Rosenblatt

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