'Glee' Recap: Did Rachel Get Into NYADA?

Tue, May 1, 2012 11:37pm EST 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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Posted at 9:27 AM on May 13, 2012  

I reckon that Carmen Tibideaux will appear again in the series, maybe at Nationals? I think she’s gonna see Rachel and somehow she’ll gain a place at NYADA with Kurt. I just can’t see the end of the series with Rachel stuck with nothing to do for the rest of her life. Anyone else think this?

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Posted at 1:55 PM on May 8, 2012  

OMG rachel NEEDS to get into nyada, or i will die

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Posted at 9:23 AM on May 2, 2012  

What’s been going on with the Glee writers over the past few years? The first season was excellcent, but it’s been going downhill ever since. In my opinion, the show has become nothing but a bad cliche. Seriously, Rachel choking at her audition — who believes that? The writers so didn’t stay true to her character — there’s no way she would have forgotten the words to “Don’t Rain on My Parade” not once, but twice, come on, for what possible reason could the writers have done that — makes no sense to me. In all the seasons of Glee — Rachel’s character has never chokd — so I find it hard to believe — and I don’t believe it, because the writers didn’t give me a good reason to believe that Rachel would have screwed up the most important audition of her life. Truly, bad, bad writing.

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Posted at 6:38 PM on May 2, 2012  

Stress I guess… Too simple that both Kurt and Rachel get into NYADA :)

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Posted at 4:59 PM on May 3, 2012  

It is possible that that would happen. I’ve been singing I Dreamed A Dream since I was about 6 but when I first sang it on a big stage I forgot my lyrics. Truly devastating.

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Posted at 9:51 AM on May 12, 2012  

Actually, it’s probably the most realistic thing the writers have ever done. Nobody is perfect, even Rachel. And no matter how well she prepared, the stress of this one performance was too great and she was too nervous, so she choked.

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Posted at 2:16 AM on May 2, 2012  

Thanks for posting the spoiler in the RSS feed title, where it actually isn’t avoidable. Unsubscribing.

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Posted at 12:23 AM on May 2, 2012  

never has an episode of glee made me cry this was the first i cant believe rachel failed is this their way of taking her off the show? and im mad about puck and his test whats goin to appen to rachel?

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Posted at 11:58 PM on May 1, 2012  

loved this episode, lea was sooo good.
puck finally had a story but was lame, beiste storyline was beautifuly done but so heavy for a comedy show.
this season we got suicide, car accident and now domestic violence

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Posted at 8:25 PM on May 3, 2012  

Since when is Glee supposed to be pure comedy?

Glee is the one program that actually shows what life is like for a distressed teenager.
It’s pure optimism throughout, showing you that even when life gets tough, there isn’t any reason to just give up.
Sure, there’s comedy value put in every now and then, but just because a few websites categorize it as ‘comedy’, doesn’t make it ‘comedy’. Glee is a genre of it’s own.

Plus, in response to the first comment, it is extremely possible that people choke even if they haven’t done so before.
Rachel obviously realised that this was one of the biggest moments of her life and she decided to play it safe whilst watching Kurt take the risk.
In the moment, she was probably more focused on whether or not she should’ve stayed safe than on the lyrics of the song.

I personally, think this episode was extremely well-written and emotional.
Even if Puck’s story did suck.

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