Plus, Rachel and Santana’s ongoing feud finally comes to an end, thanks to Brittany proving once again she’s a genius.
With the school year coming to an end, McKinley High not only had to say goodbye to its seniors, but also to the glee club. There was no saving the musical masterpiece that Will (Matthew Morrison) had created, but thanks to the return of the original New Directions, Will got quite the sendoff — and a shocking new offer.
Brittana, Take II
It’s still a war between Rachel (Lea Michele) and Santana (Naya Rivera), but not for long. In true McKinley High style, the girls get in an intense bathroom discussion where Rachel makes the ultimate gesture — she’ll give Santana ten shows of Funny Girl as a compromise. That’s not enough though for Santana — she wants them all and tells Rachel she’ll make her life hell until she quits.
In her defense, her mind’s a little preoccupied by Brittany (Heather Morris) filling the choir room with lilies and inviting her on a lesbo vacation. However, Britt comes to the rescue of the Rachel-Santana friendship, explaining to Santana that if she quits, she still wins and that’s what the real Santana would do. How does she win if she lets Rachel have the part? Well, she Broadway’s not her dream so she should walk away and prove that she knows what she wants and who she is — that’s the real Santana.
So, she agrees, and tells Rachel she’s done. She officially drops out of Funny Girl, leaving the two of them to be BFFS again . . . ok, not BFFs but at least friends who can do yet another cute duet. However, they won’t be living together again — at least not yet. Santana decides to take Brittany up on her offer to go to Lesbos Island, followed by a trip to Hawaii for a few weeks, and then they’ll move back to NYC together.
McKinley High Graduates — But What About Glee Club?
Meanwhile, the seniors didn’t just have to say goodbye to glee club, but also to high school in general. Even though Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) was dying to go to NYC with Kurt (Chris Colfer), Blaine (Darren Criss), Sam (Chord Overstreet), Rachel, and Artie (Kevin McHale) and relive Friends, but that wasn’t actually in the cards for her. (And I’m glad because, uh, Friends can’t be redone.)
Instead, she found out last minute she was heading to Brown University in Rhode Island, and naturally the gang was ecstatic for her. Cue the graduation music! All the seniors put on their cap and gowns and headed to the stage — including Britt, who Santana made sure she got to graduate because everyone should get to.
Unfortunately with graduation, comes the end of the club. Even though April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth), and Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow) did everything they could to recreate glee club somewhere else, it came to an end. The last song sung in the choir room really did make it come “full circle” as Will put it — Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Puck (Mark Salling) singing “Just Give Me A Reason” and announcing they’re official a couple. SWOON.
Glee Club Says Goodbye To Will
Of course a graduation episode couldn’t come without a video montage — and the entire glee club, old and new, got together to film a video. It wasn’t for Will, but instead for his son or daughter on the way. They played it on the screen at the auditorium while he teared up (and I was bawling). They each talked about what he helped them overcome, what kind of man and teacher he was, and how amazing he was as a person.
At the end of the video, they all took the stage for one last rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin'” — the first song the glee club ever sang together with Finn (Cory Monteith). It was an emotional, but beautiful performance and Will even joined in at the end, before officially heading to the choir room one last time to be greeted by Sue (Jane Lynch). While it was ultimately her fault the club was coming to an end, she had an opportunity for Will — she got him an interview to become Vocal Adrenaline’s coach. When Sue tells him to imagine what he could do with that budget, we know he’s heading to the interview, regardless of his reservations.
But first, he has to leave McKinley. He has one last memory, does one last dance move, and takes one last final bow — and says goodbye to the chairless, empty choir room.
— Emily Longeretta