Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The kids continue to work on their Nationals set list, Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) serves as a consultant for New Directions, and one of McKinley's own is hit with an unexpected loss!

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Will introduces Jesse St. James as the new consultant for New Directions. The kids are hesitant to trust Jesse but Will assures them it'll be okay. Jesse says that the only way for New Directions to win is to choose one star to center their whole show around. Rachel, Santana, Kurt and Mercedes throw their names into the hat to be the lead performer. Finn doesn't sign up, and tells Rachel that he doesn't feel he's good enough to sing on the New York stage. Meanwhile, Sue plans to sabotage the gang's trip to Nationals by hacking into the kids' flight reservations to New York City. She also kicks Becky off of the Cheerios, which devastates Will. When Will goes to chat with Sue, he discovers that Sue's sister, Jean, recently died from complications from pneumonia.


Back at Will's house, the teacher gets Emma's help with packing for Nationals. She also helps Will with some long-term packing, as Will plans on staying in New York for the entire summer. Meanwhile, Kurt and Finn visit Sue to pass along their condolences for her loss. Sue intimately shares that she should have been the one to die early, not her innocent sister. When the boys tell their friends that they should plan a proper funeral for Jean, Jesse St. James says that the group needs to stay focused on preparing for Nationals. Finn overrides Jesse's decision and maintains that the group will take time out to prepare a funeral.


Jesse and Will begin auditions to choose their lead star for Nationals. Santana performs Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black," and receives nothing but criticism from Jesse. Kurt auditions with "Some People" from "Gypsy," and also receives negative feedback from the new consultant. Santana and Kurt complain about Jesse, but Rachel sticks up for him and says he'd never purposely sabotage their group. Mercedes then takes the stage to perform "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding, which blows Will away, but does nothing for Jesse. Rachel auditions last with "My Man" by Barbara Streisand, as visions of Finn run through her head. Though Jesse says he's blown away by Rachel's audition, Will says he's going to need a few days to make a final decision.


Finn and Kurt help Sue sort through her sister's belongings. Sue tells the boys to throw out everything, including the VHS copy of Jean's favorite movie, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Sue then reveals that the only reason she's allowing the glee kids to help out with the funeral is because she fears no one else will show up to pay respect to her sister. On the day of the funeral, Sue is taken aback to see that the kids set up the church to resemble a scene from "Willy Wonka." She breaks down crying while delivering her sister's eulogy, but Will helps her to finish. The kids then show a video montage of Jean and perform "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Following the service, a rattled Finn officially breaks up with Quinn, telling her that Sue's speech really struck a chord within him.


Back at school, Becky turns in her pom-pom and megaphone to Sue. She is surprised when Sue not only tells her that she was wrongly fired, but that she will be the captain of the Cheerios next year! Will then meets with Sue and is told by the coach that she is no longer interested in sabotaging the glee club. Meanwhile, Will's ex-wife, Terri, delivers first-class tickets to Will and his kids for their trip to New York, stating that she's moving to Miami to start a new life. Will and Terri exchange a pleasant goodbye, though Terri watches on with jealousy as Will walks away and joins up with Emma. Back in the auditorium, Jesse meets with Rachel and the two share a kiss. Finn, with a flower in his hand, watches from afar. Later, Will meets with the group and tells them that he's scrapped the idea to focus on just one star, and that they will stick to what got them to Nationals in the first place. As the group gathers to start penning a new original song, Quinn hints to Finn that she's got big plans for their trip to New York City.

Mario's Mutterings

The cat's out of the bag, or the body's in the coffin, whatever way you'd like to look at things. Either way, we're no longer left wondering which "Glee" character would be killed off by season's end. From a storyline point of view, I was a bit disappointed to see Sue's sister was the one to kick the bucket. I just think so much more could have been done if a character like Karofsky or even Kurt's dad was taken off the canvass. From this episode, all we get is Sue swearing that she's no longer going to go after the glee club (something that we all know will continue to happen). With that said, I absolutely loved the episode and the way all scenes were portrayed. The line of the show? "Jesse St. James totally Jesse St. SUCKS!" I totally agree, Kurt! Get this guy off the screen and give Puck, Tina, Artie or Sam the airtime.

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