"Glee" Recap: 'Swan Song'
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Dec 7, 2012 - 1:12:45 PM
"Swan Song" begins immediately after Marley (Melissa Benoist) collapses
which leads to a dramatic turn of events for the glee club members. Everyone is frantic around Marley as she is seated in the choir when Santana (Naya Rivera) rightly accuses Kitty (Becca Tobin) to encouraging Marley's bulimia.
Mr. Schuester (Mathew Morrison) attempts to get the New Directions back on stage as leaving during a performance is grounds for disqualification. However, his attempts are proved to be in vain as Coach Sue (Jane Lynch) informs the glee club that the Dalton Academy Warblers have been announced the winners of Sectionals. For the first time, the glee club didn't qualify for Regionals and their performance season is declared over.
The audience is reminded of how cruel Coach Sue can be as she strips everything from the iconic choir room so her Cheerios can practice for Sue du Soleil. In her office, Coach Sue reveals to Becky (Lauren Potter) that her victory feels empty and she needs a sign to show that what she did was right. Next, in comes in the piano man who was always in the background while the glee club students performed songs. He told her he was glad the club was over because he was tired of the students always yelling "Hit it!" and expecting him to know exactly what song to play. A hilarious way "Glee" pokes fun at itself since that is a common critique of the show.
Finn (Corey Monteith) tries to cheer up the glee club as they have an upcoming holiday concert and they can prepare for Nationals next year. The students reject the idea as some of them are seniors so they don't have a next year and performing the concert after the loss seemed pointless. What was surprising was that Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Artie (Kevin McHale) blamed Marley for their chances of winning instead of being concerned that she was committing bodily harm. No one even reprimands Kitty who was the one who tricked Marley into believing she was gaining weight in the first place and gave her the idea of making herself throw up. It all seemed in bad taste and was upsetting to watch.
The glee members disperse as they have no where else to practice and they each join a club that reflects their characteristics. Sam (Chord Overstreet) uses the loss as an attempt to pursue Brittany (Heather Morris) by leaving a trail of cereal for her to follow. After eating all the cereal one-by-one, Brittany arrives at a room with Sam and he coerces her to sing with him the love song "Something Stupid" by Frank and Nancy Sinatra.
He attempts to kiss her but she stops him and tells him that she is afraid of how the lesbian blogger community will respond to her new relationship. "Glee" pokes fun at itself once again as it refers to its audience who have shown incredible displeasure in the break-up of Brittany and Santana as they don't want Brittany to have a relationship with a boy again. She eventually changes her mind and tells him he makes her happy and the couple share their first kiss.
Rachel (Lea Michelle) performs "Being Good Isn't Good Enough."
In New York, Rachel (Lea Michelle) is excited to be hand-delivered an invitation to perform at the Winter Showcase by Carmen Tibideaux (Whoopi Goldberg). Dance teacher Cassandra (Kate Hudson) doesn't think Rachel has what it takes to perform at the showcase. Thus, the two have a dance showdown to "All That Jazz" from the Broadway musical "Chicago." Rachel makes an accurate conclusion afterwards when she states that Cassandra is the better dancer but Rachel is the better singer.
Meanwhile, Kurt (Chris Colfer) visits Carmen's office and asks how she liked his second audition to NYADA and she told him that he is talented but his performance lacks depth. Before her performance at the showcase, Rachel kisses Brody (Dean Geyer) and it seems they will finally form a relationship. Rachel performs a beautiful rendition of "Being Good Isn't Good Enough," yet another song sung by Barbara Streisand. She receives a standing ovation and the crowd demands an encour so she sings "O Holy Night."
Carmen compliments her performance and says that after a short break Kurt will perform for them as he looks at her dumbstruck from the audience. He panics and thinks he is incapable of performing without flashy props or costumes but Rachel encourages him to sing something simple to prove his worth to Carmen. By singing "Being Alive" from "Company," Kurt was able to showcase his true vocal abilities without the need for additional gimmicks. It was simple and beautiful.
Rachel calls Finn and tells him she won the showcase, somewhat of a low blow since she knows he lost Sectionals. However, she gives Finn an uplifting speech that although winning is important, it isn't everything. She goes on to say that the meaning behind the club is to join different individuals and bring them together through their love for music.
Finn becomes more determined than ever especially after the only committed glee member, Marley, lets him know that she found a new rehearsal space. Finn sends out an email to all the glee members to meet there as the popular song from "The Breakfast Club" plays in the background, "Don't You Forget About Me." At first it seems that it is only him and Marley who have showed up. They begin to sing "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House when they are slowly joined by the other glee members.
Next week's episode will be a tribute to the film "Love, Actually" with different story lines pertaining to the holidays.
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