This week’s episode of Glee was all about the emotions, and boy did it play with them. We finally got to see our Glee kids perform at Regionals and sing songs relating to this years theme: inspiration. With songs that were uplifting, and a message that should be the premise of every show, it gets better, last night’s episode ‘On My Way’ didn’t disappoint. Oh, it also gave us two of the biggest maybe-tragedies and the most intense cliffhanger of the series, well, ever. So let’s get started.
It all began with The Warbler’s Sebastian wreaking havoc per usual. He threatened to upload a Photoshopped picture of Finn to the internet if Rachel didn’t agree to sit out Regionals. He made sure she was aware that once something is on the internet, it’s there forever, which ended up being of huge importance later on in the episode. Rachel decided she wasn’t going to sit out the competition which caused Finn to storm out on her. Another decision that was made was Quinn wanting to return to the Cheerios so she could leave high school being a part of something she was so long a member of. Sue said no, but she did tell Quinn that her eggo was preggo. That was quick, no?
Then we got our emotions played with. A lot. We watched as Karofsky entered his new school’s locker room and felt our hearts break as he read a derogatory gay slur written on his locker. He then tried to escape the pain at home, signed onto Facebook, and found that the torment didn’t stop there thanks to cyber-bullying. We watched as his depression spiraled as Blaine sang ‘Cough Syrup’ and when the song ended we saw Karofsky step onto a chair and then take a step off trying to end his life. Oh. My. Geez.
As news of Karofsky’s suicide attempt rocked the halls of McKinley, we saw how teen suicide can truly affect people. Sue felt like she didn’t do enough when she was principal and he was having issues. Kurt felt responsible for turning him down and went to none other than the God Squad to find comfort. He also called out Quinn for trying to make a comparison between her and Karofsky’s lives. Rachel and Finn decided that life is too short, so they needed to get married like, right away. But Finn had gym, so they decided Saturday after they won Regionals would be fine. And lastly, Sebastian called a truce, apologized to Blaine about his eye, and decided that both groups should dedicate their performances to Karofsky and raise donations for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way charity. Talk about a change of heart.
Mr. Schue took the news as an opportunity to remind the Glee kids to look to the future and the new experiences that come with it. He asked them to think of one thing they’re looking forward to that’s yet to come, and while Rory’s ‘new experience’ at the time was peanut butter, he’s also pretty excited about Regionals. And after the performances, I can’t say I blame him. Regionals opened up with The Warblers performing ‘Stand’ and ‘Glad You Came’ both which had an underlying theme of motivation. The New Directions matched that with an incredible mash-up of ‘Fly/I Believe I can Fly’ which let us hear Santana and Blaine rap, Rachel belted out ‘Here’s to Us,’ and as promised The Troubletones got their song in the spotlight to ‘Stronger.’ The New Directions ended up winning, solidifying that even if you feel like you don’t belong, there’s better things ahead.
After the competition, Sue asked Quinn back to her office where she gave Quinn a heartfelt speech and her Cheerios uniform back. Thanks to the uniform, Quinn was reminded of how important it is to be happy, and decided that she was going to support the Finchel wedding. Aw. Speaking of ‘aw,’ while that was happening Kurt was visiting Karofsky who ended up being okay! Yay! The two had an amazingly emotional heart to heart where Kurt helped him see that it does get better, and we saw the beginning of what should be a beautiful friendship.
Speaking of new beginnings, later that day we had the start of the Finchel wedding. Where they all found bridesmaid dresses and a wedding gown on such short notice is beyond me, but that’s besides the point. We watched as both the groom’s and bride’s parents tried to find last minute ways to stall and ruin the wedding, and were given even more time since everyone was waiting for Quinn to show up. Rachel texted her telling her to “HURRY UP,” and as Quinn was texting her back, while driving, she was hit by a car and the screen faded to black. Not before it said To Be Continued though leaving my jaw open and heart racing. Seriously, Glee?!
So what did you guys think? Were you glad Glee tackled such important issues? Did you like the overall theme? What do you think happens with Quinn?!