Glee: New York

Posted by: Mike Walkey  //  May 31, 2011 @ 7:14pm

Filed under: Recaps & Reviews

Cue the most famous clarinet glissando in recording history.

"Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. Eh uh, no, make that he, he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin" – Woody Allen

The Glee Club travels to New York City to compete in the Choir Show Nationals but their version of the Big Apple is in glorious Technicolor.


Where do you go after that magnificent pivoting panoramic opening shot of Times Square? You go on a touring musical montage of New York City sights. Do I mind that the Glee Club miraculously covers some seventy blocks in a matter of minutes? Of course not, that is the magic of Old New York.... whatever that means!

Mr. Schuester locks the club in their hotel room to write some songs while he sees what his chances are on Broadway. Finn takes Rachel on the type of date that only Carrie Bradshaw believes exists in real life which stirs a little of 'that old feeling' back inside Rachel. She's a little unsure about her feelings, however, since she doesn't want a relationship to get in the way of her career aspirations. Or so she says to Kurt while having breakfast at Tiffany's.

Meanwhile, Will is torn himself, between the Broadway bug and supporting his Glee Club. The guilt reaches its zenith when the club finds out and worry about losing their teacher. Thankfully, Mr. Schuester has realized that the Glee Club is more important to him and will stick with them.

So on to Nationals they go. After a Quinn haircut, and some more bathroom bonding – this time between Rachel and her arch nemesis, Vocal Adrenaline's Sunshine Corazon, the New Directions performance runs rather smoothly. That is until the kiss heard round the auditorium. That's right, Finn and Rachel share a passionate snog during the climax of their duet, a la Mighty Wind.

As romantic as it may have seemed, apparently the judges didn't care for it because New Directions finished in 12th place.

Back at McKinley High, there is a bittersweet tone welcoming them home. Blaine and Kurt confess their love for one another, Brittany confesses her unconditional love for the Glee Club, and a secret romance between Mercedee and Sam is revealed... but not to anyone else yet.

And for the final Glee Club meeting of the year, there were no big speeches, no balloons or fireworks, no show stopping numbers, just one thing: acceptance.

When did Brittany get so smart?

Best Song

As a daily tea drinker, I must confess my love for Brittany's "My cup."

Final thoughts

Honestly, I've found the last couple of episodes a little anticlimactic following the Original Song performances at Regionals. This particular episode was an OK way to end the season. I loved the use of some great New York landmarks – Sardi's anyone? But dramatically, I found it underwhelming. Everything tidies up so quickly. I wish Mr. Schuester did leave McKinley for Broadway and found out it wasn't for him early next season – just to generate a little suspense over the summer. Personally, I liked Rachel and Finn's kiss and didn't find it offensive to the context of the song.

And though Sam and Mercedee seem awfully cute together, it's not the earth shattering revelation I think the show was hoping for. I mean, how many people really care?

Oh well, that's Glee: consistently inconsistent, unevenly entertaining, and undeniably unique. And after a long roller coaster season, I suddenly find myself Gleeless.

Tags: Glee, New York

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Original Comments Posted (1)

jonespaker says...

Great finale of Glee but i was supposing for have some great music/songs by Glee performers. But i didn't find it as much interesting as it was. I was so curious to watch Glee finale, but it didn't give me the thing which i want from glee kids. The episode was just satisfactory.

Jun 17, 2011 12:39am

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