Get ready for a rollercoaster of emotion.
In the first scene, Kurt and Rachel are discussing wedding plans when the lovely Sebastian interrupts them with an engagement gift for Rachel. She finds a photo-shopped picture of Finn naked. Sebastian says that he will post it online if Rachel doesn’t drop out because he wants to win regionals.
Cut to choir room where Finn is going crazy about the photo. Will is trying to calm him down and saying that he contacted Dalton but they aren’t going to do anything since nothing happened with Blaine. Rachel claims she is negotiating with terrorists and won’t drop out of regionals, which makes Finn furious and he leaves the room.
Sue brings Quinn into her office to tell her she’s pregnant! We don’t know who the father is though and Quinn wants to be on the Cheerios again, but Sue turns her down.
Blaine is frustrated about Sebastian and shows Kurt a song, “Cough Syrup” that he has been practicing for regionals, he uses it to get his anger out. Now, if you haven’t seen the episode, this next part will be shocking and upsetting to some people.
While Blaine sings Cough Syrup, by Young the Giant it flashes between him singing and David Karofsky. It starts with Dave at his school in the locker room where he finds the word “fag” spray-painted on his locker in pink letters. The boys in the locker room mock and harass him. This brings him home where he finds his Facebook to be covered in anti-gay slurs. From all of this, he becomes extremely upset. He starts to get dressed in a suit and tie. He grabs a belt and ties it to the ceiling and stands a chair. He then tries to commit suicide.
In the next scene, Will, Emma, Shannon, Sue, and Principal Figgins are in Figgins’ office discussing how they are going to tell the school about Dave’s suicide attempt. They explain how they need to be careful how they tell him so there won’t be a string of other attempts from students. While discussing Dave, they bring up the negative affects of social media.
Cut to the scene of Dave’s father finding him. He finds him just in time.
At God Squad, they talk about how they are having a difficult time dealing with Dave’s suicide attempt. Quinn claims that Dave was selfish and that they should pray for his family instead. Kurt comes and asks to pray with them even though he doesn’t believe in God. Kurt and Quinn argue with each other. Kurt says that they should have more compassion and understanding. It’s not as black and white as it seems. Kurt feels extremely guilty and upset because he ignored all of Dave’s calls and didn’t accept a date from him. Mercedes asks him if he wants to go to the hospital with them later. Kurt agrees.
Blaine, Kurt, Sebastian, Santana, and Brittany are all at the Lima Bean. Sebastian claims that he is sorry about everything and he wants to win regionals fair and square. He tells them that he shut Dave down very harshly. Blaine doesn’t believe him but lets it go.
Will brings a circle together with the glee club. He makes them say something that they want to look forward to in the future and to focus on it. He wants them to be positive. Will opens up and tells them about his almost act of suicide which connects him to the group more. He knows first hand about it and doesn’t want it to happen to anyone.
Regionals. The Warblers are up first, they sing “Stand” by Lenny Kravitz and “Glad You Came” by The Wanted. Sebastian leads both songs. The next group is the Golden Goblet and they sing opera sounding song. Then, Finn and Rachel announce they are getting married after regionals. The group is excited for them. Then, they perform a mash-up of “Fly” by Rihanna/Nicki Minaj and “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly. Then the Trouble Tones from the New Directions sing “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” by Kelly Clarkson. Rachel gets her solo and sings “Here’s to Us” by Halestorm. The New Directions end up winning.
After regionals, Sue decided to give Quinn her spot back on the Cheerios. Sue tells her how much she admires Quinn and how she turned her life around. Rachel and Quinn are talking in the hallway after she is wearing her cheer uniform again. Quinn gives Rachel her blessing and tells her that she realizes how much she loves Finn. Quinn then leaves the school to pick up her bridesmaids dress to go to the wedding.
Kurt goes to visit Karofsky in the hospital. Kurt tells him how sorry he is and how happy he is that Dave is alive. Kurt tells him that he wants to be friends and help him come to terms with everything. Kurt tells him to think of his future. Dave gets extremely happy from his thoughts and he realizes that life is worth it.
Down at Lima Municipal Center where Finn and Rachel are about to get married. The girls from New Directions are in bright pink bridesmaids dresses. Both the parents of the Hummel-Hudsons’ and the Berrys’ families are freaking out. Rachel keeps texting Quinn to see if she’s on her way because she is late. They keep showing Quinn and Rachel texting. They also keep showing Quinn texting Rachel saying “on her way”. All of a sudden, you see Quinn texting and a huge truck rams into the side of her car. The screen goes black and it’s the end of the show.
1. “Cough Syrup” (Young the Giant): A+
2.“Stand” (Lenny Kravitz): B-
3. “Glad You Came” (The Wanted): B+
4. “Fly/I Believe I Can Fly” (Rihanna/Nicki Minaj/ R. Kelly): A-
5. “Stronger”: A
6. “Here’s to Us”: A
MOLLY: This episode screwed with my emotions! I was so excited for Regionals, but with everything that happened, I almost didn’t care. I am ecstatic that New Directions won though. I’m hoping that Sebastian will stay true to his word and become nice. I almost cried about Dave. It tore my heart! But, Glee hit something important that was needed to be brought up because, suicide happens daily and we ignore it. I loved that they paired with the Trevor Project for this episode. I don’t really like Quinn but after all she had overcome, they go ahead and make her get hit by a car! What the hell Ryan Murphy?! Overall, this episode was phenomenal. Sure, it had a lot of heavy things at once, but it was things that were needed. Now I just hope my heart can handle the seven-week hiatus!
Mal: Well, the first thing I have to say about this episode is that it rocked me to my emotional core. I, myself am part of the LGBT community and it’s hard to watch scenes such as that. As hugely emotional and intense this episode was, it was also filmed very well. The scene with Karofsky going through hell and Blaine singing along with the scene was one of the most powerful scenes I’ve seen on television in a while. As for the rest of the episode… Regionals was awesome and the songs were pretty good. I especially liked “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger).” The other scene that haunted me so much was the crash with Quinn. I was in tears when it occurred as well as Karofsky’s scene. Overall it was a really good episode, but I’m surprised Glee took on such agonizing topics.