Not who you expected!
While the theme of the big night may have seemed a bit eccentric, Glee’s pinnacle senior prom episode played out exactly the way it should have, delighting fans of all ages … and ships!
We laughed, we cried — we can’t stop singing One Direction. (It’s maddening, but in a good way!)
If you’ll do us the honor, let’s have one last dance around the floor and talk about all the big moments of last night’s episode!
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. YOU KNOW THE DRILL. GO HOME, SWITCH ON THE DVR AND CHECK OUT THE EPISODE. THEN, COME ON BACK AND HUG/TALK IT OUT WITH US. IT’S A PRETTY SWEET EPISODE. YOU WON’T REGRET IT.
Considering what happened last year at McKinley’s prom, we have to confess, we didn’t think this episode would live up to the glory. Seriously, watching Kurt get crowned Queen and Quinn lay the smack-down on Rachel … that was drama we didn’t think Glee could top. Oh, how foolish we were. Little did we realize that Ryan Murphy and Co. planned a multitude of memorable moments for this episode and we enjoyed every one of them.
When we last left Lima, Rachel was devastated over botching her NYADA audition, Puck flunked the most important test of his fifth year of high school and Brittany… actually, we have no idea where Brittany was. Maybe she was off doing something presidential. Remember that storyline? She did beat out Kurt for the position. Well, it turns out she hasn’t done very much with the title, other than scare a few infants with a threatening memo. Regardless, with prom coming up, Brittany has decided to get more involved, so she wields her power to organize a dinosaur themed affair, sans actual pre-historic reptiles…and hair gel. (Yes, this is important.)
As for this year’s Prom court, the usual suspects are up for the honor: Finn, Brittany and Rick The Stick (heyo!) are nominated for King, while Santana, Quinn and Missy Gunderson vie for the Queen’s crown. Yes, FINALLY! Gunderson gets her moment! Take that, Lauren Zizes! (JK! We miss you!)
Needless to say, neither Rachel Berry or Becky Jackson are pleased by the news. The latter allows her inner monologue (aka Queen Helen Mirren) to return to explain that she wants to be stared at for all the right reasons. The former, ironically, could care less about being teen royalty, but is more upset that her Broadway dreams are officially dead and now, she’ll have to watch her fiancée tear up the floor with his ex-girlfriend. Way harsh
Ty, right? Well, Rachel has a solution: anti-prom. Just her, her gays and two other misfits kicking it in a hotel, watching Bravo in evening wear. Funny, sounds like our last Friday night. But we digress…
While this is all going on, Quinn is going through a major moment. She’s a shoe-in for Queen … which is good, because it turns out she’ll be able to make use of her shoes soon. Yes, with the help of Teen Jesus, Quinn is regaining her ability to walk, but rather than share the news with her friends, she is waiting for the opportune moment to surprise them – like when accepting her crown at prom. However, because Finn has no sense of boundaries, he wanders into the ladies’ room to find his former flame firmly planted on her own two feet. It’s then that he reminds Quinn that now, more than ever, she has to be thankful for the future she has and have more sympathy for those of her friends who are lost, namely Rachel.
So Finn goes to rescue his gal from anti-prom, and when he brings her to the dance, she shares a moment with Quinn Faberry fans are going to rewind for at least a month. Rachel apologizes for being jealous and in an emotional scene reminds Quinn of how much she has grown as a person. That’s when the light switch goes off, and when Quinn learns that she’s actually won Prom Queen by one vote – Rachel’s vote — she decides to make the ultimate sacrifice. In a moving gesture, she and Santana agree to rig the ballots so Rachel will be crowned Queen alongside Finn as King. While Rachel anxiously waits for the pig’s blood to drop, Finn sweetly reassures her of her own strength and beauty and insists this moment is hers to enjoy. Did anyone else see the Berry spark in Rachel’s eyes? Maybe that NYADA dream isn’t so dead after all.
But let’s not forget about Quinn, who gets her big reveal moment after all. While slaying a version of Berlin's "Take My Breath Away," with Santana, Quinn literally rises to the occasion and stands tall for the first time in a long time. A prom miracle indeed, Trouty Mouth – and a welcomed definitive moment for a character who has spent the season in so much turmoil.
Oh, and let’s not forget Becky, who may have had the best night of all. Crowned the queen of anti-prom by a nearly nude Puckerman (thank you, Ryan!), Becky strolls into the main event on the arm of the hottest piece of man candy and has her own magical moment, just as she always wanted! Sigh!
And finally, we can’t leave without just saying this:
We don’t care if his hair is greasy, frizzy, gelled, brushed or permed – Darren Criss is ALWAYS dead sexy to us! Rock those curly-cues! Static electricity be damned!
A Few Side Notes:
A. Is Becky a junior? Does that mean there will be more Helen Mirren next year?! Yes please!
B. Sassy Male Student Kurt Hummel needs to design a line of top hats. We’ll place the first order.
C. Brittany is flunking all her classes? Nice! Will both Puck AND Brittany get held back? Certainly seems like a possibility to us!
D. That Funny Girl moment Lea has at the top of the episode? PRICELESS! We wore out the rewind button!
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