May 25th, 2011
11:02 AM ET
Would I praise the "Glee" season finale?
In a New York minute!
Season 2 wrapped up with the New Directions in NYC for Nationals with all the hope in the world that they would make the Top 10. Of course, being kids from Ohio, they were euphoric from being in the Big Apple and we got to see all the eye candy the city has to offer including Times Square, Central Park, Broadway and the Village.
Not surprisingly Rachel was in her element, having dreamed from her embryonic stage that she would someday make it to NYC and become a star. But she wasn't the only one. Teacher and glee club adviser Will Schuester got his moment in the sun as it looked like he really would end up leaving the kids for the Great White Way.
The entire episode had that charming "Hey kids! Let's put on a show!" vibe, and I especially loved Kurt and Rachel having "breakfast at Tiffany's" by leaning up against the building eating before sneaking into a theater to duet on "For Good" from the musical "Wicked." I know it wouldn't have worked, but part of me really wanted Kristin Chenoweth's and Idina Menzel's "Glee" characters to show up and sing along since they made that song famous when they starred in "Wicked."
Being in the city helped Rachel realize that her future was too big for her hometown – and her boo Finn. So when he tried to woo her with a night on the town and a serenade by the glee club guys of “Bella Notte” from “Lady and the Tramp" while they strolled through the Village, it was a no-go. She utters those familiar words "I just can't" and runs off. Finn should have known he was no match for the bright lights of the big city, especially after they ran into Broadway goddess Patti LuPone during dinner. I mean, it doesn't get more New York than that!
There were a few dramatic highlights along the way, including Quinn's plotting to take down the glee club to get revenge on Finn for breaking up with her. Santana and Brittany talked her into cutting her hair instead.
And Mr. Schuester couldn't bring himself to leave his teaching career and the kids to pursue his own dream of being a Broadway star. He loves them, they love him, and they were going to see this thing through together. All together now...Awwwww!
Which brings us to why we are here in the first place: the competition.
One group does a spirited version of Usher's hit "Yeah" that I have still not recovered from. Rachel runs into Sunshine Corazon (the adorable singer Charice) who is so sick with nerves that she wants to get her visa revoked and head back home to the Philippines. Rachel (who, remember, formerly tried to be rid of Sunshine by giving her directions to a crack house instead of auditions for glee club) gives her a pep talk which enables the petite star to bring the house down with the original song "As Long As You're There."
By the time New Directions is up, the air is crackling with the energy between Rachel and Finn. He wants her back and can't understand why, after all her mooning over him she doesn't want to rekindle their romance. While she assures Finn she loves him, she says she can let nothing stand in the way of her dreams. I get that.
That is, until they sing the original song "Pretending," which ends with a passionate kiss between them. Wow, that was dreamy.
But it may also have cost them a spot in the Top 10 because when they check the list, McKinley's New Directions is nowhere to be found. What?!?!? After all that we don't get to cheer for our triumphant heroes? Leave it to "Glee" to pull a stunt like that – and I loved it.
You see, the magic of "Glee" is that this group of misfits, nerds and mean girls are the perfect family of underdogs. True, it's nice to see them achieve every once in awhile, but they really pull together when faced with adversity.
Besides, we got happy endings anyway: Blaine and Kurt professed their love for each other after Kurt told Blaine the tale of the big loss and was able to focus on the bright side; we discover that Mercedes and Sam are now a secret couple (how cute is that?!?!?); Brittany and Santana are back to being besties; and soul mates Rachel and Finn reunite in the library just in time to have a summer romance.
Enjoy summer vacation Gleeks. Can't wait to see ya next season.
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