In Glee episode “New Directions,” it’s finally time to say goodbye to the glee club that brought them all together in the first place – and for some to join the others in New York City.

Glee Recap

Scheming in the staff lunchroom to keep the New Directions alive are April Rhodes (Kristen Chenoweth) and Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow). Holly, playing on Sue Sylvester’s (Jane Lynch) admiration for her, asks if there’s a way to weave music into some of the school’s other clubs. Sue doesn’t seem too into the idea, but allows for a trial run.

Walking through the halls of McKingley High, Tina Cohen Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz) is monologue-ing about her future. She, unlike the rest of the bunch, doesn’t really have any idea what’s next for her. She applied late to colleges, and hasn’t heard from safety school Ohio State. Blaine (Darren Criss), however, just learned that he’s gotten into Nyada and will be joining Kurt (Cris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) there in the near future.

Blaine Gets Into Nyada

Upon learning that Blaine got into Nyada, Tina gets wacked unconscious by a trophy and imagines that all of the original glee members are reunited in a Friends-esque sitcom called “Chums.” The daydream even includes the famous intro with the couch in front of the Greenwich Village fountain, and the laughter from a live audience.

In real life, Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Kurt have everyone come together in the auditorium, where they take on Dreamgirls anthem “I Am Changing.” Throughout the performance, Santana (Naya Rivera) is throwing massive shade. Rachel confronts her in the bathroom about her attitude. In an attempt to put their hard feelings behind them, Rachel offers her 10 Funny Girl shows. The problem is, Santana wants them all.

Elsewhere at McKinley, Will (Matthew Morrison) is telling Holly Holliday that he’s not sure her music inclusion plan is going to work. She shows him the possibilities in her sub classroom, busting out of her Temple Grandin guise and into an 80s pop get up for an ensemble rendition of Eddie Murphy's “Party All the Time.”

Brittany Tries To Win Santana Back

Later on, Santana goes to the choir room to find Brittany surrounded by the “ultimate lesbian flowers” – lilies. Brittany (Heather Morris) tells Santana that she bought two tickets to Lesbos for them. Santana tells her ex that she doesn’t really want to be with her; she just wants out of MIT. Brittany counters that Santana doesn’t really want to be a Broadway star.

After Brittany gives her some clarity, Santana goes to go find Rachel, who's practicing her Funny Girl lines in the auditorium. She admits to Rachel that she’s been unnecessarily mean. As it turns out, Santana has already sent a text, resigning as her understudy. Reconciled, the duo sings “Be Okay” by Oh Honey for New Directions members past and present.

Prior to Santana and Rachel’s performance, Tina had been stressing out about her post-high school plans to Blaine, Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Artie (Kevin McHale). She admits that she didn’t get into Mitzvah University, so she likely won’t be heading to NYC with them. Singing “Loser Like Me,” the guys convince her to throw caution to the wind and head east anyway.

Goodbye New Directions

Also embarking on a new life are Quinn (Diana Agron) and Puck (Mark Salling), who’ve decided to give their relationship a legitimate chance, and even Santana approves. Together, they perform “Just Give Me A Reason” for the glee club members. At the end of the performance, Mr. Shue announces that it’s officially the last song they’ll sing in that room. “Glee club is officially over,” he tells them.

To say goodbye to Mr. Shue, the glee kids make a video for his children to watch one day. They talk about what a great person and teacher he is. They highlight his unfailing acceptance, how he made them better people and gave them an opportunity they won’t forget. They close it out with a performance of “Don’t Stop Believing,” the song that introduced the show and its quirky cast to its audience. Mr. Shue ultimately joins them on stage to close out the Journey number.

Graduation

The newest members of New Directions, alone in the choir room, are watching everything get packed up. Tina comes in and yells at them to go to the auditorium. Before they leave, the five newbies hug it out. In the auditorium, it’s graduation day for Artie, Blaine, Tina, Sam, Becky (Lauren Potter) – and Brittany, thanks to a favor call-in by Santana. When Sanatana later asks Brittany to come to New York with her she says yes. Meanwhile, Tina announces a change of plans. She got into Brown and is heading to Rhode Island.

Alone in the choir room, Will gets a visit from Sue, who urges him to move on to greener pastures and reveals that she got him an interview with Vocal Adrenaline. After she leaves, Mr. Shue takes a bow in the empty room with voiceovers of his former students recalling how important New Directions was in their lives, what they meant to each other and what he meant to them.

– Chelsea Regan

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