Last night marked the finale of the whirlwind third season of Glee. Senior year was filled with tributes, Senate races and life changing injuries. The New Directions finally got their victory at nationals and last night they graduated. It was an emotional hour that started strong and ended with a big twist. I’m not ashamed to admit that I may have cried a few times.
Kurt (Chris Colfer) was first to say his goodbyes. He reminisced about when he was in the closet and how much he’s grown. As a graduation present Kurt’s dad (Mike O’Malley) performed the dance number from Beyoncé’s “Put a ring on it” as a reminder of when he and Kurt started being honest. After his father’s unforgettable performance Kurt said goodbye to Blaine (Darren Criss). Thankfully they’re going to try their hand at a long distance relationship.
Next we found out that Mercedes (Amber Riley) got signed as a back-up singer for an indie label. She’ll be moving to L.A. to take classes and work as a singer. Santana (Naya Rivera) was happy for her but confused about what she should be doing. Gloria Estefan guest stared as Santana’s mom Maribel. Santana revealed that she wanted to go to New York rather than Louisville and mom was not happy. Then when Santana found out Brittany (Heather Morris) was spending another year at McKinley, Santana thought maybe she should stay in Ohio with her. In the end Maribel gave Santana all the money she had been saving for college, except now she wants Santana to decide what she wants to do with it.
Quinn (Dianna Agron) was next to say goodbye. She revealed that she’ll always be connected with Puck (Mark Salling) and decided to help him graduate. After they kissed he went on to pass his final. Then Quinn said goodbye to Coach Sue (Jane Lynch). The two shared a rare emotional moment where Sue revealed how proud she was of Quinn. They have always had an interesting relationship I’m glad the writers took the time to end it right.
After the graduation ceremony Finn (Cory Monteith), Kurt and Rachel (Lea Michele) all came together to open their college letters. Finn and Kurt got bad news but Rachael got accepted to NYADA. All of Rachel’s dreams came true: she was prom queen, national champion, and engaged to the quarterback. She decided to defer NYADA for a year to work with Finn and Kurt.
Just when it seemed the season was going to end neatly Finn pulled a 180. Instead of going to their wedding Finn drove Rachael to the train station. He booked her on the next train to New York and broke up with her. Sure he was trying to set her free but did you really need to break up with her on your wedding day? To top it all off, he decided to join the army. Talk about dropping a bomb at the end of a season.
The episode ended with Rachel walking the streets of New York alone. The world is at her feet but what is going to happen to the rest of them? I hope Rachel makes her dreams come true; otherwise Finn’s decision is that much worse.