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Glee Recap, Season Finale "Journey" 2010-06-09 15:37:09

Glee-ful Highlights From Season Finale, "Journey"

The Glee season finale has so many tearful moments, I almost thought the show wasn't coming back next year. That said, the emotional scenes are also what made me fall in love with the show, and the final episode of season one provides plenty of throwbacks to the pilot that rocked America back in September.

It's quite reminiscent of the midseason finale, except now we're at Regionals and the fate of the club is on the line. There's more than one love confession, some celeb cameos, and a few truly showstopping performances. Before we break it all down, pay a visit to the Glee Club in the Buzz Community so you can keep the conversation alive all Summer long. Then, read more.

  • Stop me if you've heard this one before: when the episode opens, we learn that the fate of the glee club is in Sue's hands. Will tries to plead with Principal Figgins, but it's no use. Sue has been chosen to be one of the celebrity judges for Regionals (I thought celebrity status was a bit of a stretch but more on that later). She's clearly determined to make sure the New Directions don't take home the gold, which means glee is over for good.
  • Even though it's a little random, I loved the flashback to Puck and Quinn's hookup. By the end of the episode, I was totally rooting for them again — maybe next season Puck can finally turn over a new leaf?
  • The little party at Mr. Schue's house is so sad — Tina admits that she only had two Facebook friends before glee, and the whole club bums out thinking about going back to their old lives.
  • Bold move alert: the next day at school, Finn gives Rachel a speech about how they need to work harder to keep the club's morale up, and she kisses him! Bolder move: Finn later confesses to Rachel that he loves her. It's sweet but feels a little forced, even though Finn's been harboring feelings for Rachel for a few episodes.
  • Favorite line of the night: "We've got something they don't. Finn's dancing." Well-played, Mr. Schue.
  • So I know I said this episode feels a lot like the midseason finale, but I actually think the New Directions sound even better this time around. Finn and Rachel's "Faithfully" duet is heartfelt and sweet, but the new and improved take on "Don't Stop Believin'" — one of my all-time favorites — is what gave me goosebumps. I especially loved the inclusion of the newer gleeks like Puck and Santana.
  • Quinn's mom shows up, and Quinn goes into labor while Vocal Adrenaline performs "Bohemian Rhapsody." The juxtaposition works in a strange way, and though Vocal Adrenaline sounds and looks great, I found the performance kinda boring.
  • The judges' quarters is just as ridiculous as it is at Sectionals. It turns into an all-out hatefest on the New Directions (mostly based on the fact that they look like they're from "poor person's school") before the ill-will is shifted to Sue. In the end we learn that Sue defends the gleeks by putting them in first place (!!) but her decision is overruled and the kids sadly take third. More crying.
  • As much as I'd love to root for Will and Emma, I'm just not buying their moment this time around. What about embracing time apart and growing separately? Will's love profession and kiss feel a bit like something the writers shoved in to make for a juicier season finale, and it seems like a tease — especially since we know Emma's getting a new love interest next season.
  • The episode wraps up with two sweet performances. From the kids to Mr. Schue: a tear-filled "To Sir With Love" (told ya there were many tear-jerking moments), and from Will to the kids: a sweet ukulele rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." I was just relieved that Mr. Schuester gave his break-dancing skills a much-needed rest.
  • Does anyone else think it's a teensy bit creepy that Shelby adopts Quinn's daughter? Not the adoption part, of course, but just the fact that she's keeping things so close to home — and that Quinn's baby and Rachel are now sisters? I'm not sure if Shelby will be sticking around for next season (seems like they tried to wrap up her storyline), but it could get super awkward if she's visiting the New Directions with her daughter.
  • And for the clincher: Sue gives the glee club one more chance! We've been seeing glimpses of her softer side all season long, but she actually tells Mr. Schuester that she admires him as a teacher! The lovefest/truce lasts for all of 10 seconds before Sue tells Will to stop before she pukes in his mouth. Classic.

And that's it for season one! Did you like the finale? Do you have predictions for next year? Comment away!

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LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I loved this episode so much!!! I am going to miss Jonathon Groff but not necessarily Jesse St. James. I wish Jesse would REALLY change or something and come back to Rachel. Finn is SO not on the same caliber with singing but I can buy that he is a highschooler. Jesse? not so much. Also, what WILL happen when they go away to college? New Glee members? favorite scene was the bohemian rhapsody/labor. I cried... literally... oh and Quinn did not recover crazy fast-- When I had a natural childbirth I recovered pretty quickly :)
cibele cibele 7 years
animatedpunk - he's leaving :( Sad. He's the only male singer I really really like. I'll miss him. And he's cute LOL
popcorn19 popcorn19 7 years
I think I'm the only one who didn't really like the finale... The plotline just seemed almost nonexistant and the pacing was awkward. The episode began, and they were sad. Chose songs. All of a sudden, pacing in the green room, sad. First "I love you" (to Rachel). Performing. Second "I love you" (to Puck). Labor/Vocal Adrenalin. Awards. More sadness. Third "I love you" (to Emma). Followed by roughly 15 minutes of moping and more crying (side note: why is Quinn back at school the day after she gave birth??). Then happy ending. And it's over. The entire episode just seemed frenetic. I hope next season is better than this year's back nine.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
Wait... Jonathan Groff is LEAVING??? No more Jesse??? That makes me kinda sad :( Why won't he be in the next season? Was he a senior? Oh, and I loved this finale
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I thought it was a pretty good episode. Sure, you have to suspend a sense of realism when watching this show (e.g. Quinn recovered from having the baby very quickly). But, it's fun to watch! I do agree, though, running. I mean, is it really expensive to run a show choir? Like you said, Schue coaches for free. They already have the piano and other necessary equipment. I would think the uniforms (and maybe buses to shows?) would be the only real expenses. But, like you said, there's nothing realistic about this show!
MarMarOhio MarMarOhio 7 years
The costs come from the costumes, possibly the instruments, and even the songs - I found out through my daughter's theatre group that to perform songs publically, you have to pay for them. In fact, the "Glee" songs and arrangments go for about $30 a pop. I loved Finn telling Rachel "I love you" because it DID seem a little forced and awkward - he's in high school, and that's kind of how it sounds that way. I kind of flashed back to when I heard it first when I was that age...the delivery was perfect. I don't know if anyone else caught that Sue voted ND because of the way the other judges were downing them - she herself had worked her way to where she was, and I think it made her empathize with the kids. She's not totally heartless - perhaps, back when she was young, someone discounted her that way too, just as the judges were discounting her "celebrity" status that moment. I think she really does despise Will Schuester, and the whole concept of the glee club - but she likes doing things for the kids. Her turn-around was hearing them sing "To Sir, With Love" and the judges. I was totally blindsided by Shelby adopting Beth - guess I missed what everyone else saw! And to see Emma yelling that loud and standing up for the glee club? Beautiful. I love that she's asserting herself, and that she gives sound advice - both to Will and, a few weeks ago, to Artie - I was beginning to wonder, frankly, how someone that mousey could be a good guidance counselor. I can't wait for fall, and am embarrassed to say that when the Glee gear comes out, I'll be right there at Claire's buying it, even though I'm 34.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I feel sorry for Rachel and her interaction with her mom. It's like, "well, you're a teenager, we missed our chance, I'm going to get me a newborn!" A little odd, IMO. I love Rachel and Finn together -- and I don't care how cheesy the "I love you" was -- I still swooned ! Thought the Queen performance/ Quinn's labor was cool. And very sweet when she said "I want Mercedes in there." Awwwh. Yay for Quinn's mom for coming around, although it would have been nice if I didnt't take until week 36 for her to do that. Sue's soft side - great to see it. I get that there's nothing realistic about this show, but how expensive is it really to keep a show choir group running ?? I don't get why they have to fight so much to keep ND alive ... Schue coaches for free -- all they need is a room, right? And it's a high school - I'm sure there are empty rooms after school !
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
Exactly what I was going to say tlsgirl! I liked Bohemian Rhap. and that was my favorite scene (the song and Quinn giving birth--LOVED IT!), but that's not a Glee club when one person sings the whole time!! Didn't like that at all. I love love that Sue wrote New Directions as number one. Liked Puck and Quinn's sweet moment, and loved when Quinn turned around and said Mercedes is coming.The two I Love You's were unnecessary. Loved the song the kids sang to Mr. Shue--awesome. The only thing I don't get is all season we see New Directions and Vocal Ad. practice these HUGE numbers in HUGE costumes (a la Lady Gaga--Vocal Ad. was practicing fully in red lace). And then when it comes time for competition there is none of that!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I'm really glad that Jesse is leaving too. I couldn't stand his character, and honestly I thought their performance was good but boring. I mean, he was practically the only one who opened his mouth the whole time. Loved Puck and Quinn, although the adoption is a little creepy, and loved Emma yelling at Principal Figgins. I love her character, so no matter who she's with I'm just glad she's back. Finn's "I love you" was so forced, much moreso than Emma and Will's moment for me. So random. I laughed.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
I agree that Vocal Adrenaline's performance was way better than New Directions'. I think they wrote it that way on purpose. ND will never be that polished, but they have WAY more heart. But the juxtaposition of the performance with Quinn's labor was brilliant. Well done. I also loved that she wanted Mercedes in there with her. I totally called that Shelby was going to adopt Beth, as soon as she asked Rachel about Quinn's baby. I love that they let Puck, Santana, Tina and Artie sing in "Don't Stop." I agree that it needs to stop being the Rachel and Finn show. I also love that Puck performed "Over the Rainbow" with Mr. Schue. Most tearful moment: when all the kids were telling Mr. Schue that "before glee club I _______" and Finn said "I never had a father." SOB!!! I know that I'm in the minority but I'm glad to see the end of Jesse St. James and I hope he doesn't come back. Nothing against Jonathan Groff, but I hated the character.
care0531 care0531 7 years
Just found out John Stamos is joining the cast of Glee and he will play the role of Emma's Dentist/Boyfriend.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I really enjoyed this finale! I loved the Journey and I thought that was perfect to incorporate the song that started the season/series and work it into the finale. I found myself thinking VA performance was better but I think it was because of the dancing and not just the singing but isn't it just supposed to be a singing competition? It did get a little corny with everyone declaring their love for one another but I guess that was all part of the theme. Anyone else notice the jab at Jesse James when Quinn's mother said she left her father because he ran off with some tattooed freak :) I liked seeing everyone sing a little more...Brit and the 2 other football players need to start getting some solos too for next season. I sure am going to miss my Tuesday nights with Glee! I did like it better on Wednesdays though :)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
It was an enjoyable, glee-ful, season finale. I also found certain moments a bit rushed or forced, particularly Will and Emma's scenes (I'd like to see them with new love interests, at least for the next season (or half season...) They get a bit too mushy and tiring.)) However I thought Finn saying "I love you" to Rachel was cute as it had been building up within recent episodes. Hands down, my favorite moment was the mash-up of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Quinn giving birth to Beth. Unique and memorable. And the sprinkles on top was seeing Sue's emotional side.
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
IMO, Bohemian Rhapsody was incredible and Jonathan Groff killed it. it was defintely more the Jesse St. James show than the whole VA team, but still awesome. i was a little underwhelmed by New Directions. i love Don't Stop Believin, but it was no where near as good and show stopping as VA. i kinda felt that Diana Agron was too pretty while giving birth, but what is ever realistic on Glee?? its so cute that she and Mercedes are such good friends and i hope there's a future for her and Puck. next season i really hope they let the others have a chance. yes...Rachel and Finn are amazing and the main characters, but i REALLY love when Santana, Puck, and Artie get to sing. to Glee writers-please develop the other characters more!
cibele cibele 7 years
And I'm really sad Jonathan Groff is leaving.
cibele cibele 7 years
Agree with kismekate. Bohemian Rhapsody was amazing and I honestly think Vocal Adrenaline was waaay better than New Directions. I was annoyed that they picked Journey and I thought it was a little underwhelming. I know this song was important to the show and to the club, but I wish they would bring some competitive song and more up beat.
kismekate kismekate 7 years
I actually think that Bohemian Rhapsody was my favorite performance of this episode. I am soooo sick of Journey and was really really bummed to find out that they were doing a Journey medley as their grand performance. And honestly, as much as I hate to admit it, vocal adrenaline pretty much blew them out of the water. Next season I'm sure we're going to see a Finn/Rachel dramatic sex scene with Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the night"
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I actually laughed out loud when Finn told Rachel he loved him. It was supposed to be a sweet moment, but it seemed a tad overly dramatic and ridiculous. I have been bored with Mr. Schue and Emma's relationship from the beginning, and that love declaration just further reminded me why that is my least favorite story line. I thought Vocal Adrenaline's performance was great and had this been real competition they definitely deserved first place. I wasn't too surprised by the weird twist of Shelby adopting Quinn's baby. After her speech to Rachel and then showing up at the hospital to see Quinn's baby, it was no surprise that she ended up adopting the baby. Although, for a minute in the hospital I actually wanted Quinn and Puck to keep her. They were so sweet looking through the nursery glass. I loved Somewhere Over the Rainbow at the end.
glynislily glynislily 7 years
I just hope next season the other glee club kids get a chance to sing more. As much as I love Rachael's voice, I just think it is unfair that she is so favored and the regionals performance was sort of the Rachael and Finn show. I want to hear some of the other guys pushed to the front. I mean Santana just blows me away every time she sings, but it is so infrequent I forget how good she is.
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