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Glee Season Finale Recap, "New York"

Glee-Ful Highlights From Episode "New York"

After a long season of wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin', the New Directions finally live out their dream to perform at Nationals in NYC on this week's episode of Glee. Their week in the Big Apple is full of expectations as each of the gleeks has their own ideas about how to experience New York. Of course, there's also the competition to prepare for, and — oops! — they haven't written their songs yet. (Um, seriously, Mr. Schue?)

Finn is still doing everything he can to get back into Rachel's good graces, but she's too distracted by the bright lights and big city. Meanwhile, Mr. Schuester has his own business to take care of: he has to decide once and for all if he's going to leave the club for Broadway. Overall it's a sweet, sappy kinda season finale, but the NYC backdrop makes it a fun episode (there's even a couple of surprises along the way). Let's recap when you


  • Glee doesn't get to step outside McKinley High all that often, so I was eating up all of the New York eye candy this week. Rachel definitely exudes a bit of a Dorthy-in-Oz vibe, and for good reason. Madonna's "I Love New York" isn't the Queen of Pop's best track, but watching the kids geek out and frolic around the city makes for a cute scene.
  • Determined to win Rachel's heart, Finn turns to the guys for advice (because the girls are busy having a pillow fight. Really.). Puck suggests he re-create a romantic comedy-style date, so Finn and Rachel get all gussied up for dinner. It's a sweet scene (even when Patti Lupone interrupts Finn for a cameo), but even the moonlight and Finn's Abba one-liner ("take a chance on me!") aren't enough to get Rachel locking lips with her ex again.
  • As it turns out, Rachel's got no time for love; she's too busy planning her future in New York. She and Kurt have a heart-to-heart outside of Tiffany's where they both decide to make a break for Manhattan after graduation. Kurt suggests that Rachel bring Finn along, but Rachel doesn't seem convinced.
  • When Nationals finally arrives, the club has managed to put "My Cup" aside to make room for some pretty good original songs. Just before Rachel and Finn take the stage to duet, Rachel tells Finn about her New York dreams and that she's not willing to give up on her plans, even though she loves him. They sing a love ballad that's charged with emotion — in fact, it's a little too charged: Finn plants a big one on Rachel at the end of the number that leaves the crowd speechless.
  • Jesse St. James makes a quick appearance (mostly to give Finn a hard time about the kiss), but even a spat with Finn doesn't get much attention, because the Nationals Top 10 are posted. As a viewer, with only 10 minutes left in the episode, I pretty much already knew what Mr. Schuester confirms: the New Directions didn't make the cut. It's a sad moment for the club, but I'm willing to bet the third time (in senior year) will be the charm. Plus, those girls that sang Usher were pret-ty good.
  • Back at school, we get a quick rundown on how everyone's feeling. Mr. Schuester seems content with his decision to return to McKinley (with his arm around Emma, no less), and Kurt and Blaine drop the L-bomb for the first time. In a rare moment of sagacity, Brittany convinces Santana that another year with the glee club is something to celebrate, rather than harping on the sadness of losing, and the two share a sweet embrace. Of course, the big shocker is that Sam and Mercedes are dating! It's not the most obvious pairing (I still kinda miss Quinn and Sam), but at least Mercedes finally gets a man! It's about time.
  • And of course, the clincher: Rachel and Finn bump into each other in the library, where Finn is beating himself up about kissing Rachel during their duet. Rachel assures him that it was just a crime of passion, and they both admit that they're glad it happened. Rachel tries again to pull away from Finn because of New York, but Finn states what we've all been thinking throughout the whole episode: there's still a whole year left before graduation! As if Rachel had never considered this before, she acquiesces and they get back together. (I have to admit that I did a little dance when they kissed.) The real surprise is that Quinn seems supportive when they see her in the choir room for their meeting.

What are your thoughts on the finale? Are you happy Finn and Rachel kissed and made up? What do you think of Mercedes and Sam as a couple? Let's chat for the last time before Summer hiatus!

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I agree with stephley. This episode was horrible and it might be the straw that breaks the camel's back for me. Quinn's hair did look cute and her Anthropologie dress during the New York number was adorable, as was Rachel's vintage coat.
stephley stephley 6 years
Then the writing was even worse than I realized.
aembry396 aembry396 6 years
So wait? Quinn's big plan was to sabotage? I thought she had it before her and Finn broke up? I was hoping she was going to be Anna Wintour/Martha Stewart's bitch asst. really disappointed overall
stephley stephley 6 years
I think it was her hair cut - got a brief mention, then glimpses.
lekatvt lekatvt 6 years
This episode was kind of middle of the road for me. Not my favorite, not my least favorite. I liked the breakfast at tiffany's reference and Finn and Rachel getting back together. I didn't like sunshine and Rachel bonding so much. I thought Quinn had some big surprise for new york? What was that? Did I miss it?
demarco11 demarco11 6 years
Even though it was cheesy I enjoyed the Finn/Rachel "superman kiss". The rest of the ep was kinda eh, and I thought they could have given Vocal Adrenaline a more peppy song that showed off their dancing/talents besides Sunshine's. I wanted to ff through Shue's solo and a little bit of the Wicked song. Madonna's New York song is awful. I didnt recognize it and thought the kids wrote it! Whoops. I think the show should have waited till Senior year to start writing their own songs. Now we're gonna have to put up with original songs next season too. Am I the only one who saw the Sam/Mercedes thing coming after Prom?
care0531 care0531 6 years
I enjoyed seeing them all in NYC. I loved when Kurt and Rachel had there little NYC adventure, and how they played out the cheesy romance movies with Rachel and Finn. I agree I wasn't really impressed with any of the musical numbers and how unrealistic everything was. Maybe they could have afforded more than 2 rooms if they actually didn't stay more days then needed. No one flies out to Nationals to work on songs for Nationals a couple days earlier.
wytang627 wytang627 6 years
what is up with all these finales this year??? Glee, greys, GG...ugghhh
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I was disappointed in this episode overall. I thought all of the musical numbers were weak. In fact, there isn't a single song that really stood out for me which has never happened in Glee episode. I didn't even like that one group's Usher performance. I'm happy Rachel and Finn are back together, but I preferred their library scene to the kiss on the stage. I actually agreed with Jesse about the stage kiss--very unprofessional. No surprise that they lost. Quinn crying about how she just wants someone to love her really annoyed me. She cheats on everyone who loves her, so maybe that's why she's alone. I didn't find it realistic at all for her to seem happy for Finn and Rachel at the end of the show either. The highlight of this episode was definitely the New York backdrop. The rest was just a sad, sappy mess.
smileet147 smileet147 6 years
This episode was a bit of a let down really. I didn't think the songs were very good. And everything ended up too neat and tidy. For the past few episodes I had been wanting Rachel and Finn to get back together, but the way it happened, and everything surrounding it - it just felt wrong. Check out my recap here:
stephley stephley 6 years
The only decent thing about this travesty was Quinn's haircut. The script, the music, the ending - an awful crapfest.
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