Life is too short. This is one heavy episode of Glee. Sebastian kicks it off by being a royal douche blackmailing Rachel with a photoshopped naked picture of Finn. Either she backs out of Regionals or the picture goes viral. Finn is upset that Rachel would let it happen but really, I don’t think I could care less for this storyline when there is so much else going on.
Dave strolls into the locker room at his new school and is surprised when all his team mates are staring at him. When he reaches his locker to a giant spray painted sign calling him a derogatory word, he realizes his secret is out. For some reason, this powerful scene has to be intercut with Blaine warbling Cough Syrup in the auditorium. I only have eyes for Max Adler’s amazing acting right now. The bully becomes the bullied. His teammates thrash him around in the locker room and he runs home to find the hate has spread to his computer. His mother thinks he has a disease that can be cured. As the tears begin to fall, Dave dresses himself in a crisp, clean suit and grabs an extra belt and a chair. He goes into his closet and hangs himself.
Oh. My. God. My emotions right now. MY EMOTIONS.
It doesn’t help that when the commercial is over we’re treated to a clip of Dave’s father finding his practically lifeless body. Thankfully, Dave is still alive and his father got him to the hospital in time. Back at Mckinley, everyone is hurting over Dave’s decision to kill himself. Except Quinn. Who thinks he’s selfish. She went through a “similar” ordeal in season 1 when she got pregnant at 16. Um. No. Quinn that is not even comparable. Shame on you. And Kurt tells her so. Go Kurt!
Kurt feels responsible. He was the reason Dave was in that restaurant on Valentine’s Day. He never answered Dave’s many calls after that. he can make up for all of that now as long as he’s there as a great friend to Dave. I hope that’s where this show takes it. Dave could be a great cast member with so much potential. I think Max proved what a great actor he is in this episode. Especially when Kurt goes to visit him in the hospital. Together they envision a happy future for him and why he should be strong and keep fighting for the happiness he deserves. New besties!
Out of all of this comes a cluster of crap. Rachel thinks life is too short and wants to marry Finn right away. Like after they win Regionals right away. Sebastian calls the group to the coffee shop he lives in and seems genuinely remorseful for his actions. He apologizes and has a change of heart. It seems he was also horrible to Dave and feels guilty about it. I wish all people in life could have as much common sense.
Regionals comes and The Warblers perform Stand and Glad You Came. I think they’re pretty good actually. One of the first times I’ve said that since the Uptown Girl fiasco of 2011. New Directions sings a mashup of Fly and I Believe I Can Fly. The Troubletones come out and sing What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger). Hmm. Then one last Rachel solo (Here’s To Us) that is really only standing out to me because of Jeff Goldblum’s hilarious audience reactions. Mckinley wins Regionals!
Now on to the wedding. The parents do not want this to happen. Hiram is pacing around trying to plot ways to stop the wedding. They range from calling Barbra Streisand to convince Rachel not to do it, to having Finn’s mom flirt with the Pastor, to pretending to have a seizure on the floor. I wish this man had been on the show forever but they may have ruined him that way. A newly nice Sue is also in attendance because she wants to share the joy of how happy she is that she’s pregnant. She also wants to help the club win Nationals. Hmm.
Rachel begs Finn to postpone the wedding for a few more minutes. Quinn isn’t there yet and she doesn’t want to get married without her. Rachel texts Quinn over and over begging her to hurry up. Quinn reaches for her phone to text back that she’s on her way when a truck crashes into her.
Fade to black. To be continued. That is one serious cliffhanger.
All of the awards to Max Adler for this one. What an amazing job well done.