Episode Recap: Glee S01E22 Journey
Glee Season 1
Who cares what happens when we get there, when the getting there has been so much fun
The episode started with Will discovering that Sue was going to be one of the judges for the upcoming Regionals on Saturday. Shocked, Will went to Principal Figgins and begged him to stop her from destroying the Glee club. Figgins pointed out that he had no control over the Show Choir Governing Board and that their arrangement still stood – Glee club had to place at Regionals or they’ll be disbanded.
The viewers were then shown a flashback of Quinn and Puck making out in her bedroom eight months ago. Will then bought Quinn out of her reflection. The Glee club was having a meeting in Will’s place to decide their set list for Regionals. Depressed, the kids asked Will what was the point since they knew Sue was going to destroy them. Will told them that they didn’t know that but Brittany and Santana interrupted, saying that Sue told them at during Cheerios practice. Saddened by the fact that they were going to lose their group in a week’s time, the kids asked Will if they could ditch coming up with a set list and instead, just go around the room and reminisce about the good times they’ve had.
Depressed, Will went to Emma and told her that it killed him to see the kids like that. Emma asked him what was he looking for from her. She then reminded him for what happened in the beginning of the year when he was going to quit teaching to become an accountant (refer to episode one). Will told Emma that he missed her, but Emma told him that she was seeing someone else.
Back in school, Finn approached Rachel and told her that she was their leader, saying that the two of them were going to fix it, they were going to Regionals and win this thing. This led to Rachel leaning forward and kissing Finn. Out driving in his car, Will heard “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey playing in the radio and he pulled over, crying. But inspired by the song, Will went back and gave this inspirational speech.
“One day, all of you are going to be gone. And all of this, all of us, will be nothing but a hazy memory. It’ll take you a second to remember everyone’s name. Someone will have to remind you of the songs we sung, the solos you got or didn’t get. Life only really has one beginning and one end. And the rest are just a whole lot of middle. And I love you guys too much to let you not make the most of it.”
He then said they were going to do “Don’t Stop Believing” at Regionals, referring back to how they got a nine at the beginning of the year for it (refer to episode one) but they were going to make it a ten this time. He also added that they were going to do a Journey medley.
We're going to win this
At the Regional competition, the celebrity judges were revealed to be Olivia Newton-John, Josh Groban, Rod Remington (the local news anchor) and Sue Sylvester. New Directions was scheduled to perform second and while waiting in the dressing rooms, they heard the first team, Aural Intensity, perform a mash-up of “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban and “Magic” by Olivia Newton-John. Somebody obviously tipped them off about the judges. The kids were once again upset that there was no chance of them winning but Will walked in, telling them that if it was about winning, then he had failed them. Besides, he added as a joke, “we’ve got something the other teams haven’t – Finn’s dancing.”
Finn and Rachel stood behind the closed doors, waiting for the music cue. Rachel told Finn to break a leg and Finn blurted out “I love you.” Then the music started. Finn and Rachel did a duet of “Faithfully.” Then on the stage, the Glee kids joined in for the chorus. “Faithfully” was then followed by a mash-up of “Anyway you want it” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’”. New Directions then ended with “Don’t Stop Believing.”
After the performance, an excited New Directions raced off the stage, confident that they’ve placed. Then, Quinn’s mother came up to her and told her that she watched the performance and thought they were wonderful. She then revealed that she left Quinn’s father after finding out that he had been having an affair with a “Tattooed freak.” She also added that she wanted Quinn to come home and they could turn the guest room into a nursery. Quinn was just staring at her. When Quinn’s mother begged her to say something, she blurted out “my water just broke.”
While the Glee kids raced to the hospital with Quinn, Rachel stayed behind and watched Vocal Adrenaline perform “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Between segments of their performance, the viewers saw Quinn giving birth in the hospital, with Mercedes, Puck and Quinn’s mother by her side. She gave birth to a girl and they named her Beth.
After Vocal Adrenaline’s performance, Rachel went to Shelby and asked her to come and coach New Directions next year. But Shelby refused, saying she was tired of show choir and wanted to settle down and start a family. She added that she missed her chance with Rachel, it killed her and she couldn’t let that happen again. Shelby then asked Rachel where were the rest of the kids, Rachel mentioned that they were at the hospital and Quinn gave birth to a girl.
I don’t care who comes in first, I don’t care who places second but I have a very strong opinion about who comes in third
Inside the judges’ room, Sue was campaigning to have New Directions placed third. But all the other judges ignored her. Olivia Newton-John was upset that only one school honoured her songs, saying Aural Intensity should win. Josh Groban liked New Directions’ heart but Olivia Newton-John quickly shot him down, with Sue’s agreement. Olivia Newton-John then went on to criticising their costumes, asking if they were from a poor school. That irked Sue. All other three judges then turned on Sue, saying that she wasn’t a celebrity but a try-hard. They then voted.
On the stage, Sue revealed that Aural Intensity placed second, Vocal Adrenaline placed first, leaving New Directions in last place. Failing to place at Regionals meant that Glee club was going to be disbanded.
After the competition, Shelby went to visit Quinn and Puck’s baby at the hospital and decided to adopt Beth.
Back in school, Will saw Emma having a shouting match with Principal Figgins. Emma wanted Figgins to give New Directions another year and was upset that he wasn’t backing down. Will told Emma that he loved her and then kissed her, but just then, Rachel asked Will to come to the auditorium.
The Glee kids, in the auditorium, all reflected what they were in the beginning of the year and how they’ve changed since then. They then performed “To Sir, With Love.” Sue was seen standing in the back, watching the performance.
As Will was packing up the Glee practice room, Sue walked in. Will asked her to explain why they placed third when they were so much better than Aural Intensity. Sue said she couldn’t tell him how the voting went down, saying that casting her vote was easy because it reflected exactly in her heart about which team should win. It was then revealed through flashback that Sue had actually voted for “New Directions.”
Sue then went on to belittle Will, saying this proved she could wipe him and his club off the face of the earth. She then added that she wasn’t sure she wanted to live in a world where she couldn’t make fun of Will. It was then revealed that Sue blackmailed Figgins one last time to give the Glee club another year. The episode ended with Will sharing that news with the rest of the Glee club and ended the episode by singing “Over the Rainbow” with Puck.
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