6×13 Dreams Come True

This post is about the very last Glee episode, 6×13, which was called ‘Dreams Come True’. To read my post on the episode that aired right before this one called ‘2009’, click here!

Glee is over. Forever. I’m at a loss for words, really. I don’t think I have ever cried this hard about a TV show. And even as I type, just thinking about it brings me to tears… ‘Dreams Come True’ was the last episode ever and it was great. Honestly. I loved it. And I’m not just saying that. Yes, there were some parts that I didn’t love or bits I wish had happened. Either way, I give the episode a 4.5 out of 5, because yes, as perfect as it was, I did have a few small criticisms. Don’t hate me too much for saying so, because y’all have to know that I did love the episode and I will always, always love Glee. So here is what happened in the last episode of Glee.

It starts with Will, fixing his tie as he thinks about when he was in high school and won Nationals. We get quick flashbacks to his team being coached by Lillian, the lady from the plaque. He snaps out of his memory as Kurt, Blaine, and Rachel come in to take him to the stage where the current ND (including Mason and Spencer and them) are on stage awaiting their Nationals results. Yes, that club (including the Warblers) made it to Nationals. As the announcer speaks, we see the team waiting. We also see Jane and Mason holding hands, which I appreciated because I was wondering what had happened with them after ‘Child Star’. It is then announced that ND/Warblers win Nationals and I, along with everyone on screen, cheered. I didn’t think we’d see ND anymore, so I’m really glad we got some closure in that.

Later, we see Will sitting down with the Superintendent, and he tells Will that the District Board Of Education has decided to make McKinley a school for the arts. Will is shocked. The Super explains that despite budget cuts, Will managed to successfully run Glee club at McKinley, and it’s been so great that McKinley shall now be a full time arts school. And what’s more is that Will is going to be the principal.

Three months later, Will is packing lunchboxes with Emma (like they always do, aww!) and Will says he’s so happy to be principal now. However, he is scared. Emma says it’ll be fine and she’ll have his back and he needn’t worry. She leaves for work and Will sits down with adorable baby Danny and says that dreams do come true.

In the choir room, Will rushes in to see it full of people: old ND, present ND and people who want to be future ND. He informs them all that he’s decided to have four show choirs at the school: normal ND, a girls group (The TroubleTones), a boys group (called Duly Noted) and also a juniors group for people who want a bit more practice before they join the big leagues. Will then proceeds to take out his ukulele and sing a really sweet song, ‘Teach Your Children’. During it we see Mercedes, Klaine, Rachel, Tina, Artie and Sam and they all cry quietly (especially Rachel).

In the locker room, Sam is pumping footballs so they can be sold (they won’t be needed at an arts school). In comes Blaine, who offers Sam a room in New York, should he choose to return. But Sam likes the quieter Lima life. Blaine says he misses his best friend, and Sam says he does too, but he’s got a new job now. That new job, as we find out, is coaching ND. Will says he’s best for the job and Sam’s first lesson is on Country music (the genre that was barely touched on Glee!).

In the auditorium, Mercedes has called Rachel, Tina, Artie, Klaine and Sam in. She tells him sadly that she got picked to open for Beyoncé on her new world tour (OMG that’s fantastic!) and afterwards she’s doing an album. So she says she’ll be away and busy for a while, but she loves them and couldn’t do it without their support over all the years. She then sings ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ and hugs them all. After the song, she just leaves. I mean, I’m so happy for Mercedes, but why did she have to go in such a somber way? She made it seem like she won’t be in contact with any of them at all? Yeah, I cried here. And yeah, I’m crying as I type now.

In what is now Will’s office, Sue is poking around when Klaine come in. They sit Sue down and honestly thank her for getting them back together. In a rare nice Sue moment, she says that getting to know Kurt has been a pleasure and she thanks him. Then Sue says she has to do something and sends Klaine out. We Sue go in the hall and spot Becky down it. They run to each other, hug and apologize for all the random drama in ‘The Rise And Fall Of Sue Sylvester’. I’m so glad Sue and Becky ended on good terms. Lastly, Sue has one more person to see. On the stage, Will finds Sue. They don’t even speak. They sing. They sing ABBA’s ‘The Winner Takes It All’ which is a great song for the moment. They don’t even talk at the end, Sue just leaves. Time jump to five years later. Sue is back on Geraldo Rivera’s show. Only now she’s the Vice President of USA (with her record? How?). She seems happy and tells Rivera that she plans to run for present in 2020.

In the hallways of McKinley, Kurt opens a locker, his old one, to show Blaine a time capsule he’s made in there from his high school days. He has pictures and costume bits and more. It’s lovely. Blaine thinks so too as he starts to cry and laugh at the same time. He declares his love for Kurt again and they kiss/hug ❤

Time jump five years for them too, where they’re in New York on their way to a fancy art elementary school as special celebrity guests. Yes, they’ve somehow made names for themselves. The class’ teacher says they recently did a LGBTQ version of ‘Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf’(I don’t know what that is, but okay). They go in and tell the kids that it’s okay to be who they are and to dream big. That leads to them singing ‘Daydream Believer’ and the kids join in later on. It’s cute and fun! I do wish we saw Klaine doing something else for their time jump though. The school thing was cool and all, but it kind of came out of nowhere….idk…

It’s time for Rachel’s last solo. On stage she sings it, and it is ‘This Time’, a Glee original written by Darren Criss. The song is beautiful and sad and sweet and important and it sums up everyone’s thoughts about Glee, which I love. As Rachel’s last solo, it’s perfect. ❤

Five years later for Rachel goes as follows: Mercedes meets up with Tina and Artie outside in New York. Artie made a movie that Tina stared in and Mercedes gives them permission for her songs to be used in it. Klaine arrive outside too and hurry them all inside, to where Rachel is at a mirror, putting on earring in a snazzy black dress. Before they went inside, however, we see Tina kiss Artie (Tartie endgame! After seeing ‘2009’ and his crush on her, I am more than okay with this!) and also Klaine tell Mercedes that Sam has a new girlfriend (to which she responds “then why does he keep texting me?” Unfortunately, that is as far as it goes for Samecedes all episode. We learn nothing new after that so Imma pretend that those texts led to marriage and happiness.) Anyways, inside, Kurt tells Rachel it’s time (for what?) and helps her stand up because Rachel is largely pregnant! And we find out a second later that the baby will be Klaine’s, as Rachel is their surrogate! KURT AND BLAINE ARE GOING TO HAVE A CHILD! Rachel tells Tina that she agreed to have their baby as a thank you for all their support over the years. Bonus because she was born to two dads via surrogacy so she knows how important it is.

In comes Jesse St James, who Rachel greets as HER HUSBAND(!) and Jesse says that after the baby is born, he wants one of his own! Jesse and Rachel then leave. Where are they going? Oh, just THE TONYS, where Rachel is nominated for an award! We see them arrive there and take their seats as Jesse tells Rachel what to say when she inevitably wins. (BTW, Jesse directed the show!) Back in Lima, Will watches the awards on TV as Sam plays with two children (and Emma holds a child….how many baby Schuesters are there now?). Real life Broadway star Andrew Ranells goes on stage to announce the nominees for Rachel’s category of Best Actress In A Musical. Klaine, Tartie, Mercedes and a few others (including Kitty and Roderick, but not together) watch on TV too and cheer when Rachel is announced for a show called Jane Austin Sings. And the winner is, of course, Rachel Berry, who is stunned. Cue another burst of tears from me at this point because she did it. Rachel did it. She got a Tony. She got what she said she wanted this whole show. She did it! Rachel goes on stage and thanks Jesse and her dads and Carmen Tibideaux and her high school friends. Then she dedicates the award to Mr. Shue for his constant support from the start and closes by saying that dreams do come true. I thought she would have mentioned Finn somehow, but no. As far as St. Berry endgame goes, I’m okay with it. Rachel seemed super happy here and Jesse ended up being a great guy. Obviously, Finn is the real endgame and I’ll always know that, but considering what Glee had to work with, this was perfect. I just wish we had some St. Berry build up all S6, not just in that one episode…

The last scene (ever…) takes place in the auditorium still five years in the future, year 2020. Sue goes on stage but the only people in the audience is the ‘elders’, so Burt, Carole, Will, Beiste, Emma, Figgins and Terri. Sue says that for years and years, Glee has been a place where kids can be happy and sing and think they’re going to be special. And while Sue knew that in the real world, that was all silly and illogical, she understood that the hopes and dreams and beliefs should still have a place to thrive. So she renames the auditorium the Finn Hudson Auditorium. Sue then thanks Will for his hard work in Glee club and a successful McKinley Arts school. Sue closes by welcoming the New Directions to the stage. Will joins them all as they sing ‘I Lived’. And by “them all” I literally mean it. Everyone came back. Santana to Puck to Joe to Ryder to Lauren to Matt Rutherford to Jake to Myron to Jane. Everyone. Well, there were two missing people, but their absences weren’t really noticed too largely. Marley and Rory (and Sebastian but he was never in ND and IDK if Grant was even invited back) all had large roles but were not present, all due to schedules on the actors’ part. Unfortunate, but understandable.

‘I Lived’ was fun and upbeat and so, so, so sweet. I mean, I cried, but I had reason too! Pretty much everyone I loved was on that one stage being happy together. 😀 The show ends as we see Finn’s, Lillian Adler’s, and a new plaque commemorating the Glee club and auditorium up on a backstage wall as we hear the cast laugh and chatter in the background.

The new plaque says “See the world not as it is, but as it should be”

Yeah. Glee is over. Forever. That was the final episode, which I loved. I loved seeing all the time jumps and seeing all the happy endings. I loved the music and having everyone back for one last song. I loved the tribute to Finn. I loved it, plain and simple. I could go on for ages about it and what Glee means to me, but right now I won’t. In terms of this episode, the things I wasn’t 100% thrilled with was Samcedes (I really wanted that…), Klaine’s time jump (we could have had them do so many other things than sing with random kids), and the other originals (what happened with their lives???). I would have really loved and appreciated a two minute bit where everyone’s stories are summed up, like at the end of movies. But, y’know, the episode was still amazing, and I will forever be grateful to Glee for ending the fantastic series in such a way. All my shed tears were deserved as it was beautiful.

I’m sure y’all have thoughts on the episode, or just need a place to cry, so leave a comment and I will cry with you surely.

Here’s the promo for next week…No, I’m just messing with you. There is no next week. It’s a mean joke, I’m sorry.

So I guess you may be wondering what’s happening now, with this blog specifically. I have answers. First off, don’t unfollow or delete the bookmark or close the tab just yet. I do have several posts coming within the next few weeks about Glee and S6 and the cast and more. I’ve already written as much as I could before seeing the finale, but I’ll space out the posting dates. After that, this blog will be ending (not deleted, but just not updated). It’s sad for me to say, but without Glee I have nothing to say here. More info will come on the end and what I plan to do with my free time soon, but for now, keep an eye out for my posts. And also, provided I get a response, I thought it’d be fun to do a little Q&A before I end the blog, so if anyone has any questions about me or Glee or blogging or anything, leave a comment or tweet me. Start the question with Q: so I know it’s for this and not a comment/question you want answered right away. Thanks for reading this and this post and this blog!

That’s all for now.

P.S. If you’ve seen the episode, check out this video from Harry Shum Jr!

6×12 2009

Okay, so I’m still crying major tears and my hands are shaking because of what just happened…. Glee is over. Tonight was the two episode, two hour finale. This post is about the first episode, ‘2009’. The episode was a flashback to that year, but more specifically to the pilot episode. The episode was about the ND Original 5 (Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes, Tina and Artie) and why they joined ND. I re-watched the pilot last night, which was a great decision on my part because it was a great refresher. I highly suggest all of you do it too, either before or after you see the episode or read this post. Anyways, ‘2009’ was great. It had good songs, had almost no plot holes (which is important in a flashback episode) and the makeup and costuming people did a fantastic job making the cast look like they did in S1. I give the episode a 4.5 out of 5. I honestly didn’t think this episode would be as good as it turned out to be. But I enjoyed it. I felt like S1. And here, my friends, for the second last time ever, is what happened:

It opens with a really quick scene of Will telling Terri (his ex wife omg remember her???!?!?) that he took over Glee club. To be honest, I can’t tell you if that was a scene from the actual pilot or the new episode. I think it was new, but again, I’m not 100% sure.

In a voice over, Kurt explains how dull his life is and how he’s feeling really sad due to all the bullying he faces. We see him shoved around by Karofsky and Puck. He wanders down the hall to Emma’s office and glances at some pamphlets she has out in the hall…specifically one on suicide. Emma pops up and introduces herself. Kurt says hi but then leaves. Too bad Emma noticed the suicide pamphlet had been touched. So Emma calls in Burt. She tells Burt that she’s worried about Kurt and the depression he may be going through. She mentions the pamphlet and that gets Burt concerned. So Burt goes home and talks to Kurt, who is quietly in his basement room, at a sewing machine. Burt says he’s concerned about Kurt (who protests that he’s fine, despite being at a lame school) and demands that by the end of the week, Kurt is on some team at school.

To get on a team, Kurt goes to the one person who is on many, many teams: Rachel. They don’t know each other formally, but when Kurt sits down with her at lunch one day, they introduce themselves. Rachel asks if he can sing, and when he says yes, she excitedly says that Glee club is starting again under new leadership (being Mr. Schue) and says they’ll work on some songs. Cut to them on a stage singing the most ironically hilarious song they could possibly sing, which is ‘Popular’ from Wicked.

The duet, which sounds great, goes over well and at the end, Kurt suggests they sing it when they audition together. But Rachel is not down for that. She insists that stars shine on their own and she will be auditioning on her own (which is great because she sings ‘On My Own’ as we saw in ‘Pilot’). So Kurt turns to someone else for help: Mercedes. Kurt tells her about Glee club starting up again and he asks her to help him be as fabulous as her, as he has troubles with standing out by himself. Mercedes agrees to help him, thus starting their beautiful friendship.

We cut to Kurt’s audition. It’s the same audio from ‘Pilot’ but we see the back of Kurt, not the front like originally. Afterwards, Kurt informs Burt that he’s on a team and he’s finally excited to go to school. It’s not the team Burt wanted, of course, but he is happy that Kurt is happy.

In a voice over from Mercedes, she says that she’s a nobody at school and a somebody at church, where she can sing solos and be loved. She’s ready for a change, and that change is from Glee club. Just then, Rachel pops up and talks to her, saying that she knows Mercedes is talented and special. It’s hard to tell if Rachel is trying to intimidate Mercedes or actually wants to be her friend, but that’s the magic of Rachel, I suppose. Rachel tries to bond with her by saying that they both have a black father. I’m surprised Glee brought this up because, as everyone knows, in the pilot, Rachel had a white and black father pictured, but when her fathers actually appeared, they were both white. So it’s interesting that Glee was faithful to the pilot and not what was canon later on. Anyways, Rachel asks to go to Mercedes’ church and hear her sing, so we cut to Mercedes singing ‘I’m His Child’ with the church choir. Afterwards, Rachel appears impressed (maybe a bit intimidated) but Mercedes doesn’t seem to like Rachel too much (out of fear, I think).

As for Tina, we find out that she’s happy being a nobody. She wants it. It helps her goth image and her attempts to fake a stutter. But just because she’s a nobody, doesn’t mean she doesn’t have friends. In fact, she is best friends with Artie and they hang with a few other goth/odd people. Artie is, by the way, super in love with Tina (aww!) because she treats him like a normal person. At lunch, Artie, Tina and their friends are daring each other to do things. The two other people they’re friends with are dared by Artie and Tina to go dump food on Rachel and Kurt (when they’re meeting and eating a few scenes back).

When the dare is complete, they seem a bit remorseful. And then they’re dared to sign up for Glee club. They accept the dare. For their auditions, Tina sings ‘I Kissed A Girl’ like she did in ‘Pilot’ only now we get the full, hilarious song from her. Right after, Artie sings ‘Pony’ and that is awesome because Artie is the only one who’s audition song we didn’t hear in ‘Pilot’. The song is fun and sassy, just like Artie. 😀

So the Original 5 are now ND members. For their first meeting, Will hands them the sheet music to ‘Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat’. Artie is assigned the solo, but they all argue about it as they all want it, especially Mercedes and Rachel.

In Will and Terri’s apartment, Will is busy planning songs or whatnot for Glee. Terri talks to him but says she doesn’t want to be neglected. Typical Terri, making everything about her. However, she does tell Will to give the solo to whoever is most pathetic so others aren’t jealous of a pathetic person.

Will quickly finds out who is most pathetic when Rachel hurries up to him and gives him a list of potential male singers and a list of why she should get the first solo. Just then, Puck walks by with a slushie that he expertly tosses right in her face (yes, right in front of a teacher). But Will, the lackluster teacher he is, doesn’t do/say anything to Puck, but instead decides that Rachel must be the most pathetic one. So he gathers ND and gives the solo to Rachel. Yeah, it’s kind of mean, but it why Rachel has sung so many awesome solos over the years!

Mercedes isn’t happy. We see her in her church, crying. A lady in the choir comes up to her (maybe supposedly Mercedes’ mom?) and says that Mercedes is a star and has to learn to be okay with losing solos and use the competition to make herself better. She also says that she believes that she and Rachel will end up being great friends, which Mercedes laughs off. Oh, just you wait, Mercedes!

In Figgins’ office, Sue asks about the Glee club, but Figgins assures her that it likely won’t last. Later, Sue and Will are playing a bit of one-on-one basketball in the gym (which they apparently do every week) and Sue brings it up with him. Will says he wants Glee club to be a place for the kids to be happy and accepted and become stars. Sue thinks it’s wrong to fuel the stardom dreams when they’re highly unlikely, but Will disagrees, and even when faced with the choice of dropping Glee or losing their friendship, Will decides to keep Glee club going. And that is apparently how Will and Sue’s feud began.

In Rachel’s bedroom, she says via voice over that she’s numb to online Myspace hate, but she needs Glee club to help her become a star. And with rumours flying that Will is quitting it all to get a better job now that Terri is pregnant, it is up to her to keep it alive. Rachel goes to Sheets ‘N Things where Terri and Howard Bamboo (Howaaaaard! It’s been so long!) are working (well, Howard is working. Terri is not). Rachel asks Terri not to guilt Will into giving up his job and Glee club. Terri doesn’t care for what the random girl has to say because she walks away.

At the Lima Bean, Mercedes and Kurt are discussing how upset they are about Finn joining ND. They find him bossy and unreliable and are worried that if his popular friends join, they’ll get pushed out. In the middle of their conversation, Mercedes turns and asks the guy behind her to pass her a sugar packet. That guy is one Blaine Anderson. Of course, at this point, no one knows each other and once the sugar is handed over, Mercedes leaves as Blaine is telling some random Dalton student that coming out as gay was hard but it’s okay now. It’s really awesome to think that Blaine and Kurt were in the same room together and they didn’t even know it. And now they’re married! 😀 Anyways, Mercedes and Kurt decide to call an emergency meeting to discuss Finn.

At said meeting, which Rachel is late too, they agree that they want Finn out. However, they also all agree that he is not as evil as his friends. Artie says that when Finn rescued him from the porta-potty, he took him home and explained it to his mom. In fact, they all chip in with small stories about how Finn is actually a nice guy. Rachel suggests that maybe he’s looking for a place to belong too, and Glee club could be that place. So they take a vote and it’s all in favour of Finn staying. Yay! I quite enjoyed these little tidbits of Finn being a nice guy.

In Figgins’ office, Emma begs him to give Will a raise so he can stay. Figgins says he can’t but what he does give Emma is a copy of Will’s own show choir performance at their Nationals. So Emma shows it to Will, as we saw in ‘Pilot’. However, in ‘Pilot’ Emma tells Will she found the copy herself. Also, in ‘Pilot’, the song the show choir sings is ‘Le Freak’ but in this episode we hear ‘Burn Baby Burn’. Anyways, after seeing the clip, Will goes into the hall and is met by Sue, who is thrilled he’s leaving. As Will walks down the hall, he hears ND sing. And from here we cut to the scene from ‘Pilot’ where ND sing the icon ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’. The episode ends with that scene, which was really, really sweet.

All in all, it was, like I said, a great episode. It was a great companion episode to ‘Pilot’ and I hope someone edits both episodes together, as that’ll be neat to see. The episode had that great old S1 humor, with the added bonus of being able to make jokes about the future that we understand. The music was good. I was worried how it’d work without Finn and Quinn and Santana being present, but it was perfect because it was a fill-in-the-blanks for ‘Pilot’ so it was if they were there. I am so glad that the episode was as great as it was. Though honestly, because it was a flashback-type thing, the ending feeling wasn’t there. I didn’t cry at all really, until I teared up at ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’. I am not upset though. I cried enough in the next episode.

The next episode, which is the very last episode of Glee ever aired right after and here is a link to my post on that!

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