The season 3 finale of "Glee" featured highs and lows for many characters and couples, including the future of one key couple left hanging for next season. Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Graduating Class Revealed
The senior class that graduated included Finn, Rachel, Mike Chang, Kurt, Santana, Mercedes, Quinn and a last minute addition of Noah "Puck" Puckerman, who got a C- passing grade on a redo of his European Geography exam. Puck had some help and a boost of confidence in a kiss from his old flame Quinn, who convinced him he wasn't washed up at 18.
One senior who didn't make it to graduation: Brittany. She joked about her 0.00 GPA. Her girlfriend, Santana, thought about staying in Lima for another year to wait for her but Santana's mother Maribel (guest star Gloria Estefan) wouldn't hear any of it.
Plans After Graduation
A few of the seniors also heard news about their futures. Mike Chang is Chicago bound after getting a scholarship from the Joffrey Ballet School and Mercedes is headed for Los Angeles after getting a deal to be a backup singer for an indie music label. Mercedes boyfriend, Sam, taped her performance of "Disco Inferno" a couple of episodes back and posted it to YouTube where it was noticed by an agent.
Viewers learned earlier this season that Quinn was headed to Yale due to early admission. Santana, who received a cheerleading scholarship to the University of Louisville, decided to pursue her dreams of stardom instead by moving to New York City with the support of her parents. Maribel gave Santana the savings her family had for Santana's college tuition to help the sarcastic cheerleader start out her new life in the big city.
Rachel, Finn and Kurt gathered in a room to open their letters from NYADA and The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, only to find out that Kurt got rejected from NYADA and Finn got rejected from "Inside the Actor's Studio," as he referred to it in a previous episode.
Finn and Rachel's Future Together
Rachel is the only one of the three that gets a bittersweet acceptance letter. She later decides to defer her admission for a year to allow Finn and Kurt to re-apply and go to New York with her. In the finale's final moments, Finn is seen driving Rachel to what she thinks is to their wedding but he ends up taking her to a train station where he bought a ticket for her to go to New York.
Finn explains her fathers are in New York waiting for her to look at dorms for NYADA. "You're going to go there in the fall, alright? You're not deferring," he says. "We're not getting married."
"I want to marry you so badly that I can't go through with it. The thought of you being stuck here for another year because of me -- that makes me sick," he adds.Rachel protests but Finn insists, "I'm setting you free."
He says Rachel cannot follow him to Fort Benning, Georgia and reveals he's joined the Army as a chance to "try to redeem my father."
"You're going to get on that train. You're going to go to New York and you're going to be a star -- without me," Finn says, breaking it off with his high school love. "That's how much I love you."
Rachel and Finn are met at the train station by Mr. Schuester and the rest of the New Direcitons crew as she boards the train to New York City. The last scene features Rachel singing "Roots Before Branches" as she walks around her dream city.
Other songs featured in the episode included the original New Directions members' rendition of their first song "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat," Matthew Morrison singing "Forever Young," Chris Colfer singing "I'll Remember," the senior class members singing "You Get What You Give," the underclassmen performing "In My Life" and Mark Salling and Cory Monteith singing "Glory Days." Mike O'Malley, who plays Kurt's father Burt Hummel, re-enacted the "Single Ladies" dance.
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