“Funeral” is such a sad-sounding title that no one should have been too surprised in shedding a few tears while watching last night’s episode. What was surprising was the person behind those emotional scenes, and surprisingly, it was Sue. Yes, Sue Sylvester – the adult bully of McKinley.
Preparation for Nationals has begun and Will enlisted the help of Jesse St. James, an ex-member of Vocal Adrenaline. They both agreed on holding an audition to select the New Directions member who will get to sing a solo in New York. Caught up with the idea of winning their first Nationals appearance, Will stopped Becky from joining the glee club.
Becky who has Down syndrome, is Sue’s right hand in the Cheerios. In a random moment of rage, Sue threw out Becky from the cheerleading team. When Will confronted her, Sue reveals that her sister, Jean, died. Jean made previous appearances on the show and she was shown living in a nursing home because she already had an advanced form of autism. It was also very clear that Sue loved her sister very much. And now, she’s very depressed about her sister’s death. Will and New Directions try to help Sue cope with the sadness she’s feeling.
Finn and Kurt offered to plan the funeral service and they also both helped Sue in packing up Jean’s things from the nursing home. There, Sue revealed that the only reason she wanted the glee club to sing at her sister’s funeral was to have some people present. Finn and Kurt discovered some aspects of Jean’s life which helps them plan the service.
At the funeral, lots of people show up from the nursing home, and this surprises Sue. When it was time for her sister’s eulogy, Sue got very emotional and it was Will who had to say out her prepared lines as she got very choked up with grief. The funeral service was a success thanks to Finn and Kurt’s help. They themed it after Jean’s favorite movie, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, and the glee club also sang her favorite song, “Pure Imagination”. What made the service perfect was the memorial video of Sue and Jean enjoying each other’s company.
It seems like her sister’s death brought out the real Sue who is much more human than what she was portrayed as during the past episodes. She tells Will that she’ll be backing off from sabotaging New Directions, and she also brings Becky back to the Cheerios plus making her cheer captain next year. One of the most emotional scenes in the episode was when Sue and Becky shared a hug.
Without Sue’s meddling, it should be easier for the glee club to nab that championship at Nationals, right? But internal fighting got the best of the club as they’re competing for the solo number. Will decides to abandon the solo and just focus on original songs performed as a team. Almost immediately, the tension among the members disappears and everyone is very happy to work with each other again.
With Quinn and Finn breaking up in this episode, one possible problem for the club emerges when Quinn mentions that she’s got a plan for New York. And it sounds like a threat about Finn and Rachel – who are like the co-captains of New Directions. Will this allow Sunshine and Vocal Adrenaline to claim the top spot in Nationals?
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Charice on Glee Update
The rollercoaster ride that Chasters experienced during Glee’s whole season two is about to end and it’s ending on a high. Charice will definitely be appearing in next week’s episode, “Nationals”. Previous news that confirmed her return was the inclusion of “As Long As You’re There” in the album, “Glee: The Music, Volume 6”. “As Long As You’re There” is an original song which Charice will be singing as Sunshine Corazon for Vocal Adrenaline in Nationals. Listen to the full song below:
Everyone is all praises for Charice’s take on the song, especially her powerful voice that handles the song’s difficult notes with ease. Charice even retweeted an article about her Glee finale song from Wetpaint.com , “@officialcharice sounds amazing on #Glee‘s original, “”As Long As You’re There”” from the finale!! http://bit.ly/imiefu”
Even with all the disappointments mid-season about Charice’s absence on Glee, it’s worth noticing that the Glee team reserved Charice for the season finale and the season debut – two of the biggest episodes of any show. Hopefully, “Nationals” matches the excitement that “Audition” made everyone feel about Sunshine Corazon and her killer vocals.
Check out a sneak preview video of Nationals and a photo of “Sunshine” performing “As Long As You’re There.”
The season finale episode of GLEE airs on Tuesday, May 24 on FOX TV.
By Sofia Carrera, charicemania.com