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Glee Episode: "Funeral"

Season 2, Episode 21
Episode Synopsis: The glee kids prepare for Nationals, with help from "consultant" Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff), a blunt and exacting critic. Meanwhile, Sue teams up with Terri to harass New Directions; and one of McKinley's own is hit with an unexpected loss. Songs include "Back to Black" (Santana); "Some People," from "Gypsy" (Kurt); "Try a Little Tenderness" (Mercedes); "My Man," from "Funny Girl" (Rachel); and "Pure Imagination," from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (New Directions).
Original Air Date: May 17, 2011
Guest Cast Max Adler: Dave Karofsky Jonathan Groff: Jesse St. James Lauren Potter: Becky Jackson Kari Coleman: Donna Jackson Charlotte Ross: Mrs. Fabray Jim Metzler Ashley Fink: Lauren Zizes
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Season 2, Episode 21
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Length: 43:59
Aired: 5/17/2011
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Glee Episode Recap: "Funeral" Season 2, Episode 21

In this week's episode of Glee, Jesse St. James helps New Directions prepare for Nationals, Sue deals with a great loss and Will makes a decision that may shake up the glee club.

Jesse has joined New Directions as a consultant, much to Finn's chagrin, who thinks — like the rest of us — that Jesse is only there to infiltrate and sabotage the glee club. As they prepare for their Nationals routine, Finn thinks he and Rachel should just sing a duet together again, but Jesse says Finn is not up to par. Jesse says the club should identify their star performer and build the show around that one person.

Meanwhile, Sue and Terri decide to tamper with the club's plane tickets to New York, so they'll end up in Tripoli and then perhaps be arrested upon landing. Sue's rage continues as she kicks Becky off the Cheerios. Will confronts Sue, who says that Becky reminds her of her sister, Jean, who just passed away.

In a nice throwback to the series premiere, Rachel signs up for the solo auditions, even putting a gold star next to her name again. Noticing that Finn hasn't signed up, she confronts him. He says after Jesse's harsh comments, his confidence is shot.

Will has decided to do April's Broadway show after Nationals, thinking the show will close before school opens again in the fall, but he opts not to tell the glee club so they can focus on Nationals. Emma helps him pack up his apartment, but is clearly torn with the prospect of him leaving.

Kurt and Finn bring flowers to Sue's office, but she questions why they're being nice to her. In that same vein, she wonders why her sister died and not her, who has been so evil to everyone. Finn and Kurt offer to put together Jean's funeral. Upon hearing this, Jesse says they shouldn't be focusing on anything but Nationals. The group sides with Finn, though. Will tells Sue he is honored that she let the glee club help, and also offers a shoulder for her to lean on, but she declines in true Sue fashion by dissing his hair.

It's time for auditions! Santana is first up with Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black," which is a perfect song for her raspy and sexy voice, but Jesse doesn't think her performance is deep enough. Kurt is next, singing "Some People," from Gypsy. Kurt nails it, per usual, but Jesse says the song was always meant for a woman and those heels are too big for Kurt to fill. Mercedes follows with "Try a Little Tenderness," by Otis Redding, which Will says reminds him of her first audition, but Jesse insists Mercedes isn't a star.

Rachel closes out the auditions with Barbra Streisand's "My Man," which she says is the hardest song she has attempted. Though she notes to Jesse that she's not singing this to anyone in particular, Finn is clearly on her mind. After the song, Jesse says she was brilliant, which prompts Santana to spout that the whole audition process was rigged. Will says he will have the final say, but he wants to wait a few days to think about it.

As Finn and Kurt clean out Jean's room, Sue tells them they should just toss everything out, including her copy of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, which she had watched every day. The only reason she let the glee club plan the service was because she was afraid no one would come. The club makes the funeral extra special by making it Willy Wonka-themed. As Sue gives the eulogy, she's overcome with grief, so Will finishes the speech for her. The club closes the service with "Pure Imagination," from Willy Wonka. (Is it mean that I thought Sue was faking this whole time so she could distract the glee club from rehearing for Nationals?)

Following the funeral, Finn decides to break up with Quinn. He thought he would be able to fix things between them, but he now realizes he still has a deep connection to Rachel. Quinn initially refuses to let him end things, prompting Finn to scream out her, saying she has no emotions. Her tears are more than enough to show he has permanently damaged any friendship they could've had. 

Sue apologizes to Becky for kicking her off the Cheerios, and asks her to be the captain next season. Sue decides to tell Will that she'll no longer go after the glee club, but focus her attention on health care in the House of Representatives. She also confesses to tampering with the club's tickets to New York, but Terri has already rectified that situation by getting them First Class plane tickets. Terri also reveals that she's moving to Miami, and Will wishes her luck. Emma also says her goodbyes to Will, asking him not to be a stranger.

Though Will is uncomfortable with choosing the soloist, Jesse insists that they'll win with Rachel in the spotlight. Jesse reveals the news to Rachel, though she feels bad that everyone will now hate her. Jesse says that's the price of fame, but he's also realized there's something that matters more to him than fame: Rachel, whom he kisses. Naturally, it's at this moment that Finn looks on from the back of the auditorium with a flower hanging droppily from his hand. Sad.

Will changes his mind, electing to go back to basics: Original songs sung by the entire club. Jesse retorts that they'll lose, but this threat is nothing compared to what Quinn tells Finn: She decided not to quit the glee club because it would've derailed her plans for New York. Ruh-roh. Sounds like Quinn has something ominous planned.

What did you think of this week's Glee? Did the death surprise you? Do you think New Directions can win Nationals? Hit the comments with your thoughts on "Funeral."

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In this week's episode of Glee, Jesse St. James helps New Directions prepare for Nationals, Sue deals with a great loss and Will makes a decision that may shake up the glee club.

Jesse has joined New Directions as a consultant, much to Finn's chagrin, who thinks — like the rest of us — that Jesse is only there to infiltrate and sabotage the glee club. As they prepare for their Nationals routine, Finn thinks he and Rachel should just sing a duet together again, but Jesse says... read more

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