Will’s spirits are buoyed after getting several pieces of good news about his students. Having regained his trademark optimism, he tries sharing his positive vibe by assigning the kids the music of Stevie Wonder. Artie gets word that he has been accepted to his college of choice. When he balks at the chance to go for his dream of becoming a filmmaker, it takes some prodding from an unexpected source in order for him to confront the one thing he thinks is holding him back… his mother.
As Rachel prepares for her second callback for Funny Girl, she learns that NYADA policy requires her extra-curricular activity be approved by her instructors, leading to fears her dreams will be dashed by a vindictive and jealous Cassandra July. Plus, it’s old home week as Mercedes and Mike return to Lima to help get the new New Directions ready for Regionals. While the pair takes a few of the gleeks under their wings, Mercedes must contend with disheartening news from Los Angeles, prompting her to make a bold decision about her future. And when Kurt comes home to check up on his cancer-stricken father’s health, Blaine ponders his own future with Kurt and reaches out to Burt for advice.
Major spoilers ahead, read at your own risk.
Written by IAN BRENNAN
Directed by BRAD FALCHUK
CONCEPT: Alumni and current members of New Directions join together in preparation for Will and Emma’s Valentine’s Day wedding. Old romances are rekindled as new ones begin.
JAYMA MAYS Emma Pillsbury
DIANNA AGRON Quinn Fabray
SAMUEL LARSEN Joe Hart
ALEX NEWELL Wade ‘Unique’ Adams
MELISSA BENOIST Marley Rose
JACOB ARTIST Jake Puckerman
DEAN GEYER Brody Weston
BECCA TOBIN Kitty Wilde
BLAKE JENNER Ryder Lynn
LAUREN POTTER Becky Jackson
After advancing to Regionals on a technicality, Finn and the Glee Club must scramble to raise money to fund their trip. They decide to produce and sell a sexy calendar, but not everyone at McKinley (or in New Directions) is excited about the plan. At NYADA, Rachel is offered a lead in a student film, but balks when she learns the role requires she appear topless. Blaine and the other gleeks take action when Sam’s obsession with his body reaches extreme levels. Meanwhile, Jake and Marley’s relationship gets help from an unlikely source, Finn steps up his game in his seemingly endless battle with Sue.
With auditions for the school’s musical in full swing, not all the gleeks are eager to participate; while some see getting cast as a shot at acceptance, others have less altruistic goals. Meanwhile, an unlikely advisor helps Will and Emma work through a rough patch in their relationship, the arrival of student Ryder Lynn proves to be a game-changer for several members of New Directions past and present, Sue finds a new narrow-minded cause to champion, and four finalists face off for the lead roles as the cast for “Grease” is announced.