Once assured his leadership position, Blaine decides to act like himself again and tells Kurt he has to go to New York and that he would meet him there in a year (yes, please). In another parallel to previous season openers, Blaine sings “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons to Kurt in the courtyard. Blaine has apparently spent his summer (1) learning how to sing while playing double dutch without getting out of breath, (2) joined a dance crew, and (3) recruited the school to keep plastic cup time to his songs, all of which happen in this number. It’s cheesy and sweet and so, so Kurt and Blaine.
The song does push Kurt to quit The Lima Bean and move to New York, because a few scenes later we see Burt dropping him off at the airport. Kurt’s afraid to go, but Burt assures him it’s the right thing to do. Kurt’s hesitance to leave in this moment feels real, and anyone who’s left home under similar circumstances knows what that’s like. By the time Burt tells him he can always come home but whispers under his breath “but you won’t,” there are tears in his eyes and probably most of the audience’s as well. Hey, is Sam still living at the Hummel-Hudson residence? Can he keep Burt company until Kurt comes for the holidays?
Even though they’ve mostly calmed down, the New Directions are still popular and therefore still sitting with their fellow McKinley elite at lunch. When they start making fun of the lunch lady again, Marley finally reveals the episode-long secret that the woman is actually her mother. After spending all that time making fun of her, there’s pretty much a non-reaction from the club during the big reveal. Marley leaves, but they find her in the hallway and apologize for being weird parallel universe versions of themselves all episode. I guess they apologized to Unique off screen for the makeup comments, because she’s there with them and both her and Marley get slushied by the jocks. With that, Glee club is firmly back at the bottom of the social order and all the unnecessary problems are solved! Except Tina’s still being kind of mean.
Rachel has a heart to heart with Brody and admits feeling out of place in New York. He assures her that it’s going to get better. She’s just becoming The New Rachel.