After last week’s excellent double feature, I had high hopes for “Goodbye.” However, as a loyal Glee viewer, I should have remembered that the show rarely gets it right two weeks in a row. This episode went from being kind-of boring to kind-of bad when it could have been kind-of great. They’ve spent months telling us how sad graduating is and how nothing will ever be the same, but failed to deliver when it came time to actually show how that feels.
The episode opens with Will watching the original five glee club members reprise their performance of “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” during which we see flashbacks to the first one. Schue launches into an acoustic performance of “Forever Young” and it’s not the best Matthew Morrison has sounded, but it’s nice to hear him sing again.
From there, we find out how they’re breaking up tonight’s episode: Most of the graduating seniors receive their own vignettes in the form of a voice over and a couple of scenes regarding their future plans.
First up is Kurt, who somehow still hasn’t heard back from NYADA, but gets a sweet scene with Burt. For his graduation present, Burt re-enacts Kurt’s take on Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” dance complete with more flashbacks to the original performance. One thing that Glee always seems to get right is the Kurt/Burt relationship. Kurt and his magical Big Boy-esque side-swept hair then sit down to have another long distance relationship chat with Blaine, where they re-affirm their decision to stay together.
Kurt’s arc ends with him dedicating a song to the men of the glee club. Even though when given the choice he always sung with the girls and hasn’t been shown to have much of a relationship with any of them but maybe Finn. Ok.
Santana gets the second voice over of the night, and it appears she’s still not sure about the University of Louisville. She decides to go to her mother for advice which raises the question of where her mom was earlier this season when she was publicly outed and used as a prop in a political campaign. Santana wants to skip college to go to New York and be a “star” but doesn’t really explain what that means. Brittany also reveals that she’s not graduating, something that’s not exactly surprising but should have also been addressed earlier in the season. Santana doesn’t make a final verdict on where to go next year, but it looks like she may be New York-bound.