It may have been that they were saving it all for the final moments of the episode because it’s finally time for Rachel’s arc and to find out if her, Finn, and Kurt got into college. In a mildly surprising twist, Rachel is the only one of the trio that’s going to make it to New York after all.
Now, I can understand why Finn was rejected from Pace after having decided to be an actor five minutes ago. I would even be able to understand Rachel getting accepted into NYADA over Kurt if he hadn’t nailed his audition. No matter how great Rachel was at Nationals, she choked when it counted but still got in. After his audition, the show made it look like Kurt was a shoo-in. He certainly didn’t seem to be worried as he was already packing up his room in Ohio. Now we have no idea what he’s even going to do next year (although my guess is go to New York anyway). It’s preposterous that he would be rejected with no explanation and no reaction from him or Burt.
Rachel decides to defer her acceptance and stay in Lima to help Kurt and Finn put their college plans back on track. Finn, however, has other ideas. Instead of driving them to their wedding (was that supposed to happen in this episode?) he takes Rachel to the train station, breaks up with her, tells her he’s joined the Army, and gets her to go to New York. The break-up has been hinted at for a few episodes and Lea Michele is amazing in this scene. It’s also the right thing to do and the whole club is there to say goodbye, including Blaine in an adorable lobster print sweater.
In the episodes final moments, Rachel gets off the train at Grand Central Station, having made it to New York City. This should have been a satisfying ending. Rachel Berry has been fighting her way to New York since the pilot and I truly believe she deserves to be there, but after everything else that’s happened in “Goodbye” it doesn’t feel like an accomplishment.
Oh, and Mike is going to Chicago and Mercedes to Los Angeles. It’s mentioned in passing because apparently neither of them are important enough to warrant their own story. It’s too bad last week couldn’t have been the actual finale.
What did you think? Did the episode make you feel emotional? Was your favorite character given the send-off you’d hoped for? What are you most excited about for season four?