No. 5: Puck Graduates
After watching Puckerman (Mark Salling) struggle with his grades all season, one of the best moments of Glee’s finale was simply seeing his fellow glee club members wait in anticipation for him to get the results of his last test. I cheered when he shouted the good news he had passed with a C minus. After everything they’ve been through together, it wouldn’t have been right for Puck to miss out on graduating.
However, I do question the power of Quinn’s (Dianna Agron) kiss. If a smooch from Quinn can give you the confidence to pass high school, she could make a fortune.
No. 4: Quinn and Sue Show R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Since Season 1, Sue (Jane Lynch) and Quinn’s on-again-off-again alliances and feuds provided a rare student versus teacher thread at William McKinley High. Quinn was Sue’s star Cheerio, but when she joined glee club—first as a spy, but later wholeheartedly—we saw the gloves come off. Each triumphed over the other at various points in their three season love/hate relationship. However, everything came full circle in the end, as the two shared their mutual love and respect for one another.
No other character, besides Becky (Lauren Potter), was able to bring out the best in Sue the way Quinn could.
No. 3: Train Station Heartbreak
I hate Rachel Berry (Lea Michelle) with a burning passion. However, even I must admit that Finn (Cory Monteith) breaking up with Rachel was one of best moments of the episode. Not because I enjoyed seeing Rachel’s tears or broken heart—though that definitely was a plus—but because of the amazing level of understanding Finn had of their past, present and future.
Rachel was willing to delay her dreams so that she could go to New York with Finn and Kurt (Chris Colfer) the following year. However, Finn refused to let her sacrifice her dreams of being a Broadway star for him.
Finn knew what was best for her, even if she couldn’t bring herself to admit it. At the train station he finally set his songbird free.
No. 2: Kurt’s Graduation Gift
Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) father, Burt (Mike O’Malley) has been one of the few parents we’ve actually seen consistently since Glee’s first season premiered. Over the years we watched as father and son dealt with the complexities of the teenager/parent relationship, but more importantly Kurt’s coming out story.
As Kurt grew into a man, Burt provided a quiet anchor for his son. Glee fans saw just how much Burt truly understands his son when he gave one of the most memorable graduation presents we’ve seen on TV, a performance of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”
No. 1: The Glee Club Singing to Finn
For the past three seasons we rooted for the Glee club to succeed, and it has been quite the memorable ride. We cheered their highs and mourned their lows, but in the end New Directions won Nationals, the senior class graduated and we got a glimpse into a few of their futures. However, throughout Glee’s finale I was repeatedly struck by how integral Finn had become to musical dramedy.
Finn wasn’t the club's best singer; Rachel (Lea Michelle), Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) vied for that title. He wasn’t the hottest guy; Puck (Mark Salling) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) cornered that market. He wasn’t the best dancer; Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) reigned over that expanse. What he was, however, was the heart, soul and conscious of the glee club.
I’d like to think that Will Schuster (Matthew Morrison) saw more in Finn than his singing ability in the first season. He also saw a student with a god-given, natural talent for leadership. Glee brilliantly bookended Finn’s story by having Will admit he framed Finn, manipulating him into joining New Directions. Finn accepted the news at face value and shrugged off his mentor’s confession.
The glee club’s song for Finn closed this chapter of his life, while acknowledging how truly important he was to the group.
Now onto the five worst moments of Glee’s season finale.
No. 1: Mercedes didn’t get a final performance.
No. 2: The Rachel Berry Show
For an episode that was supposed to be about the glee club and senior class graduating, it sure felt like the Rachel Berry hour. Sure, each senior got “their moment,” but there was so much emphasis put on Rachel’s story it doesn’t bode well for next season’s show-within-a- show.
No. 3: Kurt didn’t get into NYADA
Why didn’t Kurt get into NYADA, but Rachel did? Carmen Tibideaux (Whoopi Goldberg) admitted his was one of the best performances she’d seen. If acceptance to the school was based on skill and performance, why did it take incessant voice mail messages, multiple people vouching for her and a performance at Nationals to get her into the school?
No. 4: Wasting Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan should think about singing Deanna Carter’s “Did I Shave My Legs For This?”, because after a string of great guest performances, Glee didn’t even have her sing. What a colossal disappointment.
No. 5: Mercedes as a backup singer?
Didn’t we have an entire storyline dedicated to how she wasn’t going to be a backup singer? Yes she’s going to Hollywood, but why couldn’t she have gotten a contract? It happened for Justin Bieber, why couldn’t it have happened for Mercedes? Rachel got her fantasy, why didn’t Mercedes' dream come true?