Finally, the episode where Rachel and Kurt audition for NYATA. I'm so happy that Kurt was finally given the spotlight again. And he killed "Not the Boy Next Door." This is the only single from this season that I have downloaded. Chris Colfer, if he is typecasted once Glee ends, can always go to Broadway!
The backup story with Coach Beiste is heartbreaking. I'm so happy that she has been made a regular character on this show. Dot-Marie Jones is marvelous and she deserves an Emmy for her performance. Spousal abuse is a terribly important issue and I'm glad that Glee is covering it.
Song selections for this episode, aside from Kurt's, are a bit ho-hum. "The Rain in Spain" was incredibly weird, and didn't work for the boys. "School's Out" is a nice hard-rock song for Puckerman, but there was nothing really special about his performance. I did not feel any sympathy at all for Rachel during "Cry" -- not to poo-poo on her performance, because Lea Michele can certainly sing. I just wasn't feeling it with this number. I really don't care for any of their covers of Kelly Clarkson or Taylor Swift songs. The songs themselves are mediocre. Finally, the girls' choice to sing "Cell Block Tango" was incredibly inappropriate for their assignment, and (for the characters) quite idiotic. Here, the song was so truncated that the full impact of its decadent message is lost.
The story and the drama compensated for the lack of great music in this episode.