Season 3 Episode 21


Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 15, 2012 on FOX
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    Glee: Nationals Treasure

    The New Directions hit the road to Chicago this week to compete at Nationals, where several different victories were achieved.

  • Episode Summary

    The New Directions travel all the way to Chicago to compete in the 2012 Nationals. The Judges turn out to be celebrities Lindsay Lohan and Perez Hilton.

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    • fjfhd


      I just loved this episode!!! The finallysong was amazing. Thank you glee for everything
    • Expecting the expected

      Not a lot of surprises. You knew they had to win (since several of the principals are graduating). Personally, and I may be hated for this, I thought VA was better. While ND was more ensemble driven (with the exception of Rachel's solo for Carmen Tibideau's benefit) Unique and VA were just better. I do find myself "suspending reality" more and more often: in the choir room the Glee gang numbers 10? Then they get on stage and there are 20 people singing and dancing away. Where'd those other people come from?

      Oh, one other point of note - when the announcer announces the winners, watch closely. ND starts cheering when he says "From....", before he even gets to Lima, Ohio. Not a big deal, but kinda funny. Well, they have their trophy now and all the accolades of the school. Season 4 is certain to start off with a huge list of people wanting to audition. Maybe then they can get rid of Sugar. And Unique's comment "maybe I need to switch schools next year" was less than subtle.

      I agree with others that Mr. Shu winning TOY was a little too much. But hey, it's Glee. Suspend reality!moreless
    • a great episode, but their competition songs...

      I really like glee, and even after a low inbetween I think this show is still great and going greater. There is one thing that always bugs me, though.. their competition songs.. and again this episode I couldn't really enjoy their win, cause I felt like they really didn't deserve it. OR they deserve this, if you look at their songs throughout the season or at the amazing song at the end of this episode, but not with the songs that were shown for the national competition!!

      It's not that they are bad, but to me it feels like they have nothing special. I think the main thing is the Rachel-Finn thing.. great couple and let her have her solo, especially with the woman from NYADA, but why make the others appear so insignificant. We all have seen them sing great songs, we know they can do it. What made the last song so special, beside it being a great song by itself, is that you see the whole group singing together, meaning it and everyone has their part! That's also what made New Direction special in comparison to the Wablers.. not one main character, but a whole group of amazing people, same goes for Unique's group.. one main star... New Directions could show so much more..

      I'm still enjoying the show.. love the characters, the songs, the topics, but I stop looking forward to the competition episodes..moreless
    • Where does Glee go from here?

      How are the show's writers supposed to follow this episode into the next season? Not that I'm complaining about the results, but now that the New Directions are no longer "losers" but winners, what purpose does "Glee" as a show really have? As a writer, I think it would have made more sense to have them come closer to their dream, maybe placing second, so that the group can try again next year. However, I do understand that since this is the original cast, it's more delicious for this group of kids be the group to win at Nationals.

      That being said, where does the show go from here? The focus on Unique in this episode was surely to wet viewers' appetite for the next season. Is America ready to watch a transvestite sing the hell out of a song week after week? Perhaps, but I think the writer's should give us a little more of Unique's back story. What about her parents? I don't really see her as replacing Curt; I see her as replacing Curt and Mercedes. Perhaps she can be a star; we'll see.

      Again, Rachel's solo with "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" successfully showed her ability to perform a song with varying moods, but the song had no significance for her as a character, so the performance for me wasn't so dramatic.

      Musical highlights of the show for me included "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" -- I bet that left all the tweeners wondering where that song came from. Meatloaf who? "Starships" was nice. And ending the episode with "We Are the Champions" was highly appropriate. Which brings me to another point. Now that Will Schuster is happy and accepted as a great teacher, where does the show go from here?

      The writers have some serious planning to do.moreless
    Whoopi Goldberg

    Whoopi Goldberg

    Carmen Tibideaux

    Special Guest Star

    Jonathan Groff

    Jonathan Groff

    Jesse St. James

    Special Guest Star

    Rex Lee

    Rex Lee

    Alderman Martin Fong

    Special Guest Star

    Iqbal Theba

    Iqbal Theba

    Principal Figgins

    Recurring Role

    Dot Jones

    Dot Jones

    Shannon Beiste

    Recurring Role

    Chord Overstreet

    Chord Overstreet

    Sam Evans

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Music Featured in this Episode:

        "The Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga

        "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" by Celine Dion

        "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf

        "Starships" by Nicki Minaj

        "Pinball Wizard" by The Who

        "Starlight Express" from Starlight Express

        "Tongue Tied" by Grouplove

        "We Are the Champions" by Queen

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Rachel: Mr. Shue, when I met you I was just an annoying Jewish girl with two gay dads and a very big dream. Today, I still have two dads, and I'm still Jewish, and I'm probably just as annoying.

      • Finn: (to Rachel) Carmen Tibideaux is coming and we're gonna be perfect. And then we're gonna get married and I'm gonna smash this glass and then we're gonna live happily ever after.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: May 15, 2012 on Global
        Norway: July 29, 2012 on TV2 Bliss
        Czech Republic: November 24, 2012 on Prima LOVE

    • ALLUSIONS (0)