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Glee has officially wrapped five seasons of artsy-teen anxiety. Seriously, can you believe most of these characters are still in their teens? Last night’s finale, “The Untitled Rachel Berry Project,” was free of Santana’s sass, but filled with love and Kristen Schaal. The writers tied up loose ends neatly, but left things open for a lot of cool possibilities.

The Players:

  • Director: Brad Falchuk
  • Writers: Matthew Hodgson
  • Cast: Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Dean Geyer, Melissa Benoist

Episode Title: “The Untitled Rachel Berry Project”

Rachel Berry meets a famous and eccentric writer for television, Mary Halloran (Kristen Schaal). The careers of Sam Evans and Mercedes Jones are blossoming and placing a strain on their relationship. Blaine Anderson’s showcase at NYADA with wealthy socialite June Dolloway takes place.

The Good:

  • Mary Halloran: Kristen Schaal appears as Mary Halloran, the TV writer penning Rachel’s FOX show. Halloran is a strange breed: a genius writer with many eccentricities and a strong dislike for Chinese food. Her vision of Rachel’s show includes Kurt dressed in a dinosaur suit, Rachel eating cake in a bathtub–is this a reference to Girls?–and Blaine and Brittany having gay/lesbian sex for the sake of art. We’ll admit Halloran doesn’t make much sense, and we wondered, as Blaine did, if she was honestly the writer the network sent over. But having Schaal on the show was a real treat, if only for those brief moments when she’s interviewing and renaming Rachel’s friends.
  • Some Closure: The writers gave us some closure on a couple of plot lines. Blaine finally tells Kurt that June never wanted him in the showcase. Kurt’s initially upset, but eventually they make up and decide to support each other no matter what. Also, Mercedes and Sam call it quits. Wait, what? None of us expected this (Yeah, right.). Mercedes admits that she won’t be ready for sex ’til she’s like 30, and Sam is just too weak to pass up those smoking hot models. Hey, at least they’re still friends. Everyone wins.

Best Lines:

  • “You remind me of my third marriage, my husband was gay too.” –June

The So-So:

  • Where’s Santana?: Santana was a no-show on the finale. Apparently she was too busy shooting some commercial to show up for Blaine’s big debut to society and support Rachel through her TV show process. This just doesn’t make any sense. For the past few episodes, she’s been preaching about being there for each other, and then she goes missing for some lame gig? The writers could’ve given a better excuse.
  • L.A.: So Rachel’s going to Los Angeles to shoot her pilot and presumably leaving Broadway behind, the same way she left NYADA. We’re thrilled for Rachel. All of her dreams are coming true and that’s awesome. But she should really be more cautious. Her whole life she wanted to play Fanny on Broadway, and now she suddenly realizes that “Rachel Berry” is the role she was meant to play all along? C’mon.

The Music:

  • “Shakin’ My Head,” Glee – Mercedes embarks on a mall tour and performs her single (a Glee original).
  • “All Of Me,” John Legend – Blaine plays a stripped-down piano ballad all to himself.
  • “Girls On Film,” Duran Duran – Sam tried to turn on a sassy lady photographer during a modeling audition.
  • “Glitter In The Air” Pink – Rachel tries to show her essence.
  • “No Time At All,” Pippin – Blaine and June perform a duet.
  • “American Boy,” Estelle –  Blaine goes against June’s advice and does a duet with Kurt.
  • “Pompeii,” Bastille – The cast breaks out in song all over the streets of NYC. 

Overall:

The fifth season of Glee has been all about friendship and having a good support system. Both of these things were highlighted in the finale. Through Mary Halloran’s writing process, we saw the genuine love that the kids have for one another. The only downside was that Santana wasn’t there to get in on it. Also, now that Rachel’s going to Los Angeles to shoot a pilot, the possibilities for Glee are endless. Where will it go next?

Rating: 6/10

Glee will return in 2015 on FOX.

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