“Being in New York is like falling in love over and over again.” — Rachel Berry
Series creator Ryan Murphy may have spent two years getting New Directions — and us — to Nationals with a focus (especially in season two, as we wrote earlier) on music over story — on singles, if you will, instead of a concept album. But that all changed Tuesday (May 24) with “Glee’s” second season finale.
Murphy brought the story-telling back strong and, to quote Lenny Kravitz, totally let love rule. The show was literally awash in the four letter word.
Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) — who gives up his Broadway dream for his kids — loves the Glee-sters. Rachel (Lea Michele) loves Broadway. Finn (Cory Monteith) loves Rachel. And, goshdarnit, she loves him back. Why not? She won’t have to choose between him and a Broadway career for a year — and hey, didn’t Patti Lupone herself tell her to hang on to him?
Blaine (Darren Criss) loves Kurt (Chris Colfer). Kurt loves him back. Brittany (Heather Morris) loves Santana (Naya Rivera) and (you get the idea), she loves Brittany back. Not to mention Brittany’s gushy bit about loving the Glee Club like a family. And we loved Sunshine Corazon’s (Charice) “As Long as You’re There.”
And although the “L” word wasn’t uttered by either of them, we’re going to go ahead and assume that new couple Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) have warmish feelings for each other, too.
What was missing from the finale? Well, we didn’t get any declarations of love from Mr. Schuester for Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) or vice versa. Still, his return to McKinley High clearly leaves the door open.
And after last week, it would’ve been nice to get even a little of the old irascible Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) back after last week’s tearjerker, but she only appeared in a public service message during a commercial break.
But we can sum up our feelings about the finale with three words: We loved it.