glee-lea-michele-season-3-nationals-winYou know a show is good when the fact that its guest stars include Lindsay Lohan and Whoopi Goldberg is totally eclipsed by solid, entertaining TV. Such was the case Tuesday (May 15) when “Glee’s” third- and second-to-last episodes of Season 3 aired. With a two-hour double-dose that took us from the halls of McKinley High to Chicago and a long-sought victory at Nationals for New Directions, a LOT happened.

And, in case you missed it, go back and watch. It’s worth it.

After three years, Will Scheuster and his plucky band of misfit singers take the trophy at the National Show Choir Championship with a little help from Meatloaf, Celine Dion and Lady Gaga. Cue the slow-motion. Or we’re guessing that’s what showrunner Ryan Murphy said since the slow-motion is in fact cued to capture the glee on the faces of the best little show choir in the country.

Luckily, Goldberg — playing NYADA judge Carmen Tibideaux — turned up (even if she was dramatically late) to see Rachel Berry sing her heart out and finally get the message that Rachel really and truly is a star.

“This is your moment. Three years in the making,” Finn says to Rachel before she takes the stage. “Forget about everything else. Take it.”

And she did. So she’s New York-bound next season, we assume, along with soon-to-be-husband Finn (Cory Monteith, who looks just great for 30. Well, actually, he was 29 when the episode was filmed — but the guy is totally holding up.)

Rachel didn’t, though, win the MVP Award as advertised. That went — rightfully — to Wade “Unique” Adams, the cross-dressing Vocal Adrenalin Diva who rocked an amazing set that included Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” and Elton John’s “Pinball Wizards.” Unique also drops a hint that he/she may be transferring to McKinley next year. Please?

Mr. Schue, too, logged major wins — his show choir won nationals, he’s named McKinley’s Teacher of the Year (we assume he teaches for at least a few minutes each day when he’s not thinking up New Directions routines) and — best of all — he finally gets lucky with Emma.

Finally, The Glee-sters deserve major props for the first hour’s body-swap story arc. Cory Monteith’s impression of Kurt Hummel was literally the best thing ever.

Okay, what did you think of Tuesday’s episodes?

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson