1. The most important line in this episode is “Critics remember beginnings and endings.”
2. That steadicam shot was really gorgeous and captured an emotional truthfulness about the experience of performing that really moved me.
3. Blaine Anderson and his magic hands. Blaine’s still inappropriate and still glorious.
4. Colfer’s comedy was really great in this episode. Relatively thankless stuff, but lots of fun.
5. Oh Tina, I knew you were going to make a mess of things when you brought that plant.
6. The loft looked like a funeral with all those flowers.
7. Oh man that shade at Girls.
8. Really love the restauranteur character. REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVE. Everything around this. I was moved. It was just done really weirdly elegantly. I loved it to pieces.
9. I loved how angry and fierce Rachel’s performance became when Sue walked out. It’s a spectacular moment and you should be inspired by it.
10. Obviously Lea Michele is the vocal star here, but I really like Jane Lynch’s voice.
11. We’re still doing guided grieving, and it’s to be expected here, but oh god, I did not expect that flashback, but it really got me.
12. Before anyone says shit about Glee, Rachel, or Lea Micheleusing the death in some inappropriate way. Just do not. Just don’t do it. That’s what artists do, they channel their experiences into their work. Do not be crappy about this.
13. Oh my god the club is sort of delightful. Like it’s totally wrong and not New York, but it’s dead on to this fantasy New York, and it makes me feel so fucking warm about my New York life. I love that they all came home and dawn. I love that they all had fun. I loved that it was a gay space that was open to everyone and the kids weren’t weird and appropriative about it (since, also mostly gay or gay adjacent). I love that Glee did this and showed it to people. Perfection.
14. I knew that would be Kurt’s robe.
15. And I loved that Kurt had this tiny little flicker of compassion for Sue.
16. I love that they are doing the classic newsstand, newspaper review moment. This no longer can happen quite this way, but it’s gorgeous to see this trope in action.
17. And Tina is still wearing red and echoing Rachel. Tina, please get a story that makes your narrative satisfying to us in the end, because oh god, so complex and hard being Tina.
18. Really important text from Sue at the end there about how there are different ways to be be happy in terms of scale of self and place. And how you can take physical and emotional pleasure in the temporary. Just so good and important.