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Next week’s Glee is so pivotal, it could change the lives of not one, not two, not three, not four… Wait, yes, four. It could change the lives of four — count ’em, four! — characters: Puck, Rachel, Kurt and Coach Beiste. And that’s just the first of the eight tantalizing teasers that TVLine has procured to tide you over ’til Tuesday.
- There’s a spoiler right there in the episode’s title: “Choke.” (Hint: No one was on the receiving end of a Heimlich maneuver.)
- Handed a plot in which Coach Beiste shares a surprising dark secret about her relationship with Cooter, Dot-Marie Jones makes a compelling case for herself to win that guest-star Emmy.
- Rachel and Kurt’s NYADA auditions elicit polar-opposite verdicts from the shool’s dean, played by special guest Whoopi Goldberg. (Oh, and for those of you who felt that Kurt was given short shrift this season — take it from us, this hour will more than make up for it!)
- Underachiever Puck’s slim chances of graduating prompt Finn to stage a “bro-vention.” (Or would that be a “him-tervention”?)
- There’s a gratuitous Blaine boxing scene!
- NeNe Leaks’ Coach Roz paints another metaphorically uproarious twisted picture of Sue’s demon spawn. This one includes “rabies and wings.” Of course it does.
- The episode’s set list includes the songs below, sung by the characters below.
- “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera — Kurt with Brittany, Tina and Mercedes
- Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” — Puck
- “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago — Tina, Santana, Brittany, Mercedes, Sugar
- “Not the Boy From Oz” from The Boy From Oz — Kurt
- “The Rain in Spain” from My Fair Lady — Puck, Finn, Mike, Blaine, Artie, Joe, Sam, Rory
- Kelly Clarkson’s “Cry” — Rachel
- Florence and the Machine’s “Shake It Out” — Tina, Santana, Brittany, Sugar
- Barbra Streisand’s “Don’t Rain On My Parade” — Rachel
As we get closer to the May 22 season finale of Glee, the stakes are getting higher, which is evident in next week’s episode, “Choke.” EW got an early look at the hilarious, but also emotional hour, which finds Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) auditioning for NYADA (in the form of guest-star Whoopi Goldberg, who does a great, subdued turn). For Gleeks, this episode is a pivotal one since this is what the high schoolers, especially Rachel, have been working towards for the last three years and it does not disappoint. Both actors, especially a poignant Michele, deliver stellar performances. I don’t want to give away too much but—SPOILER ALERT—here are a few other teases…
- Beiste (Dot Marie Jones) returns but has her own domestic drama to deal with; Jones is totally heartbreaking.
- Sue (Jane Lynch) and Roz (Nene Leakes) have a sit down meeting that is laugh out loud funny (Sue refers to Roz and Beiste as “Black Sue” and “John Goodman,” respectively).
- Kurt does a slambang cover of “The Boy Next Door” from The Boy from Oz, all while wearing some very tight, gold lame pants. That boy can kick!
- Puck (Mark Salling) has a big storyline about whether or not he’ll be able to graduate (turns out he’s not the best student), which leads to fairly epic cover of “School’s Out” that culminates on the McKinley football field.
- To help tutor Puck in geography, the New Direction boys perform a rocking version of “The Rain in Spain” from My Fair Lady.
- Santana (Naya Rivera), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Brittany (Heather Morris), and Sugar (Vanessa Lengies) do covers of both “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago and a stripped down version of Florence + the Machine’s “Shake It Out.”
- Blaine (Darren Criss) gives Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.) hair tips.
- Sam (Chord Overstreet) is in a tank top.
- Rachel caps the episode with a soaring take on Kelly Clarkson’s “Cry.”