So now we're at one of those fabulous outdoor lunch plazas that all Ohio schools are known for. The outdoor corridors usually lead right to them. Anyway, it's full of kids eating and milling about. The Glee Clubbers stealthily infiltrate the crowd in their black "New York City" t-shirts, turn on a massive boombox, and start performing Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind." Artie, Finn, and Puck split up the rapping, everyone dances around, and Mercedes carries the "featuring Alicia Keys" portion of the song. Kurt's hair is gelled out to an insane degree (meaning he has about half as much product in it as Will normally uses). All of the other kids completely ignore them. Well, not quite all. Rachel notices one diminutive girl who appears to be of southeast Asian descent bobbing along to the music and mouthing some of the words, and Finn notices a blond hottie tapping his toe along with the music. Rachel and Finn each catch the eye of the person they notices, in what would easily qualify as a tie for the Gayest Look of the Episode, if we gave such awards on this show. The kids finish the song and are puzzled by the complete silence that greets them.
Will enters Sue's office. He's mad because after the Glee kids worked to hard to put on their little number for the school, their sign-up sheet was defaced with fake names: "Buttface McBallnuts, Assbraham Lincolon... They're not even funny!" Sue's offended, since she spent so much time thinking up those names. Sue tells Will this is a wake-up call, since if their budgets are cut, "you'll be cutting kids left and right." How does the budget affect the number of kids in Glee, exactly? Do they pay Tinkles by the number of voices? Is there a chair rental fee for rehearsals? Is it cheaper to take ten kids on a bus instead of twelve? Will, of course, asks no such questions, just taking Sue's word that budget-cutting will somehow lead to a reduction in the number of singers. Sue, I know you've done many dastardly things in the year we've known you, but I thought you were above taking advantage of the intellectually challenged like this. Sue invites Will to join her in an unholy alliance to take down Beiste. Don't do it, Will. You think you're getting half of Poland, but before you know it you've been invaded. By an army of Cheerios. But Will ignores my sound advice and agrees to work with Sue. Commercials.