Down in the school's dance studio, Rachel pirouettes into her own subplot of the week when the divine Jesse St. James materializes at the end of the barre. After the two exchange somewhat strained pleasantries, Jesse St. James asks, "What were you just rehearsing?" Rachel haltingly explains that her dream has always been to play Evita, Funny Girl, and Laurey from Oklahoma! on Broadway, and that she was just practicing the latter's famous Dream Ballet sequence, as is her wont when she's feeling a little stressed. And now that they've gone and mentioned Oklahoma!, I have to admit I'm a little disappointed they didn't figure out a way to incorporate the lovely "Out Of My Dreams" into this episode, though I've a feeling if they had, they would have gone for the far more aggressive version with Josefina Gabrielle and Natalie from The Facts Of Life. You know, from the 1998 London revival where they turned Laurey into a lesbian, and everybody thought it was a brilliant and daring reinterpretation of the character, rather than a strange and inappropriate and off-putting mistake? That one. Though, you know, in that revival's defense: Hugh Jackman. Woof. Then again, his accent annoyed, he's not the best dancer to toss into the Dream Ballet, and he looked awfully silly in those ill-fitting chaps -- historically accurate though those chaps must have been, I'm sure.
Anyway, Jesse St. James makes like the perfect and perfectly dreamy boyfriend he might or might not be when he says exactly the right thing at this moment, which is this: "That's not a dream. A dream is something that fills up the emptiness inside -- the one thing that you know if it came true, all the hurt would go away. You singing 'Don't Cry For Me, Argentina' in front of a sold-out crowd isn't a fantasy. It's an inevitability." Awww! Can he please stay? Through next season at least? Please? Rachel melts almost as quickly as I just did, and she buries her troubled head in his welcoming chest as he draws her in for an embrace. "I thought you'd never come back," she whimpers, for their last argument was indeed gruesome and seemingly final. "And miss all your drama?" he smiles. "Never." Awwwwwwww!