Will and his dragging muffler drive home. He flips through radio stations until he hears the dulcet tones of Steve Perry, singing "Don't Stop Believing." And that's when Will pulls off to the side of the road and starts to cry.
A depressed Rachel walks down the stairs at school when Finn interrupts her moping and tells her they need to talk. He stands about five steps below her, so she's actually standing just a hair taller than him. He tells her that if she had kept it together at the pizza party, the whole group might have rallied, because she's their emotional leader. He tells her, with a touch of anger in his voice, "You and I are gonna fix this. We're going to Regionals, and we're gonna win this thing." And that's when she leans down and kisses him. She kisses him hard. And then she smiles.
Music room. Will writes "Journey" on the white board. As he finishes, Rachel and Finn enter, with a spring in their step and some happy news to give him. But he tells them to sit down and listen to what he has to say first. Will, talking to all the kids: "Nine months ago, there were five of you in here. And we sucked. I mean, we really sucked, bad. One day, all of you are gonna be gone. And all of this, all of us, will be nothing but a hazy memory. It will take you a second to remember everyone's name. Someone will have to remind you of the songs we sung, the solos you got, or didn't get. Life only really has one beginning and one end, and the rest is just a whole lot of middle. And I love you guys too much not to let you make the most of it. Now, I was gonna quit once, but you guys brought me back with 'Don't Stop Believing.' It was a nine, but we are going to make it a ten." In fact, they're going to do a whole Journey medley. Because the journey getting to Regionals was just so much fun. He asks Rachel what she had to say. Her defiant declaration that they were going to go to Regionals and give it their all having been made pointless, Rachel tells him they're just all really happy he didn't become an accountant. Having learned how smart Will is, I'm sure his potential clients are counting their blessings, too. Will: "Regionals, here we come." Commercials.