...this evening's final number, which is a fierce, femme, fenomenal, and furiously angry performance of Adele's "Rumour Has It" and "Someone Like You." Mercedes and Santana trade off on lead, and while Amber Riley handles her side of things as well as we've come to expect from her over the last couple of years, this is really Naya Rivera's number, and the lady slaughters it. The impact unfortunately has lessened upon several viewings, but I gotta tell ya, that first time I saw it when this episode aired live? It broke me. Remember when this show used to do that on a regular basis? Good times.
And at the end, when Santana steps forward to the lip of the stage to deliver her final, wrenching note, she happens to glance down into the audience, where she spots that worthless piece of filth whispering something into Rachel's ear. Santana jumps to an entirely understandable conclusion -- you'll recall what she had to say here, I'm sure -- and she proceeds to completely lose her shit, leaping down from Mercedes's side to scream, "What did you just say to her?" "I... said I thought you were great?" the worthless piece of filth haltingly replies. "You're lying!" Santana fumes. "No!" Rachel hastens to interject. "He literally just said that!" Santana, not listening to her, keeps her eyes trained on him and seethes, "Everyone's gonna know now, because of you!" "The whole school already knows," that worthless piece of filth callously snaps back at her. "Not just the school, you idiot!" Santana rages. "Everyone!" "What are you talking about?" Finn whines, and that's it: Santana hauls off and slaps the holy living crap out of his smug, talent-free face. And, thanks to the lovely and talented redgarlic and Titus on the forum boards, you can watch her do it over and over and over again! Hooray! Unfortunately, our joy is of no help to Santana in the moment, and the episode ends with a shot of that poor girl looking shell-shocked and so very, very alone right before everything cuts to black.
Next week: Thanksgiving! Or, you know, a two-hour installment of some reality show, if you're into that sort of thing. Glee returns on November 29th for a string of new episodes that runs through the middle of December. See you then!