Rachel and Finn walk through the damp streets of Greenwich Village while she talks about how the night has been just like an awesome romantic comedy. "All we need now is for a group of street singers to serenade us." And that's when they walk past Puck, Sam, Mike Chang, and Artie, leaning nonchalantly against a wall. I mean, Artie's not leaning -- he's sitting nonchalantly in his chair. But the effect is the same. I think the four dudes are purely imaginary, because neither Finn nor Rachel acknowledge their presence. Not even after Puck starts playing the accordion and singing "Bella Notte," from Lady and the Tramp. I didn't think this was possible, but playing the accordion somehow makes Puck hotter. The Homeless Troubadours trail after the lovebirds, singing the song. Over the singing, Finn tells Rachel, "Wait. This is the moment in those romantic comedies where I kiss you." Rachel: "I thought this was just a work date?" Wouldn't you have had to do some work for that to be true? They both move in for a kiss, but Rachel bails at the last moment. In a moment that is both ridiculously cheesy and sublimely sexy, Finn whispers to her, "Take a chance on me." But she can't, and she runs off into the night. I sure hope she knows how to get back to the hotel from the Village. And they singers are definitely imaginary. Or incredibly insensitive. Because they sing the climactic end of the song after Rachel runs off. Commercials.
All of the girls are sprawled out across their bedroom, sleeping. Kurt, looking super natty in a black suit and what look like spats, sneaks into the room and wakes her up to join him for breakfast at Tiffany's. Cut to the two of them eating bagels in front of the Fifth Avenue storefront of Tiffany & Co. Rachel tells Kurt that he's the only one who understands how amazing New York is. "Which is why I have a secret to tell you. When we graduate, I'm coming back here and I'm going to college here." That's a secret? I think I speak for the entire audience when I say that I assumed as much after the pilot. Kurt has the same plan. And so does Blaine. Rachel's all freaked out because she worries that if she gets back together with Finn, it'll stand in the way of her Manhattan dreams. First of all, graduation is a year away -- if this show stays true to form, Rachel and Finn will break up and get back together at least six times before then. Second, it's moronic of Rachel to assume that Finn wouldn't want to come to New York. Third, it's a known fact that all emotional teenage girls are certain they can make a long-distance relationship work. So this drama just doesn't make sense to me. Kurt tells her she'll have to choose between love and career, and then tells her he knows exactly how she can make that choice. Bagel in hand, he leads her to the Gershwin Theater, home of Wicked. And that's when Kurt suggests that they break in.