Cut to Kurt's bedroom. He's sitting at the makeup table in his little grooming niche, buffing his nails and whistling back and forth with Pavarotti, when he suddenly notices a silence coming from the canary's cage. Damn it, Burt! I told you not to buy a new house built on top of a coal mine!
A contentious Swallows meeting, sans Kurt. The place is in an uproar because Blaine has suggested that instead of blue ties and jackets with red piping, they wear red ties and jackets with blue piping for the competition. One unnamed Swallow yells out "This is a kangaroo court!" And then the place is struck silent, as Kurt throws open the door and enters the room with a stricken look on his face. Of course, I don't know if they're struck silent because of Kurt's dramatic entrance or because this is the first time most of them have seen him out of his Dalton uniform -- he's looking super foxy in an all-black ensemble, complete with a tiny little skull hanging from a chain draped across his chest. Kurt tells them all that Pavarotti is dead. He's quite choked up over the little fellow, and tells them that he'd like to sing a song to honor their feathered friend. And then he pulls out a cassette tape and hands it to a Swallow, who doesn't ask "what the hell is this thing?" as any teenager today might do. Instead, he pops it into their cassette player. And I guess it makes sense that they have one, since the school is decorated with antiques. And then, backed up by the guitar on the tape, Kurt sings the Beatles' "Blackbird." After the first verse, the Swallows provide some backup. And this is the first and only time that we're actually hearing the on-screen Swallows sing, as all of the rest of their music has been provided by the Tufts University Beelzebubs. For no particular reason, I would like to claim that Tufts is in Boston, but it's really located in the insufferable Cambridge. Anyway, way to go, unnamed dancer/actors. About halfway through the song, Blaine stops singing backup and starts staring at Kurt. And it looks like maybe his brain has finally caught up to where his heart and his crotch have been all this time, because he looks pretty caught up in Kurt's spell.
Music room. Will is breaking some bad news to the club -- it turns out that they won't be able to use My Chemical Romance's "Sing" for Regionals as they had planned, because the band has written them a cease-and-desist letter, denying them permission to use the song. Mercedes wonders if Sue had anything to do with the letter. Will: "One step ahead of you." Which, for Will, means that he previously thrust the letter into Sue's face and asked her if she knew anything about it. In the flashback (for that is where we are, dear reader), Sue tells Will that she knows all about it: "Now, I met the drummer for My Chemical Romance at a drum circle at Daytona Beach, spring break, 1996. We had a brief affair. And when I heard of your song choice for Regionals, well, I was compelled to notify the band about your long-running legal battle with PETA." My God, people! Sue had an affair with a high-school aged... drum machine? Because, as those of us who know contemporary music or have access to Wikipedia know, My Chemical Romance does not have a drummer. But Will, who has demonstrated a complete inability to ever verify anything that Sue says, just accuses her of lying about the PETA part. Sue doesn't care: "You took away my Cheerios. Consider this the opening salvo of World War Sue." Back in the music room, the kids are trying to decide what they should do for an anthem now that "Sing" is out. Rachel repeats her suggestion that they write original songs. Just before the group completely rejects the idea (again), Quinn speaks up in favor of it, and even offers to work with Rachel to write a song. Which is enough to convince Finn to also say something positive. For Santana, the thought that Quinn and Rachel would hog the spotlight by writing the song is enough to push her over the edge, and she insists that everyone should get a chance to write something. Which pushes Sam to agree with his girlfriend, which is enough to push the idea over the edge. So Will announces that they'll be doing original songs for regionals. Commercials.