At long last, it's the night of the prom. Quinn is primping in her makeup mirror when her mother calls up to her that her date is there. Just for good measure, she tries on a tiara before heading downstairs. There, she finds Finn making small talk with the odious Mrs. Fabray. Quinn descends the staircase, a vision in blue taffeta, and the gutless Mrs. Fabray runs off to get a camera. Finn is awestruck by her beauty, and then remembers to give her the corsage. She notices that it matches her eyes, and he takes credit for it. (And really, imagine the reaction if he had told Quinn that it was really Rachel's idea.) They're about to make out when Quinn's spineless mother returns with the camera.
Breadstix. Rachel, Jesse, and Sam are admiring the stunning magenta gown that Mercedes found. And if that's the kind of stuff they have at the thrift store in Lima, I'll spend my next vacation shopping at all the finest thrift stores and flea markets in town. Sam asks Jesse what he thinks of his bolo tie, and Jesse's kind of a dick in pointing out that it's not really that hot. Although I think that a guy with Sam's lips and hair and body can probably wear anything he wants. And I also think Jesse and his little scarves aren't in that much of a position to give fashion tips. And then Jesse is even more of a dick by bringing up how sorry he is to hear about Sam's recent poverty. He tries to empathize with Sam over the difficult economy: "I couldn't even get a job as one of those singing waiters at Johnny Rockets. But I've got an idea. They say that the best time to start any business is during a recession. I don't know why, or even what a recession is, but it's my understanding that we're in one." Rachel is blown away by Jesse's college-flunking smarts. Anyway, Jesse's idea is that he should become a show choir consultant, which leads Rachel to think that Will should hire him. All of a sudden, Finn and Quinn are there. Quinn is doing the rounds, scrounging for votes. Finn's there to demonstrate hostility to Jesse: "Hey Jesse. What'd you order, scrambled eggs? I mean, I know you usually like them served on people's heads." Jesse comes back with his own non-witty repartee, and then Mercedes accuses them both of ruining the vibe. She tells Quinn and Finn to beat it, and then the four musketeers toast to the prom.