Rehearsal room. Will has just broken the news to Rachel that he's giving Quinn the solo in the Glee Club's big number (although it's not clear to me whether that big number will be "Don't Stop Believing" or "I Say a Little Prayer"). She can't believe it. He tells her that Quinn's song is on the approved list and she did a great job singing it. And she brought it on herself with her assembly switcheroo. She thinks she's being punished. He tells her it's about her. Or about him -- he realized that he should never have pushed them to sing disco. It worked back in 1993 because the kids had fun with it, and that's what Glee needs to be about. "You're not always going to be the star. But I promise to do my best to make sure you're always having fun." I think that telling her she won't always be the star is pretty much a declaration of war, in Rachel's eyes. But time will tell. In the meantime, she asks if she can use the auditorium to practice after school, since "our neighbors are filing a lawsuit." I think she should countersue for lack of appreciation of her fabulousness.
I guess this practice involves lights, sound, and Mercedes and Tina singing backup, as we see Rachel launch into Rihanna's "Take a Bow." We see her singing on stage, singing the song into her hairbrush at home, and singing it at her locker as she watches Finn canoodle with Quinn. And it's a lovely song, and Rachel sings the hell out of it, but it's a little too music video for this show. But it's how we end this episode.
In some future episode, we'll see if Sue really does vomit down Will's back. That'll be fun, don't you think?
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