Tina and Mike enter the McKinley High music room. She's switched from her goth cheerleading outfit to a fabulous maroon satin and black leather coat over a lacy skirt and tights. He notices her new look, and she apologizes for doubting him. And then he asks for an "Asian kiss." Which is apparently the kind of kiss on the lips you give your great aunt. Will enters and congratulates them. Santana demonstrates some sweet humanity by expressing sympathy to Will over the fact that Emma married the hottest dentist alive. Will changes the subject and unwittingly tells a total lie about the club being back in a happy place. He thinks they should celebrate by letting Rachel sing a solo. Which I guess is a celebration? Or at least a way of appeasing her so she doesn't quit the club. But she's not in the mood, so she offers the solo to "the two unsung heroes" of the week, Mercedes and Tina. I'm not sure why they're heroes any more than anybody else, but we'll go with it.
Because it leads to the entire club doing a great cover of Florence + The Machine's "Dog Days Are Over," with Tina and Mercedes singing lead. And I don't think Tina has ever looked or sounded as hot as she does on this song. When the show lets her sing in a lower range, she sounds great. They're all on stage, but there are no costumes other than the clothes they were wearing in the last scene, and no set other than some risers and a backdrop. And the choreography is relaxed, mostly just featuring kids running around on stage. It's all very nice. While they sing, we see Kurt looking at Pavarotti, a new nametag being put on Emma's door ("Emma Pillsbury-Howell"), and Emma making out with Hot Dentist Carl. In her office. Tramp. And then we see Rachel sadly removing her shrine to Finn from her locker. And we see, for the first time in a very long time, the relationship calendar she made with their faces Photoshopped onto kittens' bodies. And the kids finish the song with a group hug.
I won't be recapping next week's Chrismapocalypse episode, so I'll take this opportunity to wish you all a happy holiday season. I'll be back in February, undoubtedly just in time for more relationship drama.
LTG is a full-time pension attorney in D.C. for a few more days, after which he'll be a full-time layabout in Boston for a few weeks. You can write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.