Rachel enters a class in a beautiful round music room. Madame Thibodeaux welcomes new and returning students, and tells the new students that they'll get two chances to sing in public -- once right now and then at the end of the semester if they're invited to perform in a show. Madame Thibodeaux calls a young woman up for her chance to sing, but then cuts her off after just a few lines of "Ave Maria," accusing her of failing to practice during the summer. She essentially kicks the girl out of the school, inviting her to reapply in the winter. That terrifies Rachel, but it's still her turn to sing. She stands, introduces herself, and tells the class that she'll be singing Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind." And we flash sideways to see that Marley is singing the same song for her New Directions audition. We then cut back and forth between the two. And while there's no doubt in my mind that Rachel is a much more polished performer, Marley does a very nice job. Also, Rachel gets a standing ovation from Brody, who quickly sits back down when he receives Madame Thibodeaux's death glare. Commercials.
Will posts a sheet with the results of the auditions in the hallway. The list includes all of the returning members of New Directions (Blaine, Sam, Artie, Brit, Tina, Sugar, and Guy With Gross Hair Whose Name Demian Can't Be Bothered To Look Up), Wade and Marley. So out of the dozens of people who signed up to audition, no one but Marley was even as good as Sugar Motta? Whatever, show. Marley sees the list and is thrilled. Jake sees the list and is so angry he tears it down off the wall. And I approve, because I am offended by the lack of narrative consistency. The kids enter the music room to find Kurt organizing all of the sheet music. Not-So-Unique enters in full drag and Guy With Gross Hair Whose Name Demian Can't Be Bothered To Look Up calls her out on it. Kurt, voice of love and tolerance and all things dear to Ryan Murphy's heart, reminds them that being open to diversity is what glee club is all about. I thought it was all about singing? It's finally time for Artie to pick the new Rachel and he announces that it's Blaine. With Brit as a close second. Not-So-Unique actually makes me laugh when she accuses Artie of being threatened by strong black women. And then Will enters with Marley, praising her amazing audition. The kids are more welcoming to her than they were to Wade. Sugar even praises her sweater, asking her where she got it. Marley hesitantly claims it came from J. Crew, but Sugar -- consumer savant that she is -- seems doubtful.