Cut to Rachel's product-placed Chevy in the parking lot. Kurt and Rachel are both humiliated and both crying. Now that they see that other people know how to tap dance and that there's at least one other big-voiced belter in the state of Ohio, they're certain that they have no musical theater futures at all. It's all typical big fish in a little pond syndrome until Kurt ends the pity party and tells Rachel that she's unique and that he won't let her give up: "You are getting into that school." Rachel: "You're making me want to be your boyfriend." Then Rachel gives him a pep talk, reminding him that there's still time to build up his extracurriculars. Commercials.
It's morning at Will and Emma's. Hey, they switched sides of the bed. Either Emma's made a lot of progress, or the continuity person should be fired. As they go through their routine, Will is depressed because he doesn't want to go to school and crush Sugar Motta's dream. Emma cheers him up by telling him that when he glitter-bombed Sue, he became a man of action and it was super-hot. So what Emma needed all this time was a Queer Nation activist?
McKinley Hallway. Will, with all of his usual brilliance, has apparently just told Sugar that she didn't make it while standing at her locker. She's refusing to accept the news: "Obviously, you're ears are busted because I worked that song like a hooker pole." On her knees and for fifty bucks? She offers to audition again, and Will breaks it to her that she just can't sing, although he does offer to work with her one-on-one to help her improve. She responds by calling him "a washed-up Broadway wannabe who's stuck in Lima and has lead the glee club to how many national wins? Oh, I'm sorry, zero. Not Asperger's!" And with that she flounces off. It turns out that Sue saw the entire scene. She praises the "stink of man marbles" wafting off of Will. She also tells him that his "little pixie-dust hate crime" has made her look like a victim, causing her to rise even further in the polls.
Blaine joins New Directions in the music room for the first time. Everybody is excited to have him, except for Finn, who thinks he destroyed the purple piano on purpose. Santana corrects him, telling Finn that the fire was "an act of political protest." And then Will throws Santana out of the glee club until she can learn to be loyal to the team. Santana's not the only one who's shocked to see some actual consequences for bad behavior. Mercedes congratulates Will for showing some guts, but there's a lot of awkward tension in the room. And then Rachel announces that she's secured the rights to West Side Story for the school musical. There's some more tension between Rachel and Mercedes about who might play the lead. And then Kurt announces that he's running for senior class president. And then Tina dutifully trots out the episode's metaphor, pointing out that the glee club, like the pianos, has had their guts pulled out and been burnt up. Tina, you're a junior -- you're already going to be around next year. There's no need to suck up to anybody. Will tells them that, like the pianos, they can still make beautiful music. And then Rachel leads them in a performance of "You Can't Stop the Beat," from Hairspray. The performance transitions from the music room to the auditorium, and we can see a jealous Quinn watching from the wings.