Finn thinks the idea of him directing is a bad one, so he leaves the auditorium. Artie rolls after him and tells him that he has to just trust his instincts. And also that he has to surround himself with the most talented assistants possible, which in this case means recruiting Mercedes and Mike Chang to help out with the show as vocal coach and choreographer respectively. Fortunately, these two alumni have both been able to break away from their respective colleges and/or jobs to come back to Ohio for this adventure, because they walk up behind Artie just as Artie finishes telling Finn what they'll be doing. It's a happy reunion all around.
Emma and Will are sitting in chairs next to each other in some tastefully appointed therapist's office for some couple's counseling, trying to work out the question of whether Emma will join Will in DC while he serves on the blue ribbon panel on arts funding for schools. Except the therapist is Coach Beiste and the tastefully appointed office is Will and Emma's living room. Will's kind of a dick, talking over Emma and barely letting her finish a sentence. Coach Beiste gives them advice that consists entirely of sports metaphors and neither of them understand what she's saying at all. Or maybe Will does understand a little bit, because he tells Emma that he made a mistake by just assuming that she would join him and then he gets down on one knee and asks her if she would at least consider coming to DC. And then she says she'll do it. And by "do it," she means that she'll just cave in and go to DC, not that she'll think about it. Coach Beiste, miracle worker.
It's a meeting of the musical creative staff in the choir room. Mercedes points out that they have plenty of choices for the role of Sandy, but may have problems casting Danny if Blaine refuses to do it. Sam's out, because he has his heart set on Kenickie. No Longer New Guy With Gross Hair Whose Name Demian Can't Be Bothered To Look Up is out because he won't cut his gross hair and the only wig in the world big enough to cover up that hair is already being worn by Lady Bunny. And Jake (a.k.a. New Puck) isn't auditioning. Finn can't understand why they can't find a dude to play the lead and Mercedes reminds him that back when the show first started, they had trouble finding a dude to sing the lead in New Directions. Which is why, as Mercedes reminds him, Will had to go looking to find someone like Finn. Does this mean that Finn is going to start lurking in the locker room to find people with good voices? Because that would be an episode I could really get behind.