And back in the present, Holly proves her bona fides by singing the song. And she does fine, and it's totally fun, and all of the kids except Rachel get into it and start dancing and singing. And let me take this opportunity to comment briefly on her clothes. She's wearing a black sweater and a gray and black mini-skirt that I'm told costs $450. But mostly I have to comment on her knee-high leather boots. Ladies, if you ever find yourself having to be a substitute teacher, you just be certain to wear some knee-high leather boots. Most of the kids will still treat you like crap, but you'll at least have every gay boy in the class on your side. Because those boots are our kryptonite. Anyway, the song ends and Holly suggests they all go out for tacos. Commercials.
Locker room. Coach Bieste is yelling at the team and reminding them that athlete's foot medicine is not to be sprayed in a teammate's eyes. Everyone looks at Puck, who gives a "what, me?" shrug. And then Principal Sue enters the locker room to inform Coach Bieste that "effective 4 PM today, the football team is officially disbanded." Bieste: "Well if you're cutting the football team, who are your Cheerios gonna cheer for?" Sue, who clearly hadn't thought that far ahead: "I will get back to you on all of this later." Coach Bieste sprays some athlete's foot spray in Sue's general direction as she walks out of the room.
The Principal's Den of Diary-writing. Sue is writing in her journal: "Humiliation. Bested by the Bieste, less than 24 hours after my plan to replace all chairs in the school with sharp poles was thwarted. A resounding defeat in my war against sitting. Reality is, I'm a champion, and once I get power, I do not let it go. I need a cause." With that, she looks up and sees two obese students sharing a brownie. She gets on the intercom and calls for Becky to come into her office. Becky, wearing a bluetooth headset and holding a notebook, runs in. Sue tells her to take a memo: "I'm banning potater tots." Becky: "Outstanding." Wait, is Sue ignorant of the correct name of the food in question, or is "tater tots" a trademarked name? Should I fear the tater tot lobby?
Soundstage. Er, I mean, "auditorium stage." Will enters the room and is greeted by an overly enthusiastic Mike Chang, who tells him that they can't win Sectionals without him. Will agrees, and then tells Mike, "Now, I'm gonna run through a number here. And after a bit, I want you to join in. Got it?" Mike Chang does got it. And then Will sings "Make 'Em Laugh." And after a few seconds, Mike Chang does join in -- but only on the dancing. And if it wasn't clear that this was a fever-induced fantasy when it started, it becomes clear when they start physically abusing poor Tinkles and walking across his piano keys. Because if this was the real world, he would never put up with that shit. But both the singing and dancing are great. And they finish, as one does, by running up the walls and then running through one. And then Will is woken from his dream by the sound of the doorbell.