Rachel and Shelby are sitting in a now-empty auditorium, having one of those long-lost mother/daughter chats that we've all had. They're sitting in the middle of the auditorium, and Shelby is one row behind and several seats over from Rachel. Key points of the conversation: Shelby has had regrets about giving up her daughter; she decided to contact Rachel after seeing her perform at Sectionals; the failure to achieve the stardom she dreamed of as a girl is like an open wound. At one point, Rachel notes that being a drama queen must be genetic, because "even the way we're sitting right now is so dramatic and yet we feel so comfortable with it." Shelby asks Rachel how she feels, and her response is "thirsty." By way of explanation, she tells Shelby (and us), "When I was little and I used to get sad, my dads would bring me a glass of water. It got so I couldn't tell if I was sad, or just thirsty." Two points here. First, I'm going to just assume that the glass of water was just a prelude to Rachel's dads talking with her about why she was sad, because otherwise they are turning out to be really crappy parents. Second, if Rachel ever visits the desert she is going to fall into a deep depression. Shelby has suddenly realized that it was perhaps a huge mistake to thrust herself into this young woman's life so abruptly. She apologizes for having contacted Rachel, because the meeting is not resulting in the warm and happy feelings she expected. Rachel would like to at least get dinner to get over the initial shock, but Shelby just apologizes and runs away. Man, nobody does wounded and vulnerable like Lea Michele.
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