Auditorium. Rachel is alone, looking at some music on top of the piano when Shelby walks up behind her and asks where her dads got the name "Rachel." Without the tiniest bit of shame or irony, Rachel tells her that it came from Friends. Now I'm not sure I want to meet her dads. Rachel looks at Shelby across the piano and tells her, "I know why you're here. To say goodbye." She ain't wrong. Shelby tells her that the thing that caused her to make the decision was the realization that she'll never have cute stories about Rachel's childhood like the one Rachel told about getting water when she was sad. She tries to make it about Rachel, and not her own cowardice, by telling Rachel that "anything we share right now is going to be confusing for you." Rachel points out the thing they're both feeling -- they should feel happy to be together, but they both feel sad. Shelby: "It's because I'm your mother, but I'm not your mom." Shelby asks if she can have a hug goodbye, and then she gives Rachel a glass with a gold star on it so she can get a drink of water from it. Rachel asks if they can sing one song together. And then she calls out for Tinkles, who is conveniently nearby. (As Rachel tells Shelby, "He's always just around.") Rachel hands out some music, and then she starts singing a slow acoustic cover of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." And I know that this show started out by showing us V.A. singing about how they refused to go to rehab 'cause they'd rather be high, and New Directions singing about the joys of anonymous one-night stands... but I still really don't want to hear Rachel and her mother singing about her muffin. [I know, right? Couldn't they have swapped this song and "Funny Girl," which was also a weird choice of song to use to teach kids how to sing Gaga? - Z] Notwithstanding the extreme willies they're giving me by singing this song, they sound amazing together, and they share a really fun and playful energy. If only it wasn't so very inappropriate. At the end, Shelby tells Rachel how good she is, touches her on the cheek, and leaves. And Rachel cries us out of the scene.
Will enters the music room and is surprised to find that the kids are all in their theatricality costumes -- this time including the boys, decked out in their Kiss finery. Artie explains that it's the end of the week: "We were kind of hoping to learn what the lesson of the assignment was." I think the lesson is "You only have two weeks until Regionals, so get off your asses and start getting ready." Except that's not it. In fact, Will's not sure what the lesson was. But then Tina, looking fiercely goth, enters the room and tells them that she knows the lesson: "I refuse to dress like somebody I'm not to be somebody I'm not. And I learned it's good to be a little theatrical."