Over in his office, Principal Figgins and Will have decided that Sue Sylvester had a brain tumor for breakfast. How else to explain the fact that she just waltzed into Figgins's office unannounced and wrote the district a check for three new external wheelchair ramps? Not only that, but Sue's unexpected largess means Will's getting his handicapable bus after all. The gentlemen are perplexed.
Though not as perplexed as I am by what follows. Sue signs her name to a visitors' log, and I'll just come out with it: She's stopped by the adult care facility for Down syndrome patients in which her elder sister, Jean, has been living for an unspecified number of years. As Sue's on friendly terms with the nursing staff, they evidently see each other frequently, and on this particular visit, Sue's brought her sister a pair of Cheerios pom-poms along with Jean's favorite book -- Little Red Riding Hood -- from which Sue reads aloud, much to Jean's delight. Jane Lynch is, of course, fabulous in this scene, and because of that, I'm not entirely opposed to the showrunners exposing us all to Sue Sylvester's soft, squishy underbelly, despite the fact that I believe I've stated in the past that I was perfectly fine with Sue Sylvester being an irredeemable force of self-centered nature, but I am wondering: Why this, and why this now? And would the character this scene turns her into really keep that unhinged journal we've seen her writing in? Would the character this scene turns her into really be offering those bazoo op-ed pieces on the local news? Maybe yes to the latter, simply because Sue obviously needs the additional income to maintain Jean's current living arrangements -- which would also explain, in part, why she's so driven to have The Cheerios succeed at any and all costs; she indicated, after all, that her tenure was tied to The Cheerios' winning record -- but really to the former? Really?