No album odes, no episodes based on Lady Gaga's philosophies -- on last night's (May 17) "Glee," a death brought the New Directions back to what they do best. Not only did Rachel belt out her beloved Barbra, but Kurt went to Broadway and Mercedes obliterated the competitors with old-school soul. Watch all three performances, used as auditions for solos at Nationals, below.
Video: Rachel performs Barbra Streisand's "My Man" on "Glee," May 17
Mercedes hit the nail on the head regarding Rachel: "She may be difficult but she can sing."
Video: Kurt performs "Some People" from "Gypsy" on "Glee," May 17
Video: Mercedes performs Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" on "Glee," May 17
Musically, the "Funeral" episode shined, but we can't say the same from a plot point of view. Sure, our heartstrings were tugged by Sue following the death of her sister Jean, but with talk of a prominent character dying on "Glee," this isn't exactly what we were expecting. And as usual, the New Directions and Mr. Schue were annoyingly obedient do-gooders, serenading the funeral-goers with Jean's favorite song, "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." It turned out to be an appropriately somber and beautiful rendition -- watch below.
Video: New Directions perform "Pure Imagination" on "Glee," May 17
Next week on the "Glee" season finale: Nationals, the return of Finnchel (or Fachel? or Rinn?), and Quinn's "big plans" in NYC. What do you think it is?