Rachel puts her new style into action when Brody comes to visit her in the dance room and she asks him to join her on a duet to Sheryl Crow's "Change Would Do You Good," which is performed as a mash-up of in-studio scenes and clips of them running around New York, eating ice cream pornographically and taking a multitude of self-shots on Rachel's iPhone. Their chemistry is more sexually charged and intense than anything Rachel and Finn ever did together, and Rachel, breathless, invites Brody over for a home-cooked meal. It's shades of old-Rachel, trying to impress the boy with a picnic on the auditorium stage, but it feels more real than her three years of obsession and fixation that plagued all her previous relationships. Rachel Berry is growing up.
The competing and complimentary makeovers come to an intersection as the episode ends. Artie may not be VP, but his ambition gets him a date with Sugar. Blaine has won, but Kurt is inadvertently pulling away from him and his Lima life. When they Skyped pre-election Kurt's so caught up in his own accomplishments and stories that he doesn't listen to Blaine's issues, and after Blaine has won he ignores calls in favor of a work-chat with SJP and team. Distraught, Blaine complains to Sam that he only came to McKinley for Kurt, and now that Kurt's not there anymore nothing seems to have a point. Sam reminds him that he's the school's first gay president, and that before Kurt Sam never knew another gay person, and now he's got a gay "bro" in Blaine. Blaine isn't just transforming himself; Blaine, on the heels of Kurt's actions, is transforming his environment. This pacifies Blaine somewhat, but we all know the other shoe is going to drop soon. Plus we get some overt hints that a Britt and Sam flirtation is in the works, with the two snuggling and bonding over their connection. Friends for now, but we see where this is going (if you guessed Britt/Blaine/Sam triangle, you are sadly wrong but brilliant.)
In New York, Rachel has almost burned down the loft trying to cook duck for Brody. They order pizza instead, and so Rachel's most obviously makeover is from vegan to meat-eater. They talk about their secrets and have one of the most real-sounding "Glee" conversations ever, and just as Brody promises to be hands off, the pair kiss and seem to be progressing further when someone knocks at the door. Welcome back Finn, and the episode ends on a tableau of the three of them, unsure what the future of next week brings.
There's another makeover all episode too, Schue's desire to find something bigger than McKinley to use his talents, like a spot on some arts in schools board that no one has ever heard of before, but with no songs and no real thrust it gets scuttled under the rug. The adult stories when they're not explicitly tied to the kids right now are falling extremely flat. We're much more invested in the nascent adulthood of our main "Glee" clubbers than Schue, Emma and their ilk. Schue later in life ambition and transformation is a fine reminder that change continues throughout life, but we really want to feel the precise pangs and pains of wobbling first steps into "real" life with Kurt, Rachel, Blaine and their crowd.
Next week we leave the make-overs behind in favor of the break-ups, the tension of change coming to shatter one, if not all, of our remaining power couples. The pairings that survive will be the ones willing to bend to accommodate their partners' growth, and until next Thursday all of the "Glee" fandom will be on the edge of their collective seats waiting for a resolution that, if "Glee" itself has really transformed this season, shouldn't come at the end of a mere hour of television.