In the “Back-Up Plan” it is pretty evident that no one really has one, and when push comes to shove the only plan they really have is to rely on each other when their grand ambitions intersect with the sacredness of their personal relationships. Our gang might be a more loosely knit group as the realities of post-high school hit them, but when push comes to shove they’re defined by their ability to bring their ambitions together instead of standing alone, even when the stakes are high.
We’ve got the clear-cut trope of friendship butting up against ambition as we follow Santana and Mercedes. Mercedes is on the cusp of her big musical break, but her label claims they just don’t hear a hit in her material. Under the gun, she asks Santana to come in to the studio and help her work, and with Santana's suggestion they break free of the nondescript studio structure to power walk and sing “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill through the bowels of the building, owning the place so fiercely they might as well name it after the duo.