April apologizes for raising hopes to no avail as she's wont to do, quipping, "just ask all my AA sponsors" (Chenoweth, hilarious as always, is a major asset to the show) and announces that she's used the last of her funds to bring back to McKinley Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow). Holly has retired from substitute teaching because she "can't stand being tied down." Her new business, "Holly Holliday Teach 'Em Pop-ups" is quickly illustrated by a clip of her in drag as William Henry Harrison, "America's worst president," teaching a kamikaze lesson at a school until she's taken away by police.
When Rachel informs her "we're singing our favorite Glee club songs we've already sung before," Holly retorts, "When Holly Holliday's in town, this hot bitch is not looking in the rear view mirror; she's looking forward."
Holly leads them in Pharrell Williams's "Happy" and for the first time in the episode, the group looks forward.
Of course, for some of them, looking forward means looking back. Puck and Quinn rekindle their romance, while Brittany makes a move to reunite with Santana.
Finn's plaque is up in the auditorium, but whoever uses the hall in the future might not know who he was. Mr. Schue admits, "I don't have any more pep talks... I didn't come here to cheer you up, just to say thank you."
April and Holly, watching from up in the balcony, vow to save the Glee club — after they finish their wine.
You're invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men and some of the most glorious songs ever written. It's an intimate evening, up close with a legend.
So pull up a chair and order up a drink. Because she's got a life to sing. Tickets as low as $85!
Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Here Lies Love
On The Town
Piece of My Heart
Scenes From A Marriage
Sex With Strangers
The Country House
The Good and The True
This is Our Youth
You Can't Take It With You