Quinn also faces her dissatisfaction with herself when Lauren, in a bid to lead Quinn in the prom queen polls, digs up pictures of Quinn from middle school, pre-nose job, pre-hair dye, pre-weight loss. It's a startling contrast, but those who care about Quinn, including eventually Lauren, are supportive. The move backfires, and Quinn gains fans all over the school, upsetting Lauren's plot. Luckily, Lauren is classy enough to apologize, and the two form some mutual respect.
Rachel and Quinn's stories converge with the two dueting to "Unpretty"/"I Feel Pretty." It's a sweet summation of what is going through Rachel's mind as she contemplates getting Quinn's nose, as well as a bittersweet look back, in retrospect, to Quinn's past. Lauren doesn't join in because she is already comfortable with who she is. But these three girls really find out something about themselves this week.
The whole message of "Born This Way" echoes both the song by the same title, which the New Directions perform spectacularly at the end of the episode, and the theme of the entire series. Glee is all about overcoming whatever life throws at you, and accepting who you are. The show has dealt with this message directly before, and does so here again. Perhaps this is why Lady Gaga is their unofficial mascot, as she preaches the same.
A quick look at some of the "flaw" t-shirts the club made, which they wore during the closing number:
Will - "Butt-Chin" Seriously? This is the best the writers can come up with? Are we supposed to believe Will is perfect, save for his face dimple? No.
Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) - "Brown Eyes" Why is she upset about having brown eyes? When she laments about the lack of pretty, female Asian role models, she is clearly forgetting Olivia Munn, Lucy Liu, etc.
Rachel - "Nose" Big noses are beautiful. I'm not Jewish, and I've always believed that. Why can't girls with big noses realize it?
Sam - "Trouty Mouth" So I guess Sam and Santana are just done then, with no break up? Yet he wears a shirt with her "pet name" for him, so...