Perhaps somewhat surprising is Emma's (Jayma Mays) reaction at the threat of no more New Directions. She screams at Figgins in his office, something that seems out of character for her, but under the circumstances, works. Will knows it must be about more than the students, and confesses his love to Emma, despite her having an, as yet unseen, new dentist boyfriend. He even kisses her, something the actress Mays didn't know was going to happen, and so her shocked reaction is genuine. This leaves a hanging thread all summer, as the audience wonders if Emma will dump her new guy for Will. Spoiler: she won't.
Interestingly, one of only three groups (see my previous complaints about the competition system in earlier reviews), Aural Intensity, is not shown singing. We hear them only briefly, and see them just at the awards. Characters also talk about how much better the New Directions already are than Aural Intensity. This is a little strange, because Aural Intensity is seen as a serious competitor in season two, one that is a real threat to the New Directions winning. Perhaps it would have been better to not re-use this group name next year.
Vocal Adrenaline is shown performing. This allows one last showcase of Jesse's (Jonathan Groff) talents in a large, sweeping version of "Bohemian Rhapsody." It's fantastic, even though, as Rachel correctly asserts, he doesn't show much heart. Even better, the number is intermixed with scenes of Quinn (Dianna Agron) giving birth, and some of the lyrics even make sense with the cut scenes they are paired with. This deepening has the affect of making the whole number mean much more.
Quinn's life comes together just in time for the baby. Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Puck, as well as the rest of the glee club, stand by her side for the event. Quinn's mother (Charlotte Ross) even shows up to right her wrong, saying she kicked Quinn's dad out, and wants Quinn and the baby to come home with her. Given those circumstances, one might think Quinn would choose to keep the baby, providing an all around happy ending. Instead, in a very sad moment, Quinn decides that it will be better if she doesn't keep the infant, which Puck goes ahead and names Beth. It's a mature decision for a high schooler to make.