I'm going to ignore Tina's continued annoying habit of hitting on Blaine, since he already let her down, and girl still won't leave him alone!
In New York, we also have the issue of nudity, couched in a plot about how Rachel is growing up. Lest we forget high school Rachel, the episode gives us college Rachel and her former persona side by side, singing a wonderful duet of "Torn."
Rachel has changed a lot since going off to higher education, as many do, and "Naked" provides a chance for her to step back and evaluate her choices, deciding if she wants to stay on this path or not. She is getting in touch with who she is as a woman, and her sexuality, a fact made more obvious when we see the old sweaters, buttoned up so much higher.
Interesting that both Rachels have miniskits on, no? I guess the new-found sexiness isn't coming out of nowhere.
Sort of weirdly, it's Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Santana (Naya Rivera) that give Rachel her life raft. Rachel's friendship with the Cheerios only begins to form just before she leaves McKinley, but it's sweet that they remember their time together fondly enough to travel to the big city and give Rachel some advice at an important juncture. Plus, they are more experienced than Rachel when it comes to such adult matters, so they serve as appropriate advisers.
In the end, Rachel decides not to go through with going topless, a wise decision, and a sign that she won't change who she is completely. It's the support of her friends that provides her out, but it's her own strong will that carries her through. As she leaves the set to sing "Love Song" with the girls, it's a triumphant moment for Rachel Berry.
I am really intrigued by Santana's comment that New York might be her kind of city. I like Rachel and Kurt's (Chris Colfer) relocation this season, providing a way for Glee to grow, as their portions of the episodes tend to be the strongest. I really want to see more characters join them, and Santana is one of better developed on the show. She would greatly shake up Kurt and Rachel's dynamic if she should move, and I would love her to get more screen time again. I hope the writers go this direction.