"Swan Song" takes a more unexpected turn, though, when Carmen allows Kurt (Chris Colfer) to sing in front of everyone at the showcase, too. It's a trial by fire, the second chance he asked for, but when he least expects it. It may be that Carmen wants to see how he will do under pressure, or thinks that he might be better if he doesn't over prepare. Whatever the reason, this comes on Caremn's terms, and Kurt gets to sing "Being Alive," which is enough to gain his entry into NYADA.
Kurt's triumph is a great moment for Glee. He's no Rachel, of course, but he does deserve to be there, and it's satisfying that he finally is able to show it. It doesn't feel hokey because of the gravitas that Goldberg brings to the situation, and the sincerity she lends to the twist.
My only regret is that this may spell the end for Isabelle (Sarah Jessica Parker), who has been an absolute joy this year, as Kurt will probably quit his job to attend classes. Please, oh please, give her a goodbye, and not just have her never appear again!
The stark contrast between the New York and McKinley stories, as well as the maturation Rachel and Kurt have gone through, make an argument to ditch the high school stuff completely after this season. It's not that there are no more stories to tell there, but it's that the writers seem hard pressed to come up with them. Or, at least, to put as much effort into the students' parts, as they do the best alumni. For this reason, it may be time to sacrifice some of Glee so that another piece can flourish.
Glee will next present it's Christmas episode, "Glee, Actually," this Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.