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Wonder-ful
Season Four, Episode Twenty-One
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First Aired May 2, 2013
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Wonder-ful is the twenty-first episode of Glee's fourth season and the eighty-seventh episode overall. It premiered on May 2, 2013. 

Will is inspired by Rachel after hearing that she got a second callback for Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and comes up with the week's assignment, a tribute to Stevie Wonder. As Mercedes and Mike return to mentor the Glee Club for the upcoming Regionals, Mercedes is tired of her producers, Mike discovers a new Glee Club talent and Kurt is scared for his father's results relating to prostate cancer. As senior members of the Glee Club continue to announce their acceptance into schools, Kitty finds out that Artie is accepted into a film school in New York but Artie insists that he can't go, leading to a further investigation by Kitty and her meeting with his mother, Nancy (Katey Sagal). In New York, Rachel is preparing for her big audition, expecting Cassandra to crush her - but things don't go as expected when she reacts with a different gesture. 

The episode was directed by Wendey Stanzler and written by Brad Falchuk

Plot

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Good news is in abundance for the glee club: Rachel calls Will to tell him she's one of the finalists for the role of Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl" and credits him for helping her to get there; Will has re-proposed to Emma, and she's re-accepted; Brittany's touring MIT on early acceptance; and Tina's been wait-listed at a veterinary school. The rash of "wonderful" news prompts Will to build his latest lesson around the positivity of the music of Stevie Wonder.

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Kitty confronts Artie about his apparent depression, believing that he's hopelessly longing for her, but he reveals that he was accepted into film school in New York but won't be going - and he swears her to secrecy. Meanwhile, Kurt sweats out the results of his dad's latest medical tests, returning to Lima in hopes that Burt's finally cancer-free. His arrival coincides with Will's recruitment of Mercedes and Mike to help New Directions step their game up for Regionals. Kitty's exuberant performance of Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours is capped by her revelation of Artie's secret to the glee club, which upsets him: apparently his mom is freaking out at the prospect of him being on his own in the big city, but Kitty surprises him with sweet words of encouragement.
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At the coffee shop, Mercedes is excited about her upcoming album, while Blaine notices that Kurt's acting a little OCD with his sweetener packets. Kurt loses his cool when questioned about his and Blaine's relationship, but his friends realize he's upset about his dad and offer their support - especially Blaine. Rachel learns that she needs her NYADA teacher to sign off on skipping her dance midterm so she can go to her Broadway callback: Cassandra July could have the power to shatter her dreams. Recognizing that the glee club's fears held them back at Sectionals, Mercedes prompts them to push their limits during a rendition of Superstition - especially Marley. Noticing Jake's standout dancing, Mercedes and Mike want him to appear in her debut music video.

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At the doctor's office, Kurt, Burt and Carole await Burt's results, and Kurt's stress-induced superstitions test his father's patience. Fortunately, the news is joyous: Burt's in remission. Burt comes as Kurt's special guest during glee club, where he dedicates a song to him - a special song Burt used to share with him as a child: You Are the Sunshine of My Life.

Catching Rachel rehearsing her lines for her callback, Cassandra tortures her by explaining that to ensure she'll be able to be on hand to watch Rachel choke at her first big Broadway audition, she's rescheduling Rachel's dance midterm to first thing in morning. She assigns her one of the most challenging ballet routines imaginable. She intimidates her by saying that Barbra Streisand and James Brolin will be there as well.

Jake shows off his dance moves alongside Mike to I Wish. Unfortunately, Mercedes gets an aggravating call from her producer - she tells Mike and Kurt that her CD has been taken off the release schedule until she consents to a second album cover photo shoot showing more skin than before. Distraught, she admits she's considering it to make sure that her music gets the push it needs.

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Artie arrives home to discover that Kitty has discussed his film school secret with his mom, Nancy (Katey Sagal), who was shocked to learn Artie had been keeping it from her. Artie admits it's been him who was reluctant to accept, because he feels guilty about leaving his mom behind after all the sacrifices she's made for him. She insists that he follow his dream - and vows to tip him over if he ever tells someone she's an old hag again.

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Cassandra's continued insults prompt Rachel to prepare to prove her teacher wrong, but she's shocked to discover Cassandra's turned the midterm into a training camp for Rachel's audition: "At NYADA, we're family," says Cassandra, warming the boot camp with Uptight (Everything’s Alright). Meanwhile, Mercedes informs the glee club that she couldn't sell herself out simply to make her dream come true faster - she's lost her record deal, but she's kept her integrity, and she celebrates her choice with Higher Ground.

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Burt meets with Blaine, who gives him a rainbow pin so Burt can show his support for gay marriage. Burt wears it proudly, happy not to be "on the wrong side of history," and Blaine surprises him by asking Burt's permission to ask Kurt to marry him. Burt appreciates the gesture, but he refuses to agree, saying the boys are too young, and more importantly, it appears Blaine has an unrealistic view of what it would mean to be married. Burt tells him that if he truly believes he and Kurt are meant to be together, he needs to relax and not force it: If it's true, everything will work out eventually.

Artie tells the glee club the lesson he's learned is that passion is the vital ingredient that will make a difference, and he invites the glee club to a performance in the auditorium to illustrate his point. Rachel presents Cassandra with a gift: Debbie Allen's original cane from her role as the dance teacher in the film "Fame." Cassandra downplays the celebratory moment she staged for Rachel as a NYADA tradition, but Rachel wants to thank her for pushing her so hard all year. Cassandra admits that she saw something special in Rachel on day one and thinks that she might make it in show business and wanted her to be able to endure the struggles on her way to success.

Blaine pops a different question to Kurt, asking him to stick around for Regionals. Kurt happily agrees, and the two take in Artie's promised performance, a rousing rendition of For Once in My Life.

Songs

Song Title Original Artist Performer(s)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours Stevie Wonder Kitty Wilde with New Directions
Superstition Mercedes Jones and New Directions
with Kurt Hummel and Mike Chang
You Are the Sunshine of My Life Kurt Hummel with New Directions Girls
I Wish Jake Puckerman with New Directions
Uptight (Everything’s Alright) Cassandra July with NYADA students
Higher Ground Mercedes Jones
For Once in My Life Artie Abrams with New Directions

Guest Cast

Special Guest Stars

Guest Stars

Absent Cast Members

Trivia

  • This is third time Mercedes and Mike have come back to help the Glee Club. The first was in The Role You Were Born to Play, to help with the school musical, and the second being in Thanksgiving to help out with Sectionals.
  • This is the first time Kurt has come to help New Directions as a mentor, leaving Rachel as the only graduate to never help them. 
  • Based on Kurt's calendar, this episode takes place in the middle of April.
  • This episode had a rating of 1.9 with 5.19 million viewers. Source
  • It's implied Cassandra knows about Rachel's choke in her audition to Carmen Tibideaux in Season Three, since she says Rachel has tendency to choke under pressure.
  • This is the first time that we hear Cassandra mention Rachel's name, rather than 'Schwimmer' or other names.
  • This is the last twenty-first episode of a season in the series. Season Five ended on the twentieth episode and the final season of the show, Season Six, will end on its thirteenth episode.

Cultural references

  • In a conversation with the sycophants, one of them mentions Sutton Foster, who plays the main character in ABC Family's show, Bunheads. She has two Tony's from Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002-2004) and Anything Goes (2011-2012).
  • When Will announces the Stevie Wonder week, he makes references to some Stevie Wonder's songs, like Don't You Worry 'Bout a ThingEbony or IvoryYou Are the Sunshine of My Life and Higher Ground. The last two songs were sung in this episode.

Errors

  • During the Burt-Blaine scene in the auditorium, the rainbow pin that Blaine gave Burt kept appearing and disappearing on his shirt.
  • When Cassie first confronts Rachel, she knows exactly when Rachel's callback is- the day of the midterm. During their last scene, however, Cassie asks Rachel when the callback is.

Gallery

Quotes

Do you want fries with that?

Kitty Wilde


Guess I beat you here and I guess I beat you to telling your mom about your good news.

Kitty Wilde


You look cute today, and I mean like, dirty cute.

Blaine Anderson to Kurt Hummel


You have been dreaming about making movies since you were a kid.

Nancy Abrams to Artie Abrams


Tina: I love you, Mike. I love all my exes. But this isn't wonderful news, it's shocking. Now we need some guy to help us dance? #Gleehatesgirls. And what are you here to lecture us about, Kurt? Our horrible taste in clothing?

Kurt: My dad has cancer.


See, the last time I dedicated a song to you in this room, you were in the hospital. But today, we are celebrating life's most treasured and wonderful gift - a second chance. See, when I was little, you used to sing this song to me in the car all the time, and it always put a smile on my face. So today, it's my turn to sing and your turn to smile.

Kurt Hummel before singing You Are the Sunshine of My Life


It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, too. And I plan on attending that callback, because you have a tendency to choke under pressure, and so I'm going to be there with Barbra and her husband, James Brolin, to watch you blow your first big Broadway audition.

Cassandra July


Going to New York.

Artie Abrams


Sometimes I'm sweet, sometimes I'm sour.

Kitty Wilde


There's just a really big difference between marrying a person and marrying an idea.

Burt Hummel


You're gonna get it. I know you will, Rachel.

Cassandra July


Mike: Hell to the yeeees!

Kurt: Yeah, don't change the brand...

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