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Hollywood
Season 2, Episode 20
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Air date May 8th, 2012
Written by JamesonOTP
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Hollywood is the twentieth episode of Season 2 and the forty-second episode overall of Glee: The Next Generation.

New Directions heads to Hollywood to compete in Nationals, motivated by their loss last year. They might just win this year as one of their previous members makes an unexpected return thanks to Mr. Schue. Can they keep the promise that they made to John after his death that they'd win Nationals in his memory? Maybe with the aid of a song John wrote for them and left in his journal, they can pull it off.

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Glee: The Next Generation Season 2, Episode 20: "Hollywood"Edit

So here’s what you missed on Glee: The Next Generation:

So Lana’s mother forbid her to see Hallie, leading Ana to hatch a plan that would help Lana get her mother to like Hallie but Ana totally kissed Lana at Prom. Hallie thought Lana didn’t wanna be with her so she used Natasha to make Lana jealous and Natasha kissed Hallie, thinking that what they had was for real. Prom was pretty eventful, especially for Evan. After Claude got all inside Evan’s head, he crashed Prom and asked that Evan kiss him just once to prove he didn’t like him. So Evan kissed him, but it turns out he did like him. Who didn’t like it? Lucas, who spotted the two kissing and slapped the hell out of Evan. So now Evan and Lucas are over. But Hallie and Lana kissed twice, so they seem very much not over. There’s just the whole Lana’s mother issue.

And that’s what you missed on Glee!

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Claude sat silently beside Evan in the Dalton common room. He cracked his knuckle a few times, nervous and not knowing what to do or say.

“What happened at Prom between you and me, was that the beginning of something?” Claude finally asked, breaking the silence.

Evan nodded. “I like you a lot, Claude. And I liked Lucas, but there was so just so much baggage with him what I was ready to deal with. It’s over between us. Lucas didn’t say a word the entire time I was making the break-up official. And I just kept stuttering. I didn’t want to hurt him, but I had to.”

“But what does that mean for you and I?” Claude asked. “I mean, I know I’ve never really dated anybody, much less someone I really cared about, but I am willing to do what I can to make it work.”

Evan took Claude’s hand, holding it tightly. “You’re perfect, Claude. Just keep being you.”

Claude smiled. “I love you, Evan Riley Marx.”

Evan leaned in and pressed his lips to Claude’s. Claude tightened his grip on Evan’s hand, never wanting to let go.

“Listen,” Claude said. “I need to go do something real quick.”

“Okay,” Evan said. “Hurry back.”

Claude smiled at Evan as he got up and walked out of the common room. Evan looked up, surprised to see Will and Sue walking through the door.

“Hey, Evan,” Will said. “Do you have a minute to talk to us?”

“Sure,” Evan said, getting up and giving Will a hug. “I missed you, Mr. Schue.”

Will smiled. “We miss you too, Evan. That’s why we’re here. Seeing you at Prom, it felt like everything was back to normal. Having you reunite with New Directions onstage, it reminded us just how important of an asset you are. We’re going to Nationals this weekend and we need you.”

“You need me?” Evan asked.

“There’s no way we can win without you,” Will said. “We need that team dynamic and no matter how many kids we have in Glee Club right now, it’s not there. But when you and New Directions were back together and performing that Nicki Minaj song, the light was back in their eyes. That dynamic was back. We need that or we’re never going to win Nationals. You’ve worked so hard, Evan. You helped us get to Nationals and we wouldn’t be here without you. Please, don’t let your hard work go to waste, Evan.”

“Those kids want their friend back,” Sue said. “They even signed a petition, which I have in my tracksuit pocket.”

“I can’t just go back,” Evan said. “Lucas hates me.”

“Lucas is a teenager, he’s going to hate a lot of things but he’ll get over it,” Sue said.

“Don’t let a break-up stop you from achieving a dream, Evan,” Will said. “Remember how last year after Nationals, you came to me in my office and told me you felt like you failed? How bad you wanted to win Nationals? That it was your dream? Don’t give up on that dream, Evan. You have a chance, right now to make it come true.”

“I’ve worked everything out with Figgins,” Sue said. “All the paperwork is set and you could return as early as tomorrow.”

“I have Claude now,” Evan said. “I don’t wanna leave him.”

“Go,” Claude said, from the doorway. “Remember what I told you? That if Lucas loved you, he’d foster your happiness, no matter if it did separate you? What kind of a person would I be if I were to keep you here, away from your dreams? I love you, Evan and I will love you no matter where you are. It’s not the end. Look at Nicole and Dillon, they are going strong. Who knows? I might even transfer there next year.”

“You wouldn’t mind if I went back?” Evan asked.

“I might miss not having you around all the time, but I survived it here before you transferred. I’ll see you every week and we can call and text each other, the there’s Skype. All your friends are there and I could see how happy you were there at Prom. I only want you to be happy, baby.”

Evan fought back tears as he ran into Claude’s arms, wrapping his arms around him tightly.

“I love you,” Evan said.

“I love you too, Claude said.

Evan let go of Claude and turned to face Sue and Will. Will smiled, hopeful.

“I’ll do it,” Evan said. “It feels good to hear that I’m needed for a change. I miss my friends. I miss having you as a teacher, Mr. Schue. Hell, I even missed you, Coach Sylvester.”

Sue wiped a tear from her eye. “Damn, the Botox must be leaking out of my face again.”

“Let’s go win Nationals,” Evan said with a smile as Will patted him on the back.

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Will took a look around the choir room, seeing all the happy and smiling faces. The group dynamic was back.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Will said. “You guys are gonna have to help Evan learn all the choreography.”

“Don’t worry, Mr. Schue,” Jaxon said. “I’ve got this.”

“And, I was thinking, that Sue here has done so much for us, it would be only fitting that she and the Femme Fatales get a chance to shine at Nationals,” Will said. “The Femme Fatales will get to perform a number as part of New Directions. Sue already has a great, upbeat number to perform picked out.”

“Alright,” Ana said. “The Femme Fatales are back!”

“What about Karina, Scarlett, Samantha, and Jennifer?” Natasha asked.

“They’ll be allowed to perform,” Will said. “It’s completely within the rules.”

“Alright,” Adam said.

“Actually,” Ana said. “Samantha is still recovering from that nasty fall from the top of the pyramid. She broke both arms and legs, you know.”

“Oh that’s right,” Rose said. “I had forgotten all about that. It was as if she suddenly and completely disappeared and no one cared.”

“I hate to be mean,” Taylor said. “No, wait a minute, I don’t. I love to be mean. Anyway, to be honest, no one did care. Not one set of flowers or a single get well card was sent to her hospital room.”

“That’s kind of sad,” James said.

“Samantha wasn’t very well liked around the school,” Ana said. “She was almost India status. A lot of people are glad both are gone.”

“I don’t even think her parents came,” Adam said.

“Wow,” Nicole said. “That is sad.”

“Not really,” Taylor said.

“Let’s just focus on Nationals here, guys,” Will said. “Last year we lost, so we have to crank up the volume on our performance this year. It’s gonna be a lot of hard work, but we can do this.”

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The school bus pulled into Los Angeles after what seemed like the longest bus ride of their life. Will and Sue were the first off the bus, stepping aside as all of the kids piled out.

“This is amazing,” Jaxon said. “It’s always been my dream to come to LA.”

“You’re gonna be here someday,” James said. “I believe in you.”

“Everybody comes to Hollywood,” Jaxon sang. “They wanna make it in the neighborhood.”

“They like the smell of it in Hollywood,” James sang. “How could it hurt you when it looks so good?”

“Shine your light now,” New Directions sang as they all took off toward the shops. “This time it's gotta be good. You get it right now, yeah. ‘Cause you're in Hollywood.”

“There's something in the air in Hollywood,” Miles sang. “The sun is shining like you knew it would.”

“You're ridin' in your car in Hollywood,” Taylor sang “You got the top down and it feels so good.”

“I lost my memory in Hollywood,” Evan sang. “I've had a million visions, bad and good.”

“There's something in the air in Hollywood,” Ana sang. “I tried to leave it but I never could.”

“Shine your light now,” New Directions sang. “This time it's gotta be good. You get it right now, yeah. ‘Cause you're in Hollywood.”

“There's something in the air in Hollywood,” Lana sang as she pressed against the glass of a fancy store. “I've lost my reputation, bad and good.”

“You're riding in your car in Hollywood,” Adam sang. “You got the top down and it feels so good.”

“Music stations always play the same songs,” Evan sang. “I'm bored with the concept of right and wrong.”

“Everybody comes to Hollywood,” Jaxon sang. “They wanna make it in the neighborhood.”

“They like the smell of it in Hollywood,” James sang. “How could it hurt you when it looks so good?”

“Shine your light now,” New Directions sang. “This time it's gotta be good. You get it right now, yeah. ‘Cause you're in Hollywood. ‘Cause you're in Hollywood. ‘Cause you're in Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood.”

“Check it out, this bird has flown,” Rose sang.

“Shine your light now,” New Directions sang. “This time it's gotta be good. You get it right now, yeah. ‘Cause you're in Hollywood. ‘Cause you're in Hollywood. ‘Cause you're in Hollywood, in Hollywood, in Hollywood, in Hollywood.”

“Push the button,” Jaxon sang. “Don't push the button. Trip the station. Change the channel. Push the button. Don't push the button. Trip the station. Change the channel. Push the button. Don't push the button. Trip the station. Change the channel. Push the button. Don't push the button. Trip the station. Change the channel.”

“Look at those,” Honey said, pointing in a shop window at a set of tuxedos and dresses. Both were black and hot pink and gleamed with a metallic sheen.

“They’re beautiful,” Rose said.

“And about a hundred dollars apiece out of our budget,” Will said.

Lana, Honey, Evan, Breezy and Miles whispered amongst themselves. Lana turned around with a huge smile.

“Let’s go in and tell them we’re gonna need seven of those tuxedos and ten of those dresses,” Honey said.

“But we can’t afford that with our costume budget,” Will said.

“Don’t worry,” Lana said. “We’re pitching in to help buy those.”

“They spoke to me,” Honey said. “And they said we’re gonna win Nationals in them.”

Will smiled. “You guys would do that?”

“Of course,” Evan said. “Those outfits seem right and we wanna look our best for Nationals. There’s nothing I can think of that we would look as fierce in without crossing into Lady Gaga territory and I am not even going to attempt going there.”

“Talk about a national disaster,” Sue said.

As they walked into the shop with Honey, Breezy, and Lana, Miles looked over at Evan.

“You know, I’m sorry for what I did a few weeks ago,” Miles said.

“I don’t wanna talk about it,” Evan said.

“We need to talk about it,” Miles said. “We used to be really good friends, didn’t we?”

“That doesn’t mean we have to go dabbling in the past, okay?”

Miles sighed. “I felt like you betrayed us, jumping ship over to the Warblers like you did.”

“Yeah, well, I had my reasons,” Evan said.

“I can’t believe that you let us feel like the entire reason you left when it had more to do with Lucas. We all felt responsible, Evan. It depressed us for weeks.”

“I was just going through a lot personally,” Evan said.

“Well, we’re your friends, Evan,” Miles said. “You could have told us. We would have understood and did what we could to help you. You didn’t have to make us feel like we were partially responsible for you leaving.”

“Can we please just drop this?” Evan asked. “Shouldn’t we be focused on Nationals if we wanna win this thing?”

“Yeah,” Miles said. “We can drop it but it’s not gonna make it go away.”

“Then I’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Evan said.

Jaxon stood outside the shop, firmly holding James’ hand. He looked up at the giant Hollywood sign.

“I feel so small compared to that sign,” Jaxon said. “Life really is bigger than us. Kinda puts things in perspective.”

James smiled. “Just think, after we both graduate, we can come back here and work to make our dreams come true.”

“I was thinking about actually applying for NYADA next year,” Jaxon said.

“What about me?” James asked. “I can’t get into NYADA. I failed a year and I don’t have anything special to warrant my acceptance. I’m too much of a long shot.”

“Relax,” Jaxon said. “You’ve still got two years to get it figured out.”

Jaxon pulled James in close and planted a kiss on the top of his head.

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Inside the crowded theater, New Directions was ushered to their respective seats. Will nodded a thank you to the usher as he lead the Glee Club, Dillon, Declan, Chuck, Reece, and Claude to their seats.

“Alright guys,” Will said. “This is it. Nationals.”

As the rest of the group took their seats, Dillon pulled Nicole aside. He took her hands and held them gently.

“You’re gonna be amazing out there,” Dillon said. “I have faith in you. You’re gonna win this year. John would have been so proud of you. And you look positively stunning.”

Nicole smiled shyly. “Thank you, Dillon. I miss John so much. He was one of my closest friends.”

“I know,” Dillon said. “But you were always so strong, Nicole. That’s one of the things I admire most about you.”

Nicole blushed. “Dillon…”

“I’m going to go get us something to drink, okay? Be right back.”

Dillon headed toward the exit as Nicole took a seat beside Honey and Declan.

“You were pretty close to John,” Honey said.

“We’re best friends, right? You and I?” Nicole asked.

“Of course,” Honey said. “Why? What’s going on?”

Nicole looked toward the exit to make sure Dillon wasn’t coming back yet.

“About John,” Nicole said. “I had a huge crush on him.”

“Oh my gosh,” Honey said. “Are you kidding me?”

“I wanted to ask him out but I never had the courage to do so,” Nicole said. “I mean, he was some football jock and I was just some nerdy girl from the Brainiacs. But because I never did, I met the love of my life.”

Nicole smiled as she saw Dillon headed her way, drinks in hand.

“I got you Dr. Pepper,” Dillon said.

“Awesome,” Nicole said.

Honey’s smile quickly faded as she seemed to be lost in thought about what Nicole said.

Jaxon and Hallie stretched their necks, practically climbing all over Lana to get a better view at the celebrity judges.

“Jaxon, would you please get your elbow out of my sternum?” Lana asked. “And Hallie, your hand shouldn’t be there right now.”

“Sorry,” Jaxon said.

“I’m telling you that’s her,” Hallie said.

“It can’t be Britney Spears,” Jaxon said.

Lana sighed. “If I say it’s Britney Spears will you two get off me and let a girl breathe? Geez.”

“Oh my gosh!” Jaxon exclaimed. “That is Britney Spears! I think I’m gonna faint.”

“Then please do so elsewhere,” Lana said, dumping Jaxon backwards into Miles’ lap.

Miles looked down at Jaxon, perplexed. “Um, Jaxon? Do you think you can move your hand? I’m not comfortable with its current location.”

“Sorry,” Jaxon said. “Unintentional.”

Jaxon got up and returned to his own seat.

“I think it’s starting,” Lana said.

“I will be right back,” Chuck said. “I need to get some apple sauce.”

“Apple sauce?” Breezy asked.

“Yes,” Chuck said. “Don’t hate. I love my apple sauce.”

“I think there’s a grocery store across the street,” Rose said. “And pick me up some Evian. I’ll pay you when you get back.”

“Why don’t you just go to the fountain?” Kevin asked.

“Because it’s not Evian water,” Rose said.

"But water's water," Kevin said.

The lights slowly began to dim and the auditorium got quiet.

“Welcome to the 2016 National Show Choir Championship Showcase,” the announcer called over the loudspeaker. “Please put your hands together for our celebrity judges. All the way from the United Kingdom and here to promote their newest album, One Direction!”

Five guys stood up as the audience went wild. They waved, huge smiles on their face.

“Queen of pop, songwriter, actress, X Factor judge, and worldwide superstar, Britney Spears!”

Jaxon and Hallie looked at one another, freaking out. They began to jump up and down until two hands shot up, grabbed them, and pulled the back into their seats.

“Sit down,” Lana and Miles said in unison.

“And comedienne and talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres!”

Ellen stood up and did a little dance with Britney as the crowd broke out into cheers.

“First up,” the announcer said. “From PS 235 in Harlem, New York, the Harlem Hip Hop Choir!”

The curtain rose and a young man and a young woman stood in front, dressed in all black suits. Behind them, the rest of the Glee Club stood, dressed in choir robes. The choir began to vocalize as Reggie stepped forward.

“As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I take a look at my life and realize there's nothin' left,” Reggie rapped. “’Cause I've been blasting and laughing so long that even my mama thinks that my mind is gone. But I ain't never crossed a man that didn't deserve it. Me be treated like a punk, you know that's unheard of. You better watch how you're talking and where you're walking or you and your homies might be lined in chalk. I really hate to trip but I gotta loc. As they croak, I see myself in the pistol smoke, fool. I'm the kinda G the little homies wanna be like. On my knees in the night saying prayers in the streetlight.”

“Been spending most their lives living in the gangsta's paradise,” the choir sang. “Been spending most their lives living in the gangsta's paradise. Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise. Keep spending most our lives, living in the gangsta's paradise.”

“Tell me why are we so blind to see?” LC, the female lead vocalist, sang. “That the ones we hurt are you and me.”

“Been spending most their lives living in the gangsta's paradise,” the choir sang. “Been spending most their lives living in the gangsta's paradise. Keep spending most our lives living in the gangsta's paradise. Keep spending most our lives living in the gangsta's paradise.”

“Power and the money, money and the power,” Reggie rapped. “Minute after minute, hour after hour. Everybody's running, but half of them ain't looking. What's going on in the kitchen, but I don't know what's cookin'. They say I gotta learn, but nobody's here to teach me. If they can't understand it, how can they reach me? I guess they can't, I guess they won't. I guess they front, that's why I know my life is out of luck, fool.”

“Been spending most their lives living in the gangsta's paradise,” the choir sang. “Been spending most their lives living in the gangsta's paradise. Keep spending most our lives living in the gangsta's paradise. Keep spending most our lives living in the gangsta's paradise.”

“Tell me why are we so blind to see?” LC sang. “That the one's we hurt are you and me. Tell me why are we so blind to see? That the one's we hurt are you and me?”

The lights shut off suddenly, casting the stage into darkness as Harlem Hip Hop Choir prepared for their next song.

“Oh gosh," Chuck said, returning to his seat, a pouch to his lips. "Do you know that they sell apple sauce in pouches? And it's strawberry flavored! I am in heaven.”

Lana nodded her head. “Okay then.”

“Here’s your Evian,” Chuck said, passing a bottle to Rose. She dug out some change, but Chuck shook his head.

“You sure?” Rose asked.

“It’s no big deal,” Chuck said. “Don’t worry about it.”

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Bella walked to the middle of the stage, facing the closed curtain, her heart beating fast.

I hope I can do your song, your words justice, John. The last thing I want is to get out there and mess this up. You deserve to shine today. You deserve your chance in the spotlight. I’m gonna try my best to win this for you.

“From Lima, Ohio and singing an original song, Bella James and The New Directions!” The announcer called.

Bella took one last breath as the curtains parted and she stepped out into the bright lights.

“There's no electricity in your touch,” Bella sang. “And the darkness is just too much. I need some space to light a spark. Reignite this love to shine through the dark. I'm trying to get through to you but you can't see the light. I tried to keep the candles burning to see through the darkness tonight.”

“But you blacked out your feelings and all that we've been through,” Bella sang as Honey, Miles, and Nicole joined in, singing backing vocals. “I'd still walk through pitch blackness to make my way to you. Oh, I'm not giving up on this blackout of love. Even if we never see the light, I just got to make this right.”

“They all say that I should just give up,” Bella sang as she walked to the front of the stage. “But I will not quit, won't give up on love. 'Cause beyond the dark lays a glimmer of light. Shining like a beacon, gleaming so bright. I'm trying to get through to you but you can't see the light. I tried to keep the candles burning to see through the darkness tonight.”

“But you blacked out your feelings and all that we've been through,” Bella and the others sang. “I'd still walk through pitch blackness to make my way to you. Oh, I'm not giving up on this blackout of love. Even if we never see the light, I just got to make this right.”

“Oh, why are you so mad at me?” Honey, Miles, and Nicole sang.

“When even in the day, you can't see,” Bella sang. “I'm not the one who caused this blackout and deep inside, you know there's no doubt. After everything that I gave, isn't there something worth it to save?”

“But you blacked out your feelings and all that we've been through,” Bella and the others sang. “I'd still walk through pitch blackness to make my way to you. Oh, I'm not giving up on this blackout of love. Even if we never see the light, I just got to make this right.”

“Baby, blacked out your feelings,” Bella sang. “Oh, all that we've been through. Yeah, through the pitch blackness, I find my way to you. I'm not giving up, giving up in this blackout of love and if we never see the light, we had to make this right.”

Bella wiped tears from her eyes as the crowd stood up and applauded. Bella smiled as he looked up at the sky.

“You made it, John,” she whispered.

The next song began as the Femme Fatales scrambled out onstage. Bella ran backstage to join Hallie, who was watching the performance from stage left.

“How are you holding up?” Bella asked. “Considering that now you know that Lana and Ana aren’t really dating?”

“That kiss at Prom was very real,” Hallie said. “And if Ana has eyes for Lana, she had better think again.”

The music began as the Femme Fatales took their positions.

“And you can dance,” Ana said. “For inspiration. Come on! I'm waiting.”

“Get into the groove, boy you've got to prove your love to me, yeah,” the Femme Fatales sang. “Get up on your feet, yeah. Step to the beat, boy what will it be?”

“Music can be such a revelation,” Lana sang. “Dancing around, you feel the sweet sensation.”

“We might be lovers if the rhythm's right,” Adam sang. “I hope this feeling never ends tonight.”

“Only when I'm dancing can I feel this free,” Ana sang. “At night I lock the doors, where no one else can see. I'm tired of dancing here all by myself. Tonight I wanna dance with someone else.”

“Get into the groove, boy you've got to prove your love to me, yeah,” the Femme Fatales sang. “Get up on your feet, yeah. Step to the beat, boy what will it be?”

“Gonna get to know you in a special way,” Karina sang. “This doesn't happen to me every day.”

“Don't try to hide it, love wears no disguise,” Natasha sang. “I see the fire burning in your eyes.”

“Only when I'm dancing can I feel this free,” Ana sang. “At night I lock the doors, where no one else can see. I'm tired of dancing here all by myself. Tonight I wanna dance with someone else.”

“Get into the groove, boy you've got to prove your love to me, yeah,” the Femme Fatales sang. “Get up on your feet, yeah. Step to the beat, boy what will it be?”

“Live out your fantasy here with me," Scarlett sang. “Just let the music set you free.”

“Touch my body, move in tight,” Ana sang. “Now I know you're mine.”

As Ana sang that lyric, she pulled Lana in close and began to dance against her. From stage left, Hallie’s eyes narrowed with anger. Bella reached up and laid her hand on her shoulder.

“It’s all an act, Hallie,” Bella reassured her.

“I don’t know anymore,” Hallie said. “I don’t trust her after what she pulled at Prom. But she made a huge mistake trying to get her claws on my girl.”

Bella was stunned, unable to speak.

“Get into the groove, boy you've got to prove your love to me, yeah,” the Femme Fatales sang. “Get up on your feet, yeah. Step to the beat, boy what will it be?”

As the song ended, the lights dropped as Karina, Scarlett, and Jennifer all ran off stage and the rest of New Directions ran onstage. The lights came back on and everyone was in position.

“My baby moves at midnight, goes right on till the dawn,” Jaxon sang as he began to dance. “My woman takes me higher, my woman keeps me warm.”

“What you doin' on your back? Aah!” New Directions sang. “What you doin'on your back? Aah! You should be dancing, yeah! Dancing, yeah!”

Slowly, the audience climbed to their feet and began to move to the beat, clapping along. From the crowd, Will gave them a thumbs-up.

“She's juicy and she's trouble,” Miles sang. “She gets it to me good. My woman gives me power, goes right down to my blood.”

“What you doin' on your back? Aah!” New Directions sang. “What you doin'on your back? Aah! You should be dancing, yeah! Dancing, yeah!”

“My baby moves at midnight,” Honey sang. “Goes right on till the dawn. My baby takes me higher, my baby keeps me warm.”

“What you doin' on your back? Aah!” New Directions sang. “What you doin'on your back? Aah! You should be dancing, yeah! Dancing, yeah! You should be dancing, yeah! You should be dancing, yeah! You should be dancing, yeah! You should be dancing, yeah! You should be dancing, yeah.”

The crowd burst into a loud applause as New Directions took their bows.

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Will and Sue took a deep breath as they stepped forward and looked at the list of the top ten show choirs.


Harlem Hip Hop Choir

Portland Scale Blazers

New Directions


Will stopped there when he saw their name. They had made it to the showcase! He tried to keep calm, not wanting to spoil the surprise too soon.

“So?” Bella asked. “Did we make it?”

Will fought back tears. “Yes, yes we did. We’re going to the showcase. If we want to win this thing, we need to do a duet and it has to be our two strongest vocalists.”

“That would be Jaxon and Lana,” Miles said. “They could win this for sure.”

“Are we still going with ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing?’ Will asked.

“No,” Nicole said. “That song is too predictable. We’d lose for lack of originality. According to the rules, songs featured in movies but not written for movies can be used, so I recommend Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer,’ which was used in Almost Famous.”

“That’s a really strong song,” Will said. “With Jaxon and Lana singing it, we’re sure to take the top spot. You guys think that you can do it?”

“I’ve got this. ‘Tiny Dancer’ is one of my favorite songs,” Lana said.

“I know that we didn’t practice it, but we have about half an hour to go over the lyrics and work out some staging,” Sue said.

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Will was nervous as he sat beside Sue and Emma. His fists were clutched so tight as he stared at the curtain that his knuckles were turning white.

“Welcome to the Showcase round,” the announcer said. “Our top ten show choirs will now perform one song to determine their place within the top ten. First up, from McKinley high school in Lima, Ohio – the New Directions!”

Miles exhaled sharply as he began to play piano. Lana and Jaxon walked out in front of the curtain and took their places.

“Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band,” Jaxon sang. “Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man.”

“Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand,” Lana sang. “And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand.”

“Jesus freaks out in the street,” Jaxon sang. “Handing tickets out for God. Turning back, she just laughs. The boulevard is not that bad.”

“Piano man he makes his stand in the auditorium,” Lana sang. “Looking on, she sings the songs. The words she knows, the tune she hums.”

“But oh how it feels so real,” Jaxon sang. “Lying here with no one near. “

“Only you and you can hear me when I say softly, slowly,” Lana sang.

“Hold me closer tiny dancer,” Jaxon and Lana sang. “Count the headlights on the highway. Lay me down in sheets of linen, you had a busy day today. Hold me closer tiny dancer. Count the headlights on the highway. Lay me down in sheets of linen, you had a busy day today.”

“Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band,” Jaxon sang. “Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man.”

“Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand,” Lana sang. “And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand.”

“But oh how it feels so real,” Jaxon sang. “Lying here with no one near. “

“Only you and you can hear me when I say softly, slowly,” Lana sang.

“Hold me closer tiny dancer,” Jaxon and Lana sang. “Count the headlights on the highway. Lay me down in sheets of linen, you had a busy day today.”

Behind them, the curtain rose and the rest of New Directions stood together in a row.

“Hold me closer tiny dancer,” New Directions sang. “Count the headlights on the highway. Lay me down in sheets of linen, you had a busy day today.”

Will was the first to his feet to applaud, never more proud of them than he was in this moment. The rest of the audience followed suit.

Jaxon hugged Lana, holding her tightly.

“You were amazing,” Jaxon said.

New Directions left the stage as the curtain dropped again, allowing the Harlem Hip Hop Choir to move into position for their showcase song.

“Good luck,” Jaxon said to Reggie.

Reggie smiled as he shook Jaxon’s hand. “Thanks, man. You too. And for what it counts, you guys were amazing.”

“You too,” Jaxon said as he turned around and headed backstage.

Reggie parted the curtain and stepped forward, out onto the stage.

“Look,” he said, raising the microphone to his mouth. “If you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip? Yo.”

The curtain rose behind Reggie.

“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy,” Reggie rapped. “There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti. He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting what he wrote down. The whole crowd goes so loud. He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out. He's choking how, everybody's joking now. The clock's run out, time's up over, blough! Snap back to reality, oh there goes gravity. Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked. He's so mad, but he won't give up that easy, no. He won't have it , he knows his whole back's to these ropes. It don't matter, he's dope. He knows that, but he's broke. He's so stagnant he knows when he goes back to his mobile home, that's when it's back to the lab again, yo. This whole rhapsody, he better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him.”

“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it, you better never let it go,” Reggie and the Harlem Hip Hop Choir sung. “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo. You better lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime. You better.”

“No more games, I'm a change what you call rage,” Reggie rapped. “Tear this big ole’ freaking roof off like two dogs caged. I was playing in the beginning, the mood all changed. I've been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage but I kept rhyming and stepped right into the next cypher. Best believe somebody's paying the pied piper. All the pain inside amplified by the fact that I can't get by with my nine to five and I can't provide the right type of life for my family. ‘Cause man, these goddamn food stamps don't buy diapers and it's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life and these times are so hard, and it's getting even harder. Trying to feed and water my seed, plus teeter totter caught up between being a father and a prima donna. Baby mama drama's screaming on and too much for me to wanna stay in one spot, another day of monotony has gotten me to the point, I'm like a snail. I've got to formulate a plot or I end up in jail or shot. Success is my only really other option, failure's not. Mom, I love you, but this trailer's got to go. I cannot grow old in Salem's lot. So here I go, it's my shot. Feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got.”

“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it, you better never let it go,” Reggie and the Harlem Hip Hop Choir sung. “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo. You better lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime. You better.”

You can do anything you set your mind to, man,” Reggie said as the lights dropped.

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Will paced back and forth as he awaited the results. Sue wrestled with whether or not to tell him to stop pacing, but decided it wasn’t worth the effort.

“Excuse me,” a man in fancy business suit said as he approached Will. “May we see you and New Directions onstage?”

Will was shocked, not knowing whether or not this was a good sign.

“Sure,” he stammered.

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Onstage, the Harlem Hip Hop Choir and the Portland Scale Blazers also awaited. Will looked at Sue, who shrugged her shoulders.

“Hello, everybody,” Britney Spears said as she walked onstage.

“Oh my lord,” Jaxon said. “I can’t believe she’s so close. I thought I freaked out when I met Adam Lambert, but this is so much better.”

Lana smacked Jaxon in the back of the head.

“Calm down, Skippy,” she said.

“We’ve decided on the ranking of the ten teams in the showcase and the three teams currently onstage are our top three,” Britney said. “Give them a round of applause, please.”

The audience clapped as Britney adjusted the microphone stand.

“The other teams have been personally told what their rank is and have won trophies for making it to the showcase round. But now, it’s time to crown our top three. In third place, The Portland Scale Blazers!”

The boys from One Direction carried a bronze trophy over to the Portland Scale Blazers, who celebrated their win and headed offstage. The man in the business suit motioned the two remaining choirs to move closer together.

“And now, your 2016 National Champions, all the way from Ohio, New Directions!”

Will’s mouth dropped in utter shock as he found himself so excited, he grabbed Sue and hugged her. Sue looked uncomfortable at first, but her pride at winning soon overrode her discomfort.

“We did it!” Jaxon exclaimed, throwing his arms around James.

Honey tightly held Nicole’s hand as they looked up to the sky.

“We did it, John,” Honey said. “We kept our promise and we won it for you.”

Bella wiped a tear from her eyes as she threw her arms around Nicole and Honey.

“We won because of John. That song was beautiful,” Bella said.

Jaxon walked over and extended his hand to Reggie. Reggie smiled as he took it and shook it.

“Congrats on making it to second place,” Jaxon said. “Last year we only got to 11th place.”

Reggie nodded. “Congrats on dethroning us and upsetting our streak. You guys deserve it. I hope to see you guys again next year. You’re the only show choir worth a damn to compete against.”

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New Directions stood outside the theater as everyone left. Will decided to let the kids have a little more time to look around as he still have plenty of time to them back home before the weekend was over.

“We did some looking around,” James said. “Hollywood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Around the corner, we saw a few prostitutes. Lana got snubbed by someone from Jersey Shore. And there are plastic surgeons’ offices on every street it seems.”

“Hollywood is fake,” Reece said. “And we got caught up in all the hoopla.”

“Perhaps it’s best I’m going to go to NYADA,” Jaxon said. “It’s all broken dreams here. I saw at least seven homeless people on a four minute walk. They all shouted at me to give up on my dreams before I end up like them. It was kind of scary.”

“You know,” Lana said. “This reminds me of a little song.”

“We can’t just perform it out here,” Lucas said. “They can arrest us for disturbing the peace.”

Lana smiled as she walked over to the empty theater and opened the door.

“I overheard the janitor,” she said. “He’s not coming back for an hour. Follow me.”

“Lana, I really can’t condone this,” Will said.

“Oh lighten up, William,” Sue said. “They just won Nationals. Besides, I can never resist being somewhere I’m not supposed to be. I am turned on by the danger.”

Will looked disgusted. “Alrighty then.”

Lana and the rest of New Directions bolted down the empty aisles, squealing with delight as they headed toward the stage.

“Alright,” Lana said. “We have instruments, we just need people to play them. I got drums.”

“I got lead guitar,” Jaxon said with a smile.

“I can play bass,” Reece said.

“I got rhythm guitar,” Evan said.

“Perfect,” Lana said. “Hole's 'Celebrity Skin' on three. One, two, three, let’s rock!”

“Oh, make me over,” Lana sang as she drummed along. “I’m all I wanna be. A walking study in demonology.”

“Hey, so glad you could make it,” New Directions sang. “Yeah, now you've really made it. Hey, so glad you could make it now.”

“Oh, look at my face,” Jaxon sang. “My name is might have been. My name is never was. My name's forgotten.”

“Hey, so glad you could make it,” New Directions sang. “Yeah, now you've really made it. Hey, there's only us left now.”

“When I wake up in my makeup,” Taylor sang. “It's too early for that dress. Wilted and faded somewhere in Hollywood. I'm glad I came here with your pound of flesh.”

“No second billing 'cause you're a star now,” Rose sang. “Oh, Cinderella, they aren't sluts like you. Beautiful garbage, beautiful dresses. Can you stand up or will you just fall down?”

“You better watch out,” James sang. “Oh, what you wish for. It better be worth it. So much to die for.”

“Hey, so glad you could make it,” New Directions sang. “Yeah, now you've really made it. Hey, there's only us left now.”

“When I wake up in my makeup,” Nicole sang. “Have you ever felt so used up as this? It's all so sugarless, hooker-waitress, model-actress, oh, just go nameless!”

“Honeysuckle, she's full of poison,” Honey sang. “She obliterated everything she kissed. Now she's fading somewhere in Hollywood. I came here with your pound of flesh.

“You want a part of me?” Evan sang. “Well, I'm not selling cheap.”

“No, I'm not selling cheap,” Miles sang.

Taylor waited until everyone was busy and no was looking before walking over to Nicole, grabbing her arm, and walking her off the side of the stage.

“I think you should see this,” Taylor said.

“What?” Nicole asked.

Taylor took John’s journal out of her duffel bag. “I waited until Mr. Schue had his back turned and I slipped this out of his messenger bag . Well, I mean I borrowed it…without permission. I heard what you said about John and Mr. Schue was whispering something to Sue about what you said and he mentioned the journal so I did some investigating. I have the corner of the page folded down.”

Nicole took the journal questioningly, slowly opening it up to the page in question.

Nicole quickly scanned the page. Her mouth fell open.

“I know Nicole is so shy that she would just say no if I asked her out,” Nicole read. “But I am head over heels in love with her. It hurts me that she only sees me as a friend. I am so tired of being alone, so tired of this dark void inside. I just long to be loved.”

“Looks like the feeling was mutual,” Taylor said.

“But…he killed himself because he was lonely and he just wanted to be loved,” Nicole said. “And he loved me but he was waiting for me to ask him out…and I never did because I was too shy. I’m responsible for his death! If I had just asked him out, he’s still be alive right now.”

Nicole dropped the journal to the floor with a thud, drawing everyone’s attention to her direction. In tears, Nicole ran off the stage, not looking back. Dillon immediately chased after her.

“Nicole!” Honey called.

“Nicole?” Will asked.

Will instinctively reached for the journal in his messenger bag, but didn’t find it. He looked at Taylor, his hands sternly on his hips as she picked up the journal and made a feeble attempt to hide it behind her back.

“Oops,” Taylor said.


THE END

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