Final preparations for Nationals are underway in this episode of Glee. Tina hits her head which results in a particularly surreal segment of the show.
Rachel covers Jason Mraz' current hit single "I Won't Give Up." It becomes an ode to both her ongoing efforts to get into NYADA and her relationship with Finn. "I Won't Give Up" made headlines early this year by debuting at the top of the digital sales chart and opening in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 with very little promotion. It has also reached the top 10 at adult pop radio.
Glee had one of its most surreal segments after Tina hits her head in a mall fountain and then she sees all of the Glee characters switching who they are while still looking like themselves even when dressing up and acting like another character. Dressed up and acting like Rachel, Tina finally gets a standing ovation when she sings "Because You Loved Me." Written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster, "Because You Loved Me" was a #1 pop hit for six weeks for Celine Dion in 1996. It topped the adult contemporary chart for a phenomenal 19 weeks and was certified platinum for sales.
Coach Bieste and Puck discover they have some feelings in common. Both struggle with feeling worthless and are the victims of violence from others. They get together to sing Taylor Swift's "Mean" in one of the most charming and touching moments of the season. Taylor Swift has said the song was written about the personal attacks by a critic. "Mean" became her 13th song to sell more than a million copies. It peaked at #2 on the country chart and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Earlier in the episode the cast struggles through a stage performance of "Flashdance...What a Feeling" weighed down, literally, by Sue's efforts to introduce props into the act. The song is then used to close the episode and bring Rachel and Tina together in sharing the lead. It closes the episode as the pair join everyone else on the bus headed to Nationals in Chicago. The song is the title track for the soundtrack to the movie Flashdance. As recorded by Irene Cara, the song went to #1 on both pop and dance charts in 1983. It was also a top 5 adult contemporary and R&B hit. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture.