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Glee: Swan Song

As New Directions regroups after Sectionals, Finn ponders his future with the club. Meanwhile, Rachel prepares for the NYADA Winter Showcase, and Kurt gets his shot at redemption with a second audition.

Source: FOX

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x9
Airdate: Thursday December 06th, 2012

Director: Brad Falchuk
Writer: Stacy Traub

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Eleven) Feb 06, 2013
UK (sky 1) Mar 03, 2013


Special Guest Stars
Kate HudsonKate Hudson
As Cassandra July
Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
As Carmen Tibideaux

Guest Stars
Alex NewellAlex Newell
As Wade Adams
Becca TobinBecca Tobin
As Kitty
Blake JennerBlake Jenner
As Ryder Lynn
Dean GeyerDean Geyer
As Brody Weston
Dot JonesDot Jones
As Coach Beiste
Iqbal ThebaIqbal Theba
As Principal Figgins
Jacob ArtistJacob Artist
As Jake Puckerman
Lauren Potter (2)Lauren Potter (2)
As Becky Jackson
Melissa BenoistMelissa Benoist
As Marley Rose
Samuel LarsenSamuel Larsen
As Joe Hart
Vanessa LengiesVanessa Lengies
As Sugar Motta
Main Cast
Matthew MorrisonMatthew Morrison
As Will Schuester
Jane LynchJane Lynch
As Sue Sylvester
Lea MicheleLea Michele
As Rachel Berry
Chris ColferChris Colfer
As Kurt Hummel
Jenna UshkowitzJenna Ushkowitz
As Tina Cohen-Chang
Kevin McHaleKevin McHale
As Artie Abrams
Naya RiveraNaya Rivera
As Santana Lopez
Darren CrissDarren Criss
As Blaine Anderson
Chord OverstreetChord Overstreet
As Sam Evans
Harry Shum, Jr.Harry Shum, Jr.
As Mike Chang
Heather MorrisHeather Morris
As Brittany Pierce
Cory MonteithCory Monteith
As Finn Hudson


The episode begins just after Marley fainted on stage. Santana knows that all this is Kitty’s doing as she was the one who made Marley starve. Will arrives and asks the team to go up on stage as leaving stage in the middle of the qualification for whatever reason, calls for immediate disqualification. The students didn’t know about this. Sue arrives and tells them that the Warblers have been declared the winners and Glee club lost the Sectionals. Looks like Christmas is early for Sue this year! In NY, Kurt tells Rachael that the Glee club lost and Rachael thinks that she should call Finn but then she decides against it. ..

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Episode Notes
Ellis Wylie was a contestant on Season One of the Glee Project. They make a short cameo as an audience member during Rachel's performance at the Winter Showcase.

This was the first episode where Brad speaks. Brad is the piano man.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Adophe AdamO Holy NightRachel's encour following her performance
Barbara StreisandBeing Good Isn't Good EnoughRachel's performace at the Winter Showcase.
Carson and GaileSomething StupidSam and Brittany explore their new feelings
Cast of ChicagoAll That JazzCassdandra and Rachel compete in class
Cast of CompanyBeing AliveKurt's surprise audition for NYADA
Crowded HouseDon't Dream It's OverFinn rallying the New Directions to stay together

Episode Quotes

Brad: "Sue Sylvester? I cannot thank you enough! I can't tell ya how much I hate those kids! Do you know how demeaning it is when they just turn to ya and yell, "Hit it!" and you just supposed to know what song they're gonna sing?!! I'm free! I'm free!!!"

Episode Goofs
There are two seats in the front row, that are repeatedly filled and emptied in different shots of Rachel's performance.

When Brittany is asking Sam on a date, she has a hair clip that appears and disappears.

When Carmen introduces Alexandra at the Winter Showcase, the ballet she says her song is from is incorrect. It is actually the ballet Coppelia.

When Carmen introduces Alexandra at the Winter Showcase, the ballet she says her song is from is incorrect. It is actually the ballet Coppelia.

Cultural References
When Finn is typing his e-mail to the former Glee club members. That is a reference to the scene in the movie "The Breakfast Club," as "Don't You Forget About Me" plays in the background.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRyan Murphy  |  Brad Falchuk  |  Ian Brennan
Executive ProducerIan Brennan  |  Dante DiLoreto  |  Brad Falchuk  |  Ryan Murphy
Co-Executive ProducerBradley Buecker  |  Stacy Traub
Supervising ProducerMichael Hitchcock
ProducerAlexis Martin  |  Kenneth J. Silverstein  |  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Co-ProducerKaren Romero  |  Zachary Woodlee
Consulting ProducerRussel Friend  |  Garrett Lerner
Story EditorRoss Maxwell
ChoreographerZachary Woodlee
Music ProducerRyan Murphy  |  Peer Astrom  |  Adam Anders
Executive Music ProducerRyan Murphy  |  Adam Anders
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