After the 100th episode two part celebration concludes next week, Glee will say goodbye to Lima, OH, to follow the stories of the graduates as they make their way in New York City.
Check out these brand new stills from the first of the all-New York episodes, titled “New New York,” set to air on April 1st. Adam Lambert guest stars, and as you can see here, his character, Elliott, gets together with Kurt (Chris Colfer) to sing a tune. We know the song is “Rockstar” by A Great Big World, and and some point, the duo will end up in leather and eyeliner!
This is Adam’s last appearance on the show, for at least the near future, so it’s gonna be bittersweet.
GLEE: Elliott (guest star Adam Lambert, R) meets up with Kurt (Chris Colfer, L) in the “New New York” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, April 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Eddy Chen/FOX
GLEE: Elliott (guest star Adam Lambert, R) and Kurt (Chris Colfer, L) perform in the “New New York” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, April 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Eddy Chen/FOX
The entire New York City Cast, including Chris Colfer (Kurt), Darren Criss (Blaine), Chord Overstreet (Sam), Kevin McHale (Artie), Lea Michele (Rachel) and guest star, Amber Riley (Mercedes) were in New York City, shooting location scenes, which should make the first few episodes feel authentic. Naya Rivera (Santana) will not appear in the first 3 New York City episodes, and possibly not for the rest of the season. Sources say she won’t be returning as a regular next season. It also looks like Jenna Ushkowitz’s character, Tina, won’t be moving to New York City. But reliable spoilers report that she will appear in Episode 17.
More songs for the episode include “You Make Me Feel So Young” sung by Kurt and Blaine, “People” sung by Rachel, “Don’t Sleep in the Subway,” performed in Grand Central Station, sung by Rachel and Artie, “Downtown” sung by Blaine, Kurt, Artie and Sam in Washington Square Park in the Village and “Best Day of My Life” sung by Blaine and Sam in Times Square. The last 3 performances were all filmed on location.
Here’s an extended summary of the episode from FOX.
Having left Lima following graduation, Blaine, Sam and Artie join Rachel and Kurt in New York. While Kurt and Blaine begin to settle into their newfound domestic bliss, Kurt grows increasingly frustrated by the omnipresence of couch-surfing Sam… but is Sam the sole cause of Kurt’s intensifying feelings of claustrophobia? Meanwhile, Sam has grown more and more discouraged by his lack of success since arriving in NYC. Blaine tries to boost his Lima bestie’s flagging spirits, inspiring Sam to re-attack his modeling career with a renewed sense of vigor. And Artie – who seems to have taken to the hustle and bustle of New York City like a fish to water – has his characteristic confidence shaken to the core when a mugger steals his laptop.
Back in New York following an out-of-town run of Funny Girl, Rachel is surprised by a luxurious ‘thank you’ gift from the show’s producers in the form of a private car and driver, at her disposal 24/7. While she first views the gift as something well deserved and a boon to be flaunted, she soon realizes her good fortune may come at a greater cost to her friendships, and to herself. And Blaine begins to worry about the blossoming friendship between Kurt and his bandmate Elliott, leading Blaine to confront “Starchild” about his intentions towards his fiancée, and forcing a decision about the future of Blaine and Kurt’s relationship.
A few months after the end of the glee club, New Directions alumni are adjusting to their new lives in the Big Apple: Blaine and Sam have moved in with Kurt, while Artie experiences difficulties navigating the mean streets of Manhattan. Also, Rachel gets accustomed to being a Broadway star, and Mercedes (guest star Amber Riley) moves to New York to work on her album
Ooh. There may be a few bumps in the road for Kurt and Blaine! Is Elliott in the middle of a love triangle? Indeed, all of the characters face challenges as they make a home in the big city. Mercedes will move to New York City to work on her album.
What Lies Ahead for the Rest of the Season
Producer Brad Falchuk, talked about the move to New York with reporters at a recent press day for the 100th episode.
We’re just ready to start telling adult stories with these kids. They’ve grown up and they are going to keep growing up. There are stories you can tell for 20-, 21-year-olds that you can’t tell for 16-year-olds. I think people love those characters and they want to see where they end up and what happens to them and see how they react to the world, which is different to how they react to high school.
New New York sounds full of fun and froth, but the stories will turn serious, quickly. The episode following “New New York,” titled “Bash,” deals with the aftermath of gay bashing. A student the kids knew is killed, while in a separate incident, Kurt is hurt trying to help a man during a homophobic hate crime. The third all New York episode is titled “Tested.” The kids consider or actually get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. “Opening Night” follows. Would it be a stretch to assume it’s Rachel Berry’s debut in Funny Girl? This is the episode Tina will appear in. Who know, maybe more far flung alums will make their way to Broadway to cheer Rachel on…
One big question: Will Matthew Morrison (Will) and Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) make their way to New York City? One is expecting a baby, and the other is still principal of McKinley. “I can’t see them not using myself or Jane for the whole rest of the show, but we’ll see what happens,” Matthew told TV Guide. “I honestly don’t know.” I could see them dropping Matt, but hanging on to Jane, because the producers have said they can’t imagine the show without her.