Most episodes of “Glee” serve as a PSA for social issues teenagers face, and it seemed as though the musical show had covered all of them by now but in tonight’s episode, titled “Bash,” the former Glee club kids, now New Yorkers, tackle a gay-bashing storyline. They sing “No One Is Alone” by the cast of “Into the Woods” while attending a candle-lit ceremony for a friend of a friend who fell victim to gay-bashing.
As Rachel (Lea Michele) prepares for the opening night of “Funny Girl,” she asks for leniency to accommodate her gruelling NYADA schedule, as her mid-winter critique performance is coming up. She and Blaine (Darren Criss) sing “Broadway Baby” by the cast of “Follies” in front of her peers and teachers, including the ever-intimidating Carmen Tibideaux (Whoopi Goldberg), which does not grant Rachel nor Blaine with much praise from their Dean, as the assignment was a solo and not a duet. Carmen gives them a second chance to perform at a later time, but when the new date interferes with Rachel’s “Funny Girl” schedule, she is forced to make a choice between school and the role of her dreams.
Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) continue to dance around their obvious chemistry while living together, but find it hard to resist each other and end up making out. When Sam’s efforts to woo her by telling her that her fur (albeit faux-fur) coat is sending the wrong message to people actually works, she sends him back to their apartment and sings “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin. Mercedes’ back-up singers don’t take a liking to their lead throwing caution to the wind to be with someone she dated in high school as Sam does little to impress them, but their concerns seem to have more to do with Sam and Mercedes’ differing races than anything else, which causes Mercedes to end things with Sam just as soon as they got together.
Rachel chooses to quit attending NYADA, which garners some concern from Kurt (Chris Colfer), as he worries for her future career without an education. The besties get into an argument over dinner and Rachel storms off. While on his way home, Kurt passes an alleyway where he notices a gay man getting beat up. Kurt stands up to them, but proves defenceless against the stronger males, who leave Kurt alone in the alleyway.
The gang rallies together when they find out about Kurt’s assault. They visit him in the hospital, where he remains unconscious and to show their friend their support, they sing “Not While I’m Around” by the cast of “Sweeney Todd,” which also serves as Blaine’s second mid-winter critique performance.
Mercedes invites Sam to her recording studio, and in light of Kurt’s assault, realized she was wrong to break up with him. She sings “Colour Blind,” an original song by Amber Riley, and they get back together, proving that they have more up-and-downs in their relationship than a roller coaster does.
After getting a visit from his father, Burt (Mike O’Malley), Kurt makes up with Rachel and they enjoy a night with their friends for their weekly pot-luck dinner, where Mercedes and Sam announce their relationship. Everyone shows up to support Kurt at his mid-winter critique, where he performs “I’m Still Here” by the cast of “Follies.”