Advertisements Yeah, they've had the songs from this episode posted to gleethemusic.com since Friday... and the New Directions songs have been out there for a few weeks, so the songs weren't really a surprise to me. Nor, frankly, was the ending - you had to know that New Directions was going onto Nationals. Still, there is something about the competition episodes that keeps the adrenaline up, and makes the rest of the series (more) worthwhile. The original songs, at least the ones they performed in competition, were really good! (The cynic in me has to point out: Of course they were... the show hired professional hitmakers to write them.) I would actually have trouble picking a favorite from one of those two. "Hell to the No," Mercedes song, was OK, but Schu was right, not a good competition song, nor was it as good as the others. I laughed so hard at Aural Intensity's song. That was so cheesy and so bad! I loved the Sister Act nun's reaction, "I didn't even like being pandered to when I was a stripper." Speaking of which, talk about irony, having Kathy Griffin play the judge who a parody of Christine O'Donnell. About the only thing more ironic would be having her play a parody of Sarah Palin. I really liked Kurt's rendition of "Blackbird." (Which, BTW, I believe was one of the songs that Paul McCartney included on a mix tape that he sent to Ryan Murphy before the song, asking him to include in the show.) I also liked the Warblers' "Misery." I was not crazy about "Raise Your Glass" - glad the show finally covered P!nk, but that song was not right for the Warblers. Plotwise, I'm glad that Quinn finally told Rachel off. It was mean, it was cruel, but I think it finally made Rachel grow up a little. Hopefully the show trusts itself enough to let Rachel's character develop a little bit.