Sweet Dreams is the nineteenth episode of Glee's fourth season and the eighty-fifth episode overall. It premiered on April 18, 2013. This episode marks the last appearance of Finn Hudson in the series.
When the members of New Directions learn that the theme of this year's Regionals is "Dreams," everyone has his/her own opinion as to what they should sing, especially Marley, who has penned a few original songs. Due to last week's school shooting trauma, some New Direction's members cope in different ways while Coach Roz replaces Sue, and Blaine is suspicious about Sue's departure, pressing on Becky. Meanwhile, the day has finally come for Rachel to audition for the Broadway revival of Funny Girl, as her mom Shelby (special guest star, Idina Menzel) comes to offer her some much needed advice. In other news, Finn has arrived at The University of Lima, prepared to get his teaching degree but it takes an unexpected turn when college turns out to be one hell of a party and Finn meets an old friend.
PlotOpening with Finn talking about his experience at the University of Lima, where he is studying to be a teacher, he seems to be enjoying the party scene that is going on all around him, including the one in his dorm, where he helps Puck off the ground. Puck says that he will be Finn's new non-student roommate.
Over in New York, Rachel is preparing for her Funny Girl audition. Playing the role has been her dream for virtually her entire life, ever since she first saw the movie at age 5. During hermonologue, she tries on different hats, looks at her Barbra shrine, thinks about how Barbra became a star and convinces herself that she too can become one, which ends with her saying "Hello gorgeous."
In the teacher's lounge at WMHS, a particularly braggadocios Roz, who has just come from North Korea, has taken over the Cheerios from former coach, Sue. Shannon recommends that Will should make the effort to talk to Finn and apologize.
Marley is walking down the hallways of McKinley and talks about how she wants to bring her original songs to the masses, but is scared to do so, especially after the whole lockdown, which has caused several students to suffer from "PTSD." Sam is pretending to be his twin Evan Evans, a fake genius, while Unique is thinking about taking birth control pills to enhance her breasts, because that's what trans are doing elsewhere. Meanwhile, Brittany and Tina are talking about how Britt got an early offer to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, after they found out about her near perfect SAT scores while Tina is spotting a new fashion trend, Steam-Punk.
Over in the choir room, Will tells the kids this year's Regionals theme is Dreams and his plan is to take the theme literally, and mentions three specific songs with Dream in the title, Dream Weaver, Sweet Dreams, and You Make My Dreams Come True. Marley, however, wants them to discuss the set list, more specifically, talk about using original songs, but Will isn't interested in her idea and has Brad warm the kids up.
Later, Blaine conducts a secret Glee club meeting in the auditorium. He's convinced the set list will make them lose Regionals because despite being great songs, they're too old and they've already done one of the songs as mashup the year before. They think Will has lost touch and they should perform more recent songs. Marley brings up her songs and is quickly shot down, especially by Kitty, who does not want to sing about "a fat mother," a song about barfing, or a song about "loving an octoroon."
Over at the University, Puck and Finn are having another party, this time out in a hallway. As Finn manages to get two ladies to take their bikini tops off, Will shows up to apologize and asks him to come back to the Glee club and help him; Finn turns him down. Puck later comes up and says that he just got them invited to a fraternity party at Delta Kappa Chia, which ends with him saying he "needs to shave [his] hello giggles."
Back in the choir room, Blaine tells Will about the alternative songs they've looked at, which leads to Will snapping at them, more specifically Sam, Unique, and Blaine, and demands they rehearse his songs.
Over at NYADA, Shelby, Rachel's birth mother and Beth's adopted mother, shows up to see Rachel before the audition. She thinks that Rachel should try and avoid singing any of Barbra's songs at the audition, as the producers will likely be looking for a fresh interpretation of the role. Shelby and Rachel sing Emeli Sandé's Next to Me.
Over at the University of Lima, Finn and Puck hang out at a huge fraternity party and sing The Beastie Boys' Fight For Your Right (To Party). Afterwards the president and the person in charge of the recruitment chair, asks them to be members, without any hazing, which they agree.
In the auditorium of McKinley, Marley shows Blaine, Sam, and Unique one of her songs, You Have More Friends Than You Know. Will walks by and hears them and sees how much the kids are enjoying this and makes him question his motives. As the song ends, the kids love her song and ask if she has more. Blaine thinks they should tell Will about her songs, but Marley reminds him that he wasn't interested.
Rachel calls Finn and asks him about how things are going on at college and sounds shocked when she hears that Puck is there with him and is roommates with him. She asks him about the audition and wants to know what song he thinks she should sing. He suggests she go with something that takes her back to her roots, something that will make the producers fall in love with her.
A nervous Rachel gets ready to take the stage for her audition and says that she will be auditioning with a classic, Journey's Don't Stop Believin', and throughout her performance she remembers when she first sang the song with her friends and they appear in her head. Afterwards one of the producers asks her about what she was thinking during the song, which leads her to say that she had her friends on her mind.
Back at the university, Puck is demanding that Finn take his classes seriously because he wants them to prove to everyone that they have what it takes to succeed in life. Puck decides that he wants to stay at the university to work on his screenplay and make sure Finn becomes a great teacher.
Roz meets with Blaine and Becky, her Cheerios co-captains as she thinks Blaine put a hex on Sue, which caused her to bring a gun to school. Becky buts in saying, "but that's not what happened," which leads to Roz questioning her about how she knows that which quiets Becky. Roz then has them take a loyalty pledge that says that they won't do the same thing to her. Afterwards Blaine asks Becky about what happened with Sue, having noticed she was acting strange. Becky yells that she doesn't know anything and "that you should just mind your own gay business, gay Blaine" and storms away.
Finn tells Will he's willing to come back, so long as he's treated as an equal, and that the Dean has told Finn he can get college credit for working with the Glee Club. They hug and Will says he wants them to move forward. A happier Will apologizes to the Glee club for making them feel as if they don't have a voice and reintroduces Finn to them as his partner. Will then wants Marley to teach them one of her original songs.
Over in Rachel and Kurt's apartment, Kurt bakes cookies while Rachel waits by her phone. After some small talk, her phone rings with word that she's gotten a call-back. The episode ends with the kids performing one of Marley's songs, Outcast.
|Song Title||Original Artist||Performer(s)|
|Next to Me||Emeli Sandé||Rachel Berry and Shelby Corcoran|
|Fight for Your Right (To Party)||The Beastie Boys||Finn Hudson and Noah Puckerman|
with Party Guests
|You Have More Friends Than You Know||Mervyn Warren|
and Jeff Marx
|Don't Stop Believin'||Journey||Rachel Berry with Alumni|
- Land of Hope and Glory (Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 1) by Edward Elgar
- Harlem Shake by Baauer
- Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO
- Walkürenritt (Ride of the Valkyries) from Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
- Big Lights (Into the Wild) by Sam Adams
- Ebben, ne andrò lontana from La Wally by Alfredo Catalani
Special Guest Star
- Dot-Marie Jones as Shannon Beiste
- NeNe Leakes as Roz Washington
- Amy Aquino as Funny Girl producer
- Michael Lerner as Sidney Greene
- Alex Newell as Unique Adams
- Lauren Potter as Becky Jackson
- Melissa Benoist as Marley Rose
- Jacob Artist as Jake Puckerman
- Becca Tobin as Kitty Wilde
- Blake Jenner as Ryder Lynn
- Brad Benedict as Matt Cromley
- Casey Jon Deidrick as Chip
Absent Cast Members
- You Have More Friends Than You Know was conceived as an original song by Marley during the episode, but in reality, it's by Mervyn Warren and Jeff Marx.
- This episode received a rating of 2.1 with a viewer count of 6.14 million. Source
- This episode marks the last appearance of Finn Hudson on Glee due to actor Cory Monteith's sudden death on July 13, 2013. Monteith had shot scenes for the following episodes, but due to him entering rehab and unable to work, his scenes were cut.
- This episode features the return of Shelby Corcoran after Hold on to Sixteen in Season Three.
- This also marks her final appearance in the series.
- Rachel uses a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. When one of the producers called her, you could see the home screen and the notification bar wasn't green. Therefore, it wasn't a real phone call.
- When Puck and Finn have the conversation where they decide to apply themselves, you can see Cory's tattoo.
- The outfit Rachel wears during her voiceover about her Funny Girl audition, and specially the moment in which she says the line "Hello, Gorgeous" when she's looking at the mirror is a reference to Funny Girl's movie opening.
- Last episode where Puck appears as main character.
Shelby: You can't do Barbra.
Rachel: What? No! Fanny Brice is the most iconic role. Okay this is... this is the only way to do it.
Oh my god, what are you doing here?!
Finn: You were right.
Will: About what?
You're one of the most unique talents in the world. You always shine your brightest when you do something personal, something intimately important that defines you. Just do something that takes you back to the roots of your passion.