Upon its initial airing, this episode was viewed by 11.15 million American viewers and garnered a 4.2/13 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic, according to the Nielsen ratings.The total viewership and ratings for this episode declined slightly from the previous episode, "Sexy".Quinn admits they have been together for a couple of weeks and tells Rachel that she doesn't belong in Lima.
While Will agrees that it's a great song, he says that it's not appropriate for Regionals, also noting that the best songs "come from a place of pain".Blaine is adamant that Kurt be his partner for it, and the vote in favor of it is nearly unanimous.As the two are about to practice their duet of "Candles", Blaine confesses that he wanted to spend more time with him, and they share their first kiss.Cover versions of six songs were featured, including "Raise Your Glass" by Pink and "Blackbird" by The Beatles.The episode also featured an extensive selection of original songs, more so than any previous episode of Glee.After the Warblers rehearse "Misery" in preparation for Regionals, Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) confesses his envy over how the Warblers always give Blaine (Darren Criss) the solo performance.Later, Kurt honors the sudden death of the Warblers' canary mascot, Pavarotti, with a performance of "Blackbird".Rachel (Lea Michele) tries to repair her relationship with Finn (Cory Monteith) and faces off with Quinn (Dianna Agron).New Directions wins the Midwest Regional Show Choir competition, advancing to the upcoming Nationals competition in New York City. For the 1995 song by Leftfield, see Original (Leftfield song). Blaine (Darren Criss) finally shows his affection for Kurt (Chris Colfer). Mc Kinley High's glee club, New Directions, decides to prepare original songs for the Regionals competition against the Dalton Academy Warblers, and Westvale High's Aural Intensity coached by Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).