“Choke” is a brilliant episode because it does what I’ve said a million times that Glee does better than just about anything on television: show the world for what it is, and what it’s really capable of. In both Glee and life itself, wild moments of pure bliss (like these ridiculous songs) are totally possible. Everything that we dream of is completely possible. But everything that we fear and all that we dread is also possible, and the trouble with Glee and real life is that you can never quite control that spectrum, and so the worst of times—often quite like the best of times—comes when you least expect. But the silver lining, which we might not be able to see until sometime in the future, is that there’s beauty in all of it.