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In New York, Rachel is turning into an insufferable diva ever since her big win at the Winter Showcase. She has become popular, won’t take her calls, and asks Kurt to make her tea. Kurt is sick of her thinking she’s better than everyone else and challenges her to Midnight Madness (NYADA’s singing version of Fight Club).
Finn is self-conscious, because he fears that Will will push him aside as leader of the Glee club when he returns. He’s worried about Regionals too - the group is missing members who had big voices and huge attitude, like Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana. Emma encourages him to center the week’s lesson on diva songs to teach the kids to be more confident. Emma will be the guest judge who picks the winner of a diva-off. Unique, Blaine, Tina, Brittany, Kitty, and Marley show off their inner divas by singing “Diva” by Beyonce while wearing crazy outfits and having a lot of attitude.
Tina creates a cold-buster kit for Blaine, who has been sick. She’s obviously into him but he either doesn’t realize it or is trying to ignore it. He plays “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen on the piano to inspire the boys to get excited about diva week by singing a Freddie Mercury song, showing that boys can be divas too.
Santana makes a surprise appearance to sing “Nutbush City Limits” (Ike & Tina Turner) with the Louisville cheerleaders as back-up. She’s upset that Brittany is dating Sam and didn’t tell her. (Santana and Sam dated during the show’s second season.) To make it seem like she doesn’t care, she introduces everyone to her girlfriend, Elaine (one of the cheerleaders).
Finn is feeling down, because he hasn’t been interested in other women since Rachel left and he knows that she has been living with Brody. Emma makes him feel better by telling him to get back in the saddle and asks him to help her pick a centerpiece arrangement for the wedding. She is stressed out from planning everything without Will, since he's still in Washington, D.C.
Santana confronts Sam in the auditorium, telling him to stop dating Brittany because it’s driving her crazy and it’s only revenge because Santana broke up with her. Sam doesn’t back down, so Santana proposes a sing-off. She launches into “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine” (Barbara Streisand and Kim Carnes) as Brittany looks on from the back of the room.
Tina feels upstaged by Santana, who doesn’t even go to the school anymore, and admires Blaine from afar. She decides to stop being afraid of going after what she wants and goes to Blaine’s house to talk about songs she can use for the diva-off. Blaine, who is on cold medicine, falls asleep, and Tina confesses her love for him and puts vapor-rub on his chest.
The students at NYADA sneak into an empty classroom to hold the Midnight Madness competition. In total darkness, the song “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables is chosen at random, and Kurt and Rachel take turns singing it. At the end, the audience silently claps and stands next to the candidate they feel did the best. Even Rachel’s two friends stand with Kurt; by the closest margin in Midnight Madness history, Kurt wins.
Tina unexpectedly confronts Blaine, telling him that she’s sick of giving him all of her heart and getting no recognition or love back. She walks out of the hallway wearing the same outfit and carrying the same boom box from Madonna’s “Hung Up” music video. In the courtyard outside, with the same back-up and break dancers from the video, she performs her diva-off song. Everyone is taken aback and obviously impressed. Emma later presents her the award and everyone is happy for her. Even Blaine approaches her and tells her that she is the most important person in his life right now and asks her to be his date for Will and Emma’s wedding.
Meanwhile, Rachel is hung up on losing to Kurt and refuses to go to the open auditions for Funny Girl with him. She confesses that she can’t handle the pressures of being a star without becoming a nightmare. Kurt tells her that she’s a diva because she’s talented, ambitious, and original, and they make up.
Emma is freaking out about the arrangements because she doesn’t think Will likes them. She needs everything to be perfect because her first wedding went wrong, and the marriage was ruined before it even began. Finn tries to console her and ends up kissing her. When he realizes what he’s done (Emma just stands there, stunned), he turns and leaves.
Sue calls out Santana for dropping out of college a month ago and offers her a job coaching the Cheerios. When Santana tells Brittany the news, Brittany gives her a pep talk, telling her that Santana has to go where she is appreciated and can be a part of a community. Brittany convinces her that she has to follow her dreams and go to New York.
Santana starts singing “Girl on Fire” (Alicia Keys) during a montage of scenes: she sings in the auditorium, walks down the hallway before running out of the school, gets out of a subway station with a suitcase and walks up to Rachel and Kurt’s apartment door. At the end of the song, she informs them that she’s moving in.