I GET SOOOOOO EMOTIONAL, BABY.
You don’t understand the extent of my love for Whitney Houston’s music. It rivals my love of Klaine. So yeah… I love it a lot.
(SPOILERS for Glee Season 3 Episode 17 – Dance With Somebody) – p.s. I will post links to audio/video when I can. My internet is still f-ed up.
I knew I was going to feel all the feels during this episode, but I thought it was going to just be during the songs. While most of the songs were pretty powerful (in different ways), the main plot line of saying goodbye and impending separation hit home the most.
The show opened with a GOREGOUS a cappella version of How Will I Know, sung by Mercedes, Santana, Kurt and Rachel. While the original is upbeat, this version was slow and serious… have you ever really listened to the lyrics? How Will I Know If He Really Loves Me? All those who sang are seniors in relationships and there is an underlying theme of “What will happen next year?” No one’s post-McKinley future is set in stone. This song was kinda depressing, but in the best way possible. My biggest beef with it was the awkward transition (aurally) in the middle from the library to the stage segue… I wanted more song to make a smoother transition, but not enough time. Also, how can Mercedes have lit candles in her locker?! At least Kurt blew them out before they left the hallway.
After the Glee title card (which reminded me a bit of The Bodyguard), Will talks with Emma about how he’s confused as to why the kids are still bummed about Whitney’s death. (Shut up, Schue… I’m still super sad about this, and will continue to be for a long, long time.) Emma pulls out a pamphlet regarding the death of Lady Di and explains how Whitney’s death is to these kids what Lady’s Di’s death was to her… a physical manifestation of her pain. It’s easier to channel all your energy and focus into an outside source instead of dealing with your own problems… like, graduating and saying goodbye. (*cough* tonight’s theme)
In the choir room, Mercedes and Rachel are debating over who was supposed to star in The Bodyguard (Mercedes was right… Diana Ross and Steve McQueen were supposed to star back in the day). Mr. Schue interrupts them and says that this week’s assignment is Whitney songs. They will be sung not only to honor her memory (and NOT pass judgment on the rough patches of her life), but to explore the kids’ own feelings about saying goodbye. A quick cut to Blaine indicates that this is a sore spot for him (and this will be discussed at length a little later).
After glee rehearsal, Kurt asks Blaine to go with him to Between the Sheets (BEST sheet music store name EVER), but Blaine can’t go. Kurt goes alone and meets new character (who best NEVER show up again EVER) Chandler.
Chandler is everything I hate in this world – overly chipper, filled with horrible puns, and seems like someone who just wants to be your BFF and snort rainbows and stardust with you. Back the Fuck off, Chandler… Kurt’s with Blaine.
Or is he? (Yes, yes he is… but Klaine was not all sunshine and happiness this week)
Chandler was very forward with Kurt and after their spastic conversation (Chandler is auditioning for NYU… so they could potentially both be in NYC in the fall), he asked Kurt for his phone number. Kurt was obviously flattered. Obviously. Flattered.
At school the next day, Brittany starts singing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and grabs various Glee kids to come and dance with her. Quinn is not having it, and gives a look when Brit tries to dance with Quinn and Quinn’s wheelchair. We transition to the auditorium stage and Brittany and Santana are singing while dressed like classic Whitney (down to the horrendously awesome 80s makeup and hair). I loved this. I love this song. And while it didn’t quite meet the level of awesome as Whitney’s version, it was so upbeat and fun and I couldn’t help but smile.
After the song, Brittany said that she loved dancing with everyone. She told Quinn, “Quinn, you can still dance in my dreams. And fly and breathe fire.” Oh, Brit. But, poor Quinn.
When we came back from commercial, Joe approaches Quinn at her locker and asks her about physical therapy (she must have been there ALL last week since she was barely in last week’s episode). She says it’s depressing, so he offers to go with her. He says he wants to go because he cares about her and because he wants to be a good Christian. I can’t wait until we see Joe’s flaws… we get a little bit of that a little later tonight, but so far, he’s pretty squeaky clean, character-wise.
Will surprises Emma in her office with news that he hired a wedding planner. She had planned for their wedding to be around Christmas, but he wants it pushed up to May (May sweeps, anyone?). She asks if his reason for this is sex, but he says no and about how they’ve been in love for 3 years, so why wait until December. Lots of kissing ensues. Really, I could care less about the Wemma wedding. Bring on the Klaine drama…
… Oh wait, here some is now.
Rachel meets up w/Kurt at his locker and he gets a text from Chandler. Turns out, he gets lots of texts from Chandler all the time now. Rachel thought it was Blaine from the way Kurt was chuckling (she comments how she gets inappropriate texts from Finn, so assumes Kurt and Blaine do the same). Kurt tells Rachel that texts from Chandler are “fun” and make him feel good. Rachel tells him that, “Blaine is supposed to make you feel good.” Kurt confides that things are kinda bland between them… says they haven’t had any unscheduled makeout sessions in over a month. Kurt then (seriously) asks Rachel if she’s heard of “lesbian bed death” – about how two women in a relationship have ended up more as sisters than lovers. He says that he and Blaine are like an old married couple and that he loves Blaine, but that Blaine isn’t making Kurt blush with his texts. Rachel asks if he’d show Blaine the texts. Kurt promptly says No.
(small tangent – This bothers me because Kurt and Blaine’s relationship began as friends who were completely honest with each other. Well… not completely honest… they didn’t really talk about feelings and stuff early on and there was some conflict about bisexuality last season… but on a whole, they seemed pretty open and honest with each other. However, I was thankful for this story line tonight. Kurt’s grown over the past few seasons. He seems to realize now that he deserves and can accept positive attention. Blaine helped him realize this… but Blaine’s been distant and they both are not as communicative as they could be. And YES, I realize these are fictional characters… but I’m so thankful we got some Klaine conflict this week. I still believe they are endgame, but they needed a shaking up in order to bring them closer together in the end.)
In the choir room, Joe and Quinn sing “Saving All My Love For You.” Everyone notices the chemistry between the two of them. It’s a very relationship-charged song, and to sing it together helps thrust forward their potential romantic story line. Plus, this song is just awesome. I liked how the kids sat on chairs on the choir room floor while the band was up in the risers. It allowed Quinn to be on the same level as everyone else.
During their song, they cut to Quinn (and Joe) at physical therapy. She looks really unhappy about being in therapy, but you can so tell that Joe and Quinn both are feeling feelings toward each other. Joe is also, like, super cute (He is. Samuel Larsen is adorable.). You can tell her wants to make a move… and that she wants him to make a move… but they have a moment and it’s ruined. Aw
After the commercial break, we come back to the choir room for something we’ve never seen before – a Rachel and Santana duet! They sing “So Emotional” and it’s so upbeat and fun and lovely and… god, I just love Whitney Houston music, okay.
During the song, Kurt (who is sitting several feet away from his boyfriend) is texting on his phone the whole time. Sam looks over Kurt’s shoulder and poor Blainers just sits there, looking over at Kurt with the saddest look on his face. It’s as if someone kicked Blaine’s puppy. And by Blaine’s puppy, I mean his own face. I’m telling you… sad Blaine is just really sad to look at ☹
In the bathroom after class, the girls ask Quinn about Joe. Quinn brings up the “moment” they had at PT, but says that he pulled away because he didn’t want her because she’s in a wheelchair. This is obviously not true, but Quinn thinks so low of herself right now that she can’t see that her being in the state she’s in is in no way the problem. Jesus is the problem. (Which you will see later…)
Back at Schue’s apartment, Emma is meeting with Mr. Lavender (pronounced Luh-vender). He’s a large and very sad man. He says he needs more time to plan the wedding… perhaps September? (September sweeps?) Will still wants May. And to rap at his own wedding. (UM, NO.)
The next day (?) Joe approaches Sam and asks him about Quinn. They talk about feelings… “in your pants feelings” (as Sam says…). Though both boys are Christian, Sam admits that he had sex last year (while he was a stripper) and that it doesn’t make him less of a Christian b/c of it. He mentions how some of the stuff in the Bible is outdated and doesn’t make much sense nowadays. Joe still thinks the no-sex rule makes sense, but Sam questions whether Joe wants to get closer to God, or closer to Quinn.
This next scene will go down as one of my favorites of the night (and probably of the series). Blaine is in Kurt’s room and Kurt walks in with a cheese tray, ready for a night of watching Bobby Brown, when Blaine asks “Who’s Chandler?”
Kurt asks why Blaine is looking at his phone. Blaine wasn’t prying, but Kurt’s phone kept going off and as each message popped up, Blaine surmised that Kurt is cheating on him with Chandler. (side note – I love Darren Criss and think he’s an awesome actor/singer/performer. But, his performance in this scene KILLED me. I liken it to the scene in LA Confidential where Bud White confronts Lynn about sleeping with Ed Exley. Just the amount of hurt and pain in his eyes… god.)
Blaine asks if Kurt likes this guy and says that he’d rather Kurt just talk to him instead of cheat. (Why don’t guys ever like to talk things out? Props to whoever wrote this episode… Guys not talking about feelings is such a real-to-life story line. I bet countless acts of violence and whatnot could have been stopped if guys would have gotten together and just talked it out. Also, countless relationship woes… am I right, ladies?) Kurt brings up how Blaine did the same thing with Sebastian, but Blaine counters that anything he said to Sebastian was family friendly. Kurt says that it’s hard being Blaine’s boyfriend b/c Blaine is the “Alpha-gay” – even Rachel wanted to be with him. Kurt says how he used to get solos all the time, but now spends his time sitting on stools watching Blaine sing. Kurt tells Blaine that Blaine doesn’t compliment Kurt or make him feel special… Blaine says that he changed schools for Kurt and changed his whole life for him. He still thinks that Kurt is cheating on him, and Kurt counters that it’ll be okay. Blaine scoffs and says, “It’s not right, but it’s ‘okay.” So, the next day in school, sings “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay.”
HOLY HELL. ANGRY/JEALOUS BLAINE DURING THE MUSIC VIDEO-ESQUE PARTS WAS SO HOT. (And, I thought it was kinda great that the glee kids seemed to be on Blaine’s side in this. Kurt’s been with this group since Season One, while Blaine is a new transfer to the group this year… and yet, they are singing backup for Blaine and glaring at Kurt. OH SNAP)
Sorry, where was I? Oh right… Blaine had all the feelings, yo. He was angry, but finished the song with tears in his eyes. I think he’s more hurt than jealous. He probably understands that Kurt would attract attention of other guys… but it probably hurts him that Kurt won’t talk with him about this, and that Kurt doesn’t really seem to think he’s completely in the wrong. (He’s not… both boys are right and wrong here). Blaine admitted last season that he’s not good about talking about his feelings (Season 2, episode 12, “Silly Love Songs”), and that’s obviously stil the case. Fear not, Klainers, we’ll get some resolution. Later.
After the commercial break, Rachel approaches Santana at Santana’s locker and says that they blew 3 years hating each other when they could have been singing amazing duets together (PREACH. Why did this pairing not happen before?!) She also says that there are 42 days until graduation and that she wants to be friends with her. So, Rachel gives Santana a picture of herself to put in her locker (which she does). I like that they get along now… especially after they really hated each other… like, when Rachel found out that Finn slept with Santana WAAAAY after the fact. Remember? Yikes bikes.
That night, Burt (!!!!) walks into his son’s room to see Kurt putting various colored post it notes on everything. Burt asks Kurt why Kurt wouldn’t want to take the prom picture of him and Blaine to New York w/him. Kurt explains that he and Blaine are on the rocks as of late. Burt says the same goes with them. Burt wants to keep Kurt’s stuff because he doesn’t want Kurt to go to NYC. He calls them “Starsky and Gay Hutch” and says how they’ve been a team since Kurt’s mom died. Burt’s been skipping Friday night dinners because he’s doesn’t want to be reminded that next year, they won’t have them because Kurt will be gone. Burt tells his son that none of it lasts, and that everything is going to change. Forever. He then tells Kurt that, “We made each other men” and both guys get a bit teary eyed. Burt will miss Kurt and Kurt will miss Burt.
I LOVE Burt Hummel. Besides Blaine, he’s my favorite character on the show. (And to be honest, if anyone but Darren was playing Blaine, then Burt would be my favorite character ever… but I have a Darren bias. So I love Blaine. But, I digress…)
I love the Burt/Kurt relationship. It’s just so positive and supportive and perfect. If one would stereotype Burt Hummel, he would likely not be accepting of his son… but he’s the complete opposite. He is his son’s biggest champion and mode of support. It’s such a beautiful, loving, caring relationship. I wish there were more Burt/Kurt scenes. They are so powerful and well acted.
The next day, Kurt sings “I Have Nothing” in front of his peers. Is the song for Burt? Is the song for Blaine? IT”S FOR BLAAAAAAAAAINE.
While Chris Colfer’s vocals come no where near the amazing vocals of Whitney (sorry, Chris… while I usually enjoy your songs, this was not one of your best ones for me for you, Dawg), it was still an important moment. I love how Mike looked up at Blaine throughout the song, just to drive in the fact that Kurt is singing this to Blaine. You can tell he’s serious, because he points at Blaine several times during the performance. (Cooper Anderson would be proud.) Kurt’s got tears in his eyes… Blaine’s got tears in his eyes. And when the song is over, he brings his hands up in front of his face and does his signature Blainers seal-clap. (This is another song where the lyrics literally rip your heart out and make you FEEL. Whitney and her song writers just GOT IT.)
(Btw – major props to the wardrobe department for Blaine’s outfits tonight… all of them went very well with Darren Criss’s eyes. Awards for everyone. Awards for Darren and his face. Awards for the clothing people and their choices of sweaters/black outfit.)
After the commercial, most of the glee boys are in the locker room. Puck gives his boys goodie bags w/shot glasses in them (Finn’s has a guitar pic) and asks them all to remember the bro-ness. He then says, “I’m going to miss all of you. I love you guys.” I like that Puck is taking all of this seriously (missing people) and I think it’s funny that Blaine gets included in all of this. I’d like to think that Puck teases Blaine a bit… but you know that Puck ships Klaine harder than all of us. He’s always crying during their duets.
Speaking of Klaine… they are in Emma’s office for couples counseling. This scene ended up being pretty powerful too. Emma encourages the boys to be brutally honest. Blaine mentions that he did something similar (texting-wise) with Sebastian, but then lashes out and says how he doesn’t like when Kurt snaps at the wait staff at restaurant. He doesn’t like how Kurt puts bronzer in his moisturizer (Blaine only uses lotion on his hands… he doesn’t like when he only has tan hands.). Then, he brings up what is REALLY bothering him… how all of their conversations end up being about Kurt and NYADA… and how it seems like Kurt can’t wait to get out of Lima and be in NYC. Blaine breaks down and says how he’s going to be here. And he’s been distant because he’s practicing what life is going to be like without Kurt. He tells Kurt that Kurt is the love of his life, but how he’s pissed he has to be without Kurt. Kurt promises Blaine that he won’t lose him – they’ll have Skype dates and Blaine can come visit. This honest discussion about the fear of losing someone because of distance ends in a hug and (hopefully) the promise of Klaine being endgame… or at least strongly attempting to overcome physical distance in their relationship.
(side note – This part kinda killed me a little bit inside. Saying goodbye and physically being separated from a loved one/friend/family via long distances is super heartbreaking and really hard. I don’t know about you, but I spent a lengthy amount of time sobbing after various distance-related goodbyes in my life. When my parents dropped me off for college freshman year. When I said goodbye to my friends after graduating college. When I left for a month after grad school classes ended. When I left Ohio for good after packing up my apartment after grad school ended. So many tears. And maybe I still have some left… I am legit tearing up thinking about these goodbyes. They were all so sad, but for different reasons. Some of these goodbyes were temporary… some were permanent. It’s just really sad ☹ )
Later, Will tells Emma he found a place for them to get married – a campground. Obviously he’s only thinking about himself b/c as an OCD person, she’d never get married somewhere so dirty. She suggests a wedding in November because all the kids would come back for it (November sweeps, anyone?), but Will freaks out and yells, “What if they don’t?!?!?!” He says he doesn’t want them to leave and how they changed his life. Emma tells him that you always keep the love with you and that never goes away. Why won’t you go away, Mr. Schue? And just leave Blaine and Burt Hummel to fill the hour of Glee… (but I digress)
At physical therapy, Joe helps stretch Quinn out and gets a boner in the process, which Quinn feels. (I thought she felt it with her leg, but it must have been with her hand/arm because something would have been pointed out, dialogue-wise, if she got feeling back in her leg, right?) They play it off without making things super awkward and talk about feelings. Quinn asks him if he wants her to be his girlfriend. He doesn’t know… he talks about questioning giving up his faith to be with her. She tells him she doesn’t want that, but she also doesn’t turn him down. Their relationship is left without a label, but there is definitely something there.
Blaine approaches Kurt at his locker and compliments his jauntily angled hat. He then texts him (well, it’s an implied sext), to which Kurt raises his eyebrows and comments how that was very unscheduled of Blaine. Blaine wants them to blow of Glee club (to fool around), but Kurt says they should go even though it’s not mandatory b/c they only have so many left together.
Mercedes and Artie are on the auditorium stage and begin singing “My Love is Your Love”… slowly, but surely, the rest of the Glee kids come and join them (first Klaine, then Finchel, then the others…). Mr. Schue watches in the wings, a bit teary eyed, as his kids come together on their own to sing. Awwwwww… just like the end of the season premiere of the whole series ☺ This is what the show is about… a bunch of kids from a bunch of walks of life coming together as one to sing. It’s such a simple concept, and yet it’s really not.
I liked this episode a lot. I was thankful for the Burt/Kurt scene. I was thankful for Klaine fighting/making up. I was thankful for a Rachel/Santana duet. I was thankful for Whitney songs. And I was thankful for them addressing the all to real topic of separation and saying goodbye.
The promo for next week’s episode, “Choke,” featured Kurt and Rachel prepping for their NYADA audition… as judged by Whoopi Goldberg. Woot. Someone “chokes,” on their audition, I believe, but we don’t know who… I’d guess Rachel, but Kurt makes sense too. Both have blown a song on purpose before. I’m sure it could happen on accident too.
WELL… that was almost 4000 words about Glee. I should work on my script now ☺
Have a good one.