April 26, 2012 – “Glee” returned this week on April 24th in Flint on WSMH FOX66 with the Whitney Houston tribute episode, “Dance With Somebody.” The episode focuses on the McKinley seniors’ impending graduation, which will force many of the New Directions members to go their separate ways.
This episode also marks one of the strongest installments this season for fan favorite couple Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss). Second only, perhaps, to the very honest and intimate “The First Time” episode earlier this season.
Criss and Colfer run the gambit of emotions in this very intense episode from rage to sorrow, to a deep swell of love. Plus, Mike O’Malley and Chris Colfer deliver another banner series moment as Burt struggles to accept the idea that Kurt is moving to New York for good and nothing will ever be the same.
Kurt stars a flirtation with a guy he meets at the music store. Rachel (Lea Michele) becomes aware of it via reading a stream of text messages they’ve sent back and forth. Kurt tries to defend the communication as “innocent” and says that this guy, Chandler, makes him feel good. He goes on to complain that Blaine never compliments him and doesn’t give him any time.
Rachel points out that if Kurt can’t share the text messages with Blaine, then it isn’t really innocent after all.
Then Blaine finds the messages and he is hurt and angry. Kurt tries to defend himself, saying he likes the way the guy makes him feel. He also asks Blaine when was the last time he complimented him or told him how special he is?
Blaine becomes even more upset and says, “I transferred schools to be with you. I changed my whole life. That doesn’t make you feel loved?”
Kurt says, “You don’t know what it’s like being your boyfriend. You are the alpha gay. Even Rachel wanted to make out with you. I used to get solos every week. Do you know how many times I’ve had to sit on a stool and watch you perform?”
Blaine pleads with him to talk to him, but don’t cheat. This makes Kurt even more frustrated in trying to convey that nothing serious happened between him and Chandler.
Then Darren Criss goes into a very powerful and heated rendition of “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.” Blaine is basically sending Kurt a message that he’ll find a way to go on without him. Criss does an amazing job getting the anger and frustration across, and it is evident that Kurt gets the message loud and clear.
Later, Kurt replies back with his own song, “I Have Nothing” to apologize. Colfer does a brilliant job with the song and delivering the emotion behind it. Blaine tears up while watching and lightly claps when Kurt is done.
Finally, Kurt and Blaine seek out counseling with Emma (Jayma Mays). During the session, Blaine admits that he has been distant with Kurt and finally confesses the reason: he is terrified of losing Kurt once he moves to New York.
A few tissues are needed to wipe the tears as Blaine tells Kurt he is the love of his life, and he doesn’t know what he’s going to do without him. Kurt’s reply is equally heart-wrenching as he tries to assure Blaine that he loves him too, that they will Skype every day, and he is not going to lose him.
Darren Criss and Chris Colfer wear Blaine and Kurt’s emotions out on their sleeves. The two actors are masters at delivering all of the emotions involved with a first love to a fault: the insecurity, the vulnerability, the desperation and the adoration.
Our hearts break for Blaine, feeling the fear of being the one left behind as Kurt finds a potentially glamorous new life in New York. Are Blaine’s fears founded? Can this young couple survive living separate lives that are hundreds of miles apart?
One thing is certain: Darren Criss and Chris Colfer make us feel everything that Blaine and Kurt feel and we are rooting for them, as a couple, to beat the long distance odds.
Let’s not forget, though, that Kurt’s NYADA audition holds the key to everything. Will he pass the audition and get the chance to live out his Broadway dream?
While all of the kids prepare to move on, we forget how the transition affects their parents. Mike O’Malley and Chris Colfer have maintained a brilliant father/son chemistry throughout the series history.
It’s a standout scene for the two actors as Burt admits to Kurt that he doesn’t want him to go to New York and he might want to keep some of the memorabilia that Kurt has collected over the years and is trying to ditch in preparation of leaving.
Burt also tries to convey that Kurt can’t see it now, but nothing will ever be the same again once he graduates and pursues his New York dream. He says, “The older you get, you just see. None of it lasts. Yes, you and I will always love each other and you and I will always be there for each other. But as soon as you walk out our door towards New York, everything is gonna change. And it won’t change back. Not to the way it is now.”
It’s impossible not to feel the melancholy of the moment, as Burt also tries to reassure Kurt that he’s so very proud of him, and that the two of them “made each other men”, but sometimes he just wishes he could have his sweet little boy back again.
True-to-form, Kurt tries to offer up some jokes, but it’s obvious that he’s going to miss his dad too.
Audrey Hale of Flint loved this father and son scene and the dynamic that O’Malley and Colfer have created with Burt and Kurt. She said, “I totally cried when Burt was trying to find a way to accept that Kurt is growing up and leaving, and there is nothing he can do to stop it. That’s such a true part of life. Everything changes after high school. So many of us are so anxious to get out into the world, and then later we find that we would do anything to get that time of innocence back. My heart breaks for Burt, as a dad, having that wisdom, and having no choice but to send Kurt on his way. I also hope Kurt and Blaine make it through the separation. They are hands down my favorite couple on “Glee.” They are both good, and strong and have so much to give. Yes, I know it’s just a show. But, I hope Blaine and Kurt live happily ever after.”
“Glee” airs in Flint on WSMH FOX66 on Tuesdays at 8 PM EST.