'Glee' recap: Kurt and Blaine's 'Original' kiss
Tuesday night's "Glee" brought Kurt and Blaine fans -- by which I guess I mean pretty much every single "Glee" watcher -- the moment they'd been waiting for.
"Kurt, there is a moment when you say to yourself, 'Oh, there you are. I've been looking for you forever,' " Blaine says, scooting his chair a little closer, putting his hand on Kurt's hand, before continuing. "Watching you do 'Blackbird' this week, that was a moment for me. About you. You move me, Kurt. And this duet would just be an excuse to spend more time with you."
And with that, my patient friends, Blaine and Kurt kissed. Tenderly. Passionately. More than once.
To paraphrase the song that's stuck in my head, the song that awakened Blaine to his true feelings for Kurt, all this season, we were only waiting for this moment to arise.
The episode also brought us several other long-anticipated moments -- and several more we only wish we'd thought to anticipate. Among them:
Rachel and Quinn confront each other over Finn … and fate: It actually wasn't the confrontation we'd been led to expect. In claiming that she'd be the one to keep Finn, Quinn conceded that Rachel was destined for bigger, better things than smalltown life in Ohio. Quinn imagined a far humbler future for herself: "Do you want to know how this story plays out? I get Finn; you get heartbroken," she tells Rachel. "And then Finn and I stay here and start a family. I'll become a successful real estate agent and Finn will take over Kurt's dad's tire shop. You don't belong here, Rachel, and you can't hate me for helping to send you on your way." Well, she can, actually. But Quinn's honesty may help the rest of us forgive her, at least a little bit, for her current prom-queen obsession. Even though, you know, prom queens do live -- on average -- five years longer than the rest of us.
The original songs in "Original Songs" weren't half bad: From Santana's ode to poor, horrified Sam, "Trouty Mouth," to Puck's tribute to Lauren, "Big Ass Heart," to Mercedes' self-celebrating "Hell to the No," the original songs on this episode were funny and revealing. And rousing Regionals-winning anthem "Loser Like Me" landed like an exuberant slushy in the face (and I mean that in the best way). I loved the audience's giant foam "Loser" hands -- perhaps even more than the glowing candles they waved in the air during the Warblers' turn onstage. Fun.
Kathy Griffin, funnyish; Loretta Divine, funnier: It wouldn't be Regionals without a highly amusing, completely unpredictable panel of judges. And while Kathy Griffin was sight-gag funny as local "tea party" candidate Tammy Jean Albertson (a scary mix of Sarah Palin and Christine "Not a witch" O'Donnell), her lines fell a bit flat. Not so Rod "Can I add a dash of Rod to this lady soup?" Remington. Or Loretta Divine's stripper-turned-nun Sister Mary Constance, whose question about Dalton -- "Is that a gay school or a school that appears gay?" -- totally hit the bull's-eye.
Kurt and Blaine's Regionals duet: It was lovely to see Kurt get his in-competition turn onstage -- and to watch Kurt and Blaine face each other and sing "Candles" by Hey Monday before a rapt (hilariously candle-waving) audience. It wasn't quite "Baby, It's Cold Outside," but I'll take what I can get. Plus, Darren Criss singing Pink's "Raise Your Glass" right after that was a musical highlight. Among the Warblers' best.
Rachel's MVP moment: So after New Directions (albeit hideously costumed) delivered a knockout punch (followed, literally, by a knockout punch, courtesy of Sue) at Regionals, Rachel is hailed as MVP by the group. I'm always disappointed when an episode of "Glee" ends with a group hug. But since Blaine's words about life being about more than just winning a trophy is still ringing in my ears -- the vision of Kurt and Blaine walking hand in hand still dancing in my memory –- I'll forgive.
Do you think the episode worked? Do you think Sue's onstage violence will have consequences? What were the best lines? (I loved Brittany, after the cascade of dirt Sue put into her locker, saying, "I don't even remember putting that in there.") And most importantly, how on Earth are we all going to make it through until "Glee" returns from hiatus on April 12? Group hug?
-- Amy Reiter
Photo: New Directions perform at Regionals in Tuesday's "Original Song" episode of "Glee." Credit: Adam Rose / Fox