No, last night’s episode of Glee wasn’t the season’s finale, though it sure felt that way (there were enough tears to fill up a river). It was more like the beginning of the end. Kurt’s dad began experiencing empty nest syndrome, while Mr. Schue tried to push up his wedding so the seniors wouldn’t miss it. The episode was also an homage to the late Whitney Houston, who’s always been called an icon and inspiration by the Glee kids, especially Rachel, Mercedes and Kurt. Let’s go over ‘Dance With Somebody’.

The Players:

  • Director: Paris Barclay
  • Writer: Ross Maxwell
  • Cast: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum, Jr., Cheyenne, Darren Criss, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, and Mike O’Malley

Episode Title: “Dance With Somebody”

The Glee kids pay homage to Whitney Houston by performing her greatest hits. Meanwhile, Emma and Will take a step closer tying the knot; and Kurt and Blaine’s relationship hits a rough patch.

The Good:

  • Kurt Meets Somebody: Kurt meets Chandler, a very eccentric and loud boy, at a music store. The two begin a text-relationship which Kurt swears off as ‘innocent’. It’s unrealistic to think that Blaine and Kurt will last forever (or maybe I’m just too pessimistic), but bravo to the writers for taking that risk. It’s nerve-racking to think that one of our favorite couples might be breaking up.
  • Quinn Bonds With Joe, a.k.a. Jesus Kid: This is how it goes – Quinn likes Joe and Joe likes Quinn, but Quinn thinks Joe doesn’t like her because she’s in a wheelchair, and Joe doesn’t want to jeopardize his relationship with Jesus to get close to Quinn. That was a mouthful, I know, but all you really have to know is that Quinn might begin a new relationship with the adorable and sweet Joe. They shared a couple of scenes that really captured that feeling of teen romance.
  • Kurt ‘Cheats’: Blaine finds out that Kurt is texting Chandler and calls it cheating. The two have a fight and it’s a pretty strong/great moment. Blaine gets all riled up and you can see it all over his face that he’s actually hurt. Blaine’s face throughout the entire argument is priceless. He does overdo it a little (with the song ‘It’s Not Right But It’s Okay’), but in his defense he moved schools to be with Kurt, he deserves a little more respect. Eventually the reconcile and Blaine confesses that he’s afraid of what his life will be like without Kurt there. What a tearjerker!
  • Rachel And Santana Clear The Air: Rachel and Santana end their rivalry. They’ve got 42 days left of school and the two realize that they could’ve been singing together instead of fighting. It’s nice to see the characters mature; these two have sure come a long way since season 1.
  • Dealing With Goodbyes: Everyone is starting to realize that soon half of the Glee club will be gone (though not gone from the show). The best scene of the night was between Kurt and his dad Burt. They always have the greatest moments together (both are such a great characters). Burt expresses his feelings to his son, letting him know that he’s proud of him but doesn’t want him to leave, which is both honest and emotional.
  • Best Line: Puck to the Glee boys: “You stuck by me, forgave me for sleeping with your women.”

The Music:

  • “How Will I Know,” Whitney Houston A very elegant rendition by Mercedes, Santana, Rachel and Kurt. Great opener.
  • “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston  Brittany may not be the best singer, but she sure can dance.
  • “Saving All My Love For You” Whitney HoustonJoe gets touchy with Quinn during her therapy session and develops feelings for her. Quinn is at her strongest when she’s singing in a couple.
  • “So Emotional,” Whitney HoustonRachel and Santana have very different voices, but their duet was quiet powerful.
  • “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” Whitney HoustonIt was very entertaining to see Blaine pour his heart out in front of the whole Glee club, but a bit too dramatic for my taste.
  • “I Have Nothing” Whitney Houston – Kurt and his falsetto vocals get me every time. He’s one powerful performer.
  • “My Love Is Your Love,” Whitney HoustonThe whole gang come together to embrace the last few months they have together. It was a nice closer.

Overall:

Last night’s episode was very, very well delivered. Ryan Murphy had said that the show was going to pull away from these kinds of tribute shows, but as long as he keeps churning them out like this, keep ‘em coming. There were a lot of great moments last night especially the ones between Kurt and Burt, and Kurt and Blaine.

Rating: 9/10

Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on FOX.

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