“Glee” returned last night, March 7, after a short hiatus to air its landmark 500th musical number in a series best episode.
How great is it that “Glee” finally taps into the way movies and their standout songs make us feel?
Many of us compare memorable movie scenes to things that happen in our lives. In fact, let’s face it: We watch certain movies to feel certain things. We want to laugh, we watch “Animal House.” We need a good cry, we watch “Terms of Endearment. And, we always remember the song that seals a cinematic moment.
If we are Kurt (Chris Colfer) and we want to remember the one person we’re desperately unable to stop loving, despite a tough break up, we watch “Moulin Rouge.”
Come What May
It’s obvious Blaine (Darren Criss) regrets cheating and he still cares deeply for Kurt. But, Kurt has been aloof and restrained (Valentine's Day hookup aside) and we've sort of wondered how Kurt really feels about Blaine. Until this episode.
Sneaky genius Ryan Murphy teased a “Come What May” Klaine duet a long time ago. So, ‘shippers at large have been eagerly waiting for this moment for a while. Did Klaine deliver the goods in this number? You bet they did—and then some!
Before we talk about the magic in this moment, let’s talk about how we got here. Here, being smack in the middle of a mixed bag of emotions which include sadness, longing, angst, joy and hope.
Klaine ‘shipping credit needs to go first to the amazing 'Glee' writers. Kurt and Blaine are written in such a way that we can’t help but fall in love with these two young men who, individually, are smart, funny, brave, handsome, charismatic, tender, vulnerable, hopeful, loving, talented and so unique.
Then, when placed into Chris Colfer and Darren Criss’ skilled and dynamic hands, Kurt and Blaine come to life in such a full, vibrant, and beautifully complex way. As actors, they never fail to bring it. They nail every emotion, spot on—and make us feel it with them.
So, when Kurt and Blaine decide to become Klaine, it makes perfect sense. From their landmark first kiss, we're hooked. These two people belong together. They complete each other. They are meant to be together. Come what may ...
Cue up that romantically lit rooftop with Darren Criss as Blaine, lifting up the first soft notes and we’re already captivated. Then, when Chris Colfer joins him as Kurt and their vocals blend so beautifully, we’re totally gone. It's a Kleenex ready moment and there's no turning back.
“Come What May” is a series best Klaine duet. Chris Colfer and Darren Criss draw us so delicately into a purely magical moment, which is also sprinkled with images of their past intimacy. We figure Kurt is imagining this while watching the movie – and his tear-filled eyes at the end of the song confirm it.
Leave it to Santana (Naya Rivera) to drop an unwanted bomb. She calls Kurt out on his tears when he tries to excuse them and reminds him how he and Blaine used to say they dreamed about singing “Come What May” to each other at their wedding.
Things get awkward quickly because Adam (Oliver Kieran Jones) is sitting next to Kurt, watching and listening to all of this – and they are snowbound. There’s nowhere to run or hide.
Adam confronts Kurt later at NYADA and asks him if he was a rebound and if he still loves Blaine. Kurt wells up with tears again, and says he desperately wants to be over him.
Oliver Kieran Jones is doing an excellent job as Adam, in giving Kurt an alternative. He's charming, handsome, and really talented. It's clear Kurt is torn, but, even still:
Alas, we have our answer. Kurt still loves Blaine.
But, this doesn't mean they’ll be back together any time soon. Despite their greatness together, Kurt and Blaine are still both very young. They are split up by distance, which is a huge challenge. And, they need time to figure out who they are and what they want for themselves.
Chris Colfer is particularly brilliant in this episode as he conveys Kurt's longing, confusion and loving, intimate memories of Blaine.
It’s also nice to see the writers taking things slow and staying true to the fact that even in the harshest of splits, a person's feelings just don’t magically disappear when they love someone as much as Kurt and Blaine have loved each other.
All in all, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss and “Come What May” earn the star for the best standout song in this musically rich episode.
The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” is probably the most romantic song of all time, and is perfectly placed in that unforgettable scene in “Ghost.” Does anyone else cry every time they watch it?
We have to give props to Jake (Jacob Artist) for fessing up to Marley (Melissa Benoist) about Valentine’s Day and then trying to do something romantic on his own. Artist’s vocals shine on this iconic song and then we’re treated to a very smooth blend as Marley imagines Ryder (Blake Jenner) singing it to her too.
We totally get Marley’s dilemma. Both of these boys are charming, sweet and oh-so-sexy.
We cringe when she chooses to tell Kitty (Becca Tobin) that Ryder kissed her. So, we’re relieved when she tells Jake the truth. But, we hate how hurt and betrayed he looks after hearing her confession.
Most of us know that love hurts, sometimes as much as it fulfills us. High school kids also battle self-esteem and raging hormones, and sheer inexperience makes them experts at messing up a relationship.
We totally understand how Jake can feel betrayed. But, he knew going into it that Ryder cared about Marley too. What can Jake expect after all of Ryder’s romantic gestures made Marley so happy?
The unfortunate part is Ryder and Jake had become friends and it doesn't seem likely they’ll continue as such after this …
Will’s (Matthew Morrison) reenactment of the iconic John Cusack “Say Anything” boom box moment in an effort to draw Emma (Jayma Mays) out and win her back is superb. We’re rooting for these two to work it out. But, we’re also really bummed about Will’s reaction to Finn’s (Cory Monteith) confession. They are great friends and good for each other. The kiss was a dumb mistake on Finn’s part, and didn't mean anything. We hope Will can forgive Finn and move on.
“Shout” makes us want to “raise our hands up” and do just that! This is a really fun number as “Glee’s” 500th song and it’s great that download proceeds go to help Give a Note.
The “Danger Zone/Old Time Rock and Roll” mash up is revving with manly greatness and we love the homage to Tom Cruise in two of his sexiest outfits – the “Top Gun” flight suit and the “Risky Business” tighty whities. Go boys, go!
Finally, “Footloose” is the perfect big group number to end this amazing episode. It’s a classic film and classic song that finds a new home in a very current series. It’s upbeat, energetic and just plain feel-good.
Two Big Questions Remain
Is Rachel pregnant? We still don’t know the answer. We know Santana found the stick and urges Rachel to talk about it. She collapses onto Santana’s shoulder, crying, and Santana tells her “It’s okay.”
We hope it’s just a scare and Rachel is just venting guilt over sleeping with Finn and Brody (Dean Geyer) so close together.
Speaking of Brody, Santana tells Kurt, Rachel and Adam that she suspects Brody is a drug dealer, because she found a pager and $1200 cash among his things. Rachel defends him and tells her she’s wrong. Kurt, on the other hand, believes her. We don’t know what to think. Santana could be right. He could be a dealer. Or, maybe he’s a gigolo. Whatever it is, he’s definitely keeping a secret from Rachel, and we’d like to know what it is …
Overall, “Glee” soars to new musical and emotional heights with this landmark episode. “Girls (And Boys) on Film” pays excellent homage to some classic movies and continues to draw us into the lives and the loves of our beloved characters with painstaking honesty that never misses a beat.
“Glee” airs in Flint on WSMH FOX66 on Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST. Click here for a local channel guide.