In "Dance with Somebody," the latest installment of FOX's Glee, the end is nigh for McKinley's graduating seniors, and everyone begins to feel it. Kurt (Chris Colfer) text-cheats on Blaine (Darren Criss), who is pulling away, scared of losing Kurt when he leaves for college. Will (Matthew Morrison) tries to push his wedding up to May, worried that his favorite students won't return for it. Santana (Naya Rivera) admits she's going to miss Rachel (Lea Michele), with whom she has finally become friends. And Quinn (Dianna Agron) gets a lot closer to Joe (Samuel Larsen). All of this happens while singing a loving tribute to the recently departed Whitney Houston.
First of all, there is no way that an entire group of high school kids is mourning Houston's death for two months. Perhaps one obsessed fan might, but not half of the Glee club. And sure, the limitations of a filming schedule mean that there is no way to show their sadness in the weeks after Houston's death, but expecting viewers to believe these kids have been depressed for two months is silly when there's been no hint of it before now.
That being said, "Dance with Somebody" works on a lot of levels, not least of all, musically. The soulful opening of "How Will I Know" is memorable and tear-evoking. McKinley's four top singers, Santana, Rachel, Kurt, and Mercedes (Amber Riley), deliver a slow, sad version that will rank among the best of this year's Glee tunes. This is soon followed by the upbeat "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," performed by Santana and Brittany (Heather Morris), which is pretty darn good, too, and sends the signal that the episode won't be completely melancholy, thankfully.
It's about time that Kurt and Blaine have a fight. Their romance has been pushed to the background for much of this season, and they don't seem to be all smiles and rainbows lately. Blaine's fears about losing Kurt are valid, though Kurt is being a little too demanding in his need to be appreciated in "Dance with Somebody."
It looks especially bad for Kurt when, instead of maturely talking about it with Blaine, he begins a series of flirtatious tweets. Although, no one ever said that high school boys were mature. Blaine is correct in asserting that this counts as cheating. Though the lines are blurry in some modern technology, the emotions Kurt attributes to his word play are wrong. Rachel says it best when she asserts that if Kurt can't show Blaine the texts, he shouldn't be sending them in the first place.
But they work it out because, gosh darn it, these two belong together! Blaine lets his feelings be known in the somewhat lackluster "It's Not Right but It's Okay," and Kurt asks for forgiveness in the much more moving "I Have Nothing." This leads to a very sweet makeup scene, and leaves fans knowing the couple will last. At least for now.
Five weeks left until graduation! Let the count down begin! You can do so by watching Glee Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. In Lexington, FOX is channel 7 (analog), 910 (high definition cable), and 388 (satellite).
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