Apparently I’m slow, because I only now realized that every
single plotline in this episode is going to be about romance. I think I finally
got it when the camera did a close-up on what Kurt is doodling in his notebook
over at Dalton Academy: “Blaine and Kurt”
inside a heart with an arrow through it. Oh yes, young Mr. Hummel went there.
Then he slams his notebook shut when Blaine walks up and asks what he’s doing.
“Nothing,” he says. “Daydreaming, planning
Blaine says he’s called emergency meeting of Warblers Council,
which is, by the way, the biggest bunch of dorks I’ve ever seen. I say that
The chief Warbler calls on “junior member Blaine
Anderson.” Is this first time we’ve heard his last name? And if he’s a
junior member, how come he is the only one who ever gets to sing lead? Just
Anyway, in another of the scenes of gritty realism for which
Glee is so famous, Blaine lets his
fellow Warblers know he’s in love, and needs their help in serenading his
chosen guy – off campus.
All the Warblers freak out. Even the little canary in the
cage freaks out. And the head Warbler explains why: “The Warblers haven’t performed
in an informal setting since 1927, when the Spirit of St. Louis overshot the
tarmac and plowed through seven Warblers during an impromptu performance of
‘Welcome to Ohio,
That explains so much.
says he thinks their reticence to perform almost cost them a trip to Regionals,
and says, “We’re becoming privileged porcelain birds on a gilded
shelf.” (Porcelain – isn’t that Kurt’s nickname now?)
Then someone says, “You mock us, sir.” I don’t
know who, because my eyes are covered. You’re just lucky I forced myself to
watch this part at all. Or unlucky.
Kurt’s been giving Blaine
adoring looks while he’s been making his case to the Warbler Council, and now
he raises his hand. “May I please say something?”
I do not like Kurt having to ask permission to speak. I
wanted to go on record about that.
“With respect, I believe Blaine has a point. The Warblers are so
concerned with image and tradition that sometimes I think we miss out on
opportunities to step outside our comfort zones.” He says when he was in
New Directions, “We performed in front of hostile crowds pretty much
anywhere we went. Mattress stores, shopping malls — I had a cat thrown at me
in a nursing home once. But it gave us confidence. It kept us loose.”
The guys are nodding thoughtfully, and Blaine looks very pleased.
The Chief Warbler asks where this serenade would take place,
and Blaine says
the Gap store at a local mall. He’s going to call it the “Warblers Gap
“Why the Gap?” asks Kurt.
“Because the guy that I like is the junior
You know what, Blaine? Me and my friend Lauren are gonna get