“Glee” Episode 212 Recap: Stalker at the Gap


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 weekend outfits.”

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 with love.

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 asking.

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, Lucky Lindy.'”

That explains so much.

Blaine 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 Attack.”

“Why the Gap?” asks Kurt.

“Because the guy that I like is the junior manager.”

You know what, Blaine? Me and my friend Lauren are gonna get you.

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