Dance With Somebody.Tuesday, April 24 2012
As graduation approaches, the glee kids pay homage to Whitney Houston by performing her greatest hits. Meanwhile, Emma and Will take a step closer to tying the knot.
At McKinley, Mercedes holds a photo of Whitney Houston and is joined by Santana, Kurt and Rachel as they sing Houston's "How Will I Know." Will reveals to Emma that he's surprised to see his students still mourning Whitney's death. Emma suggests that the kids are using Whitney's death as a physical representation of the pain and discomfort they're feeling over graduating from high school. With this in mind, Will declares that New Directions will sing Whitney Houston songs to deal with their mixed basket of emotions. Meanwhile, Kurt talks to Blaine about song selection but it appears as though Blaine is too busy to listen. Later at the record store, Kurt meets a North Lima High student named Chandler who takes a keen interest in Kurt and asks for his phone number.
Brittany and Santana perform "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" as their tribute to Whitney Houston. Later, Joe decides to support Quinn by accompanying her to physical therapy. The two become close and sing Whitney's "Saving All My Love For You." Meanwhile, Will tells Emma that he'd like to bump up their wedding to May instead of waiting seven more months. Emma agrees! Later, Rachel sees that Kurt has been texting with Chandler and reminds Kurt that Blaine is the one who's supposed to be making him feel good. Kurt shares that although he loves Blaine, the physical excitement they once shared has been on a steady decline. Back at glee practice, Santana and Rachel perform "So Emotional." While the gang watches on, Blaine keeps his eyes on Kurt who is texting with Chandler. Later, Quinn reveals to the girls that her and Joe can't work as a couple because no boy is going to be into her now that she's in a wheelchair.
At Will's house, the wedding planner tells Will and Emma that he can't accommodate their wish list for a wedding being held in May. When Emma suggests that they put the wedding off until the fall, a frustrated Will says that they will just plan the wedding themselves! Back at school, Joe seeks advice from Sam about having sexual feelings toward Quinn. Sam considers himself to be a good Christian, even though he's had premarital sex. He tells Joe to consider whether he wants to get closer to God or closer to Quinn. Meanwhile, Blaine discovers the texts between Kurt and Chandler and accuses Kurt of cheating. Kurt doesn't think he's been cheating, but reveals to Blaine that he likes the way Chandler makes him feel. Back at glee practice, Blaine directs his frustrations to Kurt by performing Whitney's "It's Not Right But It's Okay."
In the hallway, Rachel and Santana discuss how it's taken three years for them to finally appreciate one another. Santana even admits that she's going to miss Rachel next year. At Kurt's house, Mr. Hummel admits to his son that he's dreading next year and doesn't want Kurt to leave. Back at glee club, Kurt sings Whitney's "I Have Nothing" while an emotional Blaine watches on. Later, Puck meets with all the guys in the locker room and gives them shot glasses (that he's stolen) to commemorate their time at McKinley together. Kurt and Blaine visit with Emma and air out their differences regarding Chandler. As it turns out, Blaine is actually most bothered by the way Kurt seems to only talk about going to NYADA next year. The two work out their differences and agree that they will make it work, even if they're miles away.
Back at Will's house, Will excitedly tells Emma that they can make a May wedding work as long as they get married at a campground, which is the only available venue. When Emma says that there's no way she'll be married at a campground and that the wedding will need to take place in the fall, Will breaks down into tears! He reveals his concern that a fall wedding will mean his students won't be able to attend. Full of emotion, Will says that he can't stand to think about life without them and that he's going to miss them next year. Emma agrees with Will that the kids have changed his life, but assures him that they will continue to be there for one another no matter where everyone ends up next year. Meanwhile, at rehab, Joe shares his emotional and physical feelings for Quinn. The two aren't sure what they are to one another, but that it's something new. Back at school, Blaine and Kurt work on reigniting the fire in their relationship. At glee practice, the kids cheerfully sing "My Love Is Your Love" while an emotional Will watches on.
Whether you supported Whitney or not, there's no denying that this classic artist deserved a tribute show dedicated to her accomplishments in the business. With that said, I don't even think that the Whitney music was the strong suit of this episode. Instead, it was the character development and unfolding story that made "Dance With Somebody" perhaps one of the strongest episodes of the season. If you didn't get emotional during the hour, give your head a shake! The show is doing an excellent job at setting up the "goodbye," even if we know that many of the characters are returning next year. I loved the temporary split between Blaine and Kurt... a sign of things to come next year? And I also love the new pairing of Joe and Quinn. It will be interesting to see who wins out between God and a blood-filled private part...
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