There was a moment on last night’s episode of Glee that we’ve been waiting for since we — and Kurt (Chris Colfer) — first set eyes on Blaine (Darren Criss). Continue reading only if you’ve seen it because… I need to know if anyone else thought Kurt was daydreaming because it was that good. We saw the awakened look on Blaine’s face after Kurt’s moving “Blackbird” tribute to Pavarotti, but when Blaine later interrupted Kurt decorating Pavarotti’s tiny casket to rehearse their duet for regionals, and Kurt asked him why he chose him, and Blaine so quickly and simply said, “Kurt, there is a moment when you say to yourself, ‘Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you forever’” and he’d had it with him — exactly what Kurt would want to hear — I literally turned to the person I was watching the show with and said, “This is a dream.”
Blaine went on to say that Kurt moved him, and the duet would just be an excuse to spend more time with him. (Also what Kurt would want to hear.) And then Blaine kissed Kurt, and it was the kind of kiss that would immediately erase Kurt’s memory of the first kiss closeted bully Karofsky stole from him. I cheered, but was even more convinced that Kurt would wake up in a classroom because we don’t get romantic, unapologetic first kisses like that between young gay characters on network TV. Blaine said they should practice, and Kurt said he thought they already were. Then Blaine went back for an even steamier kiss. Cut to Mercedes belting out her original song, and me sitting awestruck on the sofa as I realized that really did just happen (and also that I couldn’t rewind it five times like I wanted to because there was someone else in the room). Watch the scene below.
Thinking about it now, I like how it was handled even more. Kurt has been through so much this season; I don’t think we needed to see him suffer more, which is what would have happened if we had to watch Blaine make moves on another guy (or girl) again. Yes, it happened relatively swiftly when compared to some of our own high school crushes that never got that happy ending — and certainly for TV, where the will-they-or-won’t-they dynamic is milked for seasons (or at least until a season finale) — but that’s what makes this great. It’s real. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be together. Blaine felt it. He said it. And he’s proven he’s that brave and confident. (If you approach your friend’s father for a chat about anything sex-related, you are fearless, and you really care about that friend.)
If producers have gone there already, it’s because they know there’s still so much more story to tell. This is Kurt’s first real relationship. He’s, ahem, clearly begun to work on his intimacy issues, but you’ve got to think we haven’t heard the last of them. We haven’t seen a real first date (and Kurt’s preparation for one); how Kurt will tell his father that he and Blaine are now a couple; how his supportive dad, who truly wants Kurt to find love, will actually handle seeing him in it; or how people outside (or even inside) the bully-free walls of Dalton Academy will treat the pair. There’s bound to be some drama — this is, after all, Glee, and Colfer cries beautifully — but my hope is that no matter what will go on around them, Blaine will only bring tears to Kurt’s eyes because he moves him, too, as he did last night. Relationships aren’t easy. They’ll make mistakes. But if they stay true to themselves, and continue to be as open and honest with each other, we’re in for something special.