down the hall and share his parting interior monologue with us, thinking back over how much he’s changed and grown over his high school years; “When I first came to McKinley, I didn’t even make eye contact.” He feels good about how much he’s grown as a person, and how awesome it is to be out and proud; but also about the impact he’s had on the school, as a proud gay papa who’s paved the way for the next generation of adorable Midwestern baby queers to be out and proud in the halls of McKinley. I may have squee’d a little.
After ruminating on his own for a while, Kurt is summoned to the auditorium where his dad is waiting to give him his graduation gift: a performance of the Single Ladies dance, just as Kurt performed it with Brittany & Tina three years ago, starring Burt the bestest dad there ever was in the leading role. The scene is intercut with black and white flashbacks to the original performance, with Kurt looking so young and innocent (hard to believe that Chris Colfer himself was in fact already a high school graduate back then!); and die-hard gleeks will also fondly remember that this was the number that Heather Morris was originally hired for as a dance consultant. She’d been a legitz back-up dancer on tour with Beyoncé, and they hired her just to teach the rest of the cast this dance. Then they wised up and decided to keep her foreverz…and again, we humbly thank our Lord and Savior Grillzed Cheezus on both counts.
Fortified with this awesomeness, Kurt is finally ready to have The Talk (though still somewhat reluctantly) with Blaine about whether or not they will stay together and do the long-distance thing when Kurt graduates. Blaine reminds Kurt that long distance relationships are hard—they’ve both seen The Notebook. But Kurt rallies and gives a super sweet and romantic speech about how he sees them reminiscing about their high school days together when they’re old and wrinkly in the nursing home; and even though I never saw a single long-distance relationship actually work out among my own college friends, I am cheering for Klaine right now. After all, they have something we didn’t have: Skype!
Doubly-fortified by Papa Burt