Glee recap: Somebody Who Loves Whitney Houston

New Directions pays tribute to Whitney Houston, and Kurt and Blaine have relationship problems
Ep. 17 | Aired Apr 24, 2012

TWO DIVAS COLLIDE  Santana and Rachel realize they're better off belting out duets as friends.

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Goosebumps. That’s what I got when the Glee kids let loose with “How Will I Know,” which, apropos of nothing, kicked off the hour-long tribute in style. Last night was billed as the Whitney Houston tribute with the McKinley High kids saying goodbye to Houston and, in the process -- with just 42 days to go until graduation -- saying goodbye to their high school selves. Or at least, that’s how Schu explained this week's assignment. “This week isn’t about passing judgment on Whitney, it’s about celebrating her legacy; honoring her memory.” The best way for a bunch of 'so emotional' high school seniors to do this? Sing a Houston track that personally related to their own struggles. Man, Glee club weekly assignments have gotten oddly specific since ‘sing a mash-up.’

Not surprisingly, the kids were all on board, including Rachel who was looking forward to singing the Star Spangled Banner in the style of Ms. Houston. Whitney Fact: Watch her 1991 Super Bowl performance. It’s simply incredible. But -- sorry Rachel -- apparently Whitney’s biggest fan was one Kurt Hummel, who dashed off sans-Blaine to music store Between The Sheets to find the perfect number to sing. Which will be tough, because according to Kurt, all her songs were perfect for Kurt.

While he shopped, Kurt met his stalker biggest admirer, a teen named Chandler, who just had to tell him his hippopotamus head broach was amazing. Could he BE more blatantly flirting? (One and only Friends joke. Promise.) It’s not every day that someone openly thinks you’re absolutely incredible, so naturally Kurt was flattered. When Chandler asked for his phone number, Kurt hesitated, but wound up giving it to him so Chandler could continue to send Kurt over-the-top compliments for the next few days. Sample: “Are you an astronaut? Because your smile is out of this world.”

When Rachel called Kurt out on his texting -- a slippery slope to sexting -- Kurt insisted he wasn’t doing anything wrong, and that he just liked the excitement. Turns out, Blaine and Kurt were getting to the old married couple -- or lesbian bed death -- stage of their relationship, and hadn't had an unscheduled make out session in a month. First of all: Is that the hip new thing high schoolers do? Schedule make out sessions? If you have to schedule a kissing sesh with your boyfriend in high school, you may be doing it wrong. Secondly: Rachel smartly pointed out that if he was uncomfortable showing the texts to Blaine, he probably shouldn’t be sending them. Too bad Rachel can’t be this smart about her own relationships.

NEXT: Problems in paradise for Blaine and Kurt


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