Glee: 6 Reasons I Love the Halloween Bit in “Props”—and One Reason I Don’t
- It’s an actual comedic moment for Blaine and Kurt (and Darren and Chris). When have we had any of those? We’ve had heart eyes, playful banter, angst, comfort, dorkiness . . . but not hilarity. Blaine’s hair gel plot from “Prom-asaurus” was funny—but ended up more serious and tender. It was great to see them both do a comedic bit this over-the-top together for once. More, please.
- It retroactively provides a couple moment. Which is odd—because other than “Purple Piano Project” and “The First Time” (and ostensibly, “Extraordinary Merry Christmas,” where they’re playacting), Kurt and Blaine had next to no scenes together that had anything to do with them being a couple. And truly, up until “On My Way,” rarely any real scenes together at all. So this moment is a reminder of that. A sort of painful reminder.
- It’s yet another example of Kurt and Blaine’s obsession with reality TV. So score one for continuity. And I suppose, for reality TV?
- It’s just fabulous to think about how much work went into this seconds-long moment. The Halloween set, complete with kids in costumes traipsing over lawns. Little details like the jacket Kurt wears, which is Mercedes’. Or Blaine’s Trick-or-Treat basket, which is a pirate wearing an eye-patch.
- It’s such a playful moment for Kurt and Blaine, which again, we don’t get to see often (or at all). Kurt and Blaine, when they’ve been together on screen, are often at school or the Lima Bean. We never get to see them let go like this and be so carefree and silly. More recently we’ve had glimpses of their more silly side—in the prom photo/dino ride, or in the hilarious blink-and-you’ll-miss-it vampire scare moment at Regionals. But during the month when this moment would’ve occurred, we were watching Kurt and Blaine deal with the West Side Story auditions and Sebastian, and there wasn’t anything silly about those plot lines.
- It’s very weird to see Blaine impersonating someone. This is Blaine after all. He was punching a bag a few weeks after this, right before Sectionals. We’ve just never seen him actually do something like this. Again: it’s a tiny moment that to me, shows us Blaine as he is with Kurt, when he’s not performing his usual Mr. Gentleman schtick. And it’s ironic, because he’s performing here, too, obviously. But it’s for fun and not because he’s trying to protect himself. Sob. Kurt, on the other hand, has done this kind of performing before (“Le Jazz Hot” comes to mind, and even his delivery of the “T-rex eating the Jew” quip from “Purple Piano Project,” or more recently, Margaret Thatcher Dog).
What don’t I like about this moment? Gender stuff. This is the episode where Sue asks Kurt to don a dress for competition—not Blaine. LettersfromTitan posted a beautiful reaction ficlet exploring that issue, and in particular a take on Blaine’s processing of Sue’s request. So what does it mean that Kurt is Snooki, and Blaine, The Situation? Is it a casual, yet wrong-headed reminder about gender roles in a relationship, that someone is the “guy” and someone the “girl”? We could argue quite easily that as far as Kurt and Blaine go, neither is a pure stereotype with regard to traditionally masculine or feminine traits. But sometimes the way their own fluidity is presented is rather subtle, and this Halloween bit is all image, so it holds a kind of power. Then again, it’s Halloween. Costumes allow people to be something other than themselves. So are Kurt and Blaine’s costumes a representation of how they see themselves? Are they just playful opportunities to imagine themselves in other ways? I know these are big questions to raise about such a short, seemingly throwaway moment, but Glee is spattered with such moments and details, and if you’re reading this, you know that too.