Meanwhile, Will's brain has finally clanked and thunked and wheezed itself to life, and he splutters, "Wait. What?" "Well, actually," Sue admits, "she quit, but I'll take the W, and it was your kids who made it happen, Will! It finally occurred to them to stop singing all that nonsense about how awesome it is to be alive or ugly or whatever the point is you guys are always trying to make, and instead? They just got mean!" Sue beams at him at this point, and offers him a deeply heartfelt congratulations. Hee. "Wait," Will blurts, because he's still not getting it, "Coach Beiste quit?" "I just said that, Annie Sullivan," Sue replies. "You want me to sign it into your palm?" Here Sue politely excuses herself -- but not before ordering Will to clean up her magnificent Mylar mess, of course -- leaving Will to stare slackjawed at her departure until the next bell rings.
Out in the hall, Kurt's still getting all pie-eyed over Blaine's terse little text message when Karofsky arrives to bat the phone from his hands and gently nudge him into yet another row of lockers. Kurt howls with outrage and chases after the guy, eventually arriving in the otherwise deserted locker room for tonight's big confrontation, and I have to admit: The more I watch this scene, the more I hate it. Not because it trots out and reinforces that tired old cliché that insists all violent homophobes are secretly gay themselves -- that I can deal with, because it's an idea that's been floating through popular culture for decades, and it's not going to go away anytime soon, no matter how much evidence piles up to refute it. And I don't hate it because Chris Colfer's shrieking all of the nasty insults flying out of Kurt's mouth to the point where I want to slap Kurt across the face and tell him to shut the hell up already, although I maybe might possibly hate it a wee tiny bit because of that. No, I think I really hate it because the individual beats within the scene just don't add up to that supposedly earth-shattering kiss for me. It could be the dialogue, or it could be missteps in the direction and the editing, but it makes no sense for Karofsky to plant a big old sloppy wet one on Kurt at that moment. And yeah, you can argue that Karofsky's motivation will never make sense because Karofsky's so monumentally screwed up that he's acting like an insane crazy person all the time, every single day of his life, but I'm not buying that. Something Kurt says or does to him in this scene, at that moment, has to push Karofsky into that kiss, and I'm simply not seeing it.