Well done, Glee. You managed to make us believe that tonight's Valentine's Day was just an episode about love and romance. But then you went ahead and dropped a huge surprise on us!
Not only did we get a shocking return that'll bring on a big storyline next episode, but we also got something that Glee fans have been waiting forever for. Plus, Regionals is about to blow your mindhole…
WHAT WE LEARNED
Brittana Fans Got Something They Wanted: While we think Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) are adorable just sitting next to each other, we were in desperate need of some PDA from the lovebirds. And praise Groff, we finally got it! It was only a five-second kiss (albeit a passionate one), but it's a step forward, right? We even think the beginning "almost kiss" was a little wink to viewers from the peeps at Glee who know that Brittana fans have been waiting for this.
But what's even better, the big smooch was set up with a hot-topic debate about double standards for couples at the high school. It's OK for Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) to make out in the hallway, but not same-sex couples? Plus, the God Squad (formerly the Chastity Club) had to decide whether or not to deliver a singing telegram from Santana to Brittany. Mostly, it was Joe (Glee Project winner Samuel Larsen) who wasn't sure what he was comfortable with. How cute did he look in his debut, by the way?
In the end, Joe said it best with "Love is love," and they did serenade Brittany for Santana during the Sugar Shack party, and it was so sweet we got a toothache. Also, here is the list of songs that Brittany revealed goes through her head while she's with Santana:
Karofsky Loves Kurt: Well, duh. We knew that Dave (Max Adler) had feelings for Kurt (Chris Colfer) since…well, since he force-kissed him. And we're real happy to see him coming so far since being a bully. And there was something off about that monkey suit and "secret admirer" notes that Kurt recieved throughout the episode. Turns out it was Karofsky in the monkey suit the whole time (cool reveal!) and not Blaine (Darren Criss), which cluminated in Dave professing his love for Kurt at Breadstix.
Of course, Kurt is happy in love with Blaine, and he had to gently turn down his suitor. And, to add insult to injury, their interaction was witnessed by some jock named Nick, who obviously doesn't know about Karofsky's sexuality. Who else thinks that'll come up again? Thankfully, before Kurt could miss Blaine too much, his boyfriend popped up last minute to spend V-Day with his honey. And he had a heart-shaped eye patch, which was awesome.
A New Love Triangle Is Born: At first glance, it looked like this sitch would be the usual "two boys want one girl" triangle, but it got a wee bit sinister when Rory (Damian McGinty) straight-up lied about having to go back to Ireland at the end of the school year. Clearly, he made that up to gain sympathy from Sugar (Vanessa Lengies) and ultimately her heart. That can't end well, and we know Artie (Kevin McHale) will be standing by to snatch Sugar up when she finds out the truth.
Samcedes Is Dead…for Now: Mercedes (Amber Riley) told her boyfriend about kissing Sam (Chord Overstreet), subsequently ending their relationship. Great news for Samcedes fans, right? Wrong. Mercedes still turned down Sam, because she didn't like the person she had become and she wanted to be single for a while. Smart girl. And that led to a beautiful rendition of "I Will Always Love You" which served as a dedication to the late Whitney Houston. Sam and Mercedes may be apart, but something tells us they aren't done for good.
The 'Rents Want to Stop Finn and Rachel's Wedding: Finn and Rachel announced their engagement to New Directions, and got mixed reactions. Kurt and Quinn (Dianna Agron) were not on board (maybe that's because Quinn and Rachel will end up together in the end?), but the rest pretty much were happy for the couple.
We thought Rachel's dads were supportive of the teenage wedding, but it was all a ploy to get Finchel to see they weren't ready for marriage. They shoved them together for a sleepover, and the couple got into a fight quicker than you could say "Finn has to go number two." Of course, the fight was about more than just bathroom habits. It was also about plans after college, New York and the future.
But Finchel surprised us all by making up and getting to Breadstix just in time for the Valentine's Day party. Of course, they didn't really talk out the big issues facing their relationship (what will Finn do in New York?), but we bet our next ice bath facial that those problems will return to bite them in the you-know-what.
"No single people allowed. They're sad. And boring. And they don't exist in my world."—Sugar
"I would love to see you sing something straight."—Leroy to Hiram
"I sawed through those chicks like a freakin' sex tornado!"—Puck
"Believe me, I'd rather see you and Santana kiss than that so-called Finchel."—Figgins (and every Brittana fan)
"They say one out of every 10 people are gay. And if that's true, that means one of the 12 apostles might have been gay. My guess is Simon, because that name's the gayest."—Mercedes
WHAT LIES AHEAD:
A Truly Shocking Winter Finale: Seriously, if what we're hearing about the cliffhanger in the Regionals episode is true, then a certain fanbase is going to be pissed. But that's what we love most about TV: its ability to anger us so much and make us so happy at the same time.
Matt Bomer Yes, we all know he's guest starring on Glee, but we just needed to bring it up as an excuse to run this absolutely adorable photo of Matt with his onscreen brother, Darren Criss, and vocal contractor Tim Davis. Davis tweeted the photo along with "my two sons." Quite the attractive family, no?
The Bully Returns: He's ba-a-ack. Tonight was not the last we'll see of Dave. He has an interesting storyline in the Regionals episode, and we're anxious to see how Karofsky handles the situation he finds himself in come next week.
Did you feel the love tonight, Glee fans? We want every single thought you had about tonight's episode...right now!
(Originally published on Feb. 14, 2012, at 7 p.m. PT)