Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles.Many "Glee" fans have been questioning the confident, openly gay Blaine's (Darren Criss) sudden transformation into a questioning, possibly bisexual man in recent episode "Blame It on the Alcohol." The more startling transformation of Blaine, however, was from smug got-it-all-together guy to an actual relatable human being--a change that took place in the episode "Silly Love Songs."
Regular viewers of "Glee" took an immediate liking to the cute and charismatic Blaine, a student at Kurt's (Chris Colfer) future school, Dalton Academy. When Blaine took Kurt's hand and led him through the halls of the seemingly perfect private school, it was the first time in awhile that the bullied and frightened Kurt had such an expression of happiness on his face. Blaine was open and honest with Kurt, and seemed to want to help his new friend with all the problems back at McKinley High.
Did Blaine really have Kurt's best interests at heart, though? After being bullied himself at his own high school, Blaine ran away to Dalton, never facing his attackers. When he urged Kurt to confront Dave Karofsky (Max Adler), and then came to McKinley himself for an "intervention," was he trying to help Kurt have a better experience at school? Or was he simply trying to erase his own regrets by getting Kurt to experiment with tactics he himself hadn't ever attempted?
Once things boiled over with Karofsky, Kurt ended up at Dalton Academy with Blaine. While Blaine continued his role as mentor, his goal seemed to be to get Kurt to learn how to fit in and blend in with the crowd. In the episode "Special Education," Kurt auditions for a solo but doesn't make the cut. Blaine reminds Kurt that they all wear uniforms at the school, and it's about unity instead of standing out as an individual. Somehow this doesn't prevent Blaine from landing every solo and dancing around the stage during sectionals and soaking up all of the glory.
As their friendship progressed, Kurt and Blaine spent a lot of time together. Blaine often seems flirtatious, especially when the two practice a duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside" in the episode "A Very Glee Christmas," but he always holds himself just aloof enough that Kurt is afraid to make a move. By the time Valentine's Day rolls around (in episode "Silly Love Songs), however, Kurt is convinced that Blaine's "secret crush" is him.
Once Blaine reveals that his crush is a cute guy who works at The Gap, we're wondering if Blaine is completely oblivious or just cruel when it comes to Kurt. This is where the most appealing transformation of Blaine takes place. After he's cruelly dismissed by his own unrequited love, Blaine finds out that he's been hurting Kurt in a similar way. The moment Blaine loses that facade of smug confidence is beautiful, as he confesses he tries to act like he knows what he's doing, when really he doesn't. Seeing Blaine get taken down a peg, and seeing him finally look at Kurt with some understanding, was one of the best moments on "Glee."
While it was perhaps a bit contrived to have Blaine questioning his own sexuality in "Blame It on the Alcohol," it did follow what he'd said to Kurt on Valentine's Day. Apparently his out-and-proud gay persona was as forced as his pretense at being an experienced Lothario who serenades guys in clothing stores. Blaine also receives three cheers for standing up to Kurt's lack of understanding and acceptance about bisexuality, or of Blaine wanting to be certain of his own feelings. "I would say 'bye,'" Blaine snapped as he got up to leave their coffee shop confrontation, "but I wouldn't want to make you angry."
While it was nice to see a more human side of Blaine, I hope that humanity will continue to extend towards Kurt. Just as Blaine wanted understanding from his friend, Blaine should understand Kurt's need to be an individual, to express himself freely and stand out from the crowd. Maybe Blaine can even convince The Warblers to do that Duran Duran number Kurt suggested. Seeing Blaine in an 80s fedora and a bit of eyeliner would no doubt be another transformation "Glee" fans would appreciate.
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