A much better side character is Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.). Picking up from an earlier episode, apparently Mike and his mom (Tamlyn Tomita) have never told his father (Keong Sim) that Mike will continue to dance. Mike Sr. shows up and is furious that his son is still working on his passion. The Mike Changs end up disowning each other in an emotionally charged scene. It is pretty cool thought that mom still shows up to see young Mike in West Side Story. Why not give this story more attention? It deserves it!
Somehow, Coach Beiste remains a virgin, too. She says she has never met the right guy. Hearts go out to this teary-eyed woman who is so damaged by rejection and poor self-image that she thinks Cooter asking her out is a joke. Beiste is a fantastic character, and any guy would be lucky to have her. One can't help but hope that Cooter is the man of her dreams, as he appears to be. After all, he recognizes what she has to offer, and is smart enough to pursue it. Not only that, but he says the right things to make her feel good about herself. Home run!
Less of a home run this week is Glee bringing in someone to stir things up between Blaine and Kurt. Sebastian (Grant Gustin) goes after Blaine quite aggressively, and is even willing to sleep with Blaine and not tell Kurt. He is a slimy character right from the get go. While it is kind of interesting to see Kurt get jealous and fight for his man, at times in "The First Time," it almost seems like Blaine would rather be with Sebastian. This should not be the case. Even if Sebastian is attractive, Blaine knows that Kurt is a much better person, and that should count for a lot. Poor execution of a dumb story.
There is a bloom of something wonderful within the Sebastian plot, however, when Kurt visits the gay bar and encounters Karofsky (Max Adler), whose presence is sorely missed on Glee. Karofsky tells Kurt that, although he wants to be seen as straight with no doubts in his new high school, he feels comfortable and accepted at the bar. Kurt is happy for Karofsky's baby steps, and the two find peace after years of torment. Kurt is right that people need to take things at their own speed, and Karofsky seems to be coming to terms with who he is, and stopping to hate himself for it. This is truly a happy ending to a tragic story.