When Kurt Hummel transfers to Dalton Academy following a bullying incident at his previous school, Blaine Anderson gladly takes the new boy under his wing. Upon hearing that Kurt will also be a boarder at Dalton, Blaine offers to speak to the house head of Windsor so that they can live in the same dorm, and Blaine can help Kurt adjust to Dalton. Windsor House is one of Dalton’s three dorms, and although “the group is a big hodgepodge,” it is the home to the most Warblers (members of Dalton’s prestigious acapella group). When Kurt is uncertain that he will even make into the Warblers, Blaine waves away his ambivalence despite the fact that he has never heard Kurt sing.
Blaine and his best friends Wes Hughes and David Sullivan eagerly approach Mr. Howard, the head of Windsor, and appeal to him on Kurt’s behalf. Howard initially refuses, reminding them that Windsor’s inhabitants are insane, referencing Dwight Houston, a Windsor who is “even more superstitious than an old homemaker in the 1800s.” When Blaine assures him that Kurt is much saner than they are, Howard again refuses on the grounds that Kurt will be complaining to leave within a week. Undeterred by Windsor’s reputation, Kurt insists that he would like to move into Windsor. Howard finally concedes.
The boys take Kurt to Windsor House for the first time. The building itself is described as a “massive manor-style building with ancient columns and could put some of the nation’s best collegiate fraternity houses to shame.” The interior has a tasteful “old world elegance” with marble floors and rich wooden furniture. As Blaine walks Kurt through the dormitory, he tells him that Windsor is not all that crazy, and he is in no real danger in the house. At that moment, an explosion goes off upstairs, and none of the boys are even phased.
Kurt receives a text message from his best friend Mercedes Jones during the tour of the house, and he feels guilty about abandoning New Directions, his former glee club, with Sectionals only a few weeks way. Mercedes reminds him that they all understand why he had to leave, and they will catch up on weekends. Blaine, Wes, and David are a concerned about Kurt, and even when Kurt pretends he’s fine, Blaine knows that he is upset. While Blaine takes Kurt upstairs, David and Wes bemoan what happened last time Blaine had a crush on someone and hope that this time he’ll take action sooner with Kurt.
Kurt takes a wrong turn and loses Blaine, but he meets the highly eccentric identical twins Evan and Ethan Brightman. They nickname Kurt “Alice” and welcome him to Wonderland. They excitedly offer to take Kurt back to to Blaine, but not before they whisk Kurt into their room and give him a run down of life at Dalton, including life in the dorm, academics, and the rivalry between Windsor and Stuart. The twins then engage Kurt in the first of many legendary Nerf battles.
Blaine rescues Kurt from the Brightmans, and although Blaine is miffed that they have already unleashed their madness onto Kurt, the countertenor is incredibly amused by their antics. The pair head to Blaine’s room. With the excitement of the new dorm finally settling in, Kurt begins to feel a little melancholy about leaving his old life and friends behind. Blaine reminds him that “it gets easier…when you trust yourself to stand again.” In that moment, Blaine feels a rush of affection for Kurt, but he believes that acting on his feelings would be taking advantage of Kurt.
Outside of Blaine’s room, Wes, David, and the Brightmans spy on the couple, glad to see Blaine happy but unsure why Blaine won’t make a move. Ethan asks if Kurt can sing, but Wes and David admit that they have no idea and will have to wait until his audition. The twins knowingly say they have a good feeling about Kurt.
Notes and Continuity
While working on his homework in the library, Blaine is startled by Dwight Houston, who is lurking in the shelves even though he is banned. Dwight, who is obsessed with the supernatural, tells Blaine that he is researching how to exorcise the church bell tower, but he needs to talk to Blaine about Kurt. When he expresses concern about Kurt moving to Windsor, Blaine dismisses Dwight, believing that he is just being superstitious about spirits living in the empty rooms. However, when Dwight mentions that he senses Kurt’s unhappiness, Blaine grows worried. The librarian Mrs. Abernathy scolds them for talking in the library, and Dwight flees, “bounding away like an antelope, his open blazer flapping behind him like a cape.”
Though Dwight is strange, Blaine knows he is also very observant. He calls together Wes, David, Evan, and Ethan to discuss how to make Kurt happy so he won’t move out of Windsor. Wes and David think Blaine is overreacting, and remind him how nervous he was when he moved into Windsor, citing that they only managed to get him to talk after discovering his crush on Tom Felton. After coming up with several ill-advised ideas to make Kurt him feel welcome, the Brightmans devise a plan.
Meanwhile, Kurt goes to the Warblers’ Hall to meet with Greg Harvey and Sylvia Medel, the choir instructor and accompanist respectively. While waiting for them to arrive, Kurt gets a call from New Directions. His former Glee club sings “For Good” from Wicked to remind Kurt that they are always there for him and will always love him. Although they wish he was still a member of their group, they tell him that he and the Warblers ought to pull out all the stops for Sectionals. Kurt is moved by their performance and decides to serenade them with a song as well. Harvey and Medel enter the Warblers’ Hall to find Kurt singing “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from Evita over the phone. The instructors interrupt him only long enough to offer to accompany him on piano, and Kurt continues to sing.
After furnishing Kurt’s new room with antique furniture from the attic, the Windsor Warblers rush to rehearsal to find the group crowded outside the hall. The boys overhear Kurt’s song and are in awe of his voice, as Dalton has not had a countertenor in twenty years. The group bursts into applause after Kurt’s performance, and he is immediately accepted into the Warblers.
Even though he is out of the running for a solo at Sectionals, Kurt is thrilled to join the group. Wes warns him that Harvey is nice, but he’s an intense instructor and has led several choirs to Nationals. Blaine praises Kurt’s voice, and Wes remarks that Blaine and Kurt will probably get to sing together and casts Blaine a knowing look. Blaine glares back, then tells Kurt that he is sure to get spotlight soon especially with the Fall Music Festival approaching.
Before Kurt returns home to pack his belongings for his move to Windsor, the boys take him to his new room. Not only did they furnish his room with lavish antique furniture, but they also installed a new sound system and hung posters of musicals on the walls. The boys even retrieved his old school books and placed them on the shelves. Kurt does not know how to thank them, but the boys insist that it’s a welcome to Windsor and that his expression is thanks enough. Everyone leaves Kurt and Blaine alone in the room, lamenting that Blane will still not make a move.