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May 23, 2012 at 07:06 AM EDT

WOW. That’s the only word I can think of having just a bit ago finished watching Glee — a season finale that sure felt like a series finale, with McKinley High saying goodbye to its seniors in an episode with the perfect amount of flashbacks and revelations — and even one out-of-nowhere twist in the final act.

It was graduation time, which meant the tears got started nice and early, if that sort of thing embarrassingly happens to you each May with finales left and right. Emotions were running high as the show kicked off with Schu in the choir room thinking back to the very beginning, as he remembered Kurt, Artie, Rachel, Mercedes and Tina rocking out in a spectacularly unremarkable fashion to “Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat.” Three years later, and they just wrapped up a Nationals win. Unbelievable. Schu started the night off right with “Forever Young” on guitar. Gosh, he’s really going to miss those kids. In all the talk about who is going where next year, people forget about Mr. Schuester: What is he going to do next year with all of his favorite students/best friends gone?

Much like in the first few episodes of the show where Rachel would provide inner monologue voiceover, last night’s episode highlighted several of the Glee members’ journey, one graduate at a time. The whole thing kicked off with Kurt as he headed to the auditorium to talk with his dad. It’s no secret Kurt and Burt’s heart-to-hearts are some of the show’s most emotionally powerful scenes, and last night was no exception. Burt spoke to Kurt about how “Around your seventh birthday, I lost you…But I’m proud of what you and I did together.” “I’m proud too, Dad.” UGH. Waterworks Alert! I’m proud too, you guys! You make me tear up every time you guys speak to each other — and just when I thought it couldn’t get better, Burt told Kurt he had a gift for him: Burt donned a sparkly glove and  performed the “Single Ladies” dance onstage with Tina and Brittany, and the show flashbacked to when Kurt had performed the dance early on. Remember when that dance was everywhere? Remember when Kurt performed it on a football field? Memories! To quote Kurt: “Best. Graduation Gift. Ever.”

But the emotional roller coaster was just getting started: After Beyoncé impressions with his dad, Kurt and Blaine had their relationship talk about the future (based around watching The Notebook, natch.) Blaine didn’t think long-distance relationships worked, but Kurt didn’t care: Kurt told Blaine he couldn’t picture a future without him, no matter how old they were. They decided they simply weren’t going to talk about it anymore; it was just going to work. No goodbyes for them. High school love: Awww.

NEXT:  Finn auditions, Quinn and Puck kiss!

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