Following up last week’s beyond-depressing ‘Grilled Cheesus’ episode, ‘Glee’ returns to singing, dancing, and dramatics!
The Oct. 12 episode of Glee called “Duets” was a study in, well — duets! The members of New Directions explored and experienced the complications that often arise in relationships and partnerships as they vied for a coveted dinner for two at Breadsticks (where it is LITERALLY illegal for them to stop bringing you breadsticks, as Santana [Naya Rivera] pointed out).
Let’s take it from the top, shall we? Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) is now an official member of the glee club. The rumored future love interest of Kurt (Chris Colfer), Sam’s mysterious nature and bountiful blonde locks caused Kurt to immediately exclaim, “He’s on team gay. No straight boy dyes her hair to look like Linda Evangelista circa 1993.” And you know what? He has a point! The last man to pull off such a look was Nick Carter during his glory days.
Anyway, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) sang a screechy and underwhelming version of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” The always-conniving Rachel decided that in order for New Directions to make it to nationals, Sam needs to win the duets competition in order to show him he belongs. So, she and Finn threw the competition, donning religious outfits (Finn wore a priest’s outfit/Rachel wore a habit) and offending everyone.
After Kurt’s emotional rollercoaster last week, I was hoping the poor boy would get a damn break. No such luck. After convincing Sam to duet with him, Finn angrily confronted him, suggesting that he needs to leave Sam alone, and realize when “no means no.” Well, so much for sensitivity! Meanwhile, back at home, Kurt’s dad told him that maybe he should keep his distance from Sam. It was actually a touching father-son moment though, as his father told him that one day he would find someone as open and brave as he was. Kurt ended up singing a solo duet, undoubtedly one of the best of the episode, called “La Jazz Hot” from the classic gender-bending musical romp Victor/Victoria.
In terms of the other duos on tonight’s episode, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.) did a cute, but not particularly noteworthy, duet from A Chorus Line. Brittany (Heather Morris) convinced Artie (Kevin McHale) to be her partner by allowing him to pretend they were dating. This temporarily worked, until Artie told her he wasn’t totally over Tina. Well, as any amazing slutty cheerleader would, she scooped him out of his wheelchair, laid him on her floral duvet, and took his virginity. This also proved unsuccessful, and the two didn’t end up singing together.
Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Santana were, as per usual, perfect, belting a killer rendition of “River Deep, Mountain High.” As for Sam, he ended up singing with Quinn (even though he offended her earlier in the episode by trying to kiss her), and ultimately won the duets competition much to the pleasure of Rachel and Finn. As they enjoyed their winner’s meal at Breadsticks, Quinn ripped up the free voucher, informing Sam that gentlemen always pay on the first date. UGH! Can Sam please cut the “straight” crap and start dating Kurt already?
The episode concluded with Kurt and Rachel in their respective zones, doing a combined Judy Garland/Barbra Streisand duet. All in all, it felt like a filler episode, setting up some story lines and getting everyone excited for the Rocky Horror Picture Show episode, which is going to be incredible.
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