GUSHING GLEEK: I am proud to admit that I am a gushing gleek. It’s a feel-good show with unreal talent and seriously underrated one-liners…and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been counting down to this season’s premiere. Season two is in session and I’m here all semester season long to give you my opinions and picks.
SEASON 2, EPISODE 4: DUETS
The episode begins with Will announcing that Puck is in jail, Sam has joined and this week the group will have to sing duets. (Will: “Who knows what a duet is?” Brittany: “A blanket.”) He also announces that the winners of the competition get free dinner at Breadsticks, a.k.a., the motherland. May the duet drama ensue.
Kurt initially eyes Sam, assuming he’s gay, and asks him to sing together. Sam agrees. We are then brought to a girlie bedroom where we see…Brittany and Santana hooking up! They are going at it before Santana quickly makes it known that she’s not interested in “lady babies,” she just needs some attention while Puck is in jail. She makes it clear that she doesn’t want to perform with Brittany and approaches Mercedes instead.
Rachel and Finn perform “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” after which Rachel has an epiphany about wanting to be a better person a la Finn. She makes it her and Finn’s mission to throw the competition and make sure Sam wins so that he stays in the club and they can ultimately win Nationals. Finn first approaches Kurt and tells him he shouldn’t sing with Sam because it will ruin Sam’s rep and he will subsequently drop out. Later, Finn approaches Sam and warns him of the same.
We then get a glimpse into Tina and Mike’s dating life where it seems their relationship is a little bit rocky at the present, while former beau Artie is seduced by Brittany who wants to pair up with Artie, and not just for the duet. She later devirginizes him, but he then breaks up with her and calls off their performance. Flash to Sam getting slushied for the first time and Quinn wiping it up. The two could be headed for duet success, but he blows it when he later makes an unwarranted move.
Back at school, Santana and Mercedes perform Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” which is a smashing success, and Kurt sings alone, appropriately enough to “Le Jazz Hot” from Victor/Victoria. He is dressed to the nines and it is obviously the most theatrical performance of the night. Next up are Tina and Mike performing “Sing!” from A Chorus Line, really wowing the crowd. Sam and Quinn decide to sing together and perform “Lucky” which is heartwarming and charming, as it should be, and Rachel and Finn perform “With You I’m Born Again” in priest and school girl attire. They are clearly trying to offend, and they succeed. They pretend to act shocked but are happy their plan is coming to fruition.
Sam and Quinn are deemed the winners, and while out, Sam admits his hair is dyed (as per Kurt’s suspicions) and Quinn finds him and his confession endearing, prompting her to take the gift certificate away and tell him he’s paying, because gentlemen pay on the first date. Say it with me: Aww!
Rachel approaches a distressed Kurt and tells him they’re more alike than he thinks, to which he is slightly less than pleased. She suggests they sing a duet together, just for fun, and she picks “Happy Days Are Here Again”/”Come On Get Happy” with her being the obvious Barbra Streisand and Kurt as Judy Garland. The performance is perfect, but an emo montage plays in the background once again to conclude the show.
And that’s what you missed on Glee!
GIRL TALK TIME: What was your favorite part of the episode? Which was your favorite performance? Did you think that Brittany really liked Artie? Do you think Artie and Tina will get back together? Did you miss Sue this episode as much as I did?