Solo duets and love triangles
This week’s episode, “Duets,” wasn’t Glee at its best, but it did open up a lot of new, interesting plot lines.
As the title suggests, the club performs duets, with the winning duo receiving a free dinner at Breadsticks — a restaurant that, apparently, is legally obligated to provide an endless amount of breadsticks. And who can resist all-you-can-eat bread?
Of course, this is the week that Sam finally joins Glee. At first, he partners with Kurt (who has a bit of a crush on Sam, being convinced that he is gay), but Sam later joins Quinn, leaving Kurt to sing his duet solo. Go figure.
Obviously, Rachel and Finn are partners, although they plan to throw the competition to raise Sam’s self esteem. Tina pairs with her boyfriend Mike Chang, much to the envy of Artie, who partners with Brittany. Brittany joins him not because she particularly wants to, but to get back at Santana.
Ultimately Quinn and Sam win, and they begin a relationship with each other after their date at Breadsticks.
Yes, it was a somewhat complicated episode, perhaps because of all the new story lines: the Artie-Tina-Mike and Sam-Kurt-Quinn love triangles, as well as Rachel trying to be “a good person.” (While I love Rachel, I’m not sure she’s capable of that.)
Maybe because there was so much going on, I was left confused some of the time. For one thing, Puck is apparently in jail now. (???) I don’t know when or how this happened, if I missed something in the past episodes — now that I think about it, I don’t quite remember him being in “Grilled Cheesus” — or if they just decided to leave it unexplained for now.
Despite the business of the whole episode, I did enjoy it — although maybe not as much as some previous episodes. The music this week was great, a nice combination of current and classic. “Lucky” and “Le Jazz Hot!” were my two favorites this week; “Lucky” because it’s a very relaxing song and it went fantastically with Quinn and Sam’s voices, and “Le Jazz Hot!” because Kurt was absolutely fabulous. I did feel really bad for him though, because he had to perform alone. I think it’s a theme that will continue with him throughout the season.
Next week, we will all be “Glee”-less. The big Halloween episode is coming up afterward, so I suppose they’re building anticipation. So watch “Rocky Horror Glee Show” two weeks from now, Tuesday, Oct. 26, on Fox 43 at 8 p.m. It’s (obviously) a Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed episode, so you know it’s going to be good.