Glee: Double the Fun

Something was missing from last night’s episode of Glee, “Duets.” I don't mean Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch); while her one-liners are always welcome, she wouldn’t have added anything to the plot. I don't mean Puck (Mark Salling), either; as much as I love his voice, sending him off to juvie (presumably) gave Salling some time to promote his new solo album. So what was it?

In a word, everything. The episode lacked the flashy guest-stars, forced themes, and crazy costumes of the previous three. It focused on character development, it gave (almost) everyone a chance to sing, and it was a true pleasure to watch. It was about the glee club, through and through. Imagine that!

What’s sad is that, because this episode was stripped of the show’s typical bells and whistles, I basically saw it as a filler until I realized how much had actually happened. Glee is at its best (or “most believable”) when its stars are actually the stars, and in the span of last night’s 44-ish minutes, we gained a ton of insight into the psyches of several characters. Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) is frustrated by her chaperoned relationship with Mike Chang (Harry Shum, Jr.), Brittany (Heather Morris) is sexually free but emotionally attached to Santana (Naya Rivera), Artie (Kevin McHale) is still harboring feelings for Tina even though he lost his virginity to Brittany, Kurt (Chris Colfer) doesn’t know how to take “no” for an answer, and Quinn (Dianna Agron) doesn’t know how to say “yes” for herself. I’d rather watch a show that tackes those issues over a Britney-fest any day.

Finally, how awesome were those duets? Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Santana stole a piece of my Tina Turner-loving heart when they sang “River Deep, Mountain High,” and theirs wasn’t even the best performance of the night. Quinn and Sam’s (Chord Overstreet) chemistry-filled “Lucky” and Kurt’s fabulous “Le Jazz Hot” were spectacular, but nothing beats the choreography and comedy of Tina and Mike’s “Sing!”

What did you think of “Duets”?


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It was great to see they finally gave Mike Chang dialogue and a song!!! But what about the other football guy that was there? He just seemed to have disappeared...
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The duets were amazing! Tina and Mike were spectacular!!!
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loved it....it was so full of life this one.... :) and songs were great too... rachel trying to lose so desperately with finn's intelligence? :P it was so fun to watch :)
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I think Tina & Mike's duet was the cutest & most fun, but Mercedes & Santana's was the best! I also enjoyed Kurt's performance.
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This episode was very interesting. The duets were awesome!
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It was a great episode!~
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Yes, this episode was a true pleasure to watch... Liked it much more than the Brit episode. My favorite performance was Mercedes and Santana's, it gave me goosebumps it was so good!
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great episode, and i love duets
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Loved this episode!!!
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this weeks glee epi...
is it just me or did every guys' jaws drop for Santana's Booty shake in that hottt cheerleading outfit...+ cute panties too...lol
i was drooling...lol...
the gal really knows how to shake her ass...lol
and Rachels 1st song this week was also awesomeeee...
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I thought it was the best episode so far this season! Loved it, and was really surprise that Sam and Quinn have so much chemistry!
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From the trailers I thought that Sam was going to be too cute, but in the context of the story he seemed much more likeable and down-to-earth. He finally did admit that he dyed his hair, and made a reference to Swayze as Bodhi in Point Break. Cool points for that, especially if it was meant ironically (and it was). His song was kind of corny, but what the hey? Clever but also too cute to have Quinn finger the chords while he strummed. And that song won a date at Breadstix? What the heck kind of name is Chord Overstreet anyway? Rachel and Finn were incredibly bad. Bad taste, that is. Were they going for a priest and nun, or perhaps priest and Catholic School Girl? People were offended, but why? What exactly were they supposed to be? Arthur and Brittany never did get to sing, but who cares? They shared a moment. Brittany and Santana shared another moment. Santana: "I'm like a lizard, I have to have something warm underneath me or I can't digest my food." Santana and Mercedes sang a wonderful "River Deep, Mountain High." I was glad that the writers showed us how Kurt's dad Bert was doing after all the fuss they made over him last show. Sometimes writers get bored so quickly and just drop story arcs like a hot rock. He gave some sage advice to Kurt, who just sometimes doesn't know when to back off--when he's barking up the wrong dog. No Puck, and no Sue Lynch? After hosting SNL you'd think that she would have some kind of victory parade. I was skeptical when Kurt announced he'd do a duet by himself, but that was quite a show he/she put on with "Le Jazz Hot." Another nice surprise was Mike and Tina's song. No big theme or star appearances, but doing duets really brought a lot of Gleeks together. I think this was all in all a fantastic episode of Glee.
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I did miss Puck. He's the main reason I watch this show. He and Sue, I love them both. So for me it wasn't a great episode, sadly.
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I think Artie made kind of a d-bag move... getting mad at Brittany for having sex with him. OK, it's not like he could have walked away, but still... was he somehow not aware of Brittany's rep before hand?
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Puck was never a character I liked that much, but I noticed his abscence in the episode, otherwise it was good. I like how Brittany finally got developed, she's a real girl now! As for Mike, he just seems like some kind of wussy guy in general, but the whole Tartie thing was sort of annoying after a while. I'm all for theme episodes every once in a while, they're fun but I like episodes like this most. I also enjoyed Chord actually getting a storyline, he's been touted as the newcomer for so long but he was barely in the first episode and hasn't been in the last two.
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Sing was very well done but I'd have to put it third to Mercedes/Sanata and then Kurt's solo duet. And overall, this was definitely one of the best episodes of Glee going. It just keeps getting better.
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The duets were good but I think the song choice was weird. They just weren't songs that a teen would choose
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Loved the Rachel/Kurt friendship this episode.
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"of the last three"? No, I think you mean the first two of Season 2. If you didn't love ep 3 then you have no soul.
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I liked how Rachel was a little less annoying this week. She was willing fo throw the competition in order for the new member to win. Granted, as Finn said, this was so they could win in Nationals and the way they threw it was a bit off but she at least seemed a little less crazy this week.
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i completely agree! as much as i loved the britney ep, i enjoy these episodes with great story and character development way more. the characters are the heart of the show, and it was great to see some more insight into some of their lives (i LOVED the scene with rachel and kurt at the end, so nice). I'm excited about where the stories are going!
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