Glee Season 2 Episode 4 focused on duets. But duets may be small subject matter for Glee Season 2 Episode 4, compared to how the last two weeks took on Britney Spears and religion. But after the spectacle of the Britney tribute, and the emotional gut-punch from Grilled Cheeses, the show decided to settle down for a while. This time, they just focused on regular old antics, as the kids paired up for a special competition. However, Episode 4 showed how duets on- and off-the-stage can be difficult to form.
Warning: Spoilers follow
Puck was nowhere to be found this week, since he was on a forced break in juvenile hall. But this provided an opening for new character/football star Sam to join the club. He arrived just in time for Will to set up a duets competition, with a free dinner at stake.
As Glee welcomed Sam into the group, he immediately made an impression on many members. For Kurt, he quickly got up after his emotional nightmare last week to try to find love, although Finn tried to warn him about pursuing Sam. Of course, after the way Finn turned Kurt off from pursuing him last year, he was less inclined to listen at first.
But Sam is the new Finn in more ways than one – especially in his love life. Once Kurt decided to back off, Sam set his sights on Quinn as his new duets partner. However, after the way her love duets ended last year, Quinn was less inclined to open her heart again at first.
Love complications also grew in the Mike/Tina/Artie triangle, which grew to include Brittany after Santana wouldn’t be her duets partner. This gave Artie a chance to move on from Tina, even though she and Mike didn’t appear to be the best singing partners. Yet Episode 4 did show off Mike’s singing voice – or lack of it – for the first time.
Naturally, Finn and Rachel did a duet, but they unnaturally tried to blow it. After starting Season 2 in a more self-centered fashion than usual, Rachel took a step back in Episode 4 to ensure that Sam would win and stay in the club. So for the second straight Glee competition, a diva took a dive after Kurt blew his Diva-off showdown with Rachel last year.
Following the tributes and intense drama of the last two weeks, Glee had a regular old story this time – or as regular as they can get. It was also almost entirely kid-centric, since the adults – including Sue – were barely around this week. However, the whole gang will go back to the tribute genre in two weeks, when the show time warps to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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