Glee: Lots of duets, not much plot

KT thought you were a robot.

GLEE: 2.04 “Duets”

I’m going to count this as an interesting experiment for the show:  this week, the writers tried to work in plotlines — or perhaps more acurately, plotlettes — for as many characters as possible.

Interestingly, this doesn’t include Sue Sylvester, which I think is a first.

Some of the plots are very simple.  Matt Chang, the fabulous dancer who hardly spoke all last season, is freaked out about having to sing a duet.  Tina is frustrated because everything they do together is Asian in some way.  They wind up performing “Sing” from A Chorus Line, which is hardly a show-stopper, but is definitely cute.

Puck apparently needed to be written out of an episode or two, so the writers have sent him to juvvie.  That seems harsh to me, but the other characters’ “Oh, this was bound to happen eventually” reactions are hilarious.  His absence leaves Santana lonely, horny, and easily frustrated by Brittany’s need for a more emotional connection.  Britt turns to Artie instead, but he’s upset by her casual attitude about sex – and of course he’s not remotely over Tina.  I was looking forward to whatever madness Brittany and Artie might come up with, but we never got to find out.

Once Santana talks Mercedes into it, though, we get a fabulous rendition of “River Deep – Mountain High” from the two of them, which was far and away my favorite song of the episode.

Kurt, after first going after new guy Sam with the same enthusiasm he used on Finn last season, is convinced to back off and gives us the episode’s other fabulous number, “Le Jazz Hot.”  God, I love Kurt — and his dad, who always manages to say just the right thing in the end.

Sam winds up pairing off with Quinn instead.  Understandably , she’s extremely skittish about getting into another romance, and nearly calls the whole thing off.  After prodding from Finn and Rachel, of all people, they perform after all, a sweet simple rendition of “Lucky.”

Finn and Rachel, after proving (at least to themselves) that they could blow the competition away with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” decide that they should throw the contest for the sake of club morale.  And in the spirit of welcoming him into the club, they decide to throw it in Sam’s favor.  Instead of the Elton John earworm, they perform “With You I’m Born Again” — and dress in clothes suggesting a priest and a nun.  I want those minutes of my life back.

To wrap things up nicely, Rachel points out to Kurt that he may be the only openly gay kid at the school, but personality-wise, they do have some things in common.  Truer words this show has never spoken.  So that Kurt gets to sing a duet and Rachel gets a song in this episode that isn’t obnoxious, they perform a mashup of “Happy Days Are Here Again” and “Come On, Get Happy,” which is lovely — and may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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