In last night’s episode of Glee, the club was short one member after Noah Puckerman (Mark Salling) was sent to juvenile detention. However, the club gains one new member when Sam Evans (Chad Overstreet) joins the club in time for a duets competition among all the members of the club. The winning performance earns a paid for dinner at Breadsticks, a popular restaurant among the McKinley students.
When Sam joins, Kurt (Chris Colfer) believes his wolf pack has grown by one, and asks Sam to compete with him in the duets competition. However, his plan is quickly foiled by Finn (Cory Monteith) who worries that Sam will want to quit the club following the taunting and teasing he would receive from singing with Kurt. Although frustrated that he continually finds himself alone, Kurt performs “Le Jazz Hot” from the musical Victor/Victoria, which embraces aspects of males and females
Finn and Rachel (Lea Michele) prepare Elton John’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and although confident they will win the competition, decide it would be best to boost Sam’s confidence and plan on trying to favor the competition in his odds
The duets competition becomes the primary concern for all the glee club members. Santana, determined to win that dinner, recruits Mercedes (Amber Riley) as her partner and the two perform an upbeat rendition of Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep — Mountain High.” Frustrated that Santana refuses to recognize their relationship, Brittany (Heather Morris) forms a partnership with Artie (Kevin McHale) eventually leading to Artie losing his virginity. However, when Artie realizes he is being used, he breaks off their relationship and neither participate in the competition.
Meanwhile, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) works hard to persuade her boyfriend Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) that he can not only dance during their performance but must take a risk and sing. As such, the couple performs A Chorus Line’s, “Sing!” For the first time, we can see the talent of Mike Chang’s singing as well as his dance moves.
Rachel and Finn decide to perform a bad and offensive song, singing the Motown song, “With You I’m Born Again.” During their performance they dress as a nun and priest and are able to offend many of the members allowing them to lose the competition. From there, they help create a relationship between Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Sam. These two then, as Santana puts it, charmingly perform Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s, “Lucky.”
After the competition is over and all the couples and Kurt have performed, the winner is put to a vote. Although most people vote for themselves, due to the concerns of Finn and Rachel, Quinn and Sam win the competition. The winners go to the restaurant and although at first hesitant and unsure of Sam’s actions, Quinn decides that the outing is a date, and the two become a couple.
Meanwhile, Rachel, in her streak of niceness, notes that Kurt is often alone and feels unappreciated. She then takes the time to recognize his wonderful voice and helps him understand how much the club appreciates him. She also invites him to sing a duet with her, just for the purpose of singing. The two conclude the episode singing a mash-up of Milton Ager’s “Happy Days are Here Again” and Harold Arlen’s “Get Happy.”
This particular episode was very enjoyable for it allowed us to hear voices not normally heard. All the characters gained appreciation of each other for just being who they are. The final performance between Rachel and Kurt is also interesting because they were the two characters from the club who were nominated for an Emmy, so it was interesting to hear their voices combined in a great performance.