Mr. Schuester assigns the kids to sing duets, but that’s just the background for the big story—new kid Sam has finally joined the glee club after Puck gets sent to juvenile detention. Rachel concocts a scheme to make the new guy feel welcome by throwing the week’s singing contest, while Kurt falls for him and convinces him to duet with him. But he’s got his eye on someone else…Quinn. This episode has some fun moments, but it’s a knockout. Next week looks like it’s going to be fantastic though…Rocky Horror.
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John & Kiki Dee) – Finn & Rachel. Finn and Rachel give a rousing, if traditional read of the late ‘70s classic.
River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner) – Mercedes & Santana. The girls team up for an equally peppy rendition of the campy classic. Is there a song more energetic than this on record? (I admit, I was a big fan of the 1996 Celine Dion version.)
Le Jazz Hot (From “Victor/Victoria”) – Kurt. Kurt ditches Sam--after being convinced singing with him will lead to Sam’s premature departure from the club—and strikes out to perform a duet by himself from the classic musical. Chris Colfer does a good job with this and he’s got a really fun costume. Wow, he just hit a really high note. While everyone’s been good, this is the standout performance so far.
Sing! (From “A Chorus Line”) – Tina and Mike. Another showtune gives Mike his best vocal showcase so far. It’s nice to see him getting some screentime for a change. I don’t really care for the song, but they perform it well.
Born Again? (not sure) – Finn & Rachel. Rachel dressed up as nun and Finn a priest (with jeans) in their attempt to “throw” the duets competition.
Lucky (Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat) – Sam & Quinn. I’m really enjoying Chord Overstreet, who may quickly become the bets male singer on the show. They sound great together. But this is yet another song I don’t really care for.
Get Happy (Judy Garland)/Happy Days Are Here Again (Barbra Streisand) – Kurt & Rachel. Showtunes…again. This is one of those montage moments, although I do always enjoy Rachel does Barbra. They look like they’re having fun singing together, which is cool.