Things are about to talk a “super” turn on “Glee” as the New Directions’ members tap into their inner superheroes this week. Chicago TV Examiner has your first look at “Dynamic Duets.”
The episode begins with Blaine (Darren Criss) calling a meeting to order, featuring the McKinley superheroes. Everyone has their own costume and secret identity, altered for trademark purposes, of course. The club welcomes some new members and then they take on an urgent mission: someone has stolen the club’s trophy from the choir room and left a video message in its place.
That someone turns out to be the new leader of the Warblers (guest star Nolan Gerard Funk) and he’s holding the trophy hostage because he wants Blaine to return to Dalton Academy to finish out his senior year. At first, Blaine is adamantly against it, but he agrees to put on the Dalton blazer for old times’ sake and to sing one song with his former group. Later, Blaine tells Sam (Chord Overstreet) that he’s considering going back to Dalton because the only reason he came to McKinley was for Kurt (Chris Colfer) and he ruined their relationship when he cheated. The sequence comes complete with a flashback to shed a little more light on what happened.
Meanwhile, Finn (Cory Monteith) is stepping into Will’s (Matthew Morrison) vacated role as director of New Directions and he even seems to have raided his sweater vest collection, which is a nice touch. But Finn is struggling with being a leader, especially when the kids are at odds with each other so much. After some prodding, Finn embraces the superhero inside of him and comes up with a plan to help bring the students together by pairing them off for duets.
Kitty (Becca Tobin) orders Marley (Melissa Benoist) around for their number, supplying the song and the costumes. Marley is still suffering from body image woes thanks to her rival turned fake friend and she confides to Kitty that she is still sticking her finger down her throat to keep herself from getting fat. The duet itself is fun and goes off without a hitch, but the boy problems that lie at the heart of the girls’ rivalry only get worse as the episode goes on.
The boys in question, Ryder (Blake Jenner) and Jake (Jacob Artist), have also been paired together by Finn and their duet turns into a disaster when it becomes and all out brawl between the two. Finn isn’t giving up though and puts them together once more, ordering them to share their greatest fears with one another. We learn that Jake is not as tough as he wants everyone to think he is and we also learn that Ryder has been hiding a pretty big secret. Can the two help each other overcome their big obstacles?
Elsewhere in the episode, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) continues to have a bad attitude toward Finn and life in general and Puck (Mark Salling) returns briefly, via phone call, to give his newfound brother some dating advice. Coach Beiste (Dot Jones) gets in on the superhero action and the episode ends with a moment that is a beautiful callback to Season 1 when the New Directions came together for the first time and sang “Somebody to Love.”
“Glee” airs Thursday, Nov. 22 at 8:00 p.m. CST on FOX.
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