Happy Thanksgiving, Gleeks!
Even though there's still more than a month until Christmas, Glee decided to give fans an early gift: A brand new episode despite the Thanksgiving holiday! (The Fox hit's holiday-themed ep will air next Thursday, by the way!)
And what an episode it was! "Dynamic Duets" gave us superhero fun, bromance goodness and the return of the Warblers….and the polarizing Sebastian (Grant Gustin)!
Singing with the Enemy: After the Warblers steal New Directions' National Champs trophy (not cool, dudes!), Blaine heads to his former school to get their prize back. Enter, the return of former "Klaine" villain Sebastian, who says, "Being nice sucks!" We learn he's no longer captain of the Warblers, as that honor now belongs to Hunter (Nolan Funk), a cat-lovin' creeper who wants Blaine to come "home" aka rejoin the Warblers. To tempt the well-gelled one, he brings out the blazer. "You know what goes perfectly with a Dalton blazer? A song," Sebastian says, before Blaine succumbs to the pressure and performs "Dark Side" with his former gang. (The glee club version of cheating, y'all!)
After realizing his only real connection to McKinley was Kurt (Chris Colfer), Blaine decides to transfer back to Dalton. Too bad his resolve to leave is no match for Sam (Chord Overstreet), who is quickly becoming New Directions' rock, offering support to most of the gang in their respective times of need. (Blaine and Sam's rescue of the trophy was our favorite part of the episode. Their high five? A+ stuff!)
Bromance Activated!: Guys, we're super conflicted about this Jake (Jacob Artist), Marley (Melissa Benoist) and Ryder (Blake Jenner, who had a breakout episode) now that the boys are "bros"! After being forced to work together by new glee club coach Finn (Cory Monteith), which resulted in a fistfight mid-duet, Ryder and Jake formed a connection when they revealed their biggest secrets to each other: Jake's was that he doesn't feel like he belongs anywhere because he is biracial, while Ryder's was that he can't read. After Jake tells Finn about Ryder's admission, Finn brings Ryder to the guidance counselor to be tested and learns he has dyslexia.
Though both are still interested in Marley (who wouldn't be, really?!), Ryder and Jake don't want to be jerks about it either. Jake calls Puck (Mark Salling), who is working as a superhero on Hollywood Boulevard in L.A., to ask for advice about the situation. Proving he's learned from his past mistakes, Puck advises his little bro' to be nice and just wait it out. He doesn't have to wait for long as Marley ends up asking him out as Ryder cancels their date so he can study. Love triangle, to be continued!
Best Duet Yet?: One word description of Marley and Kitty's (Becca Tobin) duet of "Holding Out for a Hero"? Epic. The girls' voices sounded wonderful together and their superhero-inspired choreography was downright fun (Marley's superhero move onto the piano was our favorite!). While we're still not down with Kitty, we think this episode gave us a bit of insight into the mean girl: She's lonely and desperately wants a friend, which is why she's pushing Marley's bulimia: To have a bond with her, a connection that makes Marley depend on Kitty. (Still, we're not OK with this storyline.)
Role Call: In case you missed their superhero identities, here's the breakdown: Blaine is Night Bird, Sam is the Blonde Chameleon (because he has the power of impersonations!), Artie (Kevin McHale) is Dr. Y (no relation to X-Men's Professor X!), Joe (Samuel Larsen) is Tarantula Head, Sugar (Vanessa Lengies) is Sweet and Spicy, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) is Asian Persuasion and Brittany (Heather Morris) is the Human Brain! Oh, and Jake and Ryder were both Mega Stud(s), Kitty was Femme Fatale and Marley was Wall Flower/Woman Fierce.
Did you love this fun superhero outing of Glee as much as we did?! What was your favorite part? Sound off in the comments!