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Rachel and Finn step away from their power-couple status, leaving Quinn and Sam at center stage


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October 13, 2010 at 11:29 AM EDT

Ladies and Gentleman, may I present the debut of Squinn (Sam + Quinn = Squinn). And hot damn do they make a cute couple! I thought Rachel and Finn were adorbs, but Squinn may have the pair beat. They’re like a little blonde burst of sunshine. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of Squinn, I need to take a quick prayer break…

Dear Grilled Cheesus, thank you for Chord Overstreet and his agreement to do half-naked locker room scenes. That is all. Love, Tim.

Last week’s Glee was an emotional tour de force, and frankly my tear ducts and my heart can’t take that kind of a pounding each week. So it was nice to have Glee get back to music and fun…although there still were some very touching moments.

The focus was on the members of New Directions competing among themselves in a duets competition. But before I get too far, um, hello, this episode was directed by Eric Stoltz, who’s been making news of late due to the recently released footage of him as Marty McFly in Back to the Future (before the role was recast with Michael J.Fox). Apparently the new thing for ’80s icons is to become involved in teen shows: Andrew McCarthy has directed episodes of Gossip Girl. Molly Ringwald is on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. I’m just waiting for Emilio Estevez to pop up on Hellcats.

Rachel and Finn basically decided that they couldn’t be the power couple anymore if they wanted to boost the morale of the rest of the glee club. So “Duets” became a big showcase for Sam. Now I was a tad skeptical about Chord Overstreet in the premiere episode; I liked his rendition of “Billionaire,” but I thought he lacked a little charisma. Let me announce here that my mind has been changed. Dude is completely adorable. Also, I love that the big joke was Kurt teasing him about dying his hair, and then that turned out to be the major secret he revealed to Quinn. Too cute. Also cute: Sam’s attempt to speak Na’vi and do a really bad Matthew McConaughey impersonation. They both played like something an actual high-school boy would do.

Ryan Murphy had told me a few weeks ago that he was impressed with Sam and Quinn’s chemistry, so I think it’s safe bet that we’ll be seeing more from them in the coming weeks. I think my fave scene was when they were in the classroom and he was trying to teach her guitar and plan their duet. It felt awkward and charming at the same time.

In more surprising couples news, Artie and Brittany teamed up for a duet…and ended up sleeping together! Um WTF? I was totally caught off guard. But even more surprising was Brittany actually showing emotion when Artie felt hurt by her using him. Are we beginning to see shades of Brittany beyond the classic dummy? It seems so. We also got a fairly erotic bisexual moment between Santana and Brittany. (So I guess their make outs weren’t just all talk.)

Speaking of Santana, girl was on a bitch-a-palooza this episode, and I loved every minute of it. My favorite moment was when she finished performing with Mercedes and she asked for the gift certificates, “Cuz weez be goin’…to Breadstix.” I laughed out loud. GEEEENIUS.

NEXT: Who’s the most important character on television right now? (Keep reading for the answer, and to see my grades for this week’s musical performances!)

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