Chris Colfer’s “Old Dog, New Tricks” Extended Summary Delivers On Animals And Elderly Promise


Photo courtesy of We Heart It
Photo courtesy of We Heart It

In a couple of weeks, Chris Colfer will make his television writing debut with the Glee episode “Old Dog, New Tricks.”

The episode itself has been kept tightly under-wraps. Chris Colfer did, however, promise that his episode will include both animals and the elderly. Fans of the show, and of Colfer, were excited to learn more about what would happen in his episode. Colfer has several writing credits including a book series on the New York Times bestseller list and a indie comedy that he wrote and starred in Struck By Lightening. 

Well wait no more! The extended episode summary has finally been released to the Internet. And oh, it sounds like everything Colfer promised and more.

Rachel’s duplicitous actions come back to haunt her as news that she missed a performance of Funny Girl in order to audition for a TV pilot – and lied to producers about it – begins to hit the press. In order to prevent a wave of bad publicity that could sully her fresh image, Rachel enlists Santana’s help in rebranding herself. Deciding she needs to champion a worthwhile cause, she and the girls organize an all-female musical gala to benefit a local dog shelter (aptly titled “Broadway Bitches”), but Rachel soon realizes there is a marked difference between simply looking like a good person, and actually being one. 

Kurt – who has been starting to feel inadequate in the wake of everyone else’s recent successes and finding himself excluded from the all-girl performance – befriends former Broadway star Maggie Banks, who is currently living in a senior-citizens home for retired performers. When he is given the chance to join the elderly cast in their production of Peter Pan, he seizes the opportunity, and tries to make a positive difference in the lives of Maggie, her friends, and her family. Meanwhile, the smitten Sam is eager to prove to Mercedes that he’s a responsible and dependable adult worthy of being considered husband (and father) material. To prove his point, he adopts a dog, but when “McConaughey” proceeds to destroy the apartment (and Mercedes’ expensive hair extensions), Sam must teach the dog some obedience or admit failure.

Let’s talk about how much I love this summary.

First, Rachel is actually going to actually experience a consequence for her actions? Like a legitimate real world consequence? It sets me off that in the “The Back-Up Plan” summary that she pretty much decides that she is bored with the Fanny role in Funny Girl. It’s pure unadultrated arrogance in the highest form, and I was reaching for a bottle of something with a proof when I read that. For years, she has gone on and on about how Fanny is her spirit animal and that she will play her on Broadway one day. Now that she has the role, to critical acclaim, she decides she’s BORED with it?! It’s an insult to her character! It also shows her lack of professional maturity and makes Carmen’s “little girl” comment in “Bash” all the more justified. The fact that she has to face real consequences for these actions in the form of taking a hit to her public image is needed. The world cannot bend to her because she can sing really well. She deserves the hit professionally for it.

Second, Kurt actually feeling a bit down on himself because of his friends success is totally justified. Rachel is in the lead role of a Broadway show at nineteen/twenty (ages are unclear). Mercedes has a recording contract. Blaine has caught the eye of Shirley Maclaine’s star-maker character instead of Kurt. Santana is Santana. I’m not the least bit surprised that they’re bringing this up. I’m not surprised that they didn’t bring this up sooner with Kurt. There’s no word on who will portray the former Broadway star, Maggie Banks, but I’m excited to see who they get for the part. It’s good to have a plot focused on Kurt that doesn’t involve him in pain in someway and trying to help other people.

Finally, Sam and Mercedes are having whacky couple issues. I will watch anything that involves Chord Overstreet playing with a dog. I am so there. You do not even know.

My fingers are crossed that this episode is as good as the summary makes it sounds. I have all the faith in the world in Chris!

“Old Dog, New Tricks” will air May 6th at 8pm EST. You can check out our latest Glee-cap for “Tested” here.

Bec Heim