Glee (2009–2015)
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Old Dog, New Tricks 

As Rachel faces criticism for being a slacker, Santana makes sure her public image doesn't degrade. Kurt feels that his friends don't support him as much as he does them and Sam adopts a dog but has Mercedes to deal with.


Bradley Buecker


Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Artist ... Jake Puckerman (credit only)
Melissa Benoist ... Marley Rose (credit only)
Chris Colfer ... Kurt Hummel
Darren Criss ... Blaine Anderson
Blake Jenner ... Ryder Lynn (credit only)
Jane Lynch ... Sue Sylvester (credit only)
Kevin McHale ... Artie Abrams
Lea Michele ... Rachel Berry
Matthew Morrison ... Will Schuester (credit only)
Alex Newell ... Wade 'Unique' Adams (credit only)
Chord Overstreet ... Sam Evans
Naya Rivera ... Santana Lopez
Becca Tobin ... Kitty Wilde (credit only)
Jenna Ushkowitz ... Tina Cohen-Chang (credit only)
June Squibb ... Maggie Banks


Rachel attempts to salvage her reputation among Broadway gossipers by hiring Santana as her publicist and creating a charity for rescue animals. Meanwhile, Kurt nabs the lead role in a retirement home production of "Peter Pan." Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical


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Release Date:

6 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Chris Colfer(Kurt) was asked to write the script for this episode he first said "No I'm not going to put words in my costars mouths". See more »


When Rachel, Sam and Mercedes are at the animal rescue and all the dogs start barking, there is a dog-trainer "barking along" with the dogs. See more »


Time for Some Girl Talk
Written by James S. Levine
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Classic Glee feel
3 October 2014 | by Brighids-ForgeSee all my reviews

Without revealing spoilers, "Old Dog, New Tricks" is a wonderfully positive, fun and touching episode with great music, amazing guest stars and writing that brings that the enjoyment of Glee during seasons 1 and 2. There's fun, fighting, romance, angst and a couple of very touching scenes.

The entire cast was fantastic & the characterizations were spot-on! In fact, Sam was back to the best of Sam (as in season 2). I've never cared much for Samcedes, but this was terrific. And Artie stole the show in a couple of places. Loved Kurt, Rachel & Santana together, as always, through the ups and downs of friendship. And Kurt and Blaine were not highlighted, but was wonderfully supportive.

Kurt was highlighted in this episode, written by Chris Colfer; Colfer advised that he wrote about the character with whom he was most familiar. That being said, I didn't feel that Kurt was the sole focus, as we got a lot of almost everyone. VERY well done; this episode was one of the two Fox network submissions for Glee for the Primetime Emmys, which was quite a compliment to a novice scriptwriter.

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