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Glee S03E12: "The Spanish Teacher"

I think where you fell on this week’s Glee depends a lot upon what you think of Ricky Martin. I, for one, am a fan. Not the kind of fan who ever listens to his music, mind you, but the kind of fan who just admires his earnest enthusiasm and the courage he showed in telling the world he was a gay man. (I don’t care if everyone already knew it—that’s not the same as actually acknowledging it.) And yes, the guy is cute, duh. And he can act! Quite well, actually. So welcome, Ricky, to the Glee fold. If we are to understand that you are now a series semi-regular, then I for one welcome you with open salsa-hands. (Those are like jazz-hands, but more Latin.)

So basically, Mr. Schue is a moron. That’s what I got out of this week’s episode. The guy is a high school Spanish teacher who can neither speak nor understand Spanish, and whose idea of a culturally sensitive curriculum involves dressing up like a burrito and doing a Speedy Gonzalez impression. (Actually, he dressed up like a mariachi and sang “La Cucaracha.” Same difference.) How does this guy keep his job?! And now he wants tenure. Right. Principal Higgins informed Will that there have been “complaints” from certain, nameless students—*coughcoughSantana*—and suggested he perhaps brush up on the subject. Which is where Ricky comes in, as David Martinez, who tutors an adult night class at McKinley. David is a former tooth model who abandoned a lucrative career of smiling for the cameras to pursue his dreams of “making a difference” through the “teaching of a foreign language” to “racist, middle-aged women.” He’s living the dream! Will was instantly smitten after Mr. Martinez’s short lecture on Solid Gold and the Science of Language, and invited him to gyrate his hips for the glee club.

Can we now talk about Sue Sylvester and her biological clock? Or rather, can we never speak of them again? I don’t think there’s enough bleach in every 99 Cent Store in America to scrub away the memory of Coach Sue soliciting semen from the boys of New Directions. That’s just gnarly business right there. However, it was also pretty hilarious. “Twice a day you fellas stain your mothers’ drapes or befoul a gym sock that has to jump from the hamper straight into therapy.” Gold star to whoever cooked that line up, and extra credit for telling Artie and Kurt not to bother. (“Let the strangeness end with you.”) Back in the ‘70s, Sue pioneered the procedure known as oocyte cryopreservation (or egg-freezing) in her own garage using nothing but a pair of jumper cables, a wooden ice cream spoon, and a Coleman cooler. Now she wants a Sue Jr. to call her own. Fill ‘er up, Mr. Schue. It’s baby-gravy time. (Sue's words, not mine.) (Also: Eeeeeeeew.)

So Mr. Martinez showed up to rehearsal room, oozing duende. Seriously, this guy just leaves a trail of duende wherever he goes, like a hot, Spanish slug. Unfortunately, he chose to demonstrate the concept of “duende” with a song by LMFAO called “Sexy and I Know It.” (They have songs besides “Party Rock Anthem?” Who knew!) It was a little underwhelming.

Elsewhere, still conflicted about her feelings for Sam, Mercedes and her trouty-pouted admirer met with Emma for some counseling. Yes, at McKinley, guidance counselors offer couples’ therapy, and perhaps your own school offers a similar service. Consult today! Emma’s advice was for the two of them to stop talking, texting, tweeting, status-updating, and communicating, period. In silence, the answers will come, she said. They both clicked “like” on this advice.

Best scene alert: Coach Roz handing Sue’s ass to her in a monologue that will be quoted verbatim for all of eternity by sassy gay boys and the women who love them. Kudos to Nene Leakes, the most unlikely breakout guest star Glee has seen yet, for selling every, delicious word of this inspired read. And while the lines were great, it was all about Roz’s phrasing, like watching Ella Fitzgerald reinterpret a Cole Porter classic. It was insult-jazz, I tell you! Highlight: “You’re not gonna give birth to no child. You gonna give birth to a grandchild. You gonna get up in those stirrups, and you gonna push, and push, and a full grown adult gonna pop out with a briefcase and a job talking on a cell phone.” Ugh, just give her all the Emmys.

The musical highlights this week came in the rehearsal room, back-to-back. The first was Mercedes’ rendition of Gloria Estefan’s “Don’t Wanna Lose You,” given a brassy spin and beautifully performed directly to Sam (particularly the Spanish parts); and then Sam’s response, a “Bamboleo”/”Hero” mashup performed by the men of New Directions in weird genie shoes. (Or “Mexican hipster boots,” which I’ve never heard of, and I live in the Mexican hipster capital of America. Which isn’t to say they don’t exist, but I’m just going to call them “weird genie shoes” until I actually see a pair of those things on the street.) And while Santana and Mr. Martinez make a gorgeous couple, their clubby version of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” was a little flat, though would probably make a good iTunes download for my “Power-Up Pilates Playlist.”

So, regrettably, let us revisit Sue’s ongoing efforts to impregnate herself with Will Schuester’s (shudder) seed. For Becky’s sake, Sue, why?! We demand and deserve answers! Well, in a touching scene offset by the melancholy tinkling of piano keys, Sue explained to Emma that she doesn’t want to pass down her insane personality to her child. “Every time I've insulted Will or tried to stop him and his crusade to ruin pop culture by wiping his wooly behind with the American songbook,” she explained, he has always met her with kindness. Plus, speaking of his woolly behind, he also has a woolly head of hair that she’d like to genetically capitalize on. Are we all sufficiently touched and/or grossed out yet? Great. Moving on.

There was also a good scene between Kurt and Finn in the school weight room, in which someone finally came to his senses and confronted Finn about his cockamamie plan to marry Rachel. Who of us couldn’t use a Kurt pep-talk from time to time to get us out of a self-sabotaging funk? Poor Mr. Schue could probably have used one after Santana made him feel like a two-inch-tall toreador for devoting his life to teaching a subject he had no passion for (or grasp of). In the end, Mr. Martinez was offered a teaching job at the school by Will himself, who offered to give up his Spanish class (Will will take the vacant history position). Becky confessed to Sue that she was the one who lodged the crayon-scrawled complaint about Sue’s lackluster performance as Cheerios coach. Mercedes would choose her big lug of a linebacker boyfriend over Sam. (For now, at least.) And Emma earned the tenure position for her incredible pamphleteering, which was directly responsible for the McKinley football team’s cleaner taints. (Did I just type that?) All’s well that taints well, as Shakespeare once wrote.


QUESTIONS:

1. I’d love to hear your thoughts on Coach Roz. Has she won your hearts the way she has mine?

2. It now looks like Finn is having second thoughts about marrying Rachel. Are you relieved?

3. What about the touchier, feelier Coach Sue and her baby-making pursuits? Are you feeling her?

4. Holly Holiday vs. David Martinez: Who is the better guest star Spanish teacher?

5. What were your favorite musical performances this week?

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I actually didn't like this episode. The Sam-Mercedes bits were fine and the Coach Sue one was out of character even though it definitely brought out some of the funniest moments in glee for a while. The entire spanish teacher storyline was dull though and I didn't like Ricky Martin all that much, he always did and he still manages to annoy me. Songs were a complete snooze fest, I like Latin music, this wasn't good enough!

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1. Coach Roz is awesome for taking up the left behind Sue mantle, her picking on Sue make it even funnier.

2. Yes, the Finn and Rachel storyline was growing stale until the proposal and then dragged out after that. Its a decent story arc though with the second thoughts.

3. I dont like the new Sue, she was over the top in earlier seasons but this change of character is way way too drastic from the way her character started off.

4. Holly Holiday because Gwen Stefani is 100 times better than Ricky Martin in all aspects except singing.

5. La Isla Bonita only because it was the only real authentic song in there. English-Latin mashups feel a bit too weird for my taste. I dont intend to listen to any of the other songs again except La Island Bonita.
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why no screenshots of the episodes? i wanna see the hot glee chicks
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I haven't seen the chapter yet, but i agree with you "Mr. Schue is a moron" and he has always been, sonce the very beginning of the show... he love to be in front of a camera and is not shy about it... he think she shines better that everyone else, and you know what... he's not that good of ann actor... i reeeeally dislike him SO MUCH! i just wanna get THAT out of my chest
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Emma came out on top- "I can take care of myself"- she definitely did

Jayma mays rocks !

and wemma scenes are always welcome!
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Nene leakes makes me laugh so hard ,......keep her as a original member
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1. She is a revelation.

2. I think 'second thoughts' might still be wish fulfilment on our part. Maybe after his next pep talk the thoughts will materialise.

3. Unfortunately Sue's value as a character has seriously declined. Now instead of getting intriguing multi-episode arcs, we get annoying disconnected subplots. At least this one was surreal.

4. Most one-sided contest ever.Despite Ricky not being an actor he was instantly comfortable and charming on the show. Gwyneth was TRYING SO HARD to be hip and she was never any better than bearable.

5. None of the songs were first rate this week, I guess Mercedes' was the best, but does she have more autotune than everyone else? It makes it hard to listen to.
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i hated her. her acting is terrible and shes so monotone
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Coach Roz rocks!!! Kudos to Nene Leakes! But Sue Sylvester IS Sue Sylvester. I do hope that Coach Roz do not ruin the genius that is the character of Sue Sylvester. More Coach Biest though!!! The Finn/Rachel angle was rather silly from the start though. Kurt to the rescue ... a welcome breather to this storyline (Thank God!!!). Ricky Martin's appearance was a welcome surprise. Maybe he can tame the rock-hard heart of Santana (Gay-to-lesbian affair...wink,wink... but teacher-to-student?... hmmmm....maybe not). Finally, I've always admired the ever-principled Mr. Shue, but this episode definitely made him a really stupid/goofy character. What were you guys thinking?!!!
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1. I think Coach Roz is just another Sue. Sorry, I don't like her as much as you do.

2. A lot of kids watch Glee and yes, I am glad the Finn/Rachel storyline might go else where. I think tv shows should encourage our kids to dream big, build their careers, etc....

3. I think the writers have no other storyline for Coach Sue anymore.. I like seeing the softer side of Coach Sue but for her to want to carry a baby???!!! ugh!

4. Definitely David Martinez!

5. La Isla Bonita!
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1. For a moment I had hopes they were going to replace Sue, but I thought Roz flubbed the monologue. By the end I was literally thinking "Well, that didn't work. Shame, she had potential." I gotta say, I was really surprised to come here and find that anyone thought that was a good performance.

2. w/e

3. Just plain creepy and gross and beyond believability even for a ridiculous character like Sue.

4. Holly Holiday, which is weird coz I used to hate Gwyneth Paltrow in everything. David Martinez was good too, though.

5. La Isla Bonita, though maybe that's because Santana is awesome. Not Brittany awesome, but still awesome.
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1. I love her. She's awesome!

2. I don't really care because I'm not that interested in the Finn/Rachel storyline.

3. As much as I love Sue, I feel Luke they're running out of ideas for her. I doubt this baby thing will last even though I would like to see a mini Sue running around.

4. David!!!!! Make him a regular please!!

5. I loved the song Santana and David did together. Talk about Latino heat. :3
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Bailamos and La Isla Bonita were kind of cool, but I kind of wished for a Ricky Martin song in there. I guess that would have been too obvious if they did Livin La Vida Loca. But they could have done La Copa De La Vida or Maria.
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1. LOVE HER!!

2. Meh...not interested in this storyline to tell the truth

3. With Becky yes, with child no

4. Duh I'd choose William Hung over Gweneth Paltrow

5. Sexy and I know it by default the music kinda sucked this week
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1. I'm not sure about Coach Roz.

2. Yes - Mucho Relieved. I like Finn and Rachel but why rush into marriage? They're too young and too selfish to get married.

3. I love coach Sue but I do enjoy seeing her softer side. Like with her sister and Becky. But it has to be interspersed with her meanness.

4. David Martinez - no contest. much more watchable.

5. Sam's mash up
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Yeah, this was probably my least favorite Glee episode ever. Just terrible.
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1- Love Coach Roz! She is phenom! Threesome with Michael Phelps, indeed!

2- Yes I'm relieved. Finn had nothing, and was just trying to bring Rachel down with his incompetent ass.

3- Ryan Murphy seems to integrate random pregnancy arcs (on inappropriate characters) in every one of his television shows. It's creepy, gross, and I'm sick of it!!

4- Holly Holiday wins. She was an awesome guest star. I like David Martinez though, and I'm willing to give him a chance. Just wish he'd been given a better repertoire to work with this episode.

5- Mercede's, most definitely.
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I liked Mr. Martinez but I think Holly Holiday takes the taco (jk). Wish there had been more Brittney these last few episodes though she is way funner then the little one liners she's been getting. The Rachel Finn thing is getting a little tiring honestly, if it were Puckleberry I might be more interested ;)
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Holly Holiday is much better
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Tinker, or whatever his name is in this, is probably a lineman, not a linebacker, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that no-one should do 'Sexy and I Know It' any more but Elmo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWF86D_UNxc
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i love finchel and i might be in the minority, but i really dont want finn and rachel to get married. i hate in shows today the characters feel the need to get married as soon as they turn eighteen, and its like why?!?!if you cut together all the time rachel and finn have actually been together from the times they;ve broken up youre left with about a year. them getting married would just be a colassal mistake, they can be together without getting married. i mean finchel;s great, but theyre no cory and topanga. rory and dean, maybe.

and nice sue creeps me out, but i think they;ve run into a wall with her character. she has no prayer of destroying the glee club, and she didnt win congress, so no theres nothing left for her to do. kinda sad
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Don't worry I'm pretty sure your anti-marriage stance is in the majority.
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pretty much only good things were beginning when Rachel and Kurt spoke at the same time and then Emma getting tenure.. otherwise this was the worst episode of Glee ever... apart from the Sam/Mercedes and Finn/Rachel stuff, it did barely anything to progress the plot. Usually when an episode isn't that good, it atleast has good songs like this year's Christmas episode.. but this episode had ZERO songs I liked for it to fall back on..
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Nothing on television has ever been as bad as the Christmas episode.
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