Season 3 Episode 12

The Spanish Teacher

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 2012 on FOX
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Episode Summary

McKinley High's night school teacher comes on board to help Will with his latest singing assignment: music in Spanish. Guest star Ricky Martin joins New Directions for a Latin themed episode. Meanwhile, news of Rachel and Finn's engagement starts to spread, and Mercedes finds her in the middle of a complicated romantic relationship.


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  • the greatness

    it was great
  • Hot, Hot, HOT!

    Ricky Martin and his hotness had my attention for sure! But this ep wasn't fantastic. I was impressed with the cast learning to sing in spanish though, its not easy to do. I also loved seeing at least a little bit of Brittany and Mike dancing in unison...even though the camera didnt show her moves enough!

    So out of the entire ep, the saving grace was them learning to sing in Spanish (impressive), Brit and Mike dancing the bigger moves that highlighted them as the two cast members who are actually professional dancers, and that should have their moves highlighted more often...of course there wasn't much of it but I take seeing Heather getting to use her moves whenever I can! And then there was Ricky Martin who provided the extra hotness.

    As for the rest of the show, it faded from my mind almost instantly, probably because it unrealistically showed that Will can't really understand a word of Spanish even though he teaches has he gotten away with that for so many yrs?! Even Figgins told him to learn Spanish!! Why would he be paid to teach a class that the principle knows he can't really teach?!

    Thankfully I had my three highlights. Spanish singing. Mike/Brittany dancing and Ricky Martin!moreless
  • Unrealistic and Poor Miming

    Big lover of Glee but that makes me find its flaws a lot too. Firstly the whole Will not knowing Spanish but teaching it I am sure was just meant to come across light hearted and humorous from the writers but it becomes silly and patronising to its audience. Would this actually happen in a real education facility? Maybe a really bad one!

    Secondly, Ricky Martin was fun to watch and glad to say his acting wasn't terrible but his miming was cringe worthy. Did they not want to ask him to do a few retakes to get it right because it's Ricky Martin? When he performs 'Sexy' my critical eyes took a battering at his terrible attempt to make it appear like he is actually singing and performing in sync.

  • Wrong impression of teacher certification

    Will's storyline about not being able to effectively teach Spanish because he didn't have the certification to teach it was a really bad message about teachers. Teachers are supposed to be certified in their subject matter (college degree in subject and education classes). This story line indicated that he was now going to teach History because he liked it. This was very insulting to we teachers who not only graduated with the credentials to teach but also have continued to maintain those credentials to be a highlly certified teacher.moreless
  • Just okay

    I thought this episode was just...good.

    It wasn't the BEST episode of Season Three but I liked it.

    It had some good moments,

    I didn't see the point to the Will storyline I mean yeah he's a teacher but so what?

    The show is supposed to be about the "kids" not the adults.

    The stuff with Finn and Kurt was GREAT I really missed seeing their relationship and I thought that Kurt gave Finn realistic and honest advice.

    I totally agree with Santana's approach to Will and I'm glad it got resolved.

    Sue's storyline is completely unrealistic and I am not invested in it at all because I don't think it is going to work.

    I really liked Ricky Martian's character he was very sweet and sexy, the songs were very cool too it was refreshing.moreless
John Marshall Jones

John Marshall Jones


Guest Star

Roger Keller

Roger Keller


Guest Star

Brenda Ballard

Brenda Ballard


Guest Star

Iqbal Theba

Iqbal Theba

Principal Figgins

Recurring Role

Dot Jones

Dot Jones

Shannon Beiste

Recurring Role

Chord Overstreet

Chord Overstreet

Sam Evans

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Music Featured in this Episode:

      "La Cucaracha" Traditional song

      "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO

      "Don't Wanna Lose You" by Gloria Estefan

      "Bamboleo" / "Hero" by Gipsy Kings / Enrique Iglesias

      "La Isla Bonita" by Madonna

      "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Sue: No I am not. I am getting pregent and then I am having a baby.
      Coach Washington: With who's vagina? Sue, you can't have no baby! You are over the hill. You ain't give birth to no child. You gonna give birth to a grandchild. You gonna get in them stirrups and you gonna push, and push and a full grown adult gonna pop out with a brief case and a job talking on a cell phone.

    • Coach Beiste: Come on, guys! Why, just last week, three Fort Wayne gymnasts had to have their junk amputated!
      Puck: I stopped washing down there 'cause it seemed kind of gay.
      Rory: I thought that's what the hair was for: catching the dirt.
      Finn: Huh, lift and scrub. Who knew it was so easy?

    • Sue: Now, if this is about the complaint you lodged against me with Principal Figgins, I already know.
      Becky: You do, Coach?
      Sue: Oh Becky, I've known ever since I tinker-tailor-soldier-spied my way into Figgins's file cabinet and read the evaluation cards. And when I saw one written in crayon, I knew it was either you or Brittany, and you're the better speller.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Although credited, Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang) do not appear in this episode. This is Ushkowitz's first absence on the show.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 7, 2012 on Global
      Australia: March 2, 2012 on Network TEN
      United Kingdom: March 15, 2012 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Norway: May 27, 2012 on TV2 Bliss
      Czech Republic: October 21, 2012 on Prima LOVE