It was great to see Gwyn back but she was seriously overshadowed by some amazing performances this week!
The much touted return of Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow) on Glee did not disappoint, but less for her performance than the amazing work of Santana (Naya Rivera) and Burt (Mike O’Malley) in an episode that was shockingly serious for the musical comedy. Santana dealing with her own sexuality and Burt trying to figure out how to talk with son Kurt (Chris Colfer) about his required some serious acting from these two — and they delivered!
Let’s start with Santana. McKinley High’s sexiest singer was having trouble dealing with her attractions, and beginning to think her occasional hook-ups with pal Brittany (Heather Morris) may be something more. Brittany was somewhat reluctant as she thought she had a bun in the over, a realization that had come about as a stork was building a nest on her garage. God bless her.
So, Santana decided to talk to Brittany about the way she felt with new sex ed teacher Holly, bringing about a moving rendition of “Landslide” from the trio. In the end Brittany, who also comically advised that one use the curling iron in the bath to avoid burns, realized she loved Artie (Kevin McHale) and Santana was left heartbroken.
It seemed a little odd for the show to get so serious, but boy was Naya great. She has really proved to be an incredible comedic and dramatic actress this entire season and there is little doubt that she ill be making her way to the big screen soon just like costar Dianna Agron.
As for Burt, he was advised to chat with his son about sex after the urging of Kurt’s BFF Blaine (Darren Criss). Initially reluctant, Burt gets over his general discomfort and delivers a wonderful little speech to his guy about sex and self-worth that we all wished out parents had given us. He is kind of just the greatest dad on television, maybe ever.
Also getting sexy were Holly and Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison), as they tried to sexually educate the glee club. After helping them get over some concerns and confusion, like Finn (Cory Monteith) believing cucumbers have the possibility to give on AIDS, the two explore their own chemistry. As Gwyneth will be back for yet another episode, we will surely be seeing more of this next time.