Will loses his ‘duende,’ Sue finds a new calling & the New Directions do some soul-searching. Oh, and did I mention Ricky Martin drops by?
Let’s make one thing clear: I never bought the whole Will (Matthew Morrison) as a Spanish teacher thing. And after the Feb. 7 episode of Glee, I know I’m not the only one! When Will’s teaching skills are brought into question, he enrolls in a night class taught by Ricky Martin‘s — yes, that Ricky Martin — David Martinez. Will brings David to glee club to inspire the kids to find their “duende” (their Spanish soul). Things are going well until David shows off his sexy moves in the choir room, and Will starts seeing green.
In the end, Santana (Naya Rivera) helps Will realize he wasn’t happy being a Spanish teacher, after getting him to admit he only accepted the position because it was the only job available at the time. (This after her and David’s fiery rendition of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita,” my favorite performance of the night hands-down.)
Will quits his job, and accepts a position teaching history. And who, might you ask, is his replacement? None other than Señor Martinez! So it looks like we’ll be seeing more of the muy caliente Spanish teacher in the future!
Meanwhile, Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) continue to sort out their relationship. Mercedes obviously has feelings for Sam, but she doesn’t want to hurt Shane. After Emma (Jayma Mays) suggests they not speak for a week, the two lovebirds communicate through — what else? — song! Is it me, or are Sam and Mercedes fast becoming the cutest couple at McKinley High? I couldn’t see it at first, but they make an adorable pair!
Later on, at a slumber party I bet you wish you were invited to, Rachel (Lea Michele) shares the news of her engagement with besties Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Mercedes. Her friends don’t take the news well, especially Kurt, who understands the motivations behind Finn’s (Cory Monteith) proposal. In a truly heartwarming scene, Kurt confronts his step-brother in the locker room, and tries to convince him not to give up on himself and his future. Here’s hoping Kurt got through to him! (By the look on Finn’s face, he might have.)
Finally, the award for Most Bizarre Plotline of the Night goes to Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) and her quest to procreate. Aside from a surprisingly touching scene in which she admits to Emma that she doesn’t want her children to have her rage, and that she respects Will’s ability to rise above any situation, the storyline just seemed weird, not to mention out of the blue. For one thing, talking high school students into making a deposit at the sperm bank strikes me as a little inappropriate. Am I right, or am I right?
What did YOU think of “The Spanish Teacher,” HollywoodLifers? Which performance was your favorite?
— Josh Rosenblatt
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