February 8th, 2012 by thetvchick
So I didn’t review last week’s Michael Jackson-themed Glee episode because I was dealing with family issues. However, I considered it and realized I really didn’t like it and had nothing to say. I thought the music bored me (I like Michael, but I guess I’m just not that into him?) and there was no plot because it was a tribute episode. So I hoped that this week’s episode would be better. I have to say, I was disappointed. I knew the songs ahead of time and wasn’t a big fan but I found myself totally bored by this music. Ricky Martin is fine and all, but I’m not super enamored with him. I did however, like some of the plot. Sue wants to try and have a baby, Will is kind of a jerk and Emma is awesome and Kurt and Finn have a sweet heart to heart. But those were the highlights for me. I generally can’t wait to download songs the next day but I won’t have any of the songs from “The Spanish Teacher” on my iPod. Step it up, Glee. I have high hopes for the Valentine’s Day episode. Don’t mess it up!
Anyway, the episode begins with Ricky Martin teaching night school Spanish. He comes to visit the Glee club and sings “I’m Sexy and I know it”. The Glee club is enamored with him. I’m not as much. I didn’t mind this song though. the only one I remotely thought was okay. Mercedes and Sam go see Emma about Mercedes’ feelings for two guys. Emma says they should disconnect and not talk to each other for a week and they’ll know their feelings.
Meanwhile, Sue is determined to get pregnant. Nene Leakes tells her that won’t happen. I enjoyed the multiple references to her nether regions (by Nene and Santana). That night, Mercedes, Kurt and Rachel are all watching Twilight. Rachel confesses she said yes to Finn’s marriage proposal. They all think she’s crazy. Duh. Yes, I just said duh. Deal with it. Mercedes sings some song with Spanish (the theme of the week). It isn’t so great. Sam sings another Spanish song. I don’t mind international music but I don’t enjoy this song. Apparently it’s “I Can Be Your Hero Baby.” I don’t like this song in Spanish or English.
And apparently, Sue wants Will to father her baby because he’s always been kind to her even when she’s been mean. Oh Sue, you are weird yet nice sometimes. I will say, seeing the softer, more vulnerable side of Sue is always a good thing in my mind. I like her being crazy, mean Sue but I love when we see her crack a little. Later, Kurt confronts Finn about proposing to Rachel. He is very encouraging and sweet and brings him college brochures. I agree with Kurt, Finn! Go to college. Your life isn’t over.
That night, Will is all mean about Emma’s new pamphlets. Boo! They are damn hilarious if I do say so myself. I was very happy to see Emma get some actual screen time in this episode because I like her so much. She really doesn’t have much to do lately but this was a good Emma-centric episode. At school the next day, Ricky Martin and Santana sing “La Isla Bonita.” Don’t like this song but Santana’s vocals are awesome. Schue sings and dances to prove he “knows” Spanish and it wasn’t so good. Apparently, Santana complained about Schue’s teaching. She confronts him and says he has passion when he teaches Glee, but not when teaching Spanish. Fair enough. So Schue does the right thing and offers Ricky Martin the Spanish teacher gig. And apparently, one of Emma’s pamphlets made it big. Yay Emma! And even more good news, Emma got the tenure position and Will and Emma make up. Back at school, Mercedes and Sam finally get the chance to talk but her current boyfriend drags her off. I feel like this won’t last long, right?
Overall, not the worst episode ever, but I was bored by the music. And guys, most of my iPod music consists of Glee covers so this is not a usual occurrence. I love listening to the vocally talented people on this show belt it out but all of this Spanish music just felt sort of contrived. I’m not ready to give up on the show like a lot of people I know, but there has been little glimmers of hope this season and I had thought that maybe it was getting back to basics. With Ricky Martin (which is more stunt casting), it seemed to take a step back. And while I did enjoy Sue’s story and Emma’s, I just didn’t love this episode. Also, I want to see more of Vanessa Lengies (Sugar) because she’s a gift. Let’s hope the Valentine’s Day episode can pick things back up again. And hey, a little rendition of “Love Shack” doesn’t generally let me down.
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