GLEE “The Substitute” Review

GLEE “The Substitute” Season 2 Episode 7 – On tonight’s episode of Glee, Gwyneth Paltrow made her much hyped guest appearance as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. Holly replaced Will as both Spanish teacher and glee club director, Sue became principal, and Terri returned, speaking in a baby voice that’s going to give me nightmares. It may sound like a recipe for disaster, but for the most part it all worked out.

After Will catches a virulent strain of the monkey flu and hallucinates a choir room full of mini-Gleeks, Holly arrives as his substitute. She seemed pretty darn perfect at first—she spoke Spanish with a flawless accent, she did an impressive version of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You,” bonded with the kids over Taco Bell and with Sue over Animal Hoarders and red wine, and she even cart-wheeled while performing “Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag” from Chicago with Rachel. She seemed like the coolest teacher ever… until she revealed she can’t commit to staying at one school for more than a month.

What surprised me was the scene between Holly, Will, and Terri. I thought Holly and Will might flirt and make Emma jealous, but she wasn’t even in the episode. I’m really disappointed that Will hooked up with Terri because now he looks like a jerk for leading her on. Yeah, he was sick with the monkey flu and maybe didn’t have the best judgment, but I hate that they even went down this road again. What do you think of this development?

While it was great to see Kurt so excited about his new friendship with Blaine, it was tempered by Mercedes’ struggle with loneliness and emotional eating (although I can’t blame her—tots are delicious). Perhaps she’ll find love with Anthony, the cute wide receiver.

So what did you think of Gwyneth on Glee? I thought she fit in well with the rest of the cast and held her own during the performances, which seemed rather elaborate in this episode. From Holly and Rachel’s Chicago number to Mike Chang and Mr. Schue’s version of “Make ‘Em Laugh” to the Umbrella/Singin’ in the Rain finale with everyone splashing around—I think they upped their budget for this episode. Gwyneth and the rest of the Gleeks seemed to be having a blast, so that made this a fun episode for me.

So do you think Principal Figgins is gone for good? And is anybody else worried about Kurt? Let me know what you thought about “The Substitute” in the comments!

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