Glee Round Table: "The Substitute"

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Gwyneth Paltrow + Glee = An amazing hour of television last night.

"The Substitute" was easily one of our favorite episodes in this show's history, as it was nothing but plain old fun. What stood out the most? We go over various aspects of the installment in this edition of the Glee Round Table...

What was your favorite quote from the episode?
Matt R.: Sue's advice to Will toward the end of the hour: "I suggest selling yourself on Craigslist under the heading of 'Men seeking Men with butt chins.'"

Steve M.: An easy choice with this classic from Brittany: "Mr. Schu taught me the second half of the alphabet. I stopped after M and N. I thought they sounded too similar and got frustrated."

Eric H.: Holly to Rachel: "You're like a total drag. Has anyone ever told you that?" Thank you! I love Lea Michele, but someone had to put this character in her place!

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What was your favorite performance from the episode?
Matt R.: Forget You. So much energy, such a great idea to cover the Cee Lo song whose lyrics are a tad more racy. I loved every second of it.

Steve M.: I second that, Matt! Just sit back and watch this video and tell me it's not as fun-loving a song as the show has ever done.

Eric H.: Gwyneth was great, but she was even better when on stage with Rachel. Their dance number to, hand and cane in hand, must have been a hoot to practice. It certainly was for me to watch.

Choose a side in the Sue/Mercedes' tater tot feud.
Matt R.: I'm actually on Team Sue. She may come across as an antagonist, and she didn't seem to have many health concerns when she gave Figgins the flu... but the decision to ban tater tots was an inspired one. Many schools around the country have taken action against poor cafeteria fare and I'm on board with them.

Steve M.: Team Mercedes. Come on. She stuffed food into Sue's tail gate and ruined "Le Car." Hilarious!

Eric H.: Team What About the Homeless People Who Could Have Been Given Those Tots Instead of Them Going to Waste? I liked Sue's idea, just not its execution.

Compare Gwyneth Paltrow to past guest stars.
Matt R.: She was my favorite, (jazz) hands down. I've made it clear in my reviews that I adore Glee, but not as much when it takes the overly preachy, PSA-like route. This episode was utterly entertaining, while still managing to mix in commentary on the economy and teaching in the age of social media. Holly Holliday injected a breath of fresh, fun air in to what can sometimes feel like a stale high school. I adored her.

Steve M.: I enjoyed her a lot, but she was only my second favorite blonde to appear on the show. My clear cut number-one choice? Kristin Chenoweth. Why? Three words: bowling alley karaoke.

Eric H.: Mike O'Malley is still considered a guest star, right? He's deserving of an Emmy for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel. I'll also take John Stamos over Paltrow, as I'm yearning to see more of his dentist in the near future.

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Loved this episode! Especially the mash-up of Singing in the Rain/Umbrella. That was amazing! I think we need to see more of Finn and Rachel cuz they are ADORABLE!!!


The best quote is "Oh my God,I opened my mouth and a little purse fell out!"


Dont like the Ep, it seems like the sole purpose of this Ep is to showcase GP. All other character's continuity and development got pushed aside. GP sang OK but any of the guest star easily outranked her. Especially dislike Will/Terri's story arc, it's unnecessary and dragged the character down. Dont want GP to come back. There are other more intersting Guest Star such as NPH.


I liked the episode. I didn't like that Gwyneth had three songs, though, she's a great actress and she can sing, but she isn't that good. It's a bit weird that she had all those songs and so much focus on her character, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Mentzel, Neil Patrick Harris and Jonathan Groff didn't and they're all AMAZING. I actually thought Hot Honey rag was cute, I liked to see Lea dance. She's adoreable.
I miss Rachel. She was so charming and amazing last season, with all the beautiful songs she did and all the amazing storylines. I don't get why she hasn't had a story yet this season, Lea Michele is amazing, and I sort of thought she (and Matthew and Cory) were the leads. I hope they will shift the focus back to these characters, and get some flow in the storylines. And, although I adore Kurt, I don't think the show should focus so much on him in every episode.


Honestly, I didn't like this episode at all. Gwyneth Paltrow is a great actress but Holly Holiday was a terrible character. Also I didn't like the song selections. As a Chigaco fan I was terribly disappointed in Rachel and Holly's number. First of all, Catherine Zeta-Jones did a way better version in the movie. Also, you HAVE to be able to dance to pull it off. Neither of them carried the routine. And when did they stop letting Lea Michele belt it? It seems to me that they're toning down her incredible voice when it's been a staple for the group. To be fair, it's not just this episode that I haven't liked. This season has been terrible. It just shows you what happens to a show's quality when it becomes super popular. Other complaints for this episodes: 1) Principal Sue! No. The conflict behind Sue and Will needs a third party to play off of. 2) Mercedes just came off as desperate in this episode. The "tot" thing was silly. She could have just eaten them at home. Not a big deal. 3)I hate to say it, but I've had too much of a good thing. Mike Chan is starting to bug. He was never hired as an actor. He's a fantastic dancer but let's leave it at that. 4) Same with Brittany. She's great a comic relieve every once and while but they have yet to have a story line (other then her dating Kurt) that has worked. 5) Sam's irritating. Just throwing it out there. Finn is cute and charming, Blonde Finn (aka Sam) is annoying. 6) Less guest stars, more Glee! Say it with me! Less guests, more Glee! They just don't fit the way April, Brian Ryan, and Shelby did back in season 1. That and those actors were all brilliant Broadway stars. So yah... 7) Hate to say it, but Sue's hair jokes stopped being funny. Things I did like (just to be fair): 1) I like Blaine, they've done a good job bringing him in. And I love, love, love Christ Colfer. He's an incredible talent. He's a joy to watch every week and he's storylines are actually good and very relevant to the times we live in. I mean the tension between him and the in-the-closet football player is fantastic! The youngest cast member is kicking everyone's ass! 2).....That's about it.... Sadly. I will hold on until the sectionals episode but if it also disappoints, there will be one less Gleek in this world. As sad as I am to say that.For I loved Season 1.

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i love gwyneth and she was amazing in here! i hated the return of will's wife, gosh, how i hate her! ;< and the performance of chicago song was great, i love that movie, as much as that version of "hot honey rag".


Fav Quote: "Are you a porn star or a drag queen?" hilarious! Fav Performance: Singing In The Rain/Umbrella - loved the dance routines, loved the song. Choose a side: Sue's all the way. She was funny. Gweneth Paltrow so far is my fav guest star. The show was great, funny & entertaining. Let her stay!


Gosh, like the episode, i always do.
But i thought that it was a little bit TOO MUCh gwen.
Too much. No other glee-clubbers were singing except rachel,
and that's a pity!!!!!!!
cut off the celebrities and give the glee clubbers the power back

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Glee Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

Will: I thought we were friends.
Sue: That got boring.

My years-long quest for power has finally bore fruit.


Glee Season 2 Episode 7 Music

  Song Artist
Song Singing in the Rain/Umbrella Glee Cast
Forget you 2 Forget You Glee Cast iTunes
Make em laugh Make 'Em Laugh Glee Cast iTunes