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Glee Review: La Cuenta, Por Favor!!

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Hey, Emma, do you have a pamphlet titled So, Your Show is a Complete and Utter Mess?

Go ahead and call me a hater, Gleeks, but come on. Can we just take a long, honest look at  "The Spanish Teacher" please?

Ricky Marton on Glee

Let's start with this: WILL HAS BEEN A SPANISH TEACHER WHO DOES NOT KNOW SPANISH. At all. One bit. As in, he doesn't know the Spanish word for "ears."

Why should we take anything seriously on a show that doesn't take itself seriously? It's been a running joke among critics for years now that Will is the world's worst Spanish teacher, but that was it. It was just a joke.

By acknowledging it here, the show is pretty much slapping its loyal fans in the face. It's admitting that it cares not at all about continuity or logic or living in any kind of real world. Which would maybe be fine... if it didn't then turn around and want to pass along societal messages about bullying or dreaming or, in the random case of Santana this week, respecting other cultures.

I mean, did she really go on a rant about Will stereotyping her Latino heritage? Did Glee - a series that features a gay student who talks about getting his period; a dumb football quarterback; a butch gym teacher; blonde cheerleaders; and jocks who throw nerds into lockers - really try to preach about stereotyping? No, right? I must have misheard Santana's speech.

From storylines that came out of nowhere (I can't even get started on Sue having a baby), we arrive at a romantic entanglement that, for Glee, I suppose has actually been a few weeks in the making. There are just a couple of problems with the Mercedes/Sam/Shane love triangle, most notably: ONE OF THE POINTS ISN'T EVEN ON THE SHOW.

Can anyone out there say they're invested in who Mercedes chooses? Or make any argument in favor of... either guy? As I've noted often in my reviews, we've seen her and Sam holding hands once and we've scarcely seen a second of her and Shane. Why is this even a difficult decision? Why would we think Mercedes has any attachment to Shane at all? Why would we not laugh out loud at Emma's suggestions that Mercedes and Sam not speak for a week... when they just spent MONTHS not speaking or being in each other's lives?

Far too often, Glee just expects its audience to feel something because a character gives a longing look or sings a sad song. There's no actual attempt to earn any emotion. It's just forced upon us.

The same can be said for Kurt chastising Finn for keeping his proposal a secret. We're supposed to be brothers, he tells his fellow New Direction, something he might as well have been saying to the writers. Yes, they are supposed to be brothers. Perhaps we could have seen them share a scene or two over the past dozen episodes in order to remind us of that and have us invested in their relationship.

Even when Glee does something right, it does something wrong. Emma's pamphlets have always served as a very funny background joke, they've always been reliable for a quick laugh. But even here the show couldn't resist upping the schmaltz to interminable levels, actually using a pamphlet to help Beiste teach her kids about cleaning their private parts, which in turn made Will realize just how lucky he is to have his fiancee.

Glee can't even do simple humor well anymore.

Can I find anything positive to say abut "The Spanish Teacher?" Ricky Martin does have a great smile. And the music, as always, was enjoyable. Nene Leakes is actually fitting in well to her role, too. You might even say she's the best thing about Glee these days.

But what does it say about Glee when that's the case?

What did everyone else think? Are you invested in Mercedes' love triangle? Do you mind that Will doesn't know Spanish? Should Sue have a baby? Am I way off base for complaining so often that there's no direction to any episode? Or do you agree that the writers truly seem to be making everything around the songs up about five minutes prior to shooting?

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Editor Rating: 1.8 / 5.0
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well, it's sad to read this review.. maybe you can let others write the review if you dont like this show..

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Why do people that obviously have nothing good so say about the show keep posting their shit here? So annoying.

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I did not watch this episode due to the dramatic NCIS (my favorite) episode being opposite it Tuesday night. I must admit I only watch Glee for the music The first season was very good, but successive seasons have gotten worse. It's getting harder and harder to stay with the show. The two characters that get on my nerves the most are Santana and Sue simply because of their unending bad attitudes and scheming. Get rid of Sebastian also. My favs are Rachel, Artie and Blaine. Very talented! Really like Darren Criss - he lights up the screen. Maybe the writers should not try to follow so many plot lines in the same episode. It's makes for a very disjointed show.

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Totally agree with everything you said!! After the episode finished I remember saying "meh"

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I thought this episode was truly stupid except for Kurt's scenes (I'm a hardcore Klainer) but I wanted to tell you an amusing anecdote. When I was younger, I worked as a history teacher in a NYC high school. THe language department was part of the Social Studies dep't, too. ONe day, my chairman
asked me if I wanted to teach Spanish 101. I told him that I studied French in
school and didn't speak Spanish. He replied: "That doesn't matter-- You only need to stay one week ahead of the kids!" Obviously, they have the same policy in Ohio schools. I used to love this show, but it seems that even with a whole crew of new writers, Glee is lost in time.

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I was upset that Will suddenly wasn't fluent in Spanish anymore. I agree, this show is all over the place this season... I only watch in for the music now.

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Second of all these racist comments are crap, the assignment was to sing any spanish/bilingual song from any artist. And since when has not having th best spanish dialect been racist? Glee tackles stuff like this daily, you wouldn't care if it was a black person making fun of another black person or Sugar's "aspergers" but suddenly now that's it's Hispanic the racist excuse is drawn out. Was it racist when Becky said she's no rice queen when thinking of Mike? No, so why is it now? Give me a break. Matt I do have a question though, Is Becky a stereotype? What about Blaine, Lauren, Emma, Rachel, Santana, Sebastian? This is what people mean when they say you only mention the bad. There were a lot more pamphlets than that single 1 that bothered you, yet you has to pick apart that single 1.

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Second of all these racist comments are crap, the assignment was to sing any spanish/bilingual song from any artist. And since when has not having th best spanish dialect been racist? Glee tackles stuff like this daily, you wouldn't care if it was a black person making fun of another black person or Sugar's "aspergers" but suddenly now that's it's Hispanic the racist excuse is drawn out. Was it racist when Becky said she's no rice queen when thinking of Mike? No, so why is it now? Give me a break. Matt I do have a question though, Is Becky a stereotype? What about Blaine, Lauren, Emma, Rachel, Santana, Sebastian? This is what people mean when they say you only mention the bad. There were a lot more pamphlets than that single 1 that bothered you, yet you has to pick apart that single 1. I have to say I am a little disappointed since I usually enjoy reading your reviews, but it just seems like you went into this episode on a hunt to find bad things to comment on.

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@Tom, I completely agree, I respect the reviewer because I think it's his honest opinion but some of these comments are just plain bull or people trying to follow the leader. First of all if you stop staring yourself blind at your picket fences, you'd realize that in a lot of small towns teachers are appointed on a lot less merit than Will. On a Pretty little liars review there's no complaint about suspending belief for how Aria's mom suddenly became a teacher or in 90210 how all the teens parents are no where in sight and even on awkward a small comment was made on Valerie's merit as a counsilar, yet it's never blown out of proportion, yet because this is Glee, which is a comedy, it has to be cross analyzed.

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For story developments, Sue's maternal moment doesn't come out of the blue. She did mentor Becky in "Yes/No" and if after that her maternal instinct kicked in, it doesn't seem weird for me at all.
Glee isn't just about the students, so I think this episode is really a Will/Emma/Sue episode and how they actually develop their own characters. Will trust Emma, Emma become a tenure and Sue got focused in Cheerios again.
And let's not forget the continuity of Finnchel. And if you want Kurt/Finn bromance moment, you can tune back to, once again, Yes/No, when both of them and Rachel had dinner together, and in Michael, when the three of them visited Blaine. They are subtle but at least it proves they did share bromance moment. I'm a silent reader but I feel like I need to express my opinion this time. Clearly disappointed by the way the reviewer judge this one. And yes, Matt, you're such a bad hater.

Glee Season 3 Episode 12 Quotes

I was spending to much time flossing, I was missing my life.

Dave Martinez

To be a teacher is to offer students a gateway to the future, and I blew it.

Will