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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This episode has been one of the worse one so far. A Spanish teacher who doesn't even know basic words in Spanish and also takes Spanish classes in a adult learning facility? That only shows how bad in the education system in USA. I really do not know why America still thinks in 2012 that Latinos are only from Mexico. Did anyone of the Glee club try to learn the lyrics from the song that they sang, the Spanish sections of each song? There were so bad and didn’t make any sense some of them. I didn't know that Madonna is from any Hispanic country or La Isla Bonita is considering a Spanish song at all. Santana who suppose to be the only Latina and it defended her “race�, even thought her cause was right, received a good education. But she doesn't even speak Spanish, she has a really strong accent and she couldn't pronounce clearly the words. The only good thing was Ricky Martin at the beginning. The rest I thought it was kinda a racist and a joke for Hispanic and Latin communities.


Cont. If next week's ep was about a giant Lizard coming to McKinley to teach the gleeks the power of mathemathics I would not even be fazed. Glee was such a great tragicomedy, now is just a crazy bitch out of her meds. Please Glee, get your shit together.


I honestly don't even now. I liked Glee better when the characters where more archetipycal, you could get good humor from that, there was a refreshing mix between cynicism and idealism. that's what I loved about Glee that first season and some parts of the second. It's like, Glee was bout people trying to fit in the world, to make their way, and everyone represented a part of being an outcast. It was dark sometimes, fluffy others, touching and funny, it had it all. Now it seems that hey really have no clue what they are doing, with every other episode getting ridiculousness heavy on the morale, as if the show is trying to evangelize or something, or just plain ridiculous. And whats worse for me, that the show's world seems to shift just to procure some cheap drama. There's barely any development for the characters anymore, things just keep happening out of nowhere and we get to see a reaction shot from some characters.


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I'm latin and live in a latin country and I really apreciate what Santana said 'cause was right. I'd like them to sing more lating songs insted of english song with some words in spanish on them...
And plz!!!! Mexico is not all latin america.. I have nothing against Mexico but there are other countries too. Not all of us dress the same tipical mexican clothes, or eat the same food.. I'm from Perú and we have great fod too you also have Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, colombia and many other latin counties to talk about and to use their customes...


Is it too much to ask for a little consistency and coherence in the writing?! Honestly, this show has become one music video after another. What's the point of even having actors if all they're going to do is cover songs without regard to plots or storylines?


You're all expecting way too much from this show. It's about teenagers who sing. The very idea of criticizing its quality is funny to me.


I was a HUGE GLEEK fan on the beggining, but now and with this episode, i have decided to give up on it. as an spanish person, this was just plain racist. this show has become a mess; just pure garbage. i loved the begginings, when there was quirky humor and development , but now this is a mess. i loved when this was this generation's POPULAR(another quirky show from murphy and co.) but now is nothing but a soap opera. it's a shame.
PS: DONT COMPARE SMASH TO THIS. they got in an hour what glee couldn't on this whole season.


...cont. Sam and Mercedes make no sense. Finn and Rachel getting married makes even less sense. Mr. Schu not knowing Spanish is beyond stupid, it's insane. Every so often, there is a shining moment: Kurt talking with Finn in this episode, for example. But such moments are often built on top of pure crazy (what does Finn think he's going to DO in NYC, be a house hubby?), so that I'm not sure why I still watch. It's like a fantasy land where absolutely nothing is realistic, and because of that there are no "stakes"... nothing matters, nothing is important. Even the infrequent good messages are now little more than jokes, trod upon by big dumb shoes.


Glee stopped making sense and drove off on the crazy train a LONG time ago. Compared to what it was in season 1, it's now devolved to where almost none of the story lines make any sense from week to week. It's just random insanity tied loosely together with snappy one-liners and cover music that will be sold to the younger masses. It's really disappointing that the writers have chosen to go this way.

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