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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?

Review

Editor Rating: 1.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.6 / 5.0 (312 Votes)

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Pedrov

I agree with the reviewer.. That's the main reason why I quit this show.. Glad I did. Keep the work up Matt. Great review. This should be a wake up call for them.

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Also the problem with the show is not it's big cast, it's ryan murphy, who thinks he's God's gift to Earth. I so wish someone else would take over this show, it still has show much potential. The show isn't as good because the writers don't care about the characters, it was their new plaything, till they got bored.

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Guys stop being so harsh on Matt, I've read a lot of his reviews and not just for this show, he just gives his honest opinion. It's not about hating the show at all. On that note, I do think the review may be a tad bit too harsh, that's why everyone is lashing out at you Matt. Some things in this review remind me of Bored Now, who criticizes the same thing week after week, I'm referring to this love triangle. Right now, I don't you'll ever be invested in it, because it's bothered you from the get go and you won't give it that much of a chance.

Matt-richenthal

@AliceB: I don't think you understand the meaning of the word "biased." What am I biased against? Bad television? I dislike Glee these days - and yes, only these days, to all who claim I haven't watched from the beginning; please go back and read all of my reviews, since day one, before passing judgment. They are all right HERE on the site. - because it's a complete mess of storytelling and logic. So, as I said, what does that make me "biased" against?

Courtney831831

The Gleeks are going crazy! I have to say, Matt is absolutely, 100% correct in his review, and the other sites are saying the same thing. The job is not to talk about just good things in every episode. You should always be able to find at least one good thing. But the point is to acknowledge that the quality has dropped and the episode was a bit of a mess. I have been watching Glee from the very beginning and have loved so much of it. But honestly, you have to admit that this episode was not great...at all.

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(2/2) Just because a show is silly and you let some things slip by does not mean you cannot notice when an episode is a complete waste. Glee is not meant to be realistic. Agreed. But in the past there was some cohesiveness to the story. And the characters have been so poorly handled! This week I was actually surprised because I had forgotten how fun Sue could be. Remember how she used to be a big part of the show? And don't blame it on Glee having a big cast. Plenty of shows have big casts and do a decent job. That is no excuse. Overall, yes, we are all Gleeks and we love the show. Yes, we should be a little lenient because Glee is about the music. But don't push it. The reviewer is right - how are we supposed to care about any of these storylines when they haven't been shown to us? Heck, even a 2-minute scene between Finn and Kurt or Samcedes a couple of episodes back could have done wonders for today's episode. Let's get real gleeks. We can be lenient, but not idiots.

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(1/2) Ok. People need to stop bashing the reviewer. I'm all for letting a few things slip by for the sake of an hour of good fun (been doing it since Season 1), but this episode was ridiculous. The storylines came out of nowhere and everything was set up just so they could bring in Ricky Martin. And let me note my utter disappointment because Ricky Martin was so POORLY used. Did they even THINK to use one of his songs? Plus, they were so off on latin culture I didn't know whether to laugh or be offended. I appreciated Santana's speech, but her performance with Ricky Martin also added to latin stereotypes. And listen - I always know not to take Glee too seriously because I'm in it for the performances. But I have to say, as much as I love Glee and tune in every week - I was very, very disappointed. The performances weren't even that enjoyable. The spark was gone... except for Sexy and I Know It - that was hot.

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The most bias review i read.. i'll better read review from Eonline or another website. The reviewer obviously did not watched glee from the very start, this reviewer have no passion

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I actually completely agree with the review of this episode. I don't think the reviewer needs to like the show. I love Glee so much, I never take it too seriously as it's not meant to be serious, even when serious things happen! But tonight I was disappointed. I had been looking forward to this episode, and Ricky Martin certainly delivered, amongst a terrible storyline.I actually sought a bad review out because I felt like I needed to have my feelings justified! That it wasn't just me! I hope they pick up their game next week, HUGE Goldblum fan!!!!!!!!!

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Matt, we're not saying that you have to like the show to review it, but you always point out the bad in the show. Even when Glee does something right, you don't put that in your review. Also, you hating the show makes your review bias. And to whoever said Brittany didn't speak @ all, she had one line, actually.

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
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