Last night’s GleeÂ was disturbingly meta: Just as Will Schuester finds his glee club reinvigorated by Spanish teacher David, I have to break it to Matthew MorrisonÂ that I want to see him replaced with Ricky MartinÂ immediately. Rather than be a cheesy, useless guest star, Ricky — as toothy, sexy David — was a much-needed shot of energy to this flagging show. In terms of the episode’s songs, there weren’t any automatic classics, but there also weren’t as many duds as in past weeks. A cool twist is that each song is bilingual, whether a mash-up or if you put LMFAO through Google Translate.
Performed by Mr. Schue with Artie, Finn, and Puck
This shouldn’t even count as a song, since it started off the episode — so, it was before Will’s assignment to the kids — and featured Will’s paranoid inner monologue. Everything about it was just ghastly. And even though that’s what the writers intended, I’m still giving it a bad grade.
“Sexy and I Know It”
Performed by David and New Directions
Originally performed by LMFAO
I was a little unnerved by all the odd dancing, but it’s obvious that David on-screen and Ricky off-screen inspired the kids to play around with new moves. He’s obviously in his element hereâ€”really, it is so good to see Ricky Martin singing and dancing again! He’s a great mix of playful and, as you’ll see later, soulful.
“Don’t Wanna Lose You”
Performed by Mercedes
Originally performed by Gloria Estefan
Amber RileyÂ sang beautifully here, but I’m already exhausted by the Sam/Mercedes/Shane love triangle. Poor Shane seems like just a plot device here, as an obstacle put in place to make things more frustrating for Sam and Mercedes; so far we haven’t gotten any reason to actually care about how he feels about Mercedes. Plus, it’s not like he was around for her big number; what kind of boyfriend is that? But kudos to Amber for tackling the highest percentage of Spanish per tonight’s songs without mangling the language at all.