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Glee Recap of "Sexy" Episode Guest Starring Gwyneth Paltrow 2011-03-09 07:20:44

Glee-Ful Highlights From Episode "Sexy"

After much anticipation, Gwyneth Paltrow is back as Holly Holliday on this week's episode of Glee. She's brought in as the sub for sex education, because apparently all of McKinley High, teachers included, needs it. Along with the sex ed, the focus expands to include love, relationships, and sexuality. The revelations are pretty explosive for some characters, who realize important things about themselves, and by the end, there are almost as many new connections as there are breakups.

While much of the dialogue gets very PSA-like, it's an interesting episode that pushes along lots of developments — and it's fun, of course, to see Paltrow back on the show. To discuss all the show's happenings with me, just


  • Holly's sex education skills turn out to be desperately needed when Brittany becomes worried that she's pregnant . . . because she saw a stork outside her window. Sigh. We get it. Brittany's dumb, but between this and her believing there's still a Santa, the writers are making her stupidity unbelievable. In any case, it's the contrivance that's needed to convince Will that he needs Holly's help to get all the glee kids informed (P.S. Why do we need to see Gwyneth as an aerobics instructor? She looks great, but the tangent makes zero sense). Holly shows up to the class clad in head-to-toe leather to perform "Do You Wanna Touch Me" and flinging zingers like "Sex: It's just like hugging, only wetter." While she sounds great, it doesn't seem to leave any of the kids any more informed than before. But if you loved the performance, watch it again now.

  • On the opposite spectrum of open sexuality is Emma, who oversees the return of the Celibacy Club. Pushing "chastity charms," celibacy is her own agenda because she's been married to Carl for months but has still retained her virginity. After she recruits Carl to perform "Afternoon Delight" with the club (because Emma naively believes the song is about an afternoon dessert of coconut, pineapple, and marshmallow fluff, not afternoon sex), Carl asks Holly if they can stop by for some sex therapy. When they announce they haven't slept together yet, Holly comes straight out and asks Emma if she's still in love with Will. When she can only say she's confused about her feelings, Carl informs her that he's moving out.
  • Holly is also a little confused about her feelings for Mr. Schue. After a cringe-inducing performance of "Kiss" (between the horrible tango and the screechy singing, it's the worst musical number of the night), Will takes a cue from the song title and plants one on Holly, and then asks her out. She declines, saying she's damaged goods. However, at the end of the episode, she stops by the school to tell Will that her over-the-top antics got her relieved of her sex ed duties — and that she might be ready for a relationship with him. I admit that Will and Holly have great chemistry, but realistically, it can't work. Well, unless Paltrow is made a series regular — which, if they toned down her character, I'd be OK with.
  • Santana and Brittany are still hooking up, but Brittany admits to Santana that she's confused about their relationship. They seek out Holly to help them determine what the nature of their connection is, and inexplicably, singing the song "Landslide" is the solution. I have no idea why this works, but the Holly/Brittany/Santana performance brings out Santana's serious side. She finds Brittany in the hall later, and tells her that she's a bitch all the time because she's angry. She's angry because she wants to be with Brittany but is afraid of all the implications, especially in light of how Kurt was treated as a gay student. When Santana says that she loves her, Brittany returns the feeling but says she loves Artie too and won't break up with him. Heartbroken and embarrassed, Santana storms off. Whoa. I don't know if I'm more surprised that Santana comes out or that she blames her meanness on her confusion.
  • Sue tries to feed Kurt and Blaine the "top secret intel" that New Directions is going sexy for Regionals, so Blaine tries to bring out the Warbler's sexy side by performing for the local all-girls school. Their Warblers's version of "Animal" isn't really sexy, but it is very cute. Post-performance, Blaine decides that Kurt's sexy faces are a cry for help. Feeling that Kurt must be closed off about sex, Blaine reaches out to Kurt's dad, urging him to talk to his son. He begrudgingly initiates a sex talk with Kurt, and despite their mutual distaste for the situation, the fact that the talk is more about the feelings sex can bring up makes it kind of touching.
  • Two other relationships move forward this week, but in different ways. First, Lauren's determination to make a sex tape with Puck is derailed by Holly telling them that it would be a crime. This somehow spurs Puck to do the least-Puck and least believable thing he could: join the Celibacy Club. There's just no way he believes what he tells Lauren about joining, but she still wants to keep seeing him (despite her belief that the club is for nerds). Meanwhile, there's another little reveal: Quinn and Finn have been secretly hooking up. I can't tell if Quinn is really into Finn or if she just wants her queen bee status back, so we'll just have to wait and see if they'll be the golden couple once again.

So, how did Gwyneth do in her second outing? I give her a mixed report card. While her character gets straight up obnoxious at some points (though it's not her fault that she has to say things like "Girlfriend, what is up with that?"), she sounds fantastic, especially on "Do You Wanna Touch Me." Besides her, were you surprised at anything, like Santana's realization or Carl and Emma's breakup? Comment below with your thoughts, and as always, don't forget to join the Glee Club in the Buzz community.

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Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
This is the first episode of glee I have watched and I actually really enjoyed it. I am not usually a fan of Gwyneth but I love her on this show.
stephley stephley 6 years
I don’t think Gwyneth can sing, she just imitates, and I find her appearances on Glee annoying. ‘I’m rich, my career’s sliding, ooh, that’s popular and looks like fun, I’ll take it!’ Stevie Nicks has told a number of stories about Landslide – they all involve men and loss, so I’m also amazed that Brittany could catch Santana’s meaning right away. I’m also a little amazed that in less than an hour a writer would have a) Santana immediately & casually spill her beloved Brittany’s ‘pregnancy’ secret, b) sing about her feelings for Brittany in front of the class, then c) blubber in school hallway about being afraid of people finding out. When did Blaine become a relationship expert? Wasn’t he the guy who got his crush fired for an over-the-top at work serenade? How would he know what sexy face should look like? When did Emma get so stupid? She was sophisticated enough to call Will out as a man-whore last season, now suddenly she’s dressing like a sister wife and clueless about songs that have been joked about for decades? It stretches the imagination to believe that Professional Carl wouldn't know it, or that he would take intimate marital problems to a substitute high school teacher. I loved Will saying he’s seen student lives ruined by teenage pregnancy because obviously, it didn’t make a dent in Quinn’s life. I love the people on Glee, but it’s hard to watch when you feel like you should have a lobotomy before each new episode.
Marisa-Tom Marisa-Tom 6 years
I'm starting to get tired of Emma's over-the-top neurosis. I know it's part of her charm, too, but I found it highly unbelievable that she wouldn't know the underlying meaning of "Afternoon Delight". . . Glad to see Gwyneth again and loved the Neon Trees rendition.
DCBaxter DCBaxter 6 years
I found it highly unbelievable that Brittany, the stork whisperer, would ask Santana "Is that really how you feel?" after hearing and singing Landslide. Because Landslide is one of those songs where the message isn't completely clear. On the version I have, Stevie Nicks says "This is for you, Daddy" so I have never really thought of it as a love song. I don't know, maybe I'm dense and I don't understand the meaning of the song. But it was unbelievable that Brittany would get it. Overall, I liked the episode and laughed out loud several times. Gwyneth was totally over the top, but I just love her. "And everybody's got a random." - Hilarious! The Prince performance WAS awful! But all the others were great.
nylorac nylorac 6 years
They definitely need to do something with Brittany's character. She's becoming implausibly retarded. And I hate how the show started with her belief that she had "a bun in the oven." It adds further drama and when you actually find out that she's just dumb, and NOT pregnant, it's a big letdown. Also, I like Gweneth's role in Glee. She's hilarious as Holly Holliday and I was wishing that she could start dating Will, but that does seem like a stretch. I agree with most of the posts here when I say that I am so sick of Will/Emma. Just get together already! It's really starting to make me yawn everytime I see either of the two characters. Same with Finn/Quinn--their relationship is just so ridiculous and makes no sense why they are still together after she cheated on him and had someone else's baby. What man would take a woman like that back?!
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
i think they totally misused the awesome-ness that john stamos could brought to the show as a recurring character. they should have never had them get married so quickly. he and emma were fun together, so hopefully he's not done. sick of the emma/will nonsense. either be together or move on.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I think they got rid of Carl too quickly. Emma was much more fun with him, and I like that pair better than Emma and Will. Quinn is such a manipulative little shrew. She is dishonest about everything. While I agree with her that her what she does isn't anyone's business, I wish she would just say that and move on. I'm getting tired of the stupid lies she tells to cover up her behavior. Hearing her weak excuses for getting pregnant, getting mono, getting a hickey...just make me cringe. It was funny the first time, now it's played out. I liked the Santana/Brittany storyline, but I am still confused about the connection with "Landslide." It seemed like an odd choice of song for me. The funniest part of last night's show was "Afternoon Delight." Their costumes and Emma's confusion were hilarious.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 6 years
I'm not a Gwynnie fan, but I think she does a pretty good job on Glee. Her singing is just okay, but she's funny. Bitchy Santana is my favorite. If this whole plot line results in her no longer being funny, imma be PISSED. I am all for some character development, but every show needs a hilarious catty bitch. Poor Sam. Quinn cheated on him and Santana is only with him because she can't be with Brittany. By the way, I totally don't buy Quinn and Finn together. They just don't make sense to me.
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 6 years
I'm starting to get bored with the Emma/Will love tango. If they aren't going to bring in any real new love interests, they should just put them together. I also think it will be interesting to see how Santana's epiphany will be treated in upcoming episodes, since the show has a tendency to toss out story lines after one episode :)
smileet147 smileet147 6 years
Plot wise, I thought this episode was good. They handled the topic of sex better than they did the alcohol one. However, I thought the song performances were a bit crappy. Check out my full review here:
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 6 years
Not to be horrible, but am I the only one who doesn't think Gwyneth can really sing well at all? I think she's great as the character, but not as a singer.
Emily2453154 Emily2453154 6 years
Why did they get rid of Finn and Rachel so quickly? I hate Finn and Quinn, and it doesn't help that their names rhyme.
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