Holly Holliday returns to McKinley High this week on “Glee,” substituting for the sex-ed teacher and catching Will’s attention. Meanwhile, Emma becomes the head of the Celibacy Club.  What will happen when Holly returns?  Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Ryan Murphy
  • Writer: Brad Falchuk
  • Cast: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum, Jr., Darren Criss, Jayne Lynch, Jayma Mays, John Stamos, Darren Criss, Gwyneth Paltrow

Episode Title: “Sexy”

Emma encourages complete abstinence as head of the celibacy club while Holly finds this an “unrealistic expectation,” insisting students should be educated about sex rather than allowed to remain ignorant. Sue tells Kurt and Blaine that the judges at regionals are counting extra for ‘sexy’ this year. Puck and Lauren decide to make a sex tape.  Brittany thinks she’s pregnant, and Santana declares her love for Brittany.  Holly helps students and teachers alike work through their sexual issues by acting as a sounding board and giving advice from a third-party perspective.

The Good:

  • Sex Ed: Blaine makes an important point that not all schools have sex education, and many of the ones that do only cover heterosexual relationships, leaving gay and bisexual students in the dark about what to expect regarding sex, STDs, and their feelings on the topic.
  • Kurt’s Dad: Once again, Burt Hummel wins our heart when he has a sex talk with Kurt. The Burt/Kurt relationship is enviably beautiful because, even though Burt knows nothing about gay relationships, he takes it upon himself to get pamphlets for him and Kurt to read.  He insists that he and Kurt be open about the subject of sex, a topic that is difficult for Kurt to even look up and understand for himself, much less discuss with others.  Someone nominate this man for a father-of-the-year award already.
  • Teenage Pregnancy in Tennessee: Indeed conservative, bashful parents were the first blamed when 90 students at a Memphis high school became pregnant, or had been recently.  We applaud “Glee” for keeping the jokes about this to a minimum, not pointing fingers, and dedicating more attention to the successful father/son relationship that Kurt has with his father as a realistic, optimal example of the archetypally-awkward “sex talk.”  This episode explores an issue that news articles have been circulating for the past decade: that teenagers from conservative (and religious) families tend to have less sex education.  Indeed, Santana and Puck unashamedly know more about sex than Kurt or Brittany. Also, we see that not only adolescents have trouble addressing the issue of sex in relationships-even Emma feels uncomfortable consummating her marriage, which serves simultaneously to be a major plot point between Emma and Will.
  • Music Debates: As usual, New Directions uses music as a platform in which people can express their feelings for one another, as with Santana and Brittany.  We also get to see Emma respond to Holly through song, even if she does misinterpret what an ‘afternoon delight’ is.

The Bad:

  • Carl: Emma has the perfect husband: he’s loving, considerate, and a complete hottie.  So what’s her problem?  He’s willing to work through whatever issues she may have, but Emma can’t even tell Carl and Holly that she doesn’t have feelings for Will.  Is Emma committed to her marriage, or is she using abstinence as an excuse to save her virginity for Will, her true love?

The Quotable:

  • Will: “I thought you wanted the kids to be excited about the charms.”  Emma: “I did until I realized they were using the chastity charms as clip-on nipple rings.”
  • Finn: “Wait. Cucumbers can give you AIDS?” Mercedes: “Seriously? Because I just had some on my salad.”
  • Brittany: “A couple of days ago a stork built a nest on top of my garage…I know where babies come from.”
  • Holly: “Sex is like hugging. Only wetter.”
  • Sam, to Artie: “It’s cool that our girlfriends are so close, huh? I wish you and I were that close.”
  • Emma: “It’s a wholesome song.” Holly: “It’s about sneaking out to have a nooner.” Emma: “Exactly. A nooner is dessert you have in the afternoon.”
  • Holly: “My sex tape with J. D. Salinger was a total disaster.”
  • Kurt: “Those weren’t weird faces…those were my sexy faces.”
  • Brittany: “I just find this relationship confusing.” Santana: “Breakfast is confusing for you.” Brittany: “Well, sometimes it’s sweet and sometimes it’s salty. Like if I have an egg for dinner, what is it?”
  • Emma: “the hose monster”

The Music:

  • “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah),” Joan Jett- Holly Holliday blows us away with her performance, enticing the glee club to sing along and catching Will’s attention.
  • “Animal,” Neon Trees- the Dalton Academy Warblers perform this song amongst a sea of bubbles, girls, and school uniforms. The result is a catchy a-cappella number that makes the Warblers a serious contender for regionals.
  • “Kiss,” Prince–  Holly and Will tango to Prince, presenting their best soprano and falsetto vocals and heating up the stage with a kiss of their own.  We appreciate that the arrangement stayed true to the original, but it would have been nice to hear them sing in their normal range throughout the entire song.
  • “Afternoon Delight,” Starland Vocal Band- Carl, Emma, Rachel, Puck, and Quinn sing a song in response to Holly’s song, with a picture of cherry pie in the background.  The performance is sweet and light-hearted.
  • “Landslide,” Stevie Nicks- Santana and Brittany perform this song with Holly. The version they sing is reminiscent of The Dixie Chicks remake, and doesn’t seem fitting for the characters singing it.

Overall:

“Glee” tackles the tough issue of sex this week, using comedy to diffuse the anxiety teenagers and more conservative adults may feel about the topic while still providing us with a great set list.

Rating: 9/10

“Glee” airs Tuesday nights at 8pm on FOX.

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