First booze, now sex. Glee continues its preaching the dangers of adolescence with this week's episode. However, I felt this one was a bit more successful. It certainly had a lot of ground to cover! Let's start, shall we...
It seems some of the students at McKinley High are a little misinformed about the big 'S'. That's Sex, not Sue. Making a triumphant return to help in this department is Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow) as the new Sex Education teacher. Emma, of course, is aghast at the sight of her because she feels Holly is promoting sex to the students. She goes to Will for help and to maybe get some recruits for Emma's Celibacy club whose membership currently sits at a whopping two (Rachel and Quinn). Will sympathises with her but after hearing Brittany talk about the stork delivering her and Artie's baby, he agrees with Holly that the students need to be educated properly. How does one do that in Mr. Shuster's class? Through song and dance of course! Will also recruits Holly for a little help and she delivers in the form of a sexy, leather clad number.
Then the Sexual Revolution begins!
Emma wants to counter argue with a song of her own by the Celibacy Club, Lauren and Puck talk about making a home movie together – "Kardashian Stlye", and The Warblers feel they need to sex things up for Regionals based on a not so anonymous tip from Sue Sylvester, making a token appearance in this episode.
Meanwhile, Santana and Brittany engage in some serious pillow talk and need some help from Holly to cipher through some confusion. Will and Holly sneak a snog after they perform a steamy tango version of the lip locking Prince tune. Blaine approaches Kurt's dad for help because he feels his porcelain bff needs a real father-son discussion about the birds and the bees.
Then come a series of truly great scenes.
First is a lump in throat inducing rendition of "Landslide" by Santana, Brittany, and Holly, where we begin to see a different side of Santana. Then a hilariously misinterpreted version of Afternoon Delight by the Celibacy Club with Carl making a surprise appearance. Finally, the best scene I've ever watched during this season involves Kurt and his father in an incredibly heart-warming yet realistically down to earth discussion about sex. I think I learned more about growing up in that scene than during all my four years of highschool.
And yet, there's still some more surprises: Emma confesses to Holly that she may still have feelings for Will, prompting her hot but frustrated husband to stay at a hotel while she figures things out. Some more figuring out is done by Brittany and Santana in another great scene where Santana confesses her true feelings towards Brittany. Puck and Lauren axe the sex-tape idea and join the Celibacy Club where Puck notices a smirk on the face and a mark on the neck of Quinn, who denies it's the work of Finn. But who is she kidding? The mighty FQ has returned, albeit secretly.
And putting an end to this long but great, multilayered episode is Holly who confesses something of her own to Will – that she will be leaving McKinley High to teach algebra at Shawney Township. Fear not, fans of Will and Holly (aka Wolly) just because they won't be working together doesn't mean that can't put in their "extra time" for one another. Which is precisely what happens. And their . . . kiss!
How come nobody in the back up band in Glee class ever speaks?
Best Songs: The look on Emma's face after "Afternoon Delight" was priceless, and "Landslide" certainly pulled on my heartstrings, but my personal fav was that deliciously sensuous tango of "Kiss"
Best Lines: "We're cuddle monsters!" – Carl, re: his sexless marriage to Emma
"I like you Lauren. I like wooing you. Next to dropping my afternoon deuce, it's my favourite part of the day." – Puck
"When you're intimate with someone in that way, you gotta know that you're exposing yourself. You're never gonna be more vulnerable, and that scares the hell out of a lot of guys...With two guys you've got two people who think that sex is just sex. It's gonna be easier to come by and once you start, you aren't gonna want to stop. You gotta know that it means something. It's doing something to you, to your heart, to your self-esteem, even though it feels like you're just having fun...When you're ready, I want you to be able to do everything. But when you're ready, I want you to use it as a way to connect to another person. Don't throw yourself around like you don't matter, because you matter." – Burt to his son, Kurt