Glee: Season 2, Episode 7

The Substitute (16 Nov. 2010)

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A substitute teacher takes over for a sick Will and wows the group with her unconventional teaching methods.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Pillsbury (credit only)
Burt Hummel (credit only)


When Mr. Schuester gets sick, a substitute teacher takes over his Spanish class and the glee club, and winds up winning over the whole New Directions clan. Meanwhile, when Sue fills in for Principal Figgins as McKinley's top dog, she tries to flex her power on campus. Written by Fox Publicity

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical


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16 November 2010 (USA)  »

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Shortly after the episode aired, Dina Lohan publicly attacked the show and Gwyneth Paltrow for the joke made about her daughter Lindsay. See more »


During the "Singing in the Rain" scene a 3-second clip is playing in reverse. See more »


[Kurt is talking to Mercedes at their cafeteria table]
Kurt Hummel: Mercedes, trust me. Love is just around the corner.
[Karofsky walks by]
Dave Karofsky: 'Sup, homo?
[Karofsky winks at Kurt]
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Features Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


Make 'em Laugh
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Matthew Morrison
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Gwyneth Paltrow WOWS
12 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If my blood ever gets analyzed in a hospital lab, they'll find undeniable Gwyneth Paltrow fanboy-ism rotted in my system. She won an Emmy for her three-episode run on Glee as substitute teacher, Holly Holiday. Prejudgment of her honor, that she was awarded because she's a huge movie star "downgrading" herself in a TV-turn, are sadly mistaken.

After watching all-three episodes The Substitute, Sexy, and A Night of Neglect, I was overcome with a state of "glee". It was a delightful two hours spent with a charismatic guest starring actress. Having a biased love for Paltrow, I expected to just feel the arms-length-fanboy-love for her work, I never expected to be knocked off me feet with her hilarious turn. I really loved her.

The character is a lot of fun, you can tell she's having fun bringing her to life, and we're having fun watching her; Holly Holiday is a jumbled ball of fun. Paltrow excels at portraying Holly's energy, spunk, quirky-charm, and hilarious persona, match that with her awesome pipes, it feels like she can't go wrong. Outshining show regular moguls, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch, Paltrow defines a lovable character

Paltrow gets to flaunt her hidden singing abilities with the trendy, upbeat tunes as well as humanizing Holly's dramatic songs. Forget You was better than the actual recording. Do You Wanna Touch feels like it was written for Paltrow to sing and dance to. Landslide and Turning Tables are emotionally strong and are sang perfectly. Her Singin' in the Rain/Umbrella and Kiss songs are show-stopping too, showing off her dance talents.

Having great chemistry with Morrison and all the teenage cast, Paltrow proved to everyone she has the ability to deliver one of her most superb works in just a few scenes. She may even top Christina Applegate 's hysterical two appearances on Friends for my favorite comedy guest actress of all-time.

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