Mind you, Martin was good fun, and his musical performances were brilliant. The real problem with this episode was that it focused on the adult characters, when it's the kids we really care about - especially as there are so many interesting storylines going on with them at the moment.
The few scenes we spent with the younger stars were the best of the episode. In what's turning out to be a surprisingly nuanced storyline, Rachel tells Kurt and Mercedes about her engagement to Finn, and they're a bit concerned.
Kurt's so worried that he goes to see Finn to make him think twice - he knows that Finn only proposed because he's worried about his future, while Finn's clearly desperate that he has no prospects. But Kurt's intervention does make Finn think - and this quiet, small scene is probably the highlight of the episode.
Elsewhere, Sam and Mercedes agree to spend a week with no communication to figure out their true feelings for each other. At the end, they're both waiting for the clock to tick down... but Mercedes ends up walking off with Shane despite her clear love for Sam. I still don't feel like we've had enough build-up for this relationship - I don't know why Sam's so taken with Mercedes, or where it came from - but I'd still much rather focus on that than, say, Will.
Unfortunately, Will was the centre of the episode. There's a tenure position up for grabs, but someone's noticed that Will spends more time with show tunes than Spanish and complained about his teaching. Hoping to provide for his future family, Will ends up enrolling in a night class.
His teacher David (enter Ricky) is suave and sophisticated (and dreams of teaching in a school). And he's interested in glee, so Will invites him to class - and decides the assignment this week should be, um, 'Spanish'.
Sadly, this conceit means that despite some longing looks from Mercedes and Sam in their respective performances of 'Don't Wanna Lose You' and the bizarre 'Bamboleo'/'Hero' mash-up, the songs didn't have much relevance to the plot.
LMFAO? I can live with that. 'La Isla Bonita'? Okay, especially as it's a stonking performance from Ricky and Naya Rivera as Santana. But surely singing 'A Little Less Conversation' in Spanish is stretching things a little? Glee's always best when the songs develop the story - but I suppose there wasn't much plot to advance here.
Anyway, Santana's piling the pressure on Will to put on a great Spanish performance. He's so stressed that he snaps at Emma, who just wants to show him some of her fancy new pamphlets. He's actually ridiculously unlikeable here.
It turns out that Santana was the one who complained about his teaching - she's fed up with his stereotypes (thank God someone complained about this, because I was getting concerned with the amount of maracas, sombreros and matador costumes being flung around). Will can be a great teacher when he's passionate... but he isn't about Spanish.
So Will does the "good thing" and gets Figgins to hire David as the Spanish teacher - he'll take the history teacher position. But he's not the only one after tenure - Sue's planning to start a family of her own and is seeking a sperm donor.
She even asks Will, who refuses. But it does introduce an interesting scene as Sue explains her motives to Emma - she doesn't want her child to be like her, but Will's always a good guy (really?) and she'd like to pass that on. Jane Lynch is super talented, and makes this moment work well - it's kind of sad.
But someone complained about Sue's teaching, too, setting up a rivalry between her and synchronised swimming coach Ros (NeNe Leakes), who wants to take over the Cheerios. This is fun, because it gives Sue a great match for some mean girl arguing. Ros almost makes you feel sorry for Sue.
Eventually, Sue discovers that Becky complained about her - but she's rather nice about the whole thing, as she appreciates Becky's comments that she's not focused enough on the Cheerios anymore.
But who's got tenure? Well, after the success of her latest pamphlets, it's Emma who gets job security. Will realises he was a jerk, apologises, and everyone's happy again.
Don't get me wrong - this episode of Glee was definitely entertaining and Ricky Martin was good value. I just wish that we'd seen more from the kids - Rachel and Finn in particular are dealing with some really interesting stuff at the moment and I'd love to have explored that further.
As it was, this episode didn't really seem to move anything forward, except, perhaps, for the fact that Sue is now hoping to be a mother. It's strange how sometimes Glee can pack so much in - and sometimes it seems to take something of a break. But I'm still looking forward to next week!
- Kurt, Mercedes and Rachel - we need more of their sleepovers, if only for the stunning pyjamas. (Not really - the friendship between them is adorable.)
- "I don't want you to be the guy who holds her purse on the red carpet." What a line.
- LMFAO: Oh dear. Finn's dancing: No. Will's headbobbing: No, no, no.
- "I spent so much time flossing I was missing my life."
- People making mistakes in foreign languages and having that subtitled is never not funny, right?
- "Ooh, I'm bilingual."
- Artie joining in on the "cutest smile ever" love-in with David was sweet... especially when he realised he'd done it.
- Are we no longer allowed to make fun of Emma's pamphlets, then? Because that was one of my favourite parts of Glee. ("So you're a two-timin' ho!" "Please don't hog my fiancé'ss nog!")
- "Sam tweeted I smell good." "I won't stop until it's trending." Bit creepy.
- So Blaine's absence (because of DarrenCriss'ss stint on Broadway) is explained away by him recovering from the rock salt incident. That's fair enough, I guess.
- Emma suggests that Sue should have a baby because it would be good for her. Um, what about the poor child?
- "The English language lacks the requisite words to express just how much I dislike you."
- "Wake up and smell the menopause."
- There were SO MANY jokes about Sue being too old to have a baby, right? Anyway, do you think we'll see her as a mum? She did marry herself, after all...
- Santana was fierce when she stood up to Will. I love her. Another great scene - focused on one of the younger cast members.