November 17th, 2010
01:36 PM ET
I was never much of a Gwyneth Paltrow fan.
Nothing against her as an actress - or, now, as a singer - but I was just “meh” where she was concerned. All of that changed Tuesday night.
Paltrow’s appearance on “Glee” was all I had hoped Britney Spears’s guest role was going to be: fun, electric and just downright cool. Having watched the clip online of Paltrow performing “Forget You” a few times (ok, it was more like 100 times), I was fully prepared for that to be the highlight of the show.
But that was only the beginning. Paltrow came with her "A" game as the substitute teacher brought in to replace Mr. Schuester after he gets the monkey flu. (Ha! I just love typing the words “monkey flu!”)
Anyhoo, Paltrow’s Holly Holiday was a dream substitute: funny, hip and completely aware of pop culture. I just about bust a gut when she referred to a former student as resembling a “more attractive Biggie Smalls” rather than taking the all too easy, “She looked a bit like Precious” route.
Ms. Holiday even managed to initially score the approval of Sue as the pair bonded over red wine and a show I wish to goodness actually existed called “Animal Hoarders." Really, "Glee" was pretty much hitting on all cylinders, other than the fact that they continue to make Rachel an annoying shrew who resents any and everyone who takes even a teeny bit of attention away from her.
I didn’t even really mind the tater tots subplot, though I didn’t appreciate Kurt lecturing Mercedes on how she is – according to him – substituting food for love and him for a boyfriend. Seriously dude, you just scored your first gay friend last week, so that hardly places you in a position to become Mr. Know-It-All with your homegirl who has been there for you for almost two seasons.
And that mash-up of "Umbrella” and “Singing in the Rain” at the end of the show had me dancing in front of the TV a little bit. Paltrow had some sweet moves and I’m anticipating lots of Broadway offers in her future.
Did you heart Gwynnie Paltrow on “Glee” too? Sound off!
Update: Thanks to our sharp eyed commenters for informing me that there is an actual show titled "Confessions: Animal Hoarding." Consider that added to the DVR.
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