First she took the CMA Awards by storm – and on Tuesday, Gwyneth Paltrow shined on Glee as irreverent substitute teacher Holly Holiday.
When Mr. Schuester comes down with "monkey flu," Holiday steps in to teach his Spanish class and glee club. But, as the Oscar-winning actress says in the episode, Holiday "is not your average, run-of-the-mill substitute."
As the sub, Paltrow bonds with the kids by suggesting having class outside, taking a field trip to Taco Bell, smoking medical grade marijuana and singing a lively – and TV-friendly – version of Cee Lo Green's current hit "F–– You."
She even manages to bond with Sue Sylvester – who is acting as school principal while Principal Figgins is sick – by getting tipsy on wine and watching Hoarders while highlighting their hair together.
Later, Holiday turns on the charm to convince Rachel Berry to let loose, and the two perform a song and dance to "Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago.
Drunk with her new power, Sylvester fires Mr. Schuester and hires Holiday, who is thrilled about her new position – until she gets in trouble for letting Mercedes shove tots up the exhaust pipe of Sylvester's car.
In the wake of a scolding from Sylvester, Paltrow's character cries on Mr. Schuester's shoulder and reveals that she moves through life with few ties – only signing month-to-month leases, eating off paper plates and living on one-night stands.
Of course, glee club wouldn't be the same without Mr. Schuester, who rises from his sick bed (where he's been cared for and seduced by his ex-wife Terri!) to take his job back.
Still, he looks to Holiday to infuse a little fun into glee club, so she helps him with an "Umbrella/Singing in the Rain" mash-up that perfectly combines his old-fashion musical tastes with something modern the kids will love. Oh, and do we detect a spark between Mr. Schuester and Mrs. Holiday? Only more Glee will tell.