by Harry Earle
Awwwwwwwwwwww. This week’s Glee may have been cheesy as all get-out, but if you can’t stomach it at Christmas then you’re lactose intolerant. My heart has melted into a big pile of snowy slush with food colouring in it. “You can eat that you know.”
Clap Your Hands if You Believe in Santa
Brittany’s innocence is the gift that keeps on giving. It not only provided the perfect vehicle for a Glee Santa story, but gave all the other glee kids a chance to act much nicer than they normally do, especially Artie. He and Brittany are a strange couple, but they just might be my favourite couple on the show. I enjoyed all the unconventional Santas, and they don’t come much more original than Coach Bieste pulling down her beard and tossing Brittany off her lap for a chat on the couch. I suspected that Sue was behind Artie’s new legs, but seems like it was the Bieste? Is she really that rich? I also liked that Brittany still believed at the end of the episode. Don’t stop believing, Brittany.
Christmas is a Time for Forgiveness
The Rachel and Finn scenes were much more pleasant to watch this week. Maybe it was the holiday spirit, maybe it was the minimal talking (I like them both more when they’re singing) but I wasn’t nearly as annoyed by them as last week. I thought Rachel’s repeated attempts to apologise were very in character – only she would go to the lengths of 20+ Christmas trees and fake snow to stage an apology. The set with the real trees seemed completely tame in comparison. I’m with Finn, I much prefer real ones, although Brittany’s shocking pink tree was perfect for her.
Sue the Grinch
If you push aside the tiny niggle that Sue was totally, gloriously evil for most of the episode and creepily, uncharacteristically nice at the end after being transformed by the power of the glee club’s voices, then her plot this week was a bucket of awesome. I really enjoyed her acceptance that she was making up for a lack of presents in her childhood, and the glee (there’s no other word for it!) with which she stole Christmas. It was very Sue to already have boned up on the relevant laws before Will and Bieste came a’knocking. The last scene was sweet and all, but I enjoyed Grinchy Sue too much to be completely satisfied with her contrition.
Bits and Pieces
-- Nice brooch Emma. Apparently everyone else at McKinley thinks Christmas is an excuse to wear awful jumpers and tartan apparel. Kurt, come back – they need you!
-- Loved the teacher throwing her shoe at New Directions
-- As soon as Emma picked her secret santa and rolled her eyes, I thought she must have gotten Sue. Good misdirection showing us that Will had her.
-- Brilliant present ideas for Sue list -
1) Dog Robot
2) A Soul
-- I was hoping that Blaine and Kurt would be doing more than singing, but at least we got an admission that Kurt is just a little bit head over heels in love!
-- That ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ Terri flashback was amusing but not enough. Bring back the shrew!
-- The New Directions kids' Christmas present requests on Santa’s knee were hilarious. “When does Asian Santa arrive?”
-- Becky was the cutest Rein-dog possible!
Glee Against the Music:
"The Most Wonderful Day of the Year"
It was a nice start to the episode, but by the end of the episode I was thoroughly tired of tree decorating – and I haven’t even done my own yet! Strange that the kids were wrapping lots of presents and yet Puck later said he’d nicked them. Grade B-.
"We Need a Little Christmas"
I wouldn’t have thrown a shoe, but I wasn’t inspired by this. C.
"Merry Christmas, Darling"
Rachel must have spent a bomb on this. It paid off - the set was great and the song was beautifully sung, if not especially engaging. B.
"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
This is such an awesome song. Kurt and Blaine did it brilliantly too. Nice touch with the man on man version, but I’ve done that before myself so it wasn’t a surprise. It could only have been made better with a little bit more romance. B+
"You're a Mean One, Sue the Grinch"
Great fun! Matthew Morrison’s voice is so smooth, it fit very well with scenes of confident, mischievous Sue being aided and abetted by adorable Rein-dog Becky. B+
Gorgeous song, and I enjoyed the direction too, especially the high shot at the end with all the lights and the trees. B+
This was beautiful, I concur with Becky and Sue. B+
Quotes for Gleeks:
Will: “Someone special?”
Kurt: “No, just a friend. But on the upside, I’m in love with him and he’s actually gay. I’d call that progress!”
Rachel: “You don’t know how many kittens I’ve given away because they haven’t been just right.”
Emma: “...Oh, Sue. I drew her as my Secret Santa.”
Will: “Wait a minute, that’s not possible, Sue’s MY Secret Santa.”
Bieste: “No, Sue’s MY Secret Santa!”
Sue: “I’m Everybody’s Secret Santa.”
Brittany: "The roads to the North Pole are getting treacherous."
Artie: “I told my parents that I only want one thing for Christmas this year: Stop friend requesting me on Facebook.”
Brittany: “Can I be honest? I don’t understand the difference between an elf and a slave.”
Lauren: “I would like Puckerman to love me. He’s a fox.”
Santana: “I want bling. I can’t be any more specific than that.”
Mike: “I want Channing Tatum to stop being in stuff.”
Sue: “Becky, go into the glove box of my Le Car and bring me my tear gas, then get me Gloria Allred.”
Artie: “...she’s gonna lose faith in Old Saint Nick and we can’t have that.”
Sam: “Tell her the elves are working on it. Elves have awesome cord blood for stem cell research, but these advances are a few years away.”
Sue: “As satisfying as it is to have been gifted enough rotisserie ovens to roast en entire hobo, for me the real joy of Christmas was breaking the collective heart of the glee club.”
Sue: “I thought you might want to put all of us out of our misery and shave off that Chia Pet.”
Quote of the Week is Brittany’s again:
“Last year I left my stocking up over Christmas vacation and an entire family of mice started living in it. Their Christmas gift to each other was rabies.”
Three out of four tracksuits with fur-lined hoods. Merry Christmas Gleeks!