ALL THINGS GLEE
Christmas Comes to Gleeville
The Christmas episode of Glee delivered up all the carols and craziness that Gleeks have come to expect. Copping elements from holiday classics like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and A Christmas Carol, the show's last episode until February packed plenty of surprises alongside some heartwarming scenes.
To get into the spirit, Will orders New Directions to go around McKinley High caroling for classrooms. The gang don't want to for fear of backlash from the student body, but they go anyway, getting slushees and shoes thrown at them. The whole experience kind of sours everyone. Meanwhile, We learn that Brittany still believes in Santa Claus, so Artie convinces New Directions to play along so that someone can still keep some Christmas spirit intact. Such a good boyfriend. They all go to the mall at his request and meet with Santa. When it's Brittany's turn, she climbs up on his lap and tells Santa that all she wants for Christmas is for her boyfriend Artie to walk. Awkward stares are exchanged.
Sue hijacks the teachers' secret santa exchange so that everyone pulls her name. She gets a majority of the gifts, but Will and Coach Bieste end up repoing the gifts, with the aim of giving them to homeless children. Next, Rachel attempts to win Finn's heart back by preparing a song for him, but he tells her to stop trying to get him to forgive her.
The guys in the glee club start to worry about Brittany's expectations for Santa's magic to heal Artie's legs. They convince Coach Bieste to dress up like Santa and pay a visit to her. Bieste tells her that Santa's magic isn't able to do everything, and as a result Brittany begins to sour on Christmas as well.
After Will calls her a grinch, Sue dresses up as exactly that, donning green makeup and a santa costume, with her trusty aid Becky getting made up like a "reindog." They then go into the glee club's rehearsal room and proceed to steal and break all the gifts and ornaments. Brittany enters in the middle of this with a gift of her own to contribute, and the whole scene plays out as if she's Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch classic. She asks Sue (Santa) why he's taking the tree, and Sue lies and says she's going to make repairs and replace everything good as new.
New Directions enters the next day to find the mess, and they become even more jaded. They suspect Sue is to blame, but Finn convinces everyone to forget the whole incident and just soldier on. Rachel convinces him that they need to get the Christmas spirit back for the team, and they go Christmas tree shopping. They go out, and she sings "Last Christmas," and for a moment it looks like they're going to make amends. They kiss, and Rachel implores him to put everything behind them. However, Finn says no, and officially breaks up with her.
Back in her office, Sue revels in having retrieved all of her gifts, and continuing with the Grinch theme, she tells Becky that she succeeded in ruining Christmas. But then Becky hears something off in the hallway. Forgetting all of their misfortunes, the glee club has mobilized in the teachers lounge, where they are singing carols to raise money for the homeless. Sue hears this and realizes that her goal of ruining New Directions' holiday has failed. Her heart warms at their resilience.
Brittany is still bummed over Santa's dose of truth, and Artie goes to console her. When the glee club returns to the rehearsal room, they walk into one of the biggest surprises of the show thus far. The couple are testing out Artie's new walking machine. It's a Christmas miracle, and someone has delivered him a robotic set of legs. Stunned, everyone watches in awe as Artie gets up and walks a few tentative steps.
Christmas comes, and Will heads home to spend the holiday alone. Although Emma offered him an invitation to her and Carl's Christmas Eve party, he turns down the offer, saying it's better for them to be apart. But he enters his home to find a fully decorated living room, complete with Christmas tree, stockings and Sue Sylvester. Will is shocked, but Sue explains that she doesn't hate Christmas- she just hates him. Then to cap off all the holiday good vibes, some of the other students show up to help trim the tree. Rachel and Finn exchange a meaningful look and for a moment, all is well in the world of Glee.
And that's it for Glee until 2011. Happy Holidays everyone!
Justin Starling (@CitadelNow) for Citadel Digital © 2010