Saturday, December 11, 2010

Glee's Christmas Episode: One Liners

Glee always has great one liners, mainly delivered by Brittney and Sue.  But occasionally the other characters will surprise you as well.  Here are my favorites from Glee's Christmas episode.

One Liners
Brittney:  "I left my stocking up over Christmas vacation.  And entire family of mice started living in it.  Their Christmas gift to each other was rabies." 
Artie quickly changes the subject.  Good man.

Santana:  "The guy that lived next door finally killed off his elderly mother.  So when they carted him off they left the house like, wide open.  I think she was like, a holiday hoarder."  
Mr. Schuester ALSO changes the subject.  Sure, he goes to find Emma for road trips to Sectionals, but a student starts discussing a crime scene in class and he sweeps it under the rug and tells the kids he'll get them a prettier Christmas tree for the choir room.   

Brittney (whispering to a mall elf) "To be honest, I don’t understand the difference between an elf and a slave."
And later:  "Just know you have rights."
This poor woman didn't even know how to respond.  Brittney must be used to getting these looks from everyone. 

Puckerman:  “You’ve got the perfect Santa body type.”
The Glee guys were all trying to convince Beiste to pose as Santa to break the news to Brittney that Artie was not going to be walking this Christmas.  She tells him, “Watch it, Puckerman.”  And complains that she thought they were good after they got past the "cooling off" issue.  But there was no malice in their request.  Or in Puck's observation, even if it came out badly.

Will writes:  "Present ideas for Sue:  A soul." 
He soon realizes he's going to need a woman's touch to help him with his shopping for Sue's gift.  So he pays Dalton Academy a visit and asks Kurt for help.


Did you notice?

1.      Finn explained that real Christmas trees are better than fake because they smell amazing, and that’s the whole point.  Truth.

2.      Rachel:  “I’m very specific.  You don’t know how many kittens I’ve given away because they haven’t been just right.”  Arg!  Rachel!?  Have you been taking pages out of Sue’s book? 

3.      Shue was talking about how when you’re young Christmas is great, but when you get older “It’s a reminder of what’s lost, instead of what’s possible.”  The camera was focused on Shue, but if you look over at Finn, he gave Rachel a meaningful look.  She had her back to him at the time.

4.      Beiste pulled the beard to talk to Brittney.  I know we’re supposed to accept that Brittney is too dumb to question this move.  But did you noticed that Beiste WAS rocking fake eyebrows!  If she Beiste was that bent on authenticity, why would she have glued them in?  I guess the cameramen didn’t want her mouth covered during this scene because maximum facial expression was needed for a heartfelt dialogue.

5.      Lauren Zizes asked Santa to make Puckerman love her!  She told him, “He’s a fox.”  So this whole stringing him along thing is just her playing hard to get.  INTERESTING. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Glee's Christmas Episode: Highlights and Lowlights

Glee's Christmas episode did not disappoint in the least.  Great song choices and vocals, heartwarming moments, romance, and beating Sue.  The show had it all.  But, as with every episode with Glee, it did have its cringe-worthy moments.  Here are the best, and worst moments of this week's episode of Glee.

Worst Moments 
I'm happy to report that there weren't many bad moments of this episode, but Glee wouldn't be Glee without a few.

Secret Santa
NO ONE mentioned to anyone else that they had Sue as secret Santa?  Come on.  I can understand Emma (who the camera focused on as she rolled her eyes) didn’t turn and tell Will after he blew her off, but I don’t see how no one else did. 

When the teacher threw her shoe at the Glee kids 
What in the what?  I get it.  They're not cool.  They're misfits.  They're the lowest of the low at the school.  But come on, the TEACHER threw the shoe at them?  This whole scene was silly, with the students groaning "You're making me hate Christmas," and "I hate you," but that took the cake.  Sometimes Glee is like a Salvidor Dali painting, slowly melting reality into some sort of twisted surreal snapshot of life in high school. 

Finn's speech
"Hey.  Uh, so, we’re your students.  Uh, all year long you suffer through dealing with us. Uh, I imagine having some of us in your classes slowly chip away at your hopes and dreams until the whole world just felt like a never-ending nightmare of pain."
"Would you just get to the point, Finn?"
This was funny, but I'm not sure I understand the point.  Finn's always the "dumb guy" with a poor vocabulary, but he's always been good at being a leader and saying the right thing.  Where WAS he going with that?


Best Moments

Happily, there were many! 

Mentioning the McKinney Vento Foundation
If you didn’t know, this is a real thing.  The McKinney Vento Act provides for homeless children.  At my school, this foundation gave us a grant to have transportation for homeless and low income children to and from our afterschool extra help program. 

The classic Christmas show references
Of which there were 3.  First we had the Charlie Brown Christmas reference, with the kids are all decorating the beat up tree, saying it was good enough for them.  Second, continuing the pity party, was the references from the claymation Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (one of my favorites).  How cute was it that the glee kid misfits were singing about being misfit toys!?  So fitting, and sweet because they were cheerful about it.  And Third, we had a couple references to the Grinch that Stole Christmas.  We started with “Brittney Lou Who” confronting “Sue the Grinch” as she was vandalizing their choir room.  Then later on after Sue tells Becky that the best part of Christmas was breaking the collective heart of the Glee club, the sounds of “Fa Hoo For Ace” (better known as Welcome Christmas) drifted down the hall to her office *tear*  “Christmas came anyway coach.  It’s beautiful,” Becky breathed.  “It is.”

Brittney asking Santa to make her boyfriend Artie walk.  *tear again*
We always see the dumb side of Brittney.  It was nice to see another side of her: the altruistic side.  Considering she used to really “get around,” it was sweet to see that she’s settled down and cares so much about Artie.  But at the same time, the whole “still dumb enough to believe in Santa” angle was true to her character.  Good balance of continuity and character development. 
Artie’s mechanical legs.  Aww.  *Four tears* 

Puck looked awestruck.  Santana looked a little giddy, and giggled when Artie confided “I thought Brittney’s dad bought it, but he went to take a long poop and when he got back it was there.”  But it was Quinn who said what we were all thinking, “A real Christmas miracle.”  And chalk one up to Beiste being a lovable  addition to the cast this season.

The Glee kids going to Shue’s  
Yes, this was pretty cheesy, to throw the kids in there at the end of the episode.  But in the spirit of the season, I liked seeing them there, and Sue calling a temporary truce.

What was your favorite moment from the show?