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?

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