Glee: A Few of Our Favorite Things From This Year's Christmas Episode
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Two years ago, it was Coach Sue dressed as Dr. Seuss' The Grinch — green face make-up and all. Last season, it was the New Directions' The Star Wars Holiday Special meets Judy Garland Christmas Special hour-long PBS program. Thankfully, Glee's third Christmas episode did not disappoint in the bizarro department. In the first 10 minutes alone, the Fox musical dived into black-and-white only, It's a Wonderful Life-inspired alternate-reality territory. So which former New Directions member returned? Who got married? Who is moving? And, most importantly, what were the best Christmas songs?! Check out our seven favorite things from the episode:
1. The return of Rory! After his abrupt exit at the end of last season, it was nice to see former The Glee Project finalist back walking the halls of McKinley, even if it was still hard for Artie to understand him because of his accent. How do we sign up for a Christmas guardian angel with a cute accent? It was even funny to see Terri back on Glee, since it made for a very destructive, and hilarious, Mr. Schue. For a minute there, we thought he was going to bust out a rap!
2. Artie really is the "glue that holds the glee club together." Glee has more than its fair share of characters to service (the new kids, the New York kids, etc.), which sometimes means the current New Directions seniors get the short end of the stick. That was not the case in the Christmas episode, which let Kevin McHale bust out his comedic chops — and his impressive dancing skills — for a delightful, eyebrow-enhanced performance of "Feliz Navidad" in the alternate Glee universe. Our only complaint? Rachel may have been considered a nerd at McKinley before glee club's glory days, but she had a decent amount of confidence and energy — she would have never become such a soft-spoken bookworm! Also: Quinn texts and drives in every timeline? Sad!
3. A surprise appearance by Senor Queso. The episode was light on Rachel because of her prior commitment to go on Rosie O'Donnell's gay cruise with her two dads, but that left lots of time to move Kurt's story forward. On a good note, that meant bringing back Kurt's father to celebrate the holidays with his son in NYC. On a not-so-good note, that mean giving Kurt and his dad yet another obstacle to overcome: prostate cancer. It seems a little much to keep hitting his poor dad with health issues, but it was kind of all worth it for Klaine 'shippers just to hear say Blaine say, "I promise I'll keep an eye on him for you." Aw!
4. Speaking of Blaine.... It was nice to see the writers restrain themselves from allowing Kurt and Blaine to magically get back together and go back to normal. Their once extremely idealistic, near-perfect relationship was not nearly as realistic as the place that they're in now, especially since Blaine wants to go to New York too. Obviously this is Glee, so when we say "realistic" we mean complete with an ice skating rink that has zero lines and plenty of space for a duet!
5. Puck and Jake take Hollywood by storm. Puck has been in California how long, and this is the first we're seeing of his fake Tinsletown swagger in action?! Putting that aside, watching him and half-bro Jake perform around the actual Paramount Pictures lot where Glee shoots was hilarious and a nice meta wink for the show.