First, we need to get the Rachel and Finn drama out of the way. On the Rachel/Finn front, the relationship itself is as cold as ice, regardless of Rachel’s attempts to win back Finn’s heart; it doesn’t look as if he’s biting…at least not for now. Yet, the couple drama took a backseat this week to the man in red, and the true spirit of giving at Christmas. The most memorable moment was when Finn declared, “I’m officially breaking up with you”. -Well, now that it’s official, I hope he’ll take me up on that latte. But, I digress.
Sue rigged Secret Santa. All I could think of when watching that was, “Brilliant!” Why I didn’t think of it, I will never know. However, her careful scheming was quickly thwarted when the staff caught on and re-poed all of her gifts to give to the homeless, courtesy of the New Directions. Naturally, Sue did what any self respecting villain would: painted her face green and enlisted Becky as her ‘reindog’ to steal her presents back, with the wheeled assistance of everyone’s favorite little red wagon. Truly grinchy moments that only Sue could pull off are scattered throughout this episode, making it worth watching.
It’s no surprise that since Brittany’s last revelation was that the cricket who was reading to her didn’t exist that she would still believe in Santa Claus. (I mean…really, can you be that surprised?) Yet, believe she does. Of course, it gets better: All Brittany wanted for Christmas this year was the gift of Artie being able to walk again. While Artie was shocked, he didn’t want to be the one who brought Brittany’s secret of Santa to an abrupt end. So, our unsung, young hero enlisted the assistance of Coach Beiste who dressed up as Santa (doing a dry run in the Isuzu) to pay a special visit to our naive Cheerio and explain that while Santa is magic, Santa wanted to give her patience this year, instead of what she asked for. While the sentiment was beautiful in the words the coach spoke, they rang flat with a very devastated Brittany.
Yet despite missing presents, and a bad run in with Mr. Claus, the Glee club pulled through. Singing at the top of their lungs to raise money for charity in the teachers’ lounge caused Sue the Grinch’s heart to grow two sizes that day (jury is still out on whether or not she has does, indeed have a heart though). And Sue got the kids together to make a very merry and special Christmas miracle happen for Mr. Schuester. Best of all, a mysterious Santa (cough, coach Beiste) gave Brittany the gift she asked for, a special device allowing Artie to walk. Overall, between the laughter and the tears that we have experienced this season before we ring in the mid-season break, leaves us with warm and happy thoughts for the upcoming conclusion for our second season.
So, I leave you with these final thoughts about what I learned watching ‘Glee’ this week: you can never have too much green face paint, ornaments are best broken with a 9-iron, mistletoe is for sissy’s, Sam really doesn’t like Channing Tatum, Santa likes the tanning booth (who knew?), and there is such a thing as a reindog. From me to you, I wish you a very Merry Holiday Season and a Happy and “Gleeful” New Year.