Nothing makes singing acceptable quite like the holidays — well, at least McKinley High’s gleeks thought so. In this week’s episode of Glee, the gang tries to help raise funds for a charity by caroling inside the classrooms. This, however, was met with a hostile reception from the students and one really pissed off teacher.
Meanwhile, Sue (Jane Lynch) sabotages the Faculty’s “Secret Santa” by writing her name on all the papers. Unfortunately, Will (Matthew Morrison), Emma (Jayma Mays) and Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) already bought their presents when they learned about the scam.
Will, in his effort to be badass, reclaims the presents and donates it to charity. This didn’t sit well with the almighty Sue as expected, and a Grinch-like attack on the New Directions Christmas decors ensued.
Brittany (Heather Morris), by the way, still believes in Santa Claus. That was cute for Artie (Kevin McHale) so he decides not to break the bad news to her — until she told Santa to make him walk. With the other guys’ help, Artie convinces Coach Beiste to “fix” the problem for him. It involves a Santa suit and an Isuzu.
Finn (Cory Monteith) is still upset over Rachel (Lea Michele) cheating on him (ho-hum) so no amount of artificial trees and faux snow could win him back. It certainly doesn’t look like he wants to, seeing him share time with Santana by the Christmas tree.
Puck beat Brittany to this episode’s funniest one-liner in our books when he said they made $210 dollars in charity money, “after his cut”. Classic Puck. We love how sentimental he gets when he gives away stolen stuff.
Kurt (Chris Colfer) gets cozy with Blaine (Darren Criss) at Dalton’s picture-perfect common room over a lovely duet that we oddly enjoyed. Not too mushy, and not too awkward. Just right. We’re sure Kurt was better than the girl Blaine is singing the actual duet with.
From the episode’s title, we would’ve expected this particular holiday to be a bit, well, gleeful. Instead, it seemed like a challenge for anyone to be happy — maybe with the exception of Artie’s brilliant present-slash-miracle.
Sue’s Jekyll-Hyde persona is undeniably getting overused, so I was relieved to hear her say those sweet words again: “I don’t hate Christmas. I hate you.”
And with that, Merry Christmas, gleeks!