Glee Review: All I Want For Christmas Is No More Holiday Specials

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We speculated earlier this week about whether this year's Glee Christmas episode would top "Extraordinary Merry Christmas." The answer, amazingly was a resounding "No."

If that wasn't an hour-long commercial for the Glee Vol. 3 holiday album, I don't know what was. Why couldn't this just have been an hour-long music special with the cast and characters singing songs and spouting pithy one-liners? Oh, wait.

Glee really should have quit for the season while it was ahead last week with "Swan Song."

Puck and Jake

"Glee, Actually" was completely all over the place, calling for the suspension of any and all disbelief regarding how absolutely everything in the real world works. And I'm not even talking about the opening 9-minute dream sequence which might have been the best part of the entire night simply for the fact that Kevin McHale got to ditch Artie's wheelchair and glasses and dance. Oh look, Rory the Leprechaun as the Ghost of Christmas Past!

Then we jumped to New York on Christmas Eve and the ridiculous outfit Rachel was wearing. Seriously, costuming department? She'd freeze her assets off. But Burt showed up and instantly improved anything dealing with New York... except he has prostate cancer. Because nothing says "Merry Christmas" like dropping that bombshell about a character we haven't seen all season.

And doesn't Blaine have family who would want him home on Christmas? I find the idea that his parents would just let Burt cart him off to New York for Christmas with Kurt preposterous. And then I remind myself that we have yet to meet Blaine and he lives in a cave-room with no windows and suddenly everything makes sense. He's Harry Potter.

That string of nonsense I just spouted makes about as much sense as this episode did.

The timeline was all over the place. We started at some random point in December, jumped to Christmas Eve, then Hanukkah (and Jake took a week off of school to go to L.A. with Puck). Suddenly it was firmly December 18th and Brittany and Sam decided get Mayan-married and then Beiste let them know their marriage was fake and she was just playing along with their shenanigans because she thinks they're sweet kids. But look, they wrote their own vows!

Sam: Brittany, I've always thought you were super hot and really smart, but what I didn't know was that you were going to end up being my soul mate. Who knows what the future holds for us. Probably tsunamis and horrible sea monsters. But I'm not worried about that because I have you.
Brittany: Sam, when you first joined the glee club, I didn't notice for a while. It wasn't until you did a Rich Little impression and then told me it was a Rich Little impression and then explained who Rich Little was that I knew you were special. And I can't tell you how excited I am to become your Mayan star-wife. | permalink

I. Can't. Even.

And yet? Not all of tonight sucked.

I don't hate that Marley's mom acknowledged her eating disorder and that there are plans to get the girl some help, nor did I hate Sue being all un-grinchy and bringing Christmas to the Rose home, if for no other reason than giving us the "Marley and me" line, which might be the best thing I've heard Sue say all season.

Millie: I wanted to say thank you for what you did for Marley and me.
Sue: I have no idea what you're talking about. I had nothing to do with the making of that film. | permalink

While there wasn't a romantic reunion for Kurt and Blaine, Blaine did sing the line "Through the years we all will be together, if the fates allow" while he and Kurt were setting the table, so I'm sure someone somewhere is reading something into that in the land of Klaine-shippers. Keep hope alive? (That was a joke, you guys. There's a new man in town for Kurt when he starts his first semester at NYADA.)

The Glee music was also happy and peppy and it made me want to go buy the CD so I can play it on an endless loop in my living room from now until December 25th. Call me crazy, but I'm a sucker for a good rendition of "Feliz Navidad." I really did love every song from tonight.

But the best of the night Jake and Puck together. I love them. I've always loved Puck and Jacob Artist might be one of my favorite new voices right now. And it seems Puck is moving back to Lima, so we'll get more of Mark Salling's hotness on our screens in upcoming episodes. I hope. The two of them bringing their mothers together to be one dysfunctional family for the holidays, united by the fact that the same guy left them all was the best of the night.

If this review seems all over the place, it's only because I'm mimicking the episode we just watched, which was maybe in need of some attention deficit disorder medication and definitely in need of being axed for next season. If there is a next season.

What did you think of "Glee, Actually?" Do you hope Glee never, ever does a holiday episode again? Or did you actually enjoy this? What do you hope the second part of the season brings?


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Yeah; this episode sucked. The only time I was even remotely enjoying it was when Sue gave Marley and Lunch Lady the tree. And WTF? As much as I'm a Klaine shipper, it's not really Burt's place to bring Blaine to NY without asking Kurt first.


I finally saw the whole thing. If puck is writing a screenplay why doesn't he write about a bunch of losers who sing and change lovers as often as their underwear?
Both of Puck's parents are Jewish, but it doesn't make sense that Jake's mother would convert after a fling. Jake should have almost no cultural trappings of that ethnicity.
If Puck returns to Lima it can only cause trouble. Maybe he'll date Marley and get Kitty pregnant before he realizes those are Jake's favorites. Then kitty can go after Finn while Marley has a crush on Finn. Then when Quinn and Rachel come back for summer...have any of you seen the Harrad Experiment?


I am not ashamed to admit I LOVE "Love Actually" (I even have the screenplay as a book.) but this was no "Love Actually" I'd say it was more "It's a Wonderful Life." That having been said, I fell for all the hokey, manipulative plot twists, especially Sue giving her gifts to the Lunch Lady and daughter. Sometimes you just got to relax and go with the flow.


People in wheelchairs can get onto beds quite easily. We use our arms. Just did it now. I would hate someone to lift me up like that. Very disrespectful to wheelchair users.


They really phoned that one in


Yeah Thomas Calabro from melrose place played Puck's dad the one time he was on. So definitely very white.


Miranda, I agree with everything. For xmas music it should be uplifting and enjoyable, it wasn't. The mixing and sound was off. I just don't understand why they make Brittany now Sam dumb as nails. Why would Burt bring the guy who broke his son's heart on the fly with no consent from Kurt. Burt seems to be a wise and down to earth dad. They have Rachel dressing so "adult". The dancing has been way off this whole season. Push It was creative and provocative, but what was that in the Brit epi Rachel OOPS this is not provocative. I adore Puck and glad he will be back. He was funny, the only funny. I'm not a fan of this season as of yet. Too serious or too stupid.


@Kamarra Jake and Puck share the same dad. Their dad is white. Puck plays a full white guy while Jake is half black. Im not sure why you think their dad is black because he was definitely white in that episode he asked for Puck's money in S3.


luckily for me, I expected this episode to suck. Glee hasn't pulled off a holiday episode yet, and season bore is just getting worse and worse. I liked seeing Kevin working it, but his storyline was borderline offensive. Marley and Me just needs to disappear, and apparently I'm the only one who finds it doubtful a parent would encourage their son to reconnect with a cheater. I hate Britt/Sam together, but I can't deny Heather's singing has improved incredibly and I always love her despite her horrible characterization. You could see how hard she was trying not to laugh during Sam's solo


confusing moment: both puck and jake say their half white, half black, and half jewish. the one time we saw puck's dad (who is apparently jake's dad too) we saw that he was black. puck's mom is white which makes sense for him, though i don't know if the mom is jewish or the dad. however jake's mom and dad are both black , so how is he half white? or half jewish if the dad isn't (because i doubt his mom is jewish). glee writers have been slipping.

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Glee Season 4 Episode 10 Quotes

[to Kurt] Look, can I just give you one piece of advice while we're still talking father to son? This is three times I've had to stare death in the eye, and you know the one thing I took away from all that? You have got to love the people you love close to you no matter what.


[to Kurt] Well, the Rockettes might have better legs than me, but they can't touch my Single Ladies performance.


Glee Season 4 Episode 10 Music

  Song Artist
Glee cast feliz navidad Feliz Navidad Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast white christmas White Christmas Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast hanukkah oh hanukkah Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah Glee Cast iTunes