Mercedes kicked off “Glee‘s” Christmas episode with her rendition of “All I Want For Christmas Is You”; unfortunately, there was no Sue the Grinch this year. Instead, the New Directions got to go on TV (again) to film a Christmas special, complete with sexy carolers and an Irish elf. Something neat about last night’s mid-season finale: Matthew Morrison, who plays Mr. Schue on the show, actually directed the Holiday special. Was it any good? Let’s go over last night’s “Extraordinary Merry Christmas.”

The Players:

  • Director: Matthew Morrison
  • Writer: Marti Noxon
  • Cast: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum, Jr., Cheyenne, Darren Criss, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, and Mike O’Malley

Episode Title: “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”

New Directions celebrates the holidays, and the group is faced with a dilemma when offered the opportunity to perform at two events that are scheduled at the exact same time. Irish exchange student Rory Flanagan suffers from homesickness, and bonds with Sam Evans, who is also away from his family.

The Good:

  • Dead Pig (SPOILERS!): Rachel has always been upfront about her being a high-maintenance girl. She’s shameless. We agree that sometimes Ms. Berry comes off as annoying, but last night her ‘material girl’ act was actually very cute. Finn, clueless as always, can’t figure out what to get his girlfriend, so Rachel makes it easy for him by giving him a Holiday wish list (well done). What does he end up giving her? A dead pig, which she didn’t ask for! Finn decides to give his vegan girlfriend a dead pig. This was really one of the best jokes in weeks. Good job!
  • Urban Campers vs. Television: Sue has finally gotten into the Holiday spirit (she busted a complete 180 from last years’ stunt to destroy Christmas). Sue decides to hire the New Directions to sing for the homeless, which she refers to as ‘urban campers,’ but the club has booked the TV Christmas Special. Now they are trapped between fame and a good deed. It was a good way to highlight what’s important during the holidays.
  • Best Line: “It’s Merry Christmas, not morose Christmas.” – Arty

The So-So:

  • Retro Christmas Special: Boy, oh boy. The Christmas special was very weird. Usually, Blaine and Kurt have an amazing chemistry onscreen, and they are both very talented. But their duo last night just felt phony. Blaine’s laugh was completely forced all throughout the number, and once the music stopped, everything just got worse. Kurt started with the cheesy Elizabeth Taylor jokes, and chaos ensued. Thankfully Mercedes and Rachel rescued the show with their duo of “My Favorite Things,” but that only lasted a few minutes. We get it. “Glee” was following a 50s TV show archetype. It was in black-and-white and there was a laugh track, but even “I Love Lucy” still manages to make today’s sophisticated audiences laugh. It was a major hit and miss.

The Bad:

  • Arty Bags a Huge Ego: The sweet Arty we all knew and loved a year ago is gone. Arty has gained a huge, disgusting ego. He’s so mean. Every time he’s onscreen, he’s either criticizing someone’s singing or just being pretentious (by mentioning TV shows that the “Glee” audience has obviously never heard of).

The Music:

  • “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Various – Mercedes sings while everyone else trolls around the Christmas tree.
  • “Blue Christmas,” Elvis Presley – Rory is feeling homesick and sings the Blues, which depresses Santana.
  • “River,” Joni Mitchell – We have to agree with Arty on Rachel’s rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “River.” The number sucked the joy out of Christmas.
  • “Extraordinary Merry Christmas,” Glee Original Song – Blaine and Rachel helm this new Glee original song, and once again, they nail it.
  • “Let It Snow!,” Various – Blaine and Kurt sing a duet. This is probably the worst number the two have sang together, and these two rarely miss.
  • “My Favorite Things,” The Sound of Music – Two powerful voices, Rachel and Mercedes comes together to sing “My Favorite Things.”
  • “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” Various – Puck and Finn also drop in during the Christmas special and deliver a rock-and-roll “Santa Clause Is Coming to Town.”
  • “Christmas Wrapping,” The Waitresses – The cheerios pose as sexy carolers and give an entertaining performance of “Christmas Wrapping.”
  • “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” Band Aid – Finally, the New Directions drop by the homeless shelter and get into the holiday spirit, the right way, with “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”


Rachel and Finn were the best thing in last night’s episode. Sadly, the retro Christmas Special was too weird to be enjoyed. Despite a few good numbers, last year’s Holiday episode was a lot better.

Rating: 6/10

“Glee” airs Tuesday nights at 8pm on FOX.

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