This week's episode of "Glee" (titled "Glee, Actually") began with an "It's a Wonderful Life" style dream sequence. Given that continuity is not one of the show's strong suits, it was a wonderful case of revisionist history.
Artie (Kevin McHale) was feeling discouraged about being confined to his wheelchair. However, during a visit to the nurse's office, he fell asleep and dreamed of what his life might have been had he not gotten into that car accident.
Guided by Christmas Guardian Angel Rory (Damian McGinty), Artie came to realize that he was the glue that held the glee club together, and that without him, his choir mates would have gone down a miserable path.
Jingle Bell Crock
While I appreciated the teaching point of this dream sequence, Artie's parallel universe was riddled with continuity errors as well as logical improbabilities.
Rory pointed out that without glee club, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Artie would never have become friends, and that she would never have had the courage to give up her fake stutter. Friends? Tina and Artie dated for almost a year. Why do the writers insist on pretending that Tina and Artie, and Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) never happened?
Rory also mentioned that since there was no glee club, Artie ended up joining the football team. Hello? Most of the New Directions guys (including Artie and Rory) were on the football team last season.
In the dream sequence, Kurt (Chris Colfer) ended up having to repeat his senior year because the bullying interfered with his ability to attend class.
Really? I doubt that World's Greatest Dad Burt (Mike O'Malley) would have allowed Kurt's situation to continue for so long. It's more likely that he would have stepped in (as he did during the Karofsky period), and sent him to Dalton where he would have met Blaine anyway.
As for Tiny Tim Quinn (Dianna Agron), Rory informed Artie that she had died of a broken heart after her accident destroyed her body and spirit.
Really? Sorry Rory, but had glee club never existed, Quinn would have never have become friends with Rachel (Lea Michele). Therefore, she would not have been driving to Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel's wedding in the first place. Rachel would never have sent the text message that caused Quinn to get into that accident while texting and driving.
It's the Most Wonderful Time in New York
Just as I was about to give up on this episode, the show thankfully flashed to Kurt and Rachel in New York City.
Speaking of World's Greatest Dad, Burt paid a surprise visit to Kurt's Bushwick apartment, and we were treated to some fabulous father/son bonding.
The dynamic between Burt and Kurt is truly special, and these scenes reminded me of why I loved "Glee" so much during the show's early days.
Unfortunately, Burt revealed the sad news that he had prostate cancer (which he insisted was nearly 100 percent curable, since it was caught early). They'd better not kill off his character. Not only is he one of the best characters on the show, but he also has a wife, son, and stepson who need him. Not to mention the fact that he's a congressman who is working hard to make a difference.
I'm not sure it was the right decision to bring Kurt's (cheating) ex-boyfriend to New York, but Burt's heart was in the right place.
It's the End of the World As We Know It
Sam's character was so much more appealing when he was dating Mercedes. But now they're really dumbing down him in order for him to be with Brittany (Heather Morris). A pre-Mayan apocalyptic wedding? Really? Besides, if the world were really ending on the 21st, wouldn't she have at least thought about talking to Santana (Naya Rivera)?
Puck'll Be Home for Christmas (Hanukkah)
This week's Christmas episode also featured some Puckerman bonding. Puck (Mark Salling) took half-bro Jake (Jacob Artist) to L.A. in order to impress him with his screenwriting aspirations and networking skills.
However, it turned out that Puck's life wasn't as glamorous as it appeared to be. He was lonely, broke, and even his pool-cleaning clients had turned against him.
Fortunately, Jacob suggested some holiday family bonding with his mom and Puck's mom. The two moms were able to buy the hatchet after realizing that they were both victims of Puck's dad. Puck decided to return to Lima for good in order to look out for his brother.
"Saved By the Bell: The New Class" Meets "A Very Glee Christmas 2.0"
The story line between Sue (Jane Lynch) and Marley (Melissa Benoist) was very similar to "Glee's" season 2 Christmas episode. Just replace Secret Santa Sue with Coach Bieste (Dot-Marie Jones) and Marley with Brittany and Artie.
After overhearing a conversation between Marley and her mom, Sue learned that Marley's family was unable to afford therapy to treat Marley's eating disorder. In a flash of generosity, Sue and Becky (Lauren Potter) paid a secret visit to Marley's house, where they left a decorated tree, and generous gifts, including a Benetton sweater, and a large sum of cash.
For such a poor family, Marley sure has a nice house. Come to think of it, that set looked virtually identical to Brittany's house during season 2's Christmas episode.
Do You See the Real Sue?
Why is there no middle ground with Sue's character? Who is the real Sue: the vindictive sociopath with the irrational vendetta against the arts, or the compassionate soul who goes through great lengths to help those in need?
Is Sue the Grinch from Season 2's Christmas episode, or the generous Secret Santa from this week's episode? (I'm thinking that Mean Sue is Ian Brennan's inner mean girl, while Nice Sue is Jane Lynch playing herself).
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