I know on
Twitter the #gaysharks were not happy, but let’s set aside our hatred of Barfie
and love of Brittana for the moment, and focus on the fact that there’s some
awesome womanistic stuff in this episode.
at McKinley the next day, Brittany is de-Xmasizing her locker. Artie’s
worried about how sad she is, and tells Mr. Schue he’s going to take her home
and make sure she’s all right. The look on Brittany’s face just broke my heart.
The rest of
the Glee Club is in the teacher’s lounge, and Finn gives a speech. “So,
we’re your students,” he begins. “I imagine having some of us in your
classes would slowly chip away your hopes and dreams until the whole world just
felt like a never-ending nightmare of pain …”
get to the point,” Will says.
they’re here today to raise money for children who have a lot less than they
do, and that he’s learned that no matter how hard the year is, there’s nothing
a few more jingle bells or some more Santa can’t fix.
office, she’s gloating to Becky about getting her presents back, and says,
“As satisfying as it is to have been gifted enough rotisserie ovens to
roast an entire hobo, the real joy of Christmas was breaking the collective
heart of the Glee Club.”
the strains of “Welcome Christmas” as sung by the Whos down in
Whoville after the Grinch stole their presents and even the roast beast drift
down the hall:
Christmas time will always be
Just as long as we have
right, every kid in the Glee Club, the large and the small, was singing without
any presents at all! And we all know what happened then, right? Sue the
Grinch’s heart grew three sizes that day.
raised $210 (even after Puck’s cut). Rachel invites Mr. Schue to spend
Christmas Eve with her and her dads, but he says he doesn’t mind being alone.
And just then they walk into the Glee Club room and find Artie. Standing.
wearing some kind of Transformer-like contraption called a “ReWalk,”
invented by a guy in Israel. (And by the way? It’s real.) Everyone gathers around, and Artie walks.
that when he got to Brittany’s house that afternoon, it was sitting under the
the hell did you afford that?” Sam asks Brittany.
didn’t buy it,” she says. “I had no idea what it was. I thought it
was a Transformer.”
Santana he thought Brittany’s dad got it for him, but her dad didn’t know
anything about it. No one knows where it came from. Was it Sue? Coach Beiste,
who’s looking in from the other room, smiling? Or was it Santa, as Brittany
goes to Coach Beiste, but I suppose we’ll never know.