GLEE: L-R: Finn (Cory Monteith), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Artie (Kevin McHale), Marley (Melissa Benoist), Ryder (Blake Jenner), Kitty (Becca Tobin) and Joe (Samuel Larsen) perform in the "Glee, Actually" episode of GLEE airing Thursday, Dec. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Eddy Chen/FOX

Tonight, it’s the Glee Christmas special! Titled, “Glee Actually”, it’s a tribute to the beloved Christmas movie, Love Actually.

Really good stuff happened tonight! Burt surprised Kurt with a visit to New York and he brought along Blaine! Not only did the 3 have a great holiday together, but Blaine revealed that he’ll be auditioning for NYADA! Kurt and Blaine sang and skated to White Christmas and have pledged to be friends til the end, no matter what happens.

Artie realizes that being in a wheelchair is part of who he is when he has an “It’s a Wonderful Life” fantasy after wishing he’d never been in a wheelchair. Will is still married to Terri and he’s a drunk. Kurt missed so much school because of bullying, that he didn’t graduate. And he never met Blaine. His tormentors are Finn, Puck and Ryder. There is no Glee club. Quinn died in a car crash after texting and driving…need I go on? Rory is back (!!!) playing the Clarence-like angel who guides Artie through his alternate universe, where he sings and dances in an attempt to rally the kids to perform…

Puck brings the two Puckerman families together–after he and lil bro Jake sing a Hannukah song. Definitely goofy. But not nearly as goofy as Beiste pretend-marrying Sam and Brittany, who believe the Mayan Apocalypse is real. So real, they feel it necessary to be totally honest with their friends before the end. Oh. And Puck has decided to move back to Lima to be closer to his newly bonded family. Please bring back the moms! Aisha Tyler, who played Jake’s mom, especially.

Sue is Marley’s mom’s Secret Santa, and when the coach learns that finances are so tight for the little family, that they have to give up Christmas to pay for Marley’s eating disorder therapy, she brings them a tree and presents and enough money to pay the psychologists! It was Nice Sue this week, and maybe after watching the Glee club sing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” at the end of the episode (I really liked the way the song brought all the stories together) she’ll decide to champion New Directions once again.

Some bad stuff happened too. Burt surprises Kurt in NYC on Christmas in order to tell him in person that he has prostrate cancer. PLEASE GLEE. DO NOT KILL OFF THE GREATEST DAD IN THE WORLD. So far, he’s been treated and the cancer is in remission. But still. Kurt remembers the first Christmas without his mom–when his dad forgot to bring home a tree–and it’s super sad. The lesbian bloggers *eyes roll* are going to be really mad after Bram got so much screen time together tonight. It’s only been a couple of weeks and they’re already married. And obviously with the benefits thereof. It took weeks for Brittana to get a decent kiss, and they barely got to have a private conversation in Season 3. Ryan Murphy has some ‘splainin to do.

The episode was an odd one. The stories had a sense of heightened reality about them–dreamlike fantasies. I expected everyone to wake up in their beds on Christmas morning, marveling at the crazy dreams they had the night before. For once, the plot inconsistencies (there were several) actually served a magical purpose. In the end, the stories were surreal, touching, while managing to advance some plot lines. Of the three Christmas specials, “Glee Actually” was the most consistently satisfying yet.

Dear Journal – Sue

Feliz Navidad – Artie

Blaine and Kurt – White Christmas

Oh Hanukkah – Puck and Jake

Jingle Bell Rock – Sam

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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  • http://twitter.com/RevolutionFairy Iam A Revolutionary

    Liking it so far/.

  • marcoUpstate

    One of the first episodes I liked almost completely in a while. 

    One nitpic though. What is the purpose of Samuel Larsen being on the show?  He certainly hasn’t had much to do especially when compared to Alex, Damian or Blake.  In fact, I would argue that despite his number of shows, he’s had a lesser impact than Lindsay on story.  I always thought he was one-note on the Glee Project but there must be something going on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Mitchell/515077335 Eric Mitchell

     He does kind of just stand around doing nothing. I loved when Brittany said “Joe, you haven’t really made much of an impression on me, and I don’t really understand what your deal is.”

    I wouldn’t call my myself a fan of the show but I love Christmas so I watched the episode. I like Blaine and Kurt but wasn’t feeling the version of White Christmas. I did like Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

  • Montavilla

    Watching it on the west coast now.  I am loving the Artie storyline.  One interesting thing is that in his dance number, everyone else is stuck in their chairs.  A nice bit of reversal.  

    I gasped with pleasure at seeing Artie’s guardian angel.  I kinda miss Rory.  Not that he ever had a decent storyline or anything.  But I liked the accent.

    I wasn’t feeling the Klaine story so much.  First off, what’s the point of giving Burt cancer?  To give Kurt a reason not to slushy Blaine at first sight?  Burt’s already away in DC (unless convenient for the plot).

    The other three stories were fun.

  • WestiesRule

    I loved when Brittany said “Joe, you haven’t really made much of an impression on me, and I don’t really understand what your deal is.”

    My thoughts exactly. The dude has no purpose/function in the storyline. You wouldn’t even miss him if he was shown the exit sign.

  • tomr

    Love Marley’s mother!  Fun episode overall.  Think the newbies are great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    I loved last night’s episode. I agree, there was a surreal, magical quality about it all. Quite fitting for the holiday season.

    And I thought the newbies really brought it tonight…more than ever before. I’m really starting to live them, Marley in particular.

  • smn73

    Dear sweet baby Jesus, why do I always burst into tears at the sight of Burt Hummel?  He is the best dad ever.  He is far and away my favorite character on Glee.  

    I wish they would keep this episode’s Sue.  Crazy Sue is no fun.  The greatness in her character is her snark, not her anger.  

    I also miss Beastie…hope she gets a storyline too.  

    Overall a good episode and I enjoyed it!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    So, if Artie weren’t in a wheelchair…

    “Will is still married to Terri and he’s a drunk. Kurt
    missed so much school because of bullying, that he didn’t graduate. And
    he never met Blaine. His tormentors are Finn, Puck and Ryder. There is
    no Glee club. Quinn died in a car crash after texting and driving…need I
    go on? Rory is back (!!!) playing the Clarence-like angel who guides
    Artie through his alternate universe, where he sings and dances in an
    attempt to rally the kids to perform…”

    …Well, that escalated quickly. I hope that this storyline was meant to be a bit of an exaggeration :P.

  • Reflects On Life

    The Glee Xmas episode is usually very unusual and inventive and risk-taking.  This one wasn’t as much so, yet it was more mass-appealingly enjoyable.  Which is, I guess, what Xmas itself is, at least in the US.

    About Bram vs Brittana, I didn’t iknow that was “a thing”?  I’m guessing Mr Murphy tweeted sth abt “lesbian bloggers”?  LOL.  But it seems pretty normal to me that two gall bffs who are slowly coming to terms with their sexuality, let alone being “out” with it, especially in small-town working-class flyover country, would have a much slower progression than a hetero cpl like Bram. 

    It would be more fitting to compare/contrast how Murphy handled Brittana vs Klaine. He does have some ‘splainin’ to do there, IMO.

  • Axxxel

    Poor Joe Hart… Then again, I have seen on another website, a picture of  Joe Hart dressed up, together with another male character of the Glee club… Ready to go out… hhhmmmm… So not all hope is lost on Joe Hart.  

  • Axxxel

    Maybe they want to give a storyline between Blaine and Burt… If I can believe the spoilers, maybe Blaine may be facing something in the future and he will need some fatherly advice… that he wont get from his own father…

  • Axxxel

    Wait, if Kurt’s tourmentors are Finn, Puck and Ryder, it means that Finn and Puck did not graduate either… just like Kurt…

  • Montavilla

    I have to say, one thing that pleased me more than anything last night?  NO FINCHEL!  

    I loved everything about Season 2′s Christmas show, except that I had to listen to two songs about how tragic it was that Finn wouldn’t be Rachel’s Christmas baby.  And a large part of Season 3′s show was Rachel being the anti-Gift of the Magi girlfriend.  This year, she had a few lines and then got to go off on a cruise with no songs or anything.  And Finn had no drama at all.

  • jennyl2

    Love this episode. It’s great to see underneath Sue has a big heart. Marley and me joke was priceless. Bram was sweet in a silly way. Artie’s alternate universe was funny. Lastly, please don’t let anything happen to Burt. For Klaine, it felt like there was a lot of undercurrent in their exchange. Kurt didn’t seem too happy with Blaine’s decision to apply to Nyada even though he said okay.

  • http://www.twitter.com/sarahruth3 Sarah

    I was wondering if anyone else noticed that. Kurt didn’t seem too pleased with that at all.

    I loved the homage to “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and enjoyed the “Love Actually” style vignettes, too. I thought it was a solid episode.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    If Glee handles Burt’s prostate cancer story line properly, he will probably have surgery or go the radiation route.  First stage PCa has a good chance of complete recovery.  Message to all guys.  Get a base line test between 40-45 years, and at 50 years – have PSA testing and DRE every year.  The chances of Burt dying are rather slim.  I hope…I hope!

    I am enjoying this season!

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, not easy to overcome the hurt of being cheated. It can take years, even after you have forgiven the cheater. And  I haven’t heard from Kurt’s mouth that he has forgiven Blaine… I think Kurt is ready for his “new love interest”…

    Can’t wait to see Chris Colfer interact with this more experienced British theater actor…

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, poor Kurt.. In Season 3 he succeeded at nothing at school  but he did graduate and has a loving father and boyfriend. In Season 4, he succeeded at everything at work and Nyada but his father has this disease and his boyfriend cheated on him… Oh well, I think Kurt can’t get it all in the Glee-universe…