If they were so desperate to do another holiday episode this year despite fucking up the timeline they could have built off the black and white Christmas special.
The station manager comes back because they lost the rights to the Yule Log again and he figures it would probably be cheaper to film a Christmas special a few months in advance (joke about how no one knows what month it is, optional) with a bunch of non-union high schoolers for the cast and crew than it would be to try to get the Yule Log back.
Artie naturally says yes, and the switch for megalomanic!director!Artie is turned on once again, to humorous effect and the delight of many. Meta joke about how everyone who watched the first special loved the original cast and probably wouldn’t be happy with a bunch of newbies taking the lead. Phone call to New York and Artie bullies Kurcheltana into flying back to Ohio to film this special.
Best friends and holiday roommates Kurt and Blaine welcome us to their chic chalet in Gstaad once more. Winter Wonderland happens in their “backyard.” If we choose not to actually view the special from audience perspective this time around, we get physical humour from the club frantically trying to turn their set into a winter landscape. (“WE NEED MORE FAKE SNOW! PEEL THOSE GODDAMN POTATOES FASTER, MARLEY, YOUR MOM IS A LUNCH LADY!!”) Various shenanigans happen through the course of filming, and most of the shenanigans have a musical backdrop. There can be creative differences between Artie and his team resulting in different carols with different moods and genres.
End of the episode: Station manager realizes that the special was slated to air on Christmas day. He decides it’s really stupid to air new material on a national holiday when people will be spending that time with their family anyway and schedules a rerun of a sitcom instead. All of New Directions’ hard work is shelved indefinitely. They comfort themselves by deciding the fun of the journey was worth it and sing a feel good ending group number about the power of family or the christmas spirit or whatever. Fade to black.
Question: I’m excited about the news of so many of the original McKinley High students returning for Glee‘s 100th episode. I’m just wondering whether there’s any word on Terri Schuester (Jessalyn Gilsig) coming back. In my opinion, she was the scene-stealer of Season 1. —Melissa
Ausiello: There is word and it’s no. At least of this writing. Terri wasn’t all that musically inclined anyhow, so it’s not clear what purpose she would serve.
her purpose would be reminding will he sucks and fucking everyone’s shit up like the bag o’ crazy that she is