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S3 E9
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December 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM EST

After last week’s episode, which felt like it wrapped up the first half of the season in a neat little bow, this Christmas episode definitely had a kind of “add-on” feel. But it was a fun little present as we close out the year.

The kids ended up double booked for a night when they first agreed to perform at a homeless shelter on Sue’s request and then jumped at a chance to put on a Christmas special for Lima’s PBS affiliate station. There was a choice to be made and coincidentally it meant everyone would learn a little something about the Christmas spirit.

Sue may have been back but it was the softer gentler Sue, who was missing her sister Jean on this first Christmas since she’d passed away. Sue was in the mood to do good deeds, among them forgiving the glee club kids for “having no talent and ruining the American songbook one mashup at a time. ” Then she asked them to perform at the shelter she was volunteering at. Kurt agreed on behalf of the club but then Schue announced that because the local station couldn’t afford the rights to play the Yule Log as it had traditionally (which was upsetting to Puck), the kids had been asked to put on a televised show. And they wanted Artie to direct it.

Artie, emboldened by his success with West Side Story, had two demands: That Star Wars somehow be a part of the show because the Star Wars Holiday Special was the best Christmas special ever. (Seriously, people were polled.) And he also wanted the special to be shot in black and white, in homage to the 1963 Judy Garland Show‘s Christmas special. He even went so far as to recreate the set and setup. (I shouldn’t question how he did all that for under $800, right? Okay.)

NEXT: Rachel gets her very own star and Rory becomes the show’s emotional center

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