Music room. The kiddies -- accompanied by several festively attired members of the McKinley Jazz Ensemble plus an entirely invisible backup choir, natch -- decorate a scraggedy-looking tree while crooning "The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year" from Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, as you do when you're a teenager in high school. It's a complete throw-away sequence, but it's undeniably sweet, and the mid-century harmonies they're tossing out sound lovely. As far as the bits of business go, the cutest comes when Gaylord Weiner sweeps Brit-Brit up into an impromptu waltz around the floor, and the funniest comes when Dianna Agron nearly biffs herself in the face with a gift-wrapped box she was meant to twirl effortlessly through the air. I should also note that saucy minx Lauren Tuna is present to join in on the generalized merriment, even though show choir is stupid. And by the time it's all over, Mr. Schue has magically materialized by the piano to wonder, "What's this?" Wow, he's dumb. "We're trying to get in the Christmas spirit," Finn explains, adding, "Christmas is totally my favorite holiday." There's an inscrutable shot of Rachel reacting to this statement as Finn continues, "And check out this awesome tree! I found it on the side of the road -- it must have fell off some guy's car!" "And the ornaments?" Mr. Schue furrows. Santana's got the answer for that one: "The guy who lives next door finally killed off his elderly mother, and when they carted him off, they left the house, like, wide open, so, I think she was a holiday hoarder..." "Um," Mr. Schue interrupts, for he is extremely unwilling to hear the end of Santana's delightful story, "and the presents?" "I lifted them from a display at the mall," Puck replies, "but don't worry -- they're empty." God love him.
Episode Report CardDemian: A- | 1987 USERS: B-
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