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Glee: Sexy Santas, diva Virgin Marys in 'censored' Christmas episode

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Season 5, episode 8 | Aired Friday, Dec 20 2013 at 4:00pm EST on

You know how your school teachers used to sort of give up as the Christmas break approached and just let everyone play boardgames or watch movies or whatever? Well, turns out the Glee execs do the same over the festive season.

The concept behind 'Previously Unaired Christmas' - of a 'lost' Glee episode so damning that it had to be locked away - is admittedly quite an interesting one. We went in expecting a tongue-in-cheek alternative to your standard TV Christmas special, and to begin with it delivers.

Glee S05E08 'Previously Unaired Christmas'

© Fox / Adam Rose

Santana, Kurt and Rachel perform


The episode - supposedly banned last season - is introduced by 'America's Jane Lynch' as she sticks coal into the stockings of Edie Falco and Melissa McCarthy in a decked-out living room clearly built on a soundstage, and features stories with elements that are deliberately more contentious than usual.

In New York, for example, Santana rocks up at Kurt and Rachel's pad (she hadn't moved in yet by this point in season four) and hands him tickets to a Canadian resort called 'Dildo Island' in a bid to get him out of his post-Blaine breakup funk. Later, they all take jobs as Christmas elves at a showbiz mall, where they make sure to point out just how slutty the girls' costumes are, and are confronted by a badass Santa.

When he fails to commit to the part, Santana ends up being a horrifying Mrs Claus, explaining the concept of lesbianism to one child, complaining to another about his terrible teeth and rejecting a little girl's request for a 'molesty' doll. After flopping miserably, a 'sexy Santa', played by Pretty Little Liars star Bryce Johnson, steps in to solve their woes, much to Kurt's delight.

The hunk invites himself over to their place and the trio spend the whole time drooling over him, aside from when they're chugging on a helium tank to give an authentic rendition of 'Christmas Don't Be Late' by The Chipmunks.

Glee S05E08 'Previously Unaired Christmas'

© Fox / Adam Rose

Kurt and Santana get in the holiday spirit


With everyone slightly giddy on eggnog, Kurt throws caution to the wind and makes out with the Santa. However, when Rachel and Santana wake up from their drunken stupors the next day, they find that Santa has tied Kurt up using various festive paraphernalia after luring him into some Christmas-themed role play, and robbed them blind.

So yeah, it's a bit more of an 'adult' Glee storyline than usual, boosting the sex drive of some of the show's more prudish characters and incorporating scenes of hip-rolling, boob-wiggling and crotch-bumping.

At McKinley things are a bit more wholesome, with the glee club committing to two festive activities - a Christmas tree-decorating competition and creating a living nativity scene. The former sees the members of New Directions come together to blow away the clearly-biased judge, one Sue Sylvester, while the other forces them apart as they compete to be named Virgin Mary (Jake has already got the part of Joseph due to being "a darkly tanned Jew").

After donning leotards and doing some sexy twerking to 'Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord', Marley eventually wins the role, resulting in much bitching from Kitty. When Marley finally challenges her on why she's being so mean, the deeply religious cheerleader admits that she doesn't feel a good enough Christian to play the Virgin Mary.

Glee S05E08 'Previously Unaired Christmas'

© Fox / Adam Rose

Rachel decorates her Christmas tree


True, and we're glad of it! Kitty's evolution from villainess to good person was a nice change at the start of season five, but it's made her a boring character who's now basically invisible. Framing this episode as a flashback only made us realize that the original Kitty did have a bit more about her than the typical bitchy Cheerio, and although she annoyed us a bit at the time, we now miss her. How does that old saying go... you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?

Filled with the Christmas spirit, the glee club decide to do something nice for the woman who's tortured them all season long, tricking her into taking the part of the Virgin Mary by being blasphemous as hell. They achieve this by casting "the black one", aka Unique, as a diva Mary who performs a rendition of The Supremes' 'Love Child' while tossing an African-American baby Jesus around the choir room.

Outraged, Kitty demands that they do the Nativity story justice and declares that she will play the Virgin Mary. Their plan revealed, the glee club get dressed up and form the living nativity, with Becky joining them in this uncomfortable outfit.

A still from <em>Glee</em>'s Christmas episode.

Glee's Christmas episode


She's been roped in after New Directions give her the glass angel Sue miraculously awarded them in the tree-decorating competition after feeling sorry for her own failure in the same contest.

This is the thing that's weird about 'Previously Unaired Christmas' - it's a holiday special, so it has to be upbeat and heart-warming, which kind of ruins the whole 'outrageous, banned' episode idea. Glee has boxed itself into a corner by choosing to experiment with this idea when they're restrained by so many festive TV conventions.

Glee S05E08 'Previously Unaired Christmas'

© Fox / Adam Rose

Santana, Kurt and Rachel as Santa's elves


As such, this 'outrageous' episode is only marginally more iffy than your standard slice of Glee. Yes, it's deliberately over the top and annoying (we genuinely wanted to harm someone when Rachel, Kurt and Santana sucked helium to do The Chipmunks), there are explicit references to race and religion, plot holes are exposed and it blows raspberries in the face of those who call it insensitive by being wildly insensitive, but Glee's started to do that on an almost weekly basis now.

If Glee wanted to be outrageous, they should have gone the whole hog, then it might have been fun. Instead it's just irritating and, as a 'flashback' episode, totally, irredeemably pointless.

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