Season 3 Episode 9

Extraordinary Merry Christmas

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 13, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Artie and glee club make a PBS special for Christmas but lose sight of its true meaning by skipping out on an opportunity to help out the homeless for the holidays.

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    okay, i must start saying that i love Glee. But, hey, that was bad, bad, bad. I mean the fact that they wanted to do a Christmas special was fine, actually the one from the last year was pretty good, but this was just awful. One song every 2 minutes, literally, i just got tired. And... i mean... where are the storylines? They didn't exist. But this is not the worst, because Glee is not exactly a tv serie that have extremely complicated storylines, but here there was none, and the last 20 minutes were the most terrible 20 minutes that Glee had since it started. What the hell did they wanted to do with that terrible "sketch" that had terrible jokes and a bad acting. And despite of this terrible sketch, Rachel was kind of annoying, i mean, she's always annoying, but sweet at the same time, in this episode i was hoping that Finn hit her three times.

    Terrible, terrible, simply terrible...moreless
  • Christmas at Mckinley

    Christmas time at Mckinley. A time to be merry and it was for the most part. Loved the closing song in the homeless shelter and it was one of my favorite performances of the season. Also liked the main storyline in this episode, about giving back being just as big a part of Christmas as getting.

    However this episode did... cant beleive I'm saying this about a glee episode... bore me at times, partly due to the slow songs suxh as "River" and "Blue Valentine". Would have preferred the glee episode completely merry and upbeat as that is how I feel at Christmas.

    Overall good but not standout in my opinionmoreless
  • Wow...

    Probably the worst Glee episode I've ever seen. Sadness.
  • Christmas

    This Christmas episode was alright, but not perfect nor bad and kinda too twisty. The beginning and the ending of the episode went very fantastic, Mercedes started the singing and the last song in the homeless shelter was glorified. although the truncations of songs were a little bit lame like "Blue Valentine" and "River". During the "River" encore, sung by Rachel, she looks 100% attractive in that green dress, but she needs to pinch BOTH sides of her green skirt when being applauded. The black and white show was kinda too camouflaged and the songs choices of that part were kinda out of time (60s, 70s and 80s combined). As I repeat, the episode is fair, but not perfect nor bad.moreless
  • Annoying ep!

    True, this ep sucked! Love Sue Sylvester!
E.E. Bell

E.E. Bell

Don Barowski

Guest Star

Peter Mayhew

Peter Mayhew


Guest Star

Marcanthonee Reis

Marcanthonee Reis


Guest Star

Chord Overstreet

Chord Overstreet

Sam Evans

Recurring Role

Damian McGinty

Damian McGinty

Rory Flanagan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Music Featured in this Episode:

      "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

      "Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley

      "River" by Joni Mitchell

      "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" Original composition

      "Let It Snow" by Ella Fitzgerald

      "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music

      "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

      "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses

      "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Rory: (Sam and Rory are fundraising for the Salvation Army) These bells remind me of home.
      Sam: You mean like church bells?
      Rory: No, my little brother Seamus gets lost all the time, so my dad makes him wear a bell around his neck so we can always find him.

    • Sue: Wheels, Porcelain, Other Gay. The Yuletide is upon us, and everyone knows that Christmas is a time for forgiveness. So I have decided to forgive you for having no talent and ruining the American songbook one mash-up at a time. I've also forgiven you for forcing me to run in and promptly lose an humiliating statewide election.
      Artie: We... accept your forgiveness?
      Sue: Now, Christmas isn't just a time when Jewish kids get slightly uncomfortable and dwarves get jobs as Santa's helpers in demeaning nonunion commercials that make them quietly die inside. No, Christmas is also a time to give back. Which is why, this Friday, I am volunteering at the Lima Homeless Shelter. And I thought maybe you and your fellow glee clubbers might want to pitch in by giving the gift of song.
      Kurt: Coach Sylvester, I've heard you say on several occasions that you don't believe in homelessness.
      Artie: You said you considered homeless people urban campers.
      Sue: Can I be honest with you, Stumbles, Gelfling, young Burt Reynolds? I lost my sister this past year, and this will be my first Christmas without her. And honestly, I'm just trying to keep myself occupied. I... I made plans to shoot reindeer from a helicopter with Sarah Palin, but she canceled. Apparently, Todd gets fussy when she misses his ballet recitals.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: December 13, 2011 on Global
      United Kingdom: December 15, 2011 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: February 10, 2012 on Network TEN
      Norway: May 6, 2012 on TV2 Bliss
      Czech Republic: October 13, 2012 on Prima LOVE