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->''It was almost like being on ecstasy, only instead of having pointless conversations and dancing like idiots--wait, it was '''exactly''' like being on ecstasy!''
-->-- '''Britta''', ''on [[TakeThat being in Glee club]]''

As the study group tells each other their plans for Christmas (none of which involve each other), they (and the rest of the cafeteria) are interrupted by the new Glee Club ([[Recap/CommunityS2E21ParadigmsOfHumanMemory the old one having died in a bus crash]]) singing their usual mashups. However, this time the Glee Club is interrupted by Chang, who serves them with a cease-and-desist letter for singing copyrighted songs on behalf of ASCAP (who found out after receiving an anonymous notification from Jeff), causing them to immediately panic and suffer a collective nervous breakdown.

Dean Pelton and Glee Club Director Mr. Radison (who prefers being called "Mr. Rad") try to get the study group to fill in for Glee Club at the Christmas Pageant, but the group (led by Jeff) declines. Concerned that the group is growing apart, Abed later goes to see Mr. Rad, who convinces him that joining Glee and doing the Pageant will stave off the [[CerebusSyndrome growing darkness]] and make everything brighter ('''"Glee"'''). Enthusiasm for Glee Club spreads like a virus, going first from Abed to Troy. Abed convinces him in rap that he can celebrate Christmas even though he's a Jehovah's Witness ('''"Jehovah's Secret Witness"''') and then Troy and Abed get Pierce to join through his Baby Boomer vanity ('''"Baby Boomer Santa"'''). Pierce then gets Shirley via a group of cute children singing about not knowing the meaning of Christmas ('''"Happy Birthday, Jesus!"'''). Annie gets Jeff by singing a seductive song about not understanding Christmas ('''"Teach Me How to Understand Christmas"'''). Finally, only Britta is left until she finds Jeff and he starts [[InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers singing at her]]. Within a day, the entire study group decides to do the Christmas pageant.

Backstage on the day of the Pageant, Mr. Rad tells Abed (playing the King) that the group won't be filling in for Glee Club for just Christmas: Glee Club is ''forever''. To stop Glee from taking over their lives, Abed switches roles with Britta, who promptly ruins the show (because she's the ''worst'') and causes [[spoiler: Mr. Rad to have a breakdown and accidentally confess that he caused the last Glee Club's bus crash]]. Abed concludes that forcing things to be bright just made the darkness underneath even darker.

Back at his apartment, Abed watches the ''Inspector Spacetime Christmas Special'' alone, until he hears the rest of the study group singing Christmas carols outside his door. He lets them in and they all sit down to watch together.

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!The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Regional Holiday Music" provides examples of:

* AccidentalPublicConfession: Mr. Rad admitting that [[spoiler:he killed the previous glee club]] is a classic type 1.
* ActorAllusion: Troy raps like Childish Gambino, Donald Glover's rap stage name.
** Annie's number is likely a reference to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5cdzc3YdFI this.]]
** Also, Annie mentions that they "never let her rap." Alison Brie has, in the outtakes, shown her rapping skills...and they are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CTQ0oRoHEs quite]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwGRKzRTbBU&feature=player_detailpage#t=49s unorthodox]].
** Gillian Jacobs has also made several self-deprecating comments about her lack of singing ability compared to some of the other members of the cast, which is reflected in Britta's less-than-stellar performance in the Christmas pageant.
* AllGuitarsAreStratocasters: Abed and Troy's song about Santa in the study room has them both miming on electric guitars of the default kind.
* AffectionateParody: Is sometimes this of Glee, when it's not more of a TakeThat.
* AutoTune: In Troy's rap number
* BabyTalk: Annie's attempt at being a BrainlessBeauty descends into [[ManChild Woman Child]], then Baby Talk, then just gibberish.
* BetterThanABareBulb: ''Community'' has a high track record of this already, but this episode takes it UpToEleven.
* BigNO: From Britta when she is assimilated.
* BrainlessBeauty: Annie's entire routine is a deconstruction of this mentality; she dresses in a [[CatholicSchoolgirlsRule short-skirted costume]] and begins her song with an affected [[BrainlessBeauty cutesy-dumb]] attitude remarkably unlike her usual intelligent, straight-A personality. This then devolves into increasingly childish behavior, until she's [[UpToEleven flopping on the ground spewing baby-talk.]] Even the insatiably horny Jeff is incredibly turned off by the number she intended to use to seduce him.
** Considering that the entire episode is an extended {{Take That}} to ''{{Glee}}'', the scene could arguably be interpreted as a criticism of [[TheDitz Brittany's]] character in particular. She started out as vaguely ditzy, progressed to [[CloudCuckooLander amusingly airheaded]], and quickly crossed the line into being [[ManChild so childish]] that she could never possibly function in the real world. This doesn't preclude the series from portraying her in a very sexualized manner, which leads into mass {{Unfortunate Implications}}.
* CallBack: Frequent reference is made to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkAkkYIkvts a short scene]] in "[[Recap/CommunityS2E21ParadigmsOfHumanMemory Paradigms of Human Memory]]", which showed the first time the group filled in for Glee Club. At the Christmas Pageant, Mr. Rad reveals that [[spoiler:the bus crash that the first Glee Club died in wasn't an accident.]]
** This Christmas wasn't the first where [[Recap/CommunityS2E11AbedsUncontrollableChristmas Abed's desire for a happy, idyllic Christmas]] has caused problems for the study group.
*** Like the previous Christmas special, this one also ends with the study group sitting together happily watching a ChristmasSpecial on TV.
** Britta awkwardly dances and sings [[Recap/CommunityS3E04RemedialChaosTheory "Me so_____!, Me so _____!"]]
** This isn't the first time Jeff tried to use the copyright-infringement-anonymous-call weapon to shut down something he hated. And it only brought about more madness [[Recap/CommunityS3E08DocumentaryFilmmakingRedux last time]], too.
** Abed's graphic during the "Christmas Infiltration" rap includes images from ten other episodes, including both paintball episodes, both previous Christmas episodes, and all three Halloween episodes: in chronological order, "[[Recap/CommunityS1E01Pilot Pilot]]", "[[Recap/CommunityS1E07IntroductionToStatistics Introduction to Statistics]]", "[[Recap/CommunityS1E12ComparativeReligion Comparative Religion]]", "[[Recap/CommunityS1E23ModernWarfare Modern Warfare]]", "[[Recap/CommunityS2E04BasicRocketScience Basic Rocket Science]]", "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]", "[[Recap/CommunityS2E11AbedsUncontrollableChristmas Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas]]", "[[Recap/CommunityS2E23AFistfulOfPaintballs A Fistful of Paintballs]]", "[[Recap/CommunityS3E04RemedialChaosTheory Remedial Chaos Theory]]", and "[[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps]]". Keep in mind that this graphic is on the screen for about ''ten seconds'' and the screenshots are tiny.
*** Clockwise from the top the screenshots are shown chronologically, with each quarter of the circle marking one season. The empty quarter circle is for the anticipated fourth season.
** When summing up what a dark semester it's been, Jeff alludes to [[Recap/CommunityS3E06AdvancedGay inadvertently killing Pierce's dad]] (which Pierce shrugs off) and [[Recap/CommunityS3E01Biology101 attacking the other members of the group with a fire-axe]].
** Mr Rad makes a diorama of the group doing the christmas pageant
* ChristmasEpisode
* CrapsaccharineWorld:
--> '''Abed:''' Maybe forcing everything to be bright just makes the darkness underneath even darker.
* CriticalResearchFailure: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] with "Santa smoked a lot of acid."
** The entirety of "Baby Boomer Santa" is a summary of the history of the second half of the twentieth century as sung by two people who appear to have a rather shaky grasp of said history.
-->'''Abed and Troy:''' "And when the Commies gave the polio to Doris Day/ Santa helped the Beatles chase [=McCarthy=] away!"
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** One of Abed's rap lyrics is "if years were seasons, this December would be the December of our December".
** "Glee ''literally'' means, 'glee!'"
* DisproportionateRetribution: The InspectorSpacetime ChristmasSpecial is apparently so bad the producer had his knighthood revoked.
* DrivingQuestion: Played for laughs.
-->"What are regionals?"
** Answer: [[spoiler: [[FelonyMisdemeanor The end of life as you know it.]]]]
* EatTheCamera: During Jeff's single, long note to Britta.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Especially cameras.
* {{Expy}}: Mr. Rad for [[{{Glee}} Mr. Shue]].
* FaceRevealingTurn: How Jeff reveals to Britta that he has been assimilated, before assimilating her as well.
* FalseReassurance: Mr. Rad tries to turn his MotiveRant into a hypothetical scenario.
* FanDisservice: Annie in a SexySantaDress? Hot. A dumb Annie talking in BabyTalk while wearing a SexySantaDress? Not so much.
* {{Fanservice}}: Annie in a revealing Santa dress while singing probably one of the most suggestive songs ever made and Britta in full skintight spandex? Oh sweet Jesus. [[Recap/CommunityS1E09Debate109 Even]] [[Recap/CommunityS1E13InvestigativeJournalism in]] [[Recap/CommunityS2E03ThePsychologyOfLettingGo comparison]] [[Recap/CommunityS2E14AdvancedDungeonsAndDragons to]] [[Recap/CommunityS2E23AFistfulOfPaintballs earlier]] [[Recap/CommunityS2E24ForAFewPaintballsMore episodes,]] [[UpToEleven oh sweet Jesus.]]
** Parodied / deconstructed to an extent with Annie, however, since her increasing [[TookALevelInDumbass Taking Levels In Dumbass]] and babyish performance ends up {{squick}}ing Jeff out a bit despite the {{Fanservice}} on offer.
--->'''Jeff:''' Look, eventually you [[FetishRetardant hit a point of diminishing returns on the sexiness.]]\\
'''Annie:''' What's a deminiminmeghh?
* FatalFlaw - why the group all join the glee club.
** Abed's curiosity.
** Troy doing whatever Abed tells him to.
** Pierce wanting to stay relevant.
** Annie wanting to fit in.
** Shirley's religion.
** Jeff wanting to stay close to Annie.
** Britta's inability to resist Jeff.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: [[HypocriticalHeartwarming You don't get to call Britta the worst.]]
* FetishFuel / FetishRetardant: See BrainlessBeauty.
* FridgeHorror: If one were so inclined, it's entirely possible to hear the ever-increasing-in-volume Glee-style sung musical cues (especially the eerie number at the end of the episode) as being [[spoiler: the ghosts of the original murdered Glee club]]. "We'll see you after regionals..." indeed.
* FriendshipMoment: Everyone comes over to spend the holiday with Abed at the end of the episode.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During the Christmas pageant, Pierce is clearly out-of-step with the other members of the group (and does some of the wrong moves as well).
** During the Glee club's breakdown, Chang can be seen laughing at them.
** Towards the end of "Jehovah's Secret Witness", Annie can clearly be seen poking her head through the curtains and watching Troy and Abed rap.
** During "Baby Boomer Santa" two extras can be seen reacting to the scene outside the study room. One women looks in and laughs and, even better, towards the end of the song an older man in a red sweater starts dancing along to it as he walks by.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: The effect of Glee Club.
* GlurgeAddict: Mr. Rad is one of these. [[spoiler: A particularly psychotic and murderous one, as it turns out.]]
** Shirley, who is seduced into Glee Club by a choir of adorable orphans singing about how their public school education has left them with [[TrueMeaningOfChristmas no idea whose birth the Christmas season celebrates]] and no place to pray.
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: Mr. Rad is not a very good motivational speaker:
--> '''Mr. Rad''': ''Your best won't be good enough. And ten times your best? It will be so bad, '''I will yell at you!''' ''
* GoneHorriblyRight: Jeff suddenly feels a lot less proud of his attempt to get the glee club to stop singing when their breakdown goes so bad one ''stabs himself in the hand''.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Britta but only during the Christmas Pageant. It's averted at the end of the episode when the group collectively sings a carol to Abed in his apartment. She's an average singer but not terrible.
** It can't help that during the pageant she's singing "the song of her heart", which doesn't necessarily have a set tune or even notes, because it's basically just whatever spills out of her mouth.
* HoldingHands: Final shot of the study group has Annie and Abed doing this. Whether it is platonic or romantic is left to the viewer to decide.
* HulkSpeak: By the end of her song, Annie's BabyTalk devolves into this.
--> ''You smart, me dumb/Help pwetty have fun!''
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: While the study group is often quick to poke fun and mock Britta, Mr. Rad quickly learns that they will not tolerate anyone else calling her "the worst."
** A quote rather reminiscent of [[Recap/CommunityS2E04BasicRocketScience "Greendale's our toilet, and nobody craps in it but us!"]]
* HypocriticalHumor: Shirley considers Troy's family's refusal to observe the Christmas holiday in accordance with their beliefs as Jehovah's Witnesses as "severe"... then reveals that her holiday plans and 'gifts' apparently involve giving Annie (apparently among "the more persuadable of her Jewish friends") a surprise visit from her pastor to try and convert her.
* IntercourseWithYou: ''Boopy-doopy-doop-boop, SEX!''
* InvisibleBackupBand: Lampshaded and played straight as part of the ''Glee'' parody. Abed asks how Mr. Rad's piano is [[DiegeticSwitch still playing after he starts dancing]], and Pierce nervously asks if anyone else can see the bearded stranger sitting behind the piano in the study room (and yes, he's the spitting image of the LivingProp pianist in ''Glee'').
* {{Jerkass}}: While the original Glee club is experiencing it's breakdown, Chang can be visibly seen ''laughing at them''.
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''{{Glee}}''-style musical cues can be heard at significant moments throughout the show, and start to become a lot more prominent and overpowering, going on to replace the typical musical score, as the ''{{Glee}}'' attitude gradually takes over the show and characters.
* LookBehindYou: Mr. Rad's contingency plan.
--> ''Look: Kings of Leon!''
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Minor ''psychological'' injury, at least; the relatively minor setback of being told to cease-and-desist publicly singing songs they have no legal right to sing causes the Glee Club at the beginning to experience a collective psychotic breakdown.
* MonkeyMoralityPose: The ladies in the study group during "Baby Boomer Santa".
* MotiveRant: Mr. Rad goes into one when the audience applauds Britta's singing.
* TheMusicMeister: Mr. Rad
* MusicalEpisode: [[DeconstructorFleet Community style]].
* MusicalPastiche: Features a ''{{Glee}}''-esque scat-based soundtrack.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Annie is talking about going to the movies with her grandmother. Troy thinks she's talking about... [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar something else.]]
--> '''Annie:''' I'll be at the movies with my bubbie.\\
'''Troy:''' You're not taking both of them?\\
'''Annie:''' ''[Confused]'' Well... one of them's ''dead''.\\
'''Troy:''' ''[Even ''more'' confused]'' ...''[[FlatWhat What]]''.
* PhraseCatcher: Mr. Rad says to [[ButtMonkey Britta]], "You are [[RunningGag the worst]]!"
* PlayingATree: Britta is cast a Christmas tree in the pageant.
* {{Pun}}:
--> '''Mr. Rad''': I thought I told you to call me 'Mr. Rad.' Or Cory. Just don't call me late to dinner. Unless you're serving Brussels sprouts.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Mr. Rad is given an introduction by the Dean, despite the study group having previously worked with him off-screen.
* RunningGag: Pierce asking what regionals are.
* SeriousBusiness: The Glee Club. Upon receiving a cease-and-desist order, the second Glee Club suffers a collective mental breakdown so severe that the study group's initial jubilation turns into anxiety at being caught. The study group gradually becomes obsessed with the Glee Club as each member is brainwashed, thanks to Mr. Rad's extreme devotion[[spoiler:, which extends to the point of murdering the first club]]. Lampshaded by Britta, who points out that the small-scale nature of things makes the fact that her friends are practically being brainwashed into joining the Glee Club somehow even more terrifying.
--> '''Glee Club Member:''' My soul is dead! ''[Stabs himself in the hand with a fork]''
** Also 'regionals' -- once you're ''in'' the Glee Club, ''you cannot shut up about regionals''.
** ''Inspector Spacetime'' is apparently this in Britain -- the quality of the Christmas special was bad enough to get the creator's knighthood revoked.
* SexySantaDress: Annie wears one to seduce Jeff into joining Glee Club.
* ShapedLikeItself: Upon being told that the Glee Club had been "this close" to regionals before the letter:
--> '''Pierce:''' What the hell are regionals?!\\
'''Dean:''' They were ''this close'', Pierce!
* ShipTease: At the end of the episode Abed and Annie are holding hands, while Troy and Britta are also sitting together.
** And before that, Annie attempting to seduce Jeff.
* ShoutOut:
** The ''InspectorSpacetime'' Christmas special, which is two and a half hours long and was bad enough to get the creator's knighthood revoked, is an obvious send-up of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial''.
*** Also, the band cameo is not dissimilar to the time the Beatles made a cameo in the show of a certain other [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase time traveling spacebox alien man]], as well as the appearance of Jefferson Starship in the Star Wars Holiday Special itself.
** ''Series/TwinPeaks'' is given a quick mention.
** "[[GoLookAtTheDistraction Look,]] Kings Of Leon!" Doubles as a TakeThat (one of many) to ''Series/{{Glee}}'' and [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/glee-creator-ryan-murphy-fuck-you-kings-of-leon,50624/ Ryan Murphy's feud.]]
** Another ShoutOut is Jeff's single sustained note in the hallway, a reference to the high-pitched screams of podpeople in ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' and a near-perfect recreation of the DownerEnding of the 1978 version, with Jeff in the Donald Sutherland role.
** ''Series/VeronicaMars'': [[spoiler: A school bus crash is staged to look like an accident, but is actually done by a murderous psychopath.]]
** "Baby Boomer Santa" homages / parodies songs like "[[WeDidntStartTheBillyJoelParodies We Didn't Start The Fire]]" and "American Pie".
** On the festive appearance of the Human Being, which has been given a coating of icicles to celebrate the festive season (which of course just makes it look more terrifying):
--->'''Jeff:''' My favourite holiday tradition is trimming the ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}''.
** The opening number of the pageant features [=ParaParaParadise=] dance moves.
* SoBadItsGood: The ''InspectorSpacetime'' Christmas Special has this appeal to Troy and Abed in-universe:
-->'''Troy:''' That sounds ''terrible''. I wanna watch it ''twice''.
** When he's watching it by himself, Abed's underwhelmed reaction to what we see of it suggests that without anyone to share the experience and mock it with, it's actually just So Bad It's Horrible. The creator got his knighthood revoked for a ''reason'', after all.
* SpontaneousChoreography: Occurs when Abed and Mr. Rad sing "Glee," for later songs participants may have had time to practice.
* StepfordSmiler: Mr. Rad is clearly hiding a lot of unpleasantness underneath his overly cheerful exterior. The members of the study group also become this as they get sucked into the Glee club.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: "Teach Me How to Understand Christmas" has an ABCCB rhyming scheme. Then comes the last verse:
--> ''Brain hurty understandy Christmas,''\\
''Mistletoe for eaty taste good?''\\
''You smarty, me dumb!''\\
''Help pwetty, have fun!''\\
''Boopy doopy doop, boop, '''[[LampshadeHanging sex]].'''''
* TakeThat: The whole episode functions as one to ''{{Glee}}''.
** Bonus points for also throwing in ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' and airing less than a week after the announcement that ''Glee's'' Christmas episode would pay homage to the same special.
** Jeff's comment about hating the Glee club doesn't make them bullies and to imply such is reverse bullying is a take that to the fact that, in ''Glee'', anyone who hates the Glee club is a BAD PERSON.
** Mr. Rad's reference to KingsOfLeon is an allusion to Ryan Murphy's infamous feud with the band after they refused to let ''Glee'' cover one of their songs.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: One of the reasons Abed gives for doing glee club is that they'll have to sing their feelings instead of making a face.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Annie for the duration of her song. She goes from normal, to sexy, to cute in a childish way to... ''Boopy-doopy-doop-boop''. Jeff even notes that there's "a point of diminishing returns" on the sexiness as a result.
** "What's a deminiminmeghh?"
* TraitorShot: Mr. Rad giving a PsychoticSmirk and ''rubbing his hands together''. Yyyup, he's evil.
* TrueMeaningOfChristmas: Parodied; Mr. Rad and Abed appear to believe that staging the Christmas pageant and the TrueMeaningOfChristmas are inseparable.
** Played straighter at the end, when the study group come together to celebrate Christmas together as TrueCompanions by watching the terrible InspectorSpacetime ChristmasSpecial.
* VillainExitStageLeft: ''[[GoLookAtTheDistraction Look:]] [[TakeThat Kings of Leon]]!''
** Bonus points for literally escaping off the left side of a stage.
* VillainousBreakdown: When Britta gets on stage and ruins the show, Mr. Rad goes absolutely nuts and accidentally lets slip that he [[spoiler:killed the previous Glee Club]].
** For a given value of 'villain' (the study group seems to feel this way), the Glee Club is driven to a collective psychotic breakdown upon being served with a cease-and-desist order for the copyrighted songs they've been singing.
* TheVirus: Abed calls Glee Club recruitment this in the first song, and so it's played for the rest of the episode.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What ''are'' regionals?
** Also, um... [[spoiler:why is nobody overly concerned that an admitted murderer just ran out of the cafeteria?]]
*** [[spoiler:Seeing as there are also [[Recap/CommunityS2E18CustodyLawAndEasternEuropeanDiplomacy Balkan War Criminals]], [[Recap/CommunityS2E07AerodynamicsOfGender Neo-Nazis]], and [[Recap/CommunityS3E07StudiesInModernMovement human-blood-drinking psychopaths convinced that they're]] [[AGodAmI Jesus Christ]], and '''Chang''' running around the area... what's one more murderous nutjob?]]
* AWizardDidIt: How does a piano [[InvisibleBackupBand keep playing with no musician]]? Glee of course.
* WholePlotReference: The plot is essentially ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' given the ''{{Glee}}'' treatment.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Abed initially believes he's in a light-hearted and magical Christmas story where he has to save his friends from drifting apart and forgetting the TrueMeaningOfChristmas through the power of song and that Mr. Rad is a magical guide who will help him do this. It turns out, the story is a lot darker than he thinks, his efforts to force his friends to be magical and cheery is played out almost as a MindControl AssimilationPlot where their identities are being stripped away and replaced with [[StepfordSmiler hollow]] [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul cheeriness]], and his friends -- far from turning into Christmas-hating grinches having forgotten the TrueMeaningOfChristmas, and who have never expressed even the slightest desire not to spend Christmas together (just that they already have alternative plans with others arranged) -- are actually quite right in that trying to force things to be bright just ends up making them darker, and that Christmas is about more than just happy singing. [[spoiler: Oh, and Mr. Rad is actually a complete psychopath.]]
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Annie, who is Jewish, refers to her grandmother as her [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bubbe "bubbe"]]. Troy, assuming that she is referring to [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bubby female anatomy]], is shocked to learn that her other "bubbe" is dead.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Annie's SexySantaDress comes with this.
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