‘Tis the season, ya’ll! It’s time for our favorite shows to get all gussied up in holiday cheer — and naturally At Home with Amy Sedaris beat everyone else to the punch by airing their holiday special in November (specifically: last night). So how did Amy & Pals put their mark on this festive occasion? With crafts, songs, and some truly killer gifting ideas. So killer, in fact, that the special guest star is slaughtered off-screen.
It all started innocently enough, with this straight-faced song-and-dance throwback about building snowmen:
And then things… went a little pear-shaped. A sorta-racist haunted nutcracker, which Amy purchased as her Secret Santa gift (for special guest Neil Patrick Harris, who does not appear in the episode and maybe doesn’t even know it exists), goes on a violent spree. Amy takes care of the threat in her unique way, which [SPOILER] involves flailing around on the ground with her underwear on full display. But as you can imagine, the experience puts a serious damper on her holiday spirit. And so when Chassie shows up for their duet, Amy announced that the holiday special is off.
“Does any of this chaos and blood raise any question marks for you?”
What follows is a bonkers mash-up of A Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life, complete with an argument between a ghost and a guardian angel, and all of it teaches Amy (and the rest of us!) a Very Special Lesson. And then she sings about glue with Jane Krakowski.
(This clip was one of the first ones they released in promotion of the series, so if you’re wondering what episode it came from — it was this one!)
If the usual saccharine holiday programming leaves a bad taste in your mouth, this episode just might be the perfect solution. I, for one, feel prepared to face the onslaught of joy and merriment that awaits me next month. If nothing else, I’ll be ready to defeat any nutcrackers that step out of line.