From the way Fox promo'd the inflatable-Santa gag, I thought that would be the show's big set piece rather than a near-throwaway teaser. (The lengths to which people go to pimp out their houses for Christmas never ceases to amaze me, but perhaps I digress.) Thanks a lot, Fox, for spoiling the Athena/Bobby proposal, too. Even so, this was another case of Ryan Murphy undercutting what should be a catharsis by not foregrounding it. Bobby/Athena makes quantum leaps forward in the space of a few episodes, whereas Abby/Buck was carefully crafted and really earned it, except for the bum's rush Abby got in the S1 finale. TPTB also hand-waved Athena knowing Bobby's Dark Secret, which should have been a major plot point. How did someone as upright as Athena come to terms with her lover's having burned down a building with his family (and many others) inside of it? Tell us, show!
Except for Christopher (the producers really hit casting pay dirt when the found that kid), Eddie and his ex and Their Issues bore me beyond description. As I've griped before, it's swiping time from other, more interesting characters. I dread the inevitable Eddie-backstory episode. And, on a technical note, on Law & Order they were always locating cell-phone calls by triangulating off of signal towers. What was the reason the 911 dispatchers couldn't do that with Guy In a Box?