Credit: Justin Lubin/FOX © 2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Coach Beiste Has Will and Emma Pick Their Secret Santa Pals in Season 2, Episode 10: "A Very Glee Christmas"
Who's ruling the school, and who's hitting sour notes? We rank the major players of Glee based on their performance in Episode 2.10. Who’s coming out on top? Let the countdown begin!

RACHEL
Ranking: 9 (out of 9)
Last week’s ranking: 11 (out of 11)
Here’s why: Two weeks in a row in the bottom slot! But what did you expect? First she cheats on Finn, and then she desperately tries to get him back, but to no avail. She was striking out more often this week than Michael Jordan did on that minor league baseball team.

RICKI LAKE
Ranking: 8
Last week: N/A
Here’s why: She’s appeared in numerous films, on TV, and had a successful talk show, and yet the only reason anyone has thought about her in years is because Brittany implied that she was husky. Ouch!

WILL
Ranking: 7
Last week: 10
Here’s why: It was nice to see Will’s charitable side, and we loved that he and Rachel connected a little more than usual this week. But how long is it going to take until this guy’s in a stable relationship? Seriously!

FINN
Ranking: 6
Last week: 7
Here’s why: Finn clearly has some soul-searching ahead of him. And we do as well, since we were really hoping that Finn and Rachel would make their bizarre-but-sweet pairing last. But if Rachel couldn’t win him over with that amazing Wham! song, were not sure if anything will work. (Although maybe next she should try a heartfelt rendition of “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” Who could say no to someone after that?)

KURT/BLAINE
Ranking: 5
Last week: 5 (Kurt); N/A (Blaine)
Here’s why: We loved their version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (and couldn’t help but smile during Kurt’s confession that he’s in love with Blaine!). And sure, the lyrics in this song always seemed a little creepy to us, but they managed to make it more cute than predatory.

BRITTANY
Ranking: 4
Last week: 2 (tied with Mike)
Here’s why: We actually love that Brittany still believes in Santa! And it’s so cute that she made her Christmas wish all about helping Artie. Plus, she had that hilarious line about elves being no different from slaves. She’s like the North Pole’s Abraham Lincoln.

SUE
Ranking: 3
Two weeks ago: 5 (out of 9)
Here’s why: Another great episode for the Blonde Terror! She went through the three phases that we love in any good Sue episode: mean (hijacking the gifts), silly (dressing as the Grinch), and compassionate (saving Will’s Christmas). We’re just glad she didn’t actually hack off Will’s hair. There’s only room in this world for one singing bald guy, and that’s Paul Shaffer.

ARTIE
Ranking: 2
Last week: 4
Here’s why: First, he was determined to preserve Brittany’s Santa-related innocence. And then, it was so touching to see him use that ReWalk. Granted, he’s not exactly going to be running marathons in that thing in the near future, but anything that makes you look like RoboCop can’t be that bad.

BEISTE
Ranking: 1
Last week: N/A
Here’s why: Back when the season started, who could possibly have predicted that Beiste would be topping the Power Rankings by the year’s end? And yet, here we are! With her signature blend of gruff humor and vulnerability, she comforts Brit; plus, she buys the ReWalk for Artie! We’re just not sure how she could afford it. (After all, a ReWalk’s not the sort of thing you can pick up at Payless.)