The most bizarre, disgusting, and quite frankly mad holiday-themed special maybe of all time aired on Thursday night. TLC’s Dr. Pimple Popper: The 12 Pops of Christmas featured the ever-effervescent Dr. Sandra Lee pulling various masses—including a 55-year-old blackhead—out of people’s skin and laughing all the way. Instead of comparing the oozing discharge to food, this time Dr. PP struck a bunch of Christmas analogies: pus was snow, blackheads were coal, a pair of keloids were ornaments. She also hung up actual ornaments painted to look like various skin conditions, played a classical-guitar version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” that was growth-themed, and enjoyed a visit from Santa. Check out highlights in the clip reel we assembled below.
At this point, this show is completely surreal. You know, it totally makes sense how we got to a place where a jolly woman irrigates mounds of dead skin cells from people’s bodies in the name of spreading holiday spirit on reality TV, but I’ll be damned if I ever saw this one coming. Bravo.