Hey BigBarada! Did you check to see if Rick McCallum's name was in the credits?
I remember being numb after watching that Holiday Special. I was only 11, but I sat there thinking... "uh, what did I just watch?" and "was THAT supposed to be cool?" I felt kinda like Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" when he discovered the secret Orphan Annie message was a crummy Ovaltine commercial.
Back to the original intent of this thread... At least SOMEONE was showing a little creativity when trying to explain Luke's new visage!