4×20 Lights Out

Welcome Gleeks! How are y’all doing? Did anyone see episode 4×20 ‘Lights Out’ last night? I did. The episode itself was good. There were some good parts, some sad parts, some funny parts. There were also a few cut scenes, but I’ll tell you more about those later. The music was okay. I wasn’t a huge fan of a few of the songs, but there were a few that were good and one I really liked. Over all, I’m gonna give the episode a 7 out of 10. It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst. Here’s what happened, if you missed it:

It starts with ND in the choir room. They’re all sitting there texting/playing on their phones. Ryder is still texting Katie, who’s real identity still remains a mystery. In comes Will with news about their competition for Regionals. One of their opposing teams, the Hoosierdaddies, has a young star singer named Frieda Romero. We see Frieda on a stage singing, and she has a good voice. For you American Idol fans, you’d know that Frieda is played by last year’s runner-up, Jessica Sanchez, who has a spectacular voice.

Frieda, played by Jessica Sanchez

And just as Will says they’ll need to be working super hard, the lights go out all over the school. So Figgins gets on the announcements and says that it’s a temporary power outage and that classes and activities will continue like normal, so don’t panic. But the students don’t panic, they party. We see them throwing their books and paper around in glee.

In the hall next, we see Ryder and Jake talking. Jake is trying to convince Ryder to stop being so obsessed with Katie when she obviously has no intentions of revealing herself. But Ryder says he’s told her his secrets and that now she’s important. So Ryder has other secrets than being Dyslexic? Jake says that Ryder should tell his real friends too.

Over in the big apple, Santana drags in a new armchair that she found in the dumpster. But Rachel and Kurt don’t share her enthusiasm and instead have another intervention with her. They found out from Tina that Santana works as a dancer at a lesbian bar (how on earth does Tina know that?). They say that Santana is far too talented to do that, and she needs a new job. They suggest taking some of NYADA’s dance classes for non-students. Santana says that she doesn’t have Broadway dreams or a life goal like they do. She simply has to figure out her own dream.

Despite the darkness, ND still meets. First off to sing is Sam who sings ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”. It starts as Sam solo but then Ryder joins in. It’s pretty good. I’m glad Sam’s been playing the guitar a lot lately because in Season 3, I can’t recall him playing it a lot. After Sam and Ryder’s song, Artie goes up, ready to sing. But he gets to the piano and angrily says that he can’t play it without some synth. Sam gets a bit mad at him, though. Sam says that the power always went off at his house and he had to entertain his siblings without any electricity at all. Sam proceeds to say that everyone is too technology obsessed and they need to stop.

At Vogue.com (omg Kurt still works there?) Kurt goes into Isabelle’s office. She’s on the phone with someone and is in the process of telling the guy, named Darren, that he’ll be sitting next to someone named Christopher at an event. That’s a funny coincidence, is it not? After she hangs up, she asks Kurt how his dad is doing (finally someone on Glee remembers that Burt has cancer!) and Kurt says he’s fine. Isabelle than says she’s working on the annual Ballet Gala and she needs help, so she gives Kurt the job. She also says he can get some friends to help out too.

Sue is back! Not as the Cheerio coach though. Now she works at a workout studio. And she loves it. She’s in control the whole time of everything. We see her teaching a class. And guess who’s in that class wearing a very….revealing outfit? Blaine. This was the best scene of the episode. πŸ˜‰

After Sue dismisses the class, Blaine goes up to her. He says that as much as he had originally wanted her gone, he now realizes that they need her back. Roz is being….Roz, and it’s weird. He knows she didn’t leave the way they think she did. :S

In the hall, Artie and Sam are talking and Artie agrees with what Sam was saying before. They are too focused on technology. So Artie proposes that they try singing without instruments even. Pure voice only. They need an edge at Regionals and this could be it.

So Kurt shares the news that all three of them can work at the Ballet Gala. Rachel is in right away. Santana however, isn’t to interested. She doesn’t care for ballet. Rachel and Kurt share their stories about ballet as kids and how it changed them forever, but that doesn’t help Santana at all. It isn’t until Kurt says she is able to keep the designer dress she wears for free that Santana agrees.

In the choir room, now lit by candles, it’s Ryder’s turn to sing. He sings ‘Everybody Hurts’ by R.E.M. It’s not a happy song and throughout it, we see scenes of the ND kids getting slushied. After the song, Ryder says he has something to admit. He’s only told one person (Katie) and feels the need to share it with them. So Ryder says that when he was 11, he was molested by his female babysitter. I did not see that coming and I feel bad for Ryder. But not everyone in ND is as compassionate. In fact, Sam and Artie are the opposite. They say that being touched by an older woman every dude’s dream and he’s lucky. False. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to slap Sam and Artie more. That’s really rude of them. Luckily, Marley and Jake and a few others stand up for Ryder. Ryder says the girl did it some other kid too and now is locked up. But Sam and Artie still believe that it’s not sick, it’s cool. So Ryder brushes it off and kinda agrees with them just so they’d stop. As he sits back down, we see Kitty, looking scared/upset. By now, I’m almost convinced she’s Katie. I’m very upset at Sam and Artie. In a way, I’m also more upset at Will, who didn’t stop Sam and Artie from saying what they did.

We soon find out what Kitty’s weird look was for. She invites Ryder to dinner at Breadstix. Then she says that she knows what he feels, even if he doesn’t think so. You see, Kitty had the same awful experience. When she was in grade 6, she slept over at her friend Julie’s house and in the night, Julie’s brother came down and started touching her. When she told her parents, they called Julie’s parents, who didn’t believe them. Things got so bad that Kitty transferred schools. Ryder thanks her for sharing her story. You know, Kitty isn’t all that evil nowadays. And I like that.

On the stage, ND uses a bunch of things like cans, wood, and their feet to help as they sang Queen’s hit ‘We Will Rock You’. It’s good, it’s just not great. But it’s good to see them all singing and that song is a classic.

As much as Sue is gone from Cheerios, something must have pulled her back because we see her on the bleachers watching Roz coach the girls (and Blaine). Becky goes up to her and says that she wants to quit Cheerios because Roz is super crazy. She wants Sue back. But Sue says she’s glad she’s gone. The Cheerios were nothing but trouble for her and now she’s free. Then Sue breaks into song, singing ‘Little Girls’ from Annie. Fun fact: the reason she sings that is because this summer, Jane Lynch will be in Annie on Broadway and she’ll be singing this, so Ryan Murphy let her sing it on Glee. πŸ™‚ After the song, which was alright, Sue says to Becky that she doesn’t miss them at all. But Becky understands this as Sue doesn’t miss her at all and she walks away sadly.

At the Ballet Gala, Kurt, Rachel and Santana are, all dressed up. They see Isabelle and Rachel asks if they can watch the performance from the audience even though they’re just helpers. But Isabelle can do better. She says they can watch from the wings with her! Santana is invited too, but Kurt pipes up, saying that Santana isn’t into ballet. But Santana admits that she is. She tells Isabelle that she used to take ballet when he was little and liked it too. So Kurt, Rachel, Isabelle and Santana sing ‘At The Ballet’ from A Chorus Line. They sing it well, but I just found the song a bit boring. During the song we see flashbacks of little Kurt, little Rachel and little Santana doing ballet.

Back in Lima, we see a furious Roz drag Becky to see Figgins. Roz says that Becky is being rude and annoying and Roz is fed up. After she leaves, Becky admits to Figgins that she did it all on purpose so she can come talk to him. Because Becky has something to admit…

Finally the lights are back! Figgins gets on the announcements and congratulates them for staying sane and explains the reason why the power was out (a balloon blocked the generator or something). ND is ready to plug back in and rock out, but Will suggests that they try a cappella. Just one.

Ryder still chats with Katie and we see him in the library talking online with her. He says that when he admitted his secret he looked at everyone in ND to try to give away who Katie is. Then she says that he can’t prove she is in ND. The phone call may be a coincidence. YEAH, RIGHT. When Katie asks why he still talks to her, he says that she’s helped him do a lot and she’s important to him. Katie then says she has to go for a moment and will be back later. As Ryder waits for her return, Kitty walks up and offers to buy him lunch. But Ryder doesn’t want to leave Katie. Kitty says she’s fake and dumb. Kitty kinda likes Ryder. Ryder says after he find out who Katie is, then they can hang. But it’s too little too late for Kitty and she walks off, looking slightly crushed. So I guess everything we saw between Kitty and Artie meant nothing….shame. I’d also like to point out that Ryder’s spelling/grammar is now perfect! That extra help he’s been getting for his Dyslexia is really working! *eye roll*

Like Rachel and Kurt had suggested, Santana goes to the non-student NYADA dance class. But like normal, Santana is confident, sarcastic and, well, just Santana. The teacher asks her why she’s here then, if she thinks she’s so great. Santana admits that she loves to dance. When the teacher makes them start to warm up, Santana sees a younger version of her. Little Santana says not to forget her again. Santana hugs her younger self and says she won’t. That was very cute. As much as I love Santana’s sass and jokes, it’s always good to see her emotions in scenes like this.

The last scene is my favourite song of the episode, Billy Joel’s ‘For The Longest Time’. It’s funny and happy and sweet. I also liked how it was totally a cappella. I still think it would have been a great Warblers song. I also thought that Blaine would have stepped up and taken a bigger interest in a cappella song since he was the leader of an a cappella group. He’s got experience.

So that was it. As much as Ryder and Kitty’s stories were important, I think that Glee shouldn’t have done that. As for the cut scenes, there were several. The most noticeable was Blaine as Nightbird. We had seen many pics of Blaine interrogating Becky in his Nightbird costume and it was even in the promo, but that all was cut. I was really disappointed at that. The other cut part was Finn. He was supposed to be in this episode, which would also be the last one of the season due to Cory’s rehab, but that was cut. So basically, last episode was the last we’d see of Finn until Season 5. 😦 Missing from this episode was Joe and Sugar (AGAIN) as well as Brittany. All three of them will also be missing from next week’s episode, but will be back for the finale.

Speaking of next week, we get a promo! And let me say, it’s one heck of a promo. You may want to be sitting down for this:

*Screeches* AHHHHHHHH! Okay, okay, *deep breaths* calm down. So this is episode 4×21 (emphasis on the 21) and it’s called ‘Wonder-ful’ because it’s the Stevie Wonder tribute episode. Mercedes, Mike and Kurt are back in Lima to help ND prepare for Regionals. Kurt is also back to help his dad, but that’s not mentioned in the promo. KLAINE. KLAINE KLAAAAAINE. Did you see their smiles? Happiness. Love. GAH! And then, BOOM BLAINE PROPOSAL. Burt’s face, though, when he asks permission. OMG. We’re all gonna die of Klaine overload. And Cassandra is back to intimidate Rachel as she prepares for her Fanny call back. I think Shelby should come back and exchange some words with Cassandra. That’d be great, even if it’s not gonna happen. Yes, I can’t wait for this episode. Mostly for Klaine. ❀

So what are your thoughts? What did you think of 4×20 and what did you think of the 4×21 promo?

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rebecca Ripple
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 14:29:38

    I intend to never watch this episode. The Sam Evans Appreciation Thread is overflowing with OMGs and Ughs. I’m going to delete it from my DVR and just ignore that thread for a while. 😦

    How am I going to keep writing about Sam now?? No one will give my fanfic a second glance. πŸ˜₯ I should probably move on and find a different subject. This is so heartbreaking.

    Reply

    • pottergleefan4
      Apr 26, 2013 @ 14:37:33

      Sam just had a moment of immense stupidity and rudeness. I’m sure that in a few days we’ll all have forgotten. He’s only human and we all make mistakes. The characters say dumb things all the time. It’ll blow over soon. And as for your writing, no one’s gonna judge you for it. Just give it time and it’ll be okay. :S

      Reply

      • Rebecca Ripple
        Apr 26, 2013 @ 15:18:44

        Is it weird at all that I’m 27 and so often reacting to things like the stereotypical teenager, while you’re 15 (or 16?) and you’re the more mature and rational one between the two of us? I honestly don’t think it’s weird. I think it’s yet another reason why you – are – awesome!

        Thanks for talking sense into me yet again. I have a tendency (as you know) to get overemotional sometimes, but you always talk me out of it like a pro. πŸ™‚

        Anyway, maybe I should watch just for the music, to hear the songs in context. I can always watch it on FOX’s Glee site.:D Thanks for that idea, too.

      • pottergleefan4
        Apr 26, 2013 @ 15:29:52

        Hahaha no worries. You’re just really passionate and that’s awesome! πŸ˜›
        But seriously, if you skipped on the episode, it wouldn’t be a big deal. It wasn’t the best. :S
        And I’m 16 turing 17 in two months.

      • Rebecca Ripple
        Apr 26, 2013 @ 15:51:57

        Wow, almost 17! (Am I behind or what? LOL!) That’s pretty darn cool. πŸ™‚

        Thanks for understanding; I never mean any harm. πŸ™‚

        I don’t know what I’ll do about the episode, but thanks for posting this synopsis so that I can know beforehand what all the disappointed Sam fans are talking about. Now I can make a more informed decision about seeing it. I’ll think of something.

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