Glee Recap: The Dark Night Rises [Updated]

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Glee Recap Season 4 Lights OutThis week on Glee, McKinley High experienced a power outage, Sue tried to move on from her firing as head coach of the Cheerios, Ryder and Kitty revealed painful secrets and the NYADA pack (which now officially includes ¡Santana!) pitched in to help that fabulous Vogue.com editrix/fairy godmother with a charity event. (Glamour with a ‘u’ was on the menu, obvs.)

“Lights Out” contained quite possibly my favorite musical number of the season, but only the briefest glimpse of American Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez as Frida Romero, powerhouse vocalist for New Directions’ rivals at Regionals — the Hoosier Daddies. (That clip of her belting the National Anthem certainly should’ve had Schue trembling in his boots, though.)

If you spaced out wondering what happened to Blaine’s “Night Bird” alter ego — he’d been shown in preview photos for the episode, but must’ve been left on the editing-room floor — here’s what you missed on Glee:

UN-ELECTRIC YOUTH | A power outage at McKinley plunged the school into darkness — say what now, no windows? no generator? — and even prompted the use of candelabras (since when do adults trust teens around open flames?). New Directions used the event to spearhead an “unplugged” lesson — mostly because Sam felt like everyone spent too much time Tweeting on their phones and not enough getting to really know one another. Speaking of which…

CATFISHING EXPEDITION | Ryder continued communicating online with “Katie” because he felt comfortable opening up to her about his innermost secrets — and despite the fact that “she” refused to reveal her true identity. When Jake noted maybe Ryder needed to connect with some actual human faces, the hunky guy with the exceptional hair decided to unplug his feelings with an acoustic rendition of “Everybody Hurts.” What followed, though, was far more unexpected: A confession that he’d been molested by his teenage female babysitter when he was only 11. Artie and Sam reacted appallingly with a “Bro! Why be ashamed when you lived a fantasy?” response that’s altogether too common in female-on-male sexual abuse cases — and yet still felt a tad too unsubtle, given that Ryder used the word “molested” and was clearly filled with shame and embarrassment about the memory. (Anyone wish Schue had been a little more insistent in driving home the point that child sexual abuse is never, ever “cool,” despite whatever wrong-minded fantasy scenarios might pop up from time to time in movies and on TV?) Anyhow… Later, Kitty took Ryder for dinner and shared that she, too, had been molested by her best friend’s teen brother when she was in the sixth grade — and the subsequent fallout was so bad, she had to transfer schools. The next day, though, Ryder rebuffed Kitty’s lunch invite in order to stay online with “Katie,” prompting the mean-girl cheerleader to ask “How can you pick an online fantasy over an actual fantasy?”

GALA MY DREAMS | Kurt and Rachel confronted Santana about her work at a Coyote Ugly-esque bar and as a cage-dancer at a lesbian club, but the Lady Lopez retorted that she simply needed time to figure out her dreams. (She could’ve belted out Taylor Dayne’s “Don’t Rush Me” here. Just sayin’.) Those dreams came more into focus when Kurt (still interning at Vogue.com) got assigned to be a celebrity wrangler for a New York City Ballet benefit that Isabelle (Sarah Jessica Parker) was hosting. (Can I pause here to add that I adore how Isabelle has been written as truly sweet and kind — with no secret agenda or viciousness? Sometimes you really do meet those kinds of mentors in life, and it’s refreshing to see SJP vividly executing one on the small screen.) A view from the wings — and a fantasy sequence about childhood ballet class — reignited Santana’s inner dancer, and she ended the hour signing up for a class at NYADA Extension! No need to quibble — it’s just a walk-in class for folks of all ages and skill sets — but the experience earned her  a message from her childhood ballerina self: “Don’t forget me again, okay?”

SUE 2.0 | Blaine sampled a class, too, Sue’s hardcore, writhing-centric aerobics lesson (where dirty things happen set to remixes of Steve Windwood’s “Valerie”). Blaine told Sue that McKinley — and especially the Cheerios — needed her back, what with Roz promoting rib removal among her tumblers. But after watching the girls practice from the bleachers, then fantasizing about killing them, Sue said there was no way she was coming back, even though we all know she doth protest too much. Finally, those preview scenes of Blaine and Sam interrogating Becky about Sue taking the fall for the school shooting? Well, they never aired. Instead, Roz dragged the insubordinate gal to Figgins’ office — and she enigmatically stated she’d just wanted a quiet moment with him where she could share… Well, we don’t know yet. That’s a cliffhanger…maybe for next week? I kinda hope she fesses up and we can move the story arc to it inevitable conclusion.

LETTER GRADES FOR TONIGHT’S MUSICAL NUMBERS
Sam and Ryder: The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” | Grade: B+

Ryder: R.E.M.’S “Everybody Hurts” | Grade: B+

Sue: “Little Girls” (from Annie) | Grade: B

New Directions: Queen’s “We Will Rock You” | Grade: B-

Rachel, Kurt, Santana and Isabelle: “At The Ballet” (from A Chorus Line) | GRADE: A+

New Directions: Billy Joel’s “For The Longest Time” | Grade: B+

WEEK’S BEST ZINGERS
“Maybe I don’t wanna be in Funny Girl or be a singing waiter at the Fire Island pancake shack.” –Santana, differentiating her life goals from those of Rachel and Kurt

“I’m doing what I do best: Dishing out top-tier abuse to trophy wives and self-hating single gals as a personal trainer.” –Sue, describing her new job

“Fact: If I hadn’t mistaken you for a butch Israeli gal, I would never have let you in here.” –Sue, spotting Blaine in her aerobics class

“The blackout occurred when a Mylar balloon congratulating my secretary Donna on her successful hysterectomy became trapped in an outlet behind a filing cabinet.” –Figgins, addressing the McKinley student body over the PA system

What was your favorite musical number from “Lights Out”? How did you feel about the various story arcs? Take our poll, then sound off in the comments!



Comments (141)

  • Blake Jenner!! Glee Project!! REM!! Whoo Hoo!!!

    Comment by karenb – April 25, 2013 07:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This. What a great actor that kid is. Leaves the rat of them in the dust.

      Comment by Jules – April 25, 2013 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • *rest lol

        Comment by Jules – April 25, 2013 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yes -he’s definitely the best actor out of the new kids.

          Comment by Linn – April 25, 2013 08:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • That isn’t saying much though.

            Comment by bland – April 25, 2013 10:30 PM PDT  
          • It’s saying quite a bit considering pretty much all of new kids far outstrip most of the old guard left as regulars.

            Despite the acoustic stuff being really solid, this episode was mishandled in almost every way. The reaction to Ryder’s molestation was appalling and was never completely addressed. The transition from talk of more child molestation to Artie rolling over a water bottle into We Will Rock You makes zero sense. Little Girls was a pointless number. Despite liking A Chorus Line, At the Ballet went on WAAAAY too long and New York in general felt very tacked on. I’d rather that time had been spent dealing more with Ryder’s story.

            This episode was all over the place and one of my least favorites in a while.

            Comment by Zayne – April 26, 2013 08:11 AM PDT  
          • He and Becca are the only ones of the new cast I like.

            Comment by Cheri – April 26, 2013 03:40 PM PDT  
          • @Zayne, I didn’t care for the predictable PSA episode Glee always does. The storyline was offensive. Not resolved. Sam and Artie were way out of character to be the bad guys to say the wrong things. Those are usually reserved for Finn. I love those songs but not the performances. This was poorly written and edited. The episode was 1 of this season’s worst. Along the lines of Night of Neglect. So much rambling and nonsense mixed with serious story which was dropped. I could careless about watching Blaine exercising. Pointless and bad. Tired of all the closing musical numbers by the NDs in the auditorium. It seemed to have been written on a napkin and most things were after thoughts.

            Comment by Cheri – April 26, 2013 03:51 PM PDT  
    • Speaking of the Glee Project! Please RIB! Such a great show. Love the format.

      Comment by Rosema – April 25, 2013 08:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I am actually tired of them trying so hard to make the audience care for this bland new character.

      Comment by JLK – April 25, 2013 10:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m so over them shoving this guy down my throat.

      Comment by AJ – April 26, 2013 01:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He really is the best, and seems like a genuinely nice guy in real life as well. He impressed me so much on the Glee Project the way he treated the other kids, never any drama, just supportive of everyone all the way through. I’m glad he’s finally getting a chance to shine. This catfish storyline has MADE this season for me, and I’m a hardcore Rachel Berry/Lea Michele fan. I just think Blake is really, really special, and he’s FIRE onscreen.

      Comment by Ruby – April 26, 2013 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • anybody else proud of him learning how to sing harmony now? on that loving feeling

      Comment by achilles – April 26, 2013 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The blatant emotional manipulation to get people to warm up to Blake Jenner’s character is disgusting and backfired. I’m not even going to bother whining about cut scenes because there are bigger fish to fry. That molestation stuff should have never been done, and now Ryder and Kitty will be a thing because they bonded over it? Disgusting.

    Comment by Desi – April 25, 2013 07:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Chill….

      Comment by Angie – April 25, 2013 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re pretty ignorant. There’s nothing disgusting about bonding over similar experiences. They understand what the other went through. It’s called human nature. You bond with others who understand things you’ve been through. Like support groups where people bond over whatever it is they’re going through. Maybe you should grow up and think before you talk. I forgot this show attracts little teenagers who have a lot to learn in life though.

      Comment by BrokenDestinies – April 25, 2013 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m a therapist, you moron. There’s a difference between bonding in real life over similar experiences and having a show that pairs couples by race, disabilities, and common molestation experiences.

        Comment by Desi – April 25, 2013 07:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You’re a therapist ?! In what world ?!

          Comment by Nikki – April 25, 2013 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You’re a therapist? Remind me to stay clear of therapists like you then. You’re the moron. People bond over similar struggles they’re going through whether it’s disabilities, abuse, etc. And by the way, IT’S A TV SHOW. Get over it. It’s not realistic but it’s a good distraction. I can’t stand people who sit there nit picking tv shows. I mean seriously when it comes down to it, who cares?

          Comment by BrokenDestinies – April 25, 2013 07:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • And for a therapist, calling someone a moron is pretty immature. Maybe you should go back to school and learn how to talk respectfully to others. Hope you don’t talk to your patients like that. Yikes.

            Comment by BrokenDestinies – April 25, 2013 07:58 PM PDT  
          • Agreed!

            Comment by Para – April 25, 2013 08:16 PM PDT  
          • You are so right BrokenDestinties, why should anyone care at all about tv shows. Don’t you just wish you could just gather up all those nitpicking negative nancies and just get rid of them? That would make society a lot better and pleasant right? Right…?

            Comment by Eli – April 26, 2013 04:12 PM PDT  
      • +a billion

        Comment by Libby – April 25, 2013 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What’s wrong with the whole molestation thing ??? Surely we’re not going to pretend that such a thing doesn’t occur. And glee is a great format to address all sorts of issues. Well, unless the topic doesn’t meet your approval.

      Comment by Donna – April 25, 2013 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • What is wrong is they keep using these issue to try to get the audience to like the new kids. It is half ass and desperate.

        Comment by kil – April 25, 2013 10:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • +1. That is exactly my problem with it and I wish they’d cut it out. Even if using the “it’s just a TV show” argument, at best what they do is cheap storytelling (I’d barely call it storytelling though, nothing’s consistent about any of it). I wish they’d cut it out already.

          Comment by Hali N. (@writergirlfl) – April 28, 2013 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The problem is, Glee USED to be a show that was about high school kids and musical competitions / general singing. Over the past few seasons, the creators / writers have turned Glee into an hour long public service announcement about homosexuality, molestation, alcohol awareness, etc. I started watching Glee from day 1, because it was refreshing. It’s hard to watch Glee now, because they just keep shoving PSAs down our throats. There are better ways to develop a teenage character than just having them go through a traumatic experience.

        Comment by Jason – April 26, 2013 07:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • This show has turned into an abc after school special

          Comment by Joe – April 26, 2013 07:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • All this is nothing different for any high school based TV show. Shows like Degrassi are known for it. Same with old characters graduating and new characters coming in. All TV are going to evolve over time. Without change and evolution a show will get stagnant.

          Comment by Toni – April 26, 2013 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • PSAs have become a weekly requirement for Glee. It is not about kids trying to find themselves and acceptance of those who are different. Last night was an example of what Glee has resulted in. A drama with little comedy and lots of music with no value with its lyrics to aid in telling the episodic stories. This was a bad episode.

          Comment by Cheri – April 26, 2013 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Code for: there wasn’t enough Brittana/NYC/I hate the noobs.

      Comment by Sue – April 25, 2013 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • or the truth this show is very manipulative.

        Comment by op – April 25, 2013 10:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What’s so disgusting about his character? And what exactly misfired?

      Comment by Angie – April 25, 2013 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They keep piling on these issues cause none of the newbies are catching on like they hoped. They have to manufacture problems now cause they didn’t give them personalities.

        Comment by LP – April 25, 2013 10:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seriously? You see it a as a ploy for getting audiences to love the character? You don’t think Ryan and the producers wanted to just tell a real life issue for hundreds of kids. You mad because the PSA went to a character that you don’t care about. Face it -a lot of the topical issues would go to the new characters because if it was an original character it would had been addressed over the previous 80+ episodes. This was no emotional manipulation to get people to love a particular character -that is absurb and offensive to me that people actually think that. The issue was getting people to talk about how molestation of females and males are treated far different in our society. It’s a sad fact that many young guys felt the same way Artie and Sam talked in the episode when the molestation happens to a guy. Or when someone like a girl like Kitty is molested -nobody believed her. THOSE were the issues. NOT who the story ended up being addressed to. And I see since you didn’t mention Kitty at all -your bias against the Ryder character is even more telling. As you said -disgusting.

      Comment by Camille – April 25, 2013 10:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Word! Preach! Etc.!

        Comment by karenb – April 26, 2013 06:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s sad that people can’t see the clear emotional manipulation the writers use to trick people into thinking its good writing. It’s not good writing. It’s god awful writing. It’s emotionally jarring and conflicts with the mostly goofy ridiculousness of the show. Their portrayals of serious issues are never sincere or real, instead they are treated with haste and they morph characters into whoever they want them to be to correspond with the issue despite the fact that it has nothing to do with true character development or relevancy to the plot. It’s honestly sad to see that people are so blinded by it.

      Comment by Ian – April 26, 2013 01:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You really need to just leave and watch a different show.

      Comment by Ruby – April 26, 2013 07:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sam. MVP.

    Comment by Libby – April 25, 2013 07:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Which part did you enjoy, the outburst about his poverty that was clearly unwarranted or the fact that he thought Ryder should have found being molested awesome? Give me a break.

      Comment by Vanessa – April 25, 2013 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You must be miserable 24-7.

        Comment by gleeker – April 25, 2013 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Actually it was a valid question Sam was pretty bad tonight.

          Comment by not sam – April 25, 2013 10:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Yeah I usually enjoy Sam and he was just annoying tonight. Everything was annoying. It was just an awful episode. And what was with Santana’s dream coming out of nowhere. “I love dancing” —- since when???

            Comment by AJ – April 26, 2013 01:36 AM PDT  
    • Chord is too awful of a singer and actor to ever be an MVP.

      Comment by babs – April 25, 2013 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’ve really enjoyed Sam’s character this year, but other than his song at the beginning he did not come off well in this episode. In fact he was kind of a knob! Sam got downgraded in this episode for me. Horny, dumb and insensitive in my opinion for this one.

      Comment by Drew – April 26, 2013 07:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree with you about him being horny/insensitive in this episode, but I still love the character. He’s usually the opposite and is frequently the first one of the glee kids to reach out to new members (Rory and Marley) or ones in crisis (Blaine and Brittany). It’s a shame to see him reduced to this just to put that “common” perspective out there in the dialogue.

        Comment by emmy rose (@spinhoney) – April 26, 2013 05:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At the Balley was one of the most boring things I’ve ever seen in a TV show….

    Comment by g – April 25, 2013 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • *At the Ballet I mean

      Comment by g – April 25, 2013 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with you. I almost fell asleep during that performance.

      Comment by Jenny – April 25, 2013 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Lol. Agree !

        Comment by razz – April 25, 2013 08:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I actually dozed several times during this episode. BORING! My 15-year-old daughter also thought it was a boring episode. Too much Ryder and Kitty. I couldn’t care less who Ryder’s avatar is and Kitty is not likeable at all. The blackout may have been the stupidest story that they could’ve done; what school system would allow a school to stay open for several days with no power (although there was enough power for the PA system to work… really??). The NYC scenes were better and SJP was good, but I didn’t enjoy “At the Ballet” at all (it just fell flat for me). Hope next week is better with the return of Mercedes, Mike and Kurt to McKinley!

        Comment by dan – April 26, 2013 06:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I like Kitty, she’s one of my favorites. The problem with At the Ballet was that it took away from the plots, Santana’s and Kitty/Ryder’s stories would have more time if they hadn’t put in an unnecessarily long SJP number in.

          Comment by g – April 26, 2013 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Way too long.

        Comment by MissingFinn – April 26, 2013 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You have no taste!

      Comment by culture kid – April 25, 2013 08:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Said me to you in agreement with those who dozed off during “At the Ballet.”

        Comment by Johnny – April 25, 2013 10:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 100% agree, it felt like it just dragged on and on.

      Comment by kavyn – April 25, 2013 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The only thing dragging is your brain – go watch Ryan Lochte’s new show – you’ll identify with that birdbrain…

        Comment by culture kid – April 26, 2013 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • We’re talking about glee here. Chill out, it’s a drama about kids in high school, not the history and culture of ballet.

          Comment by kavyn – April 26, 2013 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ADD maybe?

      Comment by lom – April 25, 2013 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish that Glee would have done the spin off idea… The New York storyline has all of the story and most if the talent. “At the Ballet” was ridiculously good and the baby versions of these characters left at McKinley can’t hold a candle to Colfer, Michele, and Rivera. Plus, I’m totally over the writers throwing these random and disjointed curve balls to get the viewers to care about the McKinley storyline. No more school shooting scares, no random molestetion victims. Just give me the crazy chemistry and talent of New York!

    Comment by Mal – April 25, 2013 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought the twist might be that Sam and Artie had also been molested by the same babysitter. Their reaction to Ryder’s confession was repellent. He was 11 years old when it happened to him. If he was 14 or 15 at the time I’d understand their sophomoric take on it…maybe. But he was 11.

    Comment by Elliott – April 25, 2013 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As disturbing as their reaction was, it’s a common one I’m sorry to say.

      Comment by Sue – April 25, 2013 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No it’s not. If it happens to an adult or an older teenager I agree that it is way too common. But I’ve rarely seen anyone react that way when it concerns an actual child of 11. I can’t even imagine anyone I know responding that way. It was just another Glee moment of someone saying something really offensive completely out of character just so Ryan Murphy can tell us how mean heterosexual men are.

        Comment by Eli – April 26, 2013 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Sue’s right. Even Mr. Schu’s reaction was spot on. It looked like they glossed over it, because they did… The issue of male sexual abuse is a touchy subject, especially with other males. They’re not comfortable with it, Basic psychological principle, we try to attribute blame to the victim, so that we ourselves don’t feel like we’re at risk. By the boys reacting they way they did, that’s what they were portraying. If they just leave it there, then yes, they’ve failed at this storyline, but i have a feeling it’s going to come back around. Either Blake will have a meltdown, and everyone will realize how wrong they were, or else Mr Schu will spend some time thinking about it and feel like he has to come back and apologize and teach everyone a lesson.

        Comment by GleeFan – April 26, 2013 11:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is why it was an offensive and tasteless storyline. Ryan Murphy just showed that throwing another serious story for 1 character into 1 episode is lazy writing. Both were halfway told. They start the catfish story but let it hang for no good reason.

      Comment by Missy – April 26, 2013 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Blake Jenner and his character are the worst thing to happen to the show. I’d take the boring Irish kid back at this point.

    Comment by Ron – April 25, 2013 07:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely disagree. Blake Jenner is a real talent.

      Comment by 80s – April 25, 2013 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wrong.

      Comment by Linn – April 25, 2013 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Said no one ever.

      Comment by kavyn – April 25, 2013 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think he’s a talented guy, but he’s really dragging the McKinley side of the show down. Try as hard as they might, I just don’t give a crap about Ryder. No matter how many Catfishes or childhood molestations he may have to deal with. He’s just not interesting.

      Comment by a – April 25, 2013 08:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He is average at best not even the worse new character but they are trying to hard to make him so big star or break out and it isn’t happening. The true breakouts didn’t need special attention they just got it on their own see Lea, Chris and Naya, Darren was pushed and promoted more but their tactic at least worked in the end.

      Comment by not a star – April 25, 2013 10:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The other ” break out” stars had the revolving around them. Don’t think it’s fair to compare the two things.

        Comment by Noel – April 26, 2013 06:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Didn’t like him on Glee Project, especially compared to the other two female finalists, but he is far better than Damien/Rory, Samuel/Joe, and Alex/Unique. The first two guys served no purpose before randomly disappearing, and the latter is there to continue Ryan Murphy’s trend of increasing the “out” gay population in a Midwestern high school to further unrealistic levels.

      Comment by Jeremy – April 25, 2013 11:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Awww I liked him on the glee project. Seriously -I don’t know what there isn’t to like

        Comment by Libby – April 26, 2013 06:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Shut up. Seriously.

      Comment by Ruby – April 26, 2013 07:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Blake is FAR better than Sam and Damian. The fact that Damian is completely gone and Samuel hasn’t been on in weeks just further proves it. TGP season 2 cast far out performs the season 1 cast. It’s a shame that Ryan casted so many of TGP1 people who pretty much ruined the show and only gave Blake and Aly a shot from TGP2. Aylin would have been a fresh addition to this cast and wayyyyy more interesting then Samuel, Alex, Damian, and Lindsey combined. It seems like Lindsey’s diva issues with Lea and the extreme boringness of Damian and Samuel ruined it for TGP2 cast. The only worth saving from TGP1 is Alex and that is only because he can sing. Unique really doesn’t bring much to the table besides that and the fact that Ryan gets to write for a transgender. The countless Mercedes jokes further proves the point that Alex is only there for his voice.

      Comment by JP – April 27, 2013 09:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought this was one of the worst episodes of Glee. It made no sense and was boring.

    Comment by Jenny – April 25, 2013 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At the ballet, Santana & Little Santana were the best things of this episode.

    Comment by Nicole – April 25, 2013 07:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Episodes like “Shooting Star” reminded me why I watched Glee in the first place. Episodes like this one reminded me why I stopped.

    Apparently, McKinley High is now either in the Arctic Circle where it is dark during the day, or it’s a night school, because those are the only explanations I can come up with for why a school that apparently has windows would be pitch black during a power outage. This blackout either lasted over two days, or it is night school and they allow their students to take a break and head over to Breadstix in the middle. This school that suddenly implemented tough security after the shooting has apparently no problem allowing the teacher that ostensibly fired the gun to wander around the campus after being fired.

    As far as the NY segments, that “At the Ballet” was the longest, dullest, most drawn out song/performance segment the show has ever done. I wandered off to get dinner, came back, and the song was STILL GOING.

    Comment by CMG – April 25, 2013 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, my partner and I spent the whole episode going, “Just open the blinds! We can see the windows and there is light outside them!” There was a whole lotta what? in this episode

      Comment by Derik – April 25, 2013 08:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • There is an outside scene where Sue is at a football stadium and in the background is the HOLLYWOOD sign on the big hill above LA. Poor editing. Lazy writing.

        Comment by Missy – April 26, 2013 04:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Apparently, McKinley High is now either in the Arctic Circle where it is dark during the day, or it’s a night school, because those are the only explanations I can come up with for why a school that apparently has windows would be pitch black during a power outage.

      Hahaha, I love this :D. Excellent point.
      And gotta agree on the “Ballet” performance, too. Pretty, in a way, but still…meh.

      Comment by Angela – April 25, 2013 09:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Completely agree! And Ryan Murphy wrote this episode…someone needs to revoke his membership in the Writers’ Guild.

      Comment by dan – April 26, 2013 06:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I disagree about “At the Ballet”. Yes it was EXTREMELY boring, but there has been worse. Like Kurt’s song after he re-joined New Directions in season 2. Now that was the most drawn out performance of the entire show. I love Chris Colfer, but watching him sing that full song for 4+ minutes just standing there was the most boring thing ever. To this day, that is the only performance of Glee that I always fast forward through when I rewatch episodes on my DVDs.

      Comment by JP – April 27, 2013 09:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t be the only one wondering where the heck Finn was at? Didn’t they say that this was his last episode? Was bummed not seeing him. With that said, I enjoyed seeing blake get a good story this episode, but was going WTF at the way artie and sam were reacting to that. Sadly that can be the mindset boys have, but I expected more from the seniors of new directions. I wonder if it’s worth it to know who this girl is chatting with ryder, cause i can kinda get behind ryder and kitty getting together, and it was great to finally give a reason to warm up to kitty.

    Comment by JVC – April 25, 2013 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kitty has been more likable these last few episodes.

      Comment by Rosema – April 25, 2013 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He was supposed to be…they had just started shooting 20 when Cory went to rehab, so they had to rewrite scenes plus re-record We Will Rock You (since they hadn’t shot the performance yet) to account for his absence.

      Comment by bamabunny – April 25, 2013 08:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He is in rehab.

      Comment by jm – April 25, 2013 10:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like ” At the Ballet” in A CHORUS LINE, but on Glee, I thought it was too long. I thought they should have modified it a bit. I did drift off after a while. I thought the molestation storyline was out of the blue and really trivialized, I absolutely HATED Artie and Sam’s reaction and thought that if they were going to have their reactions that way, there should have been some education surrounding that later. I thought the episode was all over the place. Unplugged, but not really. I need for Glee to get some glee about it again. I can’t remember the last time I laughed at something. I happened to look at some episodes from seasons 1 and 2 and was so happy remembering how great it was at the beginning. It has nothing to do with the new vs old cast (even though I absolutely miss Mercedes and can’t wait for next week), but the quality of the show has extremely deteriorated. This is all just my opinion, of course.

    Comment by JMS – April 25, 2013 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Frida Romero: “The Star-Spangled Banner” (Snippet) | Grade: A+

    Comment by bbl – April 25, 2013 08:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very unrealistic slow paced episode and the catfishing story line is really getting old at this point . . . . See ya in Season 5 ~ maybe . . .

    Comment by JB – April 25, 2013 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Horrible episode with the exception of NYC. Too much time spent in Lima. Characters and stories for Lima are not interesting. No mention of Finn was just bad. I understand they cut his scenes but they could have explained his absence.

    Comment by TB – April 25, 2013 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh my god the new york is better crowd is just a bunch of broadway geeks that would say the same thing week in and week out That number was boring and way too long and the stunt casting sarah jessica parker is just that stunt casting and no amount of stunt casting is going to make me watch smash lite.Glee was never about broadway it was a show about a high school glee club introducing kids to the arts and in that way transforming a life. Finn was the best example of that till this season where he is not good enough to get a performance storyline a shame because a play like on the waterfront or streetcar named desire could fit his character and get glee off the itunes machine it is on and reduce the number of songs and bring back good acting but sadly nope he is now a clipboard holder what a waste Hey here comes the stunt casting full blast with the idol singer who cannot act coming on board next week and kate hudson reprising the role of broadway sue sylvester if that is not enough for you guess what it looks like this school year gets to be dragged into next season something that ryan murphy could have done last season to a much better degree of success This season of glee has to be the worst piece of stallling and stale storylines in the history of a once successful show this makes heros on nbc look good.

    Comment by fred – April 25, 2013 09:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Glee isn’t about a club it is about people who love performing be it in a glee club or a performing arts school.

      Comment by More glee in NY – April 25, 2013 10:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No-it’s a show about a glee club. In a high school. Remember ?

        Comment by Hils – April 26, 2013 06:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The catfish storyline is so boring…..I think Kitty really wanted to get to know Ryder, and he just blew her off for some stupid internet thing…seriously he is a moron to be so engrossed in the internet fantasy as Kitty put it. I normally don’t like Kitty, but the last couple episodes she has had some improvement. My big question was “Where the hell is Brittney?” I personally liked the “At the Ballet” song, I thought it was nice song to blend all of those singers together. Yes it was long, but it had a purpose for the Santana storyline tonight. I also thought the “We Will Rock You” take was pretty sweet, using the different regular day items as the instruments. My high school choir did “For the Longest Time” when I was a member, with 200 plus voices, and my choir director did his own arrangement, and maybe I am biased, but we sounded so much better. Marley didn’t need to the extra runs in that song, it ruined the simplicity of it.

    Comment by Angel – April 25, 2013 10:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Where is Brittney? I think she went to find Sam and Sugar. But seriously, isn’t Heather pregnant? Must be difficult to do those dance moves in her condition.

      Comment by RichieS – April 26, 2013 06:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • There wasn’t a lot of dancing in this episode. For the Longest Time featured standard basic show choir moves, that she could’ve done easily. Just saying….and you’re right…Sugar was missing too. Maybe they are vacationing together or something….none the less Bring back Brit!

        Comment by Angel – April 26, 2013 07:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Sometimes actors miss episodes because they’ve got something else going on. It’s been happening since TV was invented. Also, Santa Claus isn’t real.

        Comment by Ruby – April 26, 2013 07:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Heather is pregnant and showing hence the reason why she isn’t in as many episodes. They are only putting her in episodes where they 100% have to like Regionals. There was no need for her to be in this episode. That cheerio uniform probably wont fit too well considering she’s showing quite a bit. All Glee needs is another pregnancy storyline but this time it would be the bi-sexual cheerleader who miraculously gets in to MIT despite the fact that she failed HS already.

        Comment by JP – April 27, 2013 09:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael you forgot a musical number: “Little Girls” that Sue did, our preview of Jane Lynch playing Mrs. Hannigan in Annie. She debuts May 16th if anyone cares.

    Comment by Angel – April 25, 2013 10:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Quick correction Michael (or half-correction): The song at Sue’s aerobics thing wasn’t really a remix of Steve Winwood’s “Valerie.” It’s “Call on Me” by Eric Prydz, for which Winwood actually re-recorded his vocals. The music video is pretty well-known for its, shall we say, extremely suggestive aerobics visuals.

    Comment by Jeremy Thomas (@jthomas411mania) – April 25, 2013 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, the scene was clearly a parody on the music video. I used to watch that clip a lot when I was younger ;)

      Comment by Eli – April 26, 2013 04:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Kitty is” Katie” she was getting pissy at the end cause she likes him and he pays more attention to” Katie”

    Comment by Josh – April 25, 2013 10:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kitty can’t be Katie. Katie was talking to Ryder half a second after Kitty walked away from him. It’s not plausible. My guess is Unique. It could also be someone who hasn’t been on in a while like Sugar. Kitty also had her phone in her hand (they showed it) in the choir room when Ryder called “Katie” while the phone going off was in someone’s bag.

      Comment by JP – April 27, 2013 09:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At the Ballet is one of my least favorite numbers from “A Chorus Line” so that number, in spite of the vocals, was lackluster for me. Also disappointed in the reaction by Sam and Artie about Ryder and Schue’s weak handling of the situation, but it did reflect how some people in authority have sadly reacted, but it was out of character for him. By the way, did anyone notice Britany was not in the episode? And will Joe and Sugar ever return?

    Comment by Rod – April 25, 2013 10:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Then you would have had Schue getting angrier when shutting down Sam and Artie, which would have led to some viewers commenting he was being mean, so the guy can’t win. It may have been more interesting to have it play out with Ryder putting on a brave face, all the while knowing the close friends he had just confided in, and hoped would offer some sympathy after his having secretly suffered for years, were never going to understand the painful impact the molestation had on him.

      I can’t remember too many other shows where characters keep disappearing from a classroom without explanation – those “Asian flu” cases should have been cured by now. What was really noticeable was Emma being absent after the gun incident, but Jayma may have had another project to work on (one can only hope she’s better appreciated elsewhere.)

      Comment by Bec – April 26, 2013 12:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At the Ballet started really good and then it got really really boring.. it was so long! Nothing made sense in this episode. It was like 10 shows mashed together. They brought up Ryder & Kitty being molested then dropped it like it never happened! We Will Rock You was pointless but at least Blaines line got cut.:) The only thing i like in this episode was Kitty and i don’t even like her that much!

    Comment by Jaymes – April 25, 2013 11:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me too, i don’t like Kitty but her moments were the only good ones and made sense in the episode. Better luck next time, glee!

      Comment by Glacial – April 25, 2013 11:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I must like Chorus Line too much. While some of the children here are complaining it was too long, I was sad by how cut it was, lol.

    Comment by Et. Al – April 25, 2013 11:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^^This! Total Chorus Line nerd–I loved every minute of that performance!!

      Comment by Lisa sp – April 26, 2013 05:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If there was a blackout, wouldn’t school be cancelled for the day? How can you teach in those conditions? I don’t understand why they had the blinds covering the windows. You know the last place anyone want to be is in a dark school especially after a gun scare a couple of episodes ago. I mean really? Oh that is right, this is not a realistic school, it is a fantasy school. Now it was a good episode despite the whole window issue. I like learning more about Ryder and Kitty and their pasts. Apparently Kitty has a soft side. Of course can’t get enough of Rachel, Kurt, and Santana in New York. It was great to see Sarah Jessica Parker back. Now, I am just waiting for Finn and Rachel to get back together and I will be happy.

    Comment by Allyson – April 25, 2013 11:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Another special episode so unbelievable, I don’t know how this show got 2 more seasons syndication or not? The show should just be given to ABC and become their old afternoon kids specials.

    Comment by DavidSask – April 26, 2013 01:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree that I don’t like being emotionally manipulated by the writers because they won’t admit that the newbies will never be as interesting as the original kids that I fell in love with. It has felt like they have been trying to shove them down our throats with various different methods like this one and others and it is really getting old, real fast. I also think that Will could have been tougher on Sam and Artie because two characters that I normally like made me want to reach through my TV and smack some sense into both of them.

    Another thing that was irritating as all get out was the fact that in the final episode where Cory filmed scenes, they cut him out of the episode completely.

    Comment by Debra – April 26, 2013 03:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not a regular “Glee” watcher but happened to have it on last night because I knew SJP came from a musical background yet had never heard her actually sing. So glad I did. Hearing “At the Ballet”, one of my favorite songs from my all time favorite Broadway musical, “A Chorus Line” was wonderful. It was done beautifully. Great job!

    Comment by twnkltoze – April 26, 2013 04:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought the episode was pretty good. I loved the NY storyline and following Santana’s journey. Lima was … Lima.

    Comment by gipsy – April 26, 2013 04:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What was up with Sam and Artie’s reaction. It was absolutely ridiculous.

    Comment by mj – April 26, 2013 06:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anyone notice Blaine & the dude in the aerobics class?

    Comment by J – April 26, 2013 06:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really enjoyed the NYC story and “At the Ballet”. i was reminded not only of my own childhood as a little ballerina and musical performer but of the life-long positive effects the arts have had on me. No matter what happened as a child or as i grew older, nothing could take away the experienced-based knowledge of the creativity and beauty that we all carry inside. The lyrics of the song conveyed that message and Naya Rivera’s performance of Santana’s epiphany (so reflective and gentle and to be treasured) was stunning. I thought that SJP and the children shone as well. Would have liked to have seen more of Kurt and Rachel–especially Kurt. How is Kurt doing? What is going on at school and at work and in his personal life? I hope season 5 give Chris Colfer more screen time.

    Comment by Carmen – April 26, 2013 07:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • kitty definitely has to be Katie. In the end there in the library Katie had to leave for a minute and kitty comes right over and is back as soon as kitty leaves. She probably told him to tell glee club about being molested so that she could open up to him about it as well in person rather than over the computer as an alter ego. Maybe this is wishful thinking or giving the writers too much credit that they are actually building up to things but I can see a pretty decent background for kitty explaining why she is mean and have her turn around and be nicer. I will say though that it seems like they keep piling things onto Ryder/ Blake to make people care about his character. So far we have him being dyslexic, cat fished and molested. positive is that Blake is a good actor so he can handle whatever they throw at him. also is anyone else loving Becky this season. I don’t necessarily like that they had her be the one who brought the gun to school but she is a great actress and is probably one of glees most interesting characters.

    Comment by Shawn – April 26, 2013 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved Rachel, Santana, Kurt and SJP! The rest of the ep was a waste!

    Comment by Caro – April 26, 2013 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wonder if this was the week Heather Morris found out she was pregnant – Brittany’s absence was very noticable!

    Comment by CultureVulture – April 26, 2013 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Heather is at least 3 months pregnant and this episode was filmed 2-3 weeks ago. This was filmed around the time her pregnancy went public and right before Cory entered rehab.

      Comment by JP – April 27, 2013 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All the actors on Glee are doing great jobs. Its not a newbies versus old guard competition, you all need to let that go. High School kids graduate, new ones come in – that helps to keep things fresh. If you don’t like the new kids or the new scripts, go watch your DVDs of Season 1 over and over and stop watching the new episodes. Any show set around a high school can’t keep the original kids in the choir room until they are 50. I appreciate the new blood and glad we still follow the stories of the graduates.

    What’s exciting is to see a new talent like Blake Jenner, who has shown stronger acting chops than previous Glee Project winners Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty, really shine and handle tough material. Samuel and Damian are both really charming and can sing, but they didn’t get big storylines because they are still very green in the acting world.

    Yes, Blake is easy on the eyes. He has a nice voice, can dance, and can act (yes haters, he can act). What I do know is that Blake hasn’t yet been able to show his comedic side. He has taken many levels of improv classes with the Groundlings, teaches improv, and performed with the Groundlings main cast as a special guest recently. Did you know that Blake was recently signed by CAA, which is a big time agency that represents only the best (Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts to name but two)? Hollywood likes him, so haters, you are just going to have to deal.

    Its nice to see a motivated young man (he graduated early from high school so he could move to LA to give acting a real shot) after living on ramen and getting so many rejections, get his chance and really be a breakout performer on Glee.

    This is an ensemble show – we should appreciate everyone (old guard and new) for what they bring to Glee and stop comparing them to one another. Isn’t the show about acceptance? Then some of you need to learn that lesson.

    Comment by Not a hater – April 26, 2013 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Terrific comment. I agree. The show is about the GLEE club not about NYADA, etc. I love seeing the original NDs, but they graduated. Blake is wonderful. So are Jacob Artist, Melissa Benoist, Becca Tobin, and Alex Newell.

      Comment by Dee – May 6, 2013 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s funny how many people are talking about the brilliance of Colfer, Michele and Rivera when virtually all of the New York scenes this week were focused on Santana and Kurt’s Vogue mentor. I feel like I haven’t seen Kurt do much this season other than give his girlfriends pep talks, have a very uncomfortable Christmas dinner with Blaine, and look bored to death with his new guy. I want to like that side of the show, but they need to stop with all the SJP and Kate Hudson and just let the familiar characters have some breathing room.
    Ryan seems determined to make a big portion of the fans hate Chord Overstreet. First splitting up the Brittana relationship, now having Sam say tasteless things about trauma survivors. I guess this means we won’t be seeing Sam in Ohio next year. Too bad, because his chemistry with Blaine is one of the few fun, high-energy things happening this year.

    Comment by rossy – April 26, 2013 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uhm, I’m just wondering… where is Joe? Or Sugar?

    They can’t just come back during regionals and have all their songs and numbers down. :p

    Comment by Vetle – April 26, 2013 07:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish they would make it believable that the kids actually knew half the songs they are singing.

    Comment by A – April 26, 2013 08:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glee is starting to become a soap opera version of High School Musical. Nothing is working, neither side is appealing and although I have an attachment for the old characters, even that is not keeping me from switching channels. I’ll give Season 5, three episodes to hold my interest.

    Comment by Ross – April 26, 2013 11:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s better than the endless Quinn-Finn-Rachel triangle in Season 2. The newbies are terrific and most of the old cast is still appearing. The music is always going to be the best reason to watch and that’s as good as ever.

      Comment by Dee – May 6, 2013 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At the Ballet was the snooziest of them all and it gets A+ LOL. we get it, TVLine, you like the NY gang. I give it a meh instead.

    Comment by Miranda – April 28, 2013 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rly people? Glee Project sucks, the first season was okay but the second? Urgh, Blake Jenner has nothing to offer unless good acting skills, his voice sucks hard. And he even auditioned for a role in the show before… so, if they just wanted to give someone a part in the show to portray a naive yet ridiculous dyslexic boy, why do a Glee Project for that? Why raises the hope of 11 other kids if they could find a good actor by opening big auditions for the show? Blake sucks, that’s it. He has great acting skills? Yeah, but nothing else. Alex and Lindsay, previous runner-ups, were far more interesting than Blake, and even the previous winners Damian and Samuel. Look at Ryder’s songs? All boring, the ones that makes you sleep. Really? Glee Project was supposed to bring inspiring people to the show, like the writers and RM said himself, it’s not about who’s the best singer, actor or dancer. It’s who inspire them. And believe me, ANYONE in that join had a better background storyline than Blake has and that his character brought to the show.

    Comment by July – April 30, 2013 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That must explain why the actual crew members of Glee-Robert, Nicki, Zach, and Eric-were so high on Blake-right? NOT! His singing and dancing have improved greatly and he was the most talented actor of all the contestants. I picked him to win even tho Charlie was my favorite. Either you have sour grapes because your favorite lost or you’re not a good judge of who could’ve stepped into a large ensemble cast easily. Blake’s professionalism was a major factor in why the mentors wanted him.

      Comment by Dee – May 6, 2013 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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  • Ryan Murphy has said that one of his biggest influences re: television is producer Norman Lear whose ’70s sitcoms “All in the Family” and “Maude” frequently dealt with political and social issues. I don’t think that “Glee” should be classified as a Comedy, anymore. I call it a musical dramedy. It is a good thing for the series to address the social issues that it does and to try to reach out to teens and to the parents who watch the episodes with them.

    Comment by Dee – May 6, 2013 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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