Glee S4 Ep20 – Lights Out

Tiny girl, big voice - New Directions has a serious rival in Frieda.

Tiny girl, big voice – New Directions has a serious rival in Frieda.

We’re winding down another season of Glee, and it’s been a whirlwind the past few episodes. In the 2oth episode of the season – “Lights Out” – McKinley deals with a blackout and some serious confessions from two students. While in NY, Santana’s drifting (and everyone gets to wear pretty clothes).

In the choir room, the kids are busily texting. Ryder is still trying to get “Katie” to meet with him, but she is reluctant. He’s suspicious of Kitty sitting next to him, and wants to see her phone (she offers to get a restraining order). Interrupting the Catfish story update is Mr. Schue, who announces they have a problem.

Her name is Frieda Romero and she’s the sophomore powerhouse lead singer for one of their competitors. Apparently Mr. Schue went to check her out, and in a clip we see the young woman at the piano. Since she’s played by Jessica Sanchez – American Idol runner-up – she doesn’t disappoint. Tiny girl, huge voice. They’re going to have to do some work to combat what she’s bringing to the competition; they’re going to have to be epic.

As if cued by the gods of television writing, the lights at school go out. Sam is concerned that there’s a zombie apocalypse (or maybe it’s Beyonce’s half time show, says Unique) but it’s just a normal power outage. Figgins tells everyone to chill out, keep their brains in the on position, and carry on. Flashlights and candles will be handled out according to GPA…

Well, epic stadium-filling anthems is out for Mr. Schue’s lesson. So instead, ladies and gents, it’s unplugged week.

Worried about the competition for Regionals, Mr. Schue pushes the kids to push themselves.

Worried about the competition for Regionals, Mr. Schue pushes the kids to push themselves.

Jake thinks Ryder is crazy for trusting “Katie” – he doesn’t know anything about her. Is she even a she? Ryder can’t explain it, but he has a connection to this person. He’s told her things he’s never told anyone else – his deepest secrets. Wait, dyslexia isn’t his biggest secret? Jake thinks that maybe Ryder should stop hiding his secrets and sharing them with strangers – why not talk to the people he knows?

Back in NY, Kurt and Rachel decide to sit Santana down and tell her she’s wasting her life (bouncer at a lesbian beer garden, cage dancer). Santana isn’t interested in their Broadway aspirations – she just doesn’t know what her dreams are yet. Besides throwing insults, that is.

By lamplight, Sam kicks off Unplugged Week with the song he was conceived to – The Righteous Brothers’s “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” It’s a great song for his vocal range and when Ryder joins in, their voices blend nicely. Everyone harmonizes on the last few bars, and Ryder appears to have a realization of sorts. Note: Unplugged week should have been done ages ago. And Sam should always have a guitar in hand.

Next up: Artie, but he can’t go through with his performance. He needs his synth! Sam doesn’t take too kindly to Artie’s moaning and groaning. He and all the rest of them are too dependent on technology. They don’t appreciate what’s right in front of them. Psst: Ryder! That was for you!

Hey! It’s Isabelle and! Kurt still works there! And his fabulous boss is currently planning a huge charity event at the ballet, with celebs and glamour and such. She wants to chat for a moment, first inquiring about his dad’s health (doing well, finished with his treatments), and then Kurt’s relived to find out he’s not being fired. While Isabelle is sad he’s not around that much, quality over quantity trumps everything, and she’ll never stop anyone from pursuing their dreams. Thank you, Fairy Godmother! Kurt gets a chance at a fabulous opportunity – her celebrity wrangler cancelled, so Kurt has the gig at the charity event. And yes, he can bring along his friends to help. Fancy clothes! Celebs! Ballet!

Sue Sylvester – freelance champion – is happily journaling and drinking her power shake. Seems she’s glad to be rid of McKinley, and now she’s doing what she does best: tormenting trophy wives and single gals as a personal trainer. Welcome to Sue’s Boot Camp, an aerobics class clearly designed to maim and reduce the participants to tears. Scantily clad students – including one Blaine Anderson – writhe about to “Call on Me” by Eric Prydz, in a sexy recreation of the song’s over-the-top music video. Blaine makes it through the class (and even manages to share a flirty look with the guy in front of him), but Sue turns on him quickly. Since he managed to make it through her class, however, she will allow him to speak. But not sing.

Blaine admits he rejoined Cheerios to bring her down from the inside (Sue: “Admirable”), but now he’s concerned that the Cheerios are lost without her, and frankly, as Student Body President, he doesn’t quite approve of Coach Roz’s advice. Like the fact that losing a few ribs will make their breasts look bigger. Something went down at the school and he knows she was a part of it – the kids don’t feel safe, they need to know the truth. They need Coach Sylvester.

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