Glee "Lights Out" Review: (Another) Very Special Episode of Glee

Glee S04E20: "Lights Out"

Watching "Lights Out" was like running down a checklist of pre-selected sermon topics: Sam lectured everybody about being overly attached to their electrical devices, Kurt and Rachel teamed up to slut-shame Santana because they are such wonderful non-judgmental friends, Ryder and Kitty bonded over their experiences as survivors of sexual abuse—waaaait, one of these things is a way bigger deal than the others, and yet, it was plowed through with the same sentiment Glee tends to have for all traumatic experiences, great and small, which is to say: not much. Not to harp on this issue some more—but then again, why not? It's a giant red ball dropped in the middle of a field just begging me to kick it—but look at Glee's treatment of the school-shooting stuff, the holy grail of high school dramas/dramedies/whatever-Glee-feels-like-calling-itself-this-week. The "Lights Out" episode title referred to the balloon-induced power outage that plunged McKinley into darkness for most of the episode. I don't know about you, but if my school had just experienced an "incident" not too long ago, and half the student body was assumed to be suffering from "like PTSD or something" if Marley's ditzy diagnosis is to be trusted, I think any alteration from the normal daily operating procedures would be a big deal, especially something sudden, like the lights just cutting out in the middle of class. On the opposite side of the spectrum, what kind of high school students cheer when the lights come back on? I'm sure the schoolwork being forced on them in class was minimal, without so much as an overhead projector (Those are still used, right? I'm not that old, RIGHT?) at their teachers' disposal. 

Yet for all the handwaving with Ryder's storyline and the blatant checkboxes embedded in the script just so no one can complain that Glee didn't address teachers' roles in addressing and dealing with abuse (Schue said he had to report it. Check.) and turning Sam into the token moron who just didn't get it ("Why you complaining, bro? You got felt up by a hot chick in the shower!"), I wonder if Glee realizes just how dark Ryder became. It would be fascinating if Glee was the type of show that thought things through and made decisions with any sort of deliberateness, but chances are, traumatized Ryder and the ease with which he resorted to psychological warfare in order to catch his catfisher are just an unintended side effect of whatever they're passing around the writers room these days. 

I mean, the dude exploited his own childhood trauma purely to try and catch a "tell" on the face of someone in New Directions who might be the owner of the phone that rang during the shooting scare that might belong to the person leading him on. He did this, then acknowledged the way his molestation changed him and gave him a bunch of trust issues... as he attempted to manipulate his catfisher into revealing him/herself, and also possibly to punish the person for most likely exacerbating his trust issues some more... except he claims to still have an actual attachment and attraction to his pursuer, even going as far as to blow off a real date with Kitty to wait by the computer for "Katie" to come back. What do you say: Is the Kitty the culprit?

In New York, Kurt and Rachel teamed up to tell Santana about how she's wasting her life and she's a giant fail and it was basically the same speech that Kurt, and then Kurt and Santana, gave Rachel back in the part of the season when Rachel actually wasn't annoying and repulsive. Santana was revealed to be working three jobs to support herself, including a dancing stint at the Coyote Ugly bar, and Saint Kurt basically called her a slut. So that was nice. For all of its progressive, free-thinking blah blah, Glee really has a serious problem with women being comfortable in their sexuality and sensuality. I'm confused, but mostly grossed out.

Saint Kurt checked in at his Vogue.com internship where SJP returned to handwave Kurt's apparent low office attendance due to his NYADA classes because it's okay if you under-perform at a position you were woefully unqualified for anyway as long as you have a boss who understands what a special, special snowflake you are. Seriously, how did this woman get her job? There doesn't appear to be a professional bone in her body. Lip service was paid to Kurt's brilliance, "quality over quantity" and all that, mostly to keep cynical old women like me from complaining about Kurt's storyline, except it won't work because it's an insulting storyline. 

The writers also suddenly remembered that there was supposed to be a Kurt's-dad-has-cancer storyline from waaaaay back in December and tossed us a line about how Daddy Hummel is fine. This isn't how storytelling works, Glee. 

Kurt helped Isabelle chair the NYC Ballet Gala. Santana and Rachel tagged along and Santana was inspired by the magic of song to quit dancing for money like a whoooooore and go dance at a NYADA extension school because remember, kids, if you don't enter the most prestigious performing arts school in New York City immediately after high school, you are a FAILURE. 

I guess Santana hugging her inner-child-self was sweet. My inner-child spends a lot of time shaking her head in disgust, so I can totally relate. 

Also, if you haven't heard, Glee has been renewed for two more seasons because even though the story itself is a wreck, that iTunes gravy train just won't stop rolling. I am so excited in a masochistic way. How about you? 


And while we're at it, what did you think of "Lights Out?"



MUSICAL NOTES

– Glee playlist: "You Lost That Loving Feeling" because the Righteous Brothers are awesome. "Everybody Hurts" was decent, Slushie montage and all. "Little Girls" was far more enjoyable than Sue's ode to Nicki Minaj, I just don't particularly like Sue as a singing character. I never have. It has nothing to do with Jane Lynch's ability (which is epic), its just not SUE, you know?

– Puck dumped Kitty. Thanks for giving that story some lip-service too, Glee.

– "I will admit, I rejoined Cheerios with the sole purpose of destroying it from within." Why can't we have that Blaine/Sue storyline? I was excited about that one. 

– Speaking of Blaine, did this happen?

I only ask because I've watched this episode twice now and I don't recall it happening even though this and a few other pics were handed out in this week's Fox-approved-Glee-images goody bag, clearly marked as belonging to this episode. There were also images of Sam and Blaine interrogating Becky, which I distinctly remember as being in the promo for "Lights Out" but didn't see in the episode. It could just be a mix-up. It probably is just a mix-up, but it seems like a big mix-up. (AND IT WAS IN THE PROMO, MAN!)

– Becky: Sue's amazingly dismissive attitude of Becky was mind-boggling. DID YOU NOT LISTEN TO A THING THE GIRL SAID WHEN SHE WAS HANDLING THE GUN IN YOUR OFFICE? 

– Why do you think Becky met with Figgins? Do you think she came clean about the gun?

– "I will allow you to speak. Just don't sing." 

– Schue spying on Jessica Sanchez from American Idol was uncomfortable. Dude is such a creep these days. 

– Do you think Kitty's the catfisher?

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what is that ballet song kurt santana and rachel sang? thanks yall
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"At the Ballet" from the Broadway musical "A Chorus Line"
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I think unique is the catfisher. I hope he's not though.
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And let's be honest, Glee's problem is follow-through.
Evident in the way the school-shooting faded into the background.
Evident in completely forgetting to address Kurt's dad still has cancer.
Evident in the passing remark that Puck has dumped Kitty.
And we all hate the molestation story already, not because they did a particularly horrible job handling it, but because we know after this token episode it's likely it will never be dealt wit again.
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Where the hell was Brittany?
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Just a minor gripe..."The Longest Time" was such a copout for an a capella piece, since it was already a capella. I've seen Rockapella, the Persuasions, Pentatonix, etc...taking a regular song and rearranging it for a capella would have been better.

And Sue singing "Little Girls" leads me to believe the producers of Annie made the right decision in picking her to play Miss Hannigan, even if only for a month.
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The best thing, the ONLY thing good IMO was Susan singing "Little Girls". LOL!!! Made me wanna dust off my Annie DVD!
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Catfisher is more than one person. Here is my scenario: Ryder kissed Marley. Marley told Jake. Jake told Marley they had to "Ice him out". Marley said no, she could not do that. Ryder in a group apology, apologized to Marley and Unique and they accepted his apology. Jake did not, saying it would take some time. This we saw in the episodes. Now, for the hypothesis: Jake reached out to his big brother Puck more than once this season and does it again. Puck is not a nice guy. He suggests to Jake to Catfish Ryder to verify that Ryder "it was over" with Marley. Puck and Jake are not computer literate so they need someone to "do the deed". Possibly Kitty? Yes, Puck was dating Kitty, but NO Kitty is not patient enough to take the time to "Catfish" anyone on the computer. She is a "Wham, Bam/Whirl, Gotcha Man/Girl" type of person. She gets mad and even as quickly as she can. So it has to be someone smart, patient and knows how to connect with Ryder. Marley agrees to do it to prove to Jake that Ryder is "over" his interest in her. Remember, the abrupt ending to his chat with her when he asked her out and she said what about Marley? He answered that he believes he has moved on. That is when the chat abruptly ends. Mission Accomplished. He said he was over her. But it can't end because Marley never thought Ryder would "bond" with her. Telling her his deepest and darkest secrets and not letting it go once he knew he was catfished. Jake turns to brother Puck for help. Puck tells Jake he needs someone to lure Ryder away from the computer and forget it ever happened. That, he believed would end it. Puck, dating Kitty, asks her to make Ryder forget about the catfish. The end of this last episode shows it is not going to work. Think about it, Kitty offered to BUY HIM lunch and (flippantly) share more of her personal stories with him. He does not take the bait. As she seemed to be deep in thought, her "I don't think so" answer to him as she left lends itself to say that when he finds out the truth, he will not have anything to do with her. Now, I pray that her molestation story as she told it to him, does not prove to be something she contrived to gain his trust. I pray the writers would not do that to us. Ryder's song leading to his public admission, his public admission and then Kitty's admission to him, had to have touched the very souls of millions of the molested. It spoke volumes not so much about being molested but being BELIEVED when the molested tells someone about it. So, how will this "catfisher saga" end? I don't know, but I believe that Blake (Ryder) will end up giving us a crying scene worthy of an Oscar/ Emmy for his performance. And the sales of Kleenex to rise dramatically.

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If this is anywhere even close to what actually happens, I will give you a standing ovation through comments lol. With that said, this is so well thought out and plausible that I think it deserves a a little applause for the thought so.... *clapping*
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This episode annoyed me on the pure basis on how Kitty's and Ryder's sexual abuse cases were dealt with. Are they serious?! Serious issues. Extremely prominent in the media (UK side) yet they just brushed it aside and left it to float away? At least when Emma was there she had a bunch of leaflets ready to hand out...do they even have a school counselor anymore? Where is she to deal with the so called PTSD from the shoot-out?!

Basically this episode was good when it wasn't trying to deal with sensitive issues that a lot of the viewers may have encountered. - sexual abuse and suicidal thoughts (possible from Becky...). It dealt with them terribly and Glee used to be good at dealing with them...obviously they have lost that skill.

And Wade/Unique is the catfish. Does no-one remember the episode that showed him on the computer replying to Ryder's message??
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I do not remember that at all. Do you remember which episode it was?
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I have somewhat mixed feelings towards this episode. Sam has always been my favourite Glee character, but after how he acted in this episode, I’m not so sure anymore. I’m so disappointed in him!
Other than that, this was one of the better episodes of the season. It contained what a good Glee episode should: strong song numbers and some really funny scenes. And also some really good acting by Blake Jenner in that completely unexpected revealing scene.
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Blake Jenner is awesome!
Ans Sam and Artie are just horrible people lol
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Glee is the only show I can think of that gets trashed for being too preachy--and not preachy enough--in the same breath.

I thought the molestation confession scene was handled perfectly (whether they'll continue to handle it well is doubtful, but still). Yes, it was crappy to have Sam and Artie be the insensitive meatheads about it, but it was a believable reaction from teenagers (and more than a few grown men are vocal about feeling the same way). Ryder was clearly still bothered by the end, and Jenner's unenthusiastic "lucky me, high five" since the character is shy enough to not want to talk about it rather than change someone's mind was perfectly handled. Not everything needs to have every character on the same page. It was a new approach for Glee--subtlety.

I don't think your criticism of the Santana storyline is really fair. The (preachy) lesson was that she doesn't need to do anything huge or successful, but just to pursue something she's passionate about, and to take as much time as she needs. As far as advice goes for people unsure of what they want to do, that's as good advice as you're gonna find anywhere on TV, not just from Glee.
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I guess I'm in the minority here because I liked/loved the main story-lines in the episode. Was the lights out part of the episode stupid because it would never happen in real life? Yes, but at the same time I really liked the stripped down versions of a lot of the stuff. So in a selfish way I liked the power being out simply because I loved the songs they sang (and Artie with "headlights" on his wheelchair? Adorable).

And although criticizing Santana for working while she figures things out is, again, stupid, they do make a good point about her taking some classes. She doesn't have to enroll in NYADA (and the more I see of it, the less I want anyone to go there) but if she takes a night class it could be good for her. That's purely her choice though. If she's fine with working instead of going to college right away, more power to her but if she's planning on going to an art's school the night class wouldn't be too bad of a deal. (And I really liked "At the Ballet" but it was a little long and SJP's shirt was see-through; good thing she was wearing a black bra I guess).

Lastly, while it's probably bad to say that I loved the molesting part of the episode, I really did. Once again, my fan-rection loves Ryder (and is starting to get around to Kitty just because she's a great character) so maybe that skews my position but I don't think so. While talking about it may have also had an ulterior motive, I have to think that he's battled with telling at least Jake or Marley, if not the whole club, about this for awhile and having someone else know about this gave him the fear/courage to finally address it. As Marley said: "HIS truth is HIS truth"; Ryder wanted to own his past and make sure that he was the one to break the news to everyone rather than have someone possibly humiliate him by talking about it. Did it also have an ulterior motive? Yes, but the main part of that motive finally gave him the strength to talk about something that has haunted him for so long. Kitty being molested was a step forward and step back though: forward because now we have a reason for why she is who she is (Kitty and sympathy? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?) but also a step back because it "normalized", for lack of better word, a great thought about tonight: the view on women/boy molestation.

In a television story about molestation, how often is it about an old man touching a young child, male or female? Every single one I've seen. This is the first time I've seen a big time show on a big time network talk about the molester being an older woman (sounded like college age to me, but I'm not sure) who touched a boy. Some if not most people would have the same type of reaction as Sam/Artie: wait, a girl just randomly wanted to feel you up? You are a god among men. If you flip to the other side (college guy, middle school girl) the overwhelming majority would act like this girl just had her innocence taken from her and rightly so. I really like Glee taking on a woman-molesting-boy story-line just to try to show how popular opinion views it and how it actually is. Will they screw it up? Probably, but as long as they give it some time I'm confident Blake (Ryder) will be able to carry this story.

Overall, solid episode that yet again shows potential if Glee treats it right. Also, that "We Will Rock You" was very STOMP-like and "Longest Time" was fantastic, amazing, and awesome all in one. Can't wait for next week. Woop woop!
P.S. the Blaine, undercover super-agent, was deleted as was Blaine and Sam interrogating Becky about Sue. Don't know why, but as someone suggested it might have to do with Cory's rehab.
P.P.S. Blake has sung "Everybody Hurts" before, as he was on The Glee Project, though it was in a secondary role. Just wanted to throw out that little tid-bit. And sorry for once again a long comment.
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How is Rachel being annoying and repulsive? As you pointed out she didn't do anything Sana didn't do to her. So when she tries to help she is annoying? I thought she was cute and supportive of Santana this episode. Rachel had one episode she acted like a diva and she was called out for it as usual. Others do horrible things and never get called out. Such a double standard when it come to Rachel
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I really try not to think about the stories too much. I believe it's supposed to be nonsensical and ridiculous. I love the singing and dancing and sometimes the things being said hit home. To me, it's like Glee sometimes forgets or tries to pretend it's not a comedy, but trying to take it seriously is just useless... IMHO.
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I don't think it's supposed to be, it just is. I think the writers think they are doing life-changing work. Though maybe it IS supposed to be. Perhaps Ryan Murphy is trolling the writers room and not the audience after all. Four seasons and they haven't caught on yet.
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With two episodes left this season does anyone think the kids will get to Nationals? They really know how to structure these seasons to remove all the mystery don't they.
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I'm pretty sure they will get to regionals but just like the first season, no nationals.
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To answer about the images not in this ep., if you see ads on TV during the week, they always show scenes in upcoming shows but act like it's the latest ep. No idea why but that stuff will be shown I'm sure.

This was the first time I really did not like the NYC story line.

Glee would have really made it interesting for Ryder if an older woman in the present would have abused him. Many may not remember the short lived show Higher Ground from 2000 but they did that and it's much more intriguing.

I promise I'm all about equal rights but I wish they could have found a down syndrome's actor better than Becky.

Considering the bad ass feel of We Will Rock You, Glee didn't sissy it up too badly.
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Maybe Jessica Sanchez is the catfisher. :P
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I know Brittany is absent right now, but Sugar and Joe will return in the final two Season 4 episodes of this show. But afterwards, both of them might officially leave this show.

The blackout occurred too soon but ended with an ambiguous reason from principal Figgins: Mylar balloon?

Tina is gaining more publicity right on glee club, but this hating on the Tina character has to get terminated right away! I don't understand why they made her too paralyzed for no reason at all? So please don't turn Tina down, she's doing okay right now! Thank you.

I know the ballet song performance was good, but it was too kind of extensive to me with too many substories. I know Santana has to attend more dancing.

I know The regionals is on the season 4 finale, but I hope the season 5 premiere should be the regionals! I know the 12th episode of season 5 should be this show's 100th episode celebration and that should be the graduation of Tina, Brittany, Artie, Blaine, Sam and maybe Unique, which I hope.



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I'm just gonna say how Blake Jenner is such an amazing actor! Ryder is like the only male character that when gets to show his sensitivity comes actually credible!
Also, loved At the ballet.
Loved this review! This show is really non-logical and watching it almost hurts! Just thinking about all the storylines' endings we never got to see makes me sad... I guess coherence is underrated :(
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It proves that he deserved to win the second season of Glee project.
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He totally deserved it! I'm even starting to prefer him to Blaine when he sings lines (I'm thinking of We will rock you)!
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Hm, is McKinley actually a night school? Don't they have windows in the class rooms?
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Blaine's workout scene..... Mmmmm..... more please!

Okay. *deep breath* This episode was ALL OVER THE PLACE.

Not a clue what the hell was going on in New York land. I like the idea of Santana trying to figure herself out because, hey... that's what being in your late teens and early twenties is all about. However, were they at a ballet? Were they the entertainment? Who did they dress up for? I just didn't get that story line what-so-ever.

Ps. Those were rhetorical questions.

I also like the idea of Kitty opening up, maybe we won't hate her so much? ..Maybe... but I think she may be the ..what's it called.. catfish? No body actually says that... like in real life. Even so, I don't like her and Ryder together. I much prefer that he hooks up with Marley, because they have really good chemistry. Unlike her and Jake. Snore.

Speaking of Marley. Mygoodness that girl can not dance. at. all.

Kind of sick of these super soapy/drama episodes. Next thing you know, we'll see Marley have an abortion, or Artie will secretly turn into an terrorist and show up to that breadstix resturant with bombs attached to his wheelchair because he feels slighted in life or something crazy. This show needs to back off of the serious issues in our society for a while.



By the way. Maryanne, you have become my new favorite reviewer. I didn't think anyone would be able to fill the hole in my heart since Price left, but when you pointed out the political crazyness of this show, I instantly loved you.

I liked that Santana was working three jobs. OMG someone on the show actually got a real job? And they shamed her for it? Holy crap is this show's logic nonexistant.

No, Santana and Blaine are the only people on the show that would survive in the real world. They both are the only ones who are calling everyone else out for the crazy little lala lands that they live in. Because lets face it. Young adults just getting out of high school are not going to get amazing dream jobs. No you're going to get the crap jobs that no one else wants. College students are getting crap jobs. A bachelor's degree is basically now on par with what a high school degree was twenty years ago.

Glee is tackling hardcore issues in our world some how while living in a fantasy that once you get out of high school all your dreams will come true, without working like a dog to make those dreams happen.

Non-logic = Glee.
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I am with you on the idea that Kitty is the catfisher but I think that it is deeper than that. When Kitty was telling Ryder the story of her abuse, she mentioned that she had to change schools because of the fallout of her coming forward. It's possible that she did more than just change schools though, she may have changed names as well. Maybe Kitty's real name is actually Katie.This would not be the first time Glee has done this either since Quinn, Kitty's analogue of sorts, did the same thing to distance herself from her Obese past self.

Best part of the episode was the send up to the Call on Me music video with the aerobics class. When I saw that scene in the upcoming ads I hoped they were going to go for that.
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Does McKinley not have windows? Because they were in the darkness throughout the episode but it was bright and sunny outside. Honestly sometimes Glee just doesn't even try.

I think we need a break from all the drama. This show is supposed to be a comedy. They are just trying to bring as many issues into the show as they possibly can. When they did the domestic violence storyline, I told my friend, "All Glee hasn't tackled by this point is child molestation." and BAM. Not that I'm saying it's not a relevant issue, it's something that definitely should be tackled... I just think Glee needs to stick with what they know. They just keep trying to do a 100 different things instead of finishing things they started - what about Karofsky? He was in love with Kurt and tried to commit suicide, don't we get to hear the end of his story? Blaine's mentioned that his father doesn't approve of him being gay... Burt Hummel has cancer... like can we just see the results of things you have already put on the table?

In their defence though, I don't think Rachel and Kurt were slut shaming Santana. I think they were telling her that it looks like she was giving up and not trying to get into colleges. Like, that she became a go-go dancer because she was afraid to apply to a college and get rejected but that she had potential and that she shouldn't just give up already. I dunno... thats what I got from that.
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To be truthful here, our band room and auditorium only had windows at the hall entrance, so I didn't mind what they showed here. They did show light at the end of the hall, but they only showed 2 classrooms that usually aren't on the outside and have very few windows. I would have thought it was clear from the lockdown episode that the choir room didn't have windows since they could hide anywhere in the room as long as they weren't in visible site of the hall window.
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The choir room has windows on the top of the wall they have their chairs against. http://filmreviewonline.com/wp-content/gallery/glee-season-1/glee-club-performs.jpg the window lets the sunlight in during every other episode which is why I found it odd that they closed it up during this one.
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Gawd, did anyone pause to consider maybe it was just a cloudy, overcast kind of day?
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They are outside at one point with the cheerios and it is very sunny outside. Hell here in Ireland it's usually overcast and cloudy and we don't stumble around in the dark
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I thought Blake and Becca did a really good job in this episode although I'm not sure about the whole child molesting. I really hated how Ryder confessed something that was really painfull to him and then Sam and Artie laughed and were like what that's not terrible that's awesome. I swear the whole Kurt at vogue things has become even more ridiculous I mean seriously what boss would be that cool with someone just turning up whenever they wanted to even if it was because of school? Tbh I was glad this episode cut most of the Blaine stuff coz honestly I'm at the point where I just don't care for his character anymore and I just don't see how either Blaine or Sam could bring down coach Sue. The only bit I was sad about was that they cut the bit where Becky said bite me to Blaine coz that actually sounded really funny in the promo. To be fair I think Santanna is way better than some dancer at some racey bar.
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I agree Kurt being allowed to drop in is ridiculous, particularly for an intern who traditionally has to do grunt work. "Get my coffee. Get this memo to finance. Fact check this article. Pick up my lunch." Little busy-jobs that need to be done as they come up. It's not a drop-in-as-you-like scenario.
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I like this series, as hard as it is to believe, but they need to cut down the scenes in the school. (I know that the series is supposed to be about the Glee club in the school, but still). They are not interesting. I cringe every single time. The new characters are tedious and unoriginal. Their story lines remind me of borrowed stories from other tv series/films, with the added ingredient of been stereotypical that Ryan Murphy seems to love so much.
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At my school, if the lights are out from more than 45 min, we don't have to go to school? Was this 2 days or what? Like.... The storytelling is awful this season. I miss American horror story!
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I like Glee but I'm starting to agree with a lot of people who dislike this show. As much as they humanized Kitty with her abuse story line, why is the show suddenly tackling a serious issue just after tackling another serious issue. Its like the show is cramming all the bad things just to make it dramatic and controversial. I think its sickening. In season 1, the underage pregnancy story line was developed throughout the season. But now, the school shooting and child abuse are being developed in only a couple of episodes. The show only has two episodes left. They haven't even really dealt with Marley's bulimia. This is just getting ridiculous. I really hope that next season, they focus entirely in New York because at this point, McKinley will only have tragedy after tragedy.
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Still think Unique's the catfish, though it could be Kitty too.
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Also think its Unique
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I don't understand in the slightest why Blaine/Sam's interrogation of Becky (which could have been entertaining) was cut for Sam's boring PSA about our addiction to technology. The blackout storyline could have been really good but nothing was done with it. I'm one of Glee's biggest supporters (I've pretty much enjoyed every episode this season) but this was up with "Makeover" and "The Role You Were Born to Play" as Glee's worst episodes this season. I don't mind episodes that slow things down but this one had no plot. It just felt like nothing was happening. The last thing I should be, watching Glee, is bored. The only things I really liked about it was the "We Will Rock You" Stomp-esque number and the scene between Kitty/Ryder which displayed what a great actress Becca is. I'm very conflicted about that revelation but I do think it was the best scene in the episode.
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LMFAO that's EXACTLY what I thought. When they started cheering at the lights coming back on I was like "WTF are you doing?" They were happy to not have to do work BUT they were also happy to do work again? Also, I don't think a blackout would stop teachers from teaching. We use to have class in the dark quite often close to the summers because it cooled down the room. There's still, you know, natural light. Unless Mckinley High doesn't have windows.
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I would assume the reason all the Nightwing stuff was removed is cos they were trying to tone down Finn cos Cory's in rehab and those scenes involved a lot of him. Finn was also supposed to have some scene with JSanchez's character but they too were cut.
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I really don't think I have two more years of watching this crap in me. I really want to punch everyone who is still buying their lackluster covers on iTunes in the face.
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So is it just me or did that episode have no plot of it's own. there was no 'here's a problem; stuff; here's a resolution'. (unless you count the power outage which I don't, because that was a reason to play unplugged, not a problem that needed solving) this ep felt more like "here's some stuff. tune in next week for more unresolved stuff"
I watched this downloaded and when the last song went to black my first thought was 'did my file not complete?'
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I'm not sure about Kitty being the "catfisher" because why continue being both? just created unneeded drama. maybe it's Jake trying to screw with Ryder because he kissed his girl?

why the hell was there absolutely no light in this school?! is it secretly underground or something? my school lost power a couple times and all we did was open the blinds and it probably had more light than with the actual lights. crazy.
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I do think that Kitty is the 'catfisher' but that she doesn't want to come clean about it because everyone kinda sees her in this negative light and she seems to really like Ryder, so I think she scared that if she tells him the truth that he will no longer like her.
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That episode was so weird, I wondered if it all was on purpose. I don't understand how the school isn't concerned by the lights giving out and how classes can go on. Glee really needs to stop tackling on big issues (now child molesting, God, it just never ends) because everytime, they screw them up. I also didn't see what was wrong with Santana being a go-go dancer. As long as she doesn't sell herself and take drugs, what's the big deal? But hey, going to NYADA after dark is so much better, because you reconnect with yourself by paying loads of money instead of earning it. I have to say that I already forgot that Burt was even sick (or there at all) and I thought Kurt had dropped his job. I would love to have a position that I can attend whenever I want because I'm "following my dreams" (is everybody stoned in the show right now?). I liked two things about this episode : the "call on me" aerobics part (shouldn't have Blaine left the hairgel at home, though?) and the meta-bit about Darren and Christopher, because I'm a sucker like that. I think I like Kitty now. And I'm sadly starting to think that Blaine and Kurt won't reunite until next season. Aaaand that was a long comment.
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The aerobics part and the meta-bit were my favourite parts of this episode too :D I'm surprised neither of them were mentioned in the review.
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For some reason, this episode did not bother me as much as the shooting episode did. And I don't know why, because child molestation is CLEARLY yet another topic Glee has no business addressing (again, not because these topics shouldn't be discussed, but because Glee cannot handle them appropriately). My best guess is that I am growing numb to these plot roller coasters. Next week when one of the girls gets pregnant and has a back-alley abortion, it will just be par for the course.

I did get SUPER pissed at Sam and Arty for dismissing Ryder's feelings (I hate this double standard in general....old creepy men touching little girls = HORROR, but old creepy women touching little boys = SEXY? No.). Even Marley's "Hey guys, leave him alone. HIS truth is HIS truth." kind of sounded like she was trying to mask the fact that she didn't think it a huge deal.

Idk....this episode was okay (except for the 6 hours they took to sing "At the Ballet"....seriously, they all sounded great, but that number went on for WAAAAAAAAY too long). Guess we'll see what next week brings.
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Sigh...I hadn't thought through this episode and sort of just shrugged when it was over (there are two shows on Thursday nights that I initially loved and now really barely tolerate, this and The Vampire Diaries, once Hannibal started, I decided I need the froth of this show and it rarely makes me want to throw things which the other one does).

I do agree that it might have been better thought out that there was a snowstorm or something to explain the lights out thing (I remember a late season snow storm when I was a junior, mind you I live in Massachusetts not Ohio where snow was predicted and everything but wasn't supposed to start until the evening then it began snowing at 11 and no one thought anything of it, within an hour, like four inches was on the ground and we sat through another period of the school trying to figure out whether to let us out early, because driving was dangerous and if they were going to let us out, what about the kids who took the bus. I think we only missed last period when they decided to dismiss us early, but I could see them persisting through a regular school day even if the electricity went out - I went to Catholic school, it was cold already and the old nuns in the convent next store were constantly setting off the fire alarm when they burned toast).

I don't think Kitty is Katie, but I think she actually really does like Ryder.

You ever wonder about what happened to the missing Glee members? Like, where were Brittany, Sugar and Joe?
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When this season started I was super excited. I watched The Carrie Diaries and Lost Girl on Mondays, New Girl on Tuesdays, and Glee and Vampire Diaries on Thursdays. Now I'm down to just Glee and TVD on Thursdays.... and yes... I am with you.

SO MUCH POTENTIAL.... and really poor execution.

It's become Nonsense Thursdays now. Both shows just hurt my head.
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Ha-ha! Props for writing this -- "Santana was revealed to be working three jobs to support herself, including a dancing stint at the Coyote Ugly bar, and Saint Kurt basically called her a slut. So that was nice. " Genius!

As for the episode, it was prett good apart from the fact that we still don't know who Ryder is talking to.....!!@@!!@ Like seriously Glee? Do the writers even know who it is? Are we ever going to find out? I'm sort of upset about this. =.=

It did look like Kitty was doing it, but when later she revealed that she was molested..I was dissapointed. The Ryder/Kitty scenes made me want to see them happen. So it be neat of she was his catfisher. Although, I don't think she is. Something still leads me to believe it's Unique.

I'd like to compliment the performance number with Sarah Jessica Parker, it was the most beautiful, classy thing I've ever seen on "Glee". It was very good! And it was nowhere mentioned in your review!!!!!!!!!
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"Do the writers even know who it is?"

Haha, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who had that thought.
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