Glee recap: Baby Steps

A power outage at McKinley High leads to emotional performances; Sarah Jessica Parker returns to the NYC scene
Ep. 20 | Aired Apr 25, 2013

TEAM WORK The Glee Club ends the day with an a cappella performance of Billy Joel's "The Longest Time."

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With the first lecture of the night over, it was time for the first performance, in which Sam (with a little help from Ryder) sang "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and taught everyone about the unimportance of power. After Artie refused to perform his Miguel song without his "synths," Sam explained that when he was poor, he went without electricity all the time. Artie wasn't exactly following but would later catch the drift when his wheelchair ran over a water bottle, sparking his creative mind. The result was a Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk-style rendition of Queen's "We Will Rock You" that taught us many things. For example, Jake can tap dance?!

But let's catch up with Sue before we get any further. The ex-Cheerios coach took a job as a personal trainer at a local gym. As she put it, she's a "freelance champion" who dishes out "top-tier abuse to trophy wives and self-hating single gals." Yep, Sue Sylvester has arrived. Her classes, however, seemed to be stuck in the '80s. Jazzercise, anyone? Luckily, that was just the thing that attracted Blaine to exercise. Also, he wanted to ask Sue to come back to the Cheerios. Roz had gone too far by asking girls to have "fatty ribs" removed. He did have a point there.

Blaine's trip to "Sue 90X" seemed to have worked when Sue showed up to spy on Cheerios practice, but she quickly informed Becky that her new life was the best thing that had ever happened to her. And after a quick rendition of Annie's "Little Girls," Sue told her protege that she didn't miss anything about coaching those girls. Did I believe her? Of course not.

Speaking of things I couldn't believe, tonight marked the return of Sarah Jessica Parker's fabulous Isabelle, who invited Kurt and his roommates to the NYC Ballet Gala. It turned out Rachel, Kurt and even Santana had all taken ballet classes as a child. Although, to be fair, Santana also specialized in crunk. Finding their inner ballerinas, Kurt, Rachel and Santana all headed to the gala, where they teamed up with Isabelle to sing "At the Ballet," after which Isabelle reassured Santana that baby steps were perfectly alright. Finding one's dream isn't always as easy as Rachel Berry makes it seem.

And after the gala, Santana was inspired to take a NYADA extension dance course, during which she came face to face with her younger self and promised never to forget that little ballerina again. Was it just me, or was that scene a little too much? I was uncomfortable.

NEXT: Ryder and Kitty bond

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