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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Santana wasn't the only one opening up in this episode. After Ryder sang "Everybody Hurts," he revealed that his big secret was that his babysitter had molested him when he was 11. Although Sam and Artie didn't seem to understand what the big deal was, Kitty did. She took Ryder out to dinner to tell him about a similar experience she had in the sixth grade when one of her friend's older brothers climbed into her sleeping bag. Ryder and Kitty clearly bonded in this moment, but when he later blew her off to keep chatting with Katie, she seemed done with him... at least for now. Random thought: There was no way Ryder was typing fast enough during that conversation with Katie.

Just after running into Sue on the bleachers and just before the power came back on, Becky made the decision to talk to Principal Figgins. Could she be confessing her involvement in the school non-shooting?! That's my best guess. However, Figgins clearly wasn't too shaken by the revelation, because when the power came back on, he quickly congratulated the student body on not reverting to rampant cannibalism. Perhaps this episode was really all about Darwinism, after all?

Or maybe it was about the Glee club taking baby steps and going back to the art of a cappella. Another beneficial lesson to end the show? When in doubt, sing Billy Joel.

Musical Grades:

"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (Original by The Righteous Brothers): This was a classic Glee choir room performance, but it fell just a little flat for me. It was a great song choice, but I found it a little underwhelming. B-

"Everybody Hurts" (Original by R.E.M.): A scarred teen singing an emotional R.E.M. song by the candlelight? Yes, please. This song was the perfect example of why Ryder needs to sing, like, all the time. B+

"We Will Rock You" (Original by Queen): With strong male vocalists, trash can lids and awesome dance moves, this was my favorite performance of the night. A

"Little Girls" (Original from the Broadway musical Annie): Jane Lynch does not sing enough on this show. Between her vocal ability and her physical comedy, this song was nothing if not a good time. A-

"At the Ballet" (Original from the Broadway musical A Chorus Line): Combining Kurt, Santana, Rachel and Isabelle is never a bad idea. However, this performance was just a little too long for my taste. B

"The Longest Time" (Original by Billy Joel): An a cappella version of a Billy Joel classic rounded out the episode on a near-perfect note. Marley's sometimes jarring interruptions made it a little less effective, but still worth listening to. A-

Top Lines:

"May I suggest your best jam ever, 'Run Joey Run?'" -Santana

"I need my synths!" -Artie

"Just when you thought it couldn't get any gayer, it does." -Santana

"I skipped all that to study the timeless art of crunk." -Santana

"I have always admired her run-on sentences." -Sue about Roz

"95 years I gave those girls..." -Sue

"You can't insult the sultry and mysterious Coach Roz Washington. She is an African-American treasure." -Principal Figgins

So, what will happen when Becky tells Figgins the truth? How much longer until Sue is back in her red tracksuit? And what is going to happen with this whole Ryder-Kitty-Katie situation? Who do you think is behind the Katie facade? More importantly, how excited are you that Kate Hudson is back next week?! And Blaine's proposing?!

Samantha on Twitter: @samhighfill

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