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Lights Out is the twentieth episode of Glee's fourth season and the eighty-sixth episode overall. It premiered on April 25, 2013.

When the power goes out at McKinley High, Will enlists the members of New Directions to "unplug" and perform acoustic numbers. While this happens, Ryder continues his long quest to discover who Katie is, along the way revealing a secret to the Glee Club leading to Kitty and Ryder's friendship to grow while Sue finds herself living a great life after being fired, becoming a training coach at a local gym, but Becky awaits her return and decides to tell Principal Figgins what happened. Meanwhile, in New York, Isabelle Wright asks Kurt to volunteer at the charity event, with Rachel and Santana in tow and while there, Santana finds herself. 

It was directed by Paris Barclay and written by Ryan Murphy.



As Ryder frets over why "Katie" has yet to reveal herself to him, Will worries that their Regionals rivals the Hoosierdaddies have a ringer in big-voiced Frida Romero singing The Star-Spangled Banner and decides New Directions needs to go bigger than ever with an epic stadium rock style. But an unexpected power outage at McKinley - during which Figgins insists the students remain in school - changes Will's plan: "It's Unplugged Week."


When Ryder tells Jake about the deep, dark secrets he's shared with Katie, Jake suggests that the secrets aren't going to go away - maybe Ryder should share them with people he actually knows. In New York, Rachel and Kurt confront Santana: having learned that along with working at Coyote Ugly she's bouncing at a lesbian bar and working as a cage dancer in another, they worry that she's squandering her talents, but Santana insists she needs time to figure out her life path and blows off their concern.


Sam breaks the seal on the Unplugged theme with an acoustic performance of the Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'  to which Ryder joins in on, with harmonizing assistance from the Glee club. When Artie balks at performing without the use of his synthesizer, Sam - who entertained his family during many nights when the power was shut off - calls out all the students on their overreliance on technology.

At, Isabelle reassures Kurt that while his admission into NYADA has cut into his internship hours, he still has a job there thanks to the quality of his work - but she needs his help wrangling celebrities for the New York City Ballet Gala, a high-profile charity event she's organizing. Meanwhile, Sue's found a new career as a personal trainer for pampered and privileged trophy wives. Blaine tells her he's concerned about Coach Roz's dubious instruction (like rib removal) and the fact that the students are still unsettled about the mysterious gun incident, and he urges Sue to reveal whatever secret truth lies at the heart of it.

Inspired by Sam's speech, Artie suggests going "Unplugged Squared" by performing without real instruments, using everyday items to create music instead. Kurt's involvement with the Ballet Gala sparks fond childhood memories for him and Rachel, although Santana's not interested in helping throw the party - but Kurt's promise of a gown from the vault that she can keep changes her mind.


Ryder tries to work through some of his feelings with an acoustic performance of R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts, followed by the revelation of the secret he's been keeping: he was molested by his female babysitter when he was 11. When the guys are surprised he's troubled by this, believing it to be every guy's fantasy, he backpedals on his admission.

Later, over dinner at Breadstix with a newly single and Puck-free Kitty, she explains that she had a similar experience with a friend's older brother that ultimately caused her to switch schools when nobody seemed to understand. She wants Ryder to know that she empathizes with his experience. Artie's musical concept is realized by New Directions in a performance of Queen'We Will Rock You.

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Becky pleads with Sue to come back, not sure she can endure Coach Roz's long run-on-sentence-filled tirades (Roz remains convinced that Becky is Sue's rapidly aged baby). Sue insists that she's moved on and is through devoting her life to the self-centered Cheerios, imagining a scenario of turning on them set to Little Girls from the musical "Annie." She says she doesn't miss the girls at all, but her longing gaze at Cheerios practice suggests otherwise.

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Before the Ballet Gala, at Isabelle's suggestion that every little girl starts out wanting to be a ballerina, Santana admits that she, too, loved taking ballet as a child, prompting a fantasy reverie of At the Ballet from the musical "A Chorus Line." Santana admits that she loves dancing but has no idea what she ultimately wants to do or how to get there, and Isabelle assures her that baby steps are okay.

Coach Roz complains to Figgins about Becky's ongoing belligerence, but Becky confesses to Figgins that she only acted out to be sent to the principal's office so she could unburden herself. The power at McKinley is restored, and the glee club's ready to plug back in, but Will insists on one more lesson a cappella and wants the students to really deliver.

Chatting online with Katie, Ryder explains that despite her deception, he has her to thank for opening up to his friends about his secret. But when faced with the prospect of leaving for lunch with Kitty or continuing to chat with his unknown love interest, Ryder chooses to stay at the computer even after Kitty admits that she doesn't easily warm to people and she's not likely to give him another chance.


When Santana's new ballet instructor insists that the students had better not expect the class to be a simple stepping-stone into NYADA, Santana explains that she's just there because she loves to dance and wants to reconnect with her artistic side. She has a fantasy-like conversation with her younger self and starts the class.  Meanwhile, the Glee Club nails their last unplugged performance with a beautifully harmonized rendition of Billy Joel's doo-wop classic Longest Time.


Song Title Original Artist Performer(s)
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' The Righteous Brothers New Directions
Everybody Hurts R.E.M Ryder Lynn
We Will Rock You Queen New Directions
Little Girls Cast of Annie Sue Sylvester
At the Ballet Cast of A Chorus Line Isabelle WrightKurt Hummel, Rachel Berry and Santana Lopez
Longest Time Billy Joel New Directions

Unreleased Songs

  • The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key sung by Frida Romero.

Background Songs

  • Call on Me by Eric Prydz.

Guest Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Stars

Absent Cast Members


  • Santana mentions the song Run Joey Run from Season One. This is the third time this song is mentioned, the first being in Laryngitis and the second in Prom Queen.
  • There is a cut scene between Blaine and Becky where Blaine worries about Becky and tries to find out what happened with her and Sue.
  • Ryder's spelling and grammar appears to have been improved immensely in this episode, despite the fact that he is dyslexic.
  • First episode without Finn since the previous episode. Cory Monteith was supposed to appear in this episode, but Finn had to be edited out of the episode. This was probably due to his recent rehabilitation.
  • Finn originally appeared in the Blaine/Becky/Sue storyline in this episode but due to Cory’s absence for the rest of the episode these scenes were rewritten and reshot.
  • This episode had a rating of 1.8 and was watched by 5.24 million viewers. Source
  • This episode was submitted for consideration of Sarah Jessica Parker for the 2013 Emmy's.
  • When listing people coming to the New York City Ballet Gala Isabelle Wright mentions Darren and Christopher, a reference to Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Darren Criss (Blaine).

Cultural references

  • The aerobic lesson Blaine attends is a remake of the original music video for Call On Me.

Deleted Scenes


Mini Santana: Don't forget me.

Santana: Don't worry... I won't.

—Mini Santana and Santana Lopez

AHHH! Zombie apocalypse!

Sam Evans

Blaine: Why did Sue Sylvester take the fall? Who is she protecting?

Becky: Bite me.

Blaine Anderson to Becky Jackson

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

Sue Sylvester to Blaine Anderson

Isabelle: Santana, how do you feel about Cherry Jones?

Santana: Whatevs!

Isabelle Wright to Santana Lopez

First she started making fart noises every time I bent over, then she started making fart noises every time I blinked. Ain't nobody fart every time they blink... That's crazy!

Roz Washington

Dear Journal, I speak to you one not as Sue Sylvester world class coach and educartix but as Sue Sylvester Freelance champion. I've purged myself of the toxic teen-town trauma parade that is McKinley High, and life could not be better. I'm making my own hours, rocking a fresh look, and getting paid twice the money to do what I do best, dishing out top tier abuse to trophy wives and self-hati single gals as a personal trainer

Sue Sylvester

I didn't just want to get them out, I wanted to get in touch with them so I could maybe have the balls to tell you guys something

Ryder Lynn

Found this out by the dumpster, with a little TLC and three clicks from Kurt's ruby slippers this bad boy could be soligable

Santana Lopez

Santana: Listen, I really love dancing. I just am not like you guys. I don't know what I want to do or how I'm even gonna get there.
Isabelle: But you have plenty of time to figure it out. And it doesn't have to be ballet or Broadway, just as long as it's something that you love, something that feeds your soul. And, Santana, baby steps are okay.

Isabelle Wright and Santana Lopez

Isabelle: (on the phone) Oh, that's perfect. Thanks Darren, I appreciate. Oh, and listen. You're at my table, seated next to Christopher, so be nice. Alright, bye.
Kurt: Darren...?
Isabelle: Aronofsky. Christopher Nolan.
Kurt: Oh.

Isabelle Wright and Kurt Hummel

Isabelle: So, first of all, how's your dad?
Kurt: Oh! Thank you for asking. He's doing good. He's back at work and all of his treatments seem to be working.
Isabelle: Good. I'm happy to hear that.
Kurt: I thought you might've called me in here because, um, you're gonna fire me.
Isabelle: What? Why would I do that?
Kurt: When you gave me the internship, you said it'll be 24/7 and ever since I got accepted to NYADA-
Isabelle: You haven't been coming in as much. We've noticed. But... Quality trumps quantity, always.

Isabelle Wright and Kurt Hummel

And just when you thought it couldn't get any gayer, it does.

Santana Lopez



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Glee Episodes

Season One
PilotShowmanceAcafellasPreggersThe Rhodes Not TakenVitamin DThrowdownMash-UpWheelsBalladHairographyMattressSectionalsHell-OThe Power of MadonnaHomeBad ReputationLaryngitisDream OnTheatricalityFunkJourney

Season Two
AuditionBritney/BrittanyGrilled CheesusDuetsThe Rocky Horror Glee ShowNever Been KissedThe SubstituteFurtSpecial EducationA Very Glee ChristmasThe Sue Sylvester ShuffleSilly Love SongsComebackBlame It on the AlcoholSexyOriginal SongA Night of NeglectBorn This WayRumoursProm QueenFuneralNew York

Season Three
The Purple Piano ProjectI Am UnicornAsian FPot o' GoldThe First TimeMash OffI Kissed a GirlHold on to SixteenExtraordinary Merry ChristmasYes/NoMichaelThe Spanish TeacherHeartOn My WayBig BrotherSaturday Night Glee-verDance with SomebodyChokeProm-asaurusPropsNationalsGoodbye

Season Four
The New RachelBritney 2.0MakeoverThe Break-UpThe Role You Were Born to PlayGleaseDynamic DuetsThanksgivingSwan SongGlee, ActuallySadie HawkinsNakedDivaI DoGirls (and Boys) on FilmFeudGuilty PleasuresShooting StarSweet DreamsLights OutWonder-fulAll or Nothing

Season Five
Love, Love, LoveTina in the Sky with DiamondsThe QuarterbackA Katy or A GagaThe End of TwerkMovin' OutPuppet MasterPreviously Unaired ChristmasFrenemiesTrioCity of Angels100New DirectionsNew New YorkBashTestedOpening NightThe Back-Up PlanOld Dog, New TricksThe Untitled Rachel Berry Project

Season Six
Loser Like MeHomecomingJagged Little TapestryThe Hurt Locker, Part OneThe Hurt Locker, Part TwoWhat the World Needs NowTransitioningA WeddingChild StarThe Rise and Fall of Sue SylvesterWe Built This Glee Club2009Dreams Come True