Glee Season 4 – Makeover – Recap, Photos and Videos (UPDATED)


In tonight’s Glee episode, ‘The Makeover”, Kurt (Chris Colfer) interviews at with editor Isabelle Wright (Sarah Jessica Parker), who turns out to be a kindred spirit! Eventually, Kurt and Isabelle join forces to give Rachel (Lea Michele) a makeover.

Back in Ohio, Blaine (Darren Criss) challenges Brittany (Heather Morris) for Senior Class President. The running mates are Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Artie (Kevin McHale), respectively. When the vice presidential candidates debate, Sam pulls out all the stops. Heh.


A change can do you good. That’s the theme of this week’s Glee. Kurt, Rachel, Blaine, Brittany, Sam and Will all go through a “makeover” of sorts.

The episode opens with Blaines FIRST VOICE OVER. He’s missing Kurt so much that he joins every afterschool activity known to man, including superhero sidekick club (he’s Robin!).  He and Kurt do Skype dates—they “hate watch” Treme together (“Why do these songs go on forever and why isn’t there more Zydeco?” complains Kurt).  We see the ex-Warbler’s new Kurt-less life via a lyrical montage that features all the clubs Blaine has joined, as he sings “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”  Finally, he decides to run for class president against incumbent, super-senior Brittany.

Meanwhile, Kurt picks out the perfect outfit  for his interview with the legendary designer, and now editor, Isabelle Wright.  She’s an artist who is badly in need of some inspiration, and her instincts tell her she may have found it in a fellow Ohio native (she’s from Columbus! She got food poisoning at Breadstix!) and hires Kurt on the spot.  Oddly, Kurt’s dream is still to be a Broadway star.  Typically, one interns in the field of one’s dreams.  But, maybe Kurt’s goals are about to change.

Sarah Jessica Parker plays Isabelle as sort of a Carrie Bradshaw 2.0. She’s wonderfully kind, frazzled and quirky. She and Kurt have instant chemistry (And I think I’ve found my new favorite ship, ya’ll). She’s impressed with the fashionista’s online resume, which features many of his familiar outfits, including the half-sweater from “I Kissed A Girl” which he says he discovered in a dead aunt’s attic.  Kurt also admits to making many of his off-beat creations.

This is where the trouble begins between Blaine and Kurt.  Kurt is a smash a   He inspires Isabelle who, up until their meeting, felt completely out of ideas. When she asks her new intern what he thinks of her staff’s brainstorming on “unexpected leather,” Kurt honestly admits he thinks they belong in the back of the Village Voice. He suggests a music video featuring cutting edge fashion trends for the website. Kurt basically functions as a fresh set of eyes for Isabelle, who has really lost her way. He’s brimming with ideas, and isn’t jaded. She instantly values his opinions.  Kurt is on his way up.

Creating big ideas for the most renowned fashion magazine in the world is quite a leap from running for senior class president back in Lima.  Kurt, if you’ll recall, lost his bid against Brittany the year before.  This time, Brittany asks her ex-boyfriend , Artie to campaign as her running mate. He’s got perfect grades and fantastic extra-curriculars–he doesn’t need the tweak. But Brittany finally convinces him when she reveals that if she wins, she’ll continue to ignore her duties. “I could be Chaney to your Bush?” asks Artie. “I’d rather be landing strip,” Yep. They went there. Hello new 9 pm time slot.  Artie’s thinks a new found power could make him a hit with the babes. He finally agrees.

Also having trouble with inspiration is Will Schuster, who is now chairman of the show choir competition committee.  The kids have lots of questions for the official body that are really meta nods to Glee plot holes. Like, what does 1/3 vintage mean anyway? And why do some choirs sing only 1 song, while others get 6?   Will has been working on some new ideas for the choir, but really, at this point, the well is empty.  Brittany announces to Glee club that she’s running for president and has chosen Artie as her running mate. She also wants to know if anyone can prove that Blaine was born in this country. Hawaii? Heh.

Brittany’s new besite, Sam, is upset that she didn’t choose him as her running mate. But Brit has a solution. He can run with Blaine instead.  She doesn’t want to run with Sam, because she’s afraid it will ruin their relationship, like when Sarah Palin’s father asked her to be his running mate and lost.  Brittany spends the entire episode spouting ridiculous (yet hilarious) crap like that.  At any rate, Sam convinces Blaine that he would be the perfect mate, with the ability to bring home the jock/straight guy vote.   By the way, Blaine has the most adorable Klaine photos tacked up in his locker!  Brittany challenges Blaine to a debate. Sam has no idea what a debate is. Oy.

Will continues to struggle with his lack of inspiration, while Sue warns him that if he allows himself to fall into a rut, he’ll end up an alcoholic, obese or both.  He’s reached his goal of winning a National championship. So now, what’s next?  Sue says his lack of adult friends sends him well on his way to a career as a pedophile birthday clown!

Blaine and Brittany prepare for their debates.  Although most of the senior class will attend the debate looking for a Brittany-style trainwreck, according to Jacob Ben Israel’s latest poll, Artie convinces her that she’s brilliant in an almost magical way. Blaine thinks Sam needs a new look in order to appear as a serious candidate. The Lima makeovers begin, set to the tune of Hole’s “Celebrity Skin.”  In the end, both Brittany and Sam get spiffed and shiny, with Artie and Blaine acting as their political consultants. Honestly, I could have gone my entire life without Hole being covered on Glee. But at least it wasn’t Lea Michlele and Cory Monteith singing lead.

Will chairs the show choir committee meeting. And guess who is back? The hard of hearing director of the deaf choir from season 1! We also find out that he’s gluten intolerant.  Will drifts in and out of consciousness, until deaf director admits that his funding has been taken away. It’s the only thing that makes him happy besides his extreme couponing and muscle relaxers. And then he warns that the rest of them are in danger too, because funding for the arts is drying up.  That perks Will up.  One of the members mentions a blue ribbon panel that’s convening in Washington.  Deaf director says they’re only interested in big stars like Meryl Streep and Demi Lovato (GRATUITOUS CROSS PROMOTION).  But then, Will thinks a choir director who just won a national championship would be the perfect thing for the panel. Inspiration finally arrives!

Rachel is finally beginning to adjust to life as a student at NYADA. Especially since she’s now rooming with her BFF Kurt in a fabulous loft in Bushwick and the hottie, Brody, a potential love interest, has come into her life.  But the jaded NYC girls are catting about her farm-fed fashion sense.  Reindeer sweaters are not cutting it in the big city! Over Chinese food at the loft (after a lovely arm and arm jaunt in the city—I am LOVING the New York City locations!) Kurt suggests a total makeover for Rachel.  Although it’s after midnight, he drags his bestie to the offices in order to both makeover Rachel and make that music video he suggested to Isabelle.

But uh oh. Just as Kurt punches in his security code and the enter the “The Vault” where all the couture is stashed, Isabelle arrives with two burly security guards, thinking she’s stopping a break in! (I thought you were having dinner with Steve Buscemi and Yoko Ono! No, They cancelled again!)

As soon as Isabelle catches wind of what Kurt and Rachel are up to, she’s completely on board for the makeover. And what ensues is an utterly charming mashup of “The Way You Look Tonight” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” (From Annie! Which Sarah Jessica starred in on Broadway as a child). Rachel models gorgeous gowns as Kurt and Isabelle sing.  I was worried that Kurt’s new role as fashion maven would mean he’d have no reason to sing Broadway tunes. But this is Glee! And I’m happy that Murphy and co. have found a way to allow him a song.  In a post show Q&A, Ryan said that ideally, he’d like Kurt to do both Broadway and Fashion. But I’m thinking, what could happen, is that as Kurt shifts his dream to fashion—part of his success will have to do with the musical perspective he brings with him—allowing plenty of opportunities for singing and dancing.  And can I say, although it hasn’t been stated explicitly, Kurt’s look has also been updated and he looks unbelievably grown up and handsome.  Really digging the hair.

Kurt shows Blaine the music video during their next Skype date. Blaine is full of compliments about the production and is certain Isabelle will choose his idea for the website.  Blaine is such a wonderfully supportive boyfriend. Kurt can’t stop babbling about his new life in New York City.  When Blaine interjects, asking advice about what he should wear to the upcoming debate, Kurt is all “OH YEAH. I almost forgot about that!  Whatever! You look good In anything you wear!” before shifting back to his stuff. A crappy class presidential race is no match for Kurt’s newly glamorous life in the big city.  It’s heartbreaking to watch Kurt drifting away. It’s the exact thing that Blaine always feared.

Will has decided to apply for the Blue Ribbon Panel in Washington, but he wants the blessing of his fiancée, Emma. She’s willing to postpone the wedding (No November nuptials!) in order to allow Will to follow his dreams. After all, he’s got to set an example for the Glee kids.  Even though it means he would be away for several months, Emma is willing to support him. For now, anyway. He decides to apply.

It’s Presidential Debate time. Sue will be the moderator, as Principal Figgins is out with “religious fever”. Sam gives Blaine the fashion advice he could not get from his boy friend Kurt. Sam says lose the bow tie because it makes Blaine look too uptight. Blaine obliges.   The vice presidential candidates are first. Or, “the pimp and the gimp” as Sue calls them.

What ensues is pretty much a disaster. Artie goes on and on. When Sam finally takes the stage, he fails to answer questions adequately, and once he’s confronted by his stripper past, he gives in to his impulse to rip off his shirt. To be honest, that probably got the team some votes, even as Blaine cringes in the wings.   Blaine takes the stage to make an impassioned speech about making a difference and blah blah blah.  He also stresses Brittany’s ineffectual 1st term. And her horrible horrible ban on hair gel, which is the first step towards TYRANNY.  “Next thing you know they’ll start burning books…and people too!”

Brittany, inexplicably, proposes that she loves the school so much she wants to outlaw summer vacation, weekends and any other out-of-school time.  It’s like she’s trying to lose. Blaine has this in the bag.

Isabelle calls Kurt into her office. It turns out that Anna Winitour herself LOVED Kurt’s video. It will be reshot with a professional model, but the fledgling designer will get credit for the idea!  Kurt is thrilled. Isabelle tells Kurt to never lose his wide-eyed enthusiasm. And that although he has his heart set on Broadway, the day could come where every A lister will want to wear his designs. And afterward, it’s off to Indochine for lunch! But not after she informs her staff that Kurt will be attending the next meeting. And not as coffee boy.  If looks could kill.  I see Kurt dealing with a lot of jealous cats in future episodes! Meow.  Isabelle has found a kindred spirit. Kisabelle?  I love it.

Brody is back! He joins Rachel in the dance studio and notes her sensational new look.  He confesses that he was once a scrawny kid from Montana with a bad haircut, until seniors took him under their wing.  Brody thinks Rachel’s new look now matches who she really is on the inside. Rachel likes that a lot and suggests Brody practice a new song with her. The two launch into “A Change Will Do You Good,” over a montage of the duo posing around NYC. The dance is so sexy, Rachel invites Brody to her apartment for dinner the next night. Brody is not only HOT, but he’s a solid singer and a really good guy. He’s a self-contained boy who has loads of confidence. HE’S BOYFRIEND MATERIAL RACHEL. GET WITH IT.

We find out who wins the election. Last season when Kurt ran against Brittany it was a multi-episode arc that began in the premiere and finished in episode 7. This time the election is announced, fought and won in 60 minutes! Gotta love Glee. At any rate–BLAINE WINS. And I couldn’t be happier. As Blaine and the gang celebrate at Breadstix, he invites Artie to join his administration. But he declines. Artie got what he wanted out of the deal. Sugar asked him out on a date!

He also calls Blaine’s new bow-tieless look a game changer. Ironically, the newly-elected president’s fashionable boyfriend had nothing to do with the makeover, rendering the victory bittersweet.  Blaine lies to Artie, assuring him that Kurt is so proud, and is planning the inaugural ball as they speak. But truth is, Blaine calls Kurt who is at a chic restaurant with Isabelle and her friends. His phone rings, he sees it’s from Blaine and…he turns it off.  It’s just what Blaine was afraid of—Kurt abandoning him for new friends and new exciting experiences in New York City. It’s heartbreaking.

At that moment, Blaine realizes that he doesn’t care about being class president at McKinley, because the only reason he even transferred from Dalton was to be with Kurt. He feels really really alone. He did it ALL for Kurt, and now that he’s gone, it feels like none of it matters.  He confides in Sam, who points out to Blaine that he is McKinley’s first “gay guy president.” (Never mind that Brittany is also LGBT. Whatever).    Blaine doesn’t think anyone cares, But Sam believes that the two of them joining forces in a gay-straight alliance can make a difference in the way kids perceive LGBT at McKinley.  Well. He’s got a point. A bromance has certainly been born.

Sam confesses to Brittany that he voted for her.  Brittany really wanted to win, but she’s already getting over it, with the help of her new friend. At one point, Ryan Murphy said Sam would get a new love interest, and that we would not believe who it was.  Although Brittany has ALWAYS identified as bisexual, if she breaks up with Santana and hooks up with a boy, that’s going to be REALLY controversial. Ryan sure knows how to stir the pot.

Sue writes a glowing (and mostly untrue) recommendation for Will’s Blue Ribbon Panel bid. She wants him out of McKinley, but this time it’s with the best intentions.

Rachel cooks dinner for Brody, but after the duck blows up, they wind up with pizza (shades of Carrie and Mr. Big?) After a romantic dinner, with “Moon River” playing in the background, Broday says he’ll never try anything Rachel isn’t comfortable with yet. But Rachel is ready.  They kiss deeply.  There’s a knock at the door. Rachel thinks it’s Kurt who forgot his keys.  NOPE.

It’s Finn. Dammit.

Next week is the big BREAK UP episode.  Klaine, Finchel, Brittana and Wema all struggle in their relationships. Some don’t survive. And if you watch the promo below, it’s pretty easy to guess who. Make sure you’re stocked with tissues before next week!

I’m still loving the New York City storyline. Fiercely.  This week the Lima side of things was more tolerable, because the newbies were barely featured. Just being honest.  I’m not warming up to them yet, at all.

Click for Kurt Hummel’s Online Resume!

Click to Listen to the Songs from Makeover

Everybody Wants to Rule The World

Celebrity Skin

The Way You Look Tonight/You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile

A Change Will Do You Good

Kurt Meets Isabelle at

Makeover Behind the Scenes

The Break Up Promo

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  • HermeticallySealed

    Liking the Kurt storyline tonight, but the school side seems a bit weak. Maybe I am just politic’d out, but I just have no interest in the Britney vs Blaine campaign. 

  • HermeticallySealed

    Oh Kurt, Kurt, Kurt.  I see the beginning of the wedge in Klaine.

  • Pretty Horsey

    I’m looking forward to all the break ups next week. I just hope they stay broken up

  • Maddster

    I am SOO mad at Rachel!
    I mean, Brochel is cute…
    And I am so pissed at Kurt.
    Really, Kurt?
    Blaine is so handsome and amazing.

  • HermeticallySealed

     Iono.  I do hope it’s not a break up, then make up at the end of the show.  But I would eventually like to see Kurt and Blaine get back together.  Not a Rachel fan, like at all.  I have always hated her character, but since being away from Finn, she’s actually become tolerable.

  • Jon Glass

    SO OVER FINN. Brody is better for her. They don’t fight. Loving SJP in this. She belongs full time in glee.

  • idolgleek92

    Rachel shouldn’t be blamed at all. Finn hasn’t contacted her in months and has ignored her calls and attempts at contact. Boot camp doesn’t last for months, so that’s no excuse. She’s an 18-year-old girl who just started college in NYC, is she seriously not expected to move on with her life? She can’t just pine for Finn forever, hoping he eventually calls. She’s finally growing up. I’m sure Finchel is still endgame, but S3 demonstrated to me that they both needed maturing and growing up to do and now they get the chance to. 

    Also, this episode was pretty amazing. I am LOVING the emphasis on storyline this season. Next week looks like it’s going to be super emotional, which means I will love it because emotional Glee always gets to me lol. 

    Oh and SJP was awesome. I love how they’re moving between NYC and Ohio. And even Will is getting storylines and Sue is back to her old self! And the deaf show choir director was back! (Scarlet Fever! lol) Glee is so good this season!

  • jlscott13

    Mad at Rachel for what exactly? Finn disappeared for 2 months w/o a word. She has every right to hook up w/ Brody, imo. Plus, he’s a better fit for her anyways.

  • phil_atlanta2

    I have a feeling Blaine will hook up with Sam. Ryan Murphy sort of hinted it will be a shocker.

  • R Gray Shaw

     I actually suspect Brittany and Sam, but that is also a possibility….

  • Kariann Hart

    Personally, I don’t want Sam hooking up with Blaine.  For me, it just doesn’t feel right.  I do see a break-up coming for Blaine and Kurt.  That will be sad.  The break-up between Rachel and Finn won’t feel as bad.  It is time they both move on.

    I am really liking Glee this season.  The story lines are good and some of the new characters are interesting.

  • jennyl2

    I’ve not watched this episode yet. Somehow I’m reluctant to watch my fav couple #Klaine breaking up. Might watch Grey’s Anatomy instead first. lol! 

  • jennyl2

    I’ve not watched this episode yet. Somehow I’m reluctant to watch my fav couple #Klaine breaking up. Might watch Grey’s Anatomy instead first. lol! 

  • Omer Daniel

    really didn’t like the episode. pretty boring, bad songs and basically,
    it was just another episode in the Blain show that Glee has become since
    season 2.

    SJP was cute, but come on. The editor of is having a meltdown
    in front of her 18 years old intern that she just hired, and of course –
    he saves the day? Oh Glee.

    The only intresting thing about the episode was Finn reappering at the end, although I have to admit – I did not miss him. 

  • Jaejae1

    I liked this episode of Glee though I really didn’t like the music that much. Loved the story lines. I have been wondering when they would address why Blaine didn’t head straight back to Dalton once Kurt graduated.  And I am interested in seeing the friendship that he and Sam will develop.  And love that Brittany is getting some exploration. I never realized that she was supposed to be a truly challenged student until this year.  Glad they are addressing that as well.  I love Brody.  LOVE him.  I have seriously been like, how can Rachael resist??? Finn showing up at the end wasn’t a shocker but what a way to end the episode. 

  • Allison

    Is it just me or are the musical selections getting really weak? I can’t imagine buying any of those songs. And “The Way You Look Tonight” does not mesh well with “…dressed w/o a Smile”. It would have been lovely all by itself. Weak, none-the-less.

    ETA – just read a couple of other comments. And they seem to dislike the tunes also.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    And Brody’s cuter….just thought I’d throw that in there. 

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I know I’m in the vast minority here…but I think it’s time Rachel leaves…Glee…for good. The show has had enough of her.
    Okay, don’t throw anything at me…

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I know I’m in the vast minority here…but I think it’s time Rachel leaves…Glee…for good. The show has had enough of her.
    Okay, don’t throw anything at me…

  • jennyl2

    I love the chemistry between Rachel and Brody. Rachel did sexy right in the dance number. I cracked up when Finn appear. Kurt, o Kurt. Blaine would pick up your phone anytime…. sigh… SJP is cute but I agree no one in a position of a leader would confess to a new intern they are not up to the job. At least not in corporate. Its career suicide. I was expecting Devil Wears Prada not kitty cat. Fav song of episode. Everybody Wants to Rule The World. Betting my money on Sam and Brittney.

    Ooo. Just watched the promo for next week. Blaine and Rachel are the ones that break up the relationship?

  • tati83

    Rachel is the only reason I still watch Glee. I wish they would just focus on New York to be honest. I am digging Brody :) 

  • Holden17C

    I will cheer when Rachel finally dumps Finn. He’s a whiny loser. So far, Body has been pretty cool. We’ll see if that holds up.

  • Kariann Hart

    Brody – Body?  Cute!  I loved the entire episode, but especially SJP and Kurt.  I figured out that she has his entire resume and said she was pleased with what she saw.  So, she’s having a bad case of PMS (hehehe) and opens up her heart to Kurt.  Instant bonding whether it’s corporate suicide or not.  I love that part!

    I have always been a Rachel fan, but agree that Rachel and Kurt (along with Blaine) could have a separate show themselves.  Too bad their ratings are down.

  • Axxxel

    Blaine is handsome but so far away… and he does not understand real life yet… he is still in highschool… sorry… maybe after  Blaine graduates…

  • Axxxel

    check out the new thread on MJSbigblog about the accoustic version of Teenage Dream… Heartbreaking…

  • Axxxel

    sorry ,some people can have a meltdown in their hospital bed in front of a member of the cleaning service…

  • Axxxel

    I wonder who will download the accoustic version of Teenage dream next week…  :-(

  • Axxxel

    don’t worry, she will,  at the end of this season 4 though hehehe

  • Axxxel

    well, maybe she feels close to Kurt because they are from the same area.. I remember my mum, everytime she meets someone from her area, she acts towards them as if they are her closest relatives… hhmmm

  • jennyl2

    I’m trying to work up the courage. :)

  • Sq

    It’s finally happened – I’m fast forwarding through Glee – stopping for all the NYC scenes – love! them.  Stopping for Blaine – who is awesome. Skipping past all the rest…  The new half and half Glee has no chemistry – Love the newcomers in NYC, yawn new Gleeks.  Sorry….  Ryan your storyline grew up (yay) so perhaps it’s time to shift away from Lima OH.

  • Axxxel

    Or Blaine hooks up with Blake Jenner’s character…. First it was supposed to be Sam Evans and Kurt Hummel but it did not work out…

  • Pretty Horsey

    MJ I’m with you I’m not warming up to the newbies either and I was glad they weren’t shoved down our throats this week.

  • Maddster

    Um, I just said “Finchel is forever.” She said she was STILL in love with Finn, then started making out with Brody. Come on, people. Finn deserves a better girl, though. Now that I think about it, he’s the best one on that show. I hope Shue. asks him to lead the Glee Club in his absence.

  • jlscott13

    It’s her first love, of course she’s still in love with him. That’s what happens w/ a first love, doesn’t mean they should be together. And again, Finn is the one who disappeared off the map without contacting her. Rachel deserves a better guy.