Episode Number/Title: 4.04 – “The Break Up”
Directed by Alfosnso Gomez-Rejon
Press Release (source):
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
—“GLEE” – (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS REACH THE BREAKING POINT ON AN ALL-NEW “GLEE” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 ON FOX
Rachel and Kurt are caught off-guard when they get unexpected visits in New York City. Meanwhile, Santana and Brittany deal with the long distance between them, and Will and Emma disagree on a new job offer in the all-new “The Break Up” episode of GLEE airing Thursday, Oct. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GLE-404) (TV-14 D, L)
Cast: Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester; Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester; Lea Michele as Rachel Berry; Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson; Chris Colfer as Kurt; Kevin McHale as Artie; Amber Riley as Mercedes; Mark Salling as Puck; Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina; Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez; Dianna Agron as Quinn; Heather Morris as Brittany; Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson; Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans; and Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury.
Guest Cast: Vanessa Lengies as Sugar Motta; Samuel Larsen as Joe Hart; Jacob Artist as Jake Puckerman; Melissa Benoist as Marley Rose; Dean Geyer as Brody Weston; Becca Tobin as Kitty; Iqbal Theba as Principal Figgins; and Alex Newell as Wade Adams.
Barely Breathing (Blaine, Finn)
Don’t Speak (Kurt, Blaine, Rachel, Finn)
Give Your Heart A Break (Rachel, Brody)
The Scientist (Ensemble)
Teenage Dream (Acoustic Version) (Blaine)
Promotional Photos (source – Fox):
Previews and Released Scenes:
Behind the Scenes:
Spoilers (source linked in the x):
Every major couple on the show – Will/Emma, Santana/Brittany, Kurt/Blaine, Rachel/Finn – will struggle in the episode. Brad Falchuk says, “I’m not going to say who breaks up and who doesn’t, but they all — Santana/Brittany, Kurt/Blaine, Will/Emma, Rachel/Finn — get kicked in the nuts. And it’s all about how do they recover — and can they recover? And some don’t. Absolutely some don’t. Of those couples, not all of them are going to make it. It’s like Titanic.” He also acknowledges that Finn/Rachel and Kurt/Blaine will be especially vulnerable. (x)
Finn’s departure from the army will be explained and we’ll see him at bootcamp. (x)
Leaky News Speculation:
Everyone who has seen the episode – cast and crew as well as very few select media personalities – has said it’s the best episode Glee has ever done. There have only been two promo images released (as opposed to the usual 4-6) and the media are playing it close to their chest, which either means the Powers That Be either didn’t release many details/scenes, or there’s nothing in the episode to tease without giving away major moments. Either way it means that the episode is plot heavy from start to finish.