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Glee 9/30/09 "The Rhodes Not Taken" Episode Recap

October 4th, 2009 · No Comments

With star Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) no longer part of the glee club, director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) worries about the team’s forthcoming performance at Invitationals. He discovers that April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth), a member of the club from his own high school days, never actually graduated, and convinces her to return to the glee club.

Having failed to achieve her Broadway dreams, April is now an alcoholic, and goes about winning the favor of the existing club members by unconventional means, including getting Kurt (Chris Colfer) drunk and teaching Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) to shoplift. Guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) warns Will that April is corrupting the students. Will asks April to sober up, admitting that she was the reason he joined the glee club, and implying that he had a crush on her in high school. The two of them sing an impromptu duet of Heart’s “Alone” at the local bowling alley, and April promises to change.

Club member Finn (Cory Monteith) is concerned for his future, believing his girlfriend Quinn (Dianna Agron) to be pregnant with his child. Emma suggests that instead of aiming to attend college on a football scholarship, Finn utilizes his musical talent. Finn believes the club’s only chance of performing well at Nationals rests with Rachel, and attempts to convince her to return to the club. He takes her bowling and the two share a kiss, leading Rachel to relent and quit her role in the school play in favor of glee club.

When Rachel discovers that Quinn is pregnant however, she is furious with Finn and quits the club once more. Following a performance of Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name”, April receives the standing ovation she always dreamed of, and realizes it is time to find herself a new dream. She leaves the club without a lead singer for their second performance, leading to Rachel stepping in and rejoining the club for an ensemble performance of Queen’s “Somebody to Love”.

“The Rhodes Not Taken” is the fifth episode of the television series Glee. The episode premiered on the Fox network on September 30, 2009.

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