Glee (2009–2015)
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The Rhodes Not Taken 

Will thinks the glee club desperately needs more of an edge, so he brings in his former classmate, April Rhodes, to spice things up. Will's plan seems to be going smoothly until he realizes he may be losing a key member of the club.


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Will decides the glee club needs a replacement for Rachel now she has deserted to the musical. Finn works on her emotionally, but that's crossed when Will recruits musically gifted ex-student April Rhodes. She proves too ambitious and Will gets second thoughts. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical


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30 September 2009 (USA)  »

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Although only a few details of the school's production of "Cabaret" are visible in this episode, those we do see show that the "Glee" showrunners have taken some artistic license with the classic musical. Rachel is shown practicing the song "Maybe This Time," which was included in the movie, not the stage musical (although it did appear in the 1998 Donmar Warehouse stage revival, it does not appear in any onstage version of "Cabaret" that is legally performable by high school, college, or community theaters). Also, the dialogue that Rachel and Finn practice is a paraphrase of an exchange that occurs only in the movie, and not in any version of the musical ever staged. See more »


Throughout most of Glee, it is widely known that Rachel is a vegan, but in this episode she is seen sharing a pizza, which Finn says has pepperoni on it. See more »


Emma Pillsbury: [after stopping Kurt in the hall] Kurt, I'm a girl who knows her solvents, and your breath smells like rubbing alcohol.
Kurt Hummel: [Watching Emma drunkenly] Oh Bambi... I cried so hard when those hunters shot your mommy...
[Bends down and throws up on Emma's shoes]
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Performed by Huey Lewis & The News
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The Rhodes Not Taken was a special treat of a "Glee" episode with extraordinary Kristin Chenoweth guesting
3 October 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

With Rachel still out of the glee club due to her rehearsals for starring in the high school production of "Cabaret", Will finds out former classmate April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth) is a few credits shy of graduating. Turns out she's also down-and-out who likes to drink. And everyone finds out about Quinn's pregnancy...With the pregnancy storyline on the back burner, we get a treat seeing Broadway veteran Chenoweth belting such tunes as "Maybe This Time"-a "Cabaret" number with cut-ins of Lea Michele also singing this while rehearsing, Heart's "Alone" with this series lead Matthew Morrison, and "Last Name" with the glee members having the time of their lives! Ms. Chenoweth also gets to act drunk and exhibit bad model behavior to one's amusement. Too bad for now this is a one-shot appearance but if anyone from the other shows that Ms. Chenoweth mentioned she'd like to appear in when she won her Emmy for the now-cancelled "Pushing Daises" reciprocates her requests, we might see a lot more of her this season! Until next time...

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