Glee: Season 1, Episode 5

The Rhodes Not Taken (30 Sep. 2009)

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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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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 »


While having a conversation with Emma about bringing April Rhodes back, Will states to Emma that "she was only three credits shy of graduation," and he later references that she only needed the Spanish class to graduate. Unlike the college and university level, most high schools do not issue more than one credit for each class. See more »


April Rhodes: If you can master this, you can sneak anything out of a store between your knees. Shoes, prom dresses. I once got a cake out of a kid's birthday party with the candle still lit.
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References Cabaret (1972) See more »

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Not so glee about this episode
9 July 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Glee has one super-ace advantage to it- a lovable protagonist and adept singers. But it also has a looming dread that keeps surfacing unfortunately, and that is progression. If High School Musical were a series, I would've barfed at its sight by now. Glee is the adolescent version of HSM. Its a lot brighter and voluminous, but the narrative slowly abuts digression.

In this episode, Will decide to 'hoard up' another member for the lead, after Rachel's departure. He decides to bring April Rhodes, an ex-glee member, but her intemperate, sleazy and wild behavior causes a panic amongst Glee team.

The show starts off with the guys practicing a new song, but are having a tough time without Rachel. Everyone seems gloomy and morose, and Will seems clueless and therefor visits his companion at school, the school counselor. She seems to be envious and equivocal regarding April's presence and keeps warning Will to take the right decisions. Rachel leaves the musical, after she is constantly denigrated by Sandy and reunites with Glee in the end.

The episode mainly focuses on April and her attempts to colleague with the rest of the members. Kristin has acted well but gets too much screen space. The pregnancy storyline takes an ugly turn when news spreads like wildfire and Rachel and Finn's relation faces a backlash because of this.

None of the girls in Glee are very likable. Rachel is mean and self-centered, Mercedes and Tina barely have any screen-time, Emma can get a too ludicrously aberrant at times with her constantly jumpy character, April is redeemable but spoiled and an alcoholic, Sue Sylvester is mean and malevolent, the cheerleaders are air-heads and Will's wife is shamelessly self-involved and strident. I'm not saying that all girls should be blessed with aureoles, but at least have some redeemable qualities, if not all the girls, just one of two. But for heaven's sake, no Vanessa Hudgens.

The story mainly relies on strong vocals and the script becomes loose and tacky. Rachel is beginning to get on my nerves with her self-important persona. How can her character be justified when she keeps reminding the others how novice and helpless they are without her?

I used 'hoard up' in the beginning of the review because I feel that the school has become a music theater completely, as everyone can sing!!

Not one of my favorites. 4 on 10.

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