Glee: Season 4, Episode 1

The New Rachel (13 Sep. 2012)

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The members of New Directions compete to become the next star of the Glee Club, and a fresh crop of students is introduced.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Finn Hudson (credit only)
Mercedes Jones (credit only)
Santana Lopez (credit only)
Noah 'Puck' Puckerman (credit only)
Mike Chang (credit only)


The members of New Directions compete to become the next star of the Glee Club, and a fresh crop of students is introduced.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical





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First appearances of Jacob Artist as Jake Puckerman, Melissa Benoist as Marley Rose and Becca Tobin as Kitty Wilde See more »


[first lines]
Cassandra July: All right, kids, show me what you got. Ready? Five, six, seven, eight! Welcome to NYADA. This is Dance 101, my name's Cassandra July, and if you are not suffering from severe body dysmorphia, then you don't want it enough.
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Written by David Shire
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Glee The New Rachel
14 September 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Rachel has graduated and now she must deal with even more devils and of course it's Kate Hudson who is the evil of New York. But after a quick look at Rachel we go back to McKinley High School, with everyone thinking they are the best because they can't be like Rachel. Then back to Rachel who seems to have made a friend. Back to McKinley and Unique comes back and That gets me excited. First song of the season and it is the song of the summer "Call Me Maybe" with a four way battle between Blaine, Brittany, Tina and Unique. Another new character and it seems that they are going to have to many characters. Second musical number and it is the first sound of Kate we hear because up till this point she has just been a mean person in Rachel's way. She sings a mix of "Americano/Dance Again" and dances much better then I thought she world. Like in Season 1 auditions begin and there just as bad as they were but this time there were bad singers so it was like a repeat of American Idol which then leads to some singing people in McKinley and NYADA which gives a mix of Rachel and new character Marley singing "New York State of Mind" which I believe was sung much better by newbie Marley Rose as she felt the song much better then Rachel did who seemed to just sing it rather then feel it. Of course Marley is set to be the new Rachel but unlike Rachel she is a new person with a mother who is some pose to be the sympathetic part that makes the character more sweeter. Next song is "It's Time" sung by Blaine as a tribute to his boyfriend Kurt who is still at school after graduating. At least Marley was brave enough to admit that she has a mother everyone was making fun of which was a good moment of the episode. More Kate Hudson in this episode is what I called for because I believe that she could make a serious threat to Rachel's life and the Emmy's next year because she may be mean but unlike Sue she seems to be more talented and fun to watch like Sue has become so horrible to watch on the TV. It seems that the scene between Kurt and Burt may be the last one compared to all the great moments they have had all the time. Well just when we think we lose cast members they have to show us new cast members who are the exact same as the ones that left. This episode ends with a version of Adele's "Chasing Pavements". The end to the episode to me seemed just as average as the whole episode seemed and that's what makes me think that this new Glee may be worse to me then the show I once loved with all the old gang but I will still watch.

EPISODE GRADE: B- (MVP: Kate Hudson)

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