Glee: Season 4, Episode 5

The Role You Were Born to Play (8 Nov. 2012)

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As auditions for the school production of "Grease" get under way, Marley, Jake, Kitty and Ryder compete for the lead roles.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Hummel (credit only)
Rachel Berry (credit only)
Santana Lopez (credit only)
Noah 'Puck' Puckerman (credit only)


As auditions for the school production of "Grease" get under way, Marley, Jake, Kitty and Ryder compete for the lead roles.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical





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8 November 2012 (USA)  »

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First appearance of Blake Jenner as Ryder Lynn See more »


References The Dark Knight Rises (2012) See more »


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Written by John Farrar
Performed by Darren Criss
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What this episode proved...
9 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1. These new kids have what it takes to keep the show going. I was as skeptic as anyone at the thought of the show continuing with new characters, but the cast that the writers are forming is slowly starting to work their magic. Too many critics keep on saying that these characters do not have well developed story lines...It's cause the core characters keep on getting the screen time.

2. The show does not need Rachel or Kurt to survive. This episode demonstrated beautifully that Rachel and Kurt are not the show. While the episode relied heavily on Finn, it still showed that Rachel and Kurt are not everything. While I still want them to have their screen time, I am glad to see the show will be able to progress when they leave. (If we hopefully get a fifth season)

3. Finn has been highly underestimated. Finn has always seemed to be very dependent upon Rachel, but this episode really defined Finn as a strong leader. I am excited to see him grow further.

4. The torch will be passed. The writers have certainly set Ryder up for success. He already has a vulnerable side to him that is key for any character on Glee. He also has high star potential, which is what is needed if we want to move away from the old core cast and start a new one.

This episode was really about transition. Not a full transition, but giving us a small glimpse of what the future of Glee holds, and I believe it is in some great hands.

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