Glee (2009–2015)
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The Rhodes Not Taken 

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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.


John Scott (as John Stuart Scott)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dianna Agron ... Quinn Fabray
Chris Colfer ... Kurt Hummel
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Terri Schuester
Jane Lynch ... Sue Sylvester
Jayma Mays ... Emma Pillsbury
Kevin McHale ... Artie Abrams
Lea Michele ... Rachel Berry
Cory Monteith ... Finn Hudson
Matthew Morrison ... Will Schuester
Amber Riley ... Mercedes Jones
Mark Salling ... Noah 'Puck' Puckerman
Jenna Ushkowitz ... Tina Cohen-Chang
Kristin Chenoweth ... April Rhodes
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Sandy Ryerson
Iqbal Theba ... Principal Figgins


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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Did You Know?


When Kristin Chenoweth was a guest star on this episode of Glee (2009), series regular Chris Colfer told The LA Times that for him, "working with Kristin is what I can imagine what a priest would go through if they worked with Jesus.". See more »


When she talks with Finn after learning of Quinn's pregnancy, Rachel says that, on their 'date' at the bowling alley, she let him kiss her, but she was the one who initiated the kiss. See more »


April Rhodes: Can I get you a drink? I just cracked open a fresh box of wine.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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'The Rhodes Not Taken' introduces a great recurring guest star and the importance of moving on from your past.
8 May 2019 | by ari-kaganSee all my reviews

After an amazing episode like 'Preggers', an interesting move was made by steering away from some of the bigger characters of the episode like Kurt and Quinn and focused on some others instead. In 'The Rhodes Not Taken', Will helps one of his former classmates finish her high school career while also joining the Glee Club in Rachel's place.

The cast performances are all really good. Matthew Morrison is great as Will Schuester. It's really nice to see how hard Will works to take care of the people he cares about. He had to make a difficult decision in the previous episode and is dealing with the consequences by having to replace the star of the club. Inviting someone he barely knew but admired to replace Rachel was a bold move but proved rather interesting. Jane Lynch is fine in her short role as Sue Sylvester, as well as Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester. Jayma Mays is great as Emma Pillsbury. Besides helping Finn figure out his future, she tries to convince Will that April is bad news and will only hurt the Glee Club. Stephen Tobolowsky is funny as Sandy Ryerson. This time, he's pretty much berating Rachel for the entire episode, and it's pretty funny to watch. Lea Michele is great as Rachel Berry. While it starts to become more understandable why she doesn't want to come back to Glee, her reasons for doing so are sort of contradictory. When she goes bowling with Finn, she mentions to him that she doesn't see the point in being somewhere where she isn't appreciated. If that's the case, why doesn't she quit the play due to Sandy berating her? Is it her trying to prove a point to the club or to herself? Cory Monteith is pretty good as Finn Hudson. While his reasons for hanging out with Rachel in this episode are a little selfish, it's understandable and doesn't make him an unlikable character, as he really just wants to find a way to support Quinn. Dianna Agron is fine as Quinn Fabray in her short appearance. Chris Colfer is hilarious as Kurt Hummel. It's always funny when I rewatch this episode, and he's drunk and throws up on Emma's shoes. Mark Salling is pretty good as Noah 'Puck' Puckerman but also doesn't have a large role. Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris are all fine as Artie Abrams, Mercedes Jones, Tina Cohen-Chang, Santana Lopez, and Brittany. Guest star Kristin Chenoweth is great as April Rhodes and gives one of the best performances in the entire episode. A few years older than Will, she inspired him to join Glee Club, and she has an incredible voice. After failing to make it big, she became an alcoholic and had no place to go. Even though Will tries to help her reinvent herself, she struggles giving up alcohol and her spotlight. The end of the episode is where the character really shines. Coming to terms with where her life is now, she realizes that she needs to move on to something else and let the Glee kids have the dream she always wanted. It's a really inspiring scene.

April's storyline was really the most interesting to watch. She's an interesting character with really difficult struggles, and she really just needs a fresh start in life. The idea of her joining the Glee Club actually works, as it makes the club invested in her witty personality. Although they're reluctant, they all quickly grow to like her but for all the wrong reason. And although it wasn't a major storyline in the episode, I liked how the Glee Club found out about Quinn's pregnancy. While it may be seen as poorly written, like Kurt said, this was the Glee Club's first big scandal. And for the (unbeknownst to them) father of the baby to tell the club that Quinn was pregnant was pretty crazy, and it was sort of a betrayal in a way. Plus, it shocked everyone, especially Rachel, as it made her feel betrayed by Finn.

The musical performances were also really good, with the standout obviously being 'Somebody to Love'. Incredibly sung, this song worked really well for a group number, and all the harmonies flowed together well. Overall, this episode was definitely solid even though it may not be viewed as one of the best episodes of the season.

Pros: -Great cast performances -Great musical performances -April's storyline -Glee Club finding out about Quinn

Cons: -Some of April's choices -Rachel's choices for not coming back to Glee

8/10 "Great"

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