Season 1 Episode 5

The Rhodes Not Taken

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 30, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A new face stirs things up for New Directions when April Rhodes (guest star Kristin Chenoweth) lends her voice to the show.

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  • Way Better Than Preggers

    Much better than the previous episode. I loved the conflicting character motivations of Finn and Rachel, and I liked all of the performances. Hopefully Rachel has learned a lesson from her addiction to stardom shown in this episode. Looking forward to the next one!
  • A fresh wind of April

    (sorry for the bad english, i'm italian) Glee gives us another amazing and full of creative and funny moments! Let's analyze it

    First: the actors. Lea Michelle (Rachel) is good as always, but i don't like the diva attitude of her character. Sue Sylvester was not so bright as always this time, and so the others characters except for Schue, because he's very close with the very bright star of this episode: April, played by Christin Chenowet. My god she's amazing! She's funny, she is perfect in her character! For her work, this episode in one of the bests in all the 3 seasons!

    Second: the story. Rachel has a diva obsession disease, so she want to take part in the musical of the school. But this story only make me hate Rachel. The good thing about this is that April comes! A woman that need to grow up mentally and she see this opportunity in the glee! Fantastic!

    Third: obviously, the songs. Rachel has got a great voice, as usual, and in Maybe this time is good, but her talent pass in the second place because APRIL SINGS! And she sings in a beautifoul way! But the best song is the final song, Somebody to love, where Rachel Finn and Mercedes show their great voices!

    At the end, a very funny episode and full of well written scenes :)moreless
  • I think this is the best episode of the season.

    I thought the song "Alone" performed by Will and April at the bowling alley karaoke was so good, and I realized what a great talent Kristin Chenoweth really is and she could really belt out a tune, and practically stole the show at the end with the other Glee club members, it's a shame we'll have to wait til April 13, which I'll mark on my calendar, it's FOX's mistake and it's the worst they've made in a long time. Also I really hope that McKinley does good at the sectionals and Will can finally stick it to Sue Sylvester.moreless
  • Hard to stay focused during this one !

    When you do a heavily eventful episode on a show which people reacted positively to, you can't have uneventful episodes like this one. This whole episode was about April and the Quinn, Finn, Rachel love triangle....boring. I liked April though, she's funny and extremely talented and her final performance was deffinately the highlight of the episode. Rachel coming back to Glee was a big whatever moment since we all knew she was coming back. This episode was uneventful, unsurprising but does a shocking good job keeping the storyline moving steadily. I did enjoy the touching speech April made about getting her standing ovation.moreless
  • The poorest episode so far.

    So I'm only 5 episodes into this new series and have been enjoying it, until this episode.

    Chenoweth, please don't bring her back. Funny? For about 2 seconds. A good singer? I'm not really into her country screeching sounding voice. Annoying? Certainly. As they said in the show, lets leave it to the young ones.

    By far the worst songs of the series. I like the fact that the show takes modern hits and remakes them in their own style. But Liza Minelli numbers, please spare me. Maybe if Kurt sung it then it would have been funny and could have been like his coming out party. Lets leave out the ancient show tunes.

    p.s. Rachel totally outsung Chenoweth.moreless
Susan Leslie

Susan Leslie


Guest Star

Jayson Blair

Jayson Blair


Guest Star

Larry Udy

Larry Udy

Barry the Bartender

Guest Star

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

Santana Lopez

Recurring Role

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Sandy Ryerson

Recurring Role

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.

Mike Chang

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: In the bowling alley when Rachel kisses Finn, her hand is on his shoulder. In the immediate close-up her hand is around his neck and moves down to his shoulder. In his reaction shot, her hand is suddenly gone. Throughout the rest of the conversation, her hand goes from appearing on his shoulder to being around his neck to disappearing.

    • Music featured in this episode:
      • "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey
      • "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret
      • "Alone" by Heart
      • "Last Name" by Carrie Underwood
      • "Somebody to Love" by Queen

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Rachel: In showbusiness, when a star can't perform, her understudy steps in. I'd be happy to go in for April, if you'd let me.
      Mercedes: Since when are you willing to be an understudy?
      Rachel: Since I quit the play.
      Kurt: Really? Why?
      Rachel: I realized being a star didn't make feel as special as being your friend. If I'd let you down when you needed me the most, I'd never forgive myself. I know all the words to the song.
      Quinn: You don't know the choreaography.
      Finn: (after a long silence) Then we're going to have to give her a lot of help out there.

    • Will: How come you haven't had any morning sickness? Quinn Fabray has been upchucking every 15 minutes.
      Terri: Really? That's a really good sign. That means the baby's not a Mongoloid.
      Will: Well, it it bad that you haven't been sick then?
      Terri: Oh, no, honey, no, no. You should ask Howard Bamboo about my Linda Blair impersonations every half hour at work.

    • Finn: I'm sleeping with him.
      Rachel: So am I.
      Finn: This play is weird.
      Rachel: That's Mr. Ryerson's favorite line.

    • Rachel: Yes, I am back in glee club. In lieu of flowers, please send all donations to a socially conscious charity of your choice.

    • Kurt: Can we please talk about the giant elephant in the room?
      Santana: Your sexuality?

    • Emma: I just got back from the emergency room. I had them give me four decontamination showers. I believe they call that the full silk wood.
      Will: What happened?
      Emma: Kurt was drunk and he ralfed on me. Not really fessing up to how he got the booze just yet but I'm pretty sure it's not a fake ID because he looks like an 11 year old milk maid.

    • April: I'm rolling on a fistful of horse tranquilizers. I can't feel my lips.

    • Puck: That Rachel chick makes me wanna light myself on fire, but she can sing.

    • Emma: Kurt, I'm a girl who knows her solvents, and your breath smells like rubbing alcohol.
      Kurt: Oh, Bambi, I cried so hard when those hunters shot your mommy.

    • April: Do you have any NyQuil? I could use a pick-me-up.

    • Sue: When I heard Sandy wanted to write himself into a scene as Queen Cleopatra, I was aroused. And then furious.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Will: Do you think we can win regionals without Rachel?
      Emma: Remember the Jamaican bobsled team? Big long shots.

      Emma is making a reference to the movie Cool Runnings, released in 1993. It is based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team which tries to make it to the Winter Olympics in Calgary (Canada) in 1988.

    • Emma: I had them give me four decontamination showers. I believe they call that the full Silkwood.

      Silkwood is the 1983 Oscar-nominated film about the true story of Karen Silkwood, who died in a suspicious car accident while investigating alleged wrongdoing at the plutonium plant where she worked. In the film, she takes multiple chemical showers when she and several others become contaminated by radiation.

    • When the Glee kids are discussing what they believe is wrong with Quinn, Puck after hearing their suspicions calls them stupid and says that they probably all thought Bert and Ernie were just roommates. Bert and Ernie are two characters from the popular children's program Sesame Street.