Glee Season 1, Episode 5: 'The Rhodes Not Taken' Review - Featured

Hooray! After what I like to refer to as the 'Acafellas' debacle, Glee is officially back on its feet!


I could also be feeling particularly gleeful because it was really fun to see Pushing Daisies' Kristin Chenoweth show off her amazing voice and hilariousness in 'The Rhodes Not Taken,' but overall, I'd say the episode was pretty stellar.



I will make my main complaint again, though, before carrying on: we need more Jane Lynch!! Everyone on the show is fantastic, the songs are back to being fantastically fun, but what happened to all the Jane Lynch awesomeness? I feel as if she's been very much in the background the last few episodes, making it feel like the writers are afraid she's going to take over the show, but it's hurting the show more now that she's barely popping up in the episodes.


But, that issue aside, this week's episode was a lot of fun. Kristin Chenoweth was the perfect washed up glee clubber drinking her boxed wine in a house she didn't own and talking about the good ol' days of when she dropped out of high school to make it big with her gay ex-boyfriend on "the ol' Broadway!"


While I felt it was a little much to have Will so consumed with drooling over Kristin's character, April Rhodes, his old high school crush, it was worth it to have her around, despite that we already had plenty of a love triangle for Will with his wife and Emma. I did love, though, Emma's ever-so-subtle word blurtation after Will told her that April had been his first crush, making her unable to hold back saying he'd told her his wife was his first crush, so that meant he had/could have feelings for someone other than his wife??


Oh, Emma, how I love your crazy. But besides that, we didn't get a whole lot more from the Emma-Will situation, and we got only a little bit of Will-Teri situation which mostly revolved around her eating a lot trying to look like she was gaining weight being "pregnant."


We got a lot more on the Finn-Rachel-Quinn triangle as Quinn proved she couldn't take the female lead in glee with her "bad breakfast burrito" issue, so Finn set out to seduce Rachel back to glee. While of course I want Rachel back in glee club, I don't understand why they couldn't just make Mercedes or Tina the lead. Tina showed she's a little shaky previously, but I think she could buck up and do it, and Mercedes is amazing - it was a little awkward in their big "Last Name" performance when Mercedes busted out her one-line solo that very obviously showed off she could lead the heck out of anything.


But I suppose there wouldn't be much drama if someone else just stepped up, so Rachel seduction it was. I was disappointed in Finn, though I'm glad at least we knew about the extra scholarship and baby motivation behind it, for using his masculine wiles on Rachel. I didn't feel like he was a bad guy at all for kissing her before because he was clearly just into her, but didn't know how to deal with that and with Quinn. But his using Rachel's feelings for him to try to get her back to glee so he could get his scholarship was a little mean.


I do think it's best that Rachel and Finn don't get together anytime soon, but for a girl struggling with people being mean to her or faking her out when they are nice to her, that was a pretty cruel thing to do. But, hey, while she got her heart a little bit broken, we still did eventually get her back to glee, so at least that came of it. And in the middle of all that, everyone knowing about the pregnancy also came of it.


With Puck so pushily putting the info out there to the club that Quinn was pregnant, I get the feeling it may not be long before he gets jealous about Finn being with Quinn and her pretending it's Finn's baby that he'll bust out with the fact that he's the baby daddy as well. While he doesn't seem the type to want to take on the responsibility of raising the baby, he does seem the type to want everyone to know he was with Quinn, both because she's the hot cheerleader, and because it seems he has some real feelings for her.


So what do you suppose will come next for everyone? Will Quinn go away somewhere to have the baby, actually make a secret adoption deal with Teri, and then act like everything is back to normal? And if Quinn does give the baby up, how will that change things for Finn?


Also, it looks from the preview that next week Teri's honing in on Emma's feelings for Will as Teri gets herself the job as the school nurse. So will it be fun to bring more tension to that conflict, or should it be left as it is for a while longer? And along with that, is it really possible for Teri to fake pregnancy for the entire time?


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Oct 1, 2009 2:05PM EDT

Yes, indeed a fine episode of Glee last night. I totally agree with you that Jane Lynch should be in it more. She had one small scene (still funny though) with Rachel last night and that was it.
April was a decent guest of the washed-up former Glee club member so we good some good music from her and a moral judgement call from Will near the end to show he cares for the Glee kids.
The Finn-Rachel-Quinn puzzle is still moving the pieces around but I think Puck will spill the beans about the bun in the oven (do beans go with buns?) and it will give Finn the freedom he needs to be with Rachel and go off to college together. But of course that will be after some drama between Finn and Rachel in some sort of a rainy scene where he declares his love for her, but naturally he has done something to lose her trust for him to gain it back in nationals and for them to be together. Something like that.
As for the baby snatching/secret adoption? Not sure how that one will play out so I'll keep watching! Also Kurt being drunk and throwing up on Emma was awesome and hilarious.

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Oct 1, 2009 2:21PM EDT

I just loved the fact that they sang Carrie Underwood!

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Oct 1, 2009 3:29PM EDT

I have to disagree with you that Puck isn't the type to care for Quinn and the baby, just because last episode he said he would do just that (when he confronted her about it alone after Finn told him she was pregnant). I think he actually likes her...she is the only high school girl he goes for, after all. Otherwise, it's MILF season. Which rules because we get amazing lines like last week's "No, really, I did your mom. I cleaned your pool, and then i did your mom." I'm paraphrasing here, but it was hilarious.
This episode passed with flying colors for me based solely on the AMAZING "Maybe This Time" sing-off. To juxtapose the female stars, singing a song about being a loser, one on an imaginary stage and the other in her high school auditorium, was PERFECT.....getting to hear both of them sing that song would have been enough, but the implications of that whole scene were really interesting as well and smoothly led Rachel away from supposed stardom and back to actual friends (of a sort, at least).
Finn lost some Good Guy points for me this week; even if his furrowed brow revealed his guilty conscience, I can't believe he actually seduced Rachel. SEDUCED, people! So that was an awkward lesson for everyone, I suppose. But Finn and Rachel are destined, so I'm not particularly worried about that relationship.
I do agree about the necessary drama of bringing Rachel back instead of letting Tina or Mercedes take the solo, but WOW that final solo in "Somebody to Love" blew my mind all over my face. Amber Riley (Mercedes) completely stole the number, in my opinion. I might have actually said "You go, girl!" aloud...in my apartment....by myself. But c'mon! It was incredible. And I'm a sucker for Queen.
Like everyone else, I have NO idea how the faby-swap is going to play out. And now Teri is going to be the school nurse?? Oh dear. How will she and Emma stand each other? BTW, Emma's twisting of her own line "It's great how much you really care about these kids." in this episode was fantastic! As a character, Emma is showing a lot of backbone, and she is the closest thing to a moral compass as this show can get. That being said, I would also appreciate more Jane Lynch, especially if she'll be reacting to Stephen Tobolowsky (Sandy) starring in "Cabaret".

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Oct 1, 2009 4:43PM EDT

@ SarahK6 - Haa thanks for the giggle on your last comment there about Jane Lynch reacting to Sandy in "Cabaret." That was hilarious! "When I heard Sandy wanted to write himself into a scene as Queen Cleopatra, I was aroused...then FURIOUS." Amazing.
Also, I had forgotten how serious Puck had been in talking to Quinn about the baby. Maybe if Quinn tries to give the baby up, Puck will actually be the one to protest!

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Oct 4, 2009 7:51AM EDT

yh Jane Lynch is hilarious!!!!!!!!!! I dont see how Terri can try to pass off Quinn's baby as hers cus Quinn's only 5 weeks along n Terri shud b a bit further along but I guess thats why its a TV show, anything can happen.

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