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"Glee" Recap: 'The Role You Were Born To Play'
Posted by Ivetta Babadjanian on Nov 8, 2012 - 10:01:37 PM

HOLLYWOOD—"Glee" came back from hiatus with the reappearance of former members in the season four episode, "The Role You Were Born To Play."

Finn (Corey Monteith) and Blaine (Darren Criss) are both in a rut as they both were dumped by their loved ones. Finn is encouraged by Artie (Kevin McHale) to co-direct McKinley High's production of "Grease" as he was the one to choose the musical. Although apprehensive, Finn eventually agrees to be a part of the play while Blaine doesn't think he can handle being in it as he nurses his broken heart.

Blaine belts it out for his audition to be in the play with the "Grease" song,  "Hopelessly Devoted To You." Finn and Artie are ready to cast him as the male leading role but Blaine breaks down and tells them he can't play a romantic role due to his emotional state. Afterwards, Finn tries to quit the show but Artie brings reinforcements as former graduates and glee members, Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) arrive to help with auditions.
Marley (Melissa Benoist) and Unique (Alex Newell).

Marley (Melissa Benoist) and Unique (Alex Newell) audition together with Pink's song, "Blow Me One Last Kiss." The performance did not surpass the original, however, the energy was infectious and they both were amazing vocally. Marley desperately wants to play the leading female role, Sandy, while Unique wants to play Rizzo even though it is a female role.

Coach Sue (Jane Lynch) strongly disagrees with this notion and complains to Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba) that someone who is gender confused should not be showcased to their school. Finn refuses to back down as he is adamant to cast Unique as Rizzo and he says he expected Sue to understand as her recently born daughter is "retarded." Right after he uses the offensive term, he apologizes for his word choice but the damage is done as Sue leaves the room livid.

Finn continues his leadership role as he decides to take it upon himself to look for someone to play the role of Danny as no one else seems up to the task. He ventures to the football field and talks to Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) who suggests Ryder (Blake Jenner) for the role as he is full of energy and interesting dance moves. Ryder doesn't want to be a part of the play at first because he is desperately trying to raise his grades in order to remain on the football team. After an inspirational talk with Finn, Ryder decides to audition for the musical by singing "Juke Box Hero" as a duet with Finn. Despite his Justin Bieber style hair, old school rock-n-roll suits Ryder's voice and he should definitely explore it more in the future.

Ryder introduces himself to Marley as she may be a potential cast mate and the two hit it off, much to Jake's (Jacob Artist) displeasure. Kitty (Becca Tobin) notices his jealousy and they both end up signing up to audition for a role in the play. It was Kitty's first scene singing on "Glee" and she proved she has a great voice that blended well with Jake's as they sang "Everybody Talks" by Neon Trees. Kitty definitely surpasses former head cheerleader Quinn (Diane Agron) as the typical mean girl. She has many cruel lines that make the audience want to laugh and cringe at the same time.

In a final attempt to pick the leading characters, Finn has Marley and Kitty audition again along with Ryder and Jake. They sing the "Grease" song "Born To Hand Jive" with the iconic dance moves from the musical. During the audition, Jake stares longingly at Marley and constantly intercepts Kitty's attempts to sabotage the girl he likes. In the end it is Marley and Ryder who are chosen to play the leading roles in the musical.

Will (Mathew Morrison) still hasn't told the glee members that he is going to Washington D.C. for a few months on a blue-ribbon committee to save school arts funding. He truly wants his fiance, Emma (Jayma Mays), to come along with him but she admits to him that she will resent him if she were to leave her job. Therefore, the two decide to visit each other as much as possible during those three months and marry once Will returns. Will then gives his role as the leader of the glee club to Finn who he believes is capable of running the club while he is away.

This episode seemed as more of a filler in order to lead up to next week's anticipated "Grease" episode where the characters in New York will be revisited as well.


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