After a brief hiatus, Glee returned with a new character and some former club members. Arty’s at the helm of McKinley High’s production of Grease, and he begs Finn for help. Despite his hesitation, Finn agrees and manages to find his inner director. Find out who had the best audition in “The Role You Were Born To Play.”

The Players:

Episode Title: “The Role You Were Born To Play”

Artie recruits McKinley graduates to help cast their production of Grease. Candidates for the role of Danny include Jake Puckerman and newbie Ryder Lynn (Blake Jenner). Meanwhile, Marley and Kitty Wilde quarrel for the part of Sandy.

The Good:

  • New Kid: We know what the Glee writers are doing. They’re turning Ryder Lynn into the new Finn Hudson. And we’re okay with that. Also, we’re sensing a love triangle between him, Marley and Jake. That should be interesting in future episodes.
  • Figgins’ Reaction: The highlight of the night was Principal Figgins’ reaction when Will tells him Wade is a boy. He’s absolutely stunned by the news. This whole time he thought Wade was a full-bodied girl. Poor Figgins.
  • Mercedes and Mike Show Up: Somehow Mercedes and Mike found time in their busy schedules to hang out at McKinley. Their lives are probably not that busy, but isn’t it strange that no one asks them about their post-high school careers? We didn’t even see Mr. Schue greet his old students. Weird.
  • Kitty: That Kitty girl is meaner than Sue and Santana put together. Her comments are harsh, but necessary. Without her bullying, the show wouldn’t be that interesting. Does anyone else see a major problem with this?

Best Lines:

  • “You can’t do that man. Hold the musical hostage? That’s like terrorism.” – Finn
  • “Maybe God didn’t hear you because he was busy helping people with cancer.” – Joe

The Bad:

  • No Rachel or Kurt: The two stars of Glee were completely M.I.A., and that hurt the show. Rachel and Kurt are the cheese to Glee’s macaroni. They keep things interesting and fresh. Without them, the show can’t function right. Glee needs their talent to survive. Writers, don’t do this to us.
  • Sue’s Fighting Again: Just when we thought Sue was done being Sue, she picks on a transsexual teenager. It turns out Sue has a big problem with Wade playing Rizzo in the Grease production. Her reason is that McKinley’s in Ohio and having a boy play Rizzo in drag is going to bring the school unwanted attention. Maybe she’s right, but why is she the one starting a fight? It just seemed like Sue would be past this. Her anger and opposition came out of left field. Thankfully, Finn stood up to her, but who knows what she’ll do next.
  • Finn is the New Will: Mr. Schue is leaving for Washington D.C. to fight for the Arts and whatnot. So naturally he asked Finn to take over the glee club. Apparently, he knows something we don’t: Finn is a leader. What? Since when? Finn’s taking over just like that. Hopefully, someone addresses this in the next episode.

The Music:

  • “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” Various – An upset Blaine whines over his breakup with Kurt. Arty and Finn love his emotional Grease audition, but Blaine lets them know he’s too heartbroken to play the male lead. 
  • “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” Pink – Marley and Wade perform together. Their duet is full of energy and fun, but a bit confusing. Why are they auditioning for Grease with a Pink song?
  • “Juke Box Hero,” Foreigner – Ryder performs with Finn, and imagines a screaming crowd at his feet. He shows some potential, but we’ll see.
  • “Everybody Talks,” Neon Trees – Jake and Kitty put on an entertaining, high-energy performance. Still, it’s not enough to win the leads.
  • “Born To Hand Jive,” Grease – Jake, Ryder, Kitty and Marley battle it out for the production’s leads. There’s some tension and violence during their performance, but overall it was a good closing number.


That Kitty girl is a terror, but without her, this episode would have been a snooze fest. It was nice to see Mercedes and Mike again, but we’re still wondering why no one acknowledges their presence. “The Role You Were Born to Play” felt incomplete. It’s clear that what was missing was Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel’s fabulousness.

Rating: 5.5/10

Glee airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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