Recap for Glee Episode 1.5: “The Rhodes Not Taken”
The members of the glee club are worried that they can no longer compete without Rachel. Thinking that their numbers need more of an edge, Will approaches his former classmate April Rhodes to join the squad — she's able to join because she never graduated. Will remembers her as the most talented singer at McKinley High... on whom he had a major crush. And there's nothing hotter than someone who peaked in high school!
Out of work and missing the spotlight, April agrees to return to high school. Unfortunately, the glee club doesn't warm up to her, so Will asks her to make an effort. April wins them over one by one... but sleeping with the students and supplying them with alcohol were probably not the ways Will was asking for!
Rachel rehearses for the musical, but Sandy doesn't treat her like the star she expected to be. How dare he! After some underhanded prodding by Emma, Finn takes it upon himself to flirt with Rachel in an effort to make her come back to glee. It doesn't hurt that Rachel becomes jealous when she sees April take her place as the lead in their number. Good to know Rachel can stay so level-headed.
Knowing April's inclusion isn't helping, Emma tries to show Will that he really needs to get Rachel back instead. Yet Will still tries to work on April, and he asks her to sober up because she's being a bad influence on the kids. April claims she will.
With one last play on Rachel's heart and a lie about his relationship with Quinn, Finn gets Rachel to agree to ditch the musical for glee club after taking her out on a bowling date. Who says bowling can't bring people together?
The students start to notice Quinn gets nauseous a little too much. Puck plants the idea that Quinn is pregnant by Finn, and Rachel is shocked to learn that Finn lied to her about his feelings. She confronts Finn and quits glee again. Yep, that's our Rachel — nice and level-headed!
Rachel demands Sue give her creative control over the musical instead of Sandy. Poor Sandy. The guy can never catch a break.
New Directions performs at the Invitationals. Even though April is drunk, she wows the crowd. Rachel looks on from the audience. Looks like someone has a little case of spotlight envy. Emma guilts Will into firing April before the second number is about to start. The glee club panics when they think they have to cancel, but Rachel comes backstage to step in for April (natch!). She announces she has quit the musical because she owes it to them — her friends — to stay in glee. Okay, so maybe Rachel is capable of making a rational decision every now and then.
1. Somebody to Love — Queen (1976)/ Album: A Day at the Races New Directions 2. Maybe This Time — from Cabaret (1972), a musical movie set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931/ The star, Liza Minnelli, sings "Maybe This Time." April Rhodes and Rachel Berry 3. Alone — Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly (1983)/ It was later recorded by American rock band Heart for their 1987 album Bad Animals, and Céline Dion covered it in 2007 for her album Taking Chances. April Rhodes and Will Schuester 4. Last Name — Carrie Underwood (2007)/ Album: Carnival Ride April Rhodes and New Directions