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Promo for Glee Season 4, Episode 5: Our In-Depth Analysis of “The Role You Were Born to Play” — Will Blake Jenner’s Ryder Fall for Marley?

Look, we know you’re still heartbroken over all the life-ending drama that went down on tonight’s Glee Season 4, Episode 4: “The Break-Up.” But you know what? You need to snap out of it. Because there’s a brand new Glee episode coming up, and it looks simply fantastic.

Season 4, Episode 5: “The Role You Were Born to Play” is colorful, high-energy, and full of life. You know, everything we need after the soul-sucking tragedy of a night like tonight.

We’ve watched the promo for the episode, and now we’ve taken on the task of breaking it down: frame-by-frame, in search of every possible clue we can find regarding what’s to come. Take a look at what we’ve discovered:

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00:01 — “Waiting sucks.”
Yes, it does. The next episode of Glee won’t air for five entire weeks. FIVE! How on earth are we supposed to wait that long? In other news, Brittany (Heather Morris) looks gorgeous in her teased up ‘60s Grease hair. And Finn (Cory Monteith) is totally rockin’ out on the drums.

00:02 — Kurt and Rachel are back!
Wait a second. So Rachel broke up with Finn (Cory Monteith), and Kurt’s not speaking to Blaine (Darren Criss), yet they both just hopped a flight back to the one place on earth full of awkward post-breakup encounters? Kind of masochistic, don’t you think? But Kurt and Rachel are back in Ohio. And we can’t wait to see them reunited with the McKinley kids!

00:03 — Sue sucks more
The ever-snarky Coach Sylvester takes a jab at Wade (Alex Newell) and Marley (Melissa Benoist). “If it isn’t teen stomach-turner and her trusty sidekick...” Marley stares her down, arms crossed. “Trusty sidekick, who?” Sue pauses, then points. (Hey, we learned from Cooper Anderson well. Obviously, she’s trying to be extra-dramatic.) “Not sure how to make fun of you yet.”

00:11 — “This November”
Yes. They said November. Do we have to be reminded of this again?

00:12 Glee will be worth the wait!
Oh, we believe you! Just look at that shot of Brody (Dean Geyer) running all sexy-like. And if he wanted to take off his shirt, we certainly wouldn’t complain.

00:01 — Grease is the word!
And not only that, but it’s also the McKinley school musical. Blaine seems to have snagged the role of Teen Angel. (Makes sense to us. Darren Criss pretty much is a modern-day Frankie Avalon, wouldn’t you say?) We’re just a little upset to see that Blaine didn’t snag the leading role of Danny. Then again, this just might open it up to have newbies like Jake (Jacob Artist) and Ryder (Blake Jenner) duke it out for that leading role.

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00:13 — “The cavalry has just arrived.”
Mercedes (Amber Riley) is back! And not only that, but Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) and Finn are there, too.

00:16 — New recruits!
Speaking of Blake Jenner, the Glee Project winner makes his official debut during this episode. We can’t believe we finally get to see him in that McKinley High football jersey. Excuse us if we just screamed out of pure excitement!

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00:16 — Wait a second. Is he flirting with Marley?
“I’m Ryder Lynn.” He smiles coyly as he leans into her locker. “I know.” She smiles, then stares bashfully at the ground. Is it just us, or do those two make the cutest couple ever? We’ve been shipping Jarley like no other all season long — but we just might need to reserve the right to change our minds about that. Ryder and Marley would make a pretty neat pairing, don’t you think?

00:18 — You know who doesn’t think so? Jake.
Kitty (Becca Tobin) saunters up to her ex, but Jake is much too busy watching Marley flirt with Ryder to pay her any notice. “What’s that cologne you’re wearing? Jealousy by You?”

00:21 — Tougher choices.
Looks like more trouble for Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays). Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) offers a word of advice. “You have to tell him you don’t want to go.” Sounds like this might be that version of couples counseling we’ve been hearing about. Emma is firm. “I’m not going to get in the way of his dreams.”

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00:24 — “The best musical ever!”
The New Directions are all singing “You’re The One That I Want.” Time to hand jive, everybody. It’s time for Grease! Mike and Mercedes dance along. Marley shows off a big smile. Mike flips Brittany in the air. Oh how we’ve missed watching those two dance together.

But who will play the starring role of Sandy? We think we just might know.

00:30 — Listen up, Schue and Sue. Finn’s talking.
“I’m the director. It’s my decision.” Sue wants nothing of it. “William, maybe you should remind Chubby Wan Kenobi of the daily nightmare that is born of being my enemy.” Lay off Sue. First of all, Finn is hot. Look at him. Secondly, if Finn really is taking over the New Directions while Will is gone, you’re going to have to get used to a bit of friendly rivalry. Glee club director vs. cheer coach is practically a McKinley tradition.

00:36 — “Glee’s back with new episodes!”
Rachel’s in the audience watching Grease. But based on Lea Michele’s on-set photo, it looks like Rachel might also get in on some of the ‘60s dress up action at some point, too.

00:37 — We even get to preview a scene from their production of Grease!
Based on the girls’ lighthearted sleepover scene, we’d say Marley most definitely is the one who’s landed the role of Sandy. Way to go, girl! Now, if only we could figure out who your Danny is?

00:39 — Thursday, November 8 on FOX.
That still feels so far away! But it will be worth it. Oh, it will be worth it!

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10.21.2012 / 07:30 PM EDT by Beth Douglass
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