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Glee casts a smoking new kid named Ryder in their Grease musical

Posted on November 9, 2012 by

By Kelly O’Brien

After what feels like YEARS Glee is finally back, and what better way to kick off the return than with the greatest musical of all time, Grease? 

Here’s what you need to know from last night’s episode, “The Role You Were Born To Play.”

Grease is the word — McKinley is putting on another classic musical and some old faces have returned to help out.  However, not everyone is happy to see Mercedes and Mike return, specifically Mike’s ex-GF Tina.  It’s great to see these guys back at McKinley, but their return will inevitably bring drama.

Finn found a new role — Finn is working at Burt’s auto shop and is spending a lot more time feeling sorry for himself than he is fixing cars. He’s reluctant to step up as co-director of the musical, but after scouting some new talent (Ryder), he starts to feel like he’s really found his place.  I think this job is just what Finn needs to get out of his post-Rachel funk.

There’s another new gleek — After Blaine turns down the part, new kid Ryder seems like a shoe-in to play Danny, but he faces some stiff competition in the form of one Jake Puckerman. The callbacks are supposed to be for the roles of Danny and Sandy, but turn into a battle for Marley, and in the end, Ryder seems to have won both. He may be hot, but Ryder cannot get in the way of Marley and Jake.  They’re just too perfect!

Unique wants to be unique — Everyone has their dream role, including Unique. After being cast as Rizzo, she faces some serious backlash from Sue Sylvester (shocker). Finn sticks up for her, but in defending Unique he crosses a line that Sue never would.  I commend Finn for standing up for Unique, but his use of the R-word makes me question whether or not he’s the best role model for the glee kids.

The New Directions need a New Director — Emma is torn between going to Washington and staying at McKinley.  She ultimately decides not to follow Will, but he’s still going and asks Finn to direct the Glee Club in the meantime.  THIS IS TOO GOOD. I don’t know if I can wait until next week to hear his answer.

Best Performance – Ryder’s rendition of Jukebox Hero.  That’s one way to make an entrance!

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