Glee is back on TV! Watching the September 13 episode, "The New Rachel," was like seeing a good friend with a hot new makeover. In the season four premiere, fans got a taste of Rachel's exciting new life in New York City, met a handful of lovable new characters (Jake is dreamy; Marley is a breath of fresh air), saw the New Directions kids revel (a bit too much!) in their newfound popularity and went gaga for the drop-dead perfect Kate Hudson. What worked, what didn't? Here's how "The New Rachel" scored on Broadway.com's weekly Glee Report Card.
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
Marley Rose (Melissa Benoist): A stunning new transfer student with a beautiful soul and a beautiful voice. She is the new Rachel!
Jake Puckerman (Jacob Artist): This sexy, sweet-voiced bad boy has a temper like his older brother Puck.
Kitty (Becca Tobin): "She's like a young Quinn Fabray, except she's not pregnant, manic depressive or in and out of a wheelchair."
Brody Weston (Dean Geyer): "In case you're wondering, which you were, I'm straight." (We were!)
Cassandra July (Kate Hudson): She is everything Rachel is not: confident, sexy, super edgy and a little drunk.
Best Number: Rachel and Marley singing "New York State of Mind." Dueling divas, each sporting her own unique sound—one pop, one legit.
Best Line: "If you're not suffering from severe body dysmorphia you don't want it enough." —Cassandra, motivating her dance students.
Scene with the Most Heart: Kurt and his dad saying goodbye. Runner-up: Marley and her supportive mom.
Most Improved: Thank you, Mr. Schuester, for getting a haircut. 'Nuff said!
Relationship of the Week: Everyone is rooting for Klaine, but sweet outcast Marley and temperamental Jake have our attention. Will this become the McKinley High equivalent of Belle and Beast?
Star of the Episode: Kate Hudson as Cassandra July. More, more, more! (Yes, we're begging!)
A FOR EFFORT
Unique (Alex Newell) is poised to be the next New Directions star. Sass ("I can sing any song any time, just press play and get back."), talent and a fierce sense of self equals diva with a D!