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Glee Report Card: See If 'The New Rachel' Made the Grade

Glee Report Card: See If 'The New Rachel' Made the Grade
Melissa Benoist, Kate Hudson, Alex Newell & Rachel Berry in 'Glee'
Did the new stars of 'Glee' make the grade?

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's weekly Glee Report Card.

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!)

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! 


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