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Glee: The New Rachel

A still-heartbroken Rachel begins her brand new life in New York City, while back in Lima, the New Directions are struggling to figure out what to do with a group of only seven — and no star performer. Who will be their new Rachel Berry?

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x1
Production Number: 4ARC01
Airdate: Thursday September 13th, 2012

Director: Brad Falchuk
Writer: Ryan Murphy

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Jan 06, 2012
AU (Eleven) Oct 24, 2012
IE (3e) Jun 22, 2013

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (6 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Kate HudsonKate Hudson
As Cassandra July
Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
As Carmen Tibideaux

Guest Stars
Alex NewellAlex Newell
As Wade Adams
Becca TobinBecca Tobin
As Kitty
Dean GeyerDean Geyer
As Brody Weston
Jacob ArtistJacob Artist
As Jake Puckerman
Josh SussmanJosh Sussman
As Jacob Ben Israel
Melissa BenoistMelissa Benoist
As Marley Rose
Mike OMike O'Malley
As Burt Hummel
Samuel LarsenSamuel Larsen
As Joe Hart
Trisha Rae StahlTrisha Rae Stahl
As Marley's Mom
Vanessa LengiesVanessa Lengies
As Sugar Motta
Amanda Jane CooperAmanda Jane Cooper
As Beatrice McLane
Main Cast
Matthew Morrison
As Will Schuester
Jane Lynch
As Sue Sylvester
Lea Michele
As Rachel Berry
Chris Colfer
As Kurt Hummel
Jenna Ushkowitz
As Tina Cohen-Chang
Kevin McHale
As Artie Abrams
Darren Criss
As Blaine Anderson
Chord Overstreet
As Sam Evans
Heather Morris
As Brittany Pierce


The episode begins with Rachael’s first day at NYADA. Her instructor, Cassandra July, is a strict one; especially on Rachael. At McKinley, Jacob gives us an exclusive look of the latest celebrities of New Directions. We learn that the New Directions has become popular and are sitting with the Cheerios for lunch. Also, Tina has broken up with Mike. And the biggest question now is; ‘who is going to be the next Rachael’ between Blaine, Tina and Brittany. At NYADA, Rachael meets an attractive junior named, Brody. He is a junior in the same major. He tells her that he has done a small part in Broadway, thanks to Cassie. ..

Read the full recap
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AdeleChasing PavementsMarley and the Glee group in the auditorium
Barbara StreisandNew York State of MindRachel performing her solo at Nyada
Carly Rae JepsonCall Me MaybeTina, Unique and Blaine compete in the auditorium
Franz ScubertAve MariaBeatrice McLean performing for her solo
The FrayNever Say NeverJakes audition for Glee Club
Imagine DragonsIt's TimeBlaine singing in the Quad at school
Lady Gaga/ Jennifer Lopez feat PitbullAmericano/ Dance AgainCassandra July at Nyada in the dance hall
Stoner BrettBusters Get PoppedStoner Bretts audtition

Episode Quotes
Cassandra July: I bet you were a big star back in Iowa.

Rachel Berry: Um, actually, I'm from Ohio.

Cassandra July: Ohio? That's even worse. You ever look at a map? Ohio's like a giant turd that Michigan just can't pinch off.

Sue Sylvester: Kitty is my new head bitch. She's like a young Quinn Fabray, except she's not pregnant, manic depressive, or in and out of a wheelchair.

Burt Hummel: [to Kurt] You can always come back.
[to himself]
Burt Hummel: But you won't.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRyan Murphy  |  Brad Falchuk  |  Ian Brennan
Executive ProducerIan Brennan  |  Dante DiLoreto  |  Brad Falchuk  |  Ryan Murphy
Co-Executive ProducerBradley Buecker  |  Stacy Traub
Supervising ProducerMichael Hitchcock
ProducerAlexis Martin  |  Kenneth J. Silverstein  |  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa  |  Peer Astrom  |  Adam Anders  |  Ryan Murphy
Co-ProducerKaren Romero  |  Zachary Woodlee
Consulting ProducerJoe Keenan  |  Russel Friend  |  Garrett Lerner
Story EditorRoss Maxwell  |  Matthew Hodgson
ChoreographerZachary Woodlee
Executive Music ProducerAdam Anders  |  Ryan Murphy
Warning: Glee season 4 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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