The Role You Were Born to Play

Series 4 - Episode 5 The Role You Were Born to Play



No Rachel or Kurt this episode: boo. We’re back at McKinley High for some not too subtle baton-passing. Asked to co-direct the glee club’s production of Grease, Finn is soon standing on the football-pitch sideline looking for the new him. He finds Ryder (Blake Jenner, winner of The Glee Project season two) dancing in the endzone and sets about grooming him for performance and teaching him how to sing classic rock with a face like someone who just got lemon in a paper cut.

It’s left to Sue Sylvester to save the episode. Her take on Grease: “An oversexualised minstrel show featuring teen pregnancy and the ridiculously unnecessary lubrication of lightning.”


In an episode set solely in Ohio, Finn is wallowing in self-pity so Artie persuades him to help co-direct the school's production of Grease. But Sue objects to Unique playing a female character, while Blaine is too heartbroken to take the male lead. Enter footballer Ryder Lynn - played by Glee Project-winner Blake Jenner - who is persuaded by Finn to try out for Danny. Meanwhile, as Will prepares to leave for Washington, DC, Emma has second thoughts about going with him.

Cast & Crew

Blaine Anderson Darren Criss
Sue Sylvester Jane Lynch
Artie Abrams Kevin McHale
Finn Hudson Cory Monteith
Brittany Pierce Heather Morris
Will Schuester Matthew Morrison
Sam Evans Chord Overstreet
Mercedes Jones Amber Riley
Mike Harry Shum Jr
Tina Cohen-Chang Jenna Ushkowitz
Emma Pillsbury Jayma Mays
Principal Figgins Iqbal Theba
Coach Beiste Dot-Marie Jones
Sugar Motta Vanessa Lengies
Wade `Unique' Adams Alex Newell
Joe Hart Samuel Larsen
Marley Rose Melissa Benoist
Kitty Wilde Becca Tobin
Ryder Lynn Blake Jenner
Jake Puckerman Jacob Artist
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