One ‘Glee’ Star Becomes ‘The New Rachel’
With lead ‘Glee’ character Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) off in New York, a power vacuum has opened up in the New Directions. The group immediately begins the quest to find a new member to take the future starlet’s place. Remember, there can be only one!
Spurred on by Blaine’s (Darren Criss) idea to settle things ‘Thunderdome’ style, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Brittany (Heather Morris) and Blaine head to the auditorium to have a battle. Sadly, it is not a battle to the death but a battle through song -- specifically ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen. Artie (Kevin McHale), armed with the task to pick a winner spends the remainder of the episode contemplating whom the New Directions head star should be.
Besides each other, the members must content with newcomers like transgender Unique (Alex Newell) and Marley (Melissa Benoist), the new kid on the block who also happens to be the lunch lady’s daughter. There’s also the black sheep Jake (Jacob Artist), who happens to be the surprise brother of the group’s former member Puck (Mark Salling) who despite a good audition turned down Mr. Schuester’s (Matthew Morrison) extension to join the club.
After much deliberation, Artie comes to the decision that Blaine is the new Rachel, followed by Brittany in close second. Tina is upset by this, specifically because Rachel herself appointed Tina to be her successor, while Kurt (Chris Colfer) is disturbed by the group dynamic this problem has created. Despite Blaine’s new title, this is surely not the end of this power struggle to be the group’s new star.