The Back-up Plan (Glee)
|"The Back-Up Plan"|
|Episode no.||Season 5
|Directed by||Ian Brennan|
|Written by||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa|
|Original air date||April 29, 2014|
"The Back-Up Plan" is the eighteenth episode of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the 106th episode overall. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by co-creator Ian Brennan, it aired on Fox in the United States on April 29, 2014, and features the introduction of Shirley MacLaine as rich socialite June Dolloway.
Newly minted Broadway star Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) auditions for a television pilot, a move that might deprive her of her leading role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) impresses wealthy socialite June Dollaway (Shirley MacLaine), and Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley) attempts to add Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) to her music deal.
Guest star Shirley MacLaine debuts this episode in a multi-episode arc as June Dolloway, a rich, "powerful socialite" and major NYADA donor who takes an interest in Blaine and wants to make him "a superstar". Scenes with MacLaine and Criss were shot on location at the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles. This was MacLaine's first time singing a Janis Joplin song.
The episode was written by supervising producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by co-creator Ian Brennan, and was in production on April 9, 2014, when Academy Award-winners MacLaine and Rash were shooting scenes for him. It was produced in parallel with the following episode "Old Dogs New Tricks", which began shooting on April 4, 2014.
Recurring characters appearing in this episode include aspiring singer Mercedes Jones (Riley), Funny Girl producer Sidney Greene (Michael Lerner) and NYADA teacher Alain Marceau (Nicholas Kadi).
Five songs from the episode are being released on a digital five-track EP with the title Glee: The Music, The Back-Up Plan. These are: Avicii's "Wake Me Up" sung by Michele; Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" performed by Riley and Rivera; One Direction's "Story of My Life"" performed by Criss and Chris Colfer; Big Brother and the Holding Company's "Piece of My Heart" (Janis Joplin sang lead), performed by MacLaine and Criss; and Bette Midler's version of "The Rose" from the movie of the same name, sung by Michele.
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