Glee Season 4 Spoilers – Rachel’s Mom Returns? Plus More on Eps 18 and 19

ETA: Lea confirms Idina’s return in a tweet, “I spy @idinamenzel at #Glee today! So excited to have my mama back!”  She also tweeted a photo of herself in a monitor channeling Barbra Streisand!

Glee spoilers kids! We’ve got a couple of guest stars returning to the musical comedy.  This morning, Glee star, Lea Michele, tweeted a spoiler tease:

Off to #glee tomorrow! Rachel’s gonna get a visit from a familiar face we haven’t seen in a while.. And a big audition to prepare for!

Rumor has it, that in Episode 19, titled “Sweet Dreams”, set to air April 18,  Idina Menzel will return to Glee as Rachel Berry’s mom, Shelby. The elder singer will be on hand to help her daughter prepare for an audition in an upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl being mounted in Glee’s fictional New York City.

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Also, Real Housewife of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes, will return as Coach Roz, no doubt serving as another bee in Coach Sylvester’s bonnet. NeNe is wrapping up production on Ryan Murphy’s NBC comedy, The New Normal.

A couple of other Episode 19 spoilers: Marley writes an original song for Regionals and Finn’s college roommate is revealed. No word yet on when American Idol alum, Jessica Sanchez, will begin her story arc. (Finn’s is suddenly in college? And I hate original songs. Bleh.)

However, this very reliable spoiler site is insisting Episode 19 is NOT the regionals episode. Keep in mind–the Glee finale is TWO WEEKS LATER, on May 9th. In Season 2 and 3, Regionals happened at around episode 15, so Ryan Murphy certainly has something up his sleeve. He recently told The Hollywood Reporter:

“I loved going back and forth, and I think we’ll always have one foot in both, but I would like a big chunk to follow one particular story that we’re getting ready to launch at the end of this year,” he added of the storyline that will include Rachel and other characters. “It’s going to be a big cliffhanger.” And while another graduation would appear to be on the table for characters including Blaine (Darren Criss), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Artie (Kevin McHale) and Brittany (Heather Morris), Murphy says that may not be the case. “We’re doing some weird s— on the show, just wait,” he said with a smile. “I don’t want to do what we’ve done every year; I want to do something different.”

This has lead to speculation that Glee will either continue the current school year into next season (rather than the story line adhering to real time) or there will be some crazy time jump into the future. We shall see.

Episode 18, set to air on April 11, is titled “Shooting Star” and will involve a gun incident at McKinley. Yes, there will be gunfire at the school, but reportedly nobody gets hurt.

Also, check out these Episode 18 song spoilers:

  • More Than Words by Extreme – Brittany and Sam
  • Your Song by Elton John – Ryder
  • Say by John Mayer – Sam, Brittany, Blaine, Marley, Kitty and Ryder (via GleekOutBrasil)
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