Here is the episode guide for Glee. Each episode has the title, writer, director, and a description listed. The descriptions are sourced from locations such as Wikipedia and official press releases
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13 - Dreams Come True
Written By: Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan Directed By: Brad Buecker Rating: 0.7 Audience: 2.54 GLEE goes back in time to find out why the original members of New Directions initially signed up for glee club. Then, GLEE flashes forward to see how the character’s lives have progressed five years down the road
12 - 2009
Written By: Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan Directed By: Paris Barclay Rating: 0.89 Audience: 2.69 GLEE goes back in time to find out why the original members of New Directions initially signed up for glee club. Then, GLEE flashes forward to see how the character’s lives have progressed five years down the road
11 - We Built This Glee Club
Written By: Joaquin Sedillo Directed By: Aristotle Kousakis Rating: 0.7 Audience: 2.02 New Directions and the Warblers go head-to-head at sectionals. Meanwhile, Rachel must choose between returning to NYADA and doing another Broadway show with her past love, Jesse St. James
10 - The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester
Written By: Jessica Meyer Directed By: Anthony Hemingway Rating: 0.6 Audience: 1.81 ns to the ground, and the Warblers must combine with the New Directions to form a super group. Meanwhile, Rachel begs Carmen Tibideaux to let her return to NYADA
09 - Child Star
Written By: Ned Martel Directed By: Michael Hitchcock Rating: 0.6 Audience: 1.69 A high-strung, demanding tween requests that the members of New Directions perform at his bar mitzvah, and the glee club must band together for its first public performance. Meanwhile, Spencer pushes Roderick to lose weight
08 - A Wedding
Written By: Ross Maxwell Directed By: Bradley Buecker &
Rating: 0.6 Audience: 1.86 The members of New Directions are busy at work planning, planning and planning, while Sue encourages everyone to follow their hearts
07 - Transitioning
Written By: Matthew Hodgson Directed By: Dante Di Loreto Rating: 0.6 Audience: 1.81 Will takes desperate measures to teach the bullies of Vocal Adrenaline about tolerance. Meanwhile, New Directions rallies to help Rachel transition into her new life when she finds out her childhood home has been sold
06 - What the World Needs Now
Written By: Michael Hitchcock Directed By: Barbara Brown Rating: 0.5 Audience: 1.58 Brittany and Santana have some family convincing to do. Meanwhile, during a Burt Bacharach tribute week, Mercedes returns to Ohio to convince Rachel to pursue her Broadway dreams
05 - The Hurt Locker Part 2
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Barbara Brown Rating: 0.7 Audience: 1.85 After Sue’s “informal” Show Choir Invitational has already begun, she announces several rules, including that all teams must have at least twelve members (which New Directions does not) and the competition – which will extend over a three day period – will move forward even in the unlikely event that some of the coaches get kidnapped. Rachel and Kurt redouble their efforts to recruit enough members to allow New Directions to participate, and to put together a performance that doesn’t totally humiliate the team. Despite Rachel’s objections, Kurt suggests they enlist former gleek Kitty Wilde to help them out... a prospect that will require Rachel to swallow her pride, but that leads to Kitty’s invaluable help in putting together the perfect set list and uniting the team. Meanwhile, Sue – who is still determined to see Kurt and Blaine reunite – pulls out all the stops to enact an elaborate plan; Sam works to recruit Spencer to join the Glee Club, but the gay, aspiring quarterback worries doing so may cost him his standing among the other jocks; and Will and Rachel have a much needed heart-to-heart.
04 - The Hurt Locker Part 1
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Ian Brennan Rating: 0.7 Audience: 1.82 When several show choirs plan to gather at McKinley for a technically meaningless “invitational” competition, Rachel worries that Will’s Vocal Adrenaline team will be so stellar they will blow her still-struggling New Directions team out of the water. In a bid to prevent a spirit-crushing defeat, she implores Will to take it easy on them and asks him to purposefully underperform at the event. He agrees, but when Sue gets wind of the collusion she takes matters into her own hands. With Will’s departure from McKinley, he and Sue would apparently have no further grudges to bear against each other, but she still takes offense at even the most innocent of actions and – with a planned retirement on her horizon – decides to embark on a grand act of revenge. She takes her first step of reckoning by setting her sights on destroying Will’s protégé, Rachel; she hypnotizes Sam to make him believe he is in love with Rachel, hoping his amorous advances will distract her from the Glee Club. Meanwhile, Sue takes steps to fulfill her (heretofore unrevealed) desire to be a flower girl at a “fabulous” gay wedding and sets out to rekindle Kurt and Blaine’s fractured relationship
03 - Jagged Little Tapestry
Written By: Paul McCrane Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 0.7 Audience: 1.98 Rachel and Kurt struggle as they try to rebuild and co-direct the glee club at McKinley. Meanwhile, Sue is concerned when Becky brings her new boyfriend to town
02 - Homecoming
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 0.7 Audience: 2.34 After Rachel's humiliating failure as TV actress, she comes home to Lima to figure out what she wants to do next. Upon discovering that Sue has banished the arts at McKinley, Rachel takes it upon herself to reinstate and lead the Glee Club. Meanwhile, Blaine, no longer in a relationship with Kurt, has moved home to coach the Warblers while Will is coaching rival Vocal Adrenaline, and Sam is the assistant coach for the McKinley football team. Then Puck, Quinn, Santana, Mercedes, Brittany, Artie and Tina all return to McKinley for Homecoming and help Rachel and Kurt recruit for the new glee club
01 - Loser Like Me
Written By: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan Directed By: Brad Buecker Rating: 0.7 Audience: 2.34 After Rachel's humiliating failure as TV actress, she comes home to Lima to figure out what she wants to do next. Upon discovering that Sue has banished the arts at McKinley, Rachel takes it upon herself to reinstate and lead the Glee Club. Meanwhile, Blaine, no longer in a relationship with Kurt, has moved home to coach the Warblers while Will is coaching rival Vocal Adrenaline, and Sam is the assistant coach for the McKinley football team. Then Puck, Quinn, Santana, Mercedes, Brittany, Artie and Tina all return to McKinley for Homecoming and help Rachel and Kurt recruit for the new glee club
20 - The Untitled Rachel Berry Project
Written By: Matthew Hodgson Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 0.6 Audience: 1.87 In the Season Five finale, Rachel meets a famous television writer (guest star Kristen Schaal), whose eccentric personality catches Rachel off guard. Meanwhile, Sam and Mercedes deal with the pressure of commitment as their careers take off, and the time has finally come for Blaine's big showcase with June Dolloway at NYADA
19 - Old Dog, New Tricks
Written By: Chris Colfer Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 0.8 Audience: 2.10 In an episode written by series star Chris Colfer, Rachel attempts to salvage her reputation among Broadway gossipers, by hiring Santana as her publicist and creating a charity for rescue animals. Meanwhile, Kurt nabs the lead role in a retirement home production of “Peter Pan.”
18 - The Back-Up Plan
Written By: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Directed By: Ian Brennan Rating: 0.9 Audience: 2.41 Rachel jeopardizes her leading role in “Funny Girl” when she auditions for a television pilot. Meanwhile, Mercedes tries to help get Santana in on her recording deal, and Blaine befriends rich socialite June Dolloway
17 - Opening Night
Written By: Michael Hitchcock Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 0.9 Audience: 2.45 With her Broadway debut looming large, Rachel - feeling the mounting pressure of opening night - wakes from her “actor’s nightmare.” Despite almost unanimous critical praise following the show’s previews, she finds herself falling victim to the seemingly endless stream of random bloggers and anonymous internet trolls determined to tear her down. While Kurt does his best to insulate her from the haters – turning the loft into a “hermetically sealed love bubble filled with nothing but positive affirmations” - he finds it a near impossible task, and the rest of the gang must pitch in to try and rouse Rachel from her uncharacteristic bout of insecurity in time for the curtain to rise. Meanwhile, Sue tags along with Will and the pair travel to New York for Rachel’s big night. While Will hopes to support his former student as she tries to fulfill her lifelong dream, Sue attends the show operating under the assumption it will flop and Rachel will choke. However, both Will and Sue get more than they bargained for when their evenings take unexpected turns. The gang must rally an uncharacteristically insecure Rachel in time to make her Broadway debut in Funny Girl… but not everyone in the audience is wishing Rachel the best.
16 - Tested
Written By: Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner Directed By: Paul McCrane Rating: 1.0 Audience: 2.44 Blaine discovers his newfound love of “cronuts” has the residual side-effect of weight gain - namely, the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen.” Combined with witnessing a more physically fit and self-confident Kurt’s star rapidly rising at NYADA while his simultaneously wanes, the increasingly pudgy former dreamboat begins to suffer a crisis in confidence… leading to some uncharacteristic behavior. As “Film School Artie” enjoys a success with the ladies that “High School Artie” never could have hoped for, he is quick to avail himself of all opportunities presented him. However, he soon discovers that his Casanova’s ways come at a price, one which may preclude him from making the one special connection he truly desires. As roommates Sam and Mercedes explore being a couple, she confesses that she is still a virgin and is not sure when (or if) she will be ready for them to make love for the first time. While the smitten Sam agrees to wait as long as she wants, he nevertheless tries to do everything he can to prove his worthiness and expedite the process… while she seeks outside advice from several sources.
15 - Bash
Written By: Sanaa Hamri Directed By: Ryan Murphy Rating: 1.0 Audience: 2.78 A few months after the end of the glee club, New Directions alumni are adjusting to their new lives in the Big Apple: Blaine and Sam have moved in with Kurt, while Artie experiences difficulties navigating the mean streets of Manhattan. Also, Rachel gets accustomed to being a Broadway star, and Mercedes moves to New York to work on her album
14 - New New York
Written By: Sanaa Hamri Directed By: Ryan Murphy Rating: 0.9 Audience: 2.59 A few months after the end of the glee club, New Directions alumni are adjusting to their new lives in the Big Apple: Blaine and Sam have moved in with Kurt, while Artie experiences difficulties navigating the mean streets of Manhattan. Also, Rachel gets accustomed to being a Broadway star, and Mercedes moves to New York to work on her album
13 - New Directions
Written By: Sanaa Hamri Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 1.1 Audience: 2.68 As the fate of the glee club becomes a reality, April and Holly plot a plan to save New Directions. Meanwhile, Rachel and Santana attempt to make amends after their blowout fight
12 - 100
Written By: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan Directed By: Paris Barclay Rating: 1.1 Audience: 2.80 Current and past members of New Directions reunite for one final assignment - to reinvent their favorite performances. But these new versions of the series' most iconic tracks should not be seen as goodbye to glee club. On the contrary, they are celebrations of what the club has meant to each and every member
11 - City of Angels
Written By: Jessica Meyer Directed By: Elodie Keene Rating: 0.9 Audience: 2.30 The members of New Directions travel to sunny Los Angeles to compete in Nationals, and bring with them two very special guests
10 - Trio
Written By: Rivka Sophia Rossi Directed By: Ian Brennan Rating: 1.0 Audience: 2.68 As graduation approaches, Tina, Blaine and Sam band together to hold a senior “lock-in” at school, hoping to savor their last chance at hanging out together. But their plans are thwarted when Becky joins unexpectedly. Meanwhile, in New York, Elliot (guest star Adam Lambert) is stuck in the middle between Rachel and Santana’s feud
09 - Frenemies
Written By: Ned Martel Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 1.2 Audience: 2.99 Santana auditions and snags the role of Rachel’s understudy in “Funny Girl,” causing a feud between the roommates. Meanwhile, back in Lima, Tina and Artie compete against each other to be the class valedictorian
08 - Previously Unaired Christmas
Written By: Ross Maxwell Directed By: Wendey Stanzler Rating: 1.1 Audience: 3.29 Sue Sylvester introduces the episode as a Christmas special that FOX did not allow to air from last year. The members of New Directions audition for roles in McKinley's living Nativity Scene. Meanwhile in New York, Rachel, Kurt and Santana work as Santa's elves at a mall
07 - Puppet Master
Written By: Matthew Hodgson Directed By: Paul McCrane Rating: 0.9 Audience: 2.84 Blaine believes he has the best plan to win Nationals, but he doesn’t take the glee club’s criticism too well when the students accuse him of being too controlling. Over in New York, Kurt also runs into control issues when the band disagrees over the venue of their first official gig that Kurt booked. Meanwhile, Sue reveals the story behind her iconic tracksuit and gets in touch with her feminine side
06 - Movin' Out
Written By: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 1.4 Audience: 4.09 The New Directions pay homage to the Piano Man: Billy Joel. As graduation approaches, the seniors make plans for their futures beyond the halls of McKinley
05 - The End of Twerk
Written By: Michael Hitchcock Directed By: Wendey Stanzler Rating: 1.4 Audience: 4.22 The glee club learns the dance of the hour: twerking. Meanwhile, Marley discovers Jake’s relationship with Bree and Rachel (Lea Michele) tries to convince Kurt they both should get tattoos.
04 - A Katy or a Gaga
Written By: Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner Directed By: Ian Brennan Rating: 1.5 Audience: 4.01 The members of New Directions tackle their assignments of getting out of their comfort zones and determining whether they’re more like “Katy” or “Gaga.” In New York, Kurt holds auditions for his new band and must decide if he’ll let in the overly bold performer StarChild. Also, Jake gets closer to Bree, as he and Marley grow apart.
03 - The Quarterback
Written By: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 2.9 Audience: 7.39 The McKinley High family, present and past, join together to remember and celebrate the life of Finn Hudson
02 - Tina in the Sky With Diamonds
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Ian Brennan Rating: 1.6 Audience: 4.42 As Beatlemania continues at McKinley, it's time for the students to vote for prom queen and king. When Tina receives a nomination, she takes on a fierce attitude that alienates her biggest supporters. Meanwhile, Rachel adjusts to a new attitude of her own, as she and Santana work at a Broadway diner to make ends meet
01 - Love, Love, Love
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 2.0 Audience: 5.06 The members of New Directions are back in action and take on their biggest assignment yet: the Beatles! As Will enlists the kids to pay homage to the classic song catalog from the Fab Four, Blaine and Kurt attempt to answer questions about their future together. Meanwhile, Rachel's New York ambitions take an unexpected turn
22 - All or Nothing
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 2.0 Audience: 5.92 The members of New Directions travel to Regionals. But the competition gets tough when they go head-to-head with the Hoosierdaddies and lead singer Frida Romero. Meanwhile, Rachel finds out if she gets the callback for “Funny Girl” on Broadway.
21 - Wonder-Ful
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Wendey Stanzler Rating: 1.9 Audience: 5.19 The members of New Directions take on the greatest hits of music icon Stevie Wonder. Then, Artie receives news that could affect his and his mom’s future. Meanwhile in New York, Rachel prepares for her “Funny Girl” callback
20 - Lights Out
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Paris Barclay Rating: 1.8 Audience: 5.24 When the power goes out at McKinley High, Will and Finn enlist the members of New Directions to “unplug” and perform acoustic numbers. Meanwhile, Isabelle Wright asks Kurt to volunteer at the Vogue.com charity event, with Rachel and Santana in tow
19 - Sweet Dreams
Written By: Ross Maxwell Directed By: Elodie Keene Rating: 2.1 Audience: 6.14 When the New Directions find out this year’s Regional’s theme is “Dreams,” everyone has their own opinion as to what they should sing. Meanwhile, the day has finally come for Rachel to audition for the Broadway revival of “Funny Girl"
18 - Shooting Star
Written By: Matthew Hodgson Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 2.4 Audience: 6.67 The members of New Directions are prepping for Regionals, but when an unthinkable event occurs at McKinley High, perspectives are put into order
17 - Guilty Pleasures
Written By: Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 2.0 Audience: 5.91 The members of New Directions tackle their musical indulgences – the songs and groups that everyone is too embarrassed to admit that they love
16 - Feud
Written By: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 2.0 Audience: 5.37 For the first time in glee club history, the students give the teachers, Will and Finn, an assignment to hash out the tension between them. Meanwhile, Santana becomes increasingly suspicious of Brody's side job
15 - Girls (and Boys) on Film
Written By: Michael Hitchcock Directed By: Ian Brennan Rating: 2.4 Audience: 6.72 As everyone recovers from Will and Emma's wedding, the glee club is given the assignment to sing their favorite song from a movie. Meanwhile in New York, Santana makes herself at home in the loft a little too quickly for Rachel and Kurt's comfort. Also, the members of New Directions sing the hit series' landmark 500th musical performance
14 - I Do
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 1.7 Audience: 5.13 Will and Emma’s wedding is finally here, and it lands on the day of romance and love: Valentine’s Day. The former and current members of New Directions reunite in Lima to celebrate
13 - Diva
Written By: Paris Barclay Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 2.2 Audience: 6.03 Finn challenges the glee club to find their inner powerhouses for “Diva Week.” Meanwhile, in New York, Kurt can no longer take Rachel’s arrogant attitude and calls her out, causing tension between the two friends. Also, Emma is in a whirlwind preparing for her upcoming wedding
12 - Naked
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Ian Brennan Rating: 2.1 Audience: 5.48 The glee club puts together a calendar photo shoot to raise money as they head into Regionals. Meanwhile, Rachel wins a part in a student art film, but the role poses a moral dilemma
11 - Sadie Hawkins
Written By: Ross Maxwell Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 2.6 Audience: 6.79 The girls of the glee club organize a Sadie Hawkins dance at McKinley High, in which the girls ask out their dates, leading to interesting couplings among the members of New Directions. Meanwhile, Sam is convinced that the Warblers cheated at Sectionals, and he makes it his mission to find the evidence. Also, Kurt attempts to find his niche at NYADA
10 - Glee, Actually
Written By: Matthew Hodgson Directed By: Adam Shankman Rating: 2.0 Audience: 5.26 In a tribute to the film “Love, Actually,” seemingly separate storylines come together as one holiday-themed episode, in which Sam and Brittany live their lives to the fullest before the much-heralded Mayan Apocalypse occurs. Meanwhile, Jake and Puck spend quality sibling time together for Hanukah, Artie has a holiday dream that changes his outlook on life and Kurt has a Christmas he’ll never forget.
09 - Swan Song
Written By: Stacy Traub Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 2.2 Audience: 5.43 As New Directions regroups after Sectionals, Finn ponders his future with the club. Meanwhile, Rachel prepares for the NYADA Winter Showcase, and Kurt gets his shot at redemption with a second audition
08 - Thanksgiving
Written By: Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 2.2 Audience: 5.39 It’s time for Sectionals, and New Directions receives guidance from some of the recent McKinley graduates who volunteer to mentor the glee club during their Thanksgiving breaks. Meanwhile, Rachel and Kurt have a non-traditional holiday dinner in the Big Apple.
07 - Dynamic Duets
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Ian Brennan Rating: 1.5 Audience: 4.62 A love triangle heats up among Marley, Jake and Ryder, and Blaine has a run-in with the Warblers
06 - Glease
Written By: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Directed By: Michael Uppendahl Rating: 2.1 Audience: 5.22 Rachel and Kurt pay a visit to Lima as the glee club launches its production of “Grease.” Meanwhile, Cassandra July returns to shake things up in Rachel’s life, and Santana comes back to lend a helping hand
05 - The Role You Were Born To Play
Written By: Michael Hitchcock Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 2.4 Audience: 5.68 The school production of “Grease” is underway and Marley (Melissa Benoist), Jake (Jacob Artist), Kitty (Becca Tobin) and football player Ryder (“The Glee Project” winner Blake Jenner) compete to play “Danny” and “Sandy.” Meanwhile, former glee clubbers Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Mike (Harry Shum Jr), return to cast the play and Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) struggles with a difficult decision
04 - The Break-Up
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Rating: 2.6 Audience: 6.07 Rachel and Kurt are caught off-guard when they get unexpected visits in New York City. Meanwhile, Santana and Brittany deal with the long distance between them, and Will and Emma disagree on a new job offer
03 - Makeover
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 2.4 Audience: 5.79 The campaign showdown begins when Brittany and Blaine go head-to-head for Student Council President. Meanwhile, Kurt gets the internship of his dreams
02 - Britney 2.0
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Rating: 2.9 Audience: 7.46 Brittany S. Pierce is in a funk and turns to her icon Britney Spears' music for inspiration! Meanwhile, Rachel struggles to adjust to life in New York, but is helped by her newfound NYADA friend, Brody Weston
01 - The New Rachel
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Brad Falchuck Rating: 3.1 Audience: 7.41 Rachel begins school at NYADA, where she meets Brody Weston, an upperclassman, and starts classes with a tough dance instructor, Cassandra July. At McKinley High, the work of rebuilding New Directions begins. Kurt aids director Will Schuester in finding potential recruits, who include Puck's half brother Jake
22 - Goodbye
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 2.9 Audience: 7.46 The McKinley High class of 2012 graduates. Members of the glee club get their last assignment: the underclassmen and the seniors will say each others farewell through the music.
21 - Nationals
Written By: Ali Adler Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 2.5 Audience: 6.03 The New Directions compete for the 2012 Nationals championship in Chicago, Illinois, performing for celebrity judges Lindsay Lohan, Perez Hilton and local politician Martin Fong (Rex Lee).
20 - Props
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Ian Brennan Rating: 2.5 Audience: 6.09 Tina's head injury from falling into a fountain leaves her seeing her fellow singers and other people at McKinley High in a new way as rehearsals continue for the glee club's Nationals performance.
19 - Prom-asaurus
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 2.7 Audience: 6.67 Brittany organizes the senior prom. After the announcement of the prom king and queen finalist candidates, some of the misfits plan a party of their own.
18 - Choke
Written By: Marti Noxon Directed By: Michael Uppendahl Rating: 2.5 Audience: 6.01 Kurt and Rachel get ready for their audition for NYADA, and are thrown off-stride when they discover they will be performing for the school's dean, Carmen Tibideaux (Whoopi Goldberg). Puck's father (Thomas Calabro) shows up in Lima, which results in Puck making a decision about his future. Coach Beiste reveals a secret, and gets help from her fellow coaches Sue and Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes).
17 - Dance with Somebody
Written By: Ross Maxwell Directed By: Paris Barclay Rating: 2.7 Audience: 6.90 The glee club pays tribute to the late Whitney Houston. Elsewhere, anticipation for Will and Emma's wedding keeps building.
16 - Saturday Night Glee ver
Written By: Matthew Hodgson Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 2.4 Audience: 6.23 The glee club does disco in a tribute to Saturday Night Fever.
15 - Big Brother
Written By: Michael Hitchcock Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 2.7 Audience: 6.76 Blaine's elder brother Cooper Anderson (Matt Bomer), a Hollywood actor, comes to Lima for a visit, and while in town gives an acting masterclass to New Directions. The members of the glee club do "senior ditch day" at Six Flags. The fate of Quinn is revealed.
14 - On My Way
Written By: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 3.0 Audience: 7.46 Defending Regionals winners New Directions compete against the Dalton Academy Warblers, whom they defeated the previous year—the victors will attend the Nationals show choir competition. Dave Karofsky tries to commit suicide after his classmates find out he is gay and post hate threats on his social media accounts. Rachel decides to move up her plans to marry Finn. Sue says she is pregnant. Quinn ends up in a car crash while sending a text to Rachel.
13 - Heart
Written By: Ali Adler Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 2.8 Audience: 6.99 Love is in the air and Will has the members of New Directions perform the best love songs they can find on Glee's second Valentine's Day episode. Sugar (Vanessa Lengies) holds a Valentine's dance for McKinley students, which Santana and Brittany attend as a couple; Artie and Rory compete to become Sugar's date. Rachel’s fathers, Hiram and Leroy Berry (Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell), throw a dinner party in honor of Rachel and Finn's engagement in their debut appearance. A new transfer student to McKinley named Joe Hart (Samuel Larsen) is introduced.
12 - The Spanish Teacher
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Paris Barclay Rating: 3.3 Audience: 7.81 Will and Sue are competing for a tenured position at McKinley High, but complaints are received about both of them as teachers. Will goes to night school for a refresher course in Spanish, but his teacher there, David Martinez (Ricky Martin), becomes a potential rival for his position at McKinley when Will assigns a Spanish-themed week to New Directions and invites David to perform. Rachel tells Kurt and Mercedes that Finn has proposed to her, and Mercedes has issues in her own love life. Sue announces that she wants to become a mother, and she needs a sperm donor.
11 - Michael
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Rating: 3.7 Audience: 9.07 Will announces a "Michael Week" after the former Troubletones reveal they are disappointed they didn't get to perform in the Jackson family medley at Sectionals. The rivalry between New Directions and the Dalton Academy Warblers deepens ahead of Regionals as both groups plan to perform Michael Jackson's music in competition. Quinn is the first senior to get news on her college plans, and Kurt and Rachel get news on their NYADA applications. Mercedes and Sam kiss, and Sebastian injures Blaine.
10 - Yes/No
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 3.1 Audience: 7.50 Will asks the glee club to help him propose to Emma in a very spectacular way, and he ultimately does. Sam joins McKinley's synchronized swim team, desperate for a letterman jacket to impress Mercedes, who he wants to win back from Shane. Becky decides she wants Artie as her boyfriend and gets him to date her. Finn makes an announcement about his plans for life after high school and gets some devastating news, which draws him even closer to Rachel.
09 - Extraordinary Merry Christmas
Written By: Marti Noxon Directed By: Matthew Morrison Rating: 3.0 Audience: 7.13 New Directions celebrates the holidays, and the group is faced with a dilemma when they agree to perform at two different events that turn out to be scheduled at the exact same time. Rory suffers from homesickness, and bonds with Sam, who is also away from his family. Chewbacca makes an appearance and inspires a tribute to Christmas specials of old.
08 - Hold On to Sixteen
Written By: Ross Maxwell Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 3.0 Audience: 7.11 Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) returns to McKinley High and New Directions at Finn's urging just in time to compete in Sectionals—hosted by McKinley—against stiff competition, which includes McKinley's Troubletones and the Unitards, fronted by Harmony (Lindsay Pearce). Quinn makes a pivotal decision, and Sebastian plans a second try for Blaine. Tina helps Mike and his father come to an agreement about Mike's college plans.
07 - I Kissed a Girl
Written By: Matthew Hodgson Directed By: Tate Donovan Rating: 3.2 Audience: 7.90 The election for McKinley High Senior Class President is marred by ballot-box stuffing, and Brittany is declared the winner. Coach Beiste challenges Sue over Cooter, and Sue's own election day results in an embarrassing defeat to Burt. Life gets more complicated for Quinn and Puck, Santana comes out to her family, and a shocking event upsets New Directions' plans for the forthcoming show choir Sectionals competition.
06 - Mash Off
Written By: Michael Hitchcock Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 3.0 Audience: 7.08 Sue pursues a smear campaign against Burt in their congressional race. Glee club directors Will and Shelby encourage some friendly competition between their clubs, but Santana does not go along with the friendly part and hounds Finn, with disastrous results. Puck falls in love with Shelby, to her dismay. The candidates for senior class president debate, and Rachel withdraws from the race, throwing her support behind Kurt.
05 - The First Time
Written By: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 3.1 Audience: 6.91 The school musical West Side Story is rehearsed and then performed, with Artie as lead director. Mike argues with his father about wanting to be a professional dancer, and Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) gains an admirer in the form of football recruiter Cooter Menkins (Eric Bruskotter). Kurt and Blaine debate whether to have sex, as do Rachel and Finn, the latter of whom is worried about being recruited for college football. New Dalton Academy Warbler Sebastian Smythe (Grant Gustin) makes a play for Blaine, and invites him and Kurt to a gay bar, where Dave Karofsky (Max Adler) gives Kurt some advice.
04 - Pot o' Gold
Written By: Ali Adler Directed By: Adam Shankman Rating: 3.0 Audience: 7.47 Irish exchange student Rory Flanagan (Damian McGinty) arrives at McKinley High. He is living at Brittany's house, and she thinks he's a leprechaun. Mercedes starts recruiting for Shelby's new glee club, and succeeds in attracting Santana and Brittany, who are now officially dating. Sue gains a new competitor in her run for congress when Kurt's dad, Burt Hummel (Mike O'Malley), decides to run against her as a write-in candidate. Rory joins New Directions.
03 - Asian F
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Rating: 3.6 Audience: 8.42 After Mike gets an "A−" on a chemistry test, his father wants him to drop glee club. He instead auditions for West Side Story. Mercedes also auditions, but refuses to share the role of Maria with Rachel when the two are to be double-cast; she also quits New Directions, and joins Shelby's rival glee club. Brittany's campaign for senior class president kicks into high gear, and Rachel becomes a third candidate, infuriating the other candidate, Kurt. Emma Pillsbury's parents visit, and cause a flare-up of her OCD. The musical's cast list is posted.
02 - I Am Unicorn
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 3.7 Audience: 8.60 Will sets up a boot camp for some of the members of the glee club to improve their dancing. Auditions begin for the school musical, West Side Story. Sue features Quinn in an anti-arts commercial for her congressional campaign. Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel) is hired to set up a rival glee club at McKinley High, and reaches out to her adopted daughter's birth parents Quinn and Puck. Kurt begins his campaign for senior class president.
01 - The Purple Piano Project
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 4.0 Audience: 9.21 The glee club is down to ten members and needs to recruit, so director Will Schuester assigns them a project to get new singers. Cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester runs for congress on a platform of cutting the arts in schools, and directs new cheerleading co-captains Santana and Becky (Lauren Potter) to sabotage the pianos being used in the glee club project. Blaine transfers to McKinley High to be with Kurt and joins New Directions. Rachel and Kurt's post-graduate plans for New York suffer a setback.
22 - New York
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 4.6 Audience: 11.80 New Directions heads to New York City for the National Show Choir Championship and faces Vocal Adrenaline once again, taking time to see landmarks while there. Will prepares to head to Broadway with April while hiding it from the kids. Finn is desperate to win Rachel back, and Kurt helps Rachel to make a decision about her future. The performance by New Directions includes an unplanned interlude, which imperils their chances of victory. Back in Ohio, Blaine and Kurt declare their love for each other.
21 - Funeral
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Ian Brennan Rating: 3.6 Audience: 8.97 As New Directions gets closer to Nationals, Will brings in Jesse to give advice on how to win the championship; Rachel is the only one happy with his efforts. Sue sabotages the club's travel itinerary to New York, though Will's ex-wife Terri ultimately fixes the damage. When Sue's sister Jean dies and Sue is unable to cope, Finn and Kurt get the club to help them plan her funeral. Finn breaks up with Quinn due to his lingering feelings for Rachel.
20 - Prom Queen
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 3.7 Audience: 9.29 As the race for prom queen heats up, Principal Figgins recruits New Directions to perform at the prom. Mercedes is distressed because she doesn't have a prom date, and Rachel arranges for Sam to take the two of them as a group. Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) returns to woo Rachel, which angers Finn. Kurt attempts to help Karofsky deal with his sexuality, and takes Blaine as his date to the prom. A surprising pair wins Prom King and Queen, with dramatic repercussions.
19 - Rumours
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Tim Hunter Rating: 3.7 Audience: 8.85 Sue revives The Muckraker, the school newspaper, and prints blind items about the kids in the glee club in order to sow discord among the members. Quinn gives Finn an ultimatum about their relationship and his friendship with Rachel. Brittany breaks up with Artie after he quizzes her about her relationship with Santana and calls her stupid for not seeing through Santana's machinations. Sam is forced to reveal that his family now lives in a single motel room after their house was foreclosed upon. April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth) returns to try to convince Will to perform on Broadway with her.
18 - Born This Way
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Rating: 3.4 Audience: 8.62 Santana blackmails Karofsky into starting an anti-bullying club in order to convince Kurt to return to McKinley High and New Directions; Kurt returns and the Warblers serenade him in farewell. Lauren runs against Quinn for prom queen and, with Puck's help, digs up some surprising information about her past. Most of the glee club tries to convince Rachel not to get a nose job after Finn breaks her nose while dancing.
17 - A Night of Neglect
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Carol Banker Rating: 3.8 Audience: 9.80 The glee club performs songs from artists that they feel are neglected at a benefit in an attempt to raise money for Artie, Mike, Tina and Brittany's Academic Decathlon team. Sue makes a plan to sabotage the fundraiser; when Sunshine, who now sings for rival club Vocal Adrenaline, offers to perform for the benefit, her director, one of Sue's allies, pulls her from the show. Lauren convinces Mercedes to become a truly demanding diva to get what she wants.
16 - Original Song
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 4.2 Audience: 11.15 When their planned anthem for the show choir Regionals competition is axed due to Sue's sabotage, New Directions writes and performs original songs to compete against the Dalton Academy Warblers and the Sue-coached Aural Intensity; Kathy Griffin and Loretta Devine guest star as judges. Blaine falls in love with Kurt, and the two begin a relationship.
15 - Sexy
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Ryan Murphy Rating: 4.6 Audience: 11.92 When substitute Holly Holliday fills in for the absent sex education teacher, she joins forces with Will to teach the kids of New Directions the facts of life. Santana and Brittany ask Holly's advice about their relationship. Emma heads up the Celibacy Club, and she and her husband Carl face some issues in their marriage with Holly's help, notably her continuing celibacy; when Emma confesses to still having feelings for Will, Carl moves out. Finn and Quinn get back together. A warning from Blaine prompts Burt to give Kurt "the talk" about sex.
14 - Blame It on the Alcohol
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 4.4 Audience: 10.58 Principal Figgins attempts to teach the student body about the danger of underage drinking. Rachel throws a party, and after heavy drinking starts, things really heat up with a game of spin the bottle. To Kurt's dismay, Blaine questions his sexuality. Will drunk-dials Emma, and is publicly shamed by Sue. New Directions performs at a school assembly on drinking, with disastrous results.
13 - Comeback
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 4.2 Audience: 10.53 Rachel tries to get back into McKinley High's social swing with the help of Brittany, but her attempts backfire. Sam forms a Justin Bieber tribute band in the hopes of cementing his relationship with Quinn, but later finds out from Santana that Quinn cheated on him with Finn and breaks up with her; he starts dating Santana. Sue tries to sow dissent in New Directions from the inside, and after failing, she becomes coach of Aural Intensity, a glee club rival for Regionals.
12 - Silly Love Songs
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Tate Donovan Rating: 4.6 Audience: 11.58 Will assigns the McKinley High glee club to perform love songs in honor of Valentine's Day. Finn sets up a kissing booth for the occasion, to raise money for the club and to kiss Quinn. Puck falls in love with Lauren, but his song to her backfires. Blaine and the Dalton Academy Warblers perform "When I Get You Alone" at a Gap clothing store, but all does not go as planned.
11 - The Sue Sylvester Shuffle
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 11.1 Audience: 26.80 McKinley High’s football championship game takes place, and a "Thriller" mash-up is performed during the halftime show. Will and Coach Beiste attempt to get the glee club and the football team to work together, and Sue does everything she can to make sure she clinches Nationals again while attempting to sabotage both the football team and the glee club, with disastrous results: McKinley wins the championship, and Sue loses three cheerleaders and Regionals.
10 - A Very Glee Christmas
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Rating: 4.4 Audience: 11.07 The faculty holds a Secret Santa gift exchange, but Sue tampers with it so she gets all the gifts. Artie finds out Brittany still believes in Santa Claus, and convinces the other glee club members not to disillusion her. When Brittany asks a mall Santa to make wheelchair-bound Artie able to walk again, Artie recruits Coach Beiste to play Santa in order to tell her it won't be possible after all. Kurt tells Will that he's fallen in love with Blaine. Finn breaks up with Rachel.
09 - Special Education
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Paris Barclay Rating: 4.6 Audience: 11.68 Taking Emma's advice, Will decides to feature some of the less-heralded members of New Directions in the Sectionals competition. With the glee club in disarray and new member Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink) replacing Kurt, New Directions, the Warblers (augmented by new member Kurt), and the Hipsters face off at Sectionals: New Directions and the Warblers both advance to Regionals. Carl and Emma marry in Las Vegas; Rachel confesses to Finn that she made out with Puck to make him jealous after discovering that Finn had lied about having sex with Santana the previous spring.
08 - Furt
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Carol Banker Rating: 4.0 Audience: 10.41 Sue's Nazi-hunting mother Doris Sylvester (Carol Burnett) pays her a visit due to Sue's upcoming wedding to herself, and Finn and Kurt face the marriage of their parents, Carole (Romy Rosemont) and Burt. The school board refuses to take a stand against Karofsky’s threats to Kurt, which leads to Kurt transferring from McKinley High to Dalton Academy, and Sue resigning as principal. Quinn accepts a promise ring from Sam.
07 - The Substitute
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Ryan Murphy Rating: 5.0 Audience: 11.70 Will becomes ill, and is replaced by freewheeling substitute teacher Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow), who lets the glee club members choose which songs they get to perform. Sue takes over as principal when Figgins is also ill, and makes several changes including firing Will, though she is ultimately convinced to reinstate him. Kurt and Blaine become friends, and Mercedes organizes a protest against Sue.
06 - Never Been Kissed
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Bradley Buecker Rating: 4.6 Audience: 10.99 Will separates the group for another boys vs. girls mash-up competition. Kurt, who’s being harassed by Karofsky (Max Adler), spies for New Directions at Dalton Academy, where he meets Blaine (Darren Criss), lead singer of the rival Warblers. Blaine encourages Kurt to stand up for himself, and backs him in a confrontation with Karofsky. Coach Beiste discovers the boys use her as a turn-off method and submits her resignation, but Will convinces her to stay at McKinley. Puck returns and develops a friendship with Artie through his community service project; he helps Artie get a date with Brittany.
05 - The Rocky Horror Glee Show
Written By: Ryan Murphy & Tim Wollaston Directed By: Adam Shankman Rating: 4.9 Audience: 11.76 After Will learns of Emma's newfound love for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, he impulsively decides to have the glee club perform the stage version of the musical as a fundraiser in the hopes of winning her back from Carl, recruiting her to help him with the production. However, problem after problem, including Sue going undercover to expose the boundary-pushing production on her television news segment, prevent New Directions from performing it in front of an audience.
04 - Duets
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Eric Stoltz Rating: 4.7 Audience: 11.36 When Puck is sent to a juvenile detention center, New Directions welcomes Sam (Chord Overstreet) as a new member, and Will assigns a duet competition for the week. Kurt wants to partner with Sam because he suspects Sam might be gay, but Finn and Burt dissuade him, and Kurt sings alone. Finn and Rachel secretly throw the competition so that Sam will feel welcome; the victory dinner with Sam and his partner Quinn turns into a first date for the couple.
03 - Grilled Cheesus
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Rating: 4.6 Audience: 11.20 Upon seeing the face of Jesus in his grilled cheese sandwich, Finn has an existential crisis. Because of this, the members of the glee club discuss religion and its significance to them, but this is uncomfortable for Kurt, who is an atheist, and who is facing his own, more serious crisis when his father Burt has a heart attack and becomes comatose. Sue questions her own beliefs and talks to her sister Jean about God.
02 - Britney/Brittany
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Ryan Murphy Rating: 5.9 Audience: 13.51 New Directions wants to perform a Britney Spears number at the Homecoming Assembly, but Will is reluctant to let them be that edgy. Emma's new boyfriend Carl (John Stamos), a dentist, treats glee club members Brittany, Santana, Rachel and Artie, all of whom experience Britney Spears fantasies while under anesthesia. Artie joins the football team, and Finn is reinstated. Will ultimately okays a Spears number and takes a lead role in the hopes of impressing Emma, but the assembly performance ends in chaos.
01 - Audition
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 5.6 Audience: 12.45 McKinley High’s glee club and cheerleading squad budgets are cut to allocate more money for the football program and its new football coach Shannon Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones), so directors Will Schuester and Sue Sylvester scheme to get their money restored. Finn and Rachel try to find new recruits for New Directions, but Rachel feels threatened by the talent of her recruit, Sunshine (guest star Charice), an exchange student from the Philippines. Quinn replaces Santana as head of the Cheerios, Finn is kicked off the football team, and Tina and Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.) begin dating.
22 - Journey to Regionals
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 4.6 Audience: 10.92 New Directions competes against Vocal Adrenaline and Aural Intensity, seen here for the first time, at Regionals, in front of celebrity judges Olivia Newton-John, Josh Groban, Sue, and Rod Remington. Vocal Adrenaline wins and New Directions comes last, despite unexpected support from Sue, who is able to identify with the club's underdog status after being derided by the other judges. She convinces Principal Figgins to grant the club a reprieve, and not disband them for another year. Will and Finn profess their love for Emma and Rachel respectively. Quinn goes into labor and gives birth to a baby girl who is adopted by Shelby, and named Beth at Puck's request. Quinn later questions Puck if he ever loved her and replies that he did, and does now even more.
21 - Funk
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Elodie Keene Rating: 3.6 Audience: 8.54 Will seeks revenge against Sue when she plans to install a cheerleading trophy cabinet in the choir room. He asks her out on a date then stands her up, leaving Sue depressed and bedridden. With encouragement from a regretful Will, she leads the cheer squad to win at Nationals, and has their trophy placed in the choir room. Mercedes asks Quinn to move in with her family. The glee club learns that Jesse has defected to Vocal Adrenaline, forcing Rachel to deal with her emotions as she discovers that Jesse was using her to bring the club down.
20 - Theatricality
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Ryan Murphy Rating: 4.8 Audience: 11.49 The glee club pays tribute to Lady Gaga, donning some of her famous outfits. Will teaches the club about theatricality to help Tina through an identity crisis. Rachel finally meets her mother by accident during a sneak-in on a Vocal Adrenaline practice session, but neither feel an immediate mother–daughter bond. Kurt's father, Burt, invites Finn and his mother to move in, but Finn is reluctant to share a room with Kurt. He uses a homophobic slur against Kurt during an emotional outburst, and is told to move out by Burt, but later comes to Kurt's defense when he is attacked by school bullies.
19 - Dream On
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Joss Whedon Rating: 4.8 Audience: 11.59 Will's high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan, causes trouble for the glee club, announcing his intent to cut them from the district budget. He and Will compete for a role in a local production of Les Misérables, and when Will is awarded the lead role, he gives it to Bryan to save the club. Vocal Adrenaline coach Shelby, first seen in "Hell-O", is revealed to be Rachel's biological mother. Tina gives Artie false hope that he may one day walk again, temporarily straining their relationship. With guidance from Emma, Artie begins to accept his physical condition.
18 - Laryngitis
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Rating: 4.8 Audience: 11.57 Rachel panics when a sore throat affects her singing. Finn helps her to get perspective on her condition by introducing her to his friend Sean, who was paralyzed from the upper chest down during a football game. Jealous of the time his father is spending with Finn, Kurt tries to emulate his masculine persona, and begins dating Brittany. His father reassures Kurt that he loves him for who he is. Puck dates Mercedes in a strategic move to elevate his social status, but ends up testing Mercedes' emotions in the process, causing her to break up with him and resign from the cheer squad.
17 - Bad Reputation
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Paris Barclay Rating: 4.9 Audience: 11.63 When the "Glist" – a salacious list about the sexual exploits of the glee club members – circulates the halls of McKinley High, Will begins an investigation. He discovers Quinn to be the culprit, motivated by her distress at her loss of social status as a result of her pregnancy, but does not turn her in to Principal Figgins. Kurt, Mercedes, Artie, Tina and Brittany misbehave in an attempt to gain bad reputations, but their plans repeatedly backfire on them. Sue is mortified when a video of her rendition of Olivia Newton-John's classic "Physical" is unearthed, but ends up being contacted by Newton-John herself to produce a new version.
16 - Home
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Paris Barclay Rating: 5.2 Audience: 12.18 Kurt fixes up his father on a date with Finn's mother, Carole, in hopes of having a regular family and of getting closer to Finn. His plan backfires when his father bonds with Finn over sports, leaving Kurt feeling excluded. Will rents out April Rhodes's roller rink for New Directions as a temporary practice space. Will helps April sort out her life once more, culminating in April becoming a millionaire and buying the school auditorium for the glee club. Mercedes deals with weight issues after Sue tells her to lose ten pounds for an upcoming Cheerios interview, but learns to feel comfortable with who she is.
15 - The Power of Madonna
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Ryan Murphy Rating: 5.3 Audience: 12.98 Inspired by the Cheerios and Sue paying homage to Madonna, Will looks to the musical icon to nip the boys' recent misogynistic behavior in the bud. Emma, Rachel, and Finn weigh the pros and cons of losing their virginity. Jesse transfers to McKinley High and joins New Directions, despite the protest of Finn and others. In an attempt to get more opportunities to shine, Kurt and Mercedes join the Cheerios, and also help Sue produce a music video for "Vogue" as a school project that also helps Sue become more comfortable with herself after Will teases her about her hair.
14 - Hell-O
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 5.6 Audience: 13.66 Blackmailing Figgins, Sue returns following her suspension, and enlists Santana and Brittany to seduce Finn and destroy his new relationship with Rachel. Rachel catches the eye of Jesse St. James, the lead singer of New Directions' rival, Vocal Adrenaline. Will and Emma attempt to begin dating, but Emma's mysophobic behavior leads Will to make out with Vocal Adrenaline's coach, Shelby Corcoran. Rachel and Finn have a rocky start to their relationship at the same time that Will and Emma try to find a way to be together.
13 - Sectionals
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 3.7 Audience: 8.13 Rachel learns that Puck is the father of Quinn's baby and tells Finn, who briefly quits the glee club. Emma postpones her wedding to accompany New Directions to Sectionals. The team discovers that its rivals are performing songs from its setlist, and aided by Finn's return, puts new routines together at the last moment. They win by unanimous decision and advance on to Regionals. Sue vows revenge when she is suspended by Principal Figgins over her attempts to sabotage the club. Ken breaks up with Emma over her feelings for Will, who leaves Terri and shares a kiss with Emma.
12 - Mattress
Written By: Elodie Keene Directed By: Ryan Murphy Rating: 3.6 Audience: 8.15 When the glee club is left out of the school yearbook, Rachel has the club members cast in a local mattress commercial in an attempt to raise their social status. The team is paid in mattresses, revoking its amateur status and rendering it ineligible to compete at Sectionals. Will discovers that Terri has been lying to him about being pregnant and walks out on her. He spends a night at the school using one of the mattresses, and thus steps down as club director so that the team is eligible to compete, but remains undecided over whether to end his marriage. Emma and Ken schedule their wedding for the same day as Sectionals.
11 - Hairography
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Bill D'Elia Rating: 2.5 Audience: 6.11 New Directions meets their Sectionals competition – Jane Addams Girls Choir for girls recently released from juvenile detention, and the Haverbrook Deaf Choir. Sue gives the New Directions' set list for Sectionals to the competing clubs in order to damage the glee club's chance of progressing to Regionals. Quinn reconsiders having her baby adopted, giving Puck a chance to prove that he would be a good father. They successfully baby-sit for Terri's triplet nephews together, but Quinn later learns that Puck spent the evening sexting Santana, and recommits to the idea of adoption. Kurt gives Rachel a bad makeover, trying to sabotage her attempts at attracting Finn.
10 - Ballad
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 3.3 Audience: 7.36 The glee club members are split into pairs to sing ballads to one another. Rachel is paired with Will and develops a crush on him. Will struggles to let Rachel down gently, recalling that the last student he turned down almost died after eating the world's hottest pepper in her grief. Finn and Quinn's parents learn that Quinn is pregnant, and she moves in with Finn and his mother when her own parents throw her out. Puck reveals to Mercedes that he is the father of Quinn's baby.
09 - Wheels
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Paris Barclay Rating: 3.4 Audience: 7.53 The glee club holds a bake sale to raise money for a wheelchair-accessible bus, so that paraplegic club member Artie can travel with them to Sectionals. Quinn struggles with the medical expenses incurred by her pregnancy, and Puck offers to support her. Sue accepts a student with Down syndrome onto the cheerleading squad and pays the school to build new wheelchair ramps, leading Will to question her motives. It transpires that Sue has an older sister who also has Down syndrome. Kurt and Rachel compete for a solo performance, but Kurt sabotages his own performance when his father receives harassing phone calls about his sexuality. Artie and Tina go on a date and share a kiss, but Artie feels betrayed when Tina admits she has been faking her own disability, a speech impediment, since sixth grade.
08 - Mash-Up
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: Elodie Keene Rating: 3.3 Audience: 7.15 Will attempts to create a mash-up wedding song for Emma and Ken. Ken becomes increasingly jealous of Emma's feelings for Will and tries to force the football-playing New Directions members to quit the glee club, but ultimately relents. Finn and Quinn find that they are no longer considered popular by the rest of the student body. Rachel and Puck date briefly, but break up as they have feelings for Finn and Quinn respectively. Sue has a brief romance with local news anchor Rod Remington and temporarily makes amends with Will, until she discovers that Rod is cheating on her.
07 - Throwdown
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Ryan Murphy Rating: 3.4 Audience: 7.65 Will and Sue clash over the running of the glee club. Sue tries to tear the club apart by turning the students against each other, suggesting that Will has been neglecting the needs of the minority students. When school reporter Jacob Ben Israel learns that Quinn is pregnant, Rachel attempts to keep him from breaking the news to the rest of the school, but Sue forces him to run the story. The glee club members stage a walkout over Will and Sue's incessant arguing, and rally to support Quinn when the rest of the school learns of her pregnancy. Sue steps down as co–director, and Terri blackmails her obstetrician into faking a sonogram, deceiving Will into believing she is still pregnant.
06 - Vitamin D
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Elodie Keene Rating: 3.3 Audience: 7.28 Believing the glee club members are becoming complacent ahead of Sectionals, Will pits the girls against the boys for a mash-up competition. Terri takes a job as the school nurse to stop Will becoming closer to Emma. With encouragement from Terri, Ken proposes to Emma, who reluctantly accepts. Terri gives the glee club pseudoephedrine tablets, enhancing their mash-up performances. Rachel and Finn feel guilty and confess, resulting in the competition being nullified, Terri being fired, and Sue being appointed co-director of the glee club. Quinn agrees to let Terri secretly adopt her baby, enabling her to continue faking her pregnancy.
05 - The Rhodes Not Taken
Written By: Ian Brennan Directed By: John Scott Rating: 3.3 Audience: 7.40 Will, trying to find a twelfth member in the wake of Rachel's defection to the school musical, recruits former glee club star April Rhodes. Finn flirts with Rachel continuously in an attempt to convince her to return, hoping that having her in the club will increase his chances of gaining a music scholarship. While Finn takes Rachel bowling, they kiss briefly after Rachel bowls a strike. Although Rachel is angry when she discovers that Quinn is pregnant, she ultimately rejoins the club. Will confesses to once having had a crush on April, and encourages her to sober up and pursue her dreams of performing on Broadway. The glee club performs at Invitationals, launching themselves onto the show choir competition circuit.
04 - Preggers
Written By: Brad Falchuk Directed By: Brad Falchuk Rating: 3.1 Audience: 6.64 Kurt joins the football team and admits his homosexuality to his father, Burt, who accepts him for who he is. Quinn discovers she is pregnant and tells Finn the baby is his, when in fact the father is his best friend, Puck. Finn asks Will to teach the football team to dance, hoping to improve their performance and thus his chance of receiving a football scholarship. Puck, Mike Chang, and Matt Rutherford all join the glee club after the football team's win dancing to "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". This makes them a group of twelve and eligible to compete, but Sue and former glee club director Sandy Ryerson team up in an effort to bring the club down, luring away a disillusioned Rachel, who quits when Will awards a solo she wanted to Tina.
03 - Acafellas
Written By: John Scott Directed By: Ryan Murphy Rating: Audience: Will forms an all-male a cappella group called the "Acafellas", neglecting the glee club in favor of dedicating his time to the new endeavor. After two of its members quit, glee club member Finn and his best friend Puck join. The group records an album and performs at the school PTA meeting in front of celebrity guest Josh Groban, but Will ultimately recommits to New Directions. In his absence, the club members struggle with choreography, and resist attempts at sabotage by members of the cheer squad. They briefly hire well–known choreographer Dakota Stanley, but fire him when he belittles their appearances and abilities. Mercedes harbors romantic feelings for Kurt, who comes out to her as gay.
02 - Showmance
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan Rating: 3.3 Audience: 7.14 The glee club perform in front of the school for the first time in an attempt to recruit new members. Will takes a second job as a janitor and grows closer to Emma, the school guidance counselor, who determines not to become his rebound girl and instead accepts a date with football coach Ken Tanaka. Terri discovers she is having a hysterical pregnancy, but hides the truth from Will, telling him they are having a son. Cheerleaders Santana, Brittany, and Finn's girlfriend Quinn join New Directions, recruited by coach Sue Sylvester to help bring down the club. Rachel and Finn kiss while practicing singing, but Finn chooses to return to Quinn.
01 - Pilot
Written By: Ryan Murphy Directed By: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan Rating: - Audience: 9.62 Former glee club star Will Schuester takes over McKinley High School's glee club in the hopes of restoring it to its former glory. He is faced with the challenge of converting a group of misfits, including fame-hungry Rachel Berry, Mercedes Jones, Kurt Hummel, Tina Cohen-Chang, and Artie Abrams, into a team of singers. When Will discovers that football quarterback Finn Hudson has a secret talent for singing, he blackmails Finn into joining the club. His friendship with friend and colleague, Ken Tanaka, the football coach suffers when Ken discovers his crush and guidance counselor, Emma Pillsbury has a crush on Will. Meanwhile, Will's pregnant wife Terri pushes Will to find a higher paying job to support his family. Will considers quitting his job and commitment to the glee club, but overhears New Directions performing "Don't Stop Believin'" so well that he ends up returning after getting guidance from Emma, concluding that he could not bear to see them win Nationals without him.