|Address:||Lima, Ohio, USA|
New Directions member
|Aliases:|| Wheels, Legs, Stumbles|
Bluetooth, Stubbles McCripple Pants, The Four-Eyed Loser, A Stupid Boy, The Smoothest Criminal I Know
The Kid in the Wheelchair (Mike)
A Modern-day Tiny Tim, Teenage Disabled Kid (Don)
Wheelchair Kid, My Community Service, Young Jedi in a Wheelchair, Professor X, Chief (Puck)
Roller Boy (April)
George Jefferson, Artie-Claus (himself)
Dr. Y (superhero alter ego)
Glue that binds Glee Club (Rory, Artie's Dream)
Stephen Hawking's Younger Brother (Betty)
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Nancy Abrams (Mother)|
Mr. Abrams (Father)
|Relationships:|| Sugar Motta (possible girlfriend)|
Betty Pillsbury (hook up, sexual)
Becky Jackson (ended)
Tina Cohen-Chang (ex-girlfriend)
Brittany Pierce (sexual, ex-girlfriend)
Kitty Wilde (possible crush)
|Friends:|| Quinn Fabray|
|Enemies:|| Hockey Team|
Jacob Ben Israel
|Interests:||Rap, Directing, Angry Birds, popping wheelies, Singing|
|Clique:|| New Directions|
|Education:||William McKinley High School|
|Talent:||Racing with a Wheelchair|
|Strengths:||Singing, rapping, beat-boxing, def jam poetry, guitar|
|Awards:||2011 High School State football championship (shared with the rest of football team)|
|Portrayer:|| Kevin McHale|
Naya Rivera (Tina's Dream)
Arthur Abrams, commonly known as Artie, is a main character on Glee. Artie is currently a senior at William McKinley High School, where he actively participates in the school's glee club: the New Directions. Artie was previously on the Football Team. Artie is a strong and ambitious young man. Although he is in a wheelchair, he refuses to let anything get in his way. In the episode, Dream On, it is revealed that Artie dreams of being a dancer, and his then-girlfriend Tina insists on helping him achieve this, even going so far as to research future medical possibilities. After speaking with guidance counselor, Emma Pillsbury, about these potential scientific advancements. He is distraught to realize that they are all far off being publicly available. Since then, Artie has come to aspire to be a director, discovering this passion after being recommended by Will Schuester to direct the school's production of West Side Story, alongside Shannon Beiste and Emma. In his senior year, he directs a school production of Grease with Finn's help. On the episode Glee, Actually, in his dream, Rory tells him that he is the "glue that binds the glee club" together.
In the episode, Goodbye, the seniors graduate, passing the Glee Club on to the underclassmen. Artie participates with everyone as they go through a number of final songs in the choir room together. He has taken on more leadership roles in Season Four.
During Season One, he develops a relationship with Tina, but she breaks up with him at the beginning of Season Two because Tina became attracted to Mike Chang at Asian Camp over the summer. Artie joins the football team in hopes of winning Tina back with "abs." Later, he gets over his love for Tina and starts dating Brittany, but they break up in Rumours after he called her stupid.
Artie Abrams is portrayed by actor/singer Kevin McHale.
Artie's friend, Tina, helps him sign up for New Directions, due to him not being able to reach the sign-up sheet. For unknown reasons, they did not show Artie's audition (if he had one, which he probably did). Artie is given the solo in Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat with Mercedes, Rachel, Kurt, and Tina, which makes Rachel furious. During the number, Artie is unable to dance or move that much due to his wheelchair. When Rachel tells Will that Artie having the solo is ridiculous, Artie suggests Will is using irony to enhance the performance and Rachel states there is nothing ironic about show choir. Rachel almost rolls Artie off the stage in You're the One That I Want, in which he performs background vocals. Artie appears sad when Will announces he is resigning. Later the football team (including Puck) stuffs Artie in a Port-A-Potty stall, and plans to flip it. Artie is terrified and pleads mercy, but is eventually rescued by Finn, who rolls him back to the auditorium. This annoys the football team. Artie performs background vocals (and guitar) in Don't Stop Believin'.
Artie is seen with Mercedes, Tina, and Mr. Schue practicing runs. He performs background vocals in Le Freak, a disco song he and the rest of the Glee Club hate. He suggests modern music to Will, who rejects his idea. Artie performs background vocals in Gold Digger and is present in a Will-less Glee Club rehearsal in which the club plans to appeal to the school's interest into sex appeal. He performs background vocals and has a solo in Push It.
Artie is present at a Glee rehearsal, in which Rachel tells Will his choreography is lame. He is also seen at rehearsal without Will. Artie and Tina clean cars at the Glee Club car wash fundraiser. Dakota Stanley kicks Artie out of the club due to his disability, leading to Tina to leave with him. Rachel stops them before they leave and fires Dakota.
Artie is seen in a glee club rehearsal, in which Tina is given a solo. He is seen at another rehearsal at the end of the episode.
Artie is seen practicing with the club for invitationals. Artie and the rest of New Directions are skeptical when April Rhodes joins the club. Artie is seen warming up with the Glee Club just before invitationals, and he performs background vocals in Last Name and Somebody to Love.It's My Life and Confessions. They perform their mash-up under the influence of Finn's decongestant and Artie performs a short solo and background vocals. Artie watches the girls' mash-up. Will is later furious with Artie and the rest of the glee club when he founds out about the performance enhancers Terri provided.
Coach Sue steps in as co-head of the Glee Club. She attempts to make Mr. Schuester look insensitive to minorities by taking Artie and other minority students into her 'elite Glee Club. Artie performs background vocals in Hate on Me and Ride Wit Me. Artie storms out of the auditorium with the rest of the Glee Club after Sue and Will argue, and performs background vocals in Keep Holding On.
Artie, Tina, and Mercedes avoid Dave Karofsky in fear of being hit by a slushie. Will suggests a mash-up with Bust a Move to the glee club, and Artie performs background vocals (and bass) in the song when Will begins singing it. Artie is present at Puck's performance of Sweet Caroline and throws a slushie at Will with the rest of New Directions.Dancing with Myself. Disappointed at the New Directions behavior, Will forces the kids to raise the money with a bake sale, and to ride in wheelchairs for a week to see how difficult it is for Artie to spend his whole life in a wheelchair. Artie tells Tina that he was in a car crash when he was eight years old. While his mother who was driving the car was fine, Artie was left paralyzed from the waist down (although he still is capable of using his penis as he tells Tina). Artie falls for Tina because he feels connected to her because they both have disabilities (Artie's paraplegia and Tina’s stutter). They finally have a date together which ends in wheelchair drag races down the hall. After losing to Artie, Tina kisses him. Afterward, Tina confides in Artie her stutter is fake, something she created to not have to do an oral report in grade school. Artie is hurt by the lie and claiming that the connection he thought they have is a lie, breaks off the relationship, much to Tina's disappointment. He performs solos and background vocals in Proud Mary, a special wheelchair number in Artie's honor.
Artie is partnered with Quinn for the ballad assignment and watches Rachel and Mr. Schue's cover of Endless Love. Artie sings a solo and background vocals in Lean On Me, a ballad dedicated to Quinn and Finn about Quinn's pregnancy.Hair/Crazy in Love, Imagine, and True Colors.
Kurt tells the Glee Club that having a glee yearbook photo would be embarrassing. Artie votes for Rachel as team captain, and refuses when Rachel asks him to be her co-captain. The club is cast in a Mattress Land commercial, in which they perform Jump. We see Artie out of his wheelchair for the first time during the performance. They are all sad when Will is disqualified. Artie is seen getting ready for the glee club yearbook photo, and taking the photo with the club. The picture is later defaced and vandalized by Dave Karofsky. Artie receives a solo in Smile.
Artie goes on party line with Mercedes, Tina, Kurt, Brittany, and Santana after Rachel notices that both Finn and Puck help Quinn get up when she slipped and begins to theorize that Finn might not actually be the father of Quinn's baby. The others already knew this was true, but had not told Rachel for fear of her telling Finn. As such they discuss their chances at Sectionals, and their worry that Rachel may tell Finn that Quinn's not having his baby. Artie is seen at a Glee Club rehearsal where the club discusses their set list. Emma Pillsbury is appointed as the new Glee Club head and Mercedes performs And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going. Artie is seen watching Finn punch Puck, and later being loaded onto the special sectionals bus. The club is concerned when the Glee Club has the last performance slot. They watch Jane Addams Academy and Haverbrook copy their set list and are shocked and worried. Artie rams himself into a wall repeatedly in frustration and worry when the New Directions meet in the greenroom. Finn returns and the club figures out what to perform. Artie performs background vocals in You Can't Always Get What You Want, and is shown listening in on the judges during their verdict. Despite the behind-the-scenes conflict, McKinley High wins sectionals. They later perform My Life Would Suck Without You for Will, in which Artie performs background vocals.
Artie is very disrespectful towards Tina but forgives her for lying about her stutter and says the only way they can be together is if she changes her gothic appearance. This angers Tina who later angrily confronts him which surprises him. Later he apologizes to Tina who gets emotional thinking he hates her but they kiss and make up. He performs a solo and background vocals in What It Feels Like For A Girl and background vocals in Like a Prayer.U Can't Touch This in which he performs lead vocals. They still don't get put on the glist after the performance. Artie then tells Kurt to admit it was them that put Coach Sue’s rendition of Physical on the internet. He is only one who doesn't dance in Ice Ice Baby because of his disability.
Artie is seen though the episode in the background. He also sings background vocals in One.Bryan Ryan asks the Glee Club to write down their biggest dreams on a sheet of paper. He takes Artie's, crumples it, and throws it in the garbage as an example that their dreams will never happen. Tina admits that she looked at his paper and read that his biggest dream is to become a dancer. Tina really wants to help Artie fulfill his dream and wants to perform a dance number for an assignment. They practice a soft shoe number with taps on Artie's wheels. Artie tries to stand after 8 years in a wheelchair and after a few steps, falls. Embarrassed, Artie blames Tina for encouraging him. Later, Tina apologizes. She said she has done research to cure Artie's condition. She tells not to give up hope. While at the mall, Tina leaves to buy a snack. Artie imagines himself dancing in flash mob singing Safety Dance. Artie asks Emma to help him cope during the processes for him to walk. Emma looks at the research papers and tells him that he won't be able to walk for a really long time. Emma can see how disappointed Artie is at the news. Later, Artie tells Tina that he is okay with the fact that he won't be able to walk again and that he'll work on a dream that he can actually make come true. Tina ends up dancing with Mike Chang. During the dance Artie sings Dream a Little Dream of Me.
Rachel comes into the music room with news that Vocal Adrenaline is doing Lady Gaga. Along with Kurt, and female members of New Directions, Artie is worried. When Will announces that they will be doing Gaga too, Artie seems happy, but when Finn confronts Schue about the guys doing KISS, Artie's on board. Artie is seen watching the girls perform Bad Romance and, later, he sings Shout It out Loud. He later sings Beth when Puck suggests a name for his and Quinn's daughter. He also defends Kurt from the football players.
Artie and the gang are depressed that Sue will be judging at Regionals. New Directions will be disbanded if they don't win. He is also seen at Mr. Schue's party celebrating New Directions' first birthday. Artie sings background vocals in the Journey Medley. When the judges announce that they lost, Artie says "We didn't even place," in a depressed tone of voice. Before singing To Sir, With Love, everyone including Artie reveals what they before Will and the Glee Club. Artie said that a year ago he never even kissed a girl. When Will tells the club that Principal Figgins is letting the Glee Club run for one more year, Artie is seen cheering. He watches Will and Puck's performance of Over The Rainbow. He also holds hands with Tina and looks at her lovingly.
Tina breaks up with him because she fell in love with Mike Chang and because he hasn't been an attentive boyfriend. Artie is desperate, and asks Finn to help him to get on the football team, in hopes that Tina will like him again if he'd be more like Mike. Finn is unsure at first, but he finds Artie's idea of him being like a human battering ram great and agrees to help him. However, upon seeing Artie, Beiste accuses Finn of trying to make her seem like a monster when she has to reject a disabled student and kicks him out of the team. He is also seen sadly watching Tina and Mike dance, and rapping in Billionaire.
Artie agrees with Kurt on the idea of doing Britney Spears that week. When Emma's boyfriend, Dr. Carl Howell, comes to teach the kids proper dental hygiene, Artie learns he doesn't take care of his teeth. He states that he could possibly take care of them better if he could see himself in the mirror. At his checkup, he has an anesthesia-induced "Britney" dream of Britney Spears herself telling Tina that she's stupid for dumping Artie for Mike. She begs him to come back, but Artie says he's stronger without her. Following this, Artie performs Stronger with the football team. After the visit, we see Artie is more confident. Later, Beiste allows Artie to join the football team, fulfilling his dream.
Artie scores a touchdown at their schools football game after Finn wishes that they would win the football game for Artie. Artie is seen watching Mercedes' performance of I Look to You, Finn's version of Losing My Religion, and Puck singing Only the Good Die Young. He also sings background vocals in One of Us. Also he is seen a few times rolling his eyes at Finn's revelation and he looks sympathetic towards Kurt.
Artie is still trying to get over Tina. Brittany admits having feelings for him, and they start going out. Tina says that she wants to sing a duet with Artie because Mike refuses to, but Artie tells her that he is going out with Brittany. When Artie is at Brittany's house, Artie tells Brittany that he can't continue the relationship as he is not over Tina. Brittany has sex with him in hopes that it helps him get over Tina, thus losing his virginity. When he finds that the sex meant almost nothing to Brittany, according to Santana, he becomes upset. He tells her that he feels that she was using him for his voice to gain an edge in the competition. Brittany is astounded by what Artie said and tries to save the relationship by saying that she specifically wanted to go to Breadstix with Artie and reenact the scene from The Lady and the Tramp and she has been practicing nudging meatballs with her nose. He then says that since he lost the use of his legs, no one was sure if he would be able to have sex. When they found he could, he felt it was like a miracle and Brittany's nonchalant attitude towards it ruined that feeling for him. Brittany apologizes saying she had no idea how much it meant to him, but he ended the relationship anyway and pulls them both out of the duets competition. We see Brittany really liked Artie because she is seen sadly watching as he passes by in hallway with Finn. She is also seen alone at Breadstix moving a meatball with her nose. Even though he didn't compete in the duets competition, Artie still voted for himself to go to Breadstix.
Will told the kids that will perform a play of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Artie played Dr. Scott and a Transylvanian. Artie is also present at Dr. Howell's audition of Whatever Happened to Saturday Night?. Artie also sings background vocals and gets two solos in The Time Warp. Artie and Brittany seem fine after their break-up because they showed no sign of anger towards the other.One Love (People Get Ready) together. Later, Puck teaches him how to get Brittany back by acting mean to her. The boys double date with Santana and Brittany. While at Breadstix, Artie pretends that the waitress is into him, even though she is way older than him. While at dinner, Brittany hits on him. After the meal, Puck and the girls plan to ditch the bill. Artie does not follow through, and pays anyway. Puck becomes angry because he taught Artie his secrets and he still doesn't do it. After Puck has a fit in Principal Figgins' office, Artie comforts him and says that since Puck taught him some new tricks and that he will tutor him in geometry. The two have solos in Stop! In the Name of Love/Free Your Mind.
Artie enjoys Holly Holliday's care-free, modern teachings, but helps the others in getting Mr. Schue's job back. While Will hallucinates, we see Artie as a child, still sitting in the wheelchair. He is present at Rachel's and Holly performance of Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag. He sings background vocals and has solos in Forget You and Singing in the Rain/Umbrella.
While at Rachel's "Girlfriends of Football Players Intervention" meeting, Brittany tells Tina that she is indeed dating Artie. Artie and Mike stand up to Karofsky in a two-man intervention. Karofsky loses it, causing Artie to flip over and Mike helping him. Artie is present at Burt and Carole's wedding. He has a solo in Marry You. He dances with Brittany during Just the Way You Are. He is seen being upset when Kurt decides to leave McKinley for Dalton
Artie and New Directions try to reinforce Brittany's belief in Santa Claus. Her wish to Santa is that Artie can walk. Artie freaks out because Brittany will be sad if Artie can't walk on Christmas morning. The two are seen happily singing in The Most Wonderful Day of the Year. Later in the episode, Brittany becomes depressed when, the night before, "Santa" told her that Artie will not walk this Christmas and she needs to have patience. When Artie takes Brittany home because she isn't feeling well, they find a gift. When Tina and the gang comes back from caroling, they find Artie walking. This is accomplished after he received an expensive piece of technology, the ReWalk, from an anonymous "Santa." Brittany's Christmas wish—and Artie's dream—came true.
Artie was present during the football game and witnessed the fight between Finn and Karofsky. Later, the entire football (minus the ones in Glee Club) cornered him with red and orange slushies. Artie isn't supportive of Mr. Schue and Coach Beiste's decision to let the football team be in Glee club. He watches Puck and Rachel sing Need You Now. He practices "Zombie 101" with New Directions and the football team and sings background vocals in She's Not There. Later, when most of the hockey team shows up with slushies, he cowers behind Finn, but gets slushied anyway. Later in the episode, when most of the team quit, he plays football with Mercedes, Rachel, Tina, Lauren, and the rest of the guys. During half-time, he has a huge solo in Thriller/Heads Will Roll. When Karofsky and the rest of the players come back, he sits out during the second half. He celebrates when the Titans win the big game.
He attends Glee Club and receives the assignment to sing their favorite song. Artie sings P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) with Mike to Brittany. Artie sings background vocals in Fat Bottomed Girls and can be seen at Breadstix (with Brittany) during the Warblers' performance of Silly Love Songs.
After he sees how the girls react to Sam singing Baby, Artie along with Puck and Mike want to join Sam's one-man-band, The Justin Bieber Experience. Artie has lead vocals in Somebody to Love. During Lauren's first solo performance of I Know What Boys Like, she imagines Artie in his boxers and traps his face in her breasts. At the end of the episode, Artie sings background in SING.
Artie, Brittany, Mike, and Tina want to leave Rachel's lame party before they all start to drink, saying that they made dinner reservations. Through the entire episode, Artie seems to be one of the drunkest and thoroughly enjoys the party, throwing money at a stripping Brittany, saying "Makin' it rain! Yeah, that's my girlfriend! I love you baby!" At one point, Artie wears Brittany's pink sweater and hat while she was wearing his glasses. The next day, Artie recommends some Bloody Marys to the group for their hangover and sings Blame It (On the Alcohol). Later, Artie has a small solo in Tik Tok.
At the end of the episode, Artie is present during Mr. Schue's rant about them drinking.
Brittany tells Santana that she is pregnant. Santana tells Tina, who tells Puck, who tells Lauren who finally tells Artie "Congratulations! Oh, you don't know? Your girlfriend's preggo! You're gonna be a baby daddy!" In the choir room, Artie is truly shaken by the news and admits he's not ready for a child and questions on how to support it. Mr. Schue asks Brittany if she really is pregnant and if she had it confirmed with a doctor. She tells him that she doesn't have to be sure; there was a stork building a nest on her property. Luckily, she actually isn't pregnant. Artie can be seen singing along, and slightly enjoying/ flirting, to Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) with Holly. After Landslide, Sam tells Artie that he wishes that he was as close to Artie as his girlfriend (Santana) is to Artie's. While present during Afternoon Delight, Artie looks very confused. Later in the episode, Artie can be seen with Brittany at Rachel's celibacy club.
Artie at first rejects the idea of doing original songs for Regionals, but when Quinn sides with Rachel, he and everyone else agree. He is present during Santana's Trouty Mouth, Puck's Big Ass Heart, and is seen singing along to Mercedes' Hell to the No. He sings background vocals in Loser Like Me. He is excited when New Directions wins. He also votes for Rachel as the very first Glee Club MVP.
It is revealed that Artie, (along with Tina, Brittany, and Mike) are members of McKinley High's Academic Decathlon Team, a.ka. the Brainicas, which is preparing for finals although they cannot afford the trip. Will sympathizes with them and promises to help raise money to support the team. Holly gives him the idea to perform a concert as a fundraiser for the "neglected" Decathlon Team. After Tina is heckled off stage, Artie proposes cancelling the concert, but Will refuses to. When Mercedes performs Ain't No Way, Artie is seen happily watching her. Later, the Academic Decathlon Team is shown competing and the score is tied. The final questions' category is "Hermaphrodite Nazi Sympathizers." Artie and Brittany smile at each other, implying they are going to know the answer. They win the Decathlon.
Artie's shirt says "Four Eyes," referring to the fact he wears glasses.
Artie seems upset during April's rendition of Dreams. He later confronts Brittany on whether or not she is cheating on him with Santana. She says that since Santana's a girl, it doesn't count (according to what Santana told her). Artie becomes frustrated and exclaims: "God, Brittany! Why are you so stupid?" Brittany walks away crying and hurt, revealing that he was the only person in school who hadn't called her that. Feeling bad, Artie sings Never Going Back Again with Puck, Sam, and Finn on guitars. Throughout the rest of the episode, Artie is quiet, looking up at Brittany sadly. He is present during Rachel's Go Your Own Way, Finn and Quinn's I Don't Want to Know, and sings background vocals in Don't Stop.Isn't She Lovely in her Home Ec. class, he agrees. After performing Friday, Puck tells Artie to pour gin into Sue's beloved punch bowl now. While Artie was spiking the punch, he is caught by Sue. After Sue interrogates him, and threatens to pull out his molars, saying: "No, I'm just going to attempt to give you a simple cleaning," Artie admits that all he wants to do is to dance with Brittany once and that he didn't actually spike the punch with alcohol, but with lemonade. Sue releases him because he was "no fun to interrogate" and didn't rat Puck out. Later that night, Artie can be seen dancing with Brittany to Dancing Queen and taking pictures with her.
Artie arrives in New York with New Directions. He is seen buying three hot dogs while performing I Love New York/New York, New York and later performs My Cup with Brittany. Artie is present at the competition and sings a solo on Light Up the World.New Directions and sings background vocals in We Got the Beat. He is a target during the food fight, and returns to the Choir Room afterwards with the club, very depressed and dirty. At the end of the episode, Artie is seen singing in the background of You Can't Stop the Beat, although he gets a duet with Kurt that is not shown on television.
Artie is present when Will tells the Glee Club that he will not be directing the school musical. When Mr. Schuester asks Artie, after Coach Beiste and Emma show up, if he would like to direct William McKinley's adaption of West Side Story, he is hesitant but eventually says yes. Artie can be seen judging through Kurt's audition of I Am the Greatest, Rachel's version of Somewhere, and Blaine's Something's Coming.
Artie is present at Mercedes' audition for the role of Maria when she sings Spotlight. He is also seen during Mike's audition song Cool. Artie is also seen during Rachel's and Mercedes' Ultimate Maria-Off, where the girls sing Out Here On My Own; when he, Shannon, and Emma tell Berry and Jones that they will both play Maria; when Mercedes quits; and when he is posting the list of students who will be West Side Story. He sings background vocals in Fix You at the end of the episode.
Tina asks Artie why he didn't just give the role of Maria to Mercedes. Although Artie misses her, he says could not give the entire role because it would undermine his artistic credibility. Artie can be seen in the background throughout the entire episode, especially when Blaine sings Last Friday Night. Later on, Artie is seen during Rory Flanagan's rendition of Take Care Of Yourself. He is later seen with Mike and Tina when they attempt to say hello to the former members of New Directions, Mercedes, Santana, and Brittany.
The episode begins with Artie's voice-over as he talks about his position as a director of McKinley's production of West Side Story. He muses over how much power it gives him, even over stuff he knows nothing about. We see Rachel trying to find the 'right' dress for Maria and Artie being difficult. Later Artie rolls up to Coach Beiste, who is welding a part of the set for the musical. Artie jumps right to the point and asks why Coach Beiste was so uncomfortable while he was confronting Blaine and Rachel. She admits to being a virgin, even though she has her sights set on Cooter Menkins. She says that it doesn't matter if she has interest in anyone, as she believes they could never like her back. Next time we see Artie, he is seeking out Cooter. They go to the set of West Side Story and Artie demands to know whether he likes Coach Beiste - he says that he does, and that he had asked her out, but she refused every time. Artie tells him to ask her out again but this time, be obvious. We next see him at the opening night of West Side Story Artie rolls by and talks to them briefly but quickly leaves as his own nerves kick in. He tells Miss Pillsbury that he doesn't know what he's doing and he did everything in the play wrong. It is just then that the cast confronts him - he is scared, but they actually thank him - they say the entire show is thanks to his hard work and that they couldn't have done it without them. He gives them a small pep talk before the scene changes to Finn throwing his fists into the shower walls while he is still fully clothed, crying as the water runs over him.
Artie is not a heavily featured character, with the episode focusing mainly on Santana and Finn. He is seen taking part in the New Directions mash up of I Can't Go For That/You Make My Dreams and in the dodgeball match. He is also seen looking shocked after Santana slapped Finn at the end of Rumour Has It/Someone Like You.
Artie is again not heavily featured and the episode focuses mainly on Santana again. Artie backs up Finn in the song Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, he is also seen during the other numbers in the Choir room.
Artie is seen having fun during Red Solo Cup and seems to be exited to have Sam back at McKinley. He is also seen in the Choir room when Sam and Blaine start fighting over dance moves and whether they want to use 'Sex' in their dance numbers. Artie is also seen in the choir room, prior to sectionals. Artie sings solo's in the New Directions performance, giving his vocals in Control and Man In The Mirror. Artie cheers with the New Directions as they take first place at Sectionals. He is taking part in the song We Are Young and lets Sugar jump onto his chair to bring her into the group.
Artie is seen taking part in All I Want for Christmas Is You. He is next seen in Sue's office with Kurt and Blaine as she asks them to help volunteer at a homeless shelter on Friday night. The boys are confused about why she wants to help homeless people, having said she doesn't believe in them and called them 'urban campers'. She reveals to them that she doesn't want to spend Christmas by herself as it is the first Christmas after her sister died, wanting to keep occupied. Kurt tells her that they are happy to help, and she then kicks them out of her office. Artie is later asked to direct the glee club's Christmas Special, he is talking with the Manager, him stating how proud he is to have a disabled boy directing the special, accidentally comparing him to 'Tiny Tim' to which Artie replies with saying he will ignore that in the spirit of Christmas. He tells the manager that he has two demands, the first one coming from a dream with Chewbacca saying it's not Christmas with out him, linking to a Star Wars special in 1978, and the entire show is going to be in black and white linking it to 'Judy Garland Holiday Special'. He agrees to as long as he can produce it without going over $800.
In the April Rhodes Civic Pavilion, Rachel begins to sing River in what seems to be an audition to be in Artie's holiday special. When she finishes Artie calls her over and tells her that it was too depressing and didn't relate to his vision of the holiday special which is full of cheerful songs, with Rory dressing as Itchy the Elf and reciting a happier version of 'Frosty the Snowman.' Sam finds this not true to what else makes Christmas special which is remembering what's really important and tells him he doesn't want any part in it and asks Rory to come with him as he leaves to which Rory replies, "I should memorize my part, Sam'. Blaine and Rachel perform Extraordinary Merry Christmas, wanting to impress Artie so she gets a big part in the show. He is seen enjoying the performance, and agrees to put it in the show.
Artie's Christmas Spectacular goes extremely well. The holiday spectacular begins in 'Star Wars' style, showing each and every one of the members of the club, excluding Sam and Quinn. Blaine sits at a window watching as the snow comes down and he and Kurt begin to sing Let It Snow. When they finish they notice 'guests' and welcome them into their home and begin to act cheesy. Rachel and Mercedes then enter with gifts. Mercedes gives Kurt a necklace which he was bidding for during the show. Rachel gives Blaine a bow tie with Christmas trees and candy cane striped pants. They then begin to sing My Favorite Things. After Blaine points out that if the snow continues that Santa Claus won't be able to deliver their presents. They hear jingle bells and they open the door to reveal Puck and Finn in Star Wars outfits, making sure that they aren't purposefully dressed as Star Wars characters. They begin to sing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. When they finish the doorbell rings and Brittany, with Tina, Mike, Santana and other Cheerios, sings Christmas Wrapping. They hear another bell when Brittany finishes, Rory enters dressed as Itchy and tells then that instead of reading Frosty he reads verses from the Bible, reminding the club what Christmas really is. Artie later comes in to the homeless shelter and performs Do They Know It's Christmas? with the rest of the New Directions.
Artie is eager to prepare a number for the assignment Will gave to the Glee Club (help him come up with a proposal number for Emma). He asks Sugar if she'd like to work with him, but she declines, so Artie prepares the number by himself. He suggests a song, Moves Like Jagger/Jumpin' Jack Flash, for the proposal, but Will thinks that moving so much and thus getting sweaty during that song would turn Emma off, and so he decides against it. He later demands from Will to make a decision on which song he wants to sing instead. When the glee-club finally settles on We Found Love for the proposal, he is involved in the number. Whilst the fellow glee club boys jump into the pool from the pool edge, Artie rolls into it including his wheelchair. He then gets lifted onto an inflatable chair where he spends the rest of the performance.Meanwhile he gets asked out on a date by Becky Jackson, who feels connected to him since they are both handicapped. Artie thus takes her to the The April Rhodes Civic Pavilion to watch him how he performs Moves Like Jagger/Jumpin' Jack Flash. He says that he doesn't want to go out with her after that, because he had only promised her one date and considers taking her to watch his performance that one date, but Becky manages to persuade him to go eat with her at Breadstix.
On one of the following days he gets confronted by his fellow Glee-Club, who say that they aren’t okay with him dating Becky since she is Sue's protégé. Artie thus accuses them of not being accepting and defends the girl, stating that he likes her, that he had a nice time with her, and that he admires her for having a positive view of life despite being born with a disability.
Becky hunts Artie down the following day and asks him to come to her house the following Friday, since she wants to take their relationship to the next base. She adds, that, as a foretaste, she sent him certain stuff. After the girl leaves him, he checks his mobile phone, only to find obnoxious stuff on it. Disenchanted by this, Artie goes to see Sue Sylvester for advice. The cheerleading coach tells him, that if he doesn't want to be with Becky anymore, he should tell her the truth, since the girl won't be able to move on unless he does so. Following that piece of advice, Artie talks to Becky and tells her that he doesn't want to be with her and can only imagine being friends with her at the most, hence leaving Becky very sad.New Directions have a Diva-Off against the Warblers, he sings lead vocals to Bad. He is among the people who are most offended when Sebastian Smythe pours a slushie into Blaine's vision. He explains that he is having these outbursts because he is sick of them being treated in such a fashion. He wants to take revenge on Sebastian so badly, he even considers using violence. He doesn't even let himself be calmed down by Will, who tries to convince his pupils that violence is not a solution. This is followed by a dream-sequence in which Artie wants to know from his mates who shares his opinion. Mike stands up for that matter, and so does Artie out of his wheelchair. Together they perform Scream. He is later revealed to have worked together with Santana. While the latter had visited the Dalton Academy to confront Sebastian, Artie had a recorder prepared in her bra, which enabled them to tape the confession which Sebastian made about preparing the slushie that hit Blaine with rock-salt. He hopes to get Sebastian expelled from his school that way, though this doesn't happen, because New Directions agree on beating him fair.
He does however confront Sebastian with the others later. They explain to the Warblers, that they aren't going to do Michael Jackson songs for Regionals. When Sebastian laughs at them, he explains that there is more to "doing" Michael Jackson than just singing his songs and that he can't do it. In an attempt to show how it really works, he sings Black or White.
Artie can be seen performing as a torero in the beginning during class. He next thing is present when Sue asks the New Directions Boys who'd like to father her child, though she immediately counts Artie out because he's in a wheelchair. Thereupon he angrily explains that he wasn't born with the handicap. He later engages in the choreography to Bamboleo/Hero.
Artie's crush on Sugar is further explored. As soon as she announces that she is having a party at Breadstix where she only wants people to attend with a date, he immediately plans to make Sugar his date. When Rory announces that he has the same purpose, Artie tries to make him back off, declaring that he wants the girl for himself and Rory shows a four-leafed clover. Over the next couple of days he makes several attempts to make Sugar his date. First thing, he presents her with a candy heart, but Rory outmatches that gift with a bag full of candy hearts. At his second attempt, he outbids Rory, who had a heart pillow saying "BE MINE" by making heart-shaped confetti rain on top of the girl when she opens her locker. At last he tries to win her by presenting her with a toy-puppy, but Rory does better once more when he gives her a real puppy.
Since things look rather bad for him now, he tries to win Sugar over with a song, and performs Let Me Love You with the New Directions Boys backup for her. Impressed by the song, Sugar shows him his affection by hoping on his lap and asking him to roll her to class, indicating that for now she wants Artie to be her date. Artie, however, looses to Rory in the end, when the latter manages to gain her pity by singing Home and whining in front of the entire glee club, leaving Artie without Sugar or a date. He can be seen staring heartbroken at Sugar and Rory during the "Sugar Shack."Regionals and waiting for the wedding ceremony at the end. He's there when the group discusses David Karofsky's suicide attempt. When Will asks the New Directions what they are looking forward to in their lives, he says, that it's his dream to see his children take their first steps.
Artie helps Quinn come to terms with her new situation, which is being stuck in a wheelchair. When Finn and Rachel reunite with Quinn for the first time after her accident, Artie is by her side and seems to have become friends with her. After talking to them, Quinn prompts him to roll to the choir room with her, where they perform I'm Still Standing. After the song, Quinn remarks how her dance moves in a wheelchair aren't as smooth as Artie's yet whereupon he encourages her that they will be at some stage. Later on, he practices using the wheelchair ramp with her. Quinn thinks at first that she is unable to drive up the slope, but with Artie's encouragement, she does manage it. Afterwards, he invites Quinn to spend senior ditch day with him instead of the other seniors, saying that going to an amusement park when you're sitting in a wheelchair can be frustrating, which Quinn accepts. She even prefers doing things with Artie, although Finn wouldn't have minded taking her along with him and the others. So together they go to a skate park, which is, as Artie explains, the place where wheelchair bound kids spend senior-ditch day. Together they perform Up up Up at the rink, while they drive around making stunts. When Artie remarks that Quinn has spent time with people in the same situation as she is in, Quinn denies it saying that she is only temporarily paralyzed. Thereupon Artie tells her that she should stop denying that she might be debilitated for the rest of her life, causing an argument. Quinn announces that she isn't him, that she isn't changing her plans for the future, and that she's going to walk again one day. She leaves Artie's last question ("And what if you don't? When are you going to stop resenting that this isn't really happening to you?") unanswered.
Artie participates in the dancing competition, whose winner is rewarded with a suit similar to that John Travolta wore in 'Saturday Night Fever'. When the sex tape of Santana and Brittany appears on the internet, Artie says to Santana's face how much he enjoyed watching it.
Artie seems to be profoundly enjoying the performances of I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) and So Emotional. Towards the end of the show, he is seen first with Mercedes performing My Love Is Your Love and is later joined with the rest of the New Directions.
Artie is part of the group that wants to try and bring back Puck to McKinley to help him pass his test and graduate. When Finn explains his plan to the others, Artie's role was meant to be "The bait." He was meant to roll into a pool with his wheelchair to distract Puck, but since the latter walked through the door that very second, it never happened. Artie then agrees to help Puck study for the test he needs to pass in order to graduate.
He can be seen later on studying with the others in the middle of the night, and tells them not to give up because they still have 9 hours to study. He bursts into the performance of The Rain in Spain together with his friends and pulls their attention back to the subject material after the song is over. He is also there to confront Puck after he takes his test and is one person to receive thanks from him.
Artie attends the prom, but doesn't play a major part in it. His only time in the spotlight is when he performs What Makes You Beautiful with Sam, Rory, Mike, and Joe. He gets lifted out of his wheelchair by Sam when the group receives applause from the attendees. He presumably hangs out with Rory and Joe throughout the prom, since he can be seen dancing and taking a picture with them. When Puck announces that he is going to attend Rachel's anti-prom, he wonders what happened to his plan to spike the punch with alcohol, for which he almost lost his teeth the year before.
Artie insults Tina as Rachel in the persona of Santana, sarcastically hoping that she doesn't choke on her solo rehearsal like she did on her NYADA audition. He enjoys Tina-as-Rachels' Because You Loved Me, and kissed Mercedes-as-Brittany when Tina-as-Rachel performed that song. After Tina is pulled from the fountain, everything is back to normal. He is shown enjoying Rachel and Tina's Flashdance... What a Feeling on the bus, sung before they set off, ready to take on Nationals.
Artie is shown dancing and singing on the competition, and he's really happy when they win Nationals. He doesn't dance on the first part of Paradise by the Dashboard Light performance. And after that, with the rest of the club he sings Tongue Tied and also sing We Are The Champions to Will.
Artie is singing Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat when Will enters the choir room, re-performing the first song the glee-club had practiced. Afterwards, he defends the song against Santana, who jokingly said that the song is "ghetto." He also attends the final week of the school year. He is present when the seniors perform You Get What You Give to the juniors, sophomores, and freshmen, and Rachel, Mercedes, and Quinn share major interaction with him thereby. When it is the non-seniors' turn and they sing In My Life, he announces that the song is a "thank you" to Finn because he sacrificed and plead himself for them so much. Artie is present with the other underclassmen at graduation cheering on his friends that graduated. He also is at the station in the final scene when the New Directions bid farewell from Rachel.Jacob in the beginning of the episode, and it reveals that Artie had been seen sitting with the Cheerios at lunch, most likely meaning that he was a part of the popular crowd. When interviewed again with the rest of New Directions, he also responds "I am" when Jacob asked who was the new Rachel Berry. Artie was chosen to pick who would be the new Rachel, and watches as Tina, Blaine, Unique, and Brittany preform for the spot through Call Me Maybe. He is present at the auditions for Glee Club, sitting next to Will as the auditions go on. Later, when he enters the choir room, Tina attempts to bribe him for the spot as the new Rachel, but in the end, Blaine is selected by Artie. Artie sang Chasing Pavements with New Directions at the end of the episode. Boys/Boyfriend. They direct the performance directly at Brittany who is falling apart after getting kicked off the Cheerios. When he, Tina, and Blaine witness Brittany beating on Jacob Ben Israel with an umbrella in the hallway, they discuss intervening. Artie suggests that she probably mostly misses being in the spotlight. He suggests giving it to her, leading to her lip syncing the assembly performance of Gimme More. Artie suggests lip syncing is a terrible idea, which the other members, aside from Brittany, agree.
Brittany asks Artie to be her vice presidential running mate, saying it will help him get into college. Artie points out he has a 4.0 GPA, scored a 210 on his practice SAT, and was the only handicapable member of a national championship glee club so he isn't worried about making it into college. Brittany attempts to compare him to FDR who she claims was also "part-robot." He reminds her he isn't part-robot. She manages to convince him to run by saying he could make all of the actual decisions if she wins.
When Brittany announces that Artie will be her running mate and Blaine questions her motives, Artie taunts him saying he senses the taste of sour grapes from him. Artie announces the latest poll results saying 90% of those polled are intending to attend the debate but that 90% of them are coming to see her say something stupid. He then attempts to encourage her and prep her for the debate as Brittany and Sam perform Celebrity Skin.
At the debate, Artie gives a very extensive answer to the question, "Who in God's name gives a hot, wet, steamy dump about student government?" Everyone is shown to become very bored by his answer, which is shown to last half an hour. When Brittany's biggest campaign promise is to ban summer vacation and weekends, he announces that they just lost the election.
Artie congratulates Blaine on his victory and announces she still got out of the experience what he wanted: Sugar asked him out on a date. They will go horseback riding.
When Finn makes a surprise show at Glee club, Artie comments "Finn Hudson in the house yo!."Finn. He asks him to co-direct with him the WMHS school production Grease, in which Finn first declines, because he thinks he is a loser. Artie gives him advice, and tells him he won't take a 'no'. Finn agrees. And then during the auditions, he is seen alongside with Finn watching Blaine singing Hopelessly Devoted to You . He wanted Blaine to play the role of Danny, but Blaine doesn't want to, since he is still heart broken. Artie asks him what other role he'd like to get, and Blaine answers the role for Teen Angel. As Blaine leaves, Finn tells him he doesn't feel like he's up to directing. Artie reassures him that he knows what he's doing and reveals that Mercedes and Mike are coaches for singing and dancing respectively. He is then with the coaches and co-director, to see who can play Danny, and suggests a few. When Marley and Wade/Unique audition with the song Blow Me (One Last Kiss), he and the other directors are impressed by the performance. And then, he and Finn are considering juke boxes for the play. When Kitty and Jake audition for the roles of Sandy and Danny with the song Everybody Talks' , he and the directors are again impressed. For the final callbacks for those who auditioned for the two main characters of the play, he is with Finn on the judges' table, and they witness the performance of Born to Hand Jive, which was made to test the dance ability of the auditionees. He tells a few notes in between the song. He is also part of the revealing of the cast.
It's time for the musical and everyone in the New Directions is busy, but before anything else, Will Schuester has to make an announcement. He will be joining the Blue Ribbon Committee and will be rewriting the Arts Curriculum of the Country. This made everyone including Artie happy for Will. On the other hand, he needs to temporarily be in Washington. Will continues by telling them that he took a sabbathical and will be leaving in a week. Artie, shocked with this announcent, is puzzled by that he thought Glee Club is Will's life. Will responds to that he decided to have Finn as his replacement, which made Tina and the rest of the Glee club to react violently. Artie, also shocked, tried to keep TIna down while holding her arm.
He is seen next in Hummel Tires & Lube for the musical practice. The reason they will be practicing there is because Sue reserved the auditorium. Finn then spearheads telling them what Glease is about and Artie agrees as to that Glease is about signing a blood oath with your brothers. The boys then join together for Greased Lightning. During the practice, Artie is seen on the side with Finn appreciating the production.
Since Wade cannot play Rizzo's part, Santana comes over to help. Artie, being a co-director of the play with Finn, is concerned about Santana being able to perform it well since they just handed her the script. Santana assures them that she is born to play the role.After the musical, in the choir room, Artie reads the reviews they had for that night. One review says its like watching Michaelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel. Another review says that the directors, FInn and Artie should be headed for careers at NASA because they plucked stars and named them Marley Rose and Ryder Lynn. "Grease, McKinley, Bravo" The Secret Society of Superheroes Club. He comes in telling Blaine how fun it is to be there but Blaine says that in that club his identity is Nightbird. Artie's costume looks like Professor X from X-Men, and is warned by Blaine that he can't be that due to issues on copyright. He then declares that he is Dr. Y and he is super power is wheelies.
Dottie comes in the meeting and tells them to go to the choir room. Somebody took their National's trophy and left a laptop. The idea got into Artie and wondered who leaves a laptop. The laptop reveals the Warblers have their trophy.Finn in a superhero costume, admitting that his initial idea was bad. Artie agreed saying it is worse than The Night of Neglect. He then asks Finn who he is dressing up as and thought Finn is dressed as "the bulge that makes all the gym socks disappear." Finn reveals he is the mighty Treble Cleff. Artie agrees with Finn's new idea and tells Tina that it is slightly a better idea.
During Ryder and Jake's duet, after revealing their names as MegaStuds (MS), Artie asks Finn about that MS is a degenerative nerve disease, referring to Multiple Sclerosis. Finn answers and tells him he thinks it's a girl's magazine. During Marley and Kitty's performance, he is shown avoiding Kitty's whip together with the rest of the glee club.
When Finn announces that Blaine left for the Warblers, Artie says that Blaine has been taken by the Dark Side. In the lunchroom, Artie is together with other glee club members lead by Ryder to defend Jake from Phil and Bobby.
When Blaine and Sam perform Heroes, Artie is shown with the rest of the club painting a vandalized wall. The team played around with the paint and Blaine painted his back. After getting the trophy back, they've given Finn the tools he need in a bag. Artie said that it's a superhero utility belt. They huddled up, and sang Some Nights.Finn with preparing the club for Sectionals. Artie like the rest of the New Directions is excited. Finn tells the club how great these alums are and tells them that they maybe the next president. Artie replies telling them that he is not sure about that. . Being the previous National champs, a lot is expected from them. Artie thinks that any show choir that can raise the bar in five minutes deserves respect. Artie also joined practice with he rest of the boys lead by Mike. Ryder and Jake helps Marley sit on a chair in front of Artie. Artie tells them that no one in show choir competition history has anyone fainted. Because all of them left the stage, the Warblers wont he sectionals as announced by Sue as she enters the choir room with a show choir rule book.
After getting the choir room's key, Sue Sylvester imagines how the glee club members will cope up with what happened to them. In Sue's imagination, because of their crushed dreams, glee club members were shown chasing other dreams. Artie is shown saying he was forced to sell his looks to science.During another glee club meeting, they discussed about the glee club being over. Artie tells everybody that Sugar already left. TIna then talks about what everyone else in the choir room was thinking about, and it is to blame Marley. Tina continues telling Marley that she isn't Rachel Berry and to that Artie agrees to her with "Preach!." Finn convinces them that it still doesn't stop and that they can prepare for the Holiday Concert. Artie disagrees performing in front of the whole school cause it will just look like a pity party since they just got off from losing sectionals.
In the hallway, Artie is seen meeting Tina and Blaine in the hallway. Everyone is wearing different uniforms. Artie then tells them he joined the Marching Band and he is the Drum Lead. Finn isn't happy about what they did. He reminds Artie on how he convinced Finn to co-direct Grease. Finn also finds it hard to believe that Artie joined the Marching Band since the costume is awful. The club then gets together to sing Don't Dream It's Over.
Seeing the damage it has caused Artie, Finn takes him to the nurses office where the nurse says that he hit his head really hard. The nurse tells him to lay down while she calls his Mom. Finn offers to help him but Artie refuses and says that he doesn't need help from anyone. Finn tries to comfort him by telling him that everyone would've fallen onto the ice. Artie responds to that - telling him that others would've gotten up instead of screaming for help. When he finally lets Finn help, he says that he wishes that he was never in a wheelchair.
Artie wakes up in his dream, wearing a letterman jacket and Nike shoes. He stands beside the bed and is so happy when he finds out that he can walk. Happily, he tells Tina of the great news - only that she doesn't know what Artie was saying. Tina said it with a stutter, which confused Artie. Rory appears from nowhere and explains it to him. He tells Artie that Tina still stutters because they never became friends.
Rory continues by telling him that he is his Christmas guardian angel and that he granted his wish. His car accident never happened which explains his ability to walk. They walk together and lead Artie to Becky. Becky calls Artie a stud and invites him to fool around since she can't get pregnant. Rory tells him that she is the school's slut now and that nobody treats her with respect. He continues by telling him that the new Artie throws losers in dumpsters.
He saw a familiar group of guys pushing somebody at the lockers. He sees Kurt being pushed against a locker by: Finn, Puck, Ryder, Sam, and Mike. Artie asks them what they're doing and Ryder tells him that they're having fun with Little Lord Gay Boy. He stops them and tells them that they aren't douche bags and they sang Lady Gaga songs. Clueless of what Artie said, Puck grabs him by his jacket, pushes him against the lockers and tells him to stop lying about them or he'll break his legs.
Relieved that the guys left, Artie asks Kurt why he is still there and why he hasn't graduated yet. Kurt replies, as he strap his backpack on, telling him that he missed school because of the bullying and that homeschooling set him back a year. Artie asks him what Blaine thinks but Kurt doesn't seem to know who Blaine is.
He hurries into Mr Schue's classroom, and asks him to call for an emergency glee club meeting. Drunk, he tells Artie to give up the idea already. Terri rushes into the room with a baby asking Will for money. Artie notices that what she is holding is a doll. Terri tells him that Will won't notice when he's drunk, she also tells him that he looks cute. He asked where Emma is and the answer he got was that Emma is together with Coach Tenaka in Hawaii.
He walks into the library and sees Rachel as a librarian. He asks her why she isn't in New York. Rachel tells him that she will be in the Lima Community Players Production of The Music Man. Artie assumed that she will at least be playing the role of Marian the Librarian but she isn't, she is just in the chorus. Confused by all the bizarre differences having in his dreams, he grabs Rachel by the hand and asks what happened to her and to all of them. Rachel resists and pushes him. She then falls over Puck and Finn. Scared by what the guys might do to him, Artie runs away to look for Rory.He finds Rory in the auditorium. Disturbed by everything being so messed up, Artie gets further answers from Rory. Rory tells him that since he was too busy with football, he didn't join the glee club, and as it turns out, he is the glue that keeps the glee club together. Artie then promises to keep them all together. He goes to the choir room which is now Sue's craft room and sees all the glee club members there. He tells them that the choir room made them all of them feel safe. He shows them what he means by singing Feliz Navidad. After the performance, Finn tells him that the performance was so gay.
He comes out of the room and Rory shows him a wheelchair. Artie asks if it is his, but it isn't. The wheelchair belongs to Quinn. She was never able to walk again after the accident because there were no friends to encourage her. Quinn died eventually because of a broken heart. Artie picks up the rose on the wheelchair, smells it, and sits on the wheelchair. He is woke up by Finn and tells him his mom is there to pick him up. He gets into his wheelchair through Finn's help and leaves with full acceptance on him being on a wheelchair.
Marley asked for Artie's help to thank Sue. He then sings Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas together with the rest of the glee club members in the auditorium in front of Sue and Marley's mom.
Artie is first seen being pushed down the hallway by his fellow New Directions Boys. They all are nervous because it is possible that a girl will approach them in order to ask them to the upcoming "Sadie Hawkins"-dance at any point. During glee-club, Finn announces a "Ladie's Choice" assignment, where the girls are supposed to perform a song and then ask a boy out to the dance. Artie is present during that scene.When Tina sings I Don't Know How to Love Him in the locker room, Sam asks Artie who he thinks she'll ask to the dance, to which Artie replies that he assumes she will ask himself. Artie gives off an awkward expression when Tina asks Blaine out unexpectedly, and he rejects her. He can be seen swinging his arms around and dancing when the New Directions Girls perform Tell Him in the history classroom.
At the dance, Artie and the glee guys pay tribute to the girls and their courage to ask the guys out during the week in fear of rejection by singing No Scrubs. During the performance, Artie's wheelchair is lifted up by his friends.
Later, when Coach Beiste encourages the Too Young to Be Bitter Club to find a guy to dance with, Sugar asks Artie, to which he says yes.
The New Directions are back on track to compete for Regionals and they also got the choir room back. To raise funding for regionals, Tina suggested they do Men of Mckinley Calendar which will showcase the boy members of glee club. To this Artie, asked on why the girls aren't included. Kitty told him and the club that girls are responsible for consumerism.
Seeing everybody prepare and exercise for the shoot, Artie still doesn't seem to be enthusiastic about the idea. On his wheel chair, he watches Sam lead the Broga, or as he calls it, Yoga for Bros. He tells them that not all of them are like on the CW and some of them are more like PBS. He is then shown uninterested still while the rest of the guys are performing Centerfold/Hot In Herre. Finn offers him a high five but he didn't high five back.In the library, Finn talks to Artie about Sue's Vintage Pornography. He then tells Finn that he isn't comfortable with the calendar idea. He's telling him that he's not comfortable about doing the calendar. Aside from that he is on a wheel chair, he is telling him that even guys have body issues and he isn't comfortable. Finn told him that it's totally cool and it's good that there are things that some people would still like to keep private. In the shoot Sam was acting like a jerk and Artie pretty much noticed it. In Blaine's Documentary, Artie's Testimonial was about Sam taking their trophy back from Dalton.
Sam confronted him about his feelings on the calendar and told him that it's all right if he wants to keep his shirt on. Artie, at first, didn't want to give in since it will just be him shirtless, but Sam said he is not going to be shirtless too. In the calendar, Artie posed for March and November. In the end, he and the whole club sing This Is The New Year.
In the episode, Artie first witnesses the Divas of the club have a diva-off. He seems to enjoy Blaine's performance of Don't Stop Me Now too, dancing with Kitty.
Later, he along with the Glee Club is surprised with Santana's return to Lima during Nutbush City Limits. He also watches Tina perform Hung Up in the school's courtyard, like everyone else, is surprised by her attitude.
In the Glee Club, when Tina wins the award, Artie seems to be the happiest.
Artie, along with New Directions, is glad that Mr. Schue is back in town, just in time for his wedding. When Emma cleans Artie's locker, she tells Artie that her niece, Betty, will be at the wedding. She also says that Betty is in the wheelchair and has large breasts. Artie seems a bit taken aback and also realises that Emma is in so much stress. But Emma insists that it's because it is flu season.At the wedding reception, Artie approaches Betty but sees that she has a bad attitude, telling Artie to roll away and apologises if she did take the last handi-cap spot. But he says that Emma asked him to talk to her to which she gets angry. Artie knows that Emma didn't tell Betty that the boy she would meet is in a wheelchair. Artie says people find him nerdy hot but Betty says that Andrew Garfield is nerdy hot and that Artie is Stephen Hawking's brother.
During the wedding, Artie is completely shocked that Sue enters rather than Emma. At the party after Emma ranaway from the reception, Artie confronts Betty during Just Can't Get Enough, saying he knows that she has a mean attitude due to the fact that she is in a wheelchair. But Betty says she's also in the cheerleader squad and had many firsts. Artie insists on dancing with her, just one dance, to which she agrees and they dance during the song.
When Finn and Rachel sing We've Got Tonite, they roll their wheelchairs, seeming to have lighten up with each other. When all the couples go to their hotel rooms, Betty and Artie sing a few lines of the song and roll together into their room. They are later seen together, indicating that they had sex and she comments on how good he is, making him grin.
When Will announces the Girls vs Boys Movie mashup he defends Sam's Nicholas Cage impression against Kitty. He also mentions that he will be making a movie with the winning team. Artie gets asked, "You really making a movie" by Blaine with him confirming it as so.
Finn asks Artie for help to find Ms Pilsbury. He suggests a huge stakeout with Finn saying it would take to long. He then suggests to contact her parents which Finn agrees to.
Artie joins the New Directions singing Shout with Brittany and Blaine are on lead vocals. The huge dance number ends in the cafeteria. Artie tells Brittany and Blaine that it was great that they did a Boys vs Girls together; however, it was not a mashup.Artie and Finn pose as gingers to get Emma's parents to tell them where she is. Artie tells them it is for his personal statement essay. They eventually give them her address.
He is a part of the guys mashup of Old Time Rock & Roll/Danger Zone. Sam and Blaine are lead vocalist for the number while Artie is on the Danger Zone side.While the girls sing their mashup, Artie looks pleased with their number, often looking at Kitty.
Artie is later shown performing in the group number Footloose.
Artie, along with Tina and Blaine, confront Will and Finn about their continuous feud that is putting a strain on the club.
Artie is seen in Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. Later, during the New Directions girl's Wannabe performance, he seems to take special interest in Kitty. He then says to Kitty, "I've never seen you so... uh... happy to be part of the team," obviously wanting to say more. He is also seen in Mamma Mia.
After the gun shots fired, Artie is scared along with rest of the glee club. He's dragged to the side from his chair to hide with everybody. He is making a possibly last video on his phone, in which everyone leave a tearful message to their close ones, until Sam shuts it's down. At the end, he leaves a message too, saying that the glee club is his family.
In the beginning, Artie can be seen accidentally bumping into Blaine in the hallways of McKinley as Marley narrates how weird everyone is acting. Artie attends the secret meeting Blaine creates, he is seen in a brief interaction with Blaine when he asks how long will Sam continue his twin phase, Artie tells him to let it go. Meanwhile, he is seen performing with New Directions, singing Outcast.
Artie is at first glance, a sweet and quiet boy, who simply is trying to get by like everyone else. However, Artie can also be a surprisingly defensive individual when either provoked or when around people who he finds himself comfortable with. It seems that due to his handicap, Artie has, at times, let that define him as a person, feeling that it makes him an outsider amongst others and that the only people who could truly understand him are other with their own forms of handicaps, such as when he thought that Tina really had a stutter. Artie, for the most part however, tries to not let his handicap keep him down emotionally, but he finds it hard when his friends look down at him because of it. When hurt, Artie will often react harshly, such as ending a budding relationship with Tina upon learning of she had no real stutter. He also feels deeply about things concerning his disability, such as sleeping with Brittany and then her not really caring. In Glee Actually, this is elaborated further by that he hates the feeling of being helpless when he falls. Artie is really sensitive but tries to hide it, when the New Directions suggested his Dad drove him to sectionals he pretended he was okay with it, but in all actuallity he wasn't. Artie tries not to let anything get in his way, however, and he always gives everything his best.
- Main article: Tina-Artie Relationship (Tartie)
- Main article: Artie-Brittany Relationship (Bartie/Artittany)
- Main article: Artie-Becky Relationship (Artecky)
Becky asks out Artie for a date which Artie accepts. He ends up having fun with her, and she can understand what it's like to live with a disability. But then when Becky wants to be in a relationship and invites him over to 'do it', Artie lets her know that he wants to just stay friends in the end though with help from coach Sue.
- Main article: Sugar-Artie Relationship (Sugartie)
When competing with Rory for Sugar as a date for Valentine's Day, Artie performs a boy-band number, Let Me Love You, in which Sugar likes. Then Artie loses Sugar to Rory after he performs Home. Then, in Makeover, it's stated by Artie that Sugar asked him on a date, horseback riding. They share a kiss during the performance of Heroes.
- Main article: Artie-Betty Relationship (Bertie)
Solos (In a Group Number)
|Gold Digger||Showmance||Will and Mercedes|
|Push It||Rachel, Mercedes, Tina and Finn|
|Somebody to Love||The Rhodes Not Taken||Rachel, Finn and Mercedes|
|It's My Life/Confessions Part II||Vitamin D||Puck and Finn|
|Proud Mary||Wheels||Mercedes, Tina and Finn|
|Imagine||Hairography||Mercedes, Finn and Rachel|
|Smile (Charlie Chaplin)|
|You Can't Always Get What You Want||Sectionals|
|What It Feels Like For a Girl||The Power of Madonna||Puck, Kurt and Finn|
|Shout It Out Loud||Theatricality||Puck and Finn|
|Give Up the Funk||Funk||Kurt, Finn, Tina and Mercedes|
|Any Way You Want It/Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'||Journey||Rachel, Mercedes, Finn, Puck and Kurt|
|Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version)||Rachel, Puck, Santana, Finn, Kurt and Mercedes|
|To Sir, With Love||Rachel, Santana, Mercedes, Finn, Kurt and Tina|
|Empire State of Mind||Audition||Finn, Puck, Rachel, Santana and Mercedes|
|Billionaire||Sam and Puck|
|Time Warp||The Rocky Horror Glee Show||Kurt, Quinn, Brittany, Santana, Tina, Mercedes and Finn|
|Stop! In the Name of Love/Free Your Mind||Never Been Kissed||Puck, Finn and Sam|
|Forget You||The Substitute||Holly, Santana and Mercedes|
|Singin' In the Rain/Umbrella||Will and Holly|
|Marry You||Furt||Rachel, Finn, Quinn, Sam, Brittany, Tina and Mike|
|The Most Wonderful Day of the Year||A Very Glee Christmas||Sam, Quinn/Kurt, Brittany and Tina|
|Welcome Christmas||Rachel and Mercedes|
|Jingle Bells||Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album||Finn and Puck|
|Thriller/Heads Will Roll||The Sue Sylvester Shuffle||Finn, Santana and Rachel|
|Blame It (On the Alcohol)||Blame It on the Alcohol||Puck, Mercedes and Santana|
|Friday||Prom Queen||Puck and Sam|
|Pure Imagination||Funeral||Tina, Kurt and Finn|
|I Love New York/New York, New York||New York||Finn, Santana, Mercedes, Brittany and Rachel|
|Bella Notte||Puck and Sam|
|Light Up The World||Finn, Santana, Brittany, Tina and Rachel|
|You Can't Stop the Beat||The Purple Piano Project||Rachel, Kurt, Finn, Mercedes and Tina|
|Control||Hold on to Sixteen||Quinn and Blaine|
|Man In The Mirror||Puck, Finn, Blaine, Sam and Mike|
|Do They Know It's Christmas?||Extraordinary Merry Christmas||Finn, Mercedes, Rachel, Blaine, Kurt, Brittany, Puck, Tina and Santana|
|Bad||Michael||Sebastian, Blaine and Santana|
|Black or White||Kurt, Rachel, Mercedes and Santana|
|Fly/I Believe I Can Fly||On My Way||Rachel, Mercedes, Finn, Santana and Blaine|
|My Love Is Your Love||Dance with Somebody||Mercedes, Blaine and Kurt|
|What Makes You Beautiful||Prom-asaurus||Mike, Rory, Joe and Sam|
|Tongue Tied||Nationals||Finn, Rachel and Santana|
|In My Life||Goodbye||Sam, Tina, Sugar, Joe, Rory and Blaine|
|No Scrubs||Sadie Hawkins||Blaine, Ryder, Sam and Joe|
|This Is the New Year||Naked||Blaine, Sam, Brittany, Ryder, Unique, Marley, Tina and Jake|
|We've Got Tonite||I Do||Rachel, Finn, Quinn, Santana, Kurt, Blaine, Marley, Jake and Betty|
|Anything Could Happen||Marley and Jake|
|Footloose||Girls (and Boys) on Film||Sam and Joe|
|We Will Rock You||Lights Out||Blaine, Jake, and Ryder|
|Longest Time||Jake, Kitty, Marley, Ryder, and Sam|
|Hall of Fame||All or Nothing||Ryder, Jake, Joe and Sam|
Season One and Season Three:
Back Up Vocals
|Song||Episode||Sung by||Back Up with|
|She's Not There||The Sue Sylvester Shuffle||Finn||Sam|
|Song||Episode||Sung by||Back Up with|
|Fix You||Asian F||Will||N/A|
|Girls Just Want to Have Fun||I Kissed a Girl||Finn||Rory|
|Song||Episode||Sung by||Back Up with|
|I Only Have Eyes for You||Sadie Hawkins||Ryder||Joe and Unique|
- Tina is the first member of Glee club that he told about his car accident.
- Out of all the people who signed their name on the glee-club audition list in Pilot, Artie is the only one whose audition isn't shown.
- He is the third member of the club. (This is assumed, because when Tina signed his name, she put his name before hers. So it is likely he auditioned before her as well).
- In Pilot, Tina writes Artie's name down on the sign-up sheet for him because it's out of his reach. Although spelled "Artie," Tina spelled his name "Arty." This could have been a mistake made in filming, or she could have misspelled his name.
- Artie was the first member of New Directions to get a solo in Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat (Pilot).
- His first girlfriend was Tina Cohen-Chang.
- He shared his first kiss with Tina.
- He lost his virginity to Brittany (Duets).
- He can play the guitar and frequently accompanies the New Directions when they perform. However, Kevin McHale, who plays Artie, revealed that he cannot play the guitar and just fakes it.
- He loves the movie Coming Home and the game Halo (Audition).
- In Duets, he and Brittany were the only couple not to sing a duet.
- Artie is in the A/V club (The Power of Madonna, Bad Reputation).
- He "has pull" with the jazz band.
- Artie's religious beliefs are unknown. Like Kurt, he may be an atheist, seeing that when Mr. Schuester mentioned the subject of religion, he rolled his eyes. He then also nods in agreement with Mr. Schuester when he says Kurt had every right to complain about the Glee Clubs song selections for the week (Grilled Cheesus).
- He nurses hangovers with Bloody Mary's. (Blame It on the Alcohol).
- He received a ReWalk in A Very Glee Christmas from Coach Beiste; although we did see the ReWalk, we have never seen Artie with his ReWalk since the episode. It was explained in Extraordinary Merry Christmas that his ReWalk broke the day after he got it.
- Usually is seen wearing fingerless gloves (to protect his hands when he wheels his wheelchair).
- Artie uses his height problems (since he's in a wheelchair, he is normally too short to do average things) to get out of situations. In Bad Reputation, he says he couldn't have posted the 'Glist' because it was too high and out of his reach. In Mattress, he uses his height as an excuse to not be in the Glee yearbook photo with Rachel, saying that if she leans over to meet his level, it will look like she has stomach rolls. In Britney/Brittany, he says he would be better at brushing his teeth if he could see himself in the mirror.
- Every time a Jay-Z song is featured, he gets the solo.
- Until Hold on to Sixteen, Artie received the solos on every Michael Jackson song (The Sue Sylvester Shuffle - Thriller/Heads Will Roll, Silly Love Songs - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)).
- He has received solos in all the Justin Bieber songs. (Baby, Somebody to Love and Boys/Boyfriend ).
- Puck used to toss him down stairs.
- He is addicted to Angry Birds. (Rumours)
- His first Glee Club enemy is Mike Chang, who due to Mike's relationship with his ex-girlfriend Tina sparks jealousy. However, after Artie starts dating Brittany, Mike and Artie become friends, as shown in Silly Love Songs.
- He has a complex about being in a wheelchair, as seen in Rumours.
- He has a fear of being slushied.
- Him, Puck, Tina, Mike and Joe are the only members to have never quit or left the New Directions.
- He and Tina are the only original members from this group.
- He was the last main cast member of season one to appear in Pilot.
- Both of his two girlfriends (Tina and Brittany) have danced with Mike (Dream a Little Dream of Me and Valerie).
- In A Night of Neglect it is shown that Artie has extensive knowledge on white rappers.
- He told Tina he still had a use of his penis even though he is in a wheelchair.
- His first words were "Hot damn," spoken when he first saw Michael Jackson's moonwalk. (Michael).
- He waits for the day to see his children's first steps.
- He and Tina have sang at least one song together in every season finale: Journey, (To Sir, With Love) New York, (Light Up The World) and Goodbye (In My Life).
- He likes to play Dance Dance Revolution with his hands.
- He hopes to play Porgy from the musical Porgy and Bess one day. (I Am Unicorn).
- He's the only character to have appeared in every episode of the series up to date.
- Main article: Artie's Quotations
Will Schuester • Finn Hudson