|Season Two, Episode Four|
|First Aired||October 12, 2010|
"The Rocky Horror Glee Show"
Puck was absent in this episode and in the next one as well, due to the fact that he was in juvenile detention.
When Puck is sent to juvenile detention, Sam is introduced to the New Directions. As well as a new member being introduced, Will also introduces the new duets assignment to the Glee Club, offering a meal at Breadstix for the winning duets team. Kurt has his eye on Sam as his duet partner, certain he is gay, to whom Finn tries to drag Kurt away from. Finn and Rachel know they can win the duets competition easily but decide to throw the competition so Sam and his chosen partner will definitely win, making sure Sam stays till Nationals so they have more chances of winning. Mike has difficulty singing as Tina assists him to create an entertaining duet and Quinn and Sam begin a romance.
Will sets a duet assignment, offering a meal at Breadstix for the winning duo. He announces that Puck has been sent to juvenile detention for stealing his mother's car and driving it through a convenience store window, then driving away with an ATM in tow. He then introduces new member, Sam. Kurt suspects that Sam is gay, a certain clue being his dyed hair which Kurt can spot a mile away, and asks him to be his duet partner. Though Sam agrees, club co-captain Finn talks them out of partnering up, fearing that Sam will be subject to bullying for having a male partner. Kurt ignores him at first as he is still angry at Finn for his homophobic comments in Theatricality, the twentieth episode of Season One. After talking with Burt, who agrees with Finn, Kurt decides to break his partnership with Sam. Finn sings Don't Go Breaking My Heart with Rachel, who suggests letting Sam win the competition to boost club morale, make him feel a winner which will ensure he stays in the group and thereby increase their chance of winning at Nationals.
Cheerios Santana and Brittany neck-nuzzle on Brittany's bed, but when Brittany suggests they sing Melissa Etheridge's Come to My Window together, Santana then refuses and trivializes their relationship. Santana believes her best chance of winning is by partnering with Mercedes, and together they sing River Deep, Mountain High by Ike & Tina Turner. Attempting to make Santana jealous, Brittany pairs up with Artie, who rejects his ex-girlfriend Tina when she asks him to duet with her. Kurt sings Le Jazz Hot by himself, stating that when you're different and special, it sometimes means that you're on your own. His outstanding performance gains him a standing ovation from his peers.
Tina and her new boyfriend Mike duet on Sing! from A Chorus Line. Artie loses his virginity to Brittany, but is later informed by a very jealous Santana that Brittany was using him for his voice and dissolves their partnership. Brittany apologizes, in what is possibly her most genuine display of emotion, but Artie does not accept the apology and declines Brittany's invitation to Breadstix, so she sadly goes alone.
When Sam has a slushie thrown in his face by bullies, Quinn helps him to clean up. Later, he asks her to be his partner and attempts to kiss her. Quinn, still haunted by her mistakes of the previous year, is frightened to become involved with a guy and pulls away, telling him they cannot sing together. Later, Rachel connivingly persuades Quinn back into her partnership. Rachel and Finn, dressed as a schoolgirl and a priest, respectively, in an intentionally offensive move, performs With You I'm Born Again, hoping to damage their own chance of winning the competition. Sam and Quinn sing Lucky. All of the club members vote for themselves, except Finn and Rachel, who vote for Sam and Quinn, ensuring that they win the competition. Over dinner at Breadstix, they form a friendship, and Quinn tells Sam that he should pay, as that is the proper thing for a gentleman to do on what has become their first date.
As the scene at Breadstix ends, Brittany is herself, nosing a meatball across a plate ala Lady and the Tramp. Noticing that Kurt is lonely, Rachel tells him how much the club members value him and asks him to duet with her for fun. The episode ends with them singing the famous Judy Garland/Barbra Streisand mash-up of Happy Days Are Here Again and Get Happy in a content mood in front of the rest of New Directions.
|Song Title||Original Artist||Performer(s)|
|Don't Go Breaking My Heart||Elton John and Kiki Dee||Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson|
|River Deep, Mountain High||Ike & Tina Turner||Mercedes Jones and Santana Lopez|
|Le Jazz Hot!||Victor/Victoria||Kurt Hummel|
|Sing!||A Chorus Line||Mike Chang and Tina Cohen-Chang|
|With You I'm Born Again †||Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright||Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson|
|Lucky||Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat||Sam Evans and Quinn Fabray|
|Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy||Barbra Streisand/Judy Garland||Kurt Hummel and Rachel Berry|
- † denotes an unreleased song.
- Harry Shum Jr. as Mike Chang
- Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans
- James Earl III as Azimio Adams
- Max Adler as Dave Karofsky
- Jean Sincere as Librarian
- Jonathan Wolf as Guy
Absent Cast Members
- Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester
- Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester
- Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury
- Mark Salling as Noah Puckerman
- Kevin says his favorite dance was Mike Chang's in Sing!.
- Naya and Amber said their favorite number they've done together is River Deep, Mountain High.
- This episode was watched by 11.36 million viewers.
- When Mercedes votes, she spells Santana's name as "Satan" making reference to Santana's mean nature.
- Puck is absent in this episode, as he is in juvie.
- This episode was featured in The Office "Viewing Party" and Kevin McHale had a small role as pizza boy in "Launch Party," where Michael kidnaps him.
- The use of the term "scissoring" - a reference to a sexual position utilized by lesbian couples - marked a first in American network television, as well as the first time such a term had been used in a series with a wide family viewership. Its utterance garnered international media attention in publications such as the UK's Daily Mail.
- There was possibly a cut kiss from Brittany and Santana during the bedroom scene. Source
- Chris Colfer said that Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy was the hardest song he ever had to lip-sync and they kept messing up the words during filming because many sentences are repeated only with different endings.
- When Santana and Artie are talking in the cafeteria, Dominic Barnes is seen behind them as a student at William McKinley High School. He currently portrays Trent, a member of the Dalton Academy Warblers.
- When Santana chastises Kurt about doing his duet on his own (Victor/Victoria), Santana says, "it's like vocal masturbation," you can hear Brittany say, "That's so funny!" But, due to how the show is edited, Santana looks disgusted at her own comment, is saying something else, and Brittany isn't talking at all.
- Artie tells Brittany that she never spoke to him, but in Preggers, Vitamin D, Sectionals, The Power of Madonna, Bad Reputation, Theatricality, and Journey she does.
Artie: Am I about to lose my virginity?
Rachel: Hey, I have something I want to talk to you about.
He's on team gay. No straight boy does his hair to look like Linda Evangelista circa 1983.
When you're different ... when you're special ... sometimes you have to get used to being alone.
I was going to order us one really, really long piece of spaghetti like in Lady and the Tramp. I've been practicing nudging the meatball across the table with my nose.
I'm making this a competition
Watch and learn
I'm really into you. ARTIE:.....okay
We will be the undisputed top bitches at this school
So freaking charming