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They both started off as rivals, when Jake became jealous when Ryder was talking to Marley. Later, they competed for the lead, Danny Zuko for the school musical Grease with Ryder successfully receiving the part. During the musical, Ryder and Marley become closer, culminating in a kiss, much to Jake's jealousy. After this, they constantly fight for the affections for Marley, resulting in many physical confrontations. When Finn assigns them to reveal their weaknesses to understand each other, they later become friends and their friendship grows in later episodes, becoming best friends.
Jake first sees Ryder flirting with Marley and is immediately jealous since he likes her. They both audition for the role of Danny in the school production of "Grease." The two are called back to sing Born to Hand Jive with Marley and Kitty. Ryder gets the part of Danny and Jake gets the part of Putzie. (The Role You Were Born to Play)
Because Finn can't rehearse Grease in the auditorium, he gets the boys to rehearse in Burt's car shop. Ryder states that he's never changed the oil in his car, with Jake making remarks that he can't believe that he got the role of Danny over him. They later perform Greased Lightning. Before Ryder and Marley perform on stage, Ryder kisses Marley later showing Jake who appears upset. (Glease)Jake is seen flirting with Marley, when Ryder stops him. They begin to insult each other, and nearly get into a fight, which is quickly stopped by Finn, Tina and Becky. After Finn assigns Jake and Ryder partners to get over their differences, they try to compete to see whose more of a stud. They perform Superman and mostly show their affections to Marley. This leads to Jake punching Ryder, they get into a fight, and Finn and the other New Directions members break it up. Finn takes them to the auditorium and gives them a new assignment to talk about there greatest fears. In the gym, working out, Jake gives Ryder a note saying it's his kryptonite. Ryder tells Jake to be a man and tell him to his face. Jake says he never felt that he fit in, never has and is constantly reminded of it, since he's half black, half white, and half Jewish. Ryder admits he had Jake tell him his kryptonite cause he doesn't know how to read. Jake tells Finn of Ryder's disability.
Later, when a few jocks are about to fight Jake, Ryder and other members come in and stop them, saying that since Jake has his back, Ryder has got his. In Some Nights, Jake and Ryder are seen singing together. (Dynamic Duets)Jake admits to Ryder that he went on a date with Marley last Friday and will end it if Ryder wants him to. But Ryder tells Jake not to end their relationship because of him, but Jake will give the dance solo in their big Sectionals number and so Jake does. During rehearsals, Ryder impresses everyone as Jake fakes that he can't dance so Ryder can receive the dance solo. When Ryder is practicing the dance by himself, he finds it hard to learn it due to him being dyslexic and trying to learn Korean at the same time. Jake shows him how to do it and tells Ryder about his embarrassing ballet lessons he takes privately. Ryder, thinking it's a joke, realizes it's serious, asking Jake to help him with the dance. Jake agrees and shows him Gangnam Style on the Dalton Academy laptop, which is now New Directions. Hoping that they will be the 500,000,000th viewer, they re-watch PSY's music video.
Before Sectionals, Ryder eavesdrops Jake and Marley's conversation, knowing that something is wrong with Marley and Jake is taking care. Ryder then comes out and says that Jake has to take the dance solo because he sprained his ankle. But Jake says Ryder isn't limping, leading to Ryder to drag Jake and eventually, the dance solo is given to Jake. At the end of Gangnam Style, Marley collapses, and Jake and Ryder come to her aid. (Thanksgiving)
After New Directions loss at Sectionals for the first time, New Directions split into different clubs in the school. Jake and Ryder both join the basketball team, Jake says to Ryder that he joined it cause he is actually good at basketball. When Finn learns of New Directions hurried split when the season ended, he has a meeting with them in the auditorium, resulting in Ryder and even Jake leaving Marley and Finn alone. At the end of the episode, they arrive together to join the other New Directions members during Don't Dream It's Over as they share a hug. (Swan Song)
In Artie's dream, Ryder and Jake were seen bullying Kurt along with Finn, Sam, Mike, and Puck. Jake also tells Puck that he lied to his mom that he was staying with Ryder to hang out with Puck. They are also seen together with Marley and Tina as Sam and Brittany insult them under the belief that the Mayan Apocalypse was going to occur. (Glee, Actually)They work out together, sing and dance in Centerfold/Hot In Herre. Afterwards, they are seen in the choir room, lifting weights and discussing naming their shoulders. They decide to show how buff they are and take off their clothes and tense. Just as this happens, Tina and Kitty come in surprising them, and informs the two of their role in the "Men of McKinley" calendar. They then talk about girls, Jake saying if a girl in the other room liked him, he would know. But ever since he and Marley got together, there's no other girl, but her. Jake talks to Ryder about Marley, leaving Ryder a bit disheartened, to which Jake apologizes too. But Ryder says that she is Jake's, and he is fine about it. Jake explains about he and Marley's duet in the auditorium and how she was going it say "I love you" at the end, but didn't. Ryder suggests Jake says it first.
During that scene, it then switches to Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself). This performance leaves Marley teary-eyed, and Ryder asks at the end if Jake has anything else to say to which he replies, "The song says it all." (Naked)During the episode, Ryder gives Jake advice about Valentine's Day, as Jake is clueless. After Just Can't Get Enough, Ryder sadly looks at Jake and Marley. During Anything Could Happen, there is tension evident between the two. (I Do)
They have no real interaction this episode, but they sing a duet in Marley's dream, after which Marley confesses that Ryder kissed her and she let him, to which Jake gets angry. After that, there's a moment in Footloose where Marley and Ryder dance together and Jake looks at them angrily and jealously. (Girls (and Boys) on Film)
Marley and Jake have a talk about what happened between her and Ryder on Valentine's Day at their lockers, they make up and Jake admits that he's afraid of losing Marley to Ryder and that he thought Ryder was a friend, but he's not and Jake does not trust him anymore. Marley tells him that she won't leave Jake for him. He suggests to not talk to Ryder anymore, but Marley tells him to trust her. After Ryder and Unique's duet The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up Jake calls Ryder a douchebag because he's confused about Unique being a girl or a boy, he also tells him that in the choir room they can be however they want. Later, Ryder goes and apologizes to Unique, Marley and Jake saying that kissing Marley was totally out of line and that he's sorry, Jake says that it will take time to trust him again. Ryder understands and he's cool with it, also both of them along with Marley and Kitty offers to make Unique some company and protection while she walks back to her home. They sing Closer, along with the rest of the New Directions members in the auditorium. (Feud)
Ryder reveals to Jake that he has been talking to someone online and that he found out that the girl, Katie, studies at WMHS. Saying that he wants skip some classes and talk to her, but Jake replies that Ryder can't just go in the middle of a class and just get in, he needs some kind of plan. After meeting who he thought was Katie, but turned out to be a girl named Marissa and realizes that he has been catfished, he meets Jake and Marley by the lockers, yelling to them, saying that they didn't have to be humilliated like that and make him feel so pathetic. Both, Marley and Jake, deny their participation in any this, but Ryder walks away angry saying that he doesn't want anything especially from any of them anymore. They are seen interacting a couple of times during Say, showing that they most likely already made up. (Shooting Star)
Ryder frets over why "Katie" has yet to reveal herself to him and an unexpected power outage happens at McKinley during which Figgins insists the students remain in school. In the hallways Ryder and Jake have a conversation, he tells Jake about the deep, dark secrets he has shared with Katie, Jake suggests that the secrets are not going to go away and that maybe Ryder should share them with people he actually knows.Following Jake's adivce, during New Directions' Unplugged Week, Ryder sings Everybody Hurts and confess his secret: he was molested by his female babysitter when he was 11. Jake seems to understand why it affects Ryder so much, but some of the other guys do not seem to. Both of them sing during Longest Time along with the New Directions. (Lights Out)
When Will announces Stevie Wonder week, the two high-five. They dance back-up together for the number Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours. Later, during Mercedes' performance of Higher Ground, Ryder grabs Jake's hands and claps with them. (Wonder-ful)
In The Choir Room when the New Directions attempt to practice, the phone in the center rings and Ryder confronts the Glee Club about his catfishing problem in a violent manner. Finally, Marley puts her hand up, admitting she's the catfisher (only to be covering up for the true catfish). Jake defends her to Ryder's disbelief. Ryder looks at Jake and Marley, hurt, and storms of the room. Ryder later returns before the New Direction's perform at Regionals. Jake seems a bit relieved, as well as everyone else, but he reveals that after the Regionals competition is finished, he will not return to the Glee Club, disappointing everyone. Jake, Ryder, Marley, and Kitty are mentioned as the "foster kids" of the Glee Club during Brittany's speech before the show circle. During the Regionals setlist, Jake and Ryder give glances and dance/sing together during Hall of Fame. (All or Nothing)
Jake and Ryder are with Blaine and Sam at an meeting, where they discuss that Tina become bitter and feels lonely. In order to help her, the four guys perform I Saw Her Standing There. (Love, Love, Love)
When Ryder knew that Marley and Jake are broken up, Ryder then started to ask Marley to come with a date, He even sings An Innocent Man to her. After the performance, Ryder asked Marley if she will go in a date with him. When Marley says yes, Jake walked out. In the hallway, Marley and Ryder are talking together, then Jake come over to them and says that they're an obvious thing. Jake then walked again with two girls. (Movin' Out)
Ryder is assigned with calling Jake to the bus that will take them to the scene of Nationals. Shirtless Jake reacts huffy, and questions why Ryder is talking to him. Ryder claims that he just doesn't want to lose Nationals because of him. Jake next reproaches Ryder for asking Marley out before even giving him a chance to apologize for cheating. Jake makes it clear that he was disappointed in him as a friend. Ryder says they were friends, but corrects himself immediately, saying they still are friends, instead. Jake then gets up an gets dressed for Nationals. Ryder next mentions that Marley is attempting to quit glee-club since the radio stations keep rejecting her original songs, although Ryder assures that he thinks her songs are really good. They both agree that that's crazy. Ryder proposes that they get Mercedes to talk to her. (City of Angels)
Ryder and Jake remain in the background during the majority of the episode. While voting between Rachel and Mercedes as the Glee Club's diva, Ryder asks Jake which one he is going to vote. Jake admits that he is torn because one of them is black and the other one is Jewish. (100)
Jake and Ryder perform Don't Stop Believin' with the entire glee club in the auditorium. On graduation day, Jake and Ryder clear out the choir room with Unique, Marley and Kitty whilst reminiscing their experiences in the glee club and then share a group hug. Ryder then asks if Jake remembers Superman; he admits to remembering. (New Directions)
- Sang Together (In a Group Number)
|Born to Hand Jive||The Role You Were Born to Play||Marley and Mercedes|
|Some Nights||Dynamic Duets||Blaine, Joe, Kitty, Marley, Sam, and Tina|
|Centerfold/Hot in Herre||Naked||Sam|
|This Is the New Year||Artie, Blaine, Brittany, Marley, Sam, Tina, and Unique|
|Outcast||Sweet Dreams||Marley, Kitty, and Unique|
|We Will Rock You||Lights Out||Artie and Blaine|
|Longest Time||Artie, Kitty, Marley, and Sam|
|Hall of Fame||All or Nothing||Artie, Joe, and Sam|
- Related Songs
- Sang Together (In a Group Number)
|I Saw Her Standing There||Love Love Love||Blaine and Sam|
|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band||Tina in the Sky with Diamonds||Marley and Unique|
|On Our Way||The End of Twerk||Artie, Blaine, Kitty, Marley, Sam, Tina, and Unique|
|You May Be Right||Movin' Out||Artie, Kitty, and Will|
- Related Songs
- Their friendship shares a lot similarities to the one that Puck and Finn shared.
- They both had a crush on Marley. Jake dated her later in the series, Ryder only kissed her.
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