|Season One, Episode Twelve|
|First Aired||December 2, 2009|
Mattress is the twelfth episode of Glee's first season, and the twelfth episode overall. The episode starts with the Glee Club getting left out of the yearbook because of budget cuts. Everyone seems to be relieved that they won't have to suffer the ridicule of years past—everyone except Rachel, who wants her legacy cemented in print. Meanwhile, Quinn makes it her mission to be in the Cheerios yearbook photo despite her round belly, and Will and Terri's relationship is shaken to its core.
Mattress was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Elodie Keene.
Will sits with Emma and Ken in the teacher's lounge. They tell him that their wedding will be the following Saturday, on the same day as sectionals. Sue walks in with a pair of black eyes, the result of having some work done prior to yearbook pictures. Sue tells Will she convinced Figgins not to allow Glee Club to have a yearbook picture this year.
In the Glee room, Kurt explains to everyone that not having a yearbook picture may save from them countless hours of ridicule. Everyone seems to agree, at which point Will comes in and promises them he will fight to get their picture in the yearbook.
When Will complains to Figgins, the principal tells him his only option is to buy a quarter-page ad for Glee for $325. That will be enough room for two members. Figgins suggest he pick Finn and Santana, since they are least likely to have their faces vandalized. Rachel barges into the room demanding Glee have a picture before Will tells her the news.
Rachel explains to us she has joined every club possible in order to get her picture in the yearbook dozens of times. Unlike her other clubs however, Rachel is particularly proud of Glee.
Quinn is sad she's no longer in the Cheerios and vows to find a way in the squad picture.
Terri tells Will that he cannot use family funds to buy the ad for Glee. Will writes Figgins a check anyway, but asks him to wait a few days before cashing it.
Will tells Glee they must pick two team captains for the photo. Every single vote is for Rachel, and nobody else wants to be in the picture as they are all afraid of being defaced and ridiculed.
Will asks Emma how to find another kid to be in the picture. She apologizes for having to miss sectionals, and Will thinks Ken scheduled the wedding conflict on purpose. Emma defends Ken and Will ends up apologizing.
Will asks Rachel to pick a co-captain. Everyone she contacts comes up with bogus excuses. Eventually she's able to convince Finn to do the picture with her. Rachel says she is going to teach Finn how to smile correctly via them singing a duo of Lily Allen's Smile.
Several of Finn's football teammates tell him they are already planning to deface his Glee picture.Finn ends up not showing up for the photo shoot. When the photographer tells Rachel he is directing a commercial, she convinces him to cast her and the Glee club.Rachel tells Glee clubbers she's landed them their first "big break." The commercial is for mattresses and all the guys are excited.During the read-through, Rachel is able to convince the store owner to let them sing a mattress-hopping version of Jump as the commercial instead of a cheesy scenario.
While looking for his pocket square, Will finds one of Terri's old fake pregnancy bellies. Furious, he goes to the kitchen and demands she show him her belly. The discovery leads to a huge fight, with Terri explaining the origins of the lie and telling him about adopting Quinn's baby. "I loved you Terri," he says. "I really loved you." Will storms out of the apartment.
At school Will finds a stack of new mattresses given to Glee from the store owner. He open one and puts it in his office, in order to spend the night there.
Sue spots the Glee kids' mattress commercial on TV. Quinn asks Sue to be in the cheerleader photo.Sue goes to Figgins and tells him that as New Directions has performed in a commercial and accepted payment for it (the mattresses), their amateur status has been revoked and they are no longer eligible for Sectionals. Worse, as one of the mattresses has been slept on, they cannot be returned or even given away. Will admits that he slept on the mattress as his marriage is in serious trouble. Figgins is sympathetic, but tells Will that his hands have been tied by the school board... the club is finished.
Quinn shows up in Sue's office in her Cheerios uniform (showing a very noticeable baby bump). Quinn reminds her of all the swag she's been giving the Cheerios over the years. Quinn demands a full page photo be given to Glee and she also demands a photo in the yearbook. Sue says she has to be in the back so no one sees her enormous belly, but tells Quinn that she reminds her of a young Sue Sylvester. Quinn changes her mind about being in the Cheerios again, stating that she would rather be part of a club that is proud to have her as a member.
Emma tells Will he should focus on his own life. She says, though she wouldn't do what Terri did, she understands Terri's intentions in lying to Will.
Will tells the Glee kids that he has fixed it so that they can still compete at Sectionals... as he slept on the mattress, he is the one who accepted payment. As a result, only he is disqualified but now cannot join them at competition. Everyone balks at this, certain they can't win without him there (they're not even convinced they can win with him there). Will reassured them that "If you can't win without me there, then I haven't done my job," he tells them. He asks that they take their Glee photo with pride, which they do.
While getting ready for the picture the Glee kids sing Charlie Chaplin's Smile.
|Song Title||Original Artist||Performer(s)|
|Smile||Lily Allen||Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson|
|When You're Smiling †||Louis Armstrong||Rachel Berry|
|Jump||Van Halen||New Directions|
|Smile||Charlie Chaplin||New Directions|
- † denotes an unreleased song.
- You Might Think by The Cars. Background song during Rachel's search for co-captain.
- Patrick Gallagher as Ken Tanaka
- Iqbal Theba as Principal Figgins
- John Ross Bowie as Dennis
- Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez
- Heather Morris as Brittany Pierce
- Harry Shum Jr. as Mike Chang
- Dijon Talton as Matt Rutherford
- Bill A. Jones as Rod Remington
- Chuck Spitler as Randy Cusperberg
- This episode was originally called Once Upon a Mattress, but for some reason was shortened to just Mattress. This is perhaps due to the copyright conflict that could be generated due to a play with the same name.
- In many countries they still used the original title but translated: Erase una vez un colchón (Once Upon a Mattress) in Mexico and Spain and Era Uma Vez Um Colchão in Brazil.
- The episode's original title is used in the United Kingdom.
- Cory Monteith commented that his favorite part of the Jump number was the scream he did in the beginning.
- Most of the jumps and flips during the Jump number were added in by the cast.
- Chris Colfer substained a neck injury when trying to do a backflip on a trampoline for the "Jump" number.
- When the photographer of the shoot begins to pack his things up, Rachel tells him he hasn't even seen her 'over-the-left-shoulder pose' yet. It just so happens, this is Lea Michele 's signurature pose.
- It was shown that Rachel has joined many clubs in order to appear in yearbook photos, including the black student union and the muslim student club.
- Underneath New Directions' picture in the Thunderclap, it mistakenly says "Nathan Puckerman" instead of "Noah Puckerman". Also, for Brittany's name, it just says "Brittany". This is probably because her last name "Pierce" isn't mentioned until the Season 2 episode Britney/Brittany. Also, Tina is just listed as "Tina C."
- When Sue is talking with Will and Emma, she says that while she had her eye lift, she got them to take out her tear ducts, but in Journey and Funeral she is shown crying.
I want my kids to be able to look back at these books and see who I was, make them proud — not the bastard one I'm carrying now, of course — the ones I'll have when I'm married and ready.
Get out of my office... if you can manage squeezing through the door without your water breaking all over the carpet.