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Mercedes-Rachel Relationship
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General Information
Nickname: Rachcedes
Merchel
Jonesberry
Intimacy Level: Good Friends
Former rivals
The Mercedes-Rachel Relationship, commonly known as RachcedesMerchel, or Jonesberry, is the friendship and on-off rivalry between Mercedes Jones and Rachel Berry.

They are good friends and care for each other. Even though now and then they would have a "Diva-Off" and have a repetitive rivalry, they always end up being good friends in the end.

Overview

Mercedes and Rachel are the first few members of the Glee Club and since day one they have been both fighting for the spotlight. Although they both get along most of the time, their appears to be some rivalry and tension between two, especially on Mercedes part. This is mainly because Mercedes believe they are just as good as each other however Rachel seems to always get the attention. However, when they are not competing they seem to care for each other especially since Rachel helps her out during Prom Queen.

In season one Rachel appears to get the majority solos and duets and it appears that both of them get along, however Mercedes felt some resentment towards Rachel. Until Mercedes sings And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going, Rachel has doubted Mercedes' level of talent believing her to not be a strong balladier as she was. Because of Mercedes' well-received rendition of the song, they plan to have Mercedes sing the ballad, however because of the set list leak, Rachel sings the ballad.

In season two, they appear to get along even having a sleepover at Rachel's house with Kurt. As part of Sue's plot to turn the Glee Club against each other she uses their rivalry to turn themselves against each other. They both sing Take Me or Leave Me as a duel but end up smiling at the end. Then as part of their fundraiser for Nationals, Mercedes shows a spoiled diva attitude towards the club, making unreasonable requests for her performance (however this attitude was instigated by Lauren Zizes). Mercedes refuses to perform until she was confronted by Rachel, saying that she doesn't understand how she doesn't get the spotlight and how she always does. Rachel replies that she doesn't know. Mercedes sings Ain't No Way and Rachel, saying that she couldn't top that allows Mercedes to be the closing number. In Prom Queen, Mercedes doesn't have a prom date and this upsets her. Rachel seeing how upset Mercedes is says she also doesn't have a date, and invites her for a prom on a budget with Sam.

In Season Three, they both compete for the role of Maria in McKinley's production of West Side Story. Mercedes and Rachel hug, but her boyfriend Shane asks why she does it because she is her competition, stating that she is better than Rachel. Mercedes, following Shane's advice, sings Spotlight, as she is feeling second best to Rachel. The directors of West Side Story; Coach Beiste, Artie, and Emma, can't decide who will play Maria so they decide that they should do a diva off, where both of them sing Out Here On My Own. Emma informs both of them that they have both got the role of Maria where they will extend the production for another week so both girls get to sing for four shows and two matinees. Mercedes has enough of it saying that no one wants to hurt Rachel so she storms out, leaving New Directions and joining the Troubletones. After a few weeks it appears that the two are on good terms and following the Troubletones loss at Sectionals Mercedes rejoined the New Directions. Mercedes was even one of the first people that Rachel told about her engagement to Finn . Although initially she didn't support the idea, in Heart she sings along with the God Squad as a Valentine's present for Rachel from Finn.

Episodes

Season One

Pilot

Mercedes and Rachel don't get along very well, due to them both wanting the spotlight in New Directions. In the uncut version of the pilot, Rachel looks down on Mercedes, causing Mercedes to insult Rachel. It then leads to an argument and Rachel storms out of rehearsal.

Showmance

Mercedes threatens Rachel in her own diva way, because she nearly kicks her during a Glee rehearsal. Mercedes says she is tired of hearing Rachel speak.

Acafellas

Rachel and Tina inform Mercedes that Kurt is gay to spare her feelings, showing Rachel cares about Mercedes.

Vitamin D

Mercedes votes against Rachel's idea of practicing for the boys versus girls mash-up contest and also takes credit for Rachel's song selection.

Sectionals

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Mercedes Rachel hug after And I Am Telling You
Due to Mr. Schuester's absence, New Directions must arrange their own song selection. Rachel offers to sing a ballad, but Mercedes says that she is just as good and talented as her, so to demonstrate this she belts out And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going. Rachel says she can't wait to hear her perform it at Sectionals, they hug, and therefore become friends. However, in the end, Rachel ends up singing Don't Rain on My Parade at Sectionals, as the Glee Club of Jane Adams Academy, stealing their set list, performs Mercedes' solo.

Hell-O

They are shown walking through the corridors together with Kurt, happy and friendly with each other, until they get slushied by Karofsky.

The Power of Madonna

Rachel asks Mercedes and the other Glee girls advice on her relationship with Jesse.

Theatricality

Rachel, Mercedes and Quinn go together to spy on Vocal Adrenaline the day Rachel discovers that Shelby Corcoran is her mother. The next day, Mercedes and Quinn tell the Glee Club, proving that Rachel told them, meaning she trusts them.

Funk

Mercedes comforts Rachel about her break-up with Jesse (in the background on the Glee Club's way back to the choir room).

Season Two

Audition

Rachel suggests to Mercedes and Kurt that they try to put Sunshine off of joining Glee Club, as it may result in them losing solos (although she is actually worried about losing solos herself). However they disagree to this, showing that although rapidly becoming friends, Mercedes and Rachel don't always agree.

Grilled Cheesus

Mercedes and Rachel are two of the people praying for Burt in song.

Never Been Kissed

Mercedes and Rachel take the leads in Start Me Up/Livin' on a Prayer.

Silly Love Songs

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Rachel and Mercedes at the sleepover
In Silly Love Songs, they are at a sleepover together at Rachel's house, Mercedes gives Rachel advice on being single and focus solely on her career, Rachel ignores this advice though.

Comeback

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Rachel and Mercedes singing Take Me Or Leave Me
Rachel and Mercedes are quick to believe Sue that they were being mean to each other behind each other's backs. Rachel says "I thought we were friends" Mercedes says "I guess that will never happen". They make-up after their argument and admire each other's singing during Take Me or Leave Me from RENT. Mercedes and Lauren are the only two Glee girls not to copy Rachel's clothing style.

Blame It on the Alcohol

Mercedes refers to Rachel's party as the "The Rachel Berry House Party Train Wreck Extravaganza."

‎A Night of Neglect

Mercedes is upset about Rachel and Sunshine getting the closing spot not her. Lauren Zizes notices this and suggests to make diva-like demands to get the respect she deserves. On the night, Rachel tries to keep Mercedes happy but Mercedes eventually leaves to sit in her car. Rachel finds her and Mercedes says that she doesn't understand why Rachel gets all the solos. Rachel comforts her and concludes that they are both equally good singers and Mercedes should go and perform, taking her solo away from her. Rachel finally says that she couldn't top Mercedes' rendition of Ain't No Way, and that Mercedes gets the closing spot.

Prom Queen

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When Rachel suggests that they go to prom together instead of alone, Mercedes says "That's even worse!", but Rachel tells her more about the plan and she finally agrees to go with her and Sam. Rachel also helped her get together with Sam, her eventual boyfriend.

Season Three

Asian F

At the beginning of this episode, Mercedes and Rachel are shown to be wishing each other luck in their auditions. However, Mercedes' enmity towards Rachel leads her to quit New Directions, and join Shelby's, group. They share a hug, wishing each other good luck on who gets the part of Maria in West Side Story. Shane, Mercedes' boyfriend, isn't happy that she's friends with the "competition" and tells Mercedes she is much better than Rachel. This leads Mercedes to become even more obnoxious, tearing apart the friendship Mercedes and Rachel once had.

I Kissed a Girl

They are shown laughing together and putting their arms around each other during the song with the same name as the episode, showing they are at least back on good terms.

Hold on to Sixteen

They are smiling and holding hands during We Are Young. Rachel even hugs Mercedes as Mercedes sings.
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The Spanish Teacher

Mercedes, along with Kurt, has a sleepover at Rachel's house where they are seen to be sharing popcorn. Rachel reveals that she is engaged to Finn. To this, Mercedes questions her sanity, wondering why she had accepted the proposal.

Heart

The God Squad, which Mercedes is part of, is singing Stereo Hearts as a telegram from Finn to Rachel. During the performance, Mercedes places her hand around Rachel's arms. Mercedes and the rest of the Glee Club members are shocked, when Rachel and Finn announce their marriage earlier in the episode. Mercedes and Rachel are singing Love Shack together at Breadstix, during Sugar's party.

Goodbye

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They were hugging and holding hands in several scenes, as graduation nears. They sang together in You Get What You Give. Rachel, Mercedes, Finn, Quinn, Mike, Santana, Kurt and Puck later graduate in the auditorium, receiving their diplomas. Rachel later hugs Mercedes during Roots Before Branches. She only hugs Mercedes, Kurt and Will, suggesting they are the three people she is closest to aside from Finn. This is the last time Mercedes is seen in Season Three.

Season Four

Glease

Mercedes welcomes them Rachel and Kurt back to McKinley. She says that it's good for them to come and that the kids are ready to bring the house down. Mercedes also mentioned about her busy UCLA schedules and her back-up vocals. She invites both Rachel and Kurt to come and say hello to the cast.

She then brings them to the stage with Kurt seeing Blaine, and Rachel seeing Finn, which is probably a tight spot for both. Mercedes notices the tension and leaves giving an excuse that she'll walk the kids through their warm-up.

Sweet Dreams

Rachel imagines Mercedes as one of her back-up vocalists in her rendition of Don't Stop Believin'She later tells Kurt about it.

Season Five

Love Love Love

Rachel and Mercedes are helping Blaine get ready for his proposal to Kurt. They are seen guiding him to the staircase while singing All You Need Is Love.

The Quarterback

In this episode, when Rachel returns back to McKinley High for grief of the death of Finn Hudson, Rachel performs Make You Feel My Loveand Mercedes can be seen crying during her performance.

100

As Mercedes and Rachel return to Lima after Glee club is disbanded, both ladies seem taken aback at the lack of fan fair in their honor given their recent success-Rachel with Funny Girl and Mercedes with her upcoming album. Several members of New Directions do congratulate each girl on their respective accomplishments, particularly Tina for Rachel and Unique for Mercedes. It becomes clear however that being in Lima has triggered some old rivalry feelings in both of them and during Brittany's Fondue For Two segment they decide to perform Defying Gravity as a "Diva-off."

After the performance, Rachel and Mercedes are each seen trying to persuade various New Directions members to vote for them. However, after Santana's rant to Rachel leaves her in tears, Mercedes and Rachel talk and then mutually decide that they should not be making New Directions vote on something so narcissistic. Will informs the girls that the rest of the group had voted already and the vote was tied, as they are both equally talented. Mercedes and Rachel seem pleased with the result.

New New York

When Mercedes enters the Bushwick Apartment to show her arrival to New York, Rachel is very ecstatic to see her, hugging each other, alongside Kurt, Blaine, Artie, and Sam. Rachel then "helps" Mercedes moving into her own apartment, saying she is excited to have her here in New York before she runs off to her Funny Girl rehearsal.

Tested

Mercedes is considering having sex with Sam, which would be her "first time" and seeks Rachel's advice. Mercedes expresses that she is not sure if she is ready to have sex and is concerned about her lack of experience since Sam is obviously not a virgin. Rachel reassures Mercedes that when and if the time is right for her to have sex, she will know and that Sam will make her feel as if she is the only one.

Later, after Mercedes has told Sam she needs to wait until she is married to have sex, Mercedes and Rachel are hanging out at the Bushwick apartment. Mercedes thanks Rachel for her advice regarding the "first time" talk. Rachel mentions that Sam is a great guy and is clearly totally in love with Mercedes. Rachel says there was a time when she thought she might like him, but felt it was just because she was missing home and he was close to Finn. Mercedes asks Rachel if any guys in NY have captured her interest. Rachel says that her heart is "closed for business" and that she is not ready to date. Mercedes gently reminds her that while she doesn't necessarily have to fall in love or seek a serious relationship, it is okay to go on a date every once in awhile. Rachel agrees and says that eventually she will, she's just not ready right now. Rachel and Mercedes both agree that it is nice having each other to lean on.

Songs

Duets

Sang Together (In a Group Number)

Season One

Song

Episode

Solos with

Push It Showmance FinnTina, and Artie
Somebody to Love The Rhodes Not Taken Finn and Artie
Imagine Hairography
Jump Mattress
Smile
You Can't Always Get What You Want Sectionals
Express Yourself The Power of Madonna Quinn, Tina, and Santana
Like a Prayer Finn, Kurt, and Jesse
Any Way You Want It/Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' Journey Finn, Puck, Kurt, and Artie
Don't Stop Believin' Finn, Puck, Santana, Kurt, and Artie
To Sir, with Love Kurt, Tina, Artie, Finn, and Santana

Season Two

Song

Episode

Solos with

Empire State of Mind Audition Artie, Finn, Puck, and Santana
One of Us Grilled Cheesus Tina, Finn, Kurt, and Quinn
Start Me Up/Livin' on a Prayer Never Been Kissed Tina, Santana, and Brittany
Welcome Christmas A Very Glee Christmas Artie
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Tina, Quinn, and Santana
Deck the Rooftop Santana, Finn, Artie, and Tina
Last Christmas Finn
Loser Like Me Original Song Finn, Santana, and Brittany
I Love New York/New York, New York New York Finn, Santana, Artie, and Brittany

Season Three

Song

Episode

Solos with

You Can't Stop the Beat The Purple Piano Project Finn, Kurt, Artie, and Tina
We Are Young Hold on to Sixteen Finn, Quinn, Sam, and Santana
My Favorite Things Extraordinary Merry Christmas Kurt and Blaine
Do They Know It's Christmas? Finn, Kurt, Blaine, Artie, Brittany, Tina, Puck, and Santana
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Yes/No Tina and Santana
Black or White Michael Artie, Kurt, and Santana
Love Shack Heart Kurt, Blaine, Sugar, and Brittany
Fly/I Believe I Can Fly On My Way Artie, Santana, Blaine, and Finn
How Will I Know Dance with Somebody Kurt and Santana
Paradise by the Dashboard Light Nationals Finn, Puck, Kurt, Blaine, Mike, Brittany, and Santana 
You Get What You Give Goodbye Finn and Puck/Sam

Season Five

Song

Episode

Solos with

Defying Gravity 100 Kurt
Not While I'm Around Bash (EP) Blaine and Sam

Related Songs

Quotes



First of all, you try to bust my face again and I will cut you.

Mercedes to Rachel, Showmance


I'm tired of hearing you squawk Eva Peron.

Mercedes to Rachel, Showmance


We need to have a gayvention, that's a GAY intervention.

Rachel to Mercedes, Acafellas


Mercedes: Relax, I've already picked out the songs, we're gonna do a mash-up of Halo and Walking On Sunshine.
Rachel: That was my idea.
Mercedes: Whatever.

Mercedes and Rachel, Vitamin D


I'm just as good as you and I've worked just as hard.

Mercedes to Rachel, Sectionals


That was amazing Mercedes and I can't wait to hear you sing it at Sectionals.

Rachel to Mercedes, Sectionals


Don't ask me, the last guy I liked was the Mayor of Gay Town.

Mercedes to Rachel, The Power Of Madonna


That's awful, YOU'RE awful.

Mercedes to Rachel, Audition


You two are so boy crazy, think of our idols, they used all of that pain and loneliness and put it into their music.

Mercedes to Rachel and Kurt, Silly Love Songs


Mercedes: Just when I thought we were friends.
Rachel: Well I guess that will never happen, will it?
Mercedes: There's only one 'I' in diva Rachel and that 'I' is me.

Mercedes and Rachel, Comeback


[after performing Take Me or Leave Me together]
Mercedes: That was so great! You kicked my butt!
Rachel: No no, what about her, huh?

Mercedes and Rachel, Comeback

Trivia

  • They have both dated Puck for only one episode. Mercedes dated him in Laryngitis and Rachel in Mash-Up.
  • They were both known as the divas of New Directions.
  • They were widely considered to be the best singers in New Directions.
  • They both consider each other to be equally good at singing.
  • They have both been best friends with Kurt, albeit at different times.
  • They both have different ideas of what a "diva" is.
  • There's only one episode between season one and three that neither of them sang in, Big Brother.
  • Both were enemies/rivals with Santana Lopez before becoming friends with her.

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