|Season One, Episode Four|
|First Aired||September 23, 2009|
"The Rhodes Not Taken"
Kurt takes center stage when he tries out for the football team in order to impress his dad. Sue Sylvester and Sandy Ryerson join forces to carry out their plans for destroying the Glee Club by luring away a disillusioned Rachel, who quits when Will refuses to take back the solo from Tina. Meanwhile, Quinn and Finn's relationship is tested when they receive some life-changing news.
The episode was written and directed by Brad Falchuk.
PlotKurt is caught dancing to Beyoncé's Single Ladies with Tina and Brittany by his father Burt, and claims that it is a football exercise, and Brittany says he is the kicker on the football team. His Father then asks him if one of the girls is his girlfriend. Kurt replies by saying that Tina is. Finn helps Kurt practice and convinces Ken to let Kurt try out for the team. Kurt pulls off a successful tryout Ken is delighted to find such an asset for the team and lets Kurt on the team. When Quinn gives Finn the "silent treatment," Quinn admits she's pregnant (without telling him it's Puck's). Finn asks when it happened. Quinn confess that she got pregnant when Finn and her were making out in a hot tub, and, although Finn tried to "cool down" remembering that time when he drove (along with his mom) and hit a mailman, it didn't work because Quinn assured Finn that the water temperature was right enough to cause a pregnancy. Finn worries that his future prospects will be diminished by fatherhood. He asks Will to coach the football team at dancing, believing it will help them to improve, increasing his chances of securing a football scholarship. Finn confides Quinn's news to Puck, who later confronts Quinn, claiming to be the baby's father, seeing as she said she was a virgin when they had sex. Quinn rejects Puck, calling him a "Lima Loser" who could never support her and the baby like Finn. Terri reveals to her sister Kendra that she experienced a hysterical pregnancy and is not really carrying Will's baby. Kendra suggests that they acquire a baby, and when Terri learns of Quinn's pregnancy from Will, she confronts her, asking questions about her pre-natal care. Sue approaches former glee club director Sandy Ryerson and enlists him in her plan to sabotage the club. She blackmails Principal Figgins into appointing Sandy as the school's new Arts director, and together they hold auditions for a school musical, hoping to entice away Rachel. Rachel feels slighted when Will awards Tina a solo song, so she auditions for the musical and is given the lead role. When Will refuses to reassign the solo song to Rachel, she quits the club.
The football team puts their dance training into practice by performing the Single Ladies routine in the middle of a game, which confuses and distracts the opposing team, and with Kurt's help are able to win. Buoyed on by his success, Kurt comes out to his father, who tells him he knew all along and loves him just the same.
|Song Title||Original Artist||Performer(s)|
|Taking Chances||Celiné Dion||Rachel Berry|
|Tonight †||West Side Story||Tina Cohen-Chang|
- † denotes an unreleased song.
- Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyoncé. Played when Kurt was practing his dance in his bedroom.
- Music Box Dancer by Romantic Strings & Orchestra. Background music during the scene at Sandy's house.
- Moonlight Sonata by The Swingle Singers. Background music as Puck confronts Quinn.
- The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. Played at the football game (unreleased)
- Looking Back by Kerry Muzzey. Background music before Finn calls timeout.
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Sandy Ryerson
- Patrick Gallagher as Ken Tanaka
- Mike O'Malley as Burt Hummel
- Iqbal Theba as Principal Figgins
- Jennifer Aspen as Kendra Giardi
- Kurt Fuller as Mr. McClung
- Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez
- Heather Morris as Brittany Pierce
- Harry Shum Jr. as Mike Chang
- Dijon Talton as Matt Rutherford
- Earlene Davis as Andrea Carmichael
- Hissoni Johnson as Nick
- Bill A. Jones as Rod Remington
- Frank Pacheco as Jerky Player
- Quinn told Puck the only reason she slept with him because she felt 'fat' that day. This foreshadows Season 2's Born This Way where Lauren Zizes, Quinn's Prom Queen opponent, exposes her for being chubby in middle school.
- This episode was watched by 6.623 million viewers.
- At the beginning of this episode Kurt is seen dancing with Brittany and Tina when his father enters. He tells his father that Tina is his girlfriend. In Laryngitis, when he pretends to be straight, it is actually Brittany that becomes his girlfriend.
- First time we see "Sue's Corner."
- This episode marks the first appearance of Mike O'Malley, who portrays Burt Hummel.
- Heather Morris and two other dancers taught the Single Ladies dance to Chris Colfer and Jenna Ushkowitz. (Heather was one of Beyoncé's backup dancers during her I Am... tour)
- Chris Colfer stated that they originally wanted him to wear high heels and a copy of Beyoncé's outfit to wear during the Single Ladies dance with Tina and Brittany.
- The outfit Kurt wears during the Single Ladies dance with Tina and Brittany was Chris Colfer's idea.
- Rachel states that she claimed all solos to songs from West Side Story. In the episode Born This Way, she sings parts of I Feel Pretty (from West Side Story) along with Quinn in their mash-up I Feel Pretty/Unpretty. Later, in season 3, she plays the female lead in the school's production of West Side Story.
- The scene where the referee signals that Kurt's extra point was good is reused in The Sue Sylvester Shuffle at the end of the championship game.
- Has the fewest released songs ever on Glee; Taking Chances was the only released song.
- Puck states that he can wear a dress to school and people would think he's cool. Ironically, he does just that for the good of the glee club in the Season Three episode Props and was beat up.
- In Goodbye, Burt does the Single Ladies dance with Brittany and Tina for Kurt as a graduation present.
- Heather was initially only brought in to teach the dance, but then was given an opportunity to be on the show after the writers fell in love with her and her talent.
- The songs on Kurt's "Superstar Playlist" are Halo, Dangerously in Love, Single Ladies, If I Were a Boy and Cool by Beyonce and Gwen Stefani.
- During the scene where Quinn tells Finn about her pregnancy, right after she says, "I really thought I had a shot of getting out of here," and she's crying, her facial expression in the next shot doesn't look like she's crying.
- At the beginning of the football scene the crowd is seen cheering and you can see Will and Emma standing next to each other, but afterwards Will walks up to Emma asking if he can sit next to her.
I'll often yell at homeless people: 'Hey, how is that homelessness working out for you? Give not being homeless a try, huh?'
Ken: You make this, and you die a legend.
Hi, I'm Kurt Hummel and I'll be auditioning for the role of kicker.
Hey check this out. I got this [book] from the library. Did you know you can just borrow books from there?
—Finn to Will
I thought I made it very clear that anything from West Side Story goes to me.
The more times she storms out of rehearsal, the less impact it has.
—Artie (about Rachel)
Find your voice. Stomp that yard. All that crap.
My body is like a rum chocolate soufflé. If it's not warmed up properly, it doesn't rise.
Hey, ankle grabber! I had sex with your mom. No, seriously, I cleaned your pool and had sex with her in your bed. Nice Star Wars sheets.
—Puck to an opposing football player