|Intimacy Level:|| Former Rivals,|
Best Friends (Official since Duets),
Roommates (The New Rachel)
The Rachel-Kurt Relationship, most commonly known as Hummelberry but also known as Kurtchel, or Gayberry (as Santana refers to them in Saturday Night Glee-ver, the sixteenth episode of Season Three), is the friendship between Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel.
In Season One, they dislike each other due to both of them wanting to be the star of the New Directions and their fight to receive solos, as well as fighting for the affection of Finn. However, in Season Two, they begin to develop a friendship which grows stronger once Kurt moves to Dalton Academy and they are no longer competing for solos. In Season Three, the two bond over their love for musical theater and their applications to NYADA, calling themselves "twinsies." Their friendship is tested in Goodbye, the twenty-second and final episode of that season, after Rachel is accepted into NYADA and Kurt is declined. No hard feelings are shared as Kurt is seen waving happily to Rachel soon after, as she is leaving to New York.
Rachel and Kurt first start off on Glee as rivals and a sort of "off and on hate" basis. Rachel was after Finn and Kurt was too. Kurt and Rachel also had a diva off, singing Defying Gravity, to see who would sing the solo at New Directions first Sectionals competition. When New Directions set-list for Sectionals is stolen, Kurt and Mercedes hand over the solo to Rachel, saying that, to be honest, she is a really good singer. In the second half of Season One, Quinn asks Kurt to give Rachel a makeover, allowing her to spend time with Puck without Finn knowing.
In Season Two, Rachel and Kurt pick up from that topsy-turvy friendship, and there are less vile actions and insults. When Kurt transfers to Dalton, Rachel and him become closer, as she helps him for his audition for the Warblers sectional set-list, which Kurt doesn't get. Kurt grows closer to Blaine, and when Blaine and Rachel kiss at her party, this causes a bit of a jealousy feud but that quickly ends as Blaine realizes that he is really gay. Kurt and Rachel refer themselves at "The Best Singers In Glee Club." At the end of Season Two, Rachel and Kurt have grown close, as they break into a broadway stage and sing For Good, as they ponder upon their future in New York together as best friends.
At the beginning of Season Three, Rachel and Kurt are officially best friends, determined to go to a New York performing arts school and be able to live out their dream on Broadway. They are stunned when they attend a small NYADA meeting in Ohio and sees that there are many other applicants out there, exactly like them and that they need to begin to be bigger. Rachel auditions for the role of Maria in the West Side Story musical, in hopes of getting something down on her application for NYADA and Kurt, to run for senior class president. When Rachel thinks she won't get the Maria role, she runs for senior class president, which angers Kurt and they have another feud. That ends, because when Rachel does her speech, she withdraws from the Senior Class President campaign and tells everyone to vote for Kurt, and their friendship is then again, mended. When Kurt runs for Senior Class President, he knows he'll lose and Rachel helps him cheat by stuffing in more ballots. In the end, she gets caught, and then faces a consequence of not performing at Sectionals. As the Season progresses, Kurt and Rachel do their first try-outs for NYADA, as they are accepted as finalists. Kurt does well, but Rachel chokes, and she tries to convince Mrs.Tibideaux to let her have a second chance, which Rachel gets, because she attends Rachel's Nationals competition. By Goodbye, Kurt and Rachel discover their results; Kurt does not make it in while Rachel does. When Finn sets Rachel free, she catches a train to New York, ready for NYADA as she bids farewell to everyone, including Kurt.
Kurt and Rachel currently live together in a loft in Bushwick after Rachel is paired with a bad roommate in the NYADA dorms. By Swan Song, they both attend NYADA together.
Kurt criticizes Rachel over her leadership methods towards the glee club. Also when they sing You're the One That I Want, he appears jealous of Rachel as she dances with Finn.
Kurt pretended to have a crush on Rachel after been questioned by Mercedes about dating her. He did this because no one knew he was gay, and he didn't want anybody to find out. He actually had a crush on Finn, but this still caused Mercedes to get angry that he did not reciprocate her feelings, resulting in her singing Bust Your Windows. At the end of the episode, he said that he was not in love with Rachel and finally comes out that he's gay. Mercedes said they would have loud and beautiful babies. Also during this episode, Rachel and the other glee girls give Mercedes a "gay intervention" about Kurt being gay.
Kurt hugs Rachel after the group performs Ride Wit Me. This is the first positive direct Kurt-Rachel interaction seen in the series.
They competed for the solo of Defying Gravity, but Kurt blew the high F and Rachel won. Since they are both competitive, this caused a rivalry between the two divas. However, this rivalry never really ended even though a deep bond was formed later on.
Kurt gave Rachel a purposely sabotaged makeover, in order to ruin her chances with Finn due to Kurt's crush on him. Rachel invites Finn to come over her house to practice some songs for Glee Club, and shows off her new image. When Finn is unimpressed, she confronts Kurt. She was saying that she has a better chance of dating Finn because she is a girl. Kurt tells her that they are both kidding themselves; Finn loves Quinn and they are just getting in the way. They later wave at each other in the hallway. At the end of this episode, you may find that a new friendship has started. However, it is ignored, until the episode Duets, in Season 2.
Rachel asks Kurt to help her with a 'gaylesball' to help her become the most involved student in school. Although he declines this offer.
Kurt said that it pained him to say that Rachel was their best performer.
In the beginning of the episode, they seemed to be somewhat friendly with each other. However, during Gives You Hell, Kurt seemed unimpressed with Rachel. Kurt was also one of the many members of New Directions that urged Rachel to break it off with Jesse, calling her Benedict Arnold.
Kurt was upset when Jesse egged Rachel saying that "[they] are the only ones that get to humiliate her." Although, once Will tells them to sit down, Kurt immediately returns to his seat. They however get Jesse and Vocal Adrenaline back by doing a funk number, something that Vocal Adrenaline could never pull off because they are robot-like.
Kurt is disgusted by the apparent lack of hygiene of Rachel's teeth when the New Directions chew the capsules, exclaiming 'oh my god' scathingly as he turns around to look at her.
Kurt has been pining for Sam, thinking that he must be gay. When he realizes that he is straight, it makes him doubt that he'll get a boyfriend anytime soon. Rachel notices that Kurt is very lonely and tells him they have more in common than he thinks. She says to him that she know he's lonely, but he's not alone. She then offers to sing the mash-up Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy with him for fun, which marks the beginning of their friendship.
When Mr. Schue is sick, Kurt gets Holly Holliday to substitute, due to Rachel taking over Glee Club and trying to make it all about her.
Rachel calls a meeting of the Glee girls to get their boyfriends to defend Kurt from Karofsky. She was very upset at Finn when he refused to do so. While the plan only succeeded in Sam getting a black eye, Kurt did thank them for trying. She is also visibly upset when Kurt tells them he's leaving.
Kurt went to Rachel for advice on choosing his audition song for a solo at Sectionals. He first wants to sing My Heart Will Go On but Rachel says he has to sing a song that is more personal, more like Kurt. She suggests Don't Cry For Me Argentina. During Sectionals, they talk and Rachel is apologetic when Kurt tells her he didn't get the solo. Also, Kurt manages to tell Rachel that she is the best singer there and Kurt is obviously jealous of her talent, and they weren't friends only because they fought for solos. They hug and laugh until Blaine comes and tells Kurt that he needs to go. When the Warblers are performing Hey, Soul Sister, Kurt is very anxious. When Rachel notices it, she signals him to smile.
It's shown that Rachel has met Blaine. Blaine also gives Rachel and Mercedes the idea to join the football team themselves.
When Kurt finds out Blaine has feelings for another guy, he goes to Rachel's house along with Mercedes for a sleepover seeking comfort. They make him realize that he simply played up the relationship in his head. During the title song he plays around with them and hugs Rachel.
During New Directions' performance, Kurt starts handing out foam fingers and jumps up and cheers. Also, Rachel shares an excited but also nervous look with Kurt as the results for Regionals are announced, showing that they support each other despite competing.
Kurt attends the benefit concert with Blaine, to support Rachel and the rest of New Directions.
Kurt, with help from Puck and the rest of New Directions, convinces Rachel to not get a nose job and plays an important role in Rachel's "Barbravention." He tells her that she would be letting her idol, Barbra Streisand, and her future fans down by getting one. He dances along to Duck Sauce's Barbra Streisand, along with the flash-mob. They hug at the end of the performance and Kurt taps Rachel's nose playfully. Rachel realizes that the Glee Club is right and decides to not get a nose job.For Good from Wicked, a song about a deep friendship. They hug after the song. Emma encourages Rachel and Kurt to sign up for the New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA) to study musical theater at college. Kurt and Rachel perform Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead to practice for their performance. They then go to the NYADA social, only to find that the other applicants look, dress and act exactly like them. After being humiliated by the performance of NYADA applicants Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do, Kurt and Rachel are seen crying in the car saying that they have never been more humiliated in their lives. Kurt tells Rachel that he will not let her give up, and assures her that she will get into NYADA as she wants it more than anyone else.
Kurt and Rachel audition for Tony and Maria respectively for the upcoming production of West Side Story. However, Kurt overhears Coach Beiste talking with Emma and Artie, saying that he isn't right for the role. Desperate to convince them he can be Tony, he asks Rachel to help him re-audition, which she agrees to. They perform a scene from Romeo and Juliet, which West Side Story was originally based on. At the end; Shannon, Emma, Artie, and Rachel start laughing at him.
Rachel is helping Kurt hand out buttons for his run as class president. After the diva-off, Rachel knows that Mercedes did better than her, and visits Coach Beiste to tell her that she is going to run for class president. Kurt finds this out and is not happy. She tells Kurt that she would make him her vice-president, and hopefully vice versa. He wants to win to set an example, while he feels that she's only doing it to gain attention and popularity. Kurt leaves saying "Ten years from now, you'll be remembering the friends you had, and ones you tossed aside."
When Rory is singing Take Care of Yourself, Rachel nudges Kurt to see his jealousy of how Rory can sing a high note like he can, despite them not talking to each other due to the presidential campaign.
No interaction is shown between the two, but they both lose their virginities to their respective boyfriends.
Rachel tries to engage Kurt in conversation about New York and after Kurt ignores her attempts, she admits to missing Kurt and their friendship. Later in the episode after Rachel drops out of the election, the two of them are shown to reconcile their friendship and decide to work on Kurt's campaign together, Rachel telling him that part of her dream of New York is going there with him.
Rachel has an internal monologue explaining that Kurt is clearly the superior candidate of the campaign and also saying that everyone in the school is too caught up in their own little worlds to realize how much the campaign will affect her; winning class president would give Kurt an edge and help him to get accepted into NYADA; she can't go to New York without her "best gay" in case she needs "an emergency makeover or last-minute soufflé." Rachel ends up stuffing the ballot box with votes for Kurt. For a brief moment, Kurt actually thought he had won. The school catches the cheating, and accuses Kurt of doing it, immediately disqualifying him from the campaign. Rachel admits to what she did and is suspended from competing in Sectionals.
Rachel and Kurt smile at each other as they sing My Favorite Things with Blaine and Mercedes.
When Kurt receives his NYADA letter saying he is a finalist, he rushes to tell Rachel, only to find that when he asks what hers said, she hadn't gotten one. He tells her not to worry, and that they might just have not sent it yet. She cries, and says that she has no plans other than her relationship with Finn. She continues to cry as Kurt comforts her in sympathy by hugging her.
At the end of the episode, Rachel walks up to Kurt at his locker and shows him that she has received her letter from NYADA, in which she reveals that she is also a finalist. They hug once again, this time out of happiness.
In a scene that didn't air, Rachel and Kurt, with Blaine, Santana and Artie, visit Dalton Academy where they witness the Warblers performing their Michael Jackson number,I Want You Back by The Jackson 5. While the group was performing, both of them consistently looked unimpressed and disgusted at their performance.
Rachel and Kurt, along with Mercedes, have a sleepover at Rachel's house. Rachel reveals to them that she and Finn are engaged, to which Kurt retaliates the most, talking about how Finn is not likely going to be there with them when they head off to NYADA. Rachel responds that no matter what happens, Finn would be the only man for her.Sebastian threatens to put the picture of Finn online if Rachel performs at Regionals. He also, along with Quinn and Mercedes, comes around and decides to support his brother and best friend at their wedding. Kurt and Blaine are seen with the bridesmaids before Rachel and Finn's wedding.
Rachel comes up to Kurt after he decides to change his audition piece from The Music of the Night to Not the Boy Next Door. She explains that playing safe is the preferred option while Kurt believes that he should take a chance and be excited about it, but decides to listen to her advice. Kurt makes it into the next stage of the audition while Rachel falters resulting in Rachel breaking down. Kurt tries to comfort her but he doesn't do much to help her cause. He hugs her and tells her he loves her and she says she loves him too.
While Rachel sings Big Girls Don't Cry, Kurt and Blaine walk in and sit down to join her. Rachel can be seen smiling at Kurt while he walks in, and he also makes a hand gesture to Rachel, which seems to encourage her to sing. They then discuss prom, and when they realize that they don't really want to attend it, Rachel because she's nervous and jealous seeing Finn and Quinn campaign for prom king and queen together and Kurt because he doesn't want another write-in vote for him for prom queen, they develop their own celebration known as the "Anti-Prom," which they open up to general public. At the Anti-Prom, Rachel suggests that they have a fashion show, and Kurt immediately jumps in with ideas based on 'The Sound of Music', but Becky and Puck veto that idea. When Finn comes, he convinces Kurt and Rachel, along with Blaine to come to prom. At prom, Quinn wins prom queen, but votes Rachel's name as the winner instead. Being last year's prom queen, Kurt gets to present Rachel with her crown and tells her to "smile and breathe" while doing so.I'll Remember, Rachel is seen singing along, and looking at Kurt in admiration. After, Rachel finds Kurt and Finn in the hallways, she tells them that the acceptance letters are coming this week and that they should all share the moment together and open them in the choir room. They both agree and Kurt gets them to pinky swear. In the choir room, the three of them huddle around the letters in anticipation and fear. As Finn opens his letter first, Rachel walks beside Kurt and shares a tender moment of contact. They also share disappointment when Finn does not get accepted. Kurt opens his next, and also receives rejection. Rachel looks shocked and tells him that she's sorry. Rachel opens hers next, and gets accepted. Kurt and Finn are happy for her, but also sad. After, Rachel decides to stay in Lima saying she could help Kurt get into NYADA next year. She's happy she got accepted, but it wouldn't be complete without Kurt and Finn by her side in New York. At the train station, Rachel boards a train headed to New York after Finn broke up the relationship and planned wedding so that she could go to NYADA. At the station, a crying Rachel shares a final hug and embrace with Kurt, and she walks onto the train. When she sits down in her seat, Kurt, alongside the other members, wave farewell.
In a scene that didn't make it - but was intended to be included in Kurt's look back at his years in McKinley - Kurt and Rachel are sitting in the library across from each other. Rachel then tells Kurt that although they had a two days to write in each other's yearbook, she already finished, admitted on shedding a few tears while writing it, and gave his back to him. Kurt admits that he's still working on hers, but Rachel tells Kurt to read her message - so it could give him inspiration for his. In it she wrote:
"Dear Kurt. I love you so much. You've challenged me, inspired me, and taught me the importance of having a signature style. You're the bravest, truest person I've ever met, and because of you I will never apologize for who I am or how I look... even with this nose. Thank goodness we're going to be in New York together, because I don't think I could survive there without my best friend and soulmate, which is what you are to me. I love you forever and see you on Broadway." - Rachel Berry
Throughout the reading, Kurt was trying hard, but unsuccessfully, to hold back tears, while Rachel was just about to do the same. When he finished, they held hands over the table and Kurt replied with "I love you."Brody and Kurt asks Rachel if she likes him. She responds no to that and then the conversation ends shortly, adding though that she misses him terribly.
Near the end of the episode, Rachel calls Kurt and falls apart and breaks into tears, admitting to him how terrible this new experience is. When she talks about her mysterious roommate, Kurt suggests that she finds a new one. Rachel doesn't think it's all that easy and he responds by telling her to turn around. When she does, she sees Kurt standing at the opposite end of the fountain, to which she smiles at seeing him, and they both run up to each other and hug.
Rachel and Kurt have found a new place to live, big enough that the two of them rode bicycles around their open new space. After, the two of them sit on the floor eating pizza. Rachel asks Kurt if he has heard anything from Finn, which he has not. Kurt then changes the subject and tells Rachel that Blaine has told him that New Directions are doing another Britney tribute week. He also tells her that his plan in New York is to audition for NYADA for next semester and that he has applied for a job at Vogue.com. Rachel complains about Cassandra July, and Kurt tells her about her breakdown on stage. Kurt also helps motivate Rachel by telling her that she has to make Cassie love her, and give her sexy - which inspires Rachel to perform Oops!... I Did It Again.
Later, Kurt and Rachel are painting the brick walls of their pads. Rachel is still thinking of Finn as she has painted his name on the wall with a giant heart around it and Kurt tries to comfort her. To cheer her up, he decided to get cake. Just as he's going to leave, there's a knock at the door and Brody is standing there. Kurt introduces himself and gives Rachel a coyish look and leaves the two of them alone, smiling as he closed the door.
During the performance of Everytime, Kurt watches Rachel paint over Finn's name.
Rachel tells Kurt about her experience at NYADA, and how cruel some of the students were based on her outfit. Kurt gets the idea to break into Vogue so that Rachel can feel better about herself and they can film a music video for Vogue.com. When they are caught by Isabelle, she agrees, they sing The Way You Look Tonight/You're Never Fully Dressed, and give Rachel that overdue makeover.
Towards the end of the episode, Brody and Rachel have a dinner date at Kurt and Rachel's NYC apartment and later they kiss and make out. When the door knocks, Rachel thinks it's Kurt forgetting his keys but when she slides the door open, it turns out to be Finn.
When Rachel wakes up, she is first greeted by Kurt making breakfast. Kurt mentions that although he loves her and Finn, he was happy he had earplugs so he wouldn't have to listen to them in bed, although Rachel admits that nothing happened between them. When Finn wakes up, Kurt leaves them to have a moment alone. Later in their apartment, both of them are trying to convince Finn that he needs to suit up for Callbacks. And when Blaine shows up, both of them extremely excited that he's there early and the four them can go out together.
Later in the episode when both relationships develop problems, Kurt and Finn have a personal brotherly moment. Kurt asks Finn at the end if he wants him to talk to Rachel for him, but Finn regrets the offer and leaves.
Kurt and Rachel are stretching at NYADA in Cassandra's dance studio as Kurt is helping out Rachel for her off-Broadway audition. Tina contacts Kurt about the Grease update, but Rachel doesn't really want to talk about it. Cassandra walks in at this point and overhears them. They explain the situation for her, and she believes that it would be good for them to get closure. Rachel insists that she's good, but Kurt is determined to convince her to come along, mainly because he needs to see Blaine and he can't do it alone.
The two arrive at McKinley for the musical and are walking down the halls when they get all sentimental at their old lockers and reflect on their high school years. They talk about the time Kurt lied to Mercedes about being in love with Rachel (Acafellas), and Mercedes surprises them, jokingly saying that it still hurts. The three are instantly in smiles and hug, and Mercedes insists that they go backstage with her. When they get there, Rachel and Kurt meet with Blaine and Finn in an extremely awkward conversation. Kurt tells them about Rachel's audition coming up, and Finn thanks them for coming. When Finn and Blaine leave, Kurt admits to Rachel that this was a bad idea and that he can't do this. Rachel comforts him, telling him that they will have fun, laugh, and be by each-others side throughout the whole show and they won't see them sweat.
During the show; Blaine sings Beauty School Drop Out. During this number, Kurt looks heartbroken while Blaine is about to burst into tears. Rachel also notices this and comforts him some more. Later, both of them have a small fantasy where the two of them are performing You're the One That I Want with some of the original New Directions members. Back in reality, Kurt gives a standing ovation, while Rachel is still shaken up and needs to leave.At the end, Finn and Rachel have one last argument and cut off all communication ties. Kurt intervenes by telling Finn that Will wants to see him. When he leaves, Rachel tells him that she wants to go home, and that this doesn't feel like home anymore. Blaine then walks up, and Rachel lets them have a moment alone. Kurt is too upset to listen, and tells him that Rachel was right, that this isn't home. He then turns away from him and leaves with Rachel by his side.
On their own, Rachel invites Brody, and Kurt invites Isabelle and some of her friends for their orphan's Thanksgiving. At the apartment, Rachel and Kurt are joined with Brody getting ready to make the turkey. Kurt is slightly horrified seeing the way Brody cooks his turkey, but lets him do it his way (and Rachel smiles seeing the two and their friendly banter). And although they had reservations about doing their Thanksgiving, both of them are content with their arrangement. However, Brody then drops a bombshell, saying that nobody can burst into song, and both Kurt and Rachel turn to him in shock and a hint of anger. Brody then gets Rachel to help him butter the turkey, and Kurt looks almost disgusted the way they fondle the bird. They also realize that it is five, and sectionals is about to begin. Kurt doesn't understand why on Thanksgiving and Rachel guesses that it's because with tons of people home from the holidays, they would sell more tickets. Rachel then starts to reminisce about her first sectionals, and how she would always pump herself up by performing her solo in front of a mirror.
At the table, Kurt asks if Rachel is okay, but she says she's just having a moment. She mentions her past Thanksgivings with her dads, and how she would sing medleys over pie and now it feels weird that things in her life are over. Kurt assures her that as long as they are together, they will never lose holiday medleys. When the turkey is done, there is a knock at the door. Kurt opens it only to be bombarded by Isabelle's guests, only they were told it was a party. Kurt turns to Brody and Rachel and tells them apparently they're having a party and Rachel looks in shock, yet welcoming. The crowd is very active at their apartment, but Isabelle is still not there. Isabelle calls Kurt on his phone and when she arrives, Kurt, Rachel and Isabelle burst into Let's Have A Kiki/Turkey Lurkey Time. The two immediately are celebrating this idea, and are genuinely happy and excited. The two even help Brody understand what a "Kiki" is.
After Brody and Rachel kiss, Kurt calls Rachel, as it is time for her to perform. During her two performances, Rachel receives standing ovations, Kurt and Brody watching intently in the audience.Carmen says that Rachel's two solos were wonderful, and then says "No, they were superb." Carmen then says there will be a brief intermission and if he thinks he is ready, Kurt Hummel will perform for everyone. As Kurt rushes down, Rachel follows. He can't believe Carmen and her idea of making Kurt perform in front of the entire NYADA faculty and theatrical audience. Rachel says she's giving Kurt a second chance and seeing if Kurt can perform under pressure. Kurt is nervous, sure he will fail. As Kurt tries to select his song, he decides to do Being Alive by Company. But he knows Carmen may hate the song and he needs costume and props to which Rachel immediately says he doesn't need at all! Rachel says she knows when Kurt was at his best when he sung I Want to Hold Your Hand in the choir room and it gave her chills just thinking about it. Kurt says that was different because his dad was in the hospital. He says he can't dedicate it to anyone, but then asks, "Carmen?" Rachel then says, "To yourself." Kurt introduces himself after he and Rachel's pep talk. He jokes, saying he is auditioning for the role of NYADA student. The song, Being Alive, begins to play, Rachel and Brody watching Kurt intently. When Kurt reaches towards the ending of the song, he and Rachel both have teary eyes. At the end of the performance, Rachel, Brody, Carmen and the rest of the NYADA faculty and audience members applaud Kurt.
During Don't Dream It's Over, back in New York, Kurt reads a letter in tears. Rachel asks what happened, as Kurt says he got his NYADA letter and that he got in. Rachel runs to hug him as they cry.
In Sadie Hawkins, Kurt begins his first week at NYADA but says his first week was kind of lonely for him due to the fact that he thought college would be different but it has it's cliques. He also thought that Rachel and him would be inseparable twins but she's been helping Brody which involves him being shirtless, apparently for a Magic Mike musical. At their New York apartment, Rachel says Brody took her out for dinner and he dropped her back. She invited him to their apartment for dinner sometime. Rachel encourages Kurt to start searching for someone, and asks how his first week at NYADA was. Kurt explains that it was lonely but he wants to join Adam and The Apples, a show choir group at NYADA. But Rachel says they aren't in McKinley and joining that group would be social and career suicide, unless he wants to be teapots at Disneyland.
After Kurt takes interest into Adam, Kurt and Rachel stroll through New York. Rachel says he should ask him out if he doesn't ask first, so Rachel and Brody and Kurt and Adam can have double dates. She then walks across the street to hug Brody as they meet-up at the library.
In this episode, their friendship reaches a boiling point. Ever since Rachel won the Winter Showcase, her ego has grown significantly, and Kurt has had enough. In a voice-over, Kurt calls her "insufferable" and "out of control." At NYADA, she has separated herself from Kurt and now hangs with suck-ups he calls "Sycophant." And it's not only her at NYADA that's bugging him, it's also her at home by using all the hot water, leaves rings in the tub, has clogged the sink because of her hair extensions, and gets him to answer her phone because she is saving her voice. And finally he's had enough and that he is determined to knock her down a few pegs because he is the only one who can do so.Back in their apartment, Kurt is rudely awakened by Rachel's constant warm-ups. When Rachel pushes Kurt to make her some tea, he finally snaps. When Rachel calls him out, Kurt tells straight-up that she has been a "Nightmare," but Rachel takes it as a form of jealousy. They get into a vicious argument throwing low blows at each other. Rachel mentions that the only reason he got to sing at the showcase was because Carmen Tibideaux knew that they were friends, and Kurt saying that even though she won, it was his performance that everyone was talking about. Kurt then challenges her to Midnight Madness. Rachel laughs it off reminding him of the first diva-off they ever had (Defying Gravity from Wheels) and how she totally beat him. Kurt then breaks the news that he threw the high F because he didn't want to embarrass his father by having a son singing a girls song. Rachel doesn't believe it a first, but Kurt tells her that it's "truth time." Rachel then is the one to explode, saying that it was because of the that battle that she built her confidence on. Kurt then gets all smirk and tells her that she better get ready cause this time he isn't holding anything back, leaving Rachel a mix of shock and anger.
When walking through the halls of NYADA with Brody, the two "Sycophants" come up to Rachel and starts talking smack about him. However Rachel stands up for Kurt, telling them that he earned his place based on his talent.At Midnight Madness, the rules are clear. Two singers perform the same song, and the audience choices by walking over to the side of the individual they believe sung it better. Brody brings them up, they give each other a weak smile, and draws the song, discovering it to be Bring Him Home. Rules state that since Kurt challenged Rachel, he goes first. During the performance, they are seen cutting through both Kurt and Rachel's solo. Both of them sing with intensity, emotion and passion, and periodically look at each other. At the end, Brody calls for the audience to decide the winner, and with a close call, Kurt is declared the winner. Kurt is ecstatic, and even though Rachel gives him a "Silent Applause," she is clearly devastated she lost.
In the halls, Kurt tells Adam that he feels bad for winning feeling that he had a major advantage because that was one of the first scores he ever sung. Kurt notices Rachel looking at the bulletin board, excuses himself from Adam, and walks up to her. Kurt suggest that the two of them go to the open audition for Funny Girl, but Rachel quickly shoots the suggestion down and says that he will make a great Fanny Bryce.Back at home, Kurt comes in Rachel's room and tells her that he has signed them up for auditions for Funny Girl. When Rachel says she isn't going to audition, Kurt tells her that she needs to get over her loss. He also tells her that they are even and that she was born to play Fanny Bryce. Rachel starts to get afraid that if she does get the part, she would be a bigger and badder diva, and will start to isolate herself from her friends and get people to hate her. Kurt tells her that yes, she is a diva - talented, ambitious and original. Rachel then starts to tear up, adding "I love you," apologize, and hug it out.
At the end of the episode, they receive a knock at their door from Santana. Kurt opens it and both of them are shocked to see her. When they ask her what she's doing, Santana walks in telling them that she is moving in.Getting Married Today, and sit next to each other at the wedding. When Becky walks down the aisle, she throws rose petals at the two of them aggressively, making them embarrassed as they share glances.
During the movie, Rachel has her head on Kurt's shoulder. Kurt starts crying from an imaginary scene he has depicting him and Blaine performing Come What May - a song Kurt mentioned would be sung and their wedding. When he blames it on his non-existent contacts, Rachel gullibly believes him. Santana then brings up the subject about Brody. She admits that she went through all of the drawers in the house, shocking both Rachel and Kurt and continue to have their own mini conversation. When she believes that Brody is a drug dealer, they are both surprised, but Kurt then turns to curiosity and turns to Rachel.Cold Hearted. Rachel speaks for both of them feeling embarrassed that she would do that at their school and Kurt tells her that they want her to move out. Santana defends herself, bringing up the past they've shared and that they are a family, although starts by calling The Olsen Twins, and that they are annoying 90% of the time. They give her an ultimatum, either lay off on Brody, or leave. She decides to leave their apartment, and takes her stuff and leaves. When she's gone, Rachel mentions that Santana stole her comforter and Kurt adds that she took his pillow.
Santana and Kurt are in the bathroom while Rachel showers and Santana complains that she doesn't have enough shelf space. She tells Rachel to remove all of her skin products but Kurt tells her that she's a bitch, and that those things are his, defending Rachel. Kurt then makes a rude remark to Santana and so she then walks up to him and blackmails him, telling him that she will tell Rachel the truth about Brody if she doesn't give her shelf space. Kurt, trying to protect Rachel before her Funny Girl audition, reluctantely agrees. After he leaves, Santana suggests playing a prank on 'Lady Hummel' in order to cheer her up, and Rachel agrees. They walk into his room, and unintentionally find out about Kurt's guilty pleasure: a boyfriend arm pillow named Bruce.Later, Kurt buys Rachel and Santana boyfriend arm pillows, but makes Santana's a girl's arm. Even though Santana seems to be enjoying her pillow, Rachel says she doesn't need it since she isn't lonely. Rachel later comes in, and as she found out earlier about Brody's secret life, tells them that she and Brody are over for good. They join her in Mamma Mia. Artie, Tina, Finn, and Mercedes, as Rachel sings Don't Stop Believin' for her audition, although they are not actually there. Kurt is only seen at the end of this episode as he bakes cookies while Rachel nervously waits for the call to confirm if she made the cut. Kurt tries to converse with her and attempts to offer her a cookie, where she talks about her dreams. However, when the phone rings, Kurt tells Rachel to answer it, when she does and gets off the phone seconds later, Rachel ecstatically cheers that she made the role of Fanny for Funny Girl, they jump around after the good news.
Rachel and Kurt show disdain over the fact that Santana is throwing her life away and they both try to give her advice and suggestions on what she should do, but Santana ignores them. Meanwhile, when Kurt announces that the three would go to the Ballet Gala, Rachel and Kurt are ecstatic, and they both express their memories of attending ballet classes. Later, they both perform At the Ballet with Santana and Isabelle.
Sang Together (In a Group Number)
- Barbra Streisand by Duck Sauce. (Born This Way)
- Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do from Anything Goes/ Annie Get Your Gun. (The Purple Piano Project)
- The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera. (Choke)
- Don't Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl. (Choke)
- They both have kissed Blaine. (Rachel in Blame It on the Alcohol and Kurt in Original Song, The First Time, The Break-Up and I Do)
- They both had a crush on Finn.
- They both planned to perform My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion. (Special Education and A Night of Neglect)
- They both love the musical "Wicked."
- They both love New York and moved there.
- They both admire Patti LuPone and Barbra Streisand.
- They both grew up without a mother. Kurt lost his mother when he was a kid and Rachel was raised by her two gay dads.
- Both applied for and were accepted into the finals for NYADA, though only Rachel was accepted into the school at first.
- They both have been in love with a boy of another school (Rachel with Jesse and Kurt with Blaine). In both cases, the boy is the lead voice in another glee club, but leaves and join to New Directions. (Jesse was in Vocal Adrenaline, joins in The Power of Madonna and leaves before Funk; Blaine was in the Dalton Academy Warblers, but leaves them in The Purple Piano Project).
- Both lose their virginities in The First Time (Rachel to Finn and Kurt to Blaine).
- Rachel says that she felt she had to talk to Patti LuPone for Kurt if not for herself, showing that she cares about him.
- Rachel admits that part of her dream is going to New York and NYADA with Kurt.
- Rachel refers to Kurt as her "Best Gay." (I Kissed a Girl)
- They both think they are going to be on Broadway in the year 2030. (The Spanish Teacher)
- All the songs they have sung together are duets/mash-ups from musicals. (Defying Gravity, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead, For Good, Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy and Bring Him Home)
- They both want to perform on Broadway.
- They both won Prom Queen. (Kurt in Season Two and Rachel in Season Three)
- Apart from a duet between Will and April and Shelby's solo, every Barbara Streisand song that has ever been on the show was performed either by Rachel or by Kurt.
- Each duet they perform in the series, that really consists of solos performed consecutively which are shown intercut, was released as two solo-versions (Defying Gravity, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Bring Him Home).