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Rachel-Tina Relationship
General Information
Nickname: Tinchel
Intimacy Level: Friends

The Rachel-Tina Relationship, also known as Tinchel, Berry-Chang, and Cohen-Berry to fans, is the friendship between William McKinley High School alumni Rachel Berry and Tina Cohen-Chang. Tina and Rachel have a couple interactions during their stay at the Glee Club, most of which are conflicts that happen between the members of the New Directions


Season One


Rachel accidentally touches Tina's breasts during You're The One That I Want. The two perform Don't Stop Believin' together with Kurt, Mercedes, Artie, and Finn.


They are the ones that warn Mercedes that Kurt is gay and that she should stop making things up in her head. She doesn't listen and when Mercedes invites Kurt out they share a sad look, they are also the ones to speak to Dakota Stanley about being their choreographer.


When Will gives Tina a solo from West Side Story, Rachel gets angry and auditions for the school play. Later, when Tina rehearses Tonight, she admits to Mr. Schuester that she was sharp and that he needs to give the solo to Rachel otherwise they are gonna lose her, Tina calls it "taking one for the team." But in the end, Mr. Schue still gives the song to Tina, making Rachel to quit the glee club.

Season Two


Rachel tries to sabotage Sunshine Corazon's audition for joining New Directions by leading her to a crack house. By the time Tina and Mike heard this they immediately report it to Will and they have talked with Rachel about this. Rachel said that she is doing these things just to make sure that Tina and Mike's contribution (dancing skills) to the club will not be set aside if other people will join New Directions. 


Rachel overhears Quinn, Santana, and Tina talking about Brittany and her genius for fashion (Rachel paid Brittany to wear exactly the same outfit as her). When Rachel asks who they were talking about they say "Brittany," when Rachel obviously started dressing that way long before her. Rachel later says that she paid Brittany to wear her clothes. Tina responds with, "You're such a terrible liar Rachel," leaving Rachel visibly upset and angry.

Blame It on the Alcohol

After the New Directions performance of Blame It on the Alcohol, Rachel drunkenly starts to feel Mike's abs after she finished talking to Will about the safties of drinking. Tina looks at this and angrily pulls Mike away from her.

Season Three

The First Time

Rachel has a talk with Quinn, Santana, Brittany and Tina asking them whether or not they think she should lose her virginity to Finn. Each of the girls say that it's a bad idea, except for Tina, who claims that losing her virginity was amazing, encouraging Rachel to do it.


This episode is the turning point of their relationship. Will reminds them that, after failing to make even the Top 10 at last years Nationals, they have one last week to come together and shake things up. Anyone who's not willing to give their all should walk away now, he says. Tina surprises everyone by storming out after she castigates Will and Sue for always favoring Rachel, Finn and some of the other students.

Mike chases down Tina, trying to convince her that the seniors deserve their chance to shine and that, as a junior, she'll have the spotlight next year. Rachel makes things worse by offering Tina $50 to drop her protests to ensure Rachel's future. Tina fires back, sick of being a silent team player and reminding Rachel that she was an original glee club member when Finn and Puck were still throwing slushies at them. Rachel tells Tina that she doesn't understand how difficult it is to be her. She makes a convincing case about her hard work, but Tina says that all she wants is one moment to feel what it's like to be Rachel and get one of her standing ovations.

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While angrily shopping for costume material in the mall and text-fighting with Mike, Tina complains to Kurt and Blaine before slipping and falling headfirst into a fountain, where she bumps her head. When the boys pull her out of the water, she revives and is taken aback when Blaine appears to have morphed into Puck and Kurt has turned into Finn - but still wearing the same clothes and acting like Blaine and Kurt. She's further confused when they refer to her nationals solo until she looks down and sees the way she's dressed. Somehow, Tina has turned into Rachel Berry!

Tina-as-Rachel goes out of her way to thank Rachel-as-Tina for her continued support, saying all the things she wishes Rachel would say to her. She's surprised and pleased when Rachel-as-Tina graciously accepts the compliments and even gives her advice on how to salvage her NYADA audition flop. Tina suddenly comes back to reality, pulled out of the fountain by the actual Kurt and Blaine, and she seems unusually at peace.


Tina approaches Rachel as she tries to hone her notes, realizing that Rachel never stops in her pursuit of perfection. Rachel reveals that she's yet to hear back from Carmen Tibideaux. Tina gives her the advice from her body-switching fantasy: Rachel should go see the instructor in person. Tina's researched where they can find Tibideaux and offers to drive Rachel to try to catch her. Rachel apologizes for making Tina feel less important to the group, but Tina has embraced the notion that everyone has a part to play.

As Carmen Tibideaux concludes advising another student, Rachel approaches her and tries to appeal for a second chance. Tibideaux is irritated with her for repeatedly taking her time away from other students - she wants to know why Rachel would think she's so much more special than anyone else. Tina steps in, telling Tibideaux she knows exactly how she feels: she found Rachel to be an irritant as well, but she's accepted that Rachel is exceptional - not just for her voice but also for her drive and her focus. Rachel urges Tibideaux to come see her nationals performance in Chicago. Carmen Tibideaux contemplates whether she should come and give Rachel a second chance.


Flashdance... What A Feeling!

Before they go to Chicago, Rachel and Tina share a duet by singing Flashdance... What a Feeling. They sing it together from the auditorium until they ride the bus that will bring New Directions to Chicago. Members of New Directions are seen happily singing with them. 


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Rachel, a senior, and Tina, an underclassmen, both have to say goodbye. The seniors say goodbye to the underclassmen and the underclassmen send a good farewell to the seniors as graduation is near. New Directions perform their final choir room songs together in which Tina and Rachel participates. Rachel with the seniors sing You Get What You Give to the underclassmen, while Tina and the underclassmen send the seniors off with In My Life. Tina and the juniors are also present during the graduation ceremony where Rachel and the seniors graduate. At the end of the episode, Rachel is sent of to New York and Tina, with the rest of New Directions is present as they say goodbye.

Season Four

The New Rachel

Although the two don't interact in this episode, Tina is in the competitive race to be the new star power and new leader and the new Rachel of New Directions. Rachel is seen observing the competition through Michael Ben Israel's website, appreciating the fact that she's not forgotten there. She constantly reminds Wade, Blaine and Brittany and specifically Artie (the judge of who is the new Rachel) that Rachel wanted her to be the new Rachel and passed it on to her, but despite that fact, Blaine wins after they perform Call Me MaybeTina, coming in third, is very disappointed.


Tina sends a text message to Kurt updating him and Rachel about the school production of Glease. Rachel and Kurt then mention to Cassandra July that they had friends in the musical, referring to Tina and possibly the ones in New Directions that they know.

Swan Song

During the first Glee club meeting right after Sectionals, Tina blames Marley for losing them and refuses to believe that Marley is be the 'New Rachel'. She says she knows that because she is friends with Rachel, she knows what she can do, and states that Marley is nothing like her.

Sweet Dreams

Rachel fantasizes during her Funny Girl audition, imaging the other five original Glee Club Members (including Tina), appearing before her and assisting her with Don't Stop Believin'. After her audition she is asked by the producer what happened on the stage. She told him she imagined her old friends and she couldn't be here without their help, referring to her five friends and New Directions.

Season Five

The Quarterback

At the end of the episode, when Rachel arrives at McKinley and makes a beautiful speech about Finn, Tina is seen with a very sad face. Immediately after that, she starts crying inconsolably when Rachel starts singing Make You Feel My Love.


Tina mentions that she and Rachel haven't spoken on the phone for months when she is wondering what's going to happen after the Seniors graduate.


Rachel returns as a guest to the glee club. Tina can be seen very happy about it and they both are talking about her Broadway career.

New Directions

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Artie, Rachel and Sam are in the Choir Room, packing away New Direction's competition trophies when Tina enters and gets visibly upset with their situation. Rachel quickly embraces her, consoling her. When Tina has a daydream after being knocked out by Sam swinging a trophy across her head, she's living in the Bushwick Apartment with Rachel and roommates Artie, Blaine, Kurt, Sam and Santana. The seven of them, along with Brittany, Mercedes, Mike and Puck all also work at the Spotlight Diner together.

During graduation, when Tina's name is called and she rushes to the stage, Rachel pulls out a big sign that reads "Queen T."

Opening Night

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Tina appears in Rachel's "actor nightmare" and presents Rachel with an empty hanger which is supposed to contain Rachel's costume. Tina appears as her sophomore year self, dressed in goth clothing and speaking with a stutter. Rachel points out that there is no costume on the hanger, but the scene quickly shifts and she is out on the stage with her friends -Tina, Blaine, Sam, Kurt and Santana- and her enemies, Sue, Becky, David Karofsky, and JBI awaiting her performance. Becky shouts at Rachel to "Get on with it" and Rachel starts to sing Lovefool. Tina seems to enjoy the performance and sings and dances along.

When Tina arrives in NY, she gives Rachel a plant to wish her luck in Funny Girl but unfortunately brings up the time when Rachel had laryngitis and some of the negative comments about Rachel on the internet. Rachel starts to freak out and flees to her bed.

Tina attends the opening night of Rachel's show which ends up being very successful. Rachel and Tina and the rest of their friends go to a gay bar to celebrate and dance the night away. In the morning, they go to the newsstand to get the paper to see if the review of Rachel's show is out. As Rachel is too nervous to read the review, Tina and the rest of the gang take turns reading it out loud. Much to Rachel's joy, the review is a positive one and Tina shares in Rachel's happiness.



Sang Together (In a Group Number)

Season One



Solo with

Push It Showmance Finn, Mercedes, and Artie
My Life Would Suck Without You Sectionals Finn
Express Yourself The Power of Madonna Santana, Mercedes, and Quinn
To Sir, with Love Journey Finn, Santana, Mercedes, Artie, and Kurt

Season Two



Solo with

Toxic Britney/Brittany Santana, Will, and Brittany
One of Us Grilled Cheesus Finn, Kurt, Quinn, and Mercedes
Start Me Up/Livin' on a Prayer Never Been Kissed Brittany, Mercedes, and Santana
Marry You Furt Finn, Sam, Quinn, Artie, Brittany, and Mike
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Mercedes, Quinn, and Santana
Deck the Rooftop Mercedes, Finn, Artie, and Santana
Light up the World New York Santana, Brittany, Artie, and Finn

Season Three



Solo With

You Can't Stop the Beat The Purple Piano Project Finn, Mercedes, Artie, and Kurt
Do They Know It's Christmas? Extraordinary Merry Christmas Finn, Mercedes, Blaine, Kurt, Artie, Puck, Brittany, and Santana
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Yes/No Mercedes and Santana

Season Five



Solos with

Let It Be Tina in the Sky with Diamonds Santana, Kitty, Artie, and Kurt
Roar A Katy or A Gaga Kitty, Unique, Sam, Kurt, Santana, Dani, and Elliott
The Fox Puppet Master Artie, Blaine, Jake, Elliott and Santana
Hold On Trio Artie, Blaine, Dani, Elliott, Kurt, Sam, and Santana
Don't Stop Believin' New Directions Artie, Blaine, Kurt, and Will

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