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Former one-sided crush (Rachel)
The Rachel-Will Relationship, more commonly known as Schueberry, Wilchel, or Rill, is the very close friendship bond between teacher Will Schuester and his student Rachel Berry, both before and after she graduates. Their dynamic was briefly also a one-sided crush between Rachel and Will in a single episode, Ballad.
Rachel and Will often have different ideas about what is best for New Directions, especially concerning solos and song selections. This leads them to having a love/hate relationship. Rachel sometimes believes that Will is just out to ruin her life or ruin her star chances.
However, Rachel develops a quite large crush on him for most of the episode Ballad. She realizes this when they sing Endless Love together. She gave him a tie and cleaned and cooked in his house. Will is annoyed and stressed about her inappropriate behavior and tries a variety of methods to tell her he isn't interested, such as in song, before telling her directly. She remains infatuated with him until another, mildly attractive girl, Suzy Pepper, who had previously had a crush on Will reasons with her and convinces her to get over her crush. Will and Rachel's relationship remains platonic to this day.
In the first episode, when the New Directions first rehearse Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat, they fail miserably and Rachel storms out as Will tries to call her back. At the end of the episode, Will reveals his plans to leave McKinley, but Rachel and the rest of the group are upset as he started their inspiration. When the group sing Don't Stop Believin', Will is without a doubt proud and Rachel seems excited to see his return.
After Rachel and the girls perform Halo/Walking on Sunshine, Will gives them all a big clap and cheer and high-fives all of the girls except for Rachel because she's standing away, separately, from the rest of them. When Rachel starts running out with the rest of the girls and is about to run by Will, he raises his hand to give her a high-five too, like he did for the rest of them, but she ignores it and instead throws both of her arms around him, embracing him in a quick hug. He is surprised and yells "Okay! Alright!" and chuckles a little as she runs off.
While singing Endless Love, Rachel develops a crush on Will and starts giving him novelty gifts. Will later defends Rachel from Terri while she is "using her as her own personal slave" and letting Rachel cook and clean. Suzy Pepper, who previously had a crush on Will, takls Rachel out of her crush. Rachel decides to apologies to Will, before she can do so Will tells Rachel they can't be together, and she responds, "What was I thinking?" Will tells her, "You should know that there's some boy out there who's gonna like you for everything you are, including those parts of you that even you don't like... Those are gonna be the things he likes the most."
Will asks everyone in the club to vote for who the two team captains should be, and then everyone votes for Rachel - Will comments sarcastically that even Rachel voted for herself, but she's oblivious to any judgmental attitude. Will then speaks to Rachel alone, touching her shoulders and appealing to her ego/personality as he tells her they need a co-captain. He convinces her to find someone to work with her, and they shake hands, having made a deal.
Will interrupts Rachel sharing with the group about how Jesse is pressuring her into sex. Rachel reveals to him that she tried talking to Miss Pillsbury about it. Will is concerned and seems pretty upset at how all the girls are resigned to feeling powerless.
Will calls Shelby to meet with him, because he's worried about Rachel. Will tells Shelby that Rachel's special, and has all of the best of Shelby in her: Rachel is "strong-willed, dramatic, wildly talented." But she's "fragile" and "over-emotional," too. He knows Shelby isn't as committed to being Rachel's mom as Rachel needs her to be.
Will asks Rachel what it was she had to say, when they're all in the Glee classroom, right before heading to Regionals. Rachel says that they're all really glad he didn't become an accountant. Later, Rachel interrupts the kiss between Will and Emma to ask Will to please come to the auditorium. When Will announces that the Glee Club has another year, an extremely excited Rachel runs over to him and hugs him.
Will leaves his dentist appointment with Carl and sees Rachel sitting in the waiting room. He asks her if she's all set or if she needs him to stay with her or something. She explains that she's fine because she's been taking herbal anti-anxiety pills and reading the unauthorized biography of Britney Spears to stay calm. Rachel then asks Will if he's okay, or if he had a cavity or something. She spots the candy Carl prescribes and asks Will about it, perplexed. He tells her he's fine, then hands Rachel a piece of candy and wishes her luck with her appointment. Back in the Glee classroom, now that Rachel has a new "Britney" look, Will asks her about it. He pays close attention to her answer about how it's a good thing to feel beautiful and sexy and dress that way to reflect it, and even shoots a half-smile at her.
Rachel goes to Will's house, wearing a mask and informs him that Holly might take his job. Later on in the episode, Rachel is one of the New Direction members who tries to get Will his job back. During this, Rachel says that Mr. Schuester is the best thing to happen to this school.
Rachel and Will are walking down the hallway near the end of the episode. She says, "Now that you're divorced and Miss Pillsbury married another guy, I guess that means you'll be spending Christmas Eve alone." She tells him she knows how painful being alone is and invites Will to spend Christmas with her and her dads, but he passes on the offer and tells her there's nothing wrong with being alone. At the end of the episode, Rachel is the first of his students he sees emerge from his kitchen. She is carrying cookies, smiles at him, and tells him "No one should be alone on Christmas, Mr. Schuester," and he smiles back and watches and she happily decorates his tree for him with the rest of the club.
Will presents Rachel with her Glee Club MVP award at the end of the episode. It's a sweet scene where he seems to kiss her cheek, or at least side-hug her.
Rachel is one of the ones to present Will with his teacher of the year award. In her speech she admits that she couldn't have done it without him. The two also share a hug during We Are the Champions.
When Rachel is leaving for New York, Will is there along with the New Directions members and Emma, while Rachel and Finn sing Roots Before Branches. He also gives Rachel a hug before she gets onto the train.
Rachel and Will don't interact, but when he finds out that Tina, Blaine, and Brittany are competing to be the new Rachel and that Wade is a new competition, he tells everyone to stop the competition. He explains that just because they lost Rachel after she graduated with the seniors, doesn't mean that there are worse voices here and promises he will find new voices to replace those lost members.
In The Break-Up, once again, they do not interact. When Finn comes back to McKinley, seeking Will's assistance, Will asks Finn if he has visited Rachel as she is very worried about him, implying that Will has been communicating with Rachel. Finn then cries about Rachel and Will comforts him.
In Artie's dream, since Will never started the Glee Club, Rachel never got to join and therefore never had the chance to perform. This also means that she never realized and mastered her full talent and wasn't ready to make performing a career in the real world. Because of this, she started working in the school library after graduating instead of NYADA.
Rachel returns to McKinley for a visit, but also because she is going to Will and Emma's wedding. Before the wedding, Finn has trouble finding a song to sing as Will's best man and Rachel chimes in saying that she could help him out and the two of them would perform a duet. At the wedding, Rachel is sitting up at the very front of the church, and during Getting Married Today, Will personally comes up and gives her a hug.
Rachel calls Will and tells him about her Funny Girl audition and callback. She says that she couldn't do it without him. She also thanked him. He seems very proud and happy for her. Will, inspired by Rachel's success, challenges the Glee Club to sing Stevie Wonder songs and informs them of her news.
Will is seen watching Rachel as she performs Make You Feel My Love. Later on, Rachel comes to the choir room and asks if Will was okay. She confesses to Will that she had her future figured out, though she doesn't know how she feels about her current situation. She tells Will that she wanted to have a future with Finn and live happily ever after, and that Finn knew about all of this. She takes out a plaque with Finn's photo on it with his quote, "The show must go...all over the place...or something," and hangs it up on the wall in the choir room. Rachel and Will share a hug in the choir room, which was cut from the episode.
New Directions Rachel appears in the video that the former and current New Directions made for his future son, saying emotional words about Will. Later, they perform Don't Stop Believin' with the rest of the old and new New Directions on the auditorium.
Will goes to New York to see Rachel in her opening night of the Funny Girl musical on Broadway. But when he is visiting her on backstage just before the show starts, he gets a call from Emma who tells him that their son is about to be born. Rachel smiles and encourages him to rush to Lima. Later, while Rachel is reading the reviews of her successful debut on the show with her friends, she gets a call from Mr. Schue who tells her he is happier than ever and that everything is fine, later revealing that his son is named Daniel Finn Schuester.
Rachel sneaks into a Vocal Adrenaline rehearsal, where she sees the group perform Dance the Night Away, and later meets Will. He tries to comfort Rachel by trying to downplay her faliure and reassuring her about her talent, but she is still inconsolable. Will tells him how is his life now he is coaching their eternally rival Glee Club and explains his reasons, which makes Rachel look upset. However, things get less uptight as they continue their conversation. Will gives her a speech about using difficulties imposed by life to empower and do new and amazing things. Rachel's still sad.
Later, Will arranges a meeting with Rachel, Blaine, Sam and LeRoy in order to watch That's so Rachel and realize it wasn't that bad. Although the show proves to be pretty bad, Will stays positive and tries to highlight the good things. He tells her people will not judge her for her faliure but for what she did to overcome it. This encourages her to make a request at the Lima School District to get the Glee Club back.Rachel is getting comfortable at her (formerly Will's and Finn's) new office, when Mr. Schue arrives. He tells her he always thought Finn would be occupying her place. Rachel plans being there for "just a couple of months" before getting back to the game as she tells Will. He gives her his iconic flier which reads "Priority #1: Help the Kids," and advises Rachel to start recruiting people for the recently reinstated Glee Club. Before leaving, Will tells Rachel that he thinks she will like being back at home.
Rachel is seen at Will's apartment, when she has reunited with him along with Blaine, Sam, and Kurt to have dinner and set up their playing rules as rival directors. She tells them she was slushied and Will says that he's sorry for her. She and Kurt tell Will they are not sure about whether they're co-directors or not yet. Will and Rachel along with the rest of the group encourage Blaine to give Jane a shot at the Warblers.
Will doesn't appear for the rest of the episode, but he's mentioned by Kurt while talking to Rachel, suggesting her to try a different approach as a director than Mr. Shue's. At the Choir Room, Rachel explains the old gang that Will be their competition at Sectionals. Later, she tells Roderick he is the kind of person Will started the Glee Club for in the first place. At the end of the episode, Rachel tells Kurt that she wonders how Mr. Schue managed to bring all of them together and help them become better people.
Later, Sam tries to steal Will's mail, under hypnosis by Sue. At first Will doesn't understand what is happening, but then Sam says that he was sent by Rachel, and Will feels let down. This leads him to change his plans and try with all his effort to beat the New Directions.
In the auditorium, Vocal Adrenaline perform at Invitationals. Rachel is very worried and doesn't understand what has happened as Will looks at her appearing very self-satisfied.
In the auditorium, Rachel approaches Will after Sue announces the latest rules for the invitationals. She reproaches him for not following the deal they had done, but Will denies having even agreed anything. He says the New Directions will have to beat Vocal Adrenaline on their own.Will and Rachel meet once again right before New Directions' performance. Will tries to explain his attitude but Rachel apologizes to him. She says Will was right and she totally crossed the line. Rachel tells him he taught her to be devoted to her hids. Will asks Rachel how her students are doing and she replies that they are fine but she is so nervous she wants the moment to end. Will disagrees and advises Rachel to enjoy the first steps. As they continue talking they find out that was Sue who put them against each other, and he also tells Rachel to treasure people like Sue since "a good nemesis only makes you better." Will wishes her luck and leaves while Rachel smiles.
They don't directly interact onscreen in this episode, but they both speak to Santana before the performance of What the World Needs Now, during which Rachel is seen at Will's house with some of the other Alumni and the members of New Directions.
Will has gone for a walk with Emma and Daniel when they suddenly come across Rachel and Blaine, who claim to have been egged by some Vocal Adrenaline members. This leads Will to decide to dedicate the week to teach his team about tolerance.
At the end of the episode, Rachel, Kurt, and Will reunite one more time in the choir room. Will tells shares with them his and Emma's plans for the future and tells them he has found his place in the world, referring to McKinley. They talk about the New Directions and Will asks them if the kids have any personal problems. When they say they don't know, Will says they should because one day they could be their bests friends.
- Sang Together (In a Group Number)
|Like a Virgin||The Power of Madonna||Emma, Santana, Jesse, and Finn|
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|Toxic||Britney/Brittany||Santana, Brittany, and Tina|
- Sang Together (In a Group Number)
|The Scientist||The Break-Up||Blaine, Brittany, Kurt, Santana, Finn, and Emma|
- Sang Together (In a Group Number)
|Don't Stop Believin'||New Directions||Artie, Blaine, Kurt, and Tina|
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- Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison played Janet and Brad in a tribute to The Rocky Horror Show respectively. During the performance, they shared an on-stage kiss.
- Both of them have a love for ballads.
- First student/teacher relationship of the show, however it was just a one-sided crush. The second and third ones were Puck/Shelby and Cassandra/Brody and their relationships were much more intimate, and then Finn kissed Emma, and finally Quinn said she was dating her Yale Professor who was thinking about divorcing his wife.
- Rachel is the only member of the Glee Club that Will has called on the phone.
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