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|Nickname:|| Rydique |
|Intimacy Level:|| Friends|
Former online couple
One-sided crush (Unique)
|Dating History:||Online dated in Feud|
|Dating Status:||Broke up between Lights Out and All or Nothing|
The Ryder-Unique Relationship (also known as Katie-Ryder Relationship) is the relationship between Ryder Lynn, and the mysterious online girl named Katie, whom Ryder met online, only to discover that her true identity is Unique. As Katie-Ryder, they are commonly known as Ratie. As Ryder-Unique, they are known as Rydique or Rynique.
Overview - Unique
In this episode, Ryder and Unique both share moments together during New Directions' performance of This Is the New Year, Unique can be seen thrusting as Ryder jumps to it, and they both perform a line together, "We are the voices of the underground."
Ryder and Unique share a feud together as Unique confronts Ryder about the fact that he kissed Marley, calling him a poser and telling him to stay away from their relationship. When Ryder responds by saying that "It's none of [his] business, dude," Unique becomes infuriated and calls herself a proud, black woman and pushes him after he calls her a dude again. This is when Katie starts to get involved when she suggests that they perofrm a duel since they don't connect well. They both perform The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up, giving each other angry glances throughout the whole performance, and during the end, Blaine tries to make them compromise and shake hands. Unique agrees to, but tells Ryder to say that she's a girl, but Ryder finds himself confused for Unique's gender, telling him he doesn't know if he's a girl or a boy or not. Unique angrily replies, "It doesn't matter what you think, you don't get to decide for me" and storms out of the choir room. Later on, Ryder decides to apologize to Unique, but when she cries and explains what had happened to her when girls started to follow her and tease her on the way home, Ryder develops sympathy. This begins the start of a friendship as he and Unique share positive interactions during the Closer performance by New Directions.
When a school shooting occurs, Ryder can be seen comforting Unique near an empty space to hide, wrapping his arm around her as she cries. It is later mentioned that Ryder doesn't think that Unique is Katie because her ringtone is "Bootylicious."
In this episode, Ryder and Unique sing a line together during the Outcast performance, and while they are both on the stage, they give each other glances, and Unique winks at him.
When Mr. Schuester reveals that they will be doing the Beatles, Kitty makes a remark about Ryder being catfished by Unique, whom can be seen rolling her eyes. Although Unique can be seen cheering with the rest of the girls while Ryder performs I Saw Her Standing There with the other boys, the two don't have any type of interaction whatsoever in this episode, although by the following ones they seem to be more friendly to each other and seem to have since reconciled.
Ryder and Unique perform with each other at Prom, alongside Jake and Marley, while singing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Meanwhile, Ryder and Unique can both be seen shocked as a bucket of slush splashed down on Tina after winning Prom Queen, and in the choir room, Unique would agree to giving Tina her dress during the aftermath, she makes a comment while standing next to Ryder, and he smiles.
Unique performs If I Were a Boy in front of the glee club, after she's been bullied by jocks for her persona as a girl, when she's biologically a boy. Ryder, alongside Jake and Sam, attempt to defend her, by wanting to confront the jocks for tyrannizing her, though Will stops them.
Ryder can be seen rooting for Unique while she, Marley, and Tina perform Mary's Little Boy Child for an audition for a Nativity play. Meanwhile, in a classroom, Ryder and Unique sit next to each other, where Ryder can be seen nudging Unique in excitement when Sue reveals who has the best Christmas tree, when New Directions wins, Ryder and Unique all cheer with excitement. Then, during the performance of Love Child, Ryder is the one who helps Unique give birth to the controversial doll representing Jesus. In the end, the two of them are both cast in the Living Nativity, Ryder as a shepherd and Unique as the Angel Gabriel.
Ryder and Unique are seen together during the glee club's performance of Raise Your Glass. He shows disturbance when April tells that Unique will be a virgin for a long time. Later Ryder sits close to Unique in Keep Holding On.
Ryder and Unique are seen with Joe entering the stage together, during the combined glee club performance of I Lived at the renaming of the McKinley High School Auditorium. Ryder helps Unique up and down the stage and A later shot of them shows them singing and dancing next to each other as the many members of the glee club perform together.
Overview - KatieRyder is seen chatting with a girl on the Internet who goes by "Katie_xoxo." They give each other questions to answer and find out they like the same things. She ask Ryder if school was interesting, and then it is shown a flash-back of Unique calling Ryder a poser, and that he shouldn't have gotten in the middle of Jake and Marley's relationship. Ryder tells Unique "It's none of your business dude," which gets Unique angry causing her to yell more at Ryder who can't seem to accept Unique as a girl. Katie suggests for him to have a duel with Unique since they can't seem to get along. At the end of the episode we see Ryder chatting with Katie again, she ask if everything worked out, and then proceed to ask Ryder if he was still into Marley, to which he replied "I think I'm finally moving on." He asks her if they can meet, and she doesn't message back, but we hear someone else typing, as Ryder begins to look around to see if she is there. Ryder looks back at his computer and Katie suddenly goes offline, which leaves Ryder worried and confused.
Ryder talks with Jake about Katie, he tells him that he saw her during an exam. Later, he finds Katie and takes her to the choir room to sing her Your Song. She's confused when he's finished because she's wondering why her and not someone else. Ryder explains and shows her all of their conversations, and she reveals her name is not "Katie", it's Marissa. Marissa tells him that he's been catfished since her picture was used by someone else to create a fake identity. He chases down Marley and Jake, and accuses both of them pretending to be Katie to get back at him for what he did. In response to the accusations, they both deny it and Marley asks him if he wants to talk about it. Ryder says no and storms off angrily. He receives a text from Katie, saying she's sorry for lying to him. She says she'll explain everything at 3:30 outside the choir room the next day. During the supposed school shooting, he starts to panic and calls Katie, but a phone in the choir room starts to ring. He eventually hangs up when there's no answer, discovering that Katie is someone of the Glee Club. Ryder asks Kitty if she's Katie, she says no and the two of them dating would be gross. When she leaves, Jake says she's been cool lately so it couldn't have been her. Ryder answers saying he'll find out at 3:30. He stands outside the choir at the time, where only Sue Sylvester walks by. When he asks her why she isn't going to write him up her answer is she's fired so she can't. He texts Katie asking where she is with no response. He runs to the auditorium to sing Say with the rest of the New Directions.
In the episode Lights Out, Ryder tells everyone that he was molested when he was younger. He wants to tell them first before Katie tells them, due to the fact that he doesn't know her identity. When he and Kitty grow closer, Kitty attempts to ask him out again, but he's still searching for Katie and he types to her on the computer, which makes Kitty upset.
Ryder prepares to find out who Katie is and threatens not to perform at Regionals. They continue to text, but now he's getting infuriated. During an attempt to practice for Regionals, Ryder confronts the Glee Club in a violent manner, causing Marley to cover for the catfish to preserve peace within the club. But despite the cover-up, Unique later comes forward as the real cat fish. Ryder ends their friendship, saying that he won't speak to her again.
Ryder and Unique both return in the year 2020 to celebrate the re-dedication of the McKinley High School auditorium as the "Finn Hudson Auditorium." They enter the stage with Joe, and Ryder holds Uniques hand as he helps her up and down the stage. They continue to stand next to each other as the members of the various iterations of the Glee club perform I Lived together.
- Sang Together (In a Group Number)
|This Is the New Year||Naked||Blaine, Sam, Marley, Brittany, Artie, Jake, and Tina|
|Outcast||Sweet Dreams||Marley, Jake, and Kitty|
- Related Songs
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