|Age:||Unknown (though possibly 45 years or older)|
|Hair Color:||Dirty Blonde|
|Occupation(s):|| Drug Dealer|
Former Director of Rhythm Explosion
Former Arts Administrator
|Aliases:|| The Pink Dagger (LOD)|
Legendary Friend of Dorothy (Sue)
Mr. Ryerson (students)
Predatory Gay (Himself)
A really horrible person (Blaine)
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Unnamed Father|
|Relationships:|| Hank Saunders (one-sided, touched inappropriately)|
|Friends:|| Sue Sylvester|
Terri Del Monico
Henri St. Pierre
|Employer:|| Principal Figgins (when working as arts administrator)|
Sue Sylvester (occasionally)
|Enemies:|| Will Schuester (regularly)|
|Interests:||Music, medical marijuana, younger men, porcelain dolls, Chronic Lady|
|Clique:||Losers, League of Doom|
|Talent:||Singing, stalking, doll-collecting, drug-dealing|
|Weaknesses:||Aretha Franklin (claims "Aretha's [his] kryptonite"|
|Last appearance:||A Night of Neglect|
Sandy is a middle-aged man with a receded hairline. He is revealed to be gay in Season Two, but in Season One he claimed he had a long distance girlfriend. He collects porcelain dolls and has an effeminate house set-up. He also wears bizarre clothes and has a lot of weird hand gestures.
Sandy Ryerson is portrayed by Stephen Tobolowsky.
Sandy Ryerson first appeared in Pilot, where he held the position of the Glee Club teacher, prior to Will Schuester. Sandy was fired after Rachel Berry informed Principal Figgins that he had been inappropriately touching a male student. Sandy was given a restraining order by the court to stay away from students, and immediately took up a 'job' selling pot to Ken and the kids off-campus. Sandy provides the pot that allows Will to blackmail Finn Hudson into joining the Glee club. In the uncut Pilot, his Glee Club is seen performing One from A Chorus Line.
Later when Will, Sandy and several other men form a musical group called the Acafellas, Sandy is kicked off, as Will and the others agree that he's just too creepy. Sandy however forces himself back into the group, by promising them that they could get their big musical break, due to Sandy supposedly convincing Josh Groban to attend a show using MySpace. He also tells him that Josh Groban is looking for a new opening act. Reluctantly, Will and the others agree. After the show however, it is revealed that Groban only came to serve him a restraining order, as Sandy has been stalking him with disturbing intimate gifts, pictures, and messages.
Sue blackmails Figgins into making Sandy the arts administrator.Sue, who wants to shut down Glee club, blackmails Figgins into re-hiring Sandy as head of the arts department, giving him control of the school musicals and to an extent, the Glee club. Sue then orders Sandy to give Rachel the lead, in the hopes that she will leave Glee and thus weaken the group. Sandy does as asked, but his own ego keeps him from being objective. He unfairly yells at Rachel and insults her skills, and rewrites the script, giving himself the role of Cleopatra in Cabaret.
In the end, Sue has him fired again, as she too couldn't stand his disturbing ideas and offers to turn over control to Rachel, in the hopes of keeping her plan going. Sue fails however and Rachel returns to Glee.
In Wheels, Sandy is next seen giving a massive supply of pot to Noah Puckerman, who while in a wheelchair, makes up a story about needing the drugs to deal with the pain of a shark attack. Sandy is sympathetic in his own disturbing manner, as he gives over the drugs, unaware that Puck was not injured, but merely wanted to lace the cupcakes for the Glee Club bake sale with drugs in order to sell more when the other kids get the munchies.
Sandy makes a brief appearance in Rachel's video for Run Joey Run as Julie's (Rachel) dad. It is unknown what lead to this, knowing of his various conflicts with Rachel and he's never been mentioned again in that episode.
Sandy is next seen in Funk. After New Directions' rivals Vocal Adrenaline scare the group into thinking that they are doomed to failure, Will also falls into a depressed "funk." Unable to bring himself out of it, he goes to Sandy in the hopes of buying pot to pull himself out of it. Sandy however refuses to sell pot to the depressed in case it causes Will to kill himself or something. In a surprising act, Sandy helps Will realize that although Vocal Adrenaline is a strong group, they do have a weakness. They can't perform funk, they're "soulless automatons." Sandy appears again at Sheets-N-Things, where he bullies Finn and Puck, who have gotten jobs at the store with Will's ex-wife Terri, to pay off a debt they owe to Vocal Adrenaline for slashing their tires. Upon seeing Sandy, Puck immediately asks, in a bored and expectant manner, if he intends to molest them.
He is briefly mentioned by Puck in The Substitute as the various members of Glee club plead for then-principal Sue to re-hire Will Schuester. According to Puck, out of all teachers at McKinley, Mr. Schuester has been the only one to ever touch him, "besides Mr. Ryerson."
Sandy returns in A Night of Neglect. He joins Sue's Legion of Doom to aid Vocal Adrenaline in winning Nationals and to destroy New Directions. He decides to join because he still holds a grudge against Will Schuester because Will "took [his] job." Sue gives him the codename "Pink Dagger" and sets him to destroying the Glee club's benefit concert; he and Sue start the Heckling Club (Jacob Ben Israel, Azimio Adams, and Becky Jackson) to mock the performances. Their heckling causes Tina to cry for over an hour after her performance. As the Heckling Club leaves after Holly Holliday's lecture, Sue pulls him away during the intermission and tells him it's all up to him now. Sandy goes back to the auditorium determined to bring down the New Directions, but when Mercedes performs Ain't No Way, which happens to be one of his favorite songs, he just watches mesmerized, and in the end, donates fully to the purpose, saying that Aretha Franklin is his "kryptonite."
PersonalitySandy is, as Will once described him, creepy. Oddly effeminate and vain, Sandy talks with an air of undeserved arrogance about his ability and purpose in life. He seems to believe himself extremely talented as a performer and will often do anything to get on stage, such as manipulating the Acafellas into letting him back in, and re-writing Cabaret to include himself in the role of Cleopatra (who of course has nothing to do with said show). Although he was fired from his job at the school, Sandy seems unconcerned as he feels his true purpose is selling drugs to teenagers. He shows Sue that he also collects porcelain dolls. He has been collecting since 1961 and they are his 'everything' (ironically, the collecting of porcelain dolls is often associated with the mentally unstable).
Although Sandy claims to have a girlfriend (in Cleveland), he is clearly attracted to the male gender, but his tastes often seem to lean more toward men much younger than he is (touching a young boy inappropriately during choir practice), leading into question whether he is a closeted homosexual or instead a pedophile. Sandy also has disturbing stalker tendencies, as demonstrated when Josh Groban accidentally friended him on Myspace, to which Sandy began to send him very intimate sexual gifts. Despite numerous requests that Sandy stop, Josh inevitably was forced to file a restraining order against him, which he delivered personally.
In A Night of Neglect, he seems to be quite open about his sexuality (although this maybe because he was comfortable with the only witnesses being the other members of the League of Doom), as asks Dustin Goolsby if he is single, and explains that he finds Dustin "hunky" and he considers himself "predatory gay."
Sandy's teaching methods leaves a lot to be desired. Aside from touching the male students inappropriately, he bullies female students (such as Rachel) by yelling insults and any sort of emotional abuse he can come up with. Sandy's behavior is often difficult for anyone to handle for long periods of time, as even Sue became disturbed by his behavior during the musical incident.
It is revealed in this episode that his favorite song is Ain't No Way and is his "one only weakness."
The Brainiacs reveal to the rest of the Glee Club that Sandy has offered to pay for their $250 trip to Detroit to compete in the final quiz match.
Solos (In A Group Number)
|I Wanna Sex You Up||Acafellas||Will, Finn, and Puck|
|Loser||Funk||Puck, Finn, Terri, and Howard|
- [[Where Is Love?] (Hank) (Pilot)
- One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head. (A Night of Neglect) (Cut from episode)
- Money, Money, Money by Abba. (Rachel) (Episode unknown)
- Refers to himself as a "predatory gay," meaning that he will go after any attractive man, regardless of their sexual orientation.
- Sent Josh Groban locks of hair, photos, food baskets, and messages, and then received a restraining order.
- Attracted to Dustin Goolsby. Ironically, Stephen Tobolowsky is in real life a straight man, while Cheyenne Jackson (who plays Dustin Goolsby) is a gay man.
- Is described by Blaine as "a REALLY horrible person." (A Night of Neglect)
- Might be an emotional eater, as is evidenced in Preggers, when he tells Sue that he ate nine cans of aerosol whipped cream the day prior.
- Writes "Desperate Housewives" fanfiction.
- Was rejected from the Acafellas due to being "creepy."
- Is a fan of Kenny G.
- Like Hank Saunders, Puck mentions in The Substitute Sandy once touched him inappropriately. It is unknown as to why Puck didn't report this immediately.
- Has a collection of porcelain dolls, having collected since 1961.
- Wears touches of make up, as implied in A Night of Neglect, where he notes to Sue "I was applying a light coat of powder and practicing catchphrases to use when I really take someone down a peg."
- Is a fan of Aretha Franklin.
- In A Night of Neglect, he mentions having a court-appointed therapist. This implies that Sandy has been arrested.
- His bathroom is apparently "rose pink."
- According to Will, Sandy is responsible for the glee clubs demise since taking over from Lillian after her death in 1997.
- Coach of the William McKinley High School glee club from 1997 to 2009.
- In the uncut version of the Pilot, he denies the fact that he is gay when Figgins fires him.
- Rachel got him fired.
- Plays Bridge games every Friday.
This looks like barf. I guess I have to do everything myself...
Who is Josh Groban?! Kill yourself!
No, William, I am not allowed within fifty feet of children.
Oh, please, my life is a disaster, with no creative outlet, other than writing my Desperate Housewives fanfiction.
I have two words for you: Josh. Groban.
He is an angel sent from above to deliver us platinum records.
—Sandy to Howard, Acafellas
He's here! He's here! Josh Groban is here. Front row. Big brown eyes. Cute as a butter milk biscuit...I barfed.
I'm living in a cocoon of horror. Yesterday, I ate nine cans of aerosol whipped cream.
—Sandy to Sue, "Preggers"
Sandy: Are you single?
Dustin: Uhm... I'm not gay.
Sandy: I don't care, you're hunky and I am what they call "predatory gay."
You just got poked! Poked by the Dagger!
—Sandy Ryerson, A Night of Neglect
Sandy: Aretha is my Kryptonite.