Season Two follows the club through the sectional, regional and national show choir competitions. Season Two also introduced several new characters, such as Blaine Anderson, Sam Evans, Shannon Beiste, and Sunshine Corazon, as well as Heather Morris (Brittany S. Pierce), Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel), and Naya Rivera Dorsey being promoted to the main cast, as their characters were only recurring in Season One. Ashley Fink's (Lauren Zizes) and Harry Shum Jr.'s (Mike Chang) respective roles were increased in the show.
- Dianna Agron as Quinn Fabray (22/22)
- Kevin McHale as Artie Abrams (22/22)
- Lea Michele as Rachel Berry (22/22)
- Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson (22/22)
- Heather Morris as Brittany Pierce (22/22)
- Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester (22/22)
- Amber Riley as Mercedes Jones (22/22)
- Naya Rivera Dorsey as Santana Lopez (22/22)
- Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina Cohen-Chang (22/22)
- Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel (21/22) (episodes 1-12, 14-22)
- Mark Salling as Noah Puckerman (20/22) (episodes 1-3, 6-22)
- Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester (17/22) (episodes 1-3, 5-8, 10-11, 13-17, 19-21)
- Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury (13/22) (episodes 2-3, 5, 9-10, 13-15, 17-19, 21-22)
- Mike O'Malley as Burt Hummel (8/22) (episodes 3-4, 8, 11, 14-15, 18, 20)
- Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Del Monico (6/22) (episodes 2, 7, 10, 17, 19, 21)
Special Guest Stars
- John Stamos as Carl Howell (4/22) (episodes 2, 5, 9, 15)
- Jonathan Groff as Jesse St. James (3/22) (episodes 20-22)
- Cheyenne Jackson as Dustin Goolsby (3/22) (episodes 1, 17, 22)
- Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holliday (3/22) (episodes 7, 15, 17)
- Barry Bostwick as Tim Stanwick (1/22) (episode 5)
- Carol Burnett as Doris Sylvester (1/22) (episode 8)
- Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes (1/22) (episode 19)
- Katie Couric as herself (1/22) (episode 11)
- Loretta Devine as Sr. Mary Constance (1/22) (episode 9)
- Kathy Griffin as Tammy Jean Albertson (1/22) (episode 9)
- Patti LuPone as herself (1/22) (episode 22)
- Meat Loaf Aday as Barry Jeffries (1/22) (episode 5)
- Britney Spears as herself (1/22) (episode 2)
- Harry Shum Jr. as Mike Chang (22/22)
- Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans (21/22) (episodes 1, 3-22)
- Ashley Fink as Lauren Zizes (17/22) (episodes 2, 6-7, 9-22)
- Lauren Potter as Becky Jackson (14/22) (episodes 1-2, 5-8, 10-14, 17, 19-21)
- Max Adler as Dave Karofsky (13/22) (episodes 1-2, 4-11, 17-18, 20)
- Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson (13/22) (episodes 6-7, 9-12, 14-18, 20, 22)
- Iqbal Theba as Principal Figgins (12/22) (episodes 1-3, 5-7, 10-11, 13-14, 18, 20)
- Dot-Marie Jones as Shannon Beiste (11/22) (episodes 1-3, 6-8, 10-12, 14-15)
- James Earl III as Azimio Adams (11/22) (episodes 1-5, 9-11 17-10)
- Josh Sussman as Jacob Ben Israel (6/22) (episodes 1-2, 6, 17-20)
- Romy Rosement as Carole Hudson-Hummel (3/22) (episodes 3, 8, 11)
- Charice as Sunshine Corazon (3/22) (episodes 1, 17, 22)
- Telly Leung as Wes (7/22) (episodes 6, 9, 11-12, 15-16, 18)
- Titus Makin Jr. as David (7/22) (episodes 6, 9, 11-12, 15-16, 18)
- Dominic Barnes as Trent (6/22) (episodes 9, 11-12, 15-16, 18)
- Riker Lynch as Jeff (6/22) (episodes 9, 11-12, 15-16, 18)
- Eddy Martin as Thad (6/22) (episodes 9, 11-12, 15-16, 18)
- Curt Mega as Nick (6/22) (episodes 9, 11-12, 15-16, 18)
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|1. "Audition"||September 21, 2010||12.45|
Plot: After a tough loss at Regionals, the Glee Club is back as the underdogs of McKinley High. When the school is faced with even more budget cuts, Mr. Schuester pushes the kids to help recruit new members for the club. The Glee Club has had some changes over the summer, new relationships, new activities and some relationships broken up. Rachel and Finn disagree on new recruits, and aren't sure they will be able to come together in perfect harmony. Finn attempts to recruit new transfer student, Sam while Rachel attempts to recruit Sunshine. Jealousy gets in the way, which may cause some problems. Will and Sue team up together to take on Coach Beiste, the new football team coach when Figgins reveals that it'll cut Sue's Cheerios and Will's New Directions funding.
Singles: "Empire State of Mind" (New Directions), "Telephone" (Sunshine and Rachel), "Billionaire" (Sam, Artie, and Puck (album) with Mike and Finn), "Listen" (Sunshine), "What I Did for Love" (Rachel)
|2. "Britney/Brittany"||September 28, 2010||13.51|
Plot: The New Directions are chosen to perform at the School Pep Assembly. Kurt requests Britney Spears but Will doesn't like the idea. When Emma brings in her boyfriend dentist, Carl Howell, to the Glee Club meeting, he finds out that some of the Glee Club members are not brushing enough. As he helps them with oral hygiene and puts them on anesthesia, they have Britney Spears fantasies. Britney Spears appears in some of the dream sequences, caused by anesthesia in the dentist's office.
Singles: "I'm a Slave 4 U" (Brittany), "Me Against the Music" (Brittany and Santana), "Baby One More Time" (Rachel), "Stronger" (Artie with Finn, Puck and The Football Team), "Toxic" (New Directions and Will), "The Only Exception" (Rachel with Santana, Mercedes, and Quinn)
Absent: Mike O'Malley
|3. "Grilled Cheesus"||October 5, 2010||11.20|
Plot: Finn has an existential crisis when he believes he sees the face of Jesus in his grilled cheese sandwich. Meanwhile, the rest of the kids rally around Kurt after his father, Burt, has a heart attack, which leads to a larger discussion among the group about their own theology.
Singles: "Only the Good Die Young" (Puck), "I Look to You" (Mercedes with Tina and Quinn), "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" (Rachel), "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Kurt), "Losing My Religion" (Finn), "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Mercedes), "One of Us" (New Directions)
Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig
|4. "Duets"||October 12, 2010||11.36|
Plot: When Puck is sent to juvenile detention, Sam is introduced to the New Directions as a pseudo replacement. As well as a new member being introduced, Will also introduces a duets assignment to the Glee Club, offering a meal at Breadstix for the winning team. Kurt has his eye on Sam as his duet partner, but Finn tries to prevent them from being partners, thinking back to Kurt's crush on him the year before. Finn and Rachel plan to throw the competition so that Sam can have a shot at winning. Mike has difficulty singing as Tina assists him to create an entertaining duet, while Quinn and Sam begin a romance.
Singles: "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Finn and Rachel), "River Deep, Mountain High" (Mercedes and Santana), "Le Jazz Hot" (Kurt), "Sing!" (Mike and Tina), "Lucky" (Sam and Quinn), "Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy" (Kurt and Rachel)
|5. "The Rocky Horror Glee Show"||October 26, 2010||11.76|
Plot: Will decides to have to the glee club perform The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the annual school musical after learning of Emma's newfound love for the cult classic. Despite Sue's usual scheming, the members of New Directions inject their distinctive style to the show's timesless tracks. As casting begins, Emma calls in Carl who auditions for the role of Eddie, much to Will's dismay. His audition song in the choir room surprises the Glee Club, and so Will gives in. As casting progresses, Will finds it hard to find the right people for the parts because the musical is very controversial. Will the musical go through as planned? Or is Will's choice and motivation to produce the school production questionable?
Singles: "Science Fiction Double Feature" (Santana), "There's a Light (Over At the Frankenstein Place)" (Rachel, Finn, and Kurt ( album ) with New Directions), "Damn It, Janet" (Finn and Rachel with Kurt, Mercedes, and Quinn), "Whatever Happened to Saturday Night?" (Carl with New Directions), "Sweet Transvestite" (Mercedes with Santana and Brittany), "Touch a Touch a Touch a Touch Me" (Emma, Brittany, Santana, Will, Kurt, Carl, and Finn), "Time Warp" (New Directions)
|6. "Never Been Kissed"||November 9, 2010||10.99|
Plot: With Sectionals near, it is revealed to New Directions that Dalton Academy and The Hipsters are their competition. Will announces the Glee Club's second annual mash-up Boys vs. Girls competition. Will changes the competition with a twist for Kurt so boys perform songs originally written for female artists and the girls to sing songs traditionaly sung by male artists. When Kurt tries to prep up the boys, they send him to investigate at Dalton Academy, where he meets Blaine and begins to fall in love. At the same time, Kurt struggles with bullying at school and Coach Beiste is picked after Finn and Sam find an unconventional way of controlling their urges, a few Glee Club members pick up on the strategy and start using it too. But when Coach Beiste gets wind of what they are up to, the Glee Club has some explaining to do.
Singles: "One Love (People Get Ready)" (Puck and Artie), "Teenage Dream" (Blaine with The Warblers), "Start Me Up/Livin' on a Prayer" (New Directions Girls), "Stop! In the Name of Love/Free Your Mind" (New Directions Boys)
|7. "The Substitute"||November 16, 2010||11.70|
Plot: Gwyneth Paltrow debuts as guest star in this episode, portraying Holly Holliday, a substitute Spanish teacher who takes over the New Directions when Will gets sick. She sings three songs in this episode: one as a duet with Rachel, one as lead with the New Directions, and one as a duet with Will, with back-up from the New Directions. Jessalyn Gilsig returns for her role as Terri.
Singles: "Forget You" (Holly, Mercedes, and Artie with Santana and New Directions except Rachel), "Make 'Em Laugh" (Will), "Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag" (Rachel and Holly), "Singing in the Rain/Umbrella" (Artie, Holly, and Will with New Directions)
|8. "Furt"||November 23, 2010||10.41|
Plot: </span>Burt and Carole announce their engagement to much of Kurt's excitement, Kurt decides to plan the wedding and hire New Directions while Finn seems a little taken aback. Sue also decides to marry, but the thing is, she is marrying herself. With the news, Sue's mom arrives and as the episode progresses, Sue (as principal) begins to notice Kurt's bullying struggles. The New Directions and Will prep up for the wedding.
|9. "Special Education"||November 30, 2010||11.68|
Plot: In this episode, the New Directions compete at the 2010 Western Ohio Sectional Championship. Rachel is distraught when she finds out that Finn lost his virginity to Santana and didn't tell her, and to make her even angrier, she isn't being featured at Sectionals. With all happiness taken away, Rachel helps Kurt with an audition solo for the Warblers. The New Directions have a large quarrel, causing none of them wanting to perform together at Sectionals.
Singles: "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Rachel and Kurt), "The Living Years" (The Hipsters), "Hey, Soul Sister" (Blaine with The Warblers), "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (Sam, Quinn, Mercedes, and Santana with New Directions), "Valerie" (Santana with New Directions), "Dog Days Are Over" (Tina and Mercedes with New Directions)
|10. "A Very Glee Christmas"||December 7, 2010||11.07|
Plot: The Glee Club celebrates Christmas, Will saying that trees and gifts is not the true meaning of Christmas. They prepare a plan to help out homeless children and raise money. While the Christmas season progresses, the Glee Club attempts to help Brittany forget about Santa as she has true faith that he is real. When the Glee Club brings her to sit on Santa's lap and ask for a gift, she asks for Artie to walk again, giving New Directions another problem to solve. Sue conducts a devious plan to destroy New Directions' Christmas while Rachel tries to win back her lost love with Finn.
Singles: "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year" (New Directions), "We Need a Little Christmas" (New Directions), "Merry Christmas Darling" (Rachel), "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Kurt and Blaine), "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (k.d. lang), "Last Christmas" (Rachel and Finn with Mercedes ( album ) and New Directions), "Welcome Christmas" (New Directions)
Absent: Mike O'Malley
|11. "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle"||February 6, 2011||26.80|
Plot: When Coach Beiste recommends the members of the Football Team to join Glee Club and prepare for a performance during half time in their final championship game, but things turn out pretty bad. Coach Beiste and Will also have hopes that the two groups can end their rivalry. Sue asks her cheerios in Glee Club to choose whether to attend their Cheerleading Regional Championships or perform at half-time, while old lovers begin a new spark.
Singles: "Need You Now" (Rachel and Puck), "Bills, Bills, Bills" (Blaine with The Warblers), "She's Not There" (Finn with Football Team and New Directions Boys except Kurt), "Thriller/Heads Will Roll" (New Directions and Football Team)
|12. "Silly Love Songs"||February 8, 2011||11.58|
Plot: Valentine's Day has arrived for New Directions and as some members try to get Valentines and woo their lovers, not all are lucky. As Finn sets up a kissing booth in an attempt to kiss Quinn, using the excuse of raising money for New Directions' Regionals pay, Rachel tries to steal a kiss from Finn in an attempt to re-establish their relationship. Kurt's feelings for Blaine begin to loosen to the point where he is pushed to admit it after Blaine reveals his attraction to another man.
Singles: "Fat Bottomed Girls" (Puck with New Directions Boys), "P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)" (Artie with New Directions), "When I Get You Alone" (Blaine with The Warblers), "Firework" (Rachel with New Directions Girls except Quinn), "Silly Love Songs" (Blaine with The Warblers)
|13. "Comeback"||February 15, 2011||10.53|
Plot: Will allows Sue to join the Glee Club in an attempt to ease her depression. Sam creates a tribute band, The Justin Bieber Experience, in order to win Quinn's heart, and is later joined by the group's other male members, except co-captain Finn. They recreate Bieber's Somebody to Love in order to woo their significant others.
Singles: "Baby" (Sam and Artie ( album )), "Somebody to Love" (Artie and Sam with Puck and Mike), "Take Me or Leave Me" (Rachel and Mercedes), "I Know What Boys Like" (Lauren with Brittany and Tina), "Sing" (Rachel and Finn with New Directions and Sue)
|14. "Blame It on the Alcohol"||February 22, 2011||10.58|
Plot: It's alcohol-awareness week at McKinley High and Principal Figgins wants the school to be aware of the dangers of underage drinking, in this case, asking Will to prep the Glee Club with a song that will make the kids aware of the dangers of underage drinking during an assembly. As Rachel continues to prepare better original songs for Regionals, she decides to find her inspiration and song by organizing a party for the Glee Club (including Blaine and Kurt) at her place, getting everyone drunk and hungover besides Finn and Kurt. Will also decides to join in with the drunk fun when he goes with Beiste to a twisted cowboy bar.
Singles: "Don't You Want Me" (Blaine and Rachel), "Blame It (On the Alcohol)" (New Directions), "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (Will and Shannon), "Tik Tok" (Brittany with Artie, Mercedes, and New Directions)
Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig
|15. "Sexy"||March 8, 2011||11.92|
Plot: With Holly's return to McKinley she discovers that Will's Glee Club students are absolutely clueless about sex education and may make the wrong decisions. Will allows Holly to teach the students sex ed through the form of music. Hearing that New Directions may be prepping up a sexual routine for Regionals from Sue, Kurt and Blaine and the Warblers decide to do a sexy number, resulting in Kurt feeling insecure about his sexy side. Emma, upset about Will's decision with Holly and sex ed with New Directions, prepares a musical number with her Celibacy Club. As everyone's sexy sides are beginning to heat up, the adults and students begin to deal with their romances and endless love triangles.
Singles: "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" (Holly with New Directions), "Animal" (Blaine and Kurt with The Warblers), "Kiss" (Will and Holly), "Landslide" (Holly, Santana, and Brittany), "Afternoon Delight" (Celibacy Club and Carl)
Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig
|16. "Original Song"||March 15, 2011||11.15|
Plot: Preparations for Regionals place the New Directions with only a short amount of time to decide upon their setlist, to thrash their competition. Upon learning that Sue is now coach of Aural Intensity, the Warblers heading to Regionals too and the fact that they can't do Sing, the New Directions finally take Rachel's idea of writing original songs into mind. As members of the Glee Club brainstorm and perform original songs, they end up filling up their setlist with their original songs and are set to go to perform them at Regionals. As for Blaine and Kurt, their relationship is taken up a level after a tragic death of the Warbler's beloved mascot.
Singles: "Misery" (Blaine with The Warblers), "Blackbird" (Kurt with The Warblers), "Trouty Mouth" (Santana), "Big Ass Heart" (Puck), "Hell to the No" (Mercedes with Brittany, Lauren, Santana, and Tina), "Candles" (Kurt and Blaine with The Warblers), "Raise Your Glass" (Blaine with The Warblers), "Get It Right" (Rachel with New Directions Girls), "Loser Like Me" (New Directions)
|17. "A Night of Neglect"||April 19, 2011||9.80|
Plot: New Directions is soon heading to Nationals in New York but can't afford the money to fly there. As they attempt to raise money selling water taffy as suggested by Will; Mike, Tina, Artie, and Brittany reveal that they need money as they are part of the Academic Decathlon competition and are disappointed with New Directions greed, only wanting to invest the money on the plane ride to New York. Will decides to create a concert, "A Night of Neglect" attempting to raise money for the Academic Decathlon but remains anxious as to whether the New Directions will be able to get the money for their trip to Nationals.
Absent: Mike O'Malley
|18. "Born This Way"||April 26, 2011||8.62|
Plot: As Nationals approaches, Rachel's nose injury causes her to consider nose reconstruction. This brings the rest of the group's insecurities to surface, and Will decides to take things into his own hands and makes it an assignment to sing about loving yourself for your insecurities and flaws. However, Quinn doesn't agree. She's hiding something and Lauren's determined to find out what. Meanwhile, Santana hatches a plan to get Brittany back that also involves getting Kurt to come back to McKinley, but the only person standing in the way is Karofsky.
Singles: "I Feel Pretty/Unpretty" (Quinn and Rachel), "I've Gotta Be Me" (Finn), "Somewhere Only We Know" (Blaine with The Warblers), "As If We Never Said Goodbye" (Kurt), "Born This Way" (Kurt, Tina, and Mercedes with New Directions)
|19. "Rumours"||May 3, 2011||8.85|
Plot: Sue progresses her devious plan and sparks anger in the Glee Club by resuscitating the school newspaper and posting rumours. April suggests Will joins her on Broadway and also suggests he asks the Glee Club to perform songs from Fleetwood Mac's album, Rumours. Things stir up when Finn and Rachel suspect something shifty related to Sam, and Santana still finds it hard to come out.
Singles: "Dreams" (April and Will), "Never Going Back Again" (Artie), "Songbird" (Santana), "I Don't Want to Know" (Finn and Quinn), "Nice to Meet You, Have I Slept with You?" (April and Will), "Go Your Own Way" (Rachel with New Directions), "Don't Stop" (Sam, Quinn, Finn, and Rachel with New Directions)
Absent: Mike O'Malley
|20. "Prom Queen"||May 10, 2011||9.29|
Plot: The episode is set around the New Directions' first junior prom, being asked to perform at the event by Principal Figgins, despite Sue's disapproval as she runs the prom and its committee. As the episode goes on, it explores the competitive run for the Prom King and Prom Queen. It is the first prom/formal dance episode on Glee.
Singles: "Rolling in the Deep" (Rachel and Jesse), "Isn't She Lovely" (Artie with New Directions Boys except Kurt), "Friday" (Artie, Sam, and Puck), "Jar of Hearts" (Rachel), "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You" (Blaine with Tina and Brittany), "Dancing Queen" (Santana and Mercedes)
|21. "Funeral"||May 17, 2011||8.97|
Plot: In this episode Jesse and Will explore New Directions' talents and judge a few members auditions to have a solo for the Nationals setlist. As Jesse and Will draw closer to picking the soloist, someone plans to abolish New Directions' flight to Nationals. Sue struggles to handle the pain of Jean's death, needing Finn, Kurt, Will, and New Directions' assistance.
Absent: Mike O'Malley
|22. "New York"||May 24, 2011||11.80|
Plot: As the Glee Club season settles towards the end of the year, New Directions have finally stepped foot into New York. They prepare to write original songs but New York prys and distracts them, but eventually gives them more passion. Will struggles to decide whether to choose Broadway or New Directions, Quinn has hit rock bottom, Finn chases after Rachel once more, Rachel decides between New York or choosing Finn, and the New Directions perform at Nationals.
Singles: "My Cup" (Brittany and Artie), "I Love New York/New York, New York" (New Directions), "Still Got Tonight" (Will), "Bella Notte" (Puck, Artie, and Sam with Mike), "For Good" (Rachel and Kurt), "Yeah!" (Singaz Wit Attitude), "As Long as You're There" (Sunshine with Vocal Adrenaline), "Pretending" (Rachel and Finn), "Light up the World" (New Directions)
- Kurt transferring to Dalton as a result of his being bullied by Karofsky, who himself is struggling with his sexuality.
- The blossoming relationship between Kurt and Blaine, which itself grows romantically.
- New relationships following the breaking up of Artie and Tina: Artie and Brittany and Mike and Tina.
- Artie wanting Tina back, causing him to join the football team.
- Santana's sexuality and her coming to terms with her romantic feelings for Brittany.
- Santana and Karofsky created the Bully Whips and becoming each other's beard to hide their sexuality and win the prom king and queen.
- The Artie/Brittany/Santana love triangle.
- Finn-Quinn, Santana-Karofsky and Puck-Lauren candidated themselves to be prom king and queen.
- New members of New Directions, Sam and Lauren.
- Puck's relationship with Lauren.
- Finn and Rachel relationship, Sam and Quinn relationship, Finn and Quinn relationship, Sam and Santana relationship and Jesse and Rachel relationship and the thus arising Rachel/Finn/Quinn, Sam/Quinn/Finn, Quinn/Sam/Santana and Finn/Rachel/Jesse love triangles.
- Will's relationship with Emma and Holly and Emma's relationship with Will and Carl and thus arising the rivalry between Will and Carl.
- Sue continued her plan to destroy New Directions, leading her to create the League of Doom.
- Rivalry between Rachel and Sunshine.
- Burt Hummel getting married to Carole Hudson, making Finn and Kurt step-brothers.
- Jean's death.
- There were no episodes in Season Two which featured all of the credited main cast, though eight episodes did feature all but one credited cast member (three of those didn't feature Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Del Monico, and five didn't feature Mike O'Malley as Burt Hummel).
- Two couples broke up over the summer - Quinn/Puck and Artie/Tina.
- The first season to feature original songs.
- The only season not to feature at least one Kelly Clarkson song.
- Three cast members sang for the first time this season: Heather Morris (dozen), Harry Shum Jr. (twice) and Ashley Fink (once).
- Dianna Agron, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, and guest star Harry Shum Jr. appeared in all of the episodes.
- This is the only season:
- This is the highest viewed season of Glee with an average of 10.11 million viewers.