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Glee Season Five
Season Five, Episodes 89-108
First Aired September 26, 2013
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Season Five of Glee premiered on September 26, 2013Glee currently airs on Tuesdays at 8PM EST. The premiere date was was originally set to be September 19, but was postponed for a week due to Cory Monteith's death.

This season saw Glee celebrating its landmark 100th episode in a two-part special event. The episodes aired on March 18 and March 25, 2014, respectively.

For this season, Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, Becca Tobin, Blake Jenner, and Alex Newell were promoted to series regulars, as their characters were only recurring in Season Four. Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Mark Salling and Harry Shum Jr. were reduced to recurring guest stars after being in the main cast previously.

Due to Cory Monteith's passing, the show saw his character's death in the third episode of the season, which displayed a tribute to the late actor and character alike. Subsequent episodes also dealt with his death in different ways.

On April 19, 2013, Fox renewed the show for a sixth season. Later, on October 17, 2013, series creator Ryan Murphy confirmed that the sixth season would be the show's final. Source Source 2

It is confirmed that this season will have 20 episodes, instead of 22, like the previous seasons. [1] The reason for the cutback is that, following Monteith's death, production was halted for three weeks. In response to the shortened season, the series' sixth and final season will have 24 episodes.


This section is meant for loose spoilers for episodes for which we don't yet have a page, so they can later be added to it.

Episode 20, "The Untitled Rachel Berry Project"



Main cast

Recurring cast

Special guest stars

Guest stars




Image Title Original Airdate U.S. Viewers
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Tumblr muqlna4tsK1qg49w0o2 500 1. "Love Love Love" September 26, 2013

Plot: The New Directions are back in action and take on their biggest assignment yet: The Beatles! As Will enlists the kids to pay homage to the classic song catalog from the Fab Four, Blaine and Kurt attempt to answer questions about their future together. Meanwhile, Rachel's New York ambitions take an unexpected turn and Santana is on the ready to assist her. Back at McKinleyArtie and Kitty's bond strengthens, Sue's scheming has got her the role of the Interim Principal and Blaine attempts to solve Tina's loneliness.

Singles: "Yesterday" (Rachel), "Drive My Car" (Kitty and Artie with New Directions), "Got to Get You Into My Life" (Kurt and Blaine), "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (Artie and Kitty), "Help!" (Blaine and Sam with New Directions, Vocal Adrenaline, Haverbrook Deaf Choir, and Warblers), "A Hard Day's Night" (Rachel and Santana with Spotlight Diner workers), "I Saw Her Standing There" (Blaine, Ryder, Jake, and Sam), "All You Need Is Love" (Blaine with New Directions, Warblers, Vocal Adrenaline, and Haverbrook Deaf Choir)

502tina 2. "Tina in the Sky with Diamonds" October 3, 2013

Plot: In the second part of The Beatles tribute, The Junior-Senior Brundle Prom is just around the corner and Tina is more than prepared to receive the title of the Prom Queen. However, Bree has plans to push Tina aside and humiliate her, attempting to bring Kitty into the case, who is torn between siding with the New Directions or the Cheerios. While Tina is unaware of Bree's scheme, she is focused on Prom Queen, rejecting to go to the Prom with Sam, who now has an eye on college sophomore school nurse, Penny. Meanwhile in New York, Santana bonds with her fellow co-worker, Dani (portrayed by special guest star Demi Lovato) and Kurt attempts to bring Rachel's mojo back as Rachel wonders whether she'll get her dream Broadway role.

Singles: "Get Back" (Kurt and Rachel), "Here Comes the Sun" (Dani and Santana), "Something" (Sam), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Jake, Ryder, Marley, and Unique), "Hey Jude" (New Directions), "Let It Be" (Rachel, Santana, Kurt, and New Directions)

5.03Still1 3. "The Quarterback" October 10, 2013

Plot: In the wake of Finn's sudden death, old friends return to McKinley to grieve in the only way they know, by singing. Kurt, Burt and Carole sort out Finn's belongings; Sue, Santana and Puck seek guidance as their anger and pain over Finn's death frustrates them; Will and Shannon assist in helping everybody else grieve but Emma realises that Will isn't allowing himself time to cry and Rachel makes a return to McKinley, presenting the Glee Club with something meaningful.

Singles: "Seasons of Love" (Kurt, Mike, Santana, Tina, Mercedes, Puck, and New Directions), "I'll Stand by You" (Mercedes with New Directions), "Fire and Rain" (Artie and Sam with New Directions), "If I Die Young" (Santana with New Directions), "No Surrender" (Puck), "Make You Feel My Love" (Rachel)

010~4691 4. "A Katy or A Gaga" November 7, 2013

Plot: Nationals is in four weeks and Mr. Schue has just got the secret setlist of the New Directions' competition at Nationals. One of the show choirs, Throat Explosion, proves to be a threat, and so, Will gives the Glee Club an assignment: Katy Perry or Lady Gaga. The Katys will sing Gaga songs while the Gagas will sing Katy songs. Given the assignment, Sam is eager to use it to improve the chances of him and Penny getting together, Marley struggles to become a Gaga and impress Jake and Sue and Bree have bad plans, involving the Glee Club. In New York, Kurt's Madonna Cover band is in development as one stunning performer, Elliott Gilbert (portrayed by guest-star Adam Lambert), auditions, causing Kurt to become conflicted.

Singles: "Marry the Night" (Elliott with Band), "Applause" (Sam, Artie, Ryder, Blaine, Marley), "Wide Awake" (Jake, Tina, Unique, and Kitty), "Roar" (New Directions and Pamela Lansbury)

Tumblr mvg6e1ToNR1r4ezfzo1 500 5. "The End of Twerk" November 14, 2013

Plot: After the New Directions watch Blaine's scandalous twerking video, Will is inspired by it and introduces a new assignment: Twerk. Just as the Glee Club gets into it, Sue is already on her way to ending twerk at McKinley, igniting the war between her and Will one step further. Furthermore, at McKinley, tension and drama arises as Unique continues to be harassed and bullied as she enters the boy's bathroom and Jake and Bree's affair is finally revealed to Marley. In New York, rebellion is in the air after Rachel takes a risk with Funny Girl and convinces Kurt to get tattoos, however, for both Kurt and Rachel, rebellion often comes with a risk.

Singles: "You Are Woman, I Am Man" (Paolo and Rachel),  "Blurred Lines" (Will, Bree, and New Directions),  "If I Were a Boy" (Unique), "Wrecking Ball" (Marley), "On Our Way" (New Directions)

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Tumblr mvltq00WhZ1shg6yqo1 500 6. "Movin' Out" November 21, 2013

Plot: Graduation is coming soon and Sue begins an annual Careers Fair for students to explore careers and dreams to pursue. However, there isn't anything supporting the Arts and Theatre and Will assigns the Glee Club with Billy Joel music, a person who struggled as an artist but managed to pursue his dreams and become a well-known star. At McKinley, Artie attempts to help Becky take a chance at college against Sue's decision to keep her at McKinley and Jake's attitude after Marley dumped him worsens, with Ryder deciding to interfere. Blaine and Sam depart to New York for a week to prepare for their careers: Blaine's audition for NYADA and Sam's interview for his scholarship at Hunter. However, due to Sam's lack of passion for college, Rachel assists in Sam's career in male-modelling and Blaine has a change of heart to what he wants to do in the future.

Singles: "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" (Blaine and Sam), "Piano Man" (Blaine with Diner Patrons), "My Life" (Jake), "Honesty" (Artie), "An Innocent Man" (Ryder), "Just the Way You Are" (Kurt, Blaine, Rachel, Sam, and Santana), "You May Be Right" (Will and New Directions)

Tumblr mw631a4Xip1qg49w0o4 1280 7. "Puppet Master" November 28, 2013

Plot: Blaine becomes incredibly controlling when the time comes for the Glee Club to brainstorm ideas for the upcoming National Championships. When he decides to ask Kurt for more advice, Kurt calls him a "Puppet Master", forcing Blaine to become even more controlling and furious. Back in New York, Kurt has trouble, being a puppet master himself as he attempts to find a venue for Pamela Lansbury's first gig, which his other bandmates aren't too keen about. At McKinley, Jake gets a shocker from Bree and Sue struggles with her femininity.  

Singles: "Into the Groove" (Pamela Lansbury), "You're My Best Friend" (Blaine with New Directions and Will), "Nasty/Rhythm Nation" (Jake, Marley, and Bree with Cheerios), "Cheek to Cheek" (Will and Sue), "The Fox" (New Directions and Pamela Lansbury)

Christmas Rachel 8. "Previously Unaired Christmas" December 5, 2013

Plot: Some edits are made to a never-before-aired Christmas episode that was kept hidden by FOX, which can now be shown. In an alternate universe to Glee, Actually, the Glee Club in Lima celebrates Christmas but also have to prepare for the 50th Annual Christmas Decoration competition, which Sam, Tina and Becky are all eager to win. The Glee Club (who also have taken the role of The Christmas Club) also have to prepare a living Nativity Scene, and Tina, Marley and Unique are all eager to play the role of Mary. Despite Kitty secretly wanting the role, she doesn't audition, leaving Marley and the Glee Club to organise the Nativity. In New York, Santana joins Kurt and Rachel for a New York Christmas and Rachel reveals that she's landed them a part-time job as Christmas elves in a Santa Land Mall, which doesn't goes as planned.

Singles: "Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)" (Kurt, Rachel, and Santana), "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (Will and New Directions), "Mary's Little Boy Child" (Marley, Unique, and Tina), "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" (Cody, Kurt, Santana, and Rachel), "Love Child" (Unique with New Directions), "Away in a Manger" (Rachel, Santana, Kurt, and New Directions)

Glee-season-5-santana-funny-girl-understudy-frenemies 9. "FrenemiesFebruary 25, 2014

Plot: Tina and Artie compete against each other for the spot of Senior Class Valedictorian, and also for a solo at Nationals, which strains their friendship. In New York, Kurt begins to believe that Elliott is out to take control of Pamela Lansbury. Rachel gets a shock when Santana tries out for her understudy, which causes a feud between the two roommates.

Singles: "Whenever I Call You Friend" (Artie and Tina with New Directions), "Brave" (Santana and Rachel), "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" (Tina and Artie with New Directions), "Don't Rain on My Parade" (Santana), "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" (Elliott and Kurt), "Every Breath You Take" (Rachel and Santana), "Breakaway" (Tina, Artie, and Blaine with New Directions)

Tumblr my0o36m97Q1r4ezfzo1 500 10. "Trio" March 4, 2014

Plot: Rachel and Santana continue to feud over their roles in Funny Girl, much to the despair of Kurt and the other members of Pamela Lansbury. Meanwhile, Tina, Blaine and Sam make the most of their last days before graduation and Will and Emma keenly maintain their efforts to have a child.

Singles: "Jumpin’ Jumpin’" (Tina, Blaine, and Sam), "Barracuda" (Elliott and Rachel), "Don’t You (Forget About Me)" (Sam, Blaine, and Tina), "Danny’s Song" (Will and Emma), "Gloria" (Santana, Elliott, and Rachel with Spotlight Diner workers), "The Happening" (Kurt, Dani, and Elliott), "Hold On" (New Directions, One Three Hill, Rachel, and Santana)

CoA Stills BTS (40) 11. "City of Angels" March 11, 2014

Plot: The club travels to LA for Nationals, where they devote their performance in honor of Finn. They meet their biggest rivals; Throat Explosions. Listening to Will's advice, Sam steps up and becomes the leader. However, his own contagious optimism is threatened when he loses a good luck charm. Meanwhile, Burt and Carole look forward to sharing the Nationals experience with Finn's friends. When Ryder finds out that Marley has given up on songwriting and is leaving the Glee Club after the competition, he and Jake get help from Mercedes.

Singles:  "I Love LA" (Will and New Directions), "Vacation" (The Amazonians), "Mr. Roboto/Counting Stars" (Jean Baptiste with Throat Explosion), "More Than a Feeling" (New Directions), "America" (New Directions), "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (New Directions) 

100 still (14) 12. "100" March 18, 2014 2.80

Plot: After the defeat at Nationals and the consequently imminent break up of the glee club by Principal Sue, the alumni return to McKinley to share stories and to celebrate what the last 100 lessons have meant to them. Among the returnees are the dueling divas Rachel and Mercedes, who, in spite of the fact that they are making progress in their own industries, seem determined to revive an old feud. A new and improved Puck, recently inducted into the military, intends to impress Quinn, his old girlfriend and mother of his daughter - he receives an unwanted surprise in the process. The MIT student and newfound mathematical genius Brittany believes that she has permanently lost her creative streak, and the Broadway bad girl and alcoholic April Rhodes may have a solution for the doomed glee club, but not if Sue has anything to say about it.

Singles: "Raise Your Glass" (April and Will with Alumni and New Directions), "Toxic" (Quinn, Brittany, and Santana), "Defying Gravity" (Mercedes, Rachel, and Kurt), "Valerie" (Santana and Brittany with Alumni and New Directions), "Keep Holding On" (Puck with Alumni and New Directions except Quinn), "Happy" (Holly, Will, Alumni, New Directions with April)

Tumblr n2owk2NZB41ql1znmo2 1280 13. "New Directions" March 25, 2014 2.68

Plot: The alumni and current students say their last goodbyes to the Glee Club. Holly and April remain determined to save the New Directions, but meet fierce resistance from Sue. Meanwhile, the seniors prepare for graduation, although Tina is still unsure of her direction in the world. With Kurt and Mercedes' help, Rachel and Santana mend old differences, while both Puck and Quinn and Brittany and Santana prepare for new lives with each other. Will struggles to bid farewell to the club he loves.

Singles: "I Am Changing" (Kurt and Mercedes), "Party All the Time" (Holly with New Directions, Alumni, and Will), "Loser Like Me" (Blaine, Sam, Artie, and Tina), "Be Okay" (Rachel and Santana), "Just Give Me a Reason" (Quinn and Puck), "Don't Stop Believin'" (Alumni, Will, and New Directions)

NNY Rachel BTS (2) 14. "New New York" April 1, 2014 2.59

Plot: Blaine, Sam and Artie move to New York after graduation, and all struggle to adapt to life in the Big Apple. Kurt and Blaine find that living in such close proximity to each other causes unwanted friction between them, and Elliott is forced to step in. Artie is once again taken advantage of due to his disability, and Sam is lacking in motivation, much to Blaine's frustration. Meanwhile, Rachel happily benefits from her major role in Funny Girl, but learns an important lesson in the process. An unexpected arrival draws them all back together.

Singles: "Downtown" (Rachel, Kurt, Sam, Blaine, and Artie), "You Make Me Feel So Young" (Blaine and Kurt), "Best Day of My Life" (Blaine and Sam), "Rockstar" (Elliott and Kurt),  "Don't Sleep in the Subway" (Rachel and Artie), "People" (Rachel)

Absent: Jacob ArtistMelissa BenoistBlake JennerJane LynchMatthew MorrisonAlex NewellNaya RiveraBecca TobinJenna Ushkowitz

Vigil 3 15. "Bash" April 8, 2014 2.78

Plot: While the NYADA students prepare assignments for the mid-winter critique, Rachel struggles to cope with the combined pressure of her Funny Girl role and her dramatic studies, while Blaine and Kurt deal with a gay bashing incident. Rachel makes a drastic decision about her future following a confrontation with Madame Tibideaux over her poor effort in classes, and an argument between her and Kurt has unforeseen consequences. Meanwhile, Mercedes begins to question whether her interracial relationship with Sam will harm her career.

Singles: "No One Is Alone" (Rachel, Blaine, and Kurt), "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Mercedes), "Broadway Baby" (Rachel and Blaine), "Not While I'm Around" (Blaine, Mercedes (album), Rachel (album), and Sam (album)), "Colorblind" (Mercedes), "I'm Still Here" (Kurt)

Absent: Jacob ArtistMelissa Benoist, Blake Jenner, Jane LynchMatthew MorrisonAlex Newell, Naya Rivera, Becca Tobin, Jenna Ushkowitz

16. "Tested" April 15, 2014 2.44

Plot: TBA

Singles: "Addicted to Love" (Artie), "I Want to Know What Love Is" (Mercedes), "Love Is a Battlefield" (Blaine and Kurt), and "Let's Wait Awhile" (Artie and Mercedes)

Absent: Jacob ArtistMelissa BenoistBlake Jenner, Jane LynchMatthew MorrisonAlex NewellNaya RiveraBecca TobinJenna Ushkowitz

17. "Opening Night" April 22, 2014 TBA

Plot: TBA

Singles: "Lovefool" (TBA), NYC" (Will and Sue), "I'm the Greatest Star" (Rachel), "Who Are You Now?" (TBA), "Pumpin' Blood" (Kurt, Rachel and TBA)

Absent: TBA

18. "The Back-Up Plan" April 29, 2014 TBA

Plot: TBA

Singles: "Story of My Life" (Blaine and Kurt), "Piece of My Heart" (Blaine and June), "Wake Me Up" (Rachel)

Absent: TBA

19. "Old Dog, New Tricks" May 6, 2014 TBA

Plot: Santana helps Rachel do damage control for her flagging public image; Kurt tries to help a home for retired Broadway performers with their production of Peter Pan; to prove he is responsible, Sam adopts a dog - despite Mercedes’ objections.

Singles: "Werewolves of London" (Artie and Sam)

Absent: TBA

20. "The Untitled Rachel Berry Project" May 13, 2014 TBA

Plot: TBA

Singles: "Glitter in the Air" (Rachel)

Absent: TBA

Major events

  • Blaine and Kurt's engagement.
  • Artie and Kitty's relationship.
  • Sue becomes Principal at McKinley, while Figgins is demoted to Janitor.
  • Rachel becomes a Broadway actress, since she gets the chance to perform in the Funny Girl revival:
    • Due to her commitment to Funny Girl, Rachel drops out of NYADA.
  • Tina wins the 2013 Brundleprom Queen.
  • Santana and Dani's brief relationship.
  • Finn's death and its consequences to the New Directions, Will, and McKinley alumni for the remainder of the series.
  • Santana becoming Rachel's understudy and their consequent feud and reconciliation.
  • Kurt creates his first cover band, Pamela Lansbury, but due to lack of success and the feud between Santana and Rachel, he creates a new one: One Three Hill.
  • Marley and Jake's break-up:
    • Jake's affair with Bree.
  • After several attempts, Emma's finally pregnant, giving her and Will the possibility to start a family.
  • The loss at the 2013 Nationals and the subsequent disbandment of the New Directions.
  • April and Holly's return to McKinley to help save the glee club.
  • Brittany and Santana's reconciliation.
  • Puck and Quinn becoming a couple.
  • Celebration of Glee Club's 100 lessons.
  • The graduation of several characters: Blaine, Sam, Brittany, Tina, Becky and Artie.
  • Blaine, Sam, Artie, and Mercedes moving to New York.
  • Sam and Mercedes' reconciliation.
  • Artie finds out that he has chlamydia.


  • This is the first shortened season (20 episodes). Previous seasons have had 22 episodes.
  • Holly and April return for the first time since the second season.
  • Currently, there are twelve episodes with the entire main cast present.




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