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Glee Season One
Season One, Episodes 1-22
First Aired May 19, 2009
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Season One of Glee first aired on September 21, 2009, four months after the Pilot was broadcast on May 19, 2009. The season officially concluded on June 8, 2010.

The series focuses on a high school Glee Club called the New Directions, set within the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.

Major themes of Season One included the characters' desires to escape the confines of small-town Ohio life and make an impact on the world rather than remaining a "Lima Loser." Many of the story arcs, most notably Quinn's pregnancy and the New Directions' rivalry with Carmel High's Glee Club Vocal Adrenaline, are related to this concept. The other major motif of season one was the characters concealing and revealing their true selves. This includes major events like the blossoming romance between Finn and Rachel, Quinn's lies about her child's father, Kurt's coming out, and Terri's fake pregnancy.

Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray), Mark Salling (Noah Puckerman), Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams, Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang), Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury) and Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester) were introduced as the main casts in this season. It made them the original main cast of Glee.


Main Cast

Special Guest Stars

Recurring Guest Stars


Image Title Original Airdate U.S. Viewers
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1. "Pilot" May 19, 2009 9.62

Plot: Former glee club star Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) takes over McKinley High School's glee club in the hopes of restoring it to its former glory. He is faced with the challenge of converting a group of misfits, including fame-hungry Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), star quarterback Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), outspoken Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), flamboyant Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), stuttering goth Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz), and paraplegic Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale), into a team of good singers. Meanwhile, Will's "pregnant" wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) pushes Will to find a higher paying job to support his family.

Singles: "On My Own" (Rachel), "Can't Fight This Feeling" (Finn), "Rehab" (Vocal Adrenaline), "Leaving on a Jet Plane" (Will), "Don't Stop Believin'" (Rachel and Finn with New Directions)

Salpfys1 2. "Showmance" September 9, 2009 7.50

Plot: In an attempt to recruit new members, Will (Matthew Morrison) has the New Directions perform a disco number in front of the school for the first time, but the club has other ideas on how to attract new members. Will takes a second job as a janitor and grows closer to Emma (Jayma Mays), the school guidance counselor suffering from OCD. Sue Sylvester, the antagonistic cheerleading coach sends Finn's (Cory Monteith) girlfriend and head cheerleader Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) to join New Directions in order to help bring down the club. Meanwhile, Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) discovers alarming news about her pregnancy.

Singles: "Gold Digger" (Will, Mercedes, and Artie with New Directions), "Push It" (New Directions), "I Say a Little Prayer" (Quinn with Santana and Brittany), "Take a Bow" (Rachel with Mercedes and Tina)

103-1 3. "Acafellas" September 16, 2009 6.69

Plot: Will (Matthew Morrison) forms an all-male a cappella group called the "Acafellas," neglecting the glee club in favor of dedicating his time to the new endeavor. In his absence, the club members struggle with choreography, and resist attempts at sabotage by members of the cheer squad. Meanwhile, Mercedes (Amber Riley) harbors romantic feelings for Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) grow closer, despite his relationship with co-member Quinn (Dianna Agron).

Singles: "Mercy" (Vocal Adrenaline), "This Is How We Do It" (Acafellas), "Bust Your Windows" (Mercedes with Cheerios), "I Wanna Sex You Up" (Acafellas)

104-1 4. "Preggers" September 23, 2009 6.63

Plot: In an attempt to hide his homosexuality from his father, Kurt (Chris Colfer) joins the football team. Finn (Cory Monteith) asks Will (Matthew Morrison) to teach the football team to dance, hoping to improve their performance on the field. Sue (Jane Lynch) goes ahead with her plans to destroy the glee club by luring away their star performer Rachel Berry (Lea Michele). Meanwhile, Quinn (Dianna Agron) reveals to Finn that she is pregnant, but neglects to tell him one important thing about her baby.

Singles: "Taking Chances" (Rachel)

105-1 5. "The Rhodes Not Taken" September 30, 2009 7.40

Plot: Will (Matthew Morrison), trying to find a twelfth member in the wake of Rachel's (Lea Michele) defection to the school musical, recruits former glee club star April Rhodes (guest star Kristin Chenoweth). Finn (Cory Monteith) flirts with Rachel continuously in an attempt to convince her to return, hoping that having her in the club will increase his chances of gaining a music scholarship. Meanwhile, the glee club performs at Invitationals, launching themselves onto the show choir competition circuit.

Singles: "Maybe This Time" (April and Rachel), "Alone" (April and Will), "Last Name" (April with New Directions), "Somebody to Love" (New Directions)

106-1 6. "Vitamin D" October 7, 2009 7.28

Plot: Believing the glee club members are becoming complacent ahead of Sectionals, Will (Matthew Morrison) pits the girls against the boys for a Mash-Up competition. Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) takes a job as the school nurse to prevent Will (Matthew Morrison) from becoming closer to Emma (Jayma Mays). Meanwhile, Quinn (Dianna Agron) agrees to let Terri secretly adopt her baby, enabling her to continue faking her pregnancy.

Singles: "It's My Life/Confessions, Part II" (Finn, Artie, and Puck with New Directions boys), "Halo/Walking on Sunshine" (Rachel and Mercedes with New Directions girls)

Edit-07 7. "Throwdown" October 14, 2009 7.65

Plot: Now acting as co-captain of the New Directions, Sue (Jane Lynch) attempts to tear the club apart by turning the students against each other. Meanwhile, Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) blackmails her obstetrician into faking a sonogram, and Quinn (Dianna Agron) faces hardship when her pregnancy is revealed to the whole school.

Singles: "Hate on Me" (Mercedes with Tina and Sue's group), "No Air" (Rachel and Finn with Will's group), "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (Quinn with Cheerios), "Keep Holding On" (Rachel and Finn with New Directions)

AbsentJayma Mays

108-1 8. "Mash-Up" October 21, 2009 7.15

Plot: Driven by his jealousy of Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma's (Jayma Mays) budding relationship, Ken (recurring guest star Patrick Gallagher) gives Finn (Cory Monteith), Puck (Mark Saling), Mike (recurring guest star Harry Shum Jr.) and Matt (recurring guest star Dijon Talton) an ultimatum; To choose between the glee club, or the football team. In an attempt to move on from Finn and Quinn (Dianna Agron) respectively, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Puck start dating. Sue (Jane Lynch) on the other hand, finds herself attracted to local news anchor Rod Remington (guest star Bill A. Jones). Meanwhile, Will prepares a mash-up song for Ken and Emma's wedding.

Singles: "Bust a Move" (Will with New Directions), "Thong Song" (Will), "Sweet Caroline" (Puck), "I Could Have Danced All Night" (Emma)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig

109-1 9. "Wheels" November 11, 2009 7.53

Plot: The glee club holds a bake sale to raise money for a wheelchair-accessible bus, so that paraplegic club member Artie (Kevin McHale) can travel with them to Sectionals. Quinn (Dianna Agron) struggles with the medical expenses incurred by her pregnancy, and Puck (Mark Salling) offers to support her. Sue (Jane Lynch) accepts a student with Down syndrome onto the cheerleading squad and pays the school to build new wheelchair ramps, leading Will (Matthew Morrison) to question her motives. Meanwhile, Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) compete for a solo performance, and Artie and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) go on a date.

Singles: "Dancing with Myself" (Artie), "Defying Gravity" (Rachel and Kurt), "Proud Mary" (New Directions)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays

110-1 10. "Ballad" November 18, 2009 7.36

Plot: When the glee club members split into pairs to sing ballads to one another, Rachel (Lea Michele) is paired with Will (Matthew Morrison) and develops a crush on him. Finn (Cory Monteith) and Quinn's (Dianna Agron) parents learn that Quinn is pregnant, leading to disastrous results. Meanwhile, Puck (Mark Salling) reveals to Mercedes (Amber Riley) that he is the father of Quinn's baby.

Singles: "Endless Love" (Will and Rachel), "I'll Stand by You" (Finn) "Don't Stand So Close to Me/Young Girl" (Will), "Crush" (Rachel), "(You're) Having My Baby" (Finn), "Lean on Me" (Mercedes and Artie with Tina and New Directions)

Absent: Jane Lynch

111-1 11. "Hairography" November 25, 2009 6.17

Plot: New Directions meets their Sectionals competition – Jane Addams Girls Choir for girls recently released from juvenile detention, and the Haverbrook Deaf Choir. To Terri's (Jessalyn Gilsig) horror, Quinn (Dianna Agron) reconsiders having her baby adopted, giving Puck (Mark Salling) a chance to prove that he would be a good father. Meanwhile, Kurt (Chris Colfer) gives Rachel (Lea Michele) a bad makeover, trying to sabotage her attempts at attracting Finn (Cory Monteith).

Singles: "Bootylicious" (Jane Addams Girls Choir), "Papa Don't Preach" (Quinn), "Hair/Crazy in Love" (Mercedes and Artie with New Directions), "Imagine" (New Directions), "True Colors" (Tina with New Directions)

Edit-12 12. "Mattress" December 2, 2009 8.15

Plot: When the glee club is left out of the school yearbook, Rachel (Lea Michele) has the club members cast in a local mattress commercial in an attempt to raise their social status. The team is paid in mattresses, revoking its amateur status and rendering it ineligible to compete at Sectionals. Meanwhile, Will (Matthew Morrison) discovers that Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) has been lying to him about being pregnant and is forced to make a decision whether to leave her or not, and Emma (Jayma Mays) and Ken (recurring guest star Patrick Gallagher) schedule their wedding on the same day as Sectionals.

Singles: "Smile" (Rachel and Finn), "Jump" (New Directions), "Smile" (New Directions)

113-1 13. "Sectionals" December 9, 2009 8.13

Plot: The club faces problems when Finn (Cory Monteith) learns that Quinn's (Dianna Agron) baby is not his days before Sectionals. Sue (Jane Lynch) vows revenge when she is suspended by Principal Figgins (recurring guest star Iqbal Theba) over her attempts to sabotage the club. Meanwhile, Emma (Jayma Mays) and Ken's (recurring guest star Patrick Gallagher) wedding faces a hitch.

Singles: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (Mercedes), "Don't Rain on My Parade" (Rachel), "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (New Directions), "My Life Would Suck Without You" (Rachel, Finn, and Tina ( single ) with New Directions)

114-1 14. "Hell-O" April 13, 2010 13.66

Plot: Blackmailing Figgins (recurring guest star Iqbal Theba), Sue (Jane Lynch) returns following her suspension, and enlists Santana (recurring guest star Naya Rivera) and Brittany (recurring guest star Heather Morris) to seduce Finn (Cory Monteith) and destroy his new relationship with Rachel (Lea Michele). In the meantime, Rachel catches the eye of Jesse St. James (recurring guest star Jonathan Groff), the lead singer of New Directions' rival, Vocal Adrenaline. Will(Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) attempt to begin dating, but Emma's mysophobic behavior leads Will to make out with Vocal Adrenaline's coach, Shelby Corcoran (guest star Idina Menzel).

Singles: "Hello, I Love You" (Finn), "Gives You Hell" (Rachel with New Directions except Finn), "Hello" (Jesse and Rachel), "Highway to Hell" (Jesse with Vocal Adrenaline), "Hello, Goodbye" (Rachel and Finn with Mercedes and New Directions)

Power-of-madonna 240 15. "The Power of Madonna" April 20, 2010 12.98

Plot: Inspired by the Cheerios and Sue (Jane Lynch) paying homage to Madonna, Will (Matthew Morrison) looks to the musical icon to nip the boys' recent misogynistic behavior in the bud. Emma (Jayma Mays), Rachel (Lea Michele), and Finn (Cory Monteith) weigh the pros and cons of losing their virginity. Jesse (recurring guest star Jonathan Groff) transfers to McKinley High and joins New Directions, despite the protest of Finn and others. In an attempt to get more opportunities to shine, Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) join the Cheerios.

Singles: "Express Yourself" (New Directions Girls), "Borderline/Open Your Heart" (Rachel and Finn), "Vogue" (Sue with Mercedes and Kurt), "Like a Virgin" (Rachel, Jesse, Santana, Finn, Emma, and Will), "4 Minutes" (Mercedes and Kurt), "What It Feels Like For a Girl" (New Directions boys and Will), "Like a Prayer" (New Directions and Church Choir)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig

116-1 16. "Home" April 27, 2010 12.18

Plot: Kurt (Chris Colfer) fixes up his father Burt (guest star Mike O'Malley) on a date with Finn's (Cory Monteith) mother, Carole (guest star Romy Rosemont), in hopes of having a regular family and of getting closer to Finn. His plan backfires when his father bonds with Finn over sports, leaving Kurt feeling excluded. Will (Matthew Morrison) rents out April Rhodes' (guest star Kristin Chenoweth) roller rink for New Directions as a temporary practice space. Meanwhile, Mercedes (Amber Riley) deals with weight issues after Sue (Jane Lynch) tells her to lose ten pounds for an upcoming Cheerios interview.

Singles: "Fire" (April and Will), "A House Is Not a Home" (Kurt and Finn), "One Less Bell to Answer/A House Is Not a Home" (April and Will), "Beautiful" (Mercedes with WMHS), "Home" (April with New Directions)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays

117-1 17. "Bad Reputation" May 4, 2010 11.62

Plot: When the "Glist" – a salacious list about the sexual exploits of the glee club members – circulates the halls of McKinley High, Will (Matthew Morrison) begins an investigation to find out who compiled the list. Kurt (Chris Colfer), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Artie (Kevin McHale), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Brittany (Heather Morris) misbehave in an attempt to gain bad reputations, but their plans repeatedly backfire on them. Sue (Jane Lynch) is mortified when a video of her rendition of Olivia Newton-John's classic "Physical" is unearthed, but ends up being contacted by Newton-John herself to produce a new version. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Elodie Keene.

Singles: "Ice Ice Baby" (Will with New Directions), "U Can't Touch This" (Artie with Kurt, Mercedes, Tina and Brittany), "Physical" (Olivia Newton-John and Sue), "Run Joey Run" (Rachel, Puck, Jesse and Finn with Santana and Brittany), "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (Finn, Rachel, Puck, and Jesse)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig

118-1 18. "Laryngitis" May 11, 2010 11.57

Plot: When Rachel (Lea Michele) panics after a sore throat affects her singing, Finn (Cory Monteith) attempts to help her get perspective on her condition. Jealous of the time his father is spending with Finn, Kurt (Chris Colfer) tries to emulate his masculine persona, and begins dating Brittany (recurring guest star Heather Morris). Puck (Mark Salling) dates Mercedes (Amber Riley) in a strategic move to elevate his social status, but ends up testing Mercedes' emotions in the process.

Singles: "Jessie's Girl" (Finn), "The Lady is a Tramp" (Puck and Mercedes), "The Boy is Mine" (Mercedes and Santana), "Rose's Turn" (Kurt), "One" (Rachel, Finn, and Sean ( episode ) with Mercedes and New Directions)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays

119-1 19. "Dream On" May 18, 2010 11.47

Plot: Will's (Matthew Morrison) high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan (Neil Patrick Harris), causes trouble for the glee club, announcing his intent to cut them from the district budget. Furthermore, he competes with Will for the lead role in a local production of Les Misérables. Vocal Adrenaline coach Shelby (recurring guest star Idina Menzel) is revealed to be Rachel's (Lea Michele) biological mother, and enlists Jesse (recurring guest star Jonathan Groff ) to break the news to her. Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) gives Artie (Kevin McHale) false hope that he may one day walk again, straining their relationship.

Singles: "Dream On" (Will and Bryan), "The Safety Dance" (Artie), "I Dreamed a Dream" (Shelby and Rachel), "Dream a Little Dream" (Artie)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig

120-1 20. "Theatricality" May 25, 2010 11.37

Plot: The glee club pays tribute to Lady Gaga, donning some of her famous outfits. Will (Matthew Morrison) teaches the club about theatricality to help Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) through an identity crisis. Rachel (Lea Michele) finally meets her mother Shelby (recurring guest star Idina Menzel) by accident during a sneak-in on a Vocal Adrenaline practice session, but neither feel an immediate mother–daughter bond. Meanwhile, Kurt's (Chris Colfer) father Burt(guest star Mike O'Malley) invites Finn (Cory Monteith) and his mother (guest star Romy Rosemont) to move in, but Finn is reluctant to share a room with Kurt.

Singles: "Funny Girl" (Shelby), "Bad Romance" (Kurt and New Directions Girls), "Shout It Out Loud" (New Directions boys except Kurt), "Beth" (Puck and Finn with New Directions boys except Kurt), "Poker Face" (Rachel and Shelby)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays

121-1 21. "Funk" June 1, 2010 9.02

Plot: After finalizing his divorce with Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), Will (Matthew Morrison) seeks revenge against Sue (Jane Lynch) when she plans to install a cheerleading trophy cabinet in the choir room. The glee club learns that Jesse (recurring guest star Jonathan Groff) has defected to Vocal Adrenaline, forcing Rachel (Lea Michele) to deal with her emotions as she discovers that Jesse was using her to bring the club down. Meanwhile, Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Quinn (Dianna Agron) face off in a funk-off.

Singles: "Another One Bites the Dust" (Jesse with Vocal Adrenaline), "Tell Me Something Good" (Will), "Loser" (Finn and Puck with Sheets-N'-Things workers), "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" (Quinn), "Good Vibrations" (Puck, Finn, and Mercedes), "Give up the Funk" (New Directions)

Absent: Jayma Mays

122-2 22. "Journey" June 8, 2010 11.07

Plot: New Directions compete against Vocal Adrenaline and Aural Intensity, seen here for the first time, at Regionals, in front of celebrity judges Olivia Newton-John, Josh Groban, Sue, and Rod Remington. Meanwhile, Will (Matthew Morrison) and Finn (Cory Monteith) profess their love for Emma (Jayma Mays) and Rachel (Lea Michele) respectively and Quinn (Dianna Agron) goes into labor immediately after their performance.

Singles: "Faithfully" (Finn and Rachel), "Any Way You Want It/Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" (New Directions), "Don't Stop Believin'" (New Directions), "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Jesse with Vocal Adrenaline), "To Sir, with Love " (New Directions), "Over the Rainbow" (Will with Puck)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig

Major Events

These were the main events during Season 1:

  • Finn and Quinn relationship, Finn and Rachel relationship, and Quinn and Puck relationship, and thus arising the Finn/Quinn/Rachel love triangle and Finn/Puck/Quinn love triangle.
  • Quinn's teen pregnancy. She admits that Finn is the father, but it is Puck. 
  • Rachel's feelings for Finn.
  • Rachel meeting her biological mother, Shelby. 
  • Rachel and Jesse relationship and Finn/Jesse/Rachel love triangle. Jesse joining New Directions, then abruptly quitting.
  • Will bringing in members and keeping the team together in the first half.
  • Terri's fake pregnancy leading to Will and Terri's divorce.
  • Will and Emma relationship.
  • Ken and Emma's failed wedding plan.
  • Kurt coming to terms with his sexuality.
  • Kurt and his relationship with his father, Burt, about his sexuality.
  • Kurt's feelings for Finn.
  • Kurt arranges Burt and Carole relationship to make him closer to Finn.
  • The relationship of Tina and Artie.
  • The friendship of Kurt and Mercedes.
  • Kurt and Mercedes join the Cheerios, leading Mercedes to not being herself.
  • Will and Sue's rivalry.
  • New Directions and Vocal Adrenaline rivalry.
  • New Directions lose Regionals, but are given another year thanks to Sue.




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