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Glee Season Three
Season Three, Episodes 45-66
First Aired September 20, 2011
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Season Three of Glee aired between September 20, 2011 and May 22, 2012. The third season took place during several New Directions students' senior year at William McKinley High School

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

Season Three follows the Club through the sectional, regional and national show choir competitions, and during nationals they finally take home the winning prize. Season Three also introduced several new characters, such as Sugar Motta, Sebastian Smythe, and the winners of The Glee Project: Damian McGinty (Rory Flanagan), Samuel Larsen (Joe Hart), Alex Newell (Wade "Unique" Adams), and Lindsay Pearce (Harmony). Harry Shum Jr. (Mike Chang) and Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson) were also promoted to the main cast, as their characters were only recurring in Season Two. Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Del Monico) and Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel) both reduced their roles to recurring after being main cast on the previous season, with Gilsig's character being written out of the show.


Main Cast

Special Guest Stars

Recurring Guest Stars


Image Title Original Airdate U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
TPPP 1. "The Purple Piano Project" September 20, 2011

Plot: The glee club is down to ten members and needs to recruit, so Will assigns them a project to get new singers. Sue runs for congress on a platform of cutting the arts in schools, and directs new cheerleading co-captains Santana and Becky to sabotage the pianos being used in the glee club project. Blaine transfers to McKinley High to be with Kurt and joins New Directions. Rachel and Kurt's post-graduate plans for New York suffer a setback. Meanwhile, Quinn finds herself in a new set of friends. The episode was written by Brad Falchuk and was directed by Eric Stoltz.

Singles: "We Got the Beat" (New Directions), "Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead" (Rachel and Kurt), "It's Not Unusual" (Blaine with Cheerios except Brittany and Becky), "Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do" (Harmony with Prospective NYADA students), "You Can't Stop the Beat" (New Directions)

IAMUNICORN 2. "I Am Unicorn" September 27, 2011

Plot: Will sets up a boot camp for some of the members of the glee club to improve their dancing. Auditions begin for the school musical, West Side Story, and Kurt and Blaine battle it out for the male lead. Shelby Corcoran is hired to set up a rival glee club at McKinley High, and reaches out to her adopted daughter's birth parents Quinn and Puck. Meanwhile, Sue features Quinn in an anti-arts commercial for her congressional campaign, and Kurt begins his campaign for senior class president, with Brittany's assistance. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and was directed by Brad Falchuk.

Singles: "Somewhere" (Rachel and Shelby), "I'm the Greatest Star" (Kurt), "Something's Coming" (Blaine)

303-1 3. "Asian F" October 4, 2011

Plot: After Mike gets an A− on a chemistry test, his father (guest star Keong Sim) wants him to drop glee club. He instead auditions for West Side Story. Mercedes also auditions, but refuses to share the role of Maria with Rachel when the two are to be double-cast. Brittany's campaign for senior class president kicks into high gear, and Rachel becomes a third candidate, infuriating the other candidate, Kurt, who also happens to be one of her best friends. Wanting to be more involved in her life, Will invites Emma's parents (guest stars Valerie Mahaffey and Don Most) to dinner, and cause a flare-up of her OCD. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rojen.

Singles: "Spotlight" (Mercedes with Brittany and Tina), "Run the World (Girls)" (Brittany and Santana with WMHS Girls), "Cool" (Mike), "It's All Over" (Mercedes, Will, and Booty Camp), "Out Here on My Own" (Mercedes and Rachel), "Fix You" (Will with Artie and New Directions)

304-1 4. "Pot o' Gold" November 1, 2011

Plot: Irish exchange student Rory Flanagan arrives at McKinley High. He is living at Brittany's house, and she thinks he's a leprechaun. Mercedes starts recruiting for Shelby's new glee club, causing a couple of New Directions members to question Will's directorship. Quinn goes ahead with her plan to get Beth back by laying false evidence to prove that Shelby is an unfit mother. Meanwhile, Sue's run for congress picks up steam. In an attempt to stop her from winning, Will encourages Burt to run against her. The episode was written by Allison Adler and was directed by Adam Shankman.

Singles: "Bein' Green" (Rory), "Last Friday Night" (Blaine with New Directions), "Waiting for a Girl Like You" (Puck), "Candyman" (The Troubletones), "Take Care of Yourself" (Rory)

Absent: Jayma Mays

305-2 5. "The First Time" November 8, 2011

Plot: The school musical West Side Story is readied for performance, with Artie as lead director. He questions Rachel's ability to portray the lead singer when he learns that Rachel is a virgin. At the same time, Kurt questions his decision to postpone sex when he notices a new Warblers member (guest star Grant Gustin) making eyes at Blaine. Meanwhile, Finn meets with a football recruiter (guest star Eric Bruskotter), whom Coach Beiste gains as an admirer. The episode was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and was directed by Bradley Buecker.

Singles: "Tonight" (Rachel and Blaine), "Uptown Girl" (Dalton Academy Warblers), "A Boy Like That/I Have A Love" (Santana and Rachel), "America" (Santana, Tina, Puck, Rory, and Mike with West Side Story Cast except Kurt, Blaine, and Rachel), "One Hand, One Heart" (Blaine and Rachel)

Absent: Jane Lynch

306-1 6. "Mash Off" November 15, 2011

Plot: Glee club directors Will and Shelby (special guest star Idina Menzel) encourage some friendly musical competition between their clubs, but Santana has other plans in mind to bring down New Directions' male lead Finn. Congressional hopeful Sue Sylvester starts a smear campaign to ruin the candidacy of her biggest rival (recurring guest star Mike O'Malley). Meanwhile, Puck falls in love, and Rachel makes a decision to mend her friendship with Kurt. The episode was written by Michael Hitchcock and was directed by Eric Stoltz.

Singles: "Hot For Teacher" (Puck and Finn with Blaine and Mike), "Yoü and I/You and I" (Shelby and Will), "One Way or Another/Hit Me with Your Best Shot" (Finn and Santana with New Directions and The Troubletones), "I Can't Go For That/You Make My Dreams" (New Directions), "Rumour Has It/Someone Like You" (The Troubletones)

Brittanaw 7. "I Kissed a Girl" November 29, 2011

Plot: Finn decides to help Santana come to terms with her sexuality by proposing to have a special weekly assignment for the glee club. Puck keeps pursuing his off limits crush despite Shelby's disapproval. Coach Beiste is horrified to learn her crush (guest star Eric Bruskotter) has gotten together with a fellow co-worker. Meanwhile, the Congressional election come to a close, and one of the New Direction members find themselves suspended after attempting to rig the election for class president. The episode was written by Matthew Hodgson and was directed by Tate Donovan.

Singles: "Perfect" (Kurt and Blaine with New Directions), "I'm The Only One" (Puck), "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (Finn with Artie and New Directions Boys), "Jolene" (Shannon), "I Kissed a Girl" (Santana and Rachel with New Directions Girls and The Troubletones),"Constant Craving" (Santana, Shelby, and Kurt)

Abchumchang 8. "Hold on to Sixteen" December 6, 2011

Plot: With Sectionals on the horizon, Finn worries that New Directions is lacking star power after losing their power leads, and tracks former member Sam Evans down and asks him to return. Rachel approaches Quinn after learning of her plan to sabotage Shelby's job and motherhood, forcing Quinn to make a decision that might change her life. Meanwhile, Tina attempts to sort things out between Mike and his father (guest star Keong Sim) when Mike tells her he has to leave glee club as per his father's demand. The episode was written by Ross Maxwell and was directed by Bradley Buecker.

Singles: "Red Solo Cup" (Sam with New Directions), "Buenos Aires" (Harmony with The Unitards), "Survivor/I Will Survive" (The Troubletones), "ABC" (New Directions), "Control" (New Directions), "Man in the Mirror" (New Directions), "We Are Young" (New Directions and Troubletones)

Absent: Jane Lynch

309-2 9. "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" December 13, 2011

Plot: New Directions is given an offer they can't refuse when Will arranges for them to star in a local upcoming Christmas special. The club promises Coach Sylvester they will also perform at a homeless shelter, but when the two dates conflict, the kids are forced into an uncomfortable position. The episode was written by Marti Noxon and was directed by Matthew Morrison.

Singles: "All I Want For Christmas is You" (Mercedes with New Directions Girls), "Blue Christmas" (Rory), "River" (Rachel), "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" (Blaine and Rachel with New Directions), "Let It Snow" (Blaine and Kurt), "My Favorite Things" (Rachel, Mercedes, Kurt, and Blaine), "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (Finn, Puck, and Joe (album)), "Christmas Wrapping" (Brittany with Tina, Santana, and Cheerios), "Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World)" (New Directions)

310-1 10. "Yes/No" January 17, 2012

Plot: Will contemplates proposing to Emma with the help of New Directions, but is met with the disapproval of Emma's parents (guest stars Vallerie Mahaffey and Don Most). Becky sets her romantic sights on Artie, who is discouraged by the glee club from pursuing a relationship with her. In an attempt to win Mercedes back, Sam joins the swimming club. Finn learns the truth about his father, leading him into a rash decision that will alter his relationship with Rachel, forever. The episode was written by Brad Falchuk and was directed by Eric Stoltz.

Singles: "Summer Nights" (Sam and Mercedes with New Directions except Artie), "Wedding Bell Blues" (Emma with Sue and Shannon), "Moves Like Jagger/Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Artie with Puck, Finn, and Blaine), "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (Rachel, Tina, Mercedes, and Santana), "Without You" (Rachel), "We Found Love" (Rachel and Santana with New Directions)

311-2 11. "Michael" January 31, 2012

Plot: Will declares that it is "Michael Week" at McKinley High after some of the former Troubletones express regret over missing out on New Directions' Jackson medley at Sectionals. Sebastian Smythe (guest star Grant Gustin), the new leader of the Warblers, discourages New Directions from performing another Jackson medley for Regionals, as they are doing the same as well. At the same time, Rachel struggles with a very weighty decision, Mercedes struggles to deny her feelings for Sam, and Quinn has big news about her future. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rojen.

Singles: "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Blaine with New Directions), "Bad" (New Directions and Dalton Academy Warblers), "Scream" (Artie and Mike), "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Quinn with New Directions Girls), "Human Nature" (Mercedes and Sam), "Ben" (Kurt, Rachel, and Finn), "Smooth Criminal" (Sebastian and Santana), "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (Finn and Rachel), "Black or White" (New Directions)

Absent: Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays

312-1 12. "The Spanish Teacher" February 7, 2012

Plot: When Will's abilities as a Spanish teacher are questioned, he goes to night school for a refresher course. To inspire the kids to speak better, he brings in his teacher David Martinez (special guest star Ricky Martin), and assigns the glee club to sing Spanish songs for the week. Sam and Mercedes go to Emma for advise on how to handle their situation, and Sue reveals her desire to be a mother. Meanwhile, the teachers of McKinley High spar for a tenure position. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and was directed by Paris Barclay.

Singles: "Sexy and I Know It" (David with Artie and New Directions), "Don't Wanna Lose You" (Mercedes), "Bamboleo/Hero" (Sam with New Directions Boys), "La Isla Bonita" (David and Santana), "A Little Less Conversation" (Will)

Absent: Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz

313-1 13. "Heart" February 14, 2012

Plot: Love is in the air and Will has the members of New Directions perform the best love songs they can find on Glee's second Valentine's Day episode. The fathers of Rachel, Hiram and LeRoy Berry throw a dinner party for the Hummel-Hudsons. Artie and Rory both try to win the heart of Sugar. Santana is outraged when stopped by Principal Figgins from kissing Brittany in public. Meanwhile, Mercedes makes a decision regarding her relationship with Sam, and a transfer student named Joe Hart is introduced. The episode was written by Allison Adler and was directed by Brad Falchuk.

Singles: "L-O-V-E" (Mike and Tina), "Let Me Love You" (Artie with Mike, Sam, Puck, and Kurt), "Stereo Hearts" (The God Squad and Choir), "Home" (Rory), "I Will Always Love You" (Mercedes), "You're the Top" (Leroy, Hiram, and Rachel), "Cherish/Cherish" (The God Squad), "Love Shack" (New Directions)

Absent: Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays

Crash 14. "On My Way" February 21, 2012

Plot: In a deceitful bid to secure a Regionals’ victory for his Dalton Academy Warblers, New Directions’ arch rival Sebastian (guest star Grant Gustin) tries to blackmail Rachel to pull out of the singing competition. When a devastating event shocks the McKinley community, it causes the students to reevaluate their priorities, and inspires Mr. Schuester to reveal an uncharacteristic moment from his past. Meanwhile, a reinvigorated Quinn tries to regain her position on the Cheerios, Finn and Rachel make a sudden decision about their future together, Kurt helps a troubled friend through a difficult situation, and Will gets a surprising new ally. The episode was written by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and was directed by Bradley Buecker.

Singles: "Cough Syrup" (Blaine), "Stand" (Sebastian with Dalton Academy Warblers), "Glad You Came" (Sebastian with Dalton Academy Warblers), "Fly/I Believe I Can Fly" (New Directions), "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)" (The Troubletones), "Here's to Us" (Rachel with New Directions)

315-2 15. "Big Brother" April 10, 2012

Plot: Artie attempts to help a paraplegic Quinn deal with her new condition as a result of her accident, but she refuses to accept that her immobility may be permanent. Inspired by Puck's new dream of expanding his pool-cleaning business, Finn approaches Rachel about what he will do in New York, but her uncertainty leads him to believe she does not think about his future. When Figgins appoints Roz Washington (guest star NeNe Leakes) as an assistant coach to the Cheerios, Sue offers to help New Directions win Nationals and regain full leadership of her cheerleading team. Meanwhile, Blaine's brother (special guest star Matt Bomer) drops by for a visit, inciting sibling rivalry. The episode was written by Michael Hitchcock and was directed by Eric Stoltz.

Singles: "I'm Still Standing" (Quinn and Artie), "Hungry Like the Wolf/Rio" (Blaine and Cooper with New Directions), "Fighter" (Blaine), "Up Up Up" (Artie and Quinn), "Somebody That I Used to Know" (Blaine and Cooper)

316-1 16. "Saturday Night Glee-ver" April 17, 2012

Plot: Worried because some of the kids still have not found their dreams, Will assigns the club to perform songs from Saturday Night Fever in an attempt to help them find their calling. Kurt and Mercedes help Unique (guest star Alex Newell) the new star of Vocal Adrenaline, with his dreams of performing - as a woman. Meanwhile, Sam helps Mercedes further her dreams of becoming a star, Brittany posts a sex tape of her and Santana on YouTube hoping it will materialize Santana's dream of becoming famous, and Finn is further pressed by Puck to realize that his relationship with Rachel is one-sided. The episode was written by Matthew Hodgson and was directed by Bradley Buecker.

Singles: "You Should Be Dancing" (Blaine, Mike, and Brittany), "Night Fever" (Will, Joe, and Blaine with New Directions and Sue), "Disco Inferno" (Mercedes with Santana and Brittany), "If I Can't Have You" (Santana with Kurt, Mercedes, and Tina), "How Deep is Your Love" (Rachel with Jazz Band), "Boogie Shoes" (Unique with Vocal Adrenaline), "More Than a Woman" (Finn with Kurt and Santana), "Stayin' Alive" (Finn, Mercedes, and Santana)

317-2 17. "Dance With Somebody" April 24, 2012

Plot: After noticing that some of the kids are deeply affected by Whitney Houston's death, Will assigns the club to sing Whitney songs as a means of "finding themselves." Meanwhile, Kurt and Blaine experience a fallout when Blaine suspects Kurt is cheating on him with a guy he met at the music store. Romance blossoms for Quinn and Joe, and Will makes a decision regarding his forthcoming wedding with Emma. The episode was written by Ross Maxwell and was directed by Paris Barclay.

Singles: "How Will I Know" (Mercedes, Santana, Kurt, and Rachel), "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" (Brittany and Santana with Cheerios), "Saving All My Love for You" (Joe and Quinn), "So Emotional" (Santana and Rachel), "It's Not Right But It's Okay" (Blaine with New Directions except Kurt), I Have Nothing" (Kurt), "My Love Is Your Love" (New Directions)

Absent: Jane Lynch

318-1 18. "Choke" May 1, 2012

Plot: The New Directions girls are assigned to sing a song about female empowerment after Coach Roz Washington (guest star NeNe Leakes) overhears them laughing about domestic violence against women. Meanwhile, Coach Beiste faces domestic problems herself, Rachel and Kurt prepare for the audition that will determine their future in NYADA. Puck seeks help from his fellow club members in order to graduate after running into his deadbeat father (guest star Thomas Calabro). The episode was written by Marti Noxon and was directed by Michael Uppendahl.

Singles: "School's Out" (Puck), "Cell Block Tango" (Mercedes, Tina, Sugar, Brittany, and Santana), "Not the Boy Next Door" (Kurt with Tina, Mercedes, and Brittany), "The Rain in Spain" (New Directions Boys), "Shake It Out" (Santana, Tina, and Mercedes), "Cry" (Rachel)

Absent: Dianna Agron, Jayma Mays

Quinnpas1 19. "Prom-asaurus" May 8, 2012

Plot: McKinley High plans a dinosaur-themed prom night, courtesy of class president Brittany Pierce. Finn, Brittany and Rick Nelson are nominated for Prom King whereas Missy Gunderson, Santana and Quinn are nominated for Prom Queen. Rachel is hurt when she discoveres Finn and Quinn are campaigning together. With Kurt and Blaine's help, she decides to plan her own anti-prom party. Meanwhile, Quinn's rehabilitation goes well with Joe's help. This episode was written by Ryan Murphy and was directed by Eric Stoltz.

Singles: "Big Girls Don't Cry" (Rachel, Kurt, and Blaine), "Dinosaur" (Brittany with Cheerios), "Love You Like a Love Song" (Santana with Brittany and Tina), "What Makes You Beautiful" (Joe, Rory, Artie, Mike, and Sam), "Take My Breath Away" (Quinn and Santana)

320-1 20. "Props" May 15, 2012

Plot: Tina finally speaks out about her constantly being overlooked by the glee club, and soonafter experiences a body-swapping dream when she falls into a fountain and bumps her head. Meanwhile, New Directions prepares to go all the way for Nationals, and Sue and Will bicker on ways to top Vocal Adrenaline's new star, Unique (guest star Alex Newell). Rachel endeavors to find a way to be reconsidered by Carmen Tibideaux for admittance into NYADA, and Beiste makes a decision regarding her marriage. The episode was written and directed by Ian Brennan.

Singles: "I Won't Give Up" (Rachel), "Because You Loved Me" (Tina), "Mean" (Puck and Beiste), "Flashdance... What a Feeling" (Rachel and Tina)

Absent: Jayma Mays

321-1 21. "Nationals" May 15, 2012

Plot: When they arrive in Chicago for Nationals, New Directions faces a myriad of problems with their performances - Mercedes falls ill due to food poisoning, thwarting the Troubletones' number; When Will asks Tina and Quinn to stand in for Mercedes, Quinn is worried she has not recuperated completely from the accident. Rachel is nervous with the thought of Carmen Tibideaux watching her solo performance, and even more so when she encounters her ex-beau Jesse St. James, the current coach of opposing glee club Vocal Adrenaline. The episode was written by Allison Adler and was directed by Eric Stoltz.

Singles: "Edge of Glory" (The Troubletones, Quinn, and Tina), "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (Rachel with Mike, Rory, Blaine, Quinn, Tina, and Sugar), "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" (New Directions), "Starships" (Unique with Vocal Adrenaline), "Pinball Wizard" (Unique with Vocal Adrenaline), "Tongue Tied" (New Directions), "We Are the Champions" (New Directions)

GoodbyeGraduate 22. "Goodbye" May 22, 2012

Plot: As the seniors of McKinley High prepare for graduation, Rachel and Finn get ready for their wedding and big move to New York. Santana turns to her mother (special guest star Gloria Estefan) when she realizes she has no plans for the future. Meanwhile, Quinn decides to help Puck ace his geography test and graduate, and Finn, Kurt and Rachel's acceptance letters from their respective universities finally arrive, the results prompting Finn to make a life-altering decision. Mercedes and Mike's post-high school plans are also revealed. The episode was written and directed by Brad Falchuk.

Singles: "Forever Young" (Will), "I'll Remember" (Kurt), "You Get What You Give" (New Directions Seniors), "In My Life" (New Directions Juniors and Will), "Glory Days" (Puck and Finn), "Roots Before Branches" (Rachel and Finn)

Major Events

  • Santana's coming out.
  • Senior members of New Directions graduated from McKinley: Rachel, Finn, Kurt, Santana, Mercedes, Quinn, Puck, and Mike and their future plans after graduations.
  • Sue's pregnancy.
  • The rivarly between Sue and Roz.
  • Shannon and Cooter's relationship and the domestic violence by Cooter to Shannon.
  • Quinn's transformation after summer break, joining the Skanks and making over herself.
  • Quinn trying to get Beth back from Shelby.
  • Puck and Shelby's relationship.
  • Mercedes, Santana and Brittany quitting New Directions and joint The Troubletones, the rivalry between New Directions and The Troubletones happened and ended when The Troubletones lost Sectionals and integrated into New Directions.
  • Rachel and Kurt trying to get into NYADA.
  • Sam-Mercedes-Shane love triangle.
  • Dave Karofsky's suicide attempt.
  • Quinn's car accident.
  • Quinn and Joe relationship.
  • Finn's fear of not having plans after graduation.
  • Puck's fear of not graduated and being a "Lima loser."
  • The relationship progression of Kurt and Blaine, Santana and Brittany, Finn and Rachel, and Will and Emma.
  • New members of New Directions: Blaine, Rory, Sugar, and Joe.
  • Sebastian's attempt to steal Blaine from Kurt and destroy New Directions, leading the rivalry between New Directions and Warblers.
  • The wedding proposals: Finn to Rachel and Will to Emma.
  • New Directions winning Nationals for the first time.
  • Mike's father not supporting his dreams of being a dancer.
  • Blaine transferring to McKinley.


  • This is the first and only season that sees Rachel and Finn in an uninterrupted relationship.
  • During the season Rachel, Kurt, and Blaine lost their virginities. Sam lost his virginity during or prior to Season Three.
  • New Directions reached an unprecedented number of 16 members.
  • Brittany and Santana wore their Cheerios uniform in every episode.
  • Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, and Harry Shum Jr. appeared in all 22 episodes.
  • Jane Lynch is the only main character to not sing at all in the course of the season.
  • This is the only season so far to not feature an episode named after a character.


Note: No albums were released for the songs from the episodes Yes/No, Michael, The Spanish Teacher, Heart, On My Way, Big Brother, Saturday Night Glee-ver, Dance With Somebody and Prom-asaurus.



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