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Glee Season Two
Season Two, Episodes 23-44
First Aired September 21, 2010
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Season Two of Glee aired between September 21, 2010 and May 24, 2011. The season aired in the 8pm (ET) time slot every Tuesday. The season was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ryan Murphy Television, with series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk as executive producers, alongside Dante Di Loreto.

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 Two follows the club through the sectional, regional and national show choir competitions. Season Two also introduced several new characters, such as Sam Evans, Sunshine Corazon, Blaine Anderson, and Shannon Beiste, as well as Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez), Heather Morris (Brittany S. Pierce) and Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel) being promoted to the main cast, as their characters were only recurring in Season One. Harry Shum Jr. and Ashley Fink (Mike Chang and Lauren Zizes respectively) roles were increased in the show.


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Image Title Original Airdate U.S. Viewers
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201-2 1. "Audition" September 21, 2010 12.45

Plot: When both Will (Matthew Morrison) and Sue (Jane Lynch) are bombarded by even more budget cuts, Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) try to find new members for New Directions. Meanwhile, the football team adjusts to new football coach Shannon Beiste (recurring guest star Dot-Marie Jones), who temporarily kicks Finn off the team. Quinn (Dianna Agron) replaces Santana (Naya Rivera) as head of the Cheerios. Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Mike (recurring guest star Harry Shum Jr.) begin dating, and a foreign exchange student (guest star Charice) threatens Rachel's role as the alpha lead of New Directions. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Brad Falchuk.

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)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays, Mike O'Malley

202-1 2. "Britney/Brittany" September 28, 2010 13.51

Plot: When New Directions wants to perform a Britney Spears number at the Homecoming Assembly, Will (Matthew Morrison) is reluctant to go that edgy. At the same time, Brittany (Heather Morris), Santana (Naya Rivera), Rachel (Lea Michele), and Artie (Kevin McHale) all go to Emma's (Jayma Mays) new boyfriend Carl's (special guest star John Stamos) dentist office to have their teeth cleaned, and experience Britney Spears fantasies while under anesthesia. Artie joins the football team. The episode was written and directed by Ryan Murphy.

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

203-1 3. "Grilled Cheesus" October 5, 2010 11.20

Plot: Upon seeing the face of Jesus in his grilled cheese sandwich, Finn (Cory Monteith) has an existential crisis. Because of this, the kids discuss religion and its significance to them. Kurt (Chris Colfer) also faces a crisis when his father Burt (Mike O'Malley) has a heart attack and becomes comatose. Sue (Jane Lynch) questions her own beliefs and talks to her sister Jean (recurring guest star Robin Trocki) about God as well. The episode was written by Brad Falchuk and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

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

DCover 4. "Duets" October 12, 2010 11.36

Plot: When Puck goes to juvie, New Directions welcomes Sam (recurring guest star Chord Overstreet) as a new member and Will (Matthew Morrison) assigns a duet competition for the week. Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) throw the competition so that Sam will feel welcome. The love triangle between Artie (Kevin McHale), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), and Mike (recurring guest star Harry Shum Jr.) develops, as does Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany's (Heather Morris) relationship. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Eric Stoltz.

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)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Mark Salling

205-1 5. "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" October 26, 2010 11.76

Plot: After Will (Matthew Morrison) learns of Emma's (Jayma Mays) newfound love for the Rocky Horror Picture Show, he impulsively decides to have the glee club perform it as the school musical. However, problem after problem, including Sue (Jane Lynch) going undercover to expose the boundary-pushing club on television, prevent New Directions from performing it in front of an audience. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Adam Shankman.

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)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Mike O'Malley, Mark Salling

206-1 6. "Never Been Kissed" November 9, 2010 10.99

Plot: Will (Matthew Morrison) separates the group for another mash-up competition. Kurt (Chris Colfer), tired of being harassed by Karofsky (recurring guest star Max Adler), spies for New Directions at Dalton Academy, where he meets Blaine (recurring guest star Darren Criss). Blaine encourages Kurt to stand up for himself. Coach Beiste (recurring guest star Dot-Marie Jones) discovers the boys use her as a turn-off method and attempts to quit her job. Puck (Mark Salling) returns and develops a friendship with Artie (Kevin McHale) through his community service project. The episode was written by Brad Falchuk and directed by Bradley Buecker.

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)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays (appears in a deleted scene), Mike O'Malley

207-1 7. "The Substitute" November 16, 2010 11.70

Plot: Will (Matthew Morrison) becomes ill, and is replaced by substitute teacher Holly Holliday (special guest star Gwyneth Paltrow). Meanwhile, Sue (Jane Lynch) takes over as principal when Figgins (recurring guest star Iqbal Theba) also takes ill, and flexes her power on campus. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Ryan Murphy.

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)

Absent: Jayma Mays, Mike O'Malley

208-1 8. "Furt" November 23, 2010 10.41

Plot: Sue's (Jane Lynch) Nazi-hunting mother Doris Sylvester (guest star Carol Burnett) pays her a visit due to her upcoming wedding to herself, Finn (Cory Monteith) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) face the marriage of their parents (Mike O'Malley and recurring guest star Romy Rosemont), and the administration takes a stand against Karofsky (recurring guest star Max Adler) which leads to Kurt taking a drastic step. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Carol Banker.

Singles: "Ohio" (Doris and Sue), "Marry You" (New Directions), "Sway" (Will), "Just the Way You Are" (Finn with New Directions except Kurt)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays

SECover 9. "Special Education" November 30, 2010 11.68

Plot: New Directions, The Warblers, and The Hipsters face off at Sectionals, with unexpected results. Carl (special guest star John Stamos) and Emma's (Jayma Mays) romance develops to Will's (Matthew Morrison) dismay. The episode was written by Brad Falchuk and directed by Paris Barclay.

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)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Mike O'Malley

210-1 10. "A Very Glee Christmas" December 7, 2010 11.07

Plot: The faculty hold a Secret Santa gift exchange, but Sue (Jane Lynch) tampers with the outcome to her favor. Meanwhile, Finn (Cory Monteith) decides to brighten the school with the upcoming winter holidays and Artie (Kevin McHale) finds out Brittany (Heather Morris) still holds belief in Santa Claus. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

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

211-1 11. "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle" February 6, 2011 26.80

Plot: A local football championship game takes place and a Thriller mash-up is performed during the halftime show. Meanwhile, Will (Matthew Morrison) and Coach Beiste (recurring guest star Dot-Marie Jones) plan to get the glee club and the Titans to work together and Sue (Jane Lynch) does everything she can to make sure she wins Nationals again. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Brad Falchuk.

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)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays

212-1 12. "Silly Love Songs" February 8, 2011 11.58

Plot: Director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) assigns the McKinley High glee club to perform love songs in honor of Valentine's Day. Finn (Cory Monteith) sets up a kissing booth hoping to kiss Quinn (Dianna Agron) again. After recruiting Lauren Zizes (recurring guest star Ashley Fink), Puck (Mark Salling) attempts to woo her. Meanwhile, Kurt (Chris Colfer) is appalled to learn that Blaine (recurring guest star Darren Criss) is interested in someone else. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Tate Donovan.

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)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Mike O'Malley

213-1 13. "Comeback" February 15, 2011 10.53

Plot: Rachel (Lea Michele) tries to get into McKinley High's social swing, with the help of Brittany (Heather Morris). Sensing reluctance, Sam (recurring guest star Chord Overstreet) forms a tribute band to further sweep Quinn (Dianna Agron) off her feet. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Bradley Buecker.

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)

Absent: Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Mike O'Malley

214-1 14. "Blame It on the Alcohol" February 22, 2011 10.58

Plot: When Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba) teaches the student body about the danger of underage drinking, he requests New Directions to perform for the assembly. Rachel (Lea Michele) throws a party, and things heat up with a game of spin the bottle. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Eric Stoltz.

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

SCover 15. "Sexy" March 8, 2011 11.92

Plot: When free-spirited substitute teacher Holly Holliday (special guest star Gwyneth Paltrow) fills in for the absent sex-education teacher, she joins forces with Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) to teach the kids of New Directions the facts of life. In need of guidance, Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) approach Holly on how to figure out their relationship. Meanwhile, Emma (Jayma Mays) heads up the Celibacy Club, and she and Carl (special guest star John Stamos) address some issues in their personal life. The episode was written by Brad Falchuk and directed by Ryan Murphy.

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

216-1 16. "Original Song" March 15, 2011 11.15

Plot: New Directions compete against the Dalton Academy Warblers and Aural Intensity at the Regionals round of competition, performing original songs written by Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Rachel (Lea Michele). The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Bradley Buecker.

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)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays, Mike O'Malley

217-1 17. "A Night of Neglect" April 19, 2011 9.80

Plot: New Directions plans a concert in order to help them to raise money to their trip to Nationals. Meanwhile, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) recruits Sandy Ryerson (recurring guest star Stephen Tobolowsky), Dustin Goolsby (guest star Cheyenne Jackson) and Will's (Matthew Morrison) ex-wife Terri Del Monico (Jessalyn Gilsig) into the League of Doom to bring down New Directions, Sunshine (guest star Charice) returns to help with the concert, and Mercedes (Amber Riley) feels underappreciated. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Carol Banker.

Singles: "All by Myself" (Sunshine), "I Follow Rivers" (Tina), "Turning Tables" (Holly), "Ain't No Way" (Mercedes)

Absent: Mike O'Malley

218-1 18. "Born This Way" April 26, 2011 8.62

Plot: Finn (Cory Monteith) accidentally hits Rachel's (Lea Michele) face while rehearsing resulting in her decision to have rhinoplasty. In an attempt to win the prom queen title, Lauren (recurring guest star Ashley Fink) uncovers Quinn's secret (Dianna Agron). Meanwhile, Santana (Naya Rivera) and Dave (recurring guest star Max Adler) forms "The Bully Whip," an anti-bullying club to protect outcasts from bullies, and Kurt (Chris Colfer) returns to McKinley High. The episode was written by Brad Falchuk and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

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)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch

219-1 19. "Rumours" May 3, 2011 8.85

Plot: April Rhodes returns and wants to do a broadway show with Will (Matthew Morrison). Discovering Brittany's (Heather Morris) relationship with Santana (Naya Rivera), Artie (Kevin McHale) calls quits. Meanwhile, Rachel (Lea Michele) suspects Quinn (Dianna Agron) is cheating on Finn (Cory Monteith) with Sam (recurring guest star Chord Overstreet). The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Tim Hunter.

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

220-1 20. "Prom Queen" May 10, 2011 9.29

Plot: As the race for prom queen heats up, Principal Figgins (recurring guest star Iqbal Theba) recruits New Directions to perform during prom. Jesse St. James (recurring guest star Jonathan Groff) returns to woo Rachel, making Finn (Cory Monteith), and subsequently Quinn (Dianna Agron), angry. Meanwhile, Kurt (Chris Colfer) attempts to help Karofsky (recurring guest star Max Adler) deal with his sexuality, and a surprising pair wins Prom King and Queen. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Eric Stoltz.

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)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays

221-1 21. "Funeral" May 17, 2011 8.97

Plot: As New Directions gets closer to Nationals, Sue (Jane Lynch) tries to mess up their plane tickets while the club comes together to plan the funeral of her sister. Jesse (recurring guest star Jonathan Groff) attempts to manipulate Will (Matthew Morrison) and make the glee club what he wants, leaving Rachel (Lea Michele) the only one happy with his efforts. Finn (Cory Monteith) breaks up with Quinn (Dianna Agron) due to his lingering feelings for Rachel. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Bradley Buecker.

Singles: "Back to Black" (Santana), "Some People" (Kurt), "Try a Little Tenderness" (Mercedes), "My Man" (Rachel), "Pure Imagination" (New Directions)

Absent: Mike O'Malley

222-1 22. "New York" May 24, 2011 11.80

Plot: New Directions heads to New York City for the National Show Choir Championship and faces Vocal Adrenaline once again, taking time to see landmarks while there. Will (Matthew Morrison) prepares to head to Broadway with April while hiding it from the kids. Kurt (Chris Colfer) helps Rachel (Lea Michele) as she is forced to make a decision about her future with Finn (Cory Monteith). The episode was written and directed by Brad Falchuk.

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!" (Unnamed All-Girl Choir), "As Long as You're There" (Sunshine with Vocal Adrenaline), "Pretending" (Rachel and Finn), "Light up the World" (New Directions)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Mike O'Malley

Major Events

  • 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 bread 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.



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