|Occupation(s):||Teacher, Former Vocal Adrenaline Director, Director of The Troubletones|
|Aliases:|| Miss Corcoran|
Ms. C (Puck, Quinn)
Mom (Rachel Berry)
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Rachel Berry |
|Relationships:|| Noah Puckerman |
|Friends:|| Jesse St. James |
|Enemies:||Quinn Fabray (sometimes)|
|Talent:||Singing, Performing Arts|
|Weaknesses:||Giving up Rachel (her biological daughter)|
|Last appearance:||Hold On To Sixteen|
Shelby Corcoran is the former coach of Vocal Adrenaline. She is Rachel's biological mother, and the adoptive mother of Quinn and Puck's daughter, named Beth. She is very talented, a trait passed on to her daughter, Rachel. She is just as competitive, although she doesn't resort to the underhanded tactics that her daughter will sometimes use against her opponents. Shelby was supposed to be back before the Season Three finale. It's unknown if she's going to be in Season Four.
Shelby is portrayed by Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel, who is actually mentioned in the show.
When it's discovered that Shelby's leading performer Jesse St. James is taking a romantic interest in Rachel Berry, Will and the rest of the New Directions group become concerned. Believing that Jesse is a spy, Will confronts Shelby, who denies it and says "the heart wants what the heart wants." Soon after, Shelby and Will end up making out on Will's couch. However, Will stops her and says he can't, partly because of his new relationship with Emma Pillsbury and also partly because of his not-yet divorce from Terri. Surprised that he's not even divorced yet from his wife yet already starting a relationship with another woman, Shelby offers advice to Will about figuring himself out first before pursuing another romance. Feeling he's not quite ready for even casual sex and make-out sessions, she leaves, but not before saying she knew who he was before they met and that he had a "cute dimple chin." When Rachel confronts Jesse about whether or not he's using her and to see if he truly loved her, he assures her that his feelings for her are genuine and proceeds to kiss her. As he does so however, Jesse looks up, to see Shelby standing behind Rachel, watching. She gives him a little nod, implying that Shelby really is using Jesse to spy on Will and New Directions.Dream On, Rachel confides in Jesse her lifelong dream to discover the identity of her biological mother. While they are searching through boxes of records from her basement, Jesse takes a tape from his jacket and pretends that it came from the box. The tape is labeled "From mother to daughter." Rachel refuses to listen to the tape, saying that she is not ready. Jesse later meets with Shelby in her car, where she reveals that she is Rachel's mother, but a contractual agreement prevents her from meeting with Rachel, to the point that she wasn't allowed to hold Rachel after she had been born. She implores Jesse to convince Rachel to listen to the tape, saying that not being able to meet Rachel is her one regret. Shelby sings I Dreamed a Dream on the tape, leading to a duet with Rachel singing in a fantasy sequence. Theatricality, When Rachel is spying on Vocal Adrenaline she finds out Shelby is her mother when she recognizes her voice while Shelby is singing Funny Girl. Rachel and shelby don't have a loving reunion and Shelby tells rachel she'll call her. Shelby fixes Rachel's terrible Lady Gaga outfit, when Rachel stops by and asks for help. Shelby later admits to Will that she wanted to bond with Rachel as she can't have any more children due to complications but agrees that she isn't ready for a teenage daughter, who encourages her to part ways with Rachel. Shelby meets with Rachel and says they should "be grateful for one another from afar". Rachel asks Shelby to sing with her, and they sing Poker Face together, accompanied by Brad on the piano.
In Funk, Shelby is upset that Puck and Finn slashed the tires of Vocal Adrenaline's Range Rovers, but she decides not to press charges, and she persuades Figgins not to expel Puck and Finn. Instead, she insists that Puck and Finn pay for the damages. She recommends taking it out of the New Directions budget, but Will tells her that the club will go bankrupt. Finn then tells Shelby that he and Puck will get jobs and he promises Shelby that they will pay her within a month. Shelby is fine with that. Afterwards, Figgins tries to seduce Shelby by telling her that she is wise, magnanimous, and beautiful. Shelby then leaves Figgins' office because she was uncomfortable with what Figgins just said to her.
In Journey, Shelby decides to retire from show choir after Vocal Adrenaline wins at Regionals, although Rachel suggests she could lead New Directions with Will. In the end, we see Shelby signing confirmation papers in order to adopt Puck and Quinn's daughter, Beth, as Rachel doesn't need her as a mother anymore.
She didn't appear for the entire season, but she was mentioned by Rachel in Original Song.
In the episode, Asian F, Shelby briefly appears eating lunch with Coach Beiste. She is visibly disgusted by Beiste's big creamy bowl of pasta and admits that any girl in the school would join New Directions if they wanted to join a glee club before leaving. At the end of the episode, Mercedes comes to see her to ask if she can join her glee club, becoming the second member after Sugar. Shelby smiles and the episode ends.
In the episode, Pot O' Gold, Puck and Quinn babysit Beth while Shelby has something to do. Quinn hid items such as hotsauce in the kitchen cabinet and baby botox in the bathroom in hopes she could prove Shelby is an unfit mother even though she isn't. Puck stops by later and secretly grabs all the anti child products Quinn has hid around the house and places them into his pockets. Shelby set's up a job for Puck at for her condo's pool and he gets it. He stops by to say thanks, waking up Beth from her sleep. He grabs his guitar and calms Beth as he plays. Shelby smiles at him. Puck sets down the guitar and walks with Shelby over to the crib to place Beth into. Their eyes then met and at the end of the episode Puck and Shelby share a dramatic kiss. Shelby kisses him back.
In the episode, Mash Off, Puck tells Shelby that he is in love with her. Her response was "Oh God." Puck thinks they should be together because one: She's hot, two: he's hot and three: Beth needs a dad and why shouldn't it be her real dad? Shelby rejects Puck, claiming he has a crush on her that will go away. Puck pushes further describing his dream of taking pictures for their Hanukkah cards or renting an RV to head out as a family to Coachella. Puck says "you know this is going to happen" and winks at her before leaving the classroom. Later in the week, Puck comes over to help Shelby put together the crib, but ends up playing with Beth the entire time. Shelby watches the father-daughter interaction intently and smiles. She tells Puck how good he is with Beth. Puck eventually spills the truth about Quinn's plotting to try to get Beth back. Quinn comes to Shelby's house bringing a present for Beth. Shelby outraged about finding out that Quinn tried to take Beth away from her says it doesn't matter whos body she came out of but how you put yourself second.
In the episode, I Kissed a Girl, Shelby calls Puck into the emergency room during school stating that she had no one else to call. The doctor informs the parents that Beth will need stitches after her fall which caused her to bite through her skin. Puck demands that his daughter sees a plastic surgeon instead. He comforts Shelby. She is finally unable to resist Puck and they sleep together. Afterwards, Shelby has trouble coming to grips with what she has just done and makes Puck leave. Angry, Puck tells Quinn a secret, presumably that he slept with Shelby. Shelby sings Constant Craving with Santana, Rachel, and Kurt.
In the episode, Hold On To Sixteen, Quinn attempts to tell Principal Figgins about Puck's affair with Shelby, countinously giving hints to Shelby. Then, At Regionals, while The Troubletones were perfoming. Shelby then told her that it was a mistake and that she thought it would make her feel younger, but it just made her feel older. Then Shelby left saying that she was going to enjoy her last moments of being a teacher. After the Troubletones joined The New Directions, nothing is known of what happened to Shelby afterwards.
Solos (In A Duet)
Solos (In A Group Number)
- Often wears the colors black or purple.
- She is left-handed. (As seen in Asian F)
- She knows how to play piano. (As seen in Mash Off)
- She has played Maria in West Side Story 18 times. (Stated in I Am Unicorn)
- Beth was adopted by Shelby from Quinn. (Journey)
- After giving up Rachel , she (similar to Quinn in early Season 3) cut her hair like Sinéad O'Connor and got a Regis Philbin tattoo.
- Was told by Sugar that her voice has a nasally quality.
- Called Puck at the hospital saying she had no one else.
- Was former show choir coach of Vocal Adrenaline before adopting Beth and then stepping down.
- Believes Puck is "surprisingly sweet."
- Told Quinn that while her beauty may last forever, her youth will not.
- Wants Puck and Quinn to be apart of Beth's life.
- Rachel's parents played Vivaldi into her stomach when she was pregnant with Rachel (Dream On)
- Can't do math without a calculator. (Funk)
- She has sang two Lady Gaga duets on the show - first Poker Face with Rachel in Theatricality and then You and I/You and I with Will in Mash Off.
I want you to look so talented, it's hurting you, I want a look so optimistic it could cure cancer.
—Shelby Corcoran, Hell-O
I failed as an actress. My walls are lined with trophies instead of wedding pictures. But through all of that, I only have one regret. You get her to listen to that tape!
—Shelby Corcoran, Dream On
Hi baby. It's your mom. I think this pretty much says it all.
—Shelby Corcoran, Dream On
Ladies, I don't want to hear complaints about chafing because you're being forced to wear metal underwear.
—Shelby Corcoran (to Vocal Adrenaline Girls), Theatricality
They actually sent a head hunter to track me down in New York.
Enjoy your enormous bowl of disgusting creamy pasta.
I am sorry, Quinn