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Terri Del Monico
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General Information
Gender: Female
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Address: Miami, Florida
Lima, Ohio (former)
Occupation(s): Retail manager at Sheets-N-Things
School Nurse at William McKinley High School (former)
Aliases: Mrs. Schuester (Figgins, Finn, Quinn)
The One That Got Away (Bryan, Will)
Juno (Dr. Wu)
Dummy (Kendra)
Shrew (Sue)
Honey Badger (LOD)
Family & Friends
Family: Kendra Giardi (sister)
Phil Giardi (brother-in-law)
Kyle, Max, and Josh Giardi (nephews)
Relationships: Will Schuester (ex-husband)
Friends: Sue Sylvester
Finn Hudson
Noah Puckerman
Howard Bamboo
Ken Tanaka
Dustin Goolsby
Sandy Ryerson
Will Schuester
Quinn Fabray
Employer: Principal Figgins (former)
Employees: Finn Hudson (former)
Noah Puckerman (former)
Enemies: Emma Pillsbury
Holly Holliday
Other Information
Interests: Puzzles
Education: William McKinley High School
Talent: Making up stories
Series Information
First appearance: Pilot
Last appearance: Glee, Actually
Portrayer: Jessalyn Gilsig

Terri Del Monico (previously Schuester) is a former main character on Glee. She was the wife of Glee Club director Will Schuester.

Terri is a manipulative, nagging spouse, consistently undermining her husband's dreams and ambitions because they conflict with her own ideas of what he should do in life. After being diagnosed with a hysterical pregnancy, Terri decides to fake a pregnancy out of fear that Will would leave her should she be unable to conceive. However, the plan backfires, and Will divorces her after he finds out. Terri attempts several times to win him back, but ultimately she comes to her senses and decides to move on with her life. Terri makes a short cameo in the Season Four Christmas episode, Glee, Actually.

She is portrayed by Jessalyn Gilsig


Season One


Terri was first seen in the Pilot episode, as Will came to visit her at work and told her that he would need to be working late for a while longer because Principal Figgins was making him to the night detentions for free. Terri was upset about this. Later that night, they worked on a puzzle. Terri denied Will's offer for her to chaperon the Glee club's field trip to see their competition Vocal Adrenaline. Will confronted her about her pottery barn habit and that they couldn't afford all the stuff that she buying. Terri angrily claimed that it wasn't wrong to want a normal life and have a glue gun that works. Later on, she gets a positive pregnancy test, she tells Will about it.


Her sister Kendra Giardi tells her that they should move into a new house. They look at a very large and expensive house. Will doesn't think that he can afford it, but Terri begs him for the house. Will took up a second job as a night janitor at William McKinley High School. However, when Terri goes to get an ultrasound, her obstetrician Dr. Wu tells her that she is having a hysterical pregnancy where she wants to get pregnant so badly that her body mimics the symptoms causing a positive pregnancy test. That night, she made dinner for Will, but as she was about to tell him, he told her how excited he was about the child. So Terri lied and told him that the baby was a boy and told him that they didn't need the big house and she was fine with giving up her craft room. 

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When Terri discovers that one of Will's students, Quinn, is pregnant, Terri proposes to take the baby off Quinn's hands once it's born. Although reluctant to trust a woman who randomly appeared in her car offering to take her baby, Quinn agrees. Terri admits that she thinks she is a little overweight and gets a boob job. However, when Quinn asks for financial support to raise the baby, Terri refuses, saying "I'll be raising the baby for 18 years. I think you can handle 9 months." Terri then spends the next few months lying to Will about the pregnancy, and forbidding him to touch her belly for fear of him discovering the truth. She only shares this information with her sister Kendra who is more than happy to help her lie and manipulate Will. Terri gets a job as the school nurse at McKinley, to spy on Will and Emma, who Sue told her to be suspicious of. Terri forces Ken to propose to Emma, so that she cannot be with Will. This is a success, and Emma is taken. Together, Terri and Kendra also blackmail Dr. Wu into using Quinn's ultrasounds and tests to help convince Will of the baby's existence. When it is revealed that Quinn is going to have a girl however, Terri forces Dr. Wu to admit he made a 'mistake'.



At the beginning, Will tell his parents at dinner that Terri is pregnant. Terri is shocked. Then, Terri has sex with Will more frequently to really get pregnant, but it doesn't work. When Will performs I Wanna Sex You Up, Terri notice how Emma enjoy the performance. Terri tells Will how impressed she was.


Terri wants Quinn's unborn child. She talked to Quinn about this knowing that Quinn doesn't want to take care of the baby. Quinn agrees and considers Terri, but later on the episode, Quinn refuses to do it.

The Rhodes Not Taken

At dinner, Terri is with Will.

Vitamin D

Terri takes on the job of school nurse, albeit unqualified, to keep on eye on Will. However, Terri is forced to resign after a week due to giving Ken and the Glee kids pseudophedrine to enhance their performances. From this point, Will begins to question his and Terri's quality of their marriage.


Will tells Terri he's tired of not having any involvement in their unborn son. He demands to be taken to the next OB appointment.


Terri notices that Rachel is in love with Will and takes advantage of this, making her clean all her house. It is also shown that she was mad at Suzy Pepper for having a crush on Will.


Quinn begins to doubt her decision to give her baby to Terri, but she must make up her mind soon because she already has a very big bump by this episode and re-considers her stance on raising the baby with Puck instead of Finn. She tells Terri she wants to keep the baby, but in an effort to change her mind, Terri's sister Kendra has Quinn babysit her three unruly sons.


The truth about the pregnancy at last is revealed when Will finds the fake baby-bump belt in Terri's underwear drawer. Furious, Will confronts Terri, demanding the truth, Terri lies and says it's for trying on Pregnancy clothes. But when Will touches her belly, realizes to his horror that she was lying to him the entire time. Terri admits to her deeds, stating that Will had changed since starting up the Glee Club, and that she did not like the change. She told him that she was afraid he would leave her, because she was no longer the girl he met in high school, and that the baby was the only way to keep him. Will, hurt and furious, storms out of the house, leaving Terri behind.


Following the New Directions' performance at Sectionals, Will went back to the house to get something to wear for Ken and Emma's wedding, while he was there, Terri entered. Will noted that she was home early, Terri told him that she had gone home early. Terri told him that she was seeing a therapist and she was taking full responsibility, Will told her that he tried to see her the way that he used to see her, but every time, it didn't work. Will told her that he didn't love her anymore and left. All of Terri's plans have failed by the end of Sectionals, Will found out she wasn't pregnant the episode before; drama has risen in Quinn's pregnancy, making it more difficult for Terri to get the baby; and Emma and Ken's wedding is off, so Will and Emma finally began a relationship.


It is revealed that Terri has moved out of the apartment, leaving the residence to Will. She has however taken all of the DVDs in a passive-aggressive move. They are still married legally, but for all intents and purposes, they are no longer together. Later when Emma is preparing a romantic dinner for Will, Terri arrives to pick up the last of her DVDs. Aggravated by the sight of Emma, Terri proceeds to put a wedge between Will and Emma by informing her that Hello Again, the song Will promised would be "Emma & Will's," was his and Terri's song during their high school prom. Terri's strike works in that Emma opts to call off the budding relationship, due to Will not being ready for a romance so soon after his break-up from Terri.

Dream On

When Will takes Bryan Ryan, a former colleague of his who became a board member for Lima Public Schools at McKinley High, out for drinks, they share a talk about their high school years and Will reminds Bryan that the latter used to date every girl in school, but Ryan tells him one girl got away, Terri Del Monico. Will reveals to him that he grew up to marry Terri, but that didn't work out well.


Terri returns where she signs divorce papers with Will Schuester. She is then seen working in Sheets N'

Terri with Finn in "Funk."

Things along with Puck and Finn. After that, she sings her first vocal performance in the song Loser along with Finn, Puck, Howard Bamboo and Sandy Ryerson. When Finn asks how to fold, Terri finds that he is in many ways like Will, and proceeds to promote him to Executive Assistant. She then helps find a good Funk song for the Glee Club.

Season Two


Terri makes her first appearance of the season in the episode Britney/Brittany, where she interrupts Will as he was about to drive off with Emma in his new Corvette. She angrily reprimands him for buying such an expensive car and upsets Emma, who storms away. Terri reveals that she still has feelings for Will, feelings which Will says are not mutual anymore. She tells him that he will come to his senses one day, get over Emma, and get back together with "the one woman who knows how to love him."

The Substitute

Will and Terri
Terri takes it upon herself to take care of ill Will. She makes him soup and feeds him, hoping that nursing him back to health will rekindle some of their romance. Although Will is reluctant to receive any care, he eventually yields after Terri reminds him of how well she knows him and cares for him since they were married (and dating) for fifteen years. She even goes so far as to put on "Singing In The Rain" for Will because she knows that it's his favorite movie to watch when sick. She comes a second time and tries to seduce Will, and though initially reluctant again, Will decides to sleep with her against his better judgment. She comes back a final time to bring Will more soup, only to find Will and Holly Holliday drinking beer together. She becomes erratic and begins to yell at Will, thinking that Holly and Will are dating. Will apologizes to Terri, claiming that the night they slept together was a mistake, and that he only did so because he was lonely and she was there. Terri apologizes too and says she'll come back another time, but Will tells her not too. She tells him that it's his last chance and she won't come back after that. After hearing no response from him, she tells him that he's going to regret his decision for not getting back together with her and leaves.

A Very Glee Christmas

In A Very Glee Christmas, Terri makes a very brief appearance in a flashback. In the flashback, Terri feigns enthusiasm over Will's poor choice of gift for her: jumper cables.

A Night of Neglect

Terri makes her return in this episode as a part of Sue Sylvester's League of Doom. During the meeting, she complains of a lack of bagels and the stupidity of their team's name. Her codename as designated by Sue is "Honey Badger," a reference to the YouTube video which depicts said badger as the most fierce animal of all. While she still loves Will, she decides to join because she hates New Directions (whom she blames for her failed marriage) and also because she needs a new hobby. Although she takes no part in ruining the Night of Neglect Benefit Concert, she does make one final appearance at the end of the episode. After the other members' failed attempts at sabotaging the Glee Club, Sue dramatically decides that Terri should be next up to terrorize the Glee Club, foreshadowing her return as a nemesis in the next episode.


Terri continues her role in the Legion of Doom, meeting with Sue at the beginning to discuss her new plan. April returns and wants Will to join her in her Broadway show. Terri takes this opportunity to convince April into making him go, so that Will can be happy, and so that the Glee Club will disband.


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Terri says goodbye to Will.

Terri recruits Howard Bamboo as an "expert computer hacker" to help Sue disrupt the Glee Club's trip to Nationals. By impersonating Principal Figgins, they are able to re-route the club's travel plans through Tripoli, Libya (which was in the midst of a civil war at the time the episode first aired). However, Terri seems to be having second thoughts about sending the club into mortal danger. At the end of the episode, she tells Will that she is leaving Lima to become the manager of a new Sheets-N-Things branch in Miami. As a parting gift, she gives Will first-class airline tickets to New York for the entire Glee Club. With one last look at Will, she tearfully leaves. 

Season Three

In this season, Jessalyn Gilsig was written out of the series.

Asian F

Emma mentions Terri.


Terri appears during the recap. Also, Quinn refers to the failed marriage between Will and Terri and Santana mentions her when she asks Mr. Schuester about how he proposed to her.

Season Four

The Role You Were Born to Play

Terri is mentioned by Emma in her office as Emma and Shannon are talking about Will's three month leave.

Glee, Actually

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Terri during Artie's dream.

Terri appears again for the first time after the season two episode, Funeral. She is seen when Artie has a Christmas dream of what would happen if the glee club never existed. Terri is seen controlling Will's apathetic life after marrying. She informs Artie that Emma now lives with her husband Ken Tanaka in Hawaii. It can be seen that she still lies about having a baby, because she has a false child in her arms and says that Will can't notice it because he is too drunk.

Season Five


Will mentions her when he asks Emma if she's really pregnant, and not the same story all over again.

New Directions

Sue tells Will she doesn't like any of Will's spouses (Terri or Emma), but at least Emma is kind to him.


Will Schuester

Main article: Terri-Will Relationship (Werri)

Will and Terri in 'Showmance'

Will Schuester was her first boyfriend in high school, and after graduation they got married. Although Terri and Will have been in love for years, it is clear that their relationship is not a healthy one. The key example of this is when Terri fakes her pregnancy. Terri at first struggles with telling Will the truth and regrets lying, but rather than admitting to Will the truth, she hides the fact her pregnancy was never real, and secretly makes plans to adopt Quinn Fabray's baby. Will remains convinced that Terri is a good woman, however as the series progresses he begins to show discontent with the relationship, particularly after Terri begins giving kids medication during a brief stint as a school nurse, and manipulating his student Rachel when she had a crush on Will. Upon discovering that Terri has been lying to him about the pregnancy, Terri reveals that she was unhappy with how Will was more confident and happy, and was afraid that he would leave her, as they were no longer the same people they were as kids. Will is furious and almost on the verge of being violent, as he storms out of the house, with Terri sobbing behind him. The next time we see Terri is in Sectionals where she tells Will she has began a form of therapy (a free group session at the community center). He tells her that he doesn't feel love for her anymore because of who she became and what she did to them. In the end, he leaves her. In Funk, their divorce is finalized. Their relationship is revisited in The Substitute; however when Will is sick and Terri comes to take care of him and the two sleep together. At the end, Will admits he was lonely and that it was a mistake.

Finn Hudson

In Funk, she hires him to work at Sheets-n-Things, and starts seeing him as Will and dreamily asks how old he is. She helps him with his Funk Glee club assignment and smiles and says that he could maybe be her second chance when it comes to love when he tells her that she's a total MILF. Later on, she says that she believes in him.

Bryan Ryan

Bryan Ryan never had a relationship with Terri, though in Dream On he hints he may have been in love with Terri in high school. He refers to her as "the one who got away."


Solos (In a Group Number)

Season One



Solos with

Loser Funk Finn, Howard, Puck, and Sandy


  • The name "Terri" comes from Brad Falchuk's old fifth grade school teacher.
  • In Preggers, when Terri is about to reveal her hysterical pregnancy to her sister, Kendra, the latter asks if the baby is black. This is a reference to Jessalyn Gilsig's role of Gina Russo from Ryan Murphy's previous show Nip/Tuck, where the child she supposedly conceived with Christian Troy ended up being black.



Main article: Terri's Quotations

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