|Address:|| Miami, Florida
Lima, Ohio (former)
|Occupation(s):|| Retail manager
School Nurse (former)
|Aliases:|| Mrs. Schuester (Finn)|
The One That Got Away (Bryan Ryan)
Juno (Dr. Wu)
Honey Badger (LOD)
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Kendra Giardi (sister) |
Phil Giardi (brother-in-law)
Giardi triplets (nephews)
|Relationships:||Will Schuester (ex-husband)|
|Friends:|| Sue Sylvester|
|Employer:||Principal Figgins (former)|
|Employees:|| Finn Hudson (former)
Noah Puckerman (former)
|Enemies:|| Emma Pillsbury |
|Education:||William McKinley High School|
|Talent:||Making up stories|
|Last appearance:||Glee, Actually|
Terri Schuester (née Del Monico) is a former main character on Glee. She was the wife of Glee club director Will Schuester, Terri is showcased as 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 in regard to the baby she and her husband want, Terri decides to fake her pregnancy, out of fear that he would leave her should she be unable to bear him a child. However, the plan backfires, and Will divorces her after he finds out. In spite of this, Terri attempts several times to both get back at him and win him back, but ultimately she comes to her senses and decides to move on with her life to allow Will to be free and happy. Terri makes a short cameo in the season four Christmas episode, Glee, Actually.
Terri Schuester is portrayed by Jessalyn Gilsig.
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.
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. Quinn considers this, but later refuses.
At dinner, Terri is with Will.
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 notice that Rachel is in love with Will and put her to clean all her house. Also she was mad for the Suzy Pepper's crush in 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.
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.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.
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."
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.
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.
Terri makes her return in this episode as a part of Sue Sylvester's Legion 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.
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. This is her last appearance.
In this season, Jessalyn Gilsig was written out of the series.
Emma mentions Terri.
Terri appears during the recap. Also Quinn refers to the failed marriage between Will and Terri, and Santana mentions her.
Terri is mentioned by Emma in her office as Emma and Shannon are talking about Will's three month leave.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 controling 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.
- Main article: Terri-Will Relationship
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 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)
|Loser||Funk||Finn, Puck, Sandy, and Howard|
- She is allergic to nuts. She does not eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches even though peanuts are legumes, not nuts. (As said by Will to Emma before the Carmel High School invitational in the episode, Pilot)
- She and Will had been married five years prior to their divorce.
- When she was younger, her crush was the Karate Kid (Ralph Macchio).
- It has always been her dream to cut down her own Christmas tree.
- At one point had one of the precursors to diabetes, something generally only pregnant women get.
- In Preggers, when she is about to reveal her hysterical pregnancy to her sister Kendra, the latter believes that she is going to admit the baby is black. This is a reference to Jessalyn Gilsig's role of Gina Russo on Nip/Tuck, where the child she supposedly conceived with Christian Troy ended up being black.
- The name of Terri comes from Brad Falchuk's old fifth grade teacher.
- She used to be a cheerleader in high school as mentioned in Glee: The Official Annual 2011. It was also mentioned in Vitamin D that she was Head Cheerio.
- It is mentioned in Vitamin D she got straight A's in high school.
- She is the only girl that Bryan Ryan couldn't get when he was going to school at WMHS with Will Schuester (Dream On).
- She is an internet troll (Rumours).
- She is a fan of Jerry Bruckheimer, and liked to have "Bruckheimer Night" every other week when she was married to Will (Hell-O).
Main article: Terri's Quotations