|Season One, Episode Six|
|First Aired||October 7, 2009|
"The Rhodes Not Taken"
Will challenges the kids to a healthy dose of comptetition with boys against girls in a mashup showdown. Meanwhile, Terri takes a job as the school nurse to keep an eye on Will, despite having no medical experience, and hands out Vitamin D to the New Directions, which causes a serious boost of energy, but comes with a consequence.
The episode was directed by Elodie Keene and written by Ryan Murphy.
PlotTwo weeks before Sectionals, Will is worried the glee club is being too cocky. He tells Emma it started when they received a particularly easy sectional draw. Sue overhears Will's concern and thinks he needs to kick-start their competitive spirit. Will decides to have the boys face the girls in a mash-up competition. The winner gets to choose the number for sectionals. Will tells them there will be a surprise celebrity judge. Finn catches Will's attention, as he obviously looks so drowsy, he then explains that he's worn-out. We get a voice-over of Sue writing in her journal. She mentions a recent "disaster" in which Quinn's knee slightly buckled during a pyramid. That kind of screw-up could cost the Cheerios their national title, Sue thinks. When she asks Quinn what's wrong, Quinn blames it on Glee. Sue decides she must bring down Will. Sue has a conversation with Terri about Will's relationship with Emma. She implies that Terri must intervene to prevent an affair. This leads Terri to try and get a job at the school.
Will tells Emma he wants her to judge the Glee-off. While he's talking to her about the competition, Terri walks in and tells them she is the new school nurse.
In a voiceover, Finn says he having trouble staying awake at football and glee practice. He also can't seem to get Rachel out of his mind. He says, "Quinn's hot, popular, and she's carrying my baby and all, but I can't get Rachel out of my head. She kind of freaks me out in a Swim Fan kind of way, but she can really sing, and her body is smoking. If you're not into boobs." Puck suggests he see the nurse about his exhaustion.
The girls are super-confident they will beat the boys and aren't interested in Rachel's suggestion they practice.Finn tells Terri he's tired but can't seem to get any sleep. When he expresses ambivalence about girls, and asking 'Can you like two girls at the same time?' Terri tries to turn him towards Quinn, by saying 'No. And remember, flirting is cheating.' She gives him pseudoephedrine to stay awake. A wired Finn shows up to practice and gives the 'vitamins' to the rest of the guys.
Rachel extends an olive branch to Quinn, telling her that pregnancy will eventually make her an outsider and she will need Glee more than ever.
Terri has Howard buy lots more decongestant. Ken comes in to her office and complains Emma and Will may be in love with each other. Terri confesses she's only there to keep an eye on Will and wants a way out of the job. Ken is in love with Emma but admits she isn't interested in him physically. She tells Ken he should propose and gives him pseudoephedrine to boost his courage.
With the guys performing well, Rachel is still trying to get the girls to work harder. Kurt walks in the room and tells them the guys took pills.
Rachel confronts Finn in the hallway about his chemical enhancement. Finn tells her he needs help given how much he has on his plate and talks trash that the guys are going to win.Terri passes out pseudoephedrine to the Glee girls. Will tells Terri that she is smothering him at school. Ken proposes to Emma in the teachers lounge. He promises to keep her "clean of sadness and loneliness."
After Rachel frantically introduces the girls' performance, they do a strong mash-up of Halo and Walking on Sunshine. Will takes Emma into the hallway and asks about Ken's proposal. She asks Will if he thinks she has any other options. Terri goes to Emma's office and tells her she has no chance with Will. Emma says Will deserves better than Terri. Terri advises her to marry Ken.Quinn tells Terri she doesn't think she is ready to be a mother. Quinn is okay with giving Terri the baby, but doesn't want Will to find out. Terri turns Quinn down when Quinn asks for financial support during the pregnancy.
Emma asks Ken what it would mean if they got married. She doesn't want to change her name, move in with him, have a ceremony or tell anybody. Ken reluctantly asks: "Is that a yes?"
Rachel and Finn both feel guilty about taking the pills. They agree they should both disqualify their teams.Will is furious to learn Terri gave his kids pills. Figgins forces Terri to resign and makes Will take on Sue as a co-director.
Emma finds Will in the hallway and tells him about her answer to Ken's proposal: "Yes." She then walks away from him, he does the same, and they both look at each other, realizing that they lost the chance for them to be together.
It is not revealed who wins, because Will tells them that they used pills so the competition is over.
|Song Title||Original Artist||Performer(s)|
|It's My Life/Confessions Part II||Bon Jovi/Usher||Finn Hudson and Artie Abrams with Noah Puckerman and New Directions Boys|
|Halo/Walking on Sunshine||Beyoncé/Katrina and the Waves||Rachel Berry and Mercedes Jones with New Directions Girls|
- Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder. Rachel's alarm clock music as she wakes up and the song on her iPod/alarm clock and hits the elliptical.
- Patrick Gallagher as Ken Tanaka
- Iqbal Theba as Principal Figgins
- Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez
- Heather Morris as Brittany Pierce
- Harry Shum Jr. as Mike Chang
- Dijon Talton as Matt Rutherford
- Kent Avenido as Howard Bamboo
- Joe Hursley as Joe
- This is the only episode, to date, where all the songs are performed in the choir room.
- This episode was watched by 7.30 million viewers.
- Quinn is the only Glee Club member to not take any drugs, due to her pregnancy.
- This episode has had the second least amount of songs in the series, falling second to the only song in Preggers (the episode had three songs but only one was released).
- This is the first episode where no solos are sung.
- We find out Rachel's exercise song is Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder.
- This episode began the tradition of having a "mash up" contest in the sixth episode of every season. However, this tradition was broken in Season Four when the sixth episode contained the school musical, Grease. The "mash up" competition was held in the fifteenth episode, Girls (and Boys) on Film.
- When Sue is scheming to get Will to leave (and scuttle the Glee Club's chances of success), she tells Terri that she should become the school nurse and see for herself that there is romantic tension between Will and Emma. When Terri says she can't do that because she's not a nurse, Sue replies, "I'm not an American citizen. I was born in the Panama Canal zone. But I managed to get a passport. And run for office twice." This is a reference to Arizona Senator John McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone and who ran for the presidency of the United States in 2000 and 2008.
- Terri tells Emma that Ken Tanaka's "melting pot of ethnicities" would leave any child they had open to a multitude of genetic diseases. A diverse ethnic background makes a person less likely to be affected by genetic disorders, seeing as faulty genes cancel each other out. (It's possible that Terri knew this and was just saying it to be offensive.)
- Terri says that the Pseudoephedrine products are "simple over the counter" items that you can get in the store with no problem. Actually, the US regulates the sale of pseudoephedrine products, limiting a person to how much they can buy in the store. Most stores scan the license in store and it would prevent Terri from getting as many boxes as she did, unless she bought some herself as well.
- When all of the New Directions girls are lined up to get pills from Terri, there are two girls at the end of the line that are supposed to be Brittany and Santana, but they are not. This becomes increasingly obvious when, at the other end of the line, standing next to Rachel, is the real Santana (At 25:46) The whole line of girls can be seen - seven total, with fake Brittany, fake Santana, Mercedes, Tina, Quinn, Rachel, and real Santana.
- When Rachel is confronting Finn about the pseudoephedrine, there's a take of Finn facing the opposite direction to Rachel. Then in the next take he has turned face her. He could not have done a 180-degree turn in under a second.
- When Rachel walks up to Quinn by her locker, she tells Quinn about the girls versus boys competition, although Quinn was actually present when Will told the Glee Club about the competition.
People who can't hear what they're singing and criminals who don't care. This is going to be a cake walk!
Will: Hey hope you guys are up for this competition. Girls look pretty pumped.
Artie: We're planning on smacking them down like the hand of God.
Emma: So what would, um... what would getting married mean exactly? Because I would want to keep my last name and I’d want to continue living in different parts of town, and um, I think it would be best if we didn’t see each other after school.
Emma: And I wouldn’t want a big ceremony, you know, like in a church... with people. We wouldn’t have to invite anybody, you know, or tell anybody actually. It could be more like a secret, you know, like a secret marriage.
Ken: That’s actually a better deal than I expected.
Rachel: Thank you so much, it really is a pleasure. While the boys chose a selection of songs that casts an eye inward on the irresponsible life choices and sexual hunger of today's modern teens we have chosen a selection of songs that speaks of the nation as a whole during these troubling times filled with economic uncertainty and unbridled social woes, because if there's two things America needs right now, that is sunshine and optimism! Also angels.