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Glee: Showmance

The Glee Club performs for the school for the first time. Meanwhile, when Quinn sees that Rachel has feelings for Finn, she goes to any length possible to keep him. Later, Mr. Schuester's wife reveals some surprising news.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 1ARC01
Airdate: Wednesday September 09th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Jan 11, 2010
NL (RTL 5) Sep 14, 2010
Russia Sep 16, 2010

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Guest Stars
Aidan Freedman
As Giardi Triplet #2
Ben Freedman
As Giardi Triplet #3
Ethan Freedman
As Giardi Triplet #1
Heather Morris
As Brittany
Iqbal Theba
As Principal Figgins
Jennifer Aspen
As Kendra
Josh Sussman
As Jacob Ben Israel
Kenneth Choi
As Guest Star
Michael Loeffelholz
As Phil
Naya Rivera
As Santana Lopez
Patrick Gallagher
As Ken Tanaka
Romy Rosemont
As Mrs. Hudson
Main Cast
Matthew Morrison
As Will Schuester
Lea Michele
As Rachel Berry
Chris Colfer
As Kurt Hummel
Jenna Ushkowitz
As Tina Cohen-Chang
Kevin McHale
As Artie Abrams
Cory Monteith
As Finn Hudson
Mark Salling
As Noah 'Puck' Puckerman
Amber Riley
As Mercedes Jones
Jayma Mays
As Emma Pillsbury
Dianna Agron
As Quinn Fabray
Jessalyn Gilsig
As Terri Del Monaco/Schuester


The episode opens with Kurt being thrown into a dumpster by the football players. He tells them that one day they will all work for him. Emma and Will run into one another and he thanks her for being there for him and have a nice brief conversation. They are quite flirty, too...

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Episode Notes
Brochures that Emma has in her office include: "Ouch! That Stings!,""Divorce: Why Your Parents Stopped Loving You," "I Can't Stop Touching Myself," "Radon: The Silent Killer," and "So You Like Throwing Up: Understanding and Overcoming Bulimia."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
ChicLe Freak 
Dean MartinAin't That a Kick in the Head 
Dionne WarwickI Say a Little Prayer 
Eric CarmenAll by Myself 
Kanye WestGold Digger 
RihannaTake a Bow 

Episode Quotes
Sue: Gay parents encourage rebellion. There are studies on this.

Sue: We're gonna bring this club down!
Quinn: And I'm gonna get my boyfriend back!
Sue: I don't care so much about that.

Finn: I want to do glee. I'm really happy when I perform.
Quinn: People think you're gay now, Finn. And you know what that makes me? Your big, gay beard.

Sue: That was the most offensive thing I've seen in twenty years of teaching, and that includes an elementary school production of Hair.

Sue: Iron tablet, it keeps your strength up while you're menstruating.
Mr. Schuester: I don't menstruate.
Sue: Yeah, neither do I.

Mr. Shuester: My father always said you'd become a man when you bought your first house. I'm not sure what he meant though because he burned ours down during a drunken fight with mom.

Sue: I'm not sure there's anyone else who's going to swim over to your island of misfit toys.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Showmance

The term showmance refers to a relationship that two actors develop while working on a show together. Big Brother contestant Will claims to have coined the term after a showmance developed during his season of the reality series.

Sue: I'm not sure there's anyone else who's going to swim over to your island of misfit toys.

The Island of Misfit Toys is a reference to the Christmas classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Sue: That was the most offensive thing I've seen in twenty years of teaching, and that includes an elementary school production of Hair.

Hair is a musical from the 1960s and 70s about hippie culture, and includes a large number of topics that would be particularly inappropriate for elementary school children, including LSD usage. It also has a substantial amount of full nudity from the cast, also rather inappropriate for young children. The various regional casts included a wide variety of performers who were or would later become of considerable note -- New York included Diane Keaton, Ben Vereen, Keith Carradine, and Meatloaf. Los Angeles included Jennifer Warnes, Ben Vereen, and Meatloaf. Joe Mantegna appeared in the Chicago version, and the West End (London) version included Melba Moore, Paul Korda, and eventual Rocky Horror Picture Show creator, Richard O'Brien, and Rocky Horror lead Tim Curry.

Warning: Glee season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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