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Glee: Pilot

Will Schuester was a former glee club star and is now given the task of transforming the bunch of misfits at McKinley High School into a real group of singers. His first task is to find a male singer who can match up with diva Rachel. His prayers are answered when he hears the school's football quarterback, Finn, as he sings in the shower. Meanwhile, Will's wife is begging him to find a higher paying job.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1ARC79
Airdate: Tuesday May 19th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Jan 11, 2010
NL (RTL 5) Sep 14, 2010
Russia Sep 15, 2010


Guest Stars
Iqbal ThebaIqbal Theba
As Principal Figgins
Kent AvenidoKent Avenido
As Howard
Naya RiveraNaya Rivera
As Santana Lopez
Patrick GallagherPatrick Gallagher
As Ken Tanaka
Romy RosemontRomy Rosemont
As Carole Hudson
Stephen TobolowskyStephen Tobolowsky
As Sandy Ryerson
Aaron HendryAaron Hendry
As Darren
Jane Galloway HeitzJane Galloway Heitz
As Lillian Adler
Jerri PhillipsJerri Phillips
As Young Finn
Justin GastonJustin Gaston
As Guest Star
Main Cast
Matthew MorrisonMatthew Morrison
As Will Schuester
Lea MicheleLea Michele
As Rachel Berry
Chris ColferChris Colfer
As Kurt Hummel
Jenna UshkowitzJenna Ushkowitz
As Tina Cohen-Chang
Kevin McHaleKevin McHale
As Artie Abrams
Cory MonteithCory Monteith
As Finn Hudson
Mark SallingMark Salling
As Noah 'Puck' Puckerman
Amber RileyAmber Riley
As Mercedes Jones
Jayma MaysJayma Mays
As Emma Pillsbury
Dianna AgronDianna Agron
As Quinn Fabray
Jessalyn GilsigJessalyn Gilsig
As Terri Del Monaco/Schuester


In the opening of the show, the cheerleaders are practicing while their coach is being quite the boot camp type. She tells them if they think they think that practice is hard, they should try to be waterboarded. Elsewhere, a bit of a hooptie has pulled into the lot. There we meet Will Schuester. He walks to the school and sees that the football players are about to throw a boy into the dumpster. That boy is Kurt. Will asks if he is making new friends and walks into the school fairly absentmindedly. He seems to be pretty oblivious. Finn saves Kurt's jacket when they throw him into the dumpster because it is new and high end. ..

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Episode Notes
Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) both appeared in the theatrical production of Spring Awakening.

Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones) was a former contestant on FOX's American Idol.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Amy WinehouseRehab 
AnnieChewing Gum 
Aretha FranklinRespect 
ChicagoMr. Cellophane 
Earth, Wind and FireShining Star 
Glee castDon't Stop BelievinAt the end of the episode
Glee castRehab 
GreaseYou're the One that I Want 
Guys and DollsSit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat 
Ice CubeYou Can Do It (Put Your Back Into It) 
JourneyLovin' Touchin' Squeezin' 
JourneyDon't Stop Believing 
Katy PerryI Kissed a Girl 
KC & the Sunshine BandThat's the Way (I Like It) 
KC and the Sunshine Band(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty 
Kerry MuzzeyLooking Back 
Les MiserablesOn My Own 
Oliver!Where is Love? 
Peter, Paul and MaryLeaving on a Jet Plane 
REO SpeedwagonCan't Fight This Feeling 

Episode Quotes
Rachel: (to Will) Being a part of something special makes you special, right?

Sue: You think this is hard, try being water-boarded, that's hard!

Sue: You think this is hard. I'm living with Hepatitis, that's hard!

Rachel: I am not homophobic. In fact, I have two gay dads. See, I was born out of love. My two dads screened potential surrogates based on beauty and IQ. Then they mixed their sperm together and used a turkey blaster. To this day we don't know which one is my real dad, which I think is pretty amazing.

Rachel: I know I'm only a sophomore but I hear the clock ticking away.

Rachel: Mr. Schuester, do you have any idea how ridiculous it is to give the lead solo in "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" to a boy in a wheelchair?
Arty: I think Mr. Shoe's using irony to enhance the performance.
Rachel: There's nothing ironic about show choir!

Sue: Your resentment is delicious.

Cultural References
Rachel: You may think that every guy in school would want to tap this, but my MySpace schedule keeps me way to busy to date.

MySpace is a social networking website on the internet.

Terri: (to Will) Dr. Phil said people can change!

Dr. Phil McGraw is a television personality with his own show, Dr. Phil, where he dispenses advice to guests on the show and the audience at home.

Mercedes: Oh, Hell to the no! Look, I'm not down with all this background singing nonsense. I'm Beyoncé, I ain't no Kelly Rowland!

Beyoncé Knowles was a member of Destiny's Child, an all girl singing group, and gained a reputation of being a diva and usually took the lead in most of their songs. Kelly Rowland was also a member, usually singing background, while Beyoncé took the lead.

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