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. ..Read the full recap
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.
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.
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.