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Glee Season 1: Episode Discussions

Discuss the episodes from season one of Glee.


Episode 1x01 - "Pilot"

Air Date: September 02, 2009
Description: Optimistic high school teacher Will Schuester tries to refuel his own passion while reinventing the McKinley High School’s glee club and challenging a group of outcasts to realize their star potential. Going up against McKinley’s cruel high school caste system and facing harsh criticism from everyone around him, Will is determined to prove them all wrong.
Ratings: 9.62 million viewers

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Pilot Screener/Extended Ver... - last post by Fondue For Two!

Episode 1x02 - "Showmance"

Air Date: September 09, 2009
Description: As McKinley High School's glee club begins new routines, a restriction forces them to make some choices. Will must decide whether to continue with his passion or provide for his wife, which ultimately brings him closer to Emma. As some members of New Directions grow closer romantically, other's intentions aren't supportive of the group.
Ratings: 7.3 million viewers

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Your favorite scene in Epis... - last post by wemmafanfrompgh

Episode 1x03 - "Acafellas"

Air Date: September 16, 2009
Description: As Will aims towards completing New Directions, a visit from his father reminds him how much this all means to him. New songs are introduced and a song originally given to a star, is given to a celibate. Will forms an all-male a cappella group, but when he neglects the glee club, the kids decide to hire a well-known choreographer to coach them. Meanwhile, Mercedes falls in love. The other six additions to New Directions are introduced. Josh Groban appears as himself.
Ratings: 6.6 million viewers

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Rate "Acafellas" & Offi... - last post by jaymcb

Episode 1x04 - "Preggers"

Air Date: September 23, 2009
Description: While Kurt tries out for the football team (taking a page from the glee playbook with him), Rachel storms out of glee practice when Will gives a plum part to Tina. Meanwhile, Sue comes up with a new plot to boost her program at glee's expense; and Quinn has news for Finn.
Ratings: 6.62 million viewers

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Unbelievable. - last post by Registration!

Episode 1x05 - "The Rhodes Not Taken"

Air Date: September 30, 2009
Description: Will thinks the glee club desperately needs more of an edge, so he brings in his former classmate, April Rhodes (guest star Chenoweth), to spice things up. Will’s plan seems to be going smoothly until he realizes he may be losing a key member of the club.
Ratings: 7.32 million viewers

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Your favorite single? - last post by Maggie Sawyer

Episode 1x06 - "Vitamin D"

Air Date: October 07, 2009
Description: Will challenges the kids to a healthy dose of competition with boys against girls in a mashup showdown. Meanwhile, Terri takes a job as the school nurse, despite having no medical experience, to keep an eye on Will.
Ratings: 7.3 million viewers

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Lol - last post by Matt Saracen

Episode 1x07 - "Throwdown"

Air Date: October 14, 2009
Description: To cause distension among the Glee Club members, Sue forces the students to compete against each other, but the real showdown happens when she and Will get called into the principal’s office. Meanwhile, the Glee kids rally to support Quinn after some shocking news is revealed.
Ratings: 7.54 million viewers

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Things You Noticed In Throw... - last post by MusicMan3889

Episode 1x08 - "Mash-up"

Air Date: October 21, 2009
Description: Inspired the by the students, Will composes a mash-up for a very special occasion. Meanwhile, in a shocking reversal of roles, McKinley High’s cool kids are dethroned in an “icy” fashion, and Sue shows off her softer side.
Ratings: 7.24 million viewers

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Your favorite single? - last post by Maggie Sawyer

Episode 1x09 - "Wheels"

Air Date: November 11, 2009
Description: Will encourages the Glee Club to support Artie, and asks each of them to perform in a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Kurt and Rachel compete for a big solo.
Ratings: 7.35 million viewers

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Rate "Wheels" & Officia... - last post by jaymcb

Episode 1x10 - "Ballad"

Air Date: November 18, 2009
Description: Mr. Schuester splits the Glee Club into pairs to sing their favorite ballad, but when one kid gets sick, he's forced to step in and winds up in a sticky situation. Meanwhile, Finn and Quinn have to face the music when dinner with her parents goes awry.
Ratings: 7.29 million viewers

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Favorite song from Ballad? - last post by Maggie Sawyer

Episode 1x11 - "Hairography"

Air Date: November 25, 2009
Description: Concerned that Sue is up to no good, Will pays a visit to an instructor of a competing Glee Club to see what information Sue may be leaking, which leads to the club getting a look at their hair-rising competition. Meanwhile, Kurt gives Rachel a makeover to impress Finn, but he may have ulterior motives.
Ratings: 6.13 million viewers

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PROVE TRAVIS WRONG - DO YOU... - last post by Dave Karofsky

Episode 1x12 - "Mattress"

Air Date: December 02, 2009
Description: When the Glee Club is left out of the yearbook because of budget cuts, everyone seems to be relieved that they won’t have to suffer the ridicule of years past. Everyone except Rachel, that is, who wants her legacy cemented in print. Meanwhile, Quinn makes it her mission to be in the Cheerios yearbook photo, and Will and Terri’s relationship is shaken to its core.
Ratings: 8.17 million viewers

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Which song did you like bes... - last post by Maggie Sawyer

Episode 1x13 - "Sectionals"

Air Date: December 09, 2009
Description: Sectionals is finally here for the Glee Club, but when Quinn’s secret unravels, the club may not be able to recover in time to compete. Meanwhile, Sue’s scheming hits an all-time high, and with Emma and Ken’s marriage looming, Will makes a decision that could change his life forever.
Ratings: 8.12 million viewers

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Who do you want to hug this... - last post by jls1792

Episode 1x14 - "Hell-O"

Air Date: April 13, 2009
Description: Finn and Rachel are finally a couple, but for how long? Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff), lead singer of Vocal Adrenaline, catches Rachel’s eye and sways her heart, but what are his real intentions? Looks like he and his coach (Idina Menzel) are up to no good. Will gets to kiss two women, but somehow ends up alone. Sue Sylvester is back as an even more conniving coach of the Cheerios. Quinn being out of the picture, Heather and Santana do her "dirty work".
Ratings: 13.6 million viewers

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Jesse St. James - last post by lillithdragon

Episode 1x15 - "The Power of Madonna"

Air Date: April 20, 2009
Description: Mr. Schuester is concerned that the girls in the glee club are being disrespected and bullied by the guys. Looking to Madonna and her musical message of equality as inspiration, he challenges the entire team to choose Madonna songs as their next assignment in the hopes that the girls embrace her strength, independence and confidence and that the guys will see the error of their misogynistic ways. The glee club takes the assignment to heart as they perform some of Madonna’s greatest hits, including “Express Yourself” and “Like A Prayer.” Meanwhile, Kurt and Mercedes give Sue a vote of confidence with a makeover that is definitely in “Vogue.”
Ratings: 12.9 million viewers

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Your Favorite song in The P... - last post by Rachel St. Berry

Episode 1x16 - "Home"

Air Date: April 27, 2009
Description: When Kurt sets his dad, Burt, up with an unexpected partner his plan for a nuclear family may backfire. Sue demands that the Cheerios! go on a crazy diet in preparation for a big interview with “Splits” magazine and April Rhodes returns to save Will and the glee club.
Ratings: 12.18 million viewers

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Did you like less Rachel in... - last post by Matt Saracen

Episode 1x17 - "Bad Reputation"

Air Date: May 04, 2009
Description: Mr. Schuester starts an investigation when a salacious list about members of the glee club circulates the halls of McKinley High. Meanwhile, Sue is mortified when a video of her performing the Olivia Newton-John classic “Physical” surfaces.
Ratings: 11.62 million viewers

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Can't Touch This. - last post by Majormanafemale

Episode 1x18 - "Laryngitis"

Air Date: May 11, 2009
Description: Rachel panics when a sore throat affects her singing; Kurt tries to change his persona to impress his father); and Puck makes a strategic move to elevate his social status.
Ratings: 11.57 million viewers

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Favorite Song/Performance - last post by Rachel St. Berry

Episode 1x19 - "Dream On"

Air Date: May 18, 2009
Description: In an episode directed by Emmy Award winner Joss Whedon, Mr. Schuester’s former high school nemesis causes trouble for the glee club. Rachel struggles with a life-long personal issue, and Artie’s dreams take him on an adventure.
Ratings: 11.58 millions viewers

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Rate "Dream On" & Offic... - last post by Majormanafemale

Episode 1x20 - "Theatricality"

Air Date: May 25, 2009
Description: Mr. Schuester encourages the glee club to express themselves using the music of Lady Gaga. Meanwhile, Rachael has a life-changing encounter, and Tina embraces her inner Goth.
Ratings: 11.9 million viewers

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Do Matt and Mike get harass... - last post by Majormanafemale

Episode 1x21 - "Funk"

Air Date: June 01, 2009
Description: Mr. Schuester thinks he’s scored the upper hand over Sue, but learns hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Quinn connects with her “funky” side.
Ratings: 9.44 million viewers

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Rate "Funk" & Official... - last post by Rachel St. Berry

Episode 1x22 - "Journey"

Air Date: June 08, 2009
Description: The moment New Directions has been waiting for has finally arrived: it’s time for Regionals! But when Sue pulls a fast one on Will and the glee clubbers, their chances at the title could be compromised. Meanwhile, Quinn’s life changes forever.
Ratings: 11.1 million viewers

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Dominic Barnes - Trent from... - last post by chicagophil