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Post  Penny on 2009-09-09, 11:03

'Glee' on Fox is a Wednesday TV pick

Watch 'Glee' at 9 p.m. on Fox.

Although it frustrated me at the time, Fox may have made a smart move in airing the pilot of Ryan Murphy's delightful new series last spring. They spent the summer building anticipation and word-of-mouth for this joyous celebration of the high-school geek experience. Hey, any show that features the wonderful Jane Lynch as a cheerleading coach and has a glee club singing Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" is welcome on my TV set anytime.

About The Show

From Ryan Murphy, the creator of "Nip/Tuck," comes GLEE, a new comedy for the aspiring underdog in all of us.

The series follows an optimistic teacher, WILL SCHUESTER (Matthew Morrison), who - against all odds and a malicious cheerleading coach - attempts to save McKinley High's Glee Club from obscurity, while helping a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential. It's a tall order when the brightest stars of the group include KURT (Chris Colfer), a soprano who hits a high note in fashion; MERCEDES (Amber Riley), a larger-than-life diva with a voice to match; ARTIE (Kevin McHale), a geeky guitarist who rocks and rolls; and TINA (Jenna Ushkowitz), a punk rocker who hides behind her stutter and blue hair extensions.

Will is determined to do whatever it takes to make Glee great again."

Will's only hope lies with two true talents: RACHEL BERRY (Lea Michele), a self-proclaimed star who is convinced that MySpace and show choir and are her tickets to fame; and FINN HUDSON (Cory Monteith), the popular high school quarterback with movie star looks who must protect his reputation from his holier-than-thou girlfriend and "Cheerios" head cheerleader, QUINN (Dianna Agron), and his arrogant football teammate, PUCK (Mark Salling).

“Everyone else around him thinks he's nuts. He's out to prove them all wrong."

Will is determined to do whatever it takes to make Glee great again, but his only ally is fellow teacher and germaphobe EMMA PILLSBURY (Jayma Mays). Everyone else around him thinks he's nuts - from his tough-as-nails wife TERRI SCHUESTER (Jessalyn Gilsig) to McKinley's scheming cheerleading coach SUE SYLVESTER (Jane Lynch) - but he's out to prove them wrong.


Featuring a soundtrack of hit songs from past and present, GLEE is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers, while Ian Brennan serves as co-executive producer. Murphy directed the pilot.

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Post  Penny on 2009-09-09, 11:14

I watched it last spring and thought it was worth a watch or two! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

I may watch Obama's speech though and watch this on the computer! Haven't decided yet! They will just rehash his speech on all the cable news shows anyways! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Post  jojo on 2009-09-24, 07:58

I watched part of this show last night, because I thought it has some potential with the pilot......I didn't really like last nights episode......the show might be in trouble with main stream America.....
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Post  Berry on 2009-09-24, 14:44

I like the characters on this show. Last night's might have been a bit over the top....and fantasy-land but it made a good point and made it well, I thought. Plus that lead teacher is so cute...where did they get him?

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Post  jojo on 2009-10-12, 15:03

Ok, I gave this another try last week.......and it had some good moments.....but so much is over the top.....the main director of glee club's wife.......OMG give me a break....not only is she faking a pregnancy...how you do this to your hubbie is like really cheesy daytime soap opera stuff......and she is such an air head...I could hardly watch...I sure hope she is off the show soon, and we see him with a better girl, which he is totally capable of getting........

And how she gave the students the over the counter medicine that made them all "high"....the stuff doesn't work quite that well......Sudifed is used in making Meth.....it is not a huge drug all by itself....that was a little weird for me.....

Acting is good....writing is horrible!!!! (Should I learn to express my feelings better?)
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Post  Penny on 2009-10-12, 22:53

Yeah, it was a little "out there!" I love the singing and the teacher is a hottie! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Post  Berry on 2009-10-12, 23:18

I like all the kids in glee and think that football player who did/didn't get the cheerleader pregnant is quite the stud muffin as well. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Post  jojo on 2009-10-13, 09:18

I have no disagreement here that the show is filled with eye candy. I just wish the writing was better......more realistic.....

I love the singing and dancing as well....I was in a singing and dancing group in high school, 8 girls and 8 guys...we did Barry Manilow and Beatles medleys.....but sounded nothing like the kids on this show!!!!
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Post  jojo on 2009-11-12, 08:41

Well, I watched Glee last night and.......I really liked the episode. They definitely had some hidden messages last night about how we judge people, how we treat" people who are "different." I really liked the ending when "Sue" (Jane Lynch) read to the lady with Down's syndrome or something like that. It really showed another side of her that we did not know existed.

The "Rolling on a River" song done with wheel chairs was really creative.

I even liked the moments between the gay boy and his father......really touching and really showing what people must go through that live gay lives. I really thought it was well done.

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Post  Berry on 2009-11-12, 10:24

There is an article in tv guide about the show . It contains some spoilers for things in upcoming shows, so don't click on the link if your don't want to know.


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I like learning this about Chris Colfer (plays the gay student)

TVGuide.com: I hear the role of Kurt was created just for you. How did that come about?
Chris Colfer: When I was auditioning for Artie, the first thing [executive producer] Ryan Murphy said to me was 'Why do I have a feeling you've been in The Sound of Music?' because I have von Trapp written all over me. I told him I had played Kurt in The Sound of Music when I was younger. The next thing I knew, an agent calls and says they don't want me for Artie, but they're creating this new role they wanted me to audition for instead. They didn't tell me it was for me yet. I get to the next audition and I look at the sides and the character's name is Kurt, and afterwards they told me the part was written for me. I was on cloud nine — cloud 19 actually.

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Post  Penny on 2009-11-12, 10:26

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I have no disagreement here that the show is filled with eye candy. I just wish the writing was better......more realistic.....

I love the singing and dancing as well....I was in a singing and dancing group in high school, 8 girls and 8 guys...we did Barry Manilow and Beatles medleys.....but sounded nothing like the kids on this show!!!!

Christy was in show chior in High School. They did a great arrangement of 70's songs. YMCA and Earth, Wind and Fire!!! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Post  Penny on 2009-11-12, 10:28

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Well, I watched Glee last night and.......I really liked the episode. They definitely had some hidden messages last night about how we judge people, how we treat" people who are "different." I really liked the ending when "Sue" (Jane Lynch) read to the lady with Down's syndrome or something like that. It really showed another side of her that we did not know existed.

The "Rolling on a River" song done with wheel chairs was really creative.

I even liked the moments between the gay boy and his father......really touching and really showing what people must go through that live gay lives. I really thought it was well done.

I enjoyed last nights episode!

The lady with Down's Syndrome was Sue's older sister, Jo. Nice to see a softer side of her. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Post  jojo on 2009-11-12, 15:03

Thanks for that info Penny....I must have missed that it was her sister. I also liked when she was hard on the cheerleader girl, and the Glee teacher aked her why she was so hard on her, and Sue says they want to be treated like everyone else!!!

Berry, thanks for the info on "Kurt" ...that is interesting to know....and I remember him from Sound of Music!!! Too cool.

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LOVE GLEE!!!!

Post  totally a roswallian on 2009-11-14, 12:59

I love this show!!! I think it has great comedic chops, serious subject matter at times, and I love the characters!

This past weeks eppy was brilliant and I must admit, I teared up a bit!
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Post  jojo on 2009-11-19, 08:09

Another good episode last night. Although I just don't know why they have the main teacher married......his wife is obnoxious and not that interesting of a character. Did I miss what happened with her "fake" pregnancy? Or is that still going on?
She didn't "look" pregnant last night.

I was glad the truth came out about the other pregnancy and who the dad really is.

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Post  Penny on 2009-11-19, 09:37

She is showing just a bit ... not sure how far along she is suppose to be. I can't believe the teacher hasn't seen his wife naked yet! Do they even have sex? [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] I think they have to have him married so there can be that romantic tension between him and the guidance counselor. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

I feel bad for Finn though. He thinks he is the father but isn't. He is sure a stand up guy! His mom was great to take in Quinn after her family kicked her out!

Still many odd twist with the story but I sure love the singing and dancing and the guys are hotties!!! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Characters of Glee
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Glee is a musical comedy television series that airs on Fox. It focuses on a high school show choir, also known as a glee club, set within the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.[1] A pilot episode of the show was broadcast after American Idol on May 19, 2009,[2] and the first season began airing on September 9, 2009.[3] On September 21, 2009, Fox officially gave the series a full-season pick-up.[4]
The series features 12 main characters: faculty members Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) and Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), Will's wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), and students Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale), Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz), Noah "Puck" Puckerman (Mark Salling), and Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron). Broadway stars including John Lloyd Young and Kristin Chenoweth feature in recurring and minor roles. A number of the principal actors were cast directly from Broadway, while those without theatrical backgrounds were required to demonstrate singing and dancing as well as acting ability.


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Morrison was cast after Murphy spent three months observing actors on Broadway.

In casting Glee, Murphy sought out actors who could identify with the rush of starring in theatrical roles. Instead of using traditional network casting calls, he spent three months on Broadway, where he found Morrison, who had previously starred on stage in Hairspray and The Light in the Piazza (for which he received a Tony Award nomination); Michele, who starred in Spring Awakening; and Ushkowitz, from the Broadway revival of The King and I. The role of Rachel was written specifically for Michele.[5] Colfer had no previous professional experience, but reminded Ryan of the character Kurt from The Sound of Music, and was cast as Kurt Hummel.[6] He originally auditioned for Artie with the song "Mr Cellophane"; however, Murphy was so impressed by his performance that the role of Kurt was created for him.[5]

Colfer commented on his casting: "I'm so happy to be a part of something that is so new and different and so needed at this time. It's good to have something positive, especially for kids in small towns, like myself, who need a little pick-me-up. It's true: You can be famous - even if there's no money left in the world."[7]

Auditioning actors with no theatrical experience were required to prove they could sing and dance as well as act. Mays auditioned with the song "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me" from The Rocky Horror Show, while Monteith initially submitted a tape of himself acting only, and was requested to submit a second, musical tape, in which he sung "a cheesy, '80s music-video-style version" of REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling"."[6]

Monteith has deemed his casting "spot on" as: "I'm just like mycharacter. I've never trained or had any lessons. I can just do it - with some adjustments, obviously."[8] McHale came from a boy-band background, having previously been part of the group Not Like Them. He auditioned with the song "Let It Be" and tested alongside Colfer and Ushkowitz.[5]

He explained that the diversity of the cast's backgrounds reflects the range of different musical styles within the show itself: "It's a mix of everything: classic rock, current stuff, R&B. Even the musical theater stuff is switched up. You won't always recognize it."[6] Lynch was originally supposed to have a recurring role in the show,[9] but became a series regular when a Damon Wayans pilot she was working on for ABC fell through.[10]

Main characters

Will Schuester

William "Will" Schuester (Matthew Morrison) is McKinley High's Spanish teacher who becomes director of the Glee Club, hoping to restore it to its former glory.[11] Morrison has assessed that the crux of Glee is "about [Will's] passion for music and influencing his kids".[12] Will is married to his high school sweetheart Terri. Believing her to be pregnant, unaware that she actually experienced a hysterical pregnancy, he considers leaving the teaching field to become an accountant.[13] He ultimately decides against it, though briefly works after hours at the school as a janitor to earn extra money.[14]

His dedication to the glee club wavers when his choreography skills are called into question, but after starting a well-received all-male a cappella group, the Acafellas, he recommits to the club.[15]

The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan has opined: "Casting Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester [...] was a wise move; the actor not only has a sweet voice but a hangdog hopefulness that gives a needed anchor to the show's more satirical elements."[16] In contrast, Tom Shales for The Washington Post criticized Morrison as Will, writing: "Morrison is definitely not gleeful and doesn't seem particularly well equipped to be a high-school impresario; as pipers go, he's not even marginally pied."[17] Robert Lloyd for the Los Angeles Times opined that the adult characters "tend more to caricature than character", stating that by contrast, "Will, as the show's only normal person over the age of 18, [can] seem a little drab".[18] However, he noted that Will "comes alive when singing and dancing", citing his "exuberant" performance of "Gold Digger".[18]

Reviewing the episode "The Rhodes Not Taken", Mike Hale of the New York Times commented on Will's actions in having April re-instated in the glee club: "It's now time to wonder when the show will stop making Will behave in ways completely at odds with Mr. Morrison’s bland, gentle performance. (Or, conversely, when Mr. Morrison will start playing him the way he’s written.)"[19] Mandi Bierly for Entertainment Weekly praised Morrison's acting in the episode "Vitamin D", commenting: "Matthew Morrison communicates so much with his eyes. There’s a softness and a longing in them that I’m always surprised Emma (Jayma Mays) matches."[20] Eric Goldman for IGN praised Morrison's music performances in the episode "Mash-Up", commenting: "I have to hand it to Matthew Morrison for just going for it in these sequences. There is of course something completely dorky about seeing this guy perform these songs, but Morrison infuses Will with such enjoyment in what he's doing, he completely sells it. And yes, the guy can dance."[21]

Sue Sylvester

Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) is head coach of the cheerleading squad or "Cheerios", and the Glee Club's "arch-nemesis".[10] Lynch states that Sue is "pure evil and doesn't hide it",[8] having been created as a product of Murphy, Brennan and Falchuck's "inner mean girl".[10]

"She's not above engaging in inappropriate behavior with minors. She somehow manages to be horrible and really delightful at the same time."[22] With regards to her motivation, Lynch explained: "Sue will do whatever it takes to win. If that means she has to prostitute herself or take advantage of a 16-year-old boy, she'll do it. It's all about power and winning. That's her entire world view."[22]

Sue enlists cheerleaders Quinn, Brittany and Santana to help her bring the glee club down from the inside.[14] When that fails, she has former glee club director Sandy Ryerson reinstated as the school Arts director, working with him to entice Rachel, the club's star, into quitting. Sue has her own spot on the local news, which she uses to editorialize on issues such as support for caning and pro-littering.[23]

In the episode "Vitamin D", Sue is made co-director of the Glee Club,[24] but in the following episode "Throwdown" she scales back her involvement considerably after a public confrontation with Will.[25]

In the episode "Wheels", Sue allows a mentally challenged girl to join The Cheerios as a replacement for Quinn. It is later revealed that Sue has an older sister who herself is mentally challenged.

Variety's Brian Lowry has criticized Lynch's "tyrannical cheer matron", calling Glee's adult cast "over-the-top buffoons."[26] He deemed her performance in early episodes: "fitfully funny but usually just plain annoying"[27] Robert Lloyd for the Los Angeles Times opined that: "the writing flattens her toward a single note. She's funny from line to line, but there is little to her besides tin-pot contrariness."[18] Mike Hale for the New York Post wrote that Lynch gave a "one-note performance" in the episode "Preggers", suggesting that she had been miscast in the role.[28] In contrast, Mary McNamara for the LA Times has praised Lynch as Sue, writing that "Lynch alone makes Glee worth watching".[29] Shawna Malcom, also of the LA Times enjoyed Sue's character development in the episode "Vitamin D", noting: "In less skilled hands, there’s no doubt Sue would be an over-the-top disaster. But thanks to the incomparable Jane Lynch, I can’t wait to see what trouble the character stirs up next."[30]

Raymund Flandez for The Wall Street Journal suggested that Lynch's performance as Sue in the episode "Throwdown" was Emmy worthy and assessed: "without her snappy SAT comebacks and killer delivery, this show wouldn’t be as much fun".[31] As with Flandez, Liz Pardue for Zap2it also opined that Lynch's performance as Sue in the episode was Emmy-worthy.[32] Wendy Mitchell for Entertainment Weekly praised Sue in the episode, opining that she: "may be the sharpest-tongued character on network TV."[33] Fellow Entertainment Weekly writer Ken Tucker similarly praised Sue, calling her "the greatest Broadway-musical villain to ever co-star in a TV series", and deeming "Throwdown" "possibly the best showcase yet for Jane Lynch".[34] Eric Goldman for IGN wrote that: "Sue Sylvester has already turned into a truly inspired comic creation – so wonderfully smug and sure of herself that she compares herself to the Greek god Ajax. [...] You need a comic actress like Lynch to pull it off, and to make her someone we love spending time watching on TV (even if we'd hate her in real life), but kudos to Ryan Murphy and his writing team for giving us such a great television character."[35]

Emma Pillsbury

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Jayma Mays plays mysophobic guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury.

Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) is the school's mysophobic guidance counselor who has romantic feelings for Will.[36]

Mays has deemed Emma an "amazing" character to play, explaining: "I don't find that female characters are always written with a lot of depth, but she's so well defined on the page. Sure, she's terrified of germs and in love with a married man, so seeing her as the voice ofreason for the kids is amazing."[8]
Emma's relationship with Will will continue to grow, as "she has these moments of clarity when she's talking to Will because he calms her."[8] In an attempt to get over Will, Emma begins dating football coach Ken Tanaka,[14] becoming engaged to him in the episode "Vitamin D".[24]

Discussing Emma's style and costuming, Glee's costume designer Lou Eyrich has explained: "We wanted to make her look like everything’s so neat — perfectly ironed and tucked-in shirts with matching belts, shoes and pins. We wanted to make her stand out from the other teachers. She’s always so happy and excited, so we wanted her outfits to represent that sunny disposition. In the pilot, we made her look much more teacher-y. Now we're having more fun with her character, keeping her bright and unusual. Quirky is the word. Emma’s also always in stacked Mary Janes or T-strap heels. It takes the outfit down from being too stylish or too sexy. It makes her look prim and almost old-fashioned."[37]

Variety's Brian Lowry has deemed the adult cast of Glee "over-the-top buffoons", however opined that Emma offers "modest redemption".[26] The Los Angeles Times's Denise Martin has called Mays as Emma "just as funny" as Lynch's Sue, noting: "Emma doesn't get the zingers Coach Sue gets, but she makes me laugh just as hard."[38] Mandi Bierly for Entertainment Weekly noted of the episode "Vitamin D" that she had hoped Emma would decline Ken's proposal, writing: "I want Emma to be strong and know it’s better to be without someone for the right reason than to be with someone for the wrong one."[20]

Bierly praised Morrison's acting in the episode, writing: "There’s a softness and a longing in [his eyes] that I’m always surprised Emma matches."[20] Mike Hale for the New York Times praised Mays' performance in this episode, noting: "Jayma Mays registered Emma’s devastation with just the slightest widening of those enormous eyes. In fact all the best non-singing moments in the episode were hers."[39]

Terri Schuester

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Jessalyn Gilsig plays Will's wife Terri Schuester.

Terri Schuester (Jessalyn Gilsig)
is Will's demanding wife of five years. Gilsig has stated that things will become "sticky" as Terri learns of Will's relationship with Emma, explaining: "Terri is a woman of conviction, so she's going to do whatever it takes to keep her man, even if that means finding this woman and hunting her down".[8]

Explaining Terri's motivation with regards to her marriage, Gilsig revealed: "Will's found his calling in the glee club and she feels threatened that he's found something outside of the home that's gonna pull him away from her. She basically will sort of stop at nothing to make Will recommit to her and their life."[40]

Terri briefly believes herself to be pregnant, and pushes Will to take a better paying job as an accountant.[13] She discovers she has actually experienced a hysterical pregnancy, but hides this from Will, afraid he will leave her.[14]

After confiding her deception in her sister Kendra, Terri approaches pregnant cheerleader Quinn Fabray, with an interest in her baby.[23] She briefly becomes the school nurse, but is asked to step down after giving the Glee Club pseudoephedrine tablets.[24] She and her sister Kendra bully her OB-GYN into faking an ultrasound to show Will the baby is real, and female like Quinn's.[25]

Robert A. George of the New York Post has written that Glee has: "the most unpleasant pack of female characters of any show in recent memory", deeming Terri the "biggest culprit".[41] George called Terri's hysterical pregnancy Freudian and wrote: "The Terri-Quinn plot sends the message that the devious
gender will use every trick to lure and trap its mate — including lying about pregnancy."[41] Variety's Brian Lowry commented: Perhaps to foster a rooting interest (or at least sympathy) for a Will-Emma pairing, [Terri] (Jessalyn Gilsig) is initially presented as a ditsy shrew."[26] The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan has called Terri the "the worst thing about Glee", opining: "As written by Murphy and played by Gilsig, the character is screechy, unfunny and deeply unpleasant. It's as if Ryan didn't trust
that the audience would get behind Will and the saga of his ragtag glee club and so saw fit to give the teacher the shrewish, nagging wife from hell."[16] Ryan later deemed Terri the "one big flaw in Glee, commenting that she: "manages to drain all the fun out of Glee every time she appears. Not only is this shrill character intensely annoying, but she makes you wonder whether Will has brain damage. What
other explanation could there be for his ending up with this materialistic harpy?".[42]

Robert Bianco for USA Today noted after the episode "Showmance": "Jessalyn Gilsig's self-centered, ridiculously strident Terri just needs to go, period."[43] Shawna Malcom for the Los Angeles Times deemed Terri "beyond annoying" in the episode "Acafellas", but wrote: "I have confidence that creator Ryan Murphy will flesh out Jessalyn Gilsig’s character over time. Her seemingly sincere apology to Will for not being more supportive of his boy band was a nice first step."[44] Eric Goldman for IGN commented after the episode "Preggers": "So far, Terri has been an incredibly unlikable character. More firmly establishing her as this devilish type of schemer at least pushes her far enough to make her actions entertaining, even as we root against her."[45] Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly opined of the episode "Throwdown": "the pregnancy subplot is dragging down the show, and tonight that subplot nearly derailed an otherwise-excellent episode. Terri's fake pregnancy and Quinn’s real one started out a few weeks ago as an interesting way to insert some realism and tension into a delightfully surreal musical-comedy universe. By now, however, I watch Glee and feel sorry for Jessalyn Gilsig. I’ll bet the actress didn’t initially sign on to have her character Terri become a shrill, lying nag whose main function is to bring husband Will — and by extension, us — down."[34]

Rachel Berry

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Lea Michele plays glee club star Rachel Berry.

Rachel Berry, based on the character Heather White in the seminal Broadway classic "The Life of a Duke University Student," (Lea Michele) is the talented star of the glee club who is bullied by the Cheerios and football players. Rachel is an overly ambitious and assertive sophomore, with dreams of making it to Broadway. She is Jewish, an only child and has two fathers, an interracial same-sex couple.[8] Michele took the role in Glee because of Rachel's characterization, explaining: "Not only is she a singer, but she has so much heart - I think it's what we need on TV. A show that is filled with heart and love that is funny. It sends an amazing message to kids about the arts and being who you are."[8] Michele described the first thirteen episodes of the series as: "Rachel's journey of finding herself within the glee club",[46] explaining that: "She's learning how to be a team player and work within this group.

She's a very strong, driven girl, who's sometimes a little misunderstood."[46] Rachel has a crush on Finn, and the two share a kiss in the episode "Showmance", although he tells her to forget it happened and goes back to his girlfriend, Quinn.[14] Rachel quits the Glee Club when Will gives a solo to Tina instead of her. She is awarded the lead role in the school musical, Cabaret, by Sue Sylvester and Sandy Ryerson, who are conspiring to bring the glee club down.[23] She rejoins the Glee Club in the next episode after she realizes she would rather be in a group where she has friends. In "Vitamin D", Rachel and Quinn begin to establish a friendship. In "Mash Up", Rachel and Puck have a brief relationship, which ends over Rachel's conflicting feelings for Finn and Puck's feelings for Quinn. She extends Puck an offer to be friends but he turns her down.[47]

Robert A. George of the New York Post has deemed Rachel: "the only female [in Glee] who doesn’t come across as manipulative or vapidly helpless."[41] The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan has opined: "Lea Michele not only has an amazing voice but manages to make her character, spoiled diva Rachel Berry, more than a humorless stereotype."[16] Raymund Flandez for The Wall Street Journal commented that in "Preggers": "Rachel has become insufferable. The disagreements with Mr. Schue about her own development as a bonafide triple-threat have branded her as an overbearing prima donna to the rest of Glee."[48] Eric Goldman for IGN agreed: "It's hard not to be annoyed by Rachel".[45] The Los Angeles Times's Denise Martin commented on the episode "The Rhodes Not Taken": "if there's any justice in the world, Lea Michele will win a Golden Globe and an Emmy for playing Rachel".[38]

Finn Hudson


Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) is star quarterback of the school's football team who risks alienation
by his friends to join the Glee Club. Monteith was attracted to the fact that Finn "isn't just a dumb jock", but instead "walks a fine line between following his dreams and balancing what other people expect of him."[8] He is dating cheerleader Quinn, but is conflicted by his growing feelings for Rachel.[14]
Quinn later tells Finn she is pregnant and he is the father. Finn intends to support her, unaware the father is actually his best friend Puck.[23] He has a premature ejaculation problem, which causes him to believe he is the father of Quinn's baby despite the fact that they have never had sex. Finn's father was killed in Operation Desert Storm.

The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan has opined: "Cory Monteith gives quarterback Finn Hudson a jock-ish authority mixed with an appealingly square naivete."[16]

Mercedes Jones

Mercedes Jones
(Amber Riley) is a fashion conscious, hot-tempered diva who refuses to sing back-up.
In the pilot episode Mercedes auditions for the glee club by performing "Respect" by Aretha Franklin.[49]
Due to Cheerios scheming, Mercedes develops a crush on Kurt, unaware that he is gay. She is hurt when he rejects her, but supportive when he confides his sexuality. After this, the two become especially close friends. [15] Her father is a dentist.[25]

Ryan Brockington for the New York Post opined that "the key to this show lies directly within the female leads", praising Riley as Mercedes and noting that in "Acafellas", Riley "finally got a chance to shine".[50] Similarly, Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the best aspect of "Acafellas" was the focus it placed on previously more minor characters such as Mercedes.[51]

Kurt Hummel



Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) is a flamboyant singer who is bullied by the football team. In the pilot episode, Kurt auditions for the glee club by performing Mr. Cellophane from the musical Chicago.[49]

Colfer has explained that Kurt: "puts on a very confident, 'I'm better than you' persona, but underneath it all he's the same anxious and scared teen everyone is/was at some point. In later episodes, he goes
through an identity crisis, accepting and finding acceptance for who he is. [...] He's a tough guy in designer clothes."[52] During the show, Kurt will sing "Defying Gravity" from Wicked.

Murphy selected the song after Colfer relayed a story from his own high school days, whereby his drama teacher refused to let him sing it because of his gender.[5]

Kurt comes out as gay to Mercedes in the episode "Acafellas", in which it is implied that he is attracted to Finn.[15] In the episode "Preggers", Kurt joins the football team in order to impress his dad, and to make him believe he is straight. When his dad congratulates him, Kurt comes out as gay to his dad (played by Mike O'Malley).

His father reveals that he has suspected it since Kurt asked for "sensible heels" for his third birthday. He accepts him, and Kurt no longer has to lie to his father about his sexual orientation.[23] Kurt has a high vocal range, as displayed in the episode "Wheels" where he throws the "high F" for his love of his father, who was being harassed due to his son's sexuality.[53]

Noah Puckerman

Noah "Puck" Puckerman (Mark Salling) is Finn's best friend and team mate on the football team who
disapproves of Finn joining the Glee Club, referring to it as "Homo Explosion". Salling found it challenging to make the character "more than two-dimensional so he can be likeable at the same time", which
necessitated "find[ing] the balance between arrogance and cocky and sensible and likeable".[54]

Salling gained 20 pounds before filming the pilot episode in order to better embody his football playing character. He then lost 30 pounds for a scene which required him to be toned which he described as "an
extreme experience".[54]

Puck joins Will's all-male acapella group, the Acafellas, hoping to impress the mothers at the school's PTA meeting, as he prefers older women.[15]

He later discovers that he is the father of Quinn's baby. She rejects him when he offers to support her and the baby, calling him a "Lima loser". Later in the same episode, Puck joins the glee club. [23] In "Mash-Up", Puck begins dating Rachel after his mother urges him to find a Jewish girlfriend. The relationship ends, however, as Rachel is still conflicted over her feelings for Finn and Puck actually has feelings for Quinn.[47]

Quinn Fabray

Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) is Finn's girlfriend who is head of the Cheerios and president of the celibacy club. She is described by Agron as Rachel's enemy, and "terrible, the meanest girl".[55] Quinn joins the Glee Club from the second episode because the Cheerio coach Sue Sylvester wants a spy inside the club.[14]

In the episode "Preggers", Quinn reveals to Finn that she is pregnant and tells him that the baby is his despite the fact the real father is his best friend Puck.[23]

In "Vitamin D", Quinn admits that she likes and has fun in Glee Club, and agrees to give her baby to Terri. Quinn was officially kicked off the Cheerios by Sue Sylvester for being pregnant in "Mash-Up".[47] She was later kicked out of her house in "Ballads" and is currently staying with Finn.

Tina Cohen-Chang

Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz) is a goth student who has pretended to have a speech impediment since the sixth grade. She auditions for the Glee Club in the pilot episode singing "I Kissed a Girl".[49] In "Preggers", Tina is awarded the solo song "Tonight" from the musical West Side Story
which Rachel wanted for herself. She is willing to let Rachel have the song, but when Will refuses the switch, Rachel quits the club.[23] She has been shown to have feelings for Artie. In the episode Wheels,
she tells Artie that she has been faking her stutter since sixth grade when she tried to avoid doing a presentation. She kept faking it because it drove people away, and that is what she wanted. After being
in Glee, she realizes that she doesn't want to drive people away anymore.

Artie Abrams


Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale) is an electric guitar player and paraplegic manual wheelchair user. McHale describes Artie as: "what you would call a nerd. He loves Glee Club with all his heart and uses it to escape the big bad world that high school can be just like the other members of Glee Club."[56]

He found it challenging to adapt to the fact Artie is in a wheelchair, explaining: "Coming from a dance background, I instinctually want to start dancing or tapping my foot to the music. So, I've been learning
how to keep that under control and how quickly being in the wheelchair becomes natural."[56] In the episode Wheels, it is revealed that Artie was in a bad car accident when he was eight and that is why he's in his wheelchair. Tina is shown to have feelings for him, which he reciprocates. He feels betrayed after realizing she has been faking her stutter. He hates that she was faking her disability after what happened to him.

Shawna Malcom of the Los Angeles Times reviewed the episode "Vitamin D" positively, praising the focus it gave Artie, writing: "Until now, the wheelchair-bound character has served mostly as a punchline. Last
night, he got a much-deserved moment in the spotlight, and he rolled with it, doing his best Richie Sambora on the talk box, then taking lead vocals on the Usher track. "[30]

Recurring characters

The show features a number of recurring roles. Iqbal Theba is Principal Figgins, the high school's unenthusiastic but judicious principal. Stephen Tobolowsky is Sandy Ryerson, the former director of the Glee Club. Tim Stack for Entertainment Weekly has praised Sandy as "one of the most reliable characters for great lines and laughs."[51]

Patrick Gallagher is Ken Tanaka, the head coach of the football team who is engaged to Emma. Gallagher has stated: "I think you understand where Ken comes from as they go on. You understand where the bitterness comes from, and people may start to like him a little. Ken will keep going [after Emma]. Ken will go after what he wants. The one thing Ken won't do is give up."[57] Josh Sussman is Jacob Ben Israel, the Jewish-American editor of the school newspaper, compared in the media to Perez Hilton[58] and Gossip Girl.[32]

Sussman described his character as: "the school blogger and reviewer with a huge crush on [Rachel]
who awakens his hormones all-year round. But, uh, he creeps her out. She needs Jacob for good reviews."[59]

Naya Rivera is Santana Lopez, a competitive member of the Cheerios. Rivera drew on her own high school experience of unpopularity to prepare for the role, as well as watching films such as Mean Girls to "really get in the zone and feel like a bitchy Sophomore".[60]

Brittany (Heather Morris) is a ditzy but sweet Dutch-American cheerleader who joins the glee club with Quinn and Santana in the episode "Showmance".[14]

Mike Chang (Harry Shum, Jr.) and Matt Rutherford (Dijon Talton) are football players who join the club in the episode "Preggers".[23]

Kent Avenido is Howard Bamboo, Terri's coworker and a former member of the Acafellas. Dr. Wu (Kenneth Choi) is the Schuesters' obstetrician.

Kendra Giardi (Jennifer Aspen) is Terri Schuester's sister. Entertainment Weekly's Wendy Mitchell deemed Kendra "hilarious" in the episode "Throwdown" and wished to see more of her,[33]. In contrast, fellow Entertainment Weekly writer Ken Tucker described her as "a garish cartoon who exists only to further the pregnancy plotting".[34] Kendra's husband is Phil Giardi (Michael Loeffelholz). They have triplet sons, played by Ethan, Aidan, and Ben Freedman.

Guest stars


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Kristen Chenoweth appeared as former glee club star April Rhodes.


The show features Broadway stars in recurring or minor roles, including John Lloyd Young as Henri St. Pierre, "a retired wood shop teacher with an excellent singing voice",[61] Victor Garber as Will's father,[62] and Debra Monk as Will's mother.[62] Kristin Chenoweth plays April Rhodes, a former member of the Glee Club who never finished high school and ended up hitting rock bottom,[63] and Josh Groban appears as himself.[36] Both Chenoweth and Groban will reprise their roles later in the season.[64][65] Tim Stack for Entertainment Weekly commented on Groban's "Acafellas" cameo: "It was a little random, but it's all worth it for the scene when Groban was hitting on Will's mom."[51] Shawna Malcom for the Los Angeles Times called Groban's appearance "laugh out loud" funny.[44] Robert Bianco for USA Today wrote of Chenoweth's guest appearance in "The Rhodes Not Taken": "Her presence may not make much sense, but that's probably all right.

If it means hearing Chenoweth sing, we can put up with any explanation the show cares to offer."[66] Raymund Flandez for The Wall Street Journal was equally positive regarding Chenoweth's role, praising her "powerful voice", "kittenish mien" and "commanding presence".[67] Eric Goldman for IGN opined that Chenoweth was "terrific" as April, and that the character was a "hysterical creation".[68] The Los Angeles Times's Denise Martin praised Chenoweth's versatility as April, opining that her performance was worthy of a second Emmy win.[38]

Mike O'Malley plays Kurt's father, to whom Kurt comes out in the episode "Preggers".[69] James Poniewozik for Time commented on Kurt's coming out to his father: "the fact that Dad (Mike O'Malley, who has turned out to be a pretty good character actor) ends up not being the boor we think he's going to be is one of the first signs that Glee is growing up as a series, that having established a world of primary-color stereotypes, it's now willing to subvert those expectations."[70] Tim Stack for Entertainment Weekly wrote on the same episode: "who would have thought that Mike O’Malley, star of the horrible Yes, Dear, could be such a good dramatic actor?!"[71] Sarah Drew plays Suzy Pepper, a senior with a crush on her teacher.[72] Whitney Houston was contacted to appear, but declined, so Eve took her place.[73] Another guest star will be Jonathan Groff, who will play the male lead in the rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline.[74]

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:She is showing just a bit ... not sure how far along she is suppose to be. I can't believe the teacher hasn't seen his wife naked yet! Do they even have sex? [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] I think they have to have him married so there can be that romantic tension between him and the guidance counselor. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

I feel bad for Finn though. He thinks he is the father but isn't. He is sure a stand up guy! His mom was great to take in Quinn after her family kicked her out!

Still many odd twist with the story but I sure love the singing and dancing and the guys are hotties!!! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

I was thinking the some of the same stuff Penny. When is he going to find out his wife isn't pregnant. When he came home and Rachel was there at first the quiet made me think that his wife was in the shower and he would finally find out...but no...
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Post  jojo on 2009-12-03, 07:32

Finally!!!!! Yes!!!!! He found out, he found out!!!!!! Great episode, very satisfying.

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Yeah! Glad he finally found out! What will happen now? [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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'Glee' And The Problem Of The Fake Padded Elephant In The Room

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Will (Matthew Morrison) and Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) have had their problems in the first season of Fox's Glee. (Carin Baer / Fox)

by Linda Holmes

There are so many things right with Glee: the corny but lovable musical numbers; the surprisingly complex distortion of archetypes; the interplay between darkness and froth; everything about Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester.

But everyone I know -- literally every person I personally know -- who loves Glee has nevertheless had the same complaint about the same story, and after the jump, we're going to talk about it and where they went with it last night.

About last night's episode, so don't say you weren't warned, after the jump. Here's the thing: Everybody hates Fake Baby.

It's sometimes conflated with hating Terri Schuester (Jessalyn Gilsig), the annoying wife of the glee club's coach, Will (Matthew Morrison). In fact, sometimes it's blamed on Gilsig herself. But I think 90 percent of the problem is Fake Baby's very existence. And unlike many widely reviled plot elements, Fake Baby has no defenders as far as I know. Fake Baby is a Fake Baby without a figurative friend in the world.

If you're confused, here's the scoop: Right at the opening of the series, it was established that the Schuester marriage was troubled, and in an effort to save it, Terri decided to pretend she was pregnant. Now, as you probably know, there are a couple of problems with pretending you're pregnant in such a situation. One is that your husband will notice you not being pregnant, and the other is that your husband will notice after, say, 15 or 16 months, that you have not had a baby.

Terri solved these problems with the fake pregnancy belly and the plan to acquire the unwanted baby of cheerleader Quinn (Dianna Agron).

Now, look. We're all suspending disbelief here, what with the breaking into song and so forth. It's not meant to be an especially realistic show. Nevertheless, having Will not realize for months that his wife was merely wearing a pillow under her shirt made him appear stupid. Not just stupid -- oblivious. Not just oblivious -- comatose.

They're married. Married! And never once in the several months she was allegedly pregnant does he have any opportunity to figure this out? Yes, yes, there were little cheats here and there to explain their lack of contact, but come on, now. Believing that a bunch of football players would spontaneously perform "Single Ladies" in the middle of a game as a distraction is nothing compared to the idea that a guy could live with a non-pregnant woman for months and believe she was a pregnant woman, unless he had a head made out of marshmallow fluff.

The fact that Will's sideways romance with Emma (Jayma Mays) wasn't really working (Will's wife wasn't really pregnant, but he thought she was, meaning ... that's still gross, right?) only made it worse. It all dragged on and on, with various near-misses, as the many times Will might logically catch the snap came and went and the snap emphatically was not caught.

The entire story, for me, was only tolerable at all because of the very strong performance from Agron as Quinn, whose genuine and unsentimental mix of terror, regret, and protective-mom instincts made her real pregnancy quite compelling, where Terri's fake pregnancy was a total bust.

Well, last night, Will finally -- in a development that could (and would and should) have happened much earlier -- stumbled across Terri's smaller, early-stages pregnancy belly in her lingerie drawer and busted the whole thing wide open.

So here is what you are being asked to believe: Terri faked a pregnancy, obtained the promise of a baby from a high-school student, arranged for a doctor to falsify an ultrasound, and then left her old pregnancy belly in her underwear drawer for her husband to find.

Also: Will never had any trouble believing that there were logical explanations for other oddities over the last several months, but when she tells him the belly was something she bought early on, before she was showing, in order to try on maternity clothes, he's suddenly a squinty skeptic. (This explanation for the pregnancy belly was, notably, about eight times more plausible than half of the other stuff she's said.)

It's sort of appropriate that the audience is being asked to accept one more rip-roaringly preposterous development before we finally are allowed to get off this ridiculous carousel.

But off it we are: The game was up for good when Will lifted Terri's shirt, saw the current fake belly, and even got her to admit that she was planning on scamming Quinn out of her baby.

There are some signs that the absurdity is still not over -- Emma unbelievably expressed sympathy for Terri, which sent a troubling signal that Will might return to his pregnancy-faking, high-school-student-baby-appropriating wife as if they'd had a misunderstanding over the shopping list.

For the moment, though, we are finished with Fake Baby. No more Fake Baby. Fake Baby has been shoved in the back of the lingerie drawer, and it couldn't happen to a more deserving prosthetic.

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Post  Berry on 2009-12-03, 11:44

Was she "scamming" Quinn out of her baby? Quinn has some hard decisions to make right about now and while giving her baby to a couple that she knows something about, while not the option I think I would choose, is certainly one viable course for her to take. The one being scammed here is Puck who has to step aside from taking responsibility for his own child because Quinn has a better boyfriend.



Is what the wife did forgivable? Only with lots of couples counseling...but just possibly....mebbe.
Actually I think the way she treats him day to day is the unforgivable part of the relationship.

This is a very weird show....but I still like it.

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Post  Penny on 2009-12-03, 13:30

Was she "scamming" Quinn out of her baby? Quinn has some hard decisions
to make right about now and while giving her baby to a couple that she
knows something about, while not the option I think I would choose, is
certainly one viable course for her to take. The one being scammed here
is Puck who has to step aside from taking responsibility for his own
child because Quinn has a better boyfriend.

Is what the wife did forgivable? Only with lots of couples counseling...but just possibly....mebbe.
Actually I think the way she treats him day to day is the unforgivable part of the relationship.

This is a very weird show....but I still like it.

I agree with all those things you said, Berry!

Was she "scamming" Quinn out of her baby? Quinn has some hard decisions
to make right about now and while giving her baby to a couple that she
knows something about, while not the option I think I would choose, is
certainly one viable course for her to take.


One of the girls that was at the residential home that I use to work at had a baby out of wedlock. She knew she wouldn't be able to take care of him and provide for him like he deserved. She gave him to a fine family here in Bluffton. He just turned 3 the beginning of November. Very cute little guy! The family involves her in his birthday parties and some holidays. She works at Walmart and sees him occasionally when they come to shop. He calls her "mamma Terri". I told her she is very lucky cuz' most adoptions aren't "that" open. I know it is hard for her but she knows she gave him a better life.

That one episode when Quinn went to talk to Terri (was that the one where her parents kicked her out?) she asked if Terri thought that Mr. Schuester would make a good father and then gave him that big hug ... I think she knew at that moment that it was the best choice for her baby. Now I wonder what she will do?

The one being scammed here is Puck who has to step aside from taking
responsibility for his own child because Quinn has a better boyfriend.


He does seem to want to step up and be a "dad" but he would scare me too! "Sexting" while babysitting with the girl he got preggers? Maybe he could turn things around but Finn seems like the more "dad" material! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Is what the wife did forgivable? Only with lots of couples counseling...but just possibly....mebbe.

She has crossed a lot of lines in the sand in their relationship and there is a lot to overcome and she has said some things that are going to be hard to forgive. I agree though, with couples counseling and them BOTH wanting to make it work ... mebbe. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

This is a very weird show....but I still like it.
So much of it is so implausible in many ways but it is still so darn fun! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]



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Post  Penny on 2009-12-03, 13:32

BTW ~ I just bought Glee's 1st Volume CD! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] The 2nd Volume is coming out Tuesday, December 8th! Gonna' get it too! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Yes, exactly how I feel......how do they do that to us??????

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