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  • S 5 : Ep 20

    The Untitled Rachel Berry Project

    Aired 5/13/14

  • S 5 : Ep 19

    Old Dog New Tricks

    Aired 5/6/14

  • S 5 : Ep 18

    The Back-Up Plan

    Aired 4/29/14

  • S 5 : Ep 17

    Opening Night

    Aired 4/22/14

  • S 5 : Ep 16

    Tested

    Aired 4/15/14

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dianna Agron

    Quinn Fabray (seasons 1-3; recurring afterwards)

  • Chris Colfer

    Kurt Hummel

  • Jessalyn Gilsig

    Terri Schuester (seasons 1-2)

  • Jane Lynch

    Sue Sylvester

  • Jayma Mays

    Emma Pillsbury (seasons 1-3; recurring afterwards)

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  • Glee is a musical comedy that depicts Will Schuester's (Matthew Morrison) efforts to save McKinley High's Glee Club from cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). Glee's musical numbers, underdog characters, and rousing soundtracks have all helped make Glee a runaway pop-culture hit. It is created by Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) and is a Golden Globe-winning Fox musical comedy.

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  • Quotes (606)

    • Puck: Chicks don't have prostates. I looked it up.

    • Sue: High school is a caste system. Kids fall into certain slots. Your jocks and your popular kids up in the penthouse. The invisibles and the kids playing live-action out in the forest: bottom floor. Will: And... where do the Glee kids lie? Sue: Subbasement.

    • Rachel: Being a part of something special makes you special, right?

    • Rachel: Look guys, these steps are not hard. I've been doing them since preschool! Kurt: I'm sorry, did I miss the election for queen? Because I didn't vote for you. Rachel: I know what I'm talking about. I won my first dance competition when I was three months old!

    • Rachel: You're very talented. Finn: Really? Rachel: Yeah. I would know. I'm very talented too.

    • Will: My passion is teaching, Terri. For the last time, I don't want to be an accountant! Terri: Dr. Phil said people could change. It's not a bad thing to want a real life Will, and to have a glue gun that works!

    • Finn: I never knew my dad. He died in Iraq when we were fighting Osama bin Laden the first time.

    • (In response to Will monitoring detention after school) Terri: Will, I'm on my feet four hours a day, three times a week here. Now I have to go home and I have to cook dinner for myself?

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    Notes (267)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

    • Original International Air Dates: Latin America: September 13, 2009 on FOX Australia: September 17, 2009 on Channel Ten Sweden: November 12, 2009 on TV4 Norway: December 9, 2009 on TV2 United Kingdom: December 15, 2009 on E4/E4 HD Thailand: January 20, 2010 on Star World Spain: March 22, 2010 on Neox Hungary: August 28, 2010 on RTL KLUB Czech Republic: September 5, 2010 on Prima COOL The Netherlands: September 14, 2010 on RTL 5 Russia: September 15, 2010 on TNT (translated as 'Losers') Finland: October 16, 2010 on Sub Switzerland: January 10, 2011 on SF2 Germany: January 17, 2011 on Super RTL Croatia: February 14, 2011 on HRT Slovakia: February 20, 2011 on JOJ Bulgaria: April 30, 2011 on bTV Comedy

    • Actors connections: -Dianna Agron ("Quinn") and Stephen Tobolowsky ("Sandy Ryerson") also worked together in a few Season 2 episodes of Heroes. -Jessalyn Gilsig ("Terri") and Jane Lynch ("Sue") also worked together in the Boston Public episode "Chapter Twenty Four". -Jessalyn Gilsig ("Terri") and Stephen Tobolowski ("Sandy Ryerson") also worked together in the Heroes episode "The Butterfly Effect". -Jessalyn Gilsig ("Terri") and Romy Rosemont ("Mrs. Hudson") also worked together in the Nip/Tuck episode "Erica Noughton". -Jane Lynch ("Sue") and Jayma Mays ("Emma") also worked together in the 2007 movie Smiley Face. -Jane Lynch ("Sue") and Stephen Tobolowski ("Sandy Ryerson") also worked together in the Boston Legal episode "The Good Lawyer". -Jane Lynch ("Sue") and Iqbal Theba ("Principal Figgins") also worked together in the Arrested Development episode "Shock And Aww". -Jane Lynch ("Sue") and Romy Rosemont ("Mrs. Hudson") also worked together in the 2006 movie The Frank Anderson, and in the MDs episode "Wing And A Prayer". -Jayma Mays ("Emma") and Matthew Morrison ("Will") also worked together in the 2007 TV movie Nice Girls Don't Get The Corner Office. -Jayma Mays ("Emma"), Stephen Tobolowski ("Sandy Ryerson") and Iqbal Theba ("Principal Figgins") also worked together in the 2006 movie Blind Dating. -Cory Monteith ("Finn") and Patrick Gallagher ("Ken Tanaka") also worked together in the 2006 movie Final Destination 3. -Matthew Morrison ("Will") and Romy Rosemont ("Mrs. Hudson") also worked together in the never-turned-into-a-series pilot The Oaks .

    • This episode won the Artios Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Casting-Television Pilot-Comedy", and, the Golden Reel Award for "Best Sound Editing-Short Form Music in Television". Also, it was nominated for the Directors Guild Award for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy", and, the Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Award in the "Episode of a One Hour Single-Camera Television Series" category. Plus, after this episode aired, the show itself was nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Awards for "Choice Breakout TV Show", "Choice Breakout TV Star-Female" (Lea Michele ("Rachel")) and "Choice Breakout TV Star-Male" (Cory Monteith ("Finn")).

    • From the start, producer Ryan Murphy knew he wanted to cast actress Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) in the show.

    • Rachel's audition piece in this episode was "On My Own" from Les Miserables a show that actress Lea Michele appeared in at age 8 playing Cosette.

    • In Cory Monteith's audition he sent in a tape of himself singing REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" the same song Finn is singing in the shower when Mr. Scheuster hears him.

    • The character Kurt Hummel was created for Chris Colfer. After auditioning for the role of Artie, Ryan Murphy saw that he wasn't right for any of the parts so he tailor fit one for Colfer. The name Kurt came from the character in The Sound of Music, because Murphy had the feeling Colfer had been in that play and he had.

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    Trivia (177)

    • Rachel Berry is the first Glee club member to get slushied in the show.

    • When the football team is going to throw Kurt in the dumpster, Puck says "It's hammer time", there, he is about a metre away from the dumpster, in the next scene Puck is on the other side of the dumpster with no time skip in between the scene.

    • This is the only episode where Sue calls Emma by her correct name. Starting with Acafellas, she would constantly, and intentionally, gets her name wrong.

    • The plaque behind the 1993 Trophy for National Championship in Show Choir is for Lillian Adler (1937-1997) and it reads "By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy."

    • During Mr. Scheuster's speech to Finn, where he convinces to join Glee Club after planting drugs in his locker, a close up shows a news paper cut out with the head line "Priority: Help Our Kids."

    • Music featured in this episode: • "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind, & Fire • "You Can Do It (Put Your Back Into It)" by Ice Cube • "Where is Love?" From Oliver! • "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korsakov (sung by the Swingle Singers) • "Soul Bossa Nova" by Quincy Jones (sung by the Swingle Singers) • "Respect" by Aretha Franklin • "Mr. Cellophane" from Chicago • "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry • "On My Own" from Les Miserables • "Golliwog's Cakewalk" by Claude Debussy (sung by the Swingle Singers) • "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" from Guys and Dolls • "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (muzak played in Sheets 'n' Things) • "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy (sung by the Swingle Singers) • "Can't Fight This Feeling" by Reo Speedwagon • "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" by Journey • "You're the One that I Want" from Grease • "Chewing Gum" (Vocal Mix) by Annie • "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse • "Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig van Beethoven (sung by the Swingle Singers) • "That's the Way (I Like It)" by KC and the Sunshine Band • "Looking Back" by Kerry Muzzey • "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey

    • The names written on the New Directions Glee Club signup sheet by the football players were Gaylord Weiner, Butt Lunch and Penis.

    • The audition pieces for the Glee Club were • Mercedes Jones ( Amber Riley)- "Respect" by Aretha Franklin • Kurt Hummel ( Chris Colfer)- "Mr. Cellophane" from Chicago. • Tina C (Jenna Ushkowitz)- "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry • Rachel Berry (Lea Michele)- "On My Own" from "Les Miserables"

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    Allusions (60)

    • Sandy Ryerson: Stephen Tobolowsky debuts his supporting role in this episode as Sandy Ryerson. Tobolowsky is best known for his portrayal of insurance salesman Ned Ryerson (aka Needlenose Ned, Ned the Head, etc.) in the c comedy Groundhog Day.

    • Finn: (in line at the snack bar, referring to his virginal girlfriend): Yeah, she's cool. Hey, I wonder if they have Sour Patch Kids. Cory Monteith had a supporting role on Kyle XY between 2006-2007 playing another jock (Charlie Tanner) whose girlfriend was also "saving herself" (Amanda Bloom). Sour Patch Kids were a sponsor for the show during its first season.

    • Mercedes: I'm Beyoncé. I ain't no Kelly Rowland. This is a reference to the 90's girl group, Destiny Child. The group originally had four members and then dropped down to three with Beyonce then leaving for a solo career. Kelly Rowland and the other members are often thought about as glorified backup singers, especially in light of Beyonce's individual success.

    • Puck: It's Hammertime. This is a reference to the MC Hammer hit song, "You Can't Touch This" from his 1990 album Please, Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em. It became a well known slogan and catchphrase and was the name of MC Hammer's reality show that is on A&E starting in the summer of 2009.

    • Sue Sylvester: My performers didn't get on Fox's Sports Net last year because they ate at Bacon Junction. This is a reference to an affiliate of the Fox network, The Fox Sports Regional Networks most often referred to as Fox Sport's Net (FSN). It is a collection of many regional sports networks across the United States. It is owned and operated by the same company as Fox Broadcasting Company, the New Corporation.

    • Will: John Travolta hands! Will is referring to the legendary pose Travolta made for the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever.

    • Terri: It's my very own Sophie's Choice. Terri is either referring to the 1979 novel or the 1982 film of the same name or both. The term "Sophie's choice" has come to refer to a choice between two options both with negative consequences.

    • Rachel: What's a "luftballon"? One of the family-friendly songs picked out for the glee club to sing was "99 Luftballons", a German-language (later rerecorded in English as "99 Red Balloons") Cold War-era protest song by singer Nena.

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