Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 12/2/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Rachel's struggle not to be ignored spreads to the rest of the Glee club when their yearbook photo is threatened by budget cuts. Elsewhere, Terri faces more problems in her relationship with Will.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jane Lynch

    Sue Sylvester

  • Jessalyn Gilsig

    Terri Schuester

  • Jayma Mays

    Emma Pillsbury

  • Lea Michele

    Rachel Berry

  • Cory Monteith

    Finn Hudson

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  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Drama Llamas

    By thequietvoice, Dec 24, 2012

  • Another Awesome Glee episode: It continues to impress. Will wants a page in the yearbook, he will stop at nothing to get it.

    By strat_boy, Mar 16, 2010

  • Another great Glee episode. Less music and more drama was a welcome change, but the songs were still fantastic as usual.

    By lintball13, Dec 15, 2009

  • The truth.

    By dmarex, May 12, 2010

  • Teri's secret is out. Glee clubbers star in a local commercial..

    By sequoa84, Dec 03, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Finn: (to Rachel about missing their photo for the yearbook) Look, I'm sorry. The guys were harassing me in the locker room about it. They said that if I took the Glee Club photo, they'd make me choose between a Hitler mustache or buckteeth, and I can't rock either of those looks. (Sits next to Quinn. Touches his head, remembering the name calling) Do you think I have a potato head?

    • Emma: When I first heard about what Terri had done, oh, gosh, no I thought there should be some sort of law. But then when I thought about it some more, I thought about what I would've done if I'd felt you slipping away... Will: You would never be that cruel. Emma: No, her methods were wrong, but, um, I totally understand her intentions. You're a lot to lose, Will.

    • Rachel: Brittany, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Brittany: No way. Rachel: Why not? Brittany: Because I don't want to be in a picture with you. It will get defaced. Rachel: No, it won't. Brittany: Yes, it will. I'll be the one doing it.

    • Sue: (to Will) Have you and the redhead become so sexually deprived that you have to commit your craven acts of adultery between classes?

    • Sue: (to Will) You're too busy chasing tail and loading your hair with enormous amounts of product. Today, it just looks like you put lard in it.

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Titles: United Kingdom: Once Upon A Mattress Czech Republic: Matrace (Mattress)

    • Bill A. Jones ("Rod Remington") and Chuck Spitler ("Mr. Cusperberg") also worked together in the The Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! episode "Chunky".

    • Original International Air Dates: Latin America: February 4, 2010 on Canal Fox Sweden: February 18, 2010 on TV4 United Kingdom: March 22, 2010 on E4/E4 HD Norway: April 17, 2010 on TV2 Zebra Czech Republic: November 21, 2010 on Prima COOL Slovakia: March 27, 2011 on JOJ Germany: March 28, 2011 on Super RTL Bulgaria: June 5, 2011 on bTV Comedy

    • Matthew Morrison (who plays Will Schuester) starred in a TV version of the play Once Upon a Mattress that aired on ABC in 2005 which was the working title of this episode.

    Trivia (3)

    • Rachel is seen looking at her pictures in the 2008 yearbook however she says in the pilot episode that she's a sophomore when she's talking to Mr. Shuester on the bleachers. She would've still been in middle school during the 2008 school year.

      Since she started High School in 2008, and the yearbook photos are taken in the first semester (at least in this episode, as it aired in December of 2009) she would be a Freshman in 2008/2009 and would get her picture taken in 2008.

    • Goofs: • Matthew Morrison's mark (red x) is clearly visible between his feet when he drops the mattress on the floor in his office. • In the glee club photo caption, Puck's first name is given as "Nathan", when it's actually "Noah." • The word "counselor" is misspelled (omitting the O) in this edition of the Thunderclap.

    • Music featured in this episode: • "Smile" by Lily Allen. • "Jump" by Van Halen. • "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin.

    Allusions (1)

    • The original working title, "Once Upon A Mattress" is a musical about the 'true' telling of The Princess and the Pea.

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