Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 21, 2010 on FOX
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In the second season opener, some new faces challenge old ones in Glee club auditions. Meanwhile new and old relationships leave some happy and others alone.

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  • Too many new characters bring down an otherwise solid effort.

    Sophomore year is here. New Directions is back for another year of singing, dancing, drama, cheers, tears, and pure glee. I liked the idea of using a lot of current music (it's not like today's generation recognized "Jessie's Girl" last year). Using "Empire State of Mind", "Billionaire", and "Telephone" all in the same episode was a great idea. I loved al 3!

    Shannon Beiste,Sunshine, and the Bieber-looking blondie round out the cast of all new characters. I thought there was a bit too much of them and not enough of the old gang. This episode was full of laughs though. Sue Sylvester was great as usual, the Finn as a cheerleader scene was hilarious, and Brittany is comic gold.

    This season seems like it'll be good old fun. Looks promising.moreless
  • Who are these people?

    If this episode had been the first episode ever of Glee then it would be fantastic. But instead of season one, episode one, this is SEASON TWO, episode one. That means that a lot of history has occurred, that characters have hopefully, realistically, learned and they have suffered and bonded and sacrificed and developed.

    But instead, it's very much like the writers refuse to allow the characters to develop, to change to grow, and as a consequence the same old story is repeated anew.

    How can the writers expect us to believe that Rachel would do what she did, after what she has been through with the Glee Club for a whole year? Sure she is selfish and self-involved, but when it came down to it, she more than once stepped back for the good of the team. How can Will behave in a way towards another teacher, that is the complete opposite of his personality, the exact opposite of what he has been teaching these kids for a year? It's as if neither he or Rachel have learned anything over the past year.

    Even the fight between Santana and Quinn was unbelievable.

    Or Finn, as we know, isn't the brightest spark, but to actually believe that Artie and his wheelchair would make a great addition to the football team? Finn never came across as that stupid ... but then it seems like the writers needed some excuse to get him fired from the football team. A pity they couldn't come up with something more believable.

    I don't blame Tina for leaving Artie, given the flashback we saw about how he treated her. So again in Artie, we have another character who has learned nothing from his experiences with the Glee Club?

    If the writers are going to change the character's personalities and have them behave uncharacteristic to the way they have behaved til now, they may as well fire all the actors and bring out an all new cast ,'cos for the most part these weren't the people and the personalities we grew to love over season one.

    Oh, before I forget, again, like she did on a number of occasions in season one, we have Sue manhandling students in her anger. As I said before, in the real world, this is an immediate fireable offence for any teacher. The parent groups would have her head, and the school board would have to fire her under threat of being sued by the parents of the students, the parents who "give" their child to the school with the expectation that the school would keep them safe, would take care of them.

    Come on writers let the characters learn and grow and develop, otherwise this show is going to stagnate pretty quickly. Sure have them make mistakes, they are human after all, but don't have them act contrary to their established personalities.moreless
  • What happened to the New Directions we've come to love and enjoy? These kids are like the Stepford Glee Club!

    Okay, I'll admit that I'm a Gleek, and I'll excuse a lot of the 'timetable' issues that are so plentiful in an average Glee episode. In fact, I'll forgive a lot of the character development issues as well, simply because I love the music in the show, and the fact that the after the first 5 or 6 episodes, I felt the show started to hit its stride last season, making the characters somewhat believable rather than caricatures representative of most high school cliques.

    That being said, the season 2 premiere was HORRIBLE. The show digressed back to the choppy, incoherent, overly ridiculous effort that riddled the show's premiere episode last September. From the opening segment, revealing certain tidbits of information regarding the member of New Directions, it was apparent that this show was reaching for something, but had no idea what that was. Not to mention the fact that some of the information shared was completely inappropriate. From Santana's breast implants to Puck's vasectomy, these "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" moments were incredulous and offensive for a show that presents the characters as typical American teenagers. While the writers managed to divert attention away from Puck's special surgery, the innuendo (sometimes subtle and sometimes blatant) regarding Santana's enhancement should have never made it to air.

    So, all surgical enhancements aside, the writers did no favors for any of the characters in the Season Premiere. Let's take a look at some of the low-lights…

    - Rachel sending her apparent new rival Sunshine to a crack house. Like Rachel would even know where a crack house is, let alone have the address readily available?

    - Finn getting kicked off the football team for his passionate attempt to get Artie a tryout on the team

    - Sue using Brittany to accuse the new football coach of molestation

    - Will so easily being manipulated by Sue to attempt to ostracize the new football coach

    Ironically, the only character that seemed to rise above the ridiculous behavior of the shows regulars was Coach Bieste, the new football coach. It seemed she was the only character the writers even attempted to make sympathetic for the season opener. I'm confused by her stance of kicking Finn off the football team for his apparent "…attempt to make fun of her handicap…" where it would have been more appropriate to kick him off for just being stupid. I can't help but wonder if we're going to learn Coach Bieste has a family member that is paralyzed a la the revelation of Sue's sister last season.

    Even the music in this episode was well below the standards they had set last season. It seems the show is going to attempt to utilize more of the current hit machines ("Empire State of Mind," "Billionaire") rather than focus on what they do best – group dominated vocal arrangements of show tunes and pop standards that feature the individual SINGING voices as well as the exception harmonies they arrangements have accomplished in the past.

    Personally, I think the writers were simply trying to get through the opener so they could focus on the upcoming Britney Spears episode. My only fear is they are going to screw that up just as badly as they did the opener. The show took nearly half a season to find its footing last year, but when it did, it took off like wildfire. The season opener set the show back considerably, and it can ill-afford to take another half-season to regain it's momentum or it can, as Rachel sang, "Kiss today goodbye."moreless
  • It's the best episode on Glee!

    For a pilot episode, this looks interesting... the fight between Sunshine and Rachel is much awaited. I like the part when they were in the bathroom singing telephone and also the part when Sunshine sang Listen... that blew me away... Awesome. Hope to see more episode like that... i also like the part when the new guy sang billionaire... hope he'll be a love team of Kurt... haha... i wanna see him/her/it fall in love... :) How about falling inlove with a girl? Also, waiting for more scenes of rachel and Finn. More power to Glee. Hope to see Sunshine again. She made my day.moreless
Charice Pempengco

Charice Pempengco

Sunshine Corazon

Guest Star

Dustin Ingram

Dustin Ingram

Pizza Delivery Guy

Guest Star

Cheyenne Jackson

Cheyenne Jackson

Dustin Goolsby

Special Guest Star

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.

Mike Chang

Recurring Role

Chord Overstreet

Chord Overstreet

Sam Evans

Recurring Role

Dot Jones

Dot Jones

Coach Shannon Beiste

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • We learn that Chord Overstreet's character, Sam Evens, is dyslexic.

    • Chord Overstreet was cast as Sam Evens the day before shooting 'Billionaire'. The song could not be changed to suit Overstreet's voice so he was forced to sing a key higher that he normally would.

    • Music featured in this episode:
      "Empire State of Mind" by Jay Z and Alicia Keys
      "Telephone" by Lady Gaga
      "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars
      "Listen" from Dreamgirls
      "What I Did for Love" from A Chorus Line

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Coach Beiste:(Scornfully at Sue) You are all coffee and no omelette.

    • Will: (Holding Quinn and Santana apart) Guys, come on! What happened to being a family?
      Santana: Oh, please! She already has a family! She's a mother!
      Quinn: (Will holding her back) Walk away and tighten up your pony before you get to class!

    • Jacob: (to Will) Did you know there's a forum on my blog begging you to stop rapping?

    • Tina: You ignored me for weeks this summer.
      Artie:I was playing a marathon game of Halo, woman.

    • Mercedes: Is that a men's sweater?
      Kurt: Fashion has no gender.

    • Jacob: Will Schuester – how do you respond to a recent post on my blog saying your glee club song selection sound like they come from a drag queen's iPod?
      Will: Well I try to do something for everybody - 25% showtunes, 25% hiphop, 25% classic rock -
      Jacob: 100% gay.

    • Brittany: People thought I went on vacation but I really spent the summer lost in the sewers.

    • Jacob: (to Will) When exactly did you end your sponsorship with Land's End?

    • Jacob: (to Tina and Mike) How do you get the white on rice?

    • Jacob: (to Quinn) What did you do with all that breast milk?

    • Sue: See this? It's a court summons for child endangerment 'cause there's been a line of would-be Cheerios camping outside the high school since late July. I guess they lost their humanity a little bit. Went a little 'Lord of the Flies' out there. One girl ate a pigeon.

    • Sue: Oh God, Will, let me break it down for you. High school's a dry run for the rest of your life. Not everyone can be champions; not everyone should be champions. The world needs fry cooks; bus drivers...

    • Coach Beiste: You think it's easy being a female football coach? Being different? You think I don't get this everywhere I go? Everyone one told me that Sue was the school bully and that you were really cool. I see they got that last part wrong, huh?

    • Sue: (to Quinn) You'll deafen them with the sound of your stretch marks rubbing together!

    • Coach Beiste: I'm the captain of the U.S.S. Kick Ass – not the U.S.S. Back Talk.

    • Sue: (to Santana) Oh, and Boobs McGee – you're demoted to the bottom of the pyramid so when it collapses your exploding sandbags will protect the squad from injury. Now take your juicy, vine ripened chest and get the hell out of my office.

    • Brittany: I made it up. Coach Beiste didn't touch my boobs. Actually, I really wanted to touch her boobs.

    • Sue: (to Will and Coach Beiste) The two of you are making a very serious mistake today; the likes which have not been seen since the Mexican Indians sold Manhattan to George Washington for an upskirt photo of Betsy Ross.

    • Brittany: (While Quinn and Santana are fighting) Stop the violence.

    • Puck: Dude your mouth is huge. How many tennis balls can you fit in there?
      Sam: I don't know, I've never had any balls in my mouth … have you?

    • Sue: (to Will) You make not trying to destroy glee club easy. You know why? Because you're doing such a bang up job all by yourself.

    • Sue: First of all, a female football coach like a male nurse – sin against nature. Number two: I'm sure you're used to hillbilly parents yelping adulation to you as they attempt to impregnate the tailpipes of various off-road vehicles but you're in my house now, Beiste. No one comes into my house and steals from me.

    • Sue: Well then enjoy a repeat of last year's last place finish at regionals where even if your team had dropped their sequined-panties and urinated all over the stage like an elderly Carol Channing they literally could not have done worse.

    • Finn: Rachel is what you'd call a controlist.
      Rachel: I'm controlling – "controlist" isn't a word.

    • Jacob: (to Quinn) How has life changed since the birth of your bastard child?

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Konkurs (Audition)

    • Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester), Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury) and Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel) do not appear in this episode.

    • Recurring cast members Patrick Gallagher (Ken Tanaka) and Dijon Talton (Matt Rutherford) have been dropped from the series. Their absences are mentioned in the episode. Matt transferred to another school and Ken suffered a nervous breakdown.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 21, 2010 on Global
      Australia: September 22, 2010 on TEN
      Israel: October 14, 2010 on Yes Stars Comedy
      Latin America: November 18, 2010 on FOX
      United Kingdom: January 10, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Sweden: January 19, 2011 on TV11
      Norway: March 21, 2011 on TV2 Bliss
      Czech Republic: August 20, 2011 on Prima LOVE
      Slovakia: September 11, 2011 on JOJ


    • Finn discovering Sam's singing in the shower was reminiscent of Will discovering Finn singing in the shower in the Glee Pilot.