Glee

Season 1 Episode 10

Ballad

9
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 18, 2009 on FOX
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The Glee kids are divided into interesting duos to sing ballads, but when one member falls sick Mr. Schuester is forced to stand in for him. Rachel has a drastic change of opinion about Mr. Schuester.

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  • Favorite Episode so Far

    10
    I loved this one! This really had the perfect blend of humor, character development, and unity. When Emma was mesmerized by Will's performance I laughed, when Quinn had her moment with her parents I empathized, and when they all came together at the end my heart soared. Glee is great when the melodrama and the conflict serves a purpose and ultimately creates a strong bond between the cast. My feelings for all of the characters grew immensely with this one and I can't wait to see what happens next.moreless
  • Should be sorry for them but...

    9.0
    Poor Will, he got into trouble all by himself! He put the rope around his neck. But it's his fault, since he's so damn charming. I couldn't stop laughing with his scenes with Rachel, I mean sitting her in the backseat? LOL!



    I don't know how far Quinn will take her charade. She's putting Finn in a very difficult situation and she is just playing him for a fool. It was really sad to see her parents kick her out.



    I just couldn't believe how right Suzie Pepper was and the fact that she was giving the advice? Well, she learned the hard way and those therapies did pay off. But she was right and in the end, everything was back to normal.



    The last scene was very nice. There are many differences among the kids, but when it comes to give a helping hand, they're learning to be there for the other.moreless
  • Mr. Shue tries to get the members to express their emotions through ballads. Due to a member's absence, Rachel and him are paired, causing her to see him through new eyes. Things quickly get out of hand. New baby drama for Quinn as Finn meets her parents.moreless

    10
    This was top 3, if not my favourite episode. The initial ballad of 'Endless Love' was extremely well done. I loved the voice overs where you got a glimpse into some of the character's minds. Mr. Shuester's facial expressions were priceless in response to Rachel's love crazed ones. Suzy Pepper, the constant awkwardness of the situations and the 'Young Girl/Don't Stand So Close to Me' mash up made this a very memorable episode for me. Not to mention the baby drama and the emotional scene with Quinn and her parents. I bawled. When her father got up, I assumed (well, hoped!) it was to hug Quinn, but when he kept walking, I could really empathize with Quinn. I would have been heartbroken and felt so betrayed. And the fact that her own mother wouldn't stand up for her in her time of need was devastating and sad. I thought this episode gave strong insight into Quinn's life and gave the audience a chance to get a better understanding of her character by seeing her homelife and meeting her parents. It made me respect Quinn more as a character as I was able to observe the type of parenting she has had and the expectations her parents have had for her. The whole purpose behind the idea of 'Glee' is to over emphasize stereotypes and make fun of them. The characters are way over the top, and Rachel's obsession was hilarious because it was so exaggerated. When discussing 'Glee" with peers, this episode always comes up. Two thumbs up. I loved it.moreless
  • The Glee club are paired up to sing a ballad, starting with Rachel and Mr Shuster singing endless love, which leads to Rachel developing a crush on him! Meanwhile Finn goes to Quinn's parents house for dinner, but things don't go well.moreless

    7.5
    I love Glee, but this is one of the weakest episodes so far IMO. Rachel's crush on Mr Shu was just stupid. The show is a comedy, but Rachel - while neurotic - isn't usually this daft. I didn't buy Finn suddenly being Kurt's best friend either. The Finn/Quinn storyline looks like it might peter out soon as Puck blurted out he's the daddy to Mercedes - another out of character moment.

    However, for me the biggest weakness of this show was the insipid songs. For a ballad episode, we had only one real ballad duet - Endless Love. I like Finn but he is the weakest singer, yet we get two songs from him. The only song I really liked was the group Lean On Me.

    I still love this show, it is so much fun, but we need better songs, more Sue Sylvester and not so much out of character behaviour.moreless
  • You know that scene in a movie where it's so embaressing you almost have to look away thats this entire episode.

    7.0
    You know that scene in a movie where it's so embaressing you almost have to look away thats this entire episode. All of this was to much, rachel in love with Mr Shou ( out of know where), Finn being stupid enough to think it would all be ok if he told the fobray's through song that she got there daughter knocked up ( i don't think so ) just a bit of a silly episode all together, i think this show usually has a much higher standered then this and is meant to me a touch more realistic than some of the other thing we see on the tv. The only grounding storyline for this episode was Quinn's pregnancy and her fear of telling her parents i found that really believable and was sad right along with her, hopefully the next episode is an improvement because this show is fast becoming one of my favourites and i would hate for it to become to crazy.



    see you next week fellow gleeks

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Gregg Henry

Gregg Henry

Russell Fabray

Guest Star

Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross

Judy Fabray

Guest Star

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew

Suzy Pepper

Guest Star

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

Santana Lopez

Recurring Role

Romy Rosemont

Romy Rosemont

Carole Hudson

Recurring Role

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.

Mike Chang

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The piano players name is Brad. This is the only time they refer to him as anything.

    • Goofs:
      -When Kurt encourages Finn to sing his ballad to his baby, he sits down at the piano to play. He's wearing brown leggings, but when they scan to his hands playing the song, blue jeans are visible for an extended time.

      -When Suzy Pepper eats the worlds hottest pepper (after Will lets her know they'll never be a couple), a strand of hair can be seen in her mouth. Then the strand disappears on side shots, but reappears in her mouth when she finally chomps on the pepper that burns out her esophagus.

      -When Kurt answers his cellphone when he's ironing he leaves the iron down but when the shot changes it's up (so as not to burn the clothes).

    • Music featured in this episode:

      • "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders
      • "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
      • "Crush" by Jennifer Page
      • "Don't Stand So Close to Me" by The Police / "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
      • "(You're) Having My Baby" by Paul Anka and Odia Coates
      • "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Will: So, Rachel, do you think you understood the message I was trying to get across with that ballad?
      Rachel: Yes. It means I'm very young, and it's hard for you to stand so close to me.
      Will: (sighs in despair) Um, no, um... Emma, would you mind helping me out here? Um, what was the message that you got?
      Emma: (in awe) You're a very good performer. (to Rachel) He's very good.

    • Will: (about Rachel's crush) It's happening... again. It always starts with a novelty gift.
      Emma: I mean, you can't blame her, Will. I mean, if we were going to rank crushworthy teachers at this school, you'd be number one with a bullet. (she realises what she just said) Uh... well... I... When did, when did this start with Rachel?

    • Rachel: (speaking to herself while performing a ballad with Will) Wow. I've never noticed this before, because he's always trying to destroy my career, but Mr. Shue has really pretty eyes. And really nice teeth. He's obviously invested in good oral hygiene and that's important to me. It shows wonderful self-esteem.

    • (Phone rings)
      Will: Hello?
      (Hear Suzie Pepper breathing heavily)
      Terri: Who is it? Who died?
      Will: Suzie Pepper?
      Suzie: You knew it was me just by the sound of my breath. That's so romantic.
      Terri: Listen, you little psycho. This is Will's wife. And if I don't get enough sleep, my antidepressants won't work. And then I'll go crazy and I'll kill you.
      Will: Terri!
      Terri: Stop calling!

    • Kurt: (Voiceover, while Rachel and Will sing Endless Love) I could totally sing this song with Finn. But screw him if he thinks he's taking the Diana Ross part from me.

    • Kurt: (over the phone) Well hello, Finn Hudson.
      Finn: (in the bathroom) I'm at the Fabrays and freaking out. What does a heart attack feel like?
      Kurt: Settle down, Cowboy. This is why we burnt the disk and spent all that time rehearsing.
      Finn: I can't do it.
      Kurt: Yes you can. Remember, the power of the ballad--
      Finn: I have to go. They'll think I'm pooping.

    • Kurt: He's cheating off a girl who thinks the square root of four is rainbows.

    • Susie Pepper: (to Rachel) We're both mildly attractive and extremely grating.

    • Puck: I love the days when I don't wear underwear. Full commando!

    • Will: Ballad. Who knows what this word means?
      Brittany: It's a male duck.

    • Finn: I'm sick and tired of people pushing me to be somebody I'm not.
      Kurt: You're lashing out at me is fantastically compelling and inappropriate.

    • Will: (about Rachel) You're making her clean our bathroom?
      Terri: I've been dealing with these school girl crushes for years. Why shouldn't I get something out of it?

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