Season 1 Episode 12


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 02, 2009 on FOX
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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.

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  • Drama Llamas

    Great episode! It had the necessary drama and character development that ended with a true Glee moment. Maybe not the best music, but at least the plot points weren't melodramatic and actually added to the appeal of the show overall.
  • Another Awesome Glee episode: It continues to impress. Will wants a page in the yearbook, he will stop at nothing to get it.

    It starts when Will walks in to the staff lunch room and everyone is getting pepped up for the new year book pictures. He sits with Emma and Ken, where Emma realises that her wedding is on the same day as sectionals. Sue walks in looking really really bad around the eyes, She says that when year book pictures come around, she gets a little work done. This time she got an eye lift and her tear ducts removed. She said that Glee kids don't get a photo, Will goes to talk to Figgins.

    In the Glee room, everyone is there exept Rachel, Kurt says that not getting a Yearbook photo would be really good because people vandalise the year book Glee photo, and those people that had their photo vandalised became hobo's and depressed. Will walks in and says that he WILL get a photo in the yearbook (ThunderClap).

    Will goes into Figgins office and Figgins says he can't do anything. He said he'll give Will a page for $1000, and a quarter page for $325. Then, Rachel storms in and threatens to sue, but Will said it's under control, Rachel thanks Figgins and goes.

    Then Rachel walks out and her voice is on voiceover. She says that being in the year book can be great for the paparazzi, so she joins everyclub she can, even though she dosen't do those things.

    As she thinks that, she walks past Quinn and 2 Cheerios in the library, then Quinn does the voice over and makes a vow to get in the yearbook as a cheerio, whether Sue likes it or not.

    Then, it's in Will's living room, Teri is watching T.V. Will asks what tie is better for the ThunderClap and Will says that he needs $325, Teri says no.

    Will is in Figgins office writing a cheque, he walks out and into the Glee room. Will says that he can get 2 people in the photo, they put it to a vote, everyone voted for Rachel, even Rachel, so Will says they need 2 people but the Glee kids say that they'd perfer 1 person.

    Will is in Emma's office, and Emma is saying that she's sorry she can't be there, Will thinks that Ken booked the date on purpose, Emma says that Ken is a great man and is happy to marry him. Will walks out apoligizing.

    Will and Rachel are in the Glee room, Will asks if Rachel would pick a co-captain, she says yes.

    Then Rachel is asking all of the Glee kids around school and they make up excuses, until Finn says yes.

    Rachel and Finn are in the Glee room and Rachel is going to teach him how to smile. [Song: Smile-Lily Allen]

    Then Finn is in the Football locker room where people put texta on his face and he pushes them off.

    In the photo room, Rachel is in there, Finn isn't, Rachel agrees to do the photo herself. Then the photo guy says to hurry up and he's got a commercial to do, and Rachel says that she is a great actor and she can make herself cry, the photo guy lets her be in the Ad. Rachel and everyone is in the Glee room, and Rachel says that they are in a mattress commercial.

    They are in the matress shop, putting make-up on, they practice the lines, but they are bad, so they perform a song on the matresses.

    [Song: Jump-Van Halen] (picture)

    In Will's bedroom, he find the air pad Teri has been using on her stomach to make it look like she is pregnant. Will goes down and tells Teri to show him her belly, another pad is there, they get into a massive argument and Teri tells everything to Will. Will storms out.

    Will goes to school and there are 12 matresses and he sleeps on one of them.

    Sue is in the news studio, and she is finishing Sue's corner, and she see's the Glee ad.

    Figgins says to Will that they can't do the ad, Glee club is over.

    Sue is writing in her journal, Quinn walks in in her Cheerio uniform and says that Sue is a Hypocrite and said that she did what Will did, she tells Sue that Glee is still alive and to give them one of Cheerio's yearbook pages.

    Will is in Emma's office talking about divorce. Then they discover that Will can't go to sectioinals.

    Will is telling them in the Glee room. All the girls and boys get ready for the photo, Will, Emma and Ken get there photo.

    [Song: Smile-?]

    The Glee kids take their photo. Then the football kids de-face it in the yearbook.moreless
  • Another great Glee episode. Less music and more drama was a welcome change, but the songs were still fantastic as usual.

    This episode was a little different than the previous ones. First of all, it had less music and more drama-a welcome change at this point. (Don't get me wrong, though. The Glee cast is made up of extremely talented singers and actors). The major performance in this episode was one of my favorites-the Glee club jumping around on mattresses while singing their hearts out to the energetic song "Jump!" by Van Halen. It certainly fit the dance routine, that's for sure. The two other songs, both titled "Smile", were excellent choices, and the second one was an excellent accompaniment to the yearbook picture montage at the end. Also, you can't forget the revelation of a major secret that drove the plot line for some time in previous episodes-Terri's fake baby. I could feel the tension build up long before anyone knew what was going to happen-Will is a smart man, and him not knowing this vital piece of information any longer would make him seem like a buffoon for not noticing the obvious. I applaud Matthew Morrison and Jessalyn Gilsig for their amazing, emotional performance on screen. Even though this episode was one of my favorites, there was one thing I thought could be better. Hasn't Will been going off and leaving the kids on their own a lot? And doesn't it seem that the kids are more independent than they seem to be? In the pilot, Will said he was leaving, then walked in on his Glee club's upbeat rendition of "Don't stop Believing", their first major performance. In Acafellas, the Glee club went all out to hire a choreographer while Will was doing his own little thing with his group of a Capella singers. And now, he is dealing with some complex marital problems while the rest of the club is filming a commercial. And it's not just Will. The adults and the kids seem to have two whole different things going on. Other than a few lines of dialogue exchanged between kids and adults every so often, there is almost no interaction between these two groups. What I'm saying is that there could be a lot more. I loved this episode. There was the same amount of laughter and smiling, twice as much drama, and the song choices and performances were fantastic. I hope to see more episodes like it again-hopefully the episode after Sectionals will clear some things up and meet the high expectations this show has earned.moreless
  • The truth.

    I can't express how glad I am that the entire Terri storyline has come to a conclusion. I had a feeling it was coming in the previous episodes, and it was worth the wait. I was especially glad that we got to see Jessalyn Gilsig' acting talent because her character was mostly hard to handle. Let's hope this is a turning point for the character.

    Meanwhile, I just love how mean Sue is. Her comments are just hilarious. She's definitely the type of the character I love to hate. One of the best parts of the episode was Quinn confronting Sue. I also hope that, one day, Sue's diary will end up in the hands of the principal so he'd know exactly what Sue did.

    The kids were okay in the episode; I loved how Rachel stood up to a challenge even though she would be made a clown for it. I only wish other kids had the guts to do it as well (well, they did at the ending), but still. But that's high school for you. I wish Emma would just drop Ken. I have no sympathy for him. He should know that he isn't wanted.moreless
  • Teri's secret is out. Glee clubbers star in a local commercial..

    Well, there's just one more episode to go. After which we will have to wait all through winter and spring, and some part of summer if you are from my part of the country. Okay my point is, you got to wait for a long long time.

    A long list of drama unfolds in this episode. Will in the process of searching for a pocket square, discovers Teri's pregnancy padding. And there begins all the screaming, crying, and all the drama that comes with it. Sue finds leverage again, when she finds a legal loophole that prohibits Glee students from accepting stuff in exchange for their talent. I was actually wondering why the directors spent something like 5 minutes, just showing mundane stuff like Will ripping off the covers of a mattress. Well the reason was pretty evident. So now Will takes the bullet, which ensures the kids compete in sectionals without him.

    And there was something about some yearbook picture...moreless
John Ross Bowie

John Ross Bowie


Guest Star

Chuck Spitler

Chuck Spitler

Randy Cusperberg

Guest Star

Lauren Potter

Lauren Potter

Becky Jackson

Guest Star

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

Santana Lopez

Recurring Role

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.

Mike Chang

Recurring Role

Dijon Talton

Dijon Talton

Matt Rutherford

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Will: I should be allowed to feel good about myself.
      Terri: This marriage works because you don't feel good about yourself!

    • Rachel: Aside from nudity and the exploitation of animals, I'll pretty much do anything to break into the business.

    • Emma: (to Sue) Oh my gosh, Sue, did somebody finally punch you?
      Sue: Edie. William. (to Ken) You. Every year, when the photos for the thunderclap come around, I always elect to have a little work done. This year, I got myself a bit of an eye lift. And while they were in there, I told them to go ahead and yank out those tear ducts. Wasn't using them.

    • Sue: (to Quinn) You know Q, I've forgotten just how ruthless you are. You're like a young Sue Sylvester. Now get out of my office if you can manage to squeeze through the door without your water breaking all over my new carpet.

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