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"
The responses to Rachel's Myspace video of her performing "On My Own" were:
Sky Splits: If I were your parents, I would sell you back.
Hi Ho Cheerio!: I'm going to scratch out my eyes.
The Cheerios: Please get sterilized.
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?
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.
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?
Terri: Will, if my diabetes comes back, I can't get pregnant.
Rachel: You might laugh because every time I sign my name, I put a gold star after it. But it's a metaphor. And metaphors are important.My gold stars are a metaphor. For me. Being a star.
Will: I'd like to take over Glee Club.
Principal Figgins: You want to captain the Titanic too?
(As he gets thrown into dumpster
Kurt: Please! This is from Marc Jacobs's new collection!
Will: I need to provide for my family.
Emma: But provide what exactly? The understanding that money is the most important thing, or the idea that the only life worth living is one that you're really passionate about, Will?
Tina:(After seeing Carmel High School's performance of "Rehab") We're d-d-doomed.
Principal Figgins: What is with you and this club? You've got only five kids and one of them is a cripple.
Rachel: I am not homophobic. In fact, I have two gay dads.
Rachel: You might think that all of the boys in school would want to tap this, but my MySpace schedule keeps me way too busy to date.
Rachel: Mr. Schuester, do you have any idea how ridiculous it is to give the lead solo in "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat" to a boy in a wheelchair?
Artie: I think Mr. Schuester is using irony to enhance the performance.
Rachel: There is nothing ironic about show choir!
Will: Possession is eight tenths of the law. I'm pretty sure that much pot is a felony.
Rachel: I can't keep wasting my time on Glee. It hurts too much.
Rachel: Now-a-days being anonymous is worse than being poor. Fame is the most important thing in our culture now. And if there is one thing I've learned it is that no one is just going to hand it to you.
Puck: Hey, what's going on?
Finn: Ah, I just... I have to miss practice Saturday afternoon. It's my mom, I gotta help her cook and ah... do things.
Finn: She just had ah.. surgery.
Puck: What kind of surgery?
Finn: Ah... well... she had to have her prostate out.
Puck: Man, that's tough break.
Sue: You think this is hard? Try being waterboarded, that's hard!
Emma: Since when are cheerleaders performers?
Sue: Your resentment is delicious.
Sue: (at cheerleader rehearsal) You think this is hard? I'm living with Hepatitis, that's hard!
Mercedes: Oh, HELL to the no! Look, I'm not down with this background singin' nonsense. I'm Beyoncé, I ain't no Kelly Rowland.
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
-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.
Although Mark Salling's character Puck is the harshest critic of Finn's passion for singing in this episode, he is a singer and musician in real life.
Glee was previewed on Fox on May 19, 2009, and even though it had yet to be put on the fall schedule four episodes had already been filmed and thirteen were ordered.
Two scenes deleted from this episode feature Matthew Morrison, Will Schuester, singing. One was the 1993 Show Choir performance and the other is him singing "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by John Denver.
The week after the pilot aired, "Don't Stop Believing" was the number one song on iTunes with 177,000 downloads, while Journey's version was number 9 with 42,000. The Song was also number 4 on Billboards Hot 100(the Hot Shot Debut for the week) with the original again in the number 9 position.
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.
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