Season 1 Episode 6

Vitamin D

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Will decides to give New Directions some competition between them by having the boys go against the girls. Terri becomes the school nurse to check on Will.

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  • Not Sure About the Appeal

    I really wanted to like this episode, but I felt that it was too unrealistic and melodramatic. How could Terri actually acquire that position and proceed to distribute drugs like crazy? How could Emma honestly accept Ken's proposal - is she really that much of a wallflower? I did enjoy the musical performances in the episode, but that's about it. Too much melodrama that didn't develop the characters or send a good message.moreless
  • Descrepancies in the show.

    One major issue, an uneducated woman being able to get a job so quickly as a school nurse with no formal education or training in the field? Then to give minor children over the counter medicicine without knowing their medical history? Then to let the kids walk around with the medicine to give to other kids?

    If I remember correctly, if this did happen, especially in the last 20yrs, she would have been arrested for distributing drugs to minor children without parent consent & allowing children to pass the medicine to others, the kids involved would have been expelled ann/or arrested/cited for distributing drugs on school grounds and the principal would have been fired for hiring the unqualified school nurse and for allowing her to do this on his watch.moreless
  • So which number really was better? The boys or the girls?

    Getting a peek inside Sue Sylvester's journal was like Christmas: "Glee Club. Every time I try to destroy that clutch of scab-eating mouth-breathers it only comes back stronger like some sexually ambiguous horror movie villain. Here I am- about to turn 30- And I've sacrificed everything, only to be shanghaied by the bi-curious machinations of a cabal of doughy misshapen teens."

    Jane Lynch rocks my socks.

    She's got even better material when meeting with Will's wife Terri, letting her know her husband might be cheating with the school counselor Emma. "You need a machete to cut through the haze of lust that surrounds them." I could honestly go on and on quoting her amazing stuff here, but I guess I'll get to the rest of the episode.

    Glee club has become complacent with their skills, and to keep everyone on the top of their game, Will decides to pit a boys vs. girls showdown for rights to picking the song that will be used at the competition. The guys went with Bon Jovi's "It's my Life" and Usher's "Confessions", while the ladies wanted to mash-up Beyonce's "Halo" with "Walkin' on Sunshine." These were the only two numbers in the episode but both were very well done. Of course in the show no winner was picked (both teams decided to disqualify themselves) but for argument's sake I'd have to give the edge to the guys. Not only did I like the selection of songs better, but the arrangement was better mixed, with both hooks seamlessly flowing together. The girls' was fun but the mash-up felt more like just one song followed by another. Plot-wise, Terri decided that by playing school nurse she could keep an eye on Will and to further complicate things, she planted the idea of marriage into Ken's head as a way of getting Emma out of the way. I've never really liked the coach on this show, but his proposal was sweet and sincere, a nice touch, considering they could have gone silly with it. Now we have legitimate levels of conflict with real feelings involved: Emma for Will, Her commitment to Ken (she said yes, after all, and a part of her might just go with it) Will's responsibility as husband and (fake) father, Terri's desperation to keep Will, and Ken's genuine love for Emma.

    Terri's inexperience with anything medical was a little humorous, and it gave Jessalyn Gelsig a chance to interact with some of the kids, which I'm sure was fun. I loved her "it's over the counter" excuse for the pills, and it was a nice message about teens and drugs, no matter what kind they may be. Needless to say, the development at the end of this episode has made my year; Jane Lynch is now co-running Glee. This can only lead to happiness! LOLmoreless
  • Aint nothin gonna break my stride.

    This really was the best episode yet. This would have been the best episode for Sue's journal entry alone. Heck, this would have been the best episode for Sue tripping up that old lady. But we get loads of great songs, some much needed character work and some hilarious one-liners, Jayma gets a back-lashing from the writers this week as they take the piss out of her peculiar looks (which I adore). The entire Vitamin D scenario was so wrong on so many levels, but oh-so funny. Terri's all or nothing search and destroy was comic-villain worthy and the first time so far I've actually enjoyed her evil shenanigans. And I really can't get 'break my stride' out of my head now. Thanks -_-moreless
  • A bunch of crazy high Glee club mumbers!

    This episode is absolutely hilarious and includes two amazing songs from the girls and the guys!

    I mean - making them high actually makes them about 30 times better on stage - actually like that other professional choir!

    I really love the mash-ups between Bon Jovi and obsessions - plus the girls version of Halo and Sunshine was really really great! I think I prefer the girls to the guys - their voices are better - Finn has got a good voice but it's not really that easy to listen too is it?

    The boy in the wheelchair has such a better voice - I really need to start learning the character names but I'm not American and I had to get them off someone so I just watched the first 8 straight!moreless
Joe Hursley

Joe Hursley


Guest Star

Iqbal Theba

Iqbal Theba

Principal Figgins

Recurring Role

Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

Santana Lopez

Recurring Role

Kent Avenido

Kent Avenido

Howard Bamboo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goofs
      - In the scene where the girls take 'Vitamin D', not only is Brittany not in the scene, but two extra Cheerios are - they stand first in line and thus furthest away from the camera. One blond and one brunette.
      - In the scene where Terri is confronting Emma about Will, Terri is wearing a pink top. In the very next scene when she bumps into Quinn in the hallway, her top is blue and her earrings are different.
      - In the scene where the girls were performing their mash up, during the first "Halo" chorus before the first interchange from "Halo" into "Walking on sunshine", the front row consisted of Quinn, Mercedes and Brittany. As the camera changed angle, the three girls were suddenly in the back row.

    • Music featured in this episode:
      • "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi/"My Confession" by Usher
      • "Walkin' On Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves/"Halo" by Beyoncé
      • "Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Rachel: I know everyone expects us to be enemies and be in competition, but I don't hate you.
      Quinn: Why not? I've been awful to you.
      Rachel: That was before you knew what it felt like to be me. An outsider. More people are gonna start finding out about this (she points to her belly, and you're gonna need friends who can relate.
      Quinn: How can you relate to what I'm going through?
      Rachel: You don't think people whisper about me in the lunchrooms or draw pornographic pictures of me on the bathroom walls?
      Quinn: That was me, actually.
      Rachel: Look, I don't agree with the choice you're making, but you're gonna need glee. You have seven months of your youth left. You should enjoy it. And let's face it, in a couple of months, that cheerleading uniform isn't gonna fit and we're gonna be all you have left. Just come back to practice. Boys versus girls. It's fun. And we could certainly use your voice right now. You're actually a good singer, Quinn. Occasionnally sharp, but that's just because you lack my years of training.
      Quinn: I would have tortured you if the roles were reversed, you know?
      Rachel: I know.

    • Will: Is it true about Ken asking to marry you?
      Emma: Yeah. Yeah, it is...
      Will: What are you going to do?
      Emma: I don't know. Can you, um... Can you think of any other options I might have?
      Will: Is... is that a reason to marry someone?
      Emma: That's not what I'm asking.

    • Emma: So, what did you want to talk to me about?
      Will: Oh, good news. I figured out a way to get the kids motivated. They're going to compete against each other in a glee-off.
      Emma: Oh.
      Will: And guess who the celebrity judge is going to be? You.
      Emma: Me?
      Will: You are the most honest and impartial person I know.

    • Sue: This is a list of my Cheerios. Every week I pick someone at random and I kick them out.
      Will: Yeah, well, in glee club we do things a little bit differently.
      Sue: Oh, yeah, Will? How's that working out for you? You have to remember something. We're dealing with children. They need to be terrified. It's like mother's milk to them. Without it, their bones won't grow properly.

    • Artie: (To Mr.Shuester) We plan on smacking them down like the hand of God.

    • Quinn: I need to talk to you. .. about the baby.
      Terri: Is everything okay? Wait, you're not having it right now are you?
      Quinn: What, no. Aren't you supposed to be a nurse?

    • Sue: (Writing in her journal) Dear Journal. Feeling listless again today. It began at dawn, when I tried to make a smoothie out of beef bones, breaking my juicer. And then at Cheerios practice, disaster! It was unmistakable. It was like spotting the first spark on the Hindenburg. A quiver! That quiver will lose us Nationals. And without a championship, I'll lose my endorsements. And without those endorsements, I won't be able to buy my hovercraft. Glee Club. Every time I try to destroy that clutch of scab-eating mouth-breathers, it only comes back stronger, like some sexually-ambiguous horror movie villain. Here I am, about to turn 30, and I've sacrificed everything, only to be shanghaied by the bi-curious machinations of a cabal of doughy, misshapen teens. Am I missing something, Journal? Is it me? Of course it's not me. It's Will Schuester! What is it about him, Journal? Is it the arrogant smirk? Is it the store-bought home perm? It's coming clear to me now. If I can't destroy the club, I will have to destroy the man.

    • Emma: Terri, Will is good man. He's kind, and he's generous...and he deserves a lot better than you.

    • Sue: (To Terri) Your husband is hiding his kielbasa in a Hickory Farms gift basket that doesn't belong to you.

    • Sue: (To Will and Emma) Oh dear God, please...please stop talking. I'm trying desperately to ignore the treacly-sweet inanity of your asinine conversation, but now I've got bile in my mouth and I will hold my tongue no further.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: October 22, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: December 10, 2009 on Canal Fox
      Sweden: December 17, 2009 on TV4
      Norway: January 20, 2010 on TV2
      United Kingdom: February 8, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Czech Republic: October 10, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: March 6, 2011 on JOJ
      Bulgaria: May 15, 2011 on bTV Comedy


    • Sue tells Terri that she should become the school nurse and see for herself that there is romantic tension between Will and Emma. When Terri says she can't do that because she's not a nurse, Sue replies "I'm not an American citizen. I was born in the Panama Canal zone. But I managed to get a passport and run for office twice".

      This is a reference to John McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone and who ran for the presidency of the United States in 2000 and 2008.

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