Her father Al is the wealthy owner of a piano business who donates three repossessed pianos to the glee club in "The Purple Piano Project", the episode in which she first appears. [260] Kent Avenido appears in the first two seasons as Howard Bamboo, Terri's dyslexic coworker who joins the Acafellas and later Sue's "League of Doom", and Kenneth Choi plays Dr. Wu, Terri's obstetrician. It is given the name of "New Directions" after Will takes over the group. In Lima, Finn is working at his stepfather Burt's tire shop, and Artie enlists his help there to co-direct the school musical, Grease, which had been Finn's suggestion. Rachel invites her to join the glee club after seeing Sunshine sing along to New Directions' version of "Empire State of Mind", mistakenly thinking that Sunshine idolized her, but when the two sing "Telephone", Rachel feels threatened by Sunshine's singing prowess and tricks her into going to a crack house instead of the auditions. In the series finale, they are dating once again. Glee season 6, episode 9, “Child Star,” finally gave the newest New Directions kids a turn in the spotlight, and we’re left wanting more.. A possibility for his eventual character was described during a Project episode as "the lovechild of Kurt and Mercedes". Rod Remington (Bill A. Jones) is a television news anchor on the newscast where Sue Sylvester has an opinion segment ("Sue's Corner"). Jacob "Jake" Puckerman (Jacob Artist) is a new McKinley High student who first appears in the fourth-season premiere, "The New Rachel". A high-strung, demanding tween requests that the members of New Directions perform at his bar mitzvah, and the glee club must band together for its first public performance. He and his sister successfully audition for the New Directions and become the third and fourth members of the newly reformed club. [207] Lisa Respers France of CNN named Pearce's performance the best moment of the episode, and found that the character positively reminded her of "Glee of old". He feels left out when Burt and Finn bond, but Burt reassures him that he will always come first. You understand where the bitterness comes from, and people may start to like him a little. Jane did not audition, but instead requested Rachel to let her join New Directions. [26] Sebastian returns in the fourth season although he loses the position of Warbler captain to Hunter Clarington. [24], First season guest stars include Victor Garber and Debra Monk as Will's parents,[237] and Gina Hecht plays Puck's mother in the eighth episode, and is seen again in the third-season finale and the fourth season's holiday episode. [38] Artie uses a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury he received in a car crash at the age of eight. In the episode "Special Education", Carl and Emma marry in Las Vegas. Later, he auditions for NYADA and gets in. Even the musical theater stuff is switched up. She had signed a contract that stated that she could not seek out her daughter until she was eighteen. Check Out the First Pic of Cheyenne Jackson on "Glee! But Kurt assures Blaine that he will support him, no matter what. [239] Emma's parents—Rusty and Rose Pillsbury—are also seen in that third episode and appear again in "Yes/No" and a third time in season four's "Girls (and Boys) On Film"; they are played by Don Most and Valerie Mahaffey respectively. He then falls in love with Shelby. The fourth season began with fourteen in the main cast, with Chord Overstreet being promoted, and Mays and Agron were removed and demoted to recurring cast. She and Santana formally begin dating, and after Santana is outed by Finn, they are open about their relationship. She is conceded the permission to do so, and she and Kurt Hummel become the new directors. [242] Both actresses return in the sixth season, Coll in the sixth episode, and both she and Estefan in the eighth episode, "A Wedding". He does not stay in touch with Rachel or Kurt for several months. Ken Tanaka (Patrick Gallagher) was the head coach of the football team and was previously engaged to Emma. Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel) is the coach of rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline during season one, described by Murphy as "a sort of Faye Dunaway of Network". [140] Artie later encourages Becky to go to college, and Becky visits the University of Cincinnati. He sings "Being Alive" and gets applauded for his performance and gets into NYADA. [2], Auditioning actors with no theatrical experience were required to demonstrate their ability to sing and dance. His resumed relationship with Rachel ultimately fails when Finn suddenly kisses her in the middle of a Nationals performance and Rachel chooses to get back together with him. Spencer convinces Alistair to join New Directions, and the two of them become a couple. At the beginning of the second season, Quinn rejoins the Cheerios and again becomes the captain, regaining her popularity, though later in the season she quits to remain faithful to New Directions. Unique returns during the sixth season to help and support Coach Beiste with his decision to go through with a sex reassignment surgery. Rachel, Finn, Quinn, Sam, Marley, Blaine, Tina, Kitty and Spencer are the only members who have sung in a duet in a competition. He has a premature ejaculation problem, which causes him to believe he is the father of Quinn's baby despite the fact that they have never had sex. She is eventually able to walk again, and even to dance in performance with the glee club. Noah "Puck" Puckerman (Mark Salling) is Finn's best friend and football teammate, who initially disapproves of Finn joining the glee club. One of the glee club members, Marley Rose, tells Finn he was a good teacher, and he soon enrolls in college to pursue a teaching degree. [83] In an attempt to get over Will, Emma begins dating football coach Ken Tanaka,[18] becoming engaged to him in the episode "Vitamin D". [27] He briefly dates Rachel and Mercedes,[9][59] but ruins his chances with Quinn by sexting Santana in her presence. [279], "Jesse St. James" redirects here. She rejects him when he offers to support her and the baby, calling him a "Lima loser". A number of the principal actors were cast directly from Broadway, while those without theatrical backgrounds were required to demonstrate singing and dancing as well as acting ability. [18] His dedication to the glee club wavers when his choreography skills are called into question, but after starting a well-received all-male a cappella group, the Acafellas, he recommits to the club. In the second season, Sue is appointed acting principal after having Figgins infected with the flu but she later stands down. [95] When antagonism flares between the football team's glee and non-glee factions, Beiste forces the entire football team to work together with the glee club for one week; despite encountering resistance and set-backs, the plan is ultimately successful and the team wins the championship game.[96]. She returns briefly to the club, and then abandons it for the new, rival McKinley show choir, the Troubletones, run by Shelby Corcoran, but when the Troubletones lose to New Directions at Sectionals and disband, she returns again. [131] He makes his first appearance in "Loser Like Me" and offends Rachel when he calls a fellow football player a "whiny homo" until Sam reveals that Spencer is actually gay. Her attempts to prove Shelby an unfit mother fail; eventually, she realizes with Rachel's help that Shelby is Beth's true mother, and stops trying to reclaim Beth. During the season three premiere, as a show of loyalty to Sue, she participates in setting one of the glee club's pianos on fire and is dismissed from New Directions by Mr. Schuester. He is approached by Kurt Hummel during "Homecoming" about the possibility of joining the New Directions, but he declines, saying he shouldn't have to join a stupid glee club just because he is openly gay. Will finds a match for her, Ken Tanaka, whose job he took over. John Lock is frequently shown waiting for Finn Hudson to relinquish the drums to him, and Spencer Conley was featured in amongst the glee club females in their performance of the "Start Me Up / Livin' on a Prayer" mash-up in "Never Been Kissed". When the first pilot episode came out, I figured it was something different and something we haven't seen on TV before. [25] In the episode "On My Way", Sue tells Quinn and Will that she's pregnant. Terri manages to seduce a sick and lonely Will in the second-season episode "The Substitute", but she is rebuffed by him when he recovers. The two of them come to blows over her in the choir room, and are assigned to share their deepest fears with one another by Finn, who is directing the club while Will is in Washington. They then go to the real prom, and she helps him spike Sue's punch bowl. The show is cancelled after a single episode; she gets depressed and returns to Lima and tries to revive the glee club with the aid of Kurt, who is on leave from NYADA. [190][191] Crystal Bell of Huffington Post said of her first appearance only that Leakes "does well", but by the time of her third appearance in "Big Brother", after having praised guest star Matt Bomer, she added that "he's no NeNe Leakes, but not everyone can be that fabulous".[192][193]. Glee's executive producer Brad Falchuk responded that while he understood the concern and frustration of disability advocates, McHale had the singing and acting ability, talent and charisma required for the role.[45]. So far Rachel, Finn, Santana, Tina, Puck, Mercedes, Brittany, Will, and Marley have all written at least one original song. She leaves Vocal Adrenaline before the beginning of the next school year.[12]. A flurry of infidelities forces the two apart, though Finn succeeds in winning Rachel back in the season two finale despite Rachel warning him that upon graduation she will be leaving Ohio for good. The group wins Sectionals for the three years it is led by Will, and although they place third at Regionals in 2010, they place first at Regionals 2011 with the original songs: Get It Right and Loser Like Me, as they do at Regionals 2012 consisting of three songs; two performed by New Directions, and a third sung by the former Troubletones. "[91][92] Initially a recurring cast member, O'Malley was promoted to a series regular for season two,[93] though he reverted to the recurring cast for the third and fourth seasons. If it means hearing Chenoweth sing, we can put up with any explanation the show cares to offer. [131] He is introduced in the season 6 episode "Homecoming", when Rachel Berry hears the voice of someone singing and attempts to recruit them to the New Directions, but is unsure of where the sound is coming from. [276], Adam Lambert debuted in the fourth episode of the fifth season, "A Katy or a Gaga", as Elliott "Starchild" Gilbert, a student at NYU. Kitty is one of the very popular students, and is attracted to Jake Puckerman (Jacob Artist) and starts dating him in "Britney 2.0". Marley goes to thank him as he's packing up, and when he says he'll miss teaching them, tells him he's a good teacher, and should get a teaching degree. By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy. Rachel, Santana, and Tina are the only former members who have gotten a full solo in a competition. He reappears unexpectedly that fall during the show's fourth season, while Rachel is attending NYADA, after he has been given an early discharge from the army. Later in New York, Kurt confesses to Adam that though he tries hard to forget Blaine, he couldn't do it. Azimio (James Earl, initially credited as "James Earl, III") is a McKinley High football player who was first introduced in the episode "Mash-Up", giving Finn Hudson grief over being in the glee club. Blaine later gets trapped in an elevator with Kurt, as part of a plan by Sue to get them back together, and she demands they kiss each other to get out, which they eventually do. [62][63] Overstreet later confirmed this, but stated that his storyline had been adjusted to pair Sam with Quinn, as a result of the chemistry the producers detected between himself and Agron. I'm used to being very strict. He recruits Elliot, Dani, Santana and Rachel to be his bandmates. He is introduced as a new Dalton Academy Warbler in the fifth episode, "The First Time". Period = from:05/19/2009 till:03/21/2015 She encourages him on his first Nationals as a coach and jibes that the New Directions are going to beat him, to which he tells her he likes her cocky side. Below is a list of songs New Directions have sung as a group. She and her brother successfully audition for the New Directions and become the third and fourth members of the newly reformed club. I'm the teacher of a reform school. Sam returns to McKinley and attempts to rekindle his romance with Mercedes. Though he is a bit skeptical about Elliot's intentions at first, later he finds a good friend in him. In a controversial essay for Newsweek, critic Ramin Setoodeh wrote that Groff, who is openly gay, was unconvincing as the straight Jesse ("he seems more like your average theatre queen; a better romantic match for Kurt than Rachel"). The New Directions are busy working and planning, while, with a wedding upcoming, Sue has a change of heart and encourages everyone to follow their own. [28] Hunter Clarington (Nolan Gerard Funk), the new captain of the Dalton Academy Warblers, attempts to convince Blaine to return to the Warblers. Blaine later moves in with Kurt. [3] She explained that Will and Terri's communication is weak and that Terri is "missing a lot of the skills for the marriage",[87] commenting that Terri feels threatened by Will's commitment to the glee club, worried that it will pull him away from her. [271][272], British actor Oliver Kieran Jones first appears in the fourth-season episode "Sadie Hawkins" in a recurring role as Adam Crawford,[273] a NYADA senior and the leader of the school's glee club: Adam's Apples, which Kurt looks into joining when he starts classes at the school for the spring semester. "The Advocate catches up with Cheyenne Jackson", "Cameron Mitchell: A Glee Project Winner After All", "Glee Season Premiere Recap: 'Beat' Generation", "You're right 'Glee,' you need new members", "Exclusive: Eve joining 'Glee' club for arc", "Glee: Hair today, gone for 4 months tomorrow", "GLEE – Behind the Scenes with The Warblers", "Twitter / @grantgust: Early morning. [225][226][227], Whit Hertford appears as Dakota Stanley, a glee club choreographer who worked for Vocal Adrenaline early in season one, and was briefly hired by New Directions. Her plaque was viewed during the course of the series by Will and other glee club members as a further source of inspiration. [79] Mike states that he is a senior in the season three premiere, "The Purple Piano Project", and Shum as Mike was promoted to the main cast for the show's third season. He auditions for New Directions, but when he is stopped midway through his song, Jake is infuriated and deliberately knocks over a music stand. He later appears in the final episode with everyone singing "I Lived". Glee attempts to introduce Jake, Marley, Ryder, Unique, and Kitty as New Directions members. Kurt eventually returns to McKinley, and they formally declare their love at the end of the second season, and at the beginning of the third season, Blaine transfers to McKinley to be with Kurt. Kate Hudson appears as Cassandra July, Rachel's dance instructor at NYADA who, according to Falchuk, teaches "based on negative reinforcement". [46] Quinn joins the glee club because Finn is a member, and because cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester wants her to bring the club down from the inside. Though at graduation, Santana decides she wants to go to New York to perform, and her mother presents her with the money to help fund the attempt. [213] In contrast, Bobby Hankinson for the Houston Chronicle was disappointed Houston had not taken the role, and criticized Eve for her lack of personality.[214]. ", "Glee Scoop! [171], Jackson was originally considered for the role of Will,[202] and in 2009 was initially cast in the Glee episode "Acafellas" as Vocal Adrenaline choreographer Dakota Stanley, but he was unable to perform due to illness. [235] She marries him later that fall. [236] James Poniewozik of Time felt that Carole's reaction to the news of Quinn's pregnancy demonstrated how far Glee had evolved from the "broadly caricatured show" it was in its early episodes. He later reconciles with Kurt and proposes marriage to him, getting help from several other show choirs. Sugar and Matt are the only former members not to appear in any Christmas episodes. With a pastel sweater thrown over his shoulders, Sandy is the former Glee Club teacher, who is given the axe after an episode of inappropriate touching. [155] James Poniewozik of Time commented positively on Suzy's characterization, observing that while she appeared to be a "throwaway dorky-girl stereotype", she was "fleshed-out as a person", a feat he doubted the series would have been capable of earlier in the season. When the Troubletones lose Sectionals to New Directions and Shelby quits, they return to New Directions. "[184] Though Gallagher is Chinese-Irish, Ken is Japanese. She is attracted to Jake Puckerman, who is also new at McKinley, but although the attraction seems mutual, she is upset to discover he is dating Kitty, a cheerleader and popular girl. She influences many of Terri's decisions during her hysterical-turned-fake pregnancy by assisting Terri in her schemes, and predicting disaster whenever Terri contemplates confessing the truth to Will. But I also love Max and I love that character and I sorta want that character to have a happy ending."[147]. Shelby Corcoran, who adopted baby Beth, gets a teaching job at McKinley, and invites Puck and Quinn to be a part of Beth's life, provided they both become more responsible. She, along with some of the other members of New Directions transfer to other schools when the Glee Club is disbanded. [145][146] He commented that he was "glad to represent such a large group of people", expanding: "I've gotten so many messages from people all around the world these last couple of days thanking me because either they are Karofsky, they were Karofsky or they know a Karofsky. I think Ken is not happy with where he is in life. While Groban does attend, he does so only to serve Sandy with a restraining order for constantly sending him inappropriate photos and messages over the internet. "[2] Jane Lynch was originally intended to have a recurring role in the show, but became a series regular when a Damon Wayans pilot she was working on for ABC fell through. 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