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Glee Episode: "Ballads"

Season 1, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: Mr. Schuester divides the glee club into couples for a ballad, but it turns out to be not so good an idea when one kid gets sick. Meanwhile, Finn has dinner with Quinn's parents (Gregg Henry and Charlotte Ross). This turns out to be a bad idea as well.
Original Air Date: Nov 18, 2009
Guest Cast Sarah Drew: Suzy Pepper Gregg Henry: Russell Fabray J.R. Nutt: Edgar Newdle Romy Rosemont: Carole Dijon Talton: Matt Rutherford Charlotte Ross: Judy Fabray
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Season 1, Episode 10
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Length: 43:06
Aired: 11/18/2009
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Glee Episode Recap: "Ballad" Season 1, Episode 10

Love songs were the name of the game in Wednesday night's episode of Glee. After splitting the club into pairs, Will must partner up with Rachel, prompting an unfortunate crush. Elsewhere, Kurt is dealing with his feelings for his singing partner, while Quinn's secret is revealed to the last people she'd want to know...

It's the battle of the ballads. Will splits the glee club into pairs and has them each prepare love songs to sing to one another. When the names are drawn, Finn and Kurt end up being partners, while Rachel is left pairing up with Mr. Schu.

To show the glee club an example of what songs they should do, Rachel and Will sing "Endless Love." During the number, Rachel starts to get a bit too close for comfort, and basically chases Will around the piano. "I don't like the way she's looking at me," says Schu. Ruh-roh. Student-on-teacher crush coming up. Looks like Rachel has gotten over Finn.

Later, we finally meet Quinn's family while she's getting ready for the chastity ball. When her dress doesn't fit, Mama Fabray chides her for being out of shape since she quit the cheerios. Her father proceeds to announce that he's invited Finn over for dinner. Within this conversation we learn that Quinn's parents are boozers and her mother is your stereotypical subservient housewife.

Elsewhere, while confirming their rehearsal time, Rachel brings Will a present. It's a blue tie with a star. "I figure every time you wear it you can think of me and the star you're helping me become," says Rach. Complaining to Emma, Will recounts the last time a student had a crush on him. Meet Susie Pepper, one of the hardest school-girl crushes Will ever had to deal with. Pepper would even call him late at night and pant on the phone. Will told her head-on that she didn't love him, causing her to eat the world's hottest pepper and end up in a medically induced coma for three days. Emma suggests that Will let Rachel down gently by singing it to her.

During their personal rehearsal, Finn is having a hard time singing to Kurt. Kurt conveys that girls are the root of all problems. Finn ends up venting about his upcoming child, saying he doesn't want her to think his father abandoned her. She'll never get a chance to know that he'll spend his whole life loving her. Finn sings out his depression with "I'll Stand By You," by The Pretenders. During this, we see Quinn's sonogram. Sniff. His mother happens to walk in and see what he's watching. Now he has to explain that Quinn is pregnant.

The next day, Quinn is freaking out, worried that Finn's mother is going to tell her parents. Kurt decides to meddle in the situation, again pushing that girls are troublesome. "It's enough to want to give up women all together," he jokes—sort of.

In a flashback, we learn that Kurt is madly in love with Finn. The first time he met his crush was when Puck knocked him into a locker. Finn, being the knight in shining armor, told Puck to have more "impulse control," kicking off Kurt's infatuation. "I know it's weird that I'm helping Finn with Quinn, but rest assured, it's all part of a master plan," says Kurt. Once Quinn breaks Finn's heart, Kurt is confident the football jock will turn to him.

When it comes time for Will and Rachel to rehearse their ballad, Emma acts as a buffer, attending their practice situation. Will sings a mash-up of "Young Girl" and "Don't Stand So Close to Me," hoping Rachel will get the clue not to have a crush on him. Rachel is not getting the picture though, thinking Will is saying that she's "very young and it's hard for you to stand close to me." Unfortunately, Emma digs every word of his performance and doesn't back him up when he needs it. When Rachel walks out, Susie Pepper is seen roaming the halls, fuming mad.

Finn invites Kurt over to choose something fashionable to wear to the Fabray's for dinner. They bond over lost parents, though Finn says he's lucky because he never knew his father. Trying to live up to his father's bravery, Finn takes Kurt's suggestion that he "sing it out" once again at dinner.

Speaking of dinner, when Will arrives home, Rachel is there cooking and cleaning. Yeah, it's not a dream. She's in his home, but Terri doesn't mind much. Will's wife has finally taken advantage of the all the school-girl crushes and has turned Rachel into her slave. When Will takes Rachel home, they practice their ballad. She belts "Crush" from the backseat—well, only a few lines before he cuts her off.

The next day, Mercedes and Puck are having a hard time with their ballad. Mercedes is so wrapped up in "baby-gate" that she's having trouble controlling her emotions. She tells Puck the club is planning to sing a ballad to Finn and Quinn to show their support. Fuming, Puck accidentally slips to Mercedes that he's the real father. She puts him in his place, saying he needs to back off because Quinn already chose Finn.

At the Fabray family dinner, Russell, Quinn's father, proposes a toast, prompting Finn to cave under the pressure and run off to the bathroom. Finn briefly calls Kurt for a pep talk and returns by singing "You're Having my Baby." Light bulb! The Fabray parents now know their little girl is knocked up and they are not pleased. Russell tries to kick Quinn out of the house, saying he doesn't recognize her at all anymore. Quinn pleads for her father to understand, but she ends up moving in with Finn.

Back at school, Susie tells Rachel to stay away from Will. Ms. Berry says she won't be intimidated, her shared love with Will is "for the ages," but Pepper says she needs to find some self-respect and realize it's never going to happen. Rachel has finally come to her senses, admitting to Will that she's been acting crazy. She brings flowers as a peace offering. The pair ditch practice and have finally come to an understanding.

In Finn and Kurt's last rehearsal, Kurt finally has to concede that Finn doesn't return his feelings. Kurt was planning to sing "I Honestly Love You," but they're cut off for the big serenade by the glee club. Led by Artie, the club sings "Lean on Me" to Quinn and Finn, letting them know through song that they'll be there to support them through thick and thin. Though both Kurt and Puck slide in an inappropriate "call me," the song is pretty amazing and heartfelt. Sniff.

While I grab the tissues I set aside for Glee Wednesday, hit the comments to discuss this week's episode. Was the Rachel-Will crush up to par with the rest of the love quadrangles' pairings? Will Puck's slip to Mercedes spread far and wide?

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Love songs were the name of the game in Wednesday night's episode of Glee. After splitting the club into pairs, Will must partner up with Rachel, prompting an unfortunate crush. Elsewhere, Kurt is dealing with his feelings for his singing partner, while Quinn's secret is revealed to the last people she'd want to know...

It's the battle of the ballads. Will splits the glee club into pairs and has them each prepare love songs to sing to one another. When the names are drawn, Finn and Kurt end up being partners, while Rachel is left pairing up with Mr. Schu.

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