Glee on Fox

2009, TV Show

Glee Episode: "Showmance"

Season 1, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: This musical comedy-drama about the misfits who make up a high-school glee club opens its first season with the club's first performance. It's not what Will expects, and it gives his rival, cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), added ammunition. But it is crowd-pleasing. Meanwhile, Finn's cheerleader girlfriend, Quinn (Dianna Agron), is becoming jealous of Rachel; and Will's wife, Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), wants to buy a house, so Will has to scramble to earn more money.
Original Air Date: Sep 9, 2009

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Season 1, Episode 2
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Length: 17:41:20
Aired: 9/9/2009
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Glee Episode Recap: "Showmance" Season 1, Episode 2

In Tuesday's episode of Glee (no matter what Fox is calling it, it's technically the second of the series after May's "preview" episode), Will faces pressure at school from Coach Sylvester, who'd like to see glee disbanded, and at home from his insane wife Terri, who would very much like to buy a house that the Scheusters cannot afford. His two-part plan: Find six more kids to join glee and make more money. How does he do it? Through the magical power of singing, of course!

Rachel kicks the episode off by hounding Mr. Schuester about making sure she gets the best parts in glee. Since Rachel hopes to be lead in the club, she must partner up with her rightful companion. Enter Finn stage left, taking on the chivalrous role for his showmantic partner, even if he doesn't know what chivalry actually means.

The students aren't the only ones with romantic woes. Guidance counselor Emma harbors some intense feelings for the glee coach, and purposely runs into him just to grab his attention. She's later seen belting "All By Myself" and crying her eyes out over Will in her car. Even the "Cheerios," aka the bitchy cheerleaders, realize Will and Emma need to "get a room." Speaking of the Cheerios, their leader is the craziest of them all. Attempting to drag down the glee club, Sue Sylvester offers Will a position on the Cheerios as her assistant, but Will sticks to his guns, ready to prepare the glee club for battle.

Back to the high school romance, Rachel would desperately love to find herself on the arm of Finn, but his actual girlfriend Quinn isn't letting go anytime soon. She offers to let him touch her breast if he quits the glee club, which is saying a lot since she's a member of the celibacy club. Finn, too, sticks to his guns, even if his girlfriend has become his "big gay beard." To hang on to her jock-turned-singer boyfriend, Quinn lays down the law with Rachel, telling the latter to stay away from her man.

The glee singers take on their first number, "Freak Out." The resident diva, Mercedes, makes it known that this song hasn't been popular since bell bottoms were in style. They'll have to perform this outdated number at a pep assembly later that week, but Will comes to his senses eventually when he assigns them Kanye West's "Gold Digger" as a future number.

Outside of school, Will and his wife, Terri, are on the hunt for a new house in preparation for their little bundle of joy that's on the way. If we didn't realize it before, Terri is quite the needy, materialistic, narcissistic psychopath we all love to hate. Via flashbacks to when Terri's sister came by for lunch, Will gets a glimpse at what his life will be like with noisy kids running around. Using her power of love, Terri manipulates Will into making an offer on the most expensive house on the block.

After having somef trouble making fliers in the Cheerios' office, Rachel and Finn are brought to the principal's office. If we haven't started calling Sue Slyvester the cheer Nazi yet, now's a good time. Sue could actually be more upset about dropping her power shake on the floor than anything, but that's good news for Will, who's able to take on the night janitor shift in order to fund his new home. It's great for Emma, too, who opts to help Will clean the school late at night, which is either a very clean, or seriously dirty, date. Paradise doesn't last long, though. With the realization that Will is married with a kid on the way, Emma turns to Ken Tanaka, the football coach who's had a long time crush on her, to be her backup.

In the celibacy club, we learn Finn's secret for keeping his libido in check: He recalls the time he hit the mailman with his car.That's especially handy when the climax of "Showmance" finds Rachel and Finn on an impromptu date while rehearsing for glee. Secretly, Finn's had an eye on her as well, but once they actually share a kiss, Finn forgets to remember the mailman, blowing his chances and his load a little too soon.

After the glee club hijacks the assembly with a scandalous rendition of "Push It," the decision to restrict glee's content brings Quinn and several Cheerios in to audition. Quinn now gets to keep her eyes on her wandering boyfriend, while Sue Sylvester infiltrates the glee club.

The big reveal of the night comes from Will's wife, Terri, who discovers she isn't actually pregnant. She doesn't let him in on that secret, though, but does let him off the hook for buying that nice house. The episode wraps with Rihanna's "Take a Bow," sung by Rachel, and the  montage suggests it's really over for her and Finn. Or is it?

Did the episode live up to your expectations? Should Finn and Rachel get together? Should Will leave his wife for Emma? Discuss!

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In Tuesday's episode of Glee (no matter what Fox is calling it, it's technically the second of the series after May's "preview" episode), Will faces pressure at school from Coach Sylvester, who'd like to see glee disbanded, and at home from his insane wife Terri, who would very much like to buy a house that the Scheusters cannot afford. His two-part plan: Find six more kids to join glee and make more money. How does he do it? Through the magical power of singing, of course!

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