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Glee Episode: "Acafellas"

Season 1, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Will forms an all-male a cappella group, but when he neglects the glee club, the kids decide to hire a well-known choreographer to coach them. Meanwhile, Mercedes falls in love. Josh Groban appears as himself.
Original Air Date: Sep 16, 2009
Guest Cast Josh Groban: Himself Stephen Tobolowsky: Sandy Ryerson
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Season 1, Episode 3
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Length: 23:40:15
Aired: 9/16/2009
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Glee Episode Recap: "Acafellas" Season 1, Episode 3

In this episode, Will forms the Acafellas, an all-male a capella vocal group, but he finds himself away from the glee club as he tries to build his own confidence. While Will's away, the glee club bites off more than it can chew when its members try to hire a well-known choreographer. Meanwhile, Mercedes turns to her friend in search of love, but it turns out he doesn't play for the same team.

When "Acafellas" kicks off, Will Schuester's parents have come over for dinner and a surprise announcement. Will tells his father (Victor Garber) and mother (Debra Monk) that Terri is pregnant, despite her protests that they were going to keep it a secret. Little does he know, his wife does not have a bun in her oven. It's revealed through a father-son talk that Will's father doesn't have any balls and finally encourages his son to have guts because that's what it takes to be a real man and father.

Over at the glee club, the cheerios use Rachel's need to fit in to their advantage. At their request, Rachel stands up to Schuester, asking him to spruce up their inept choreography. Rachel asks that the glee club hire Broadway understudy, Dakota Stanley. Fancy, eh? As Quinn points out, Will never made it to Broadway. 

Will turns to Emma to vent about not having the balls to hit the stage when he was younger. Underneath the obvious awkwardness after last episode's decision for Emma to move on, she points out that it's all OK since they're both in relationships; hers just happens to be with the football coach who is the exact opposite of her type.

Sandy, the old glee club teacher returns to campus to support fallen co-worker, Henry, who accidently cut off his thumbs in shop class after downing too much cough medicine. Joined by football coach Ken and Howard, a co worker of Terri's, the men share their woes over the thumb-shaped welcome back cake and discover that they're not too bad of a musical group themselves.

Meet Acafellas, an a cappella hip hop group. Of course, now that Will's in a boy band, he thinks Terri is especially attracted to him, but the sad truth is that she's desperately trying to actually get knocked up. This new group has also pulled Will away from the glee club, but he's on the outs with the club anyway after they called him inexperienced. 

Rachel tries to justify the ousting of Schuester to Finn, but he's more bothered by the fact that they were previously hot for each other and now she just yells at him all the time. Truth be told, Rachel has accepted that the kiss in the auditorium in the last episode was genuine, but Finn's keeping his feelings bottled up.

The cheerios report to Sue Sylvester on their recent infiltration tactics. It turns out, hiring Dakota is a ploy to hurt Will and distract everyone from the club. Of course these plans seem tame to Sylvester, who was in Special Forces in Panama. Another cruel act to tear the glee club apart includes a plot to turn Mercedes on to her friend and fellow glee member, Kurt. His over-affection towards her later on in the episode doesn't help the situation much, which leads Rachel and Tina to convince Mercedes of Kurt's true sexuality, which she vehemently denies.

After a successful performance of "Poison" for Acafellas at a bar, the principal asks the group to perform at the next PTA event. Sandy, who was kicked out of the group before it was truly formed, asks to be let in since singer Josh Groban, whom Sandy invited, is coming to the event. Twitter has informed Sandy that Groban is looking for an opening act. Could Acafellas be going on tour? That may be difficult, since two of its members bail due to the stress. Never fear, Finn and Puck decide to lend their services for the big event.

The glee club later heads to a rehearsal for Vocal Adrenaline, a group Dakota works for, to persuade him to choreograph for glee. Shown in Adrenaline's extremely difficult and intricate routine "Mercy," Dakota is actually a killer teacher and he's expensive. While raising money to afford Dakota, Mercedes tries to make her relationship official with Kurt. He lets her down by telling her that he has eyes for Rachel. Before belting "Bust Your Windows," she literally puts a rock through Kurt's car's windshield. Cue bursting into song and dance in the middle of a parking lot. Good thing it was a day dream, though, otherwise it would cross the line of High School Musical.

Dakota turns out to be a huge mistake as he cuts members of glee left and right for the most materialistic reasons. He even axes Artie for not trying hard enough to walk. Every member, minus the Cheerios, goes to quit until Rachel fires Dakota, saying that their uniqueness is what makes them special. Sue Sylvester will not be pleased.

The night of the big Acafellas performance brings Josh Groban to McKinley High. A pretty sly rendition of "I Want to Sex You Up" raises their cred, but Groban is actually only there to present Sandy with a restraining order. Groban does find time to hit on Will's drunken mom, though.

In the episode's conclusion, Kurt and Mercedes share a sentimental moment as Kurt finally comes out to his friend. Will Kurt find it easy to come out to his father? Find out next week.

What did you think of tonight's episode? Are Finn and Rachel the new Ross and Rachel? Discuss in the comments.

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In this episode, Will forms the Acafellas, an all-male a capella vocal group, but he finds himself away from the glee club as he tries to build his own confidence. While Will's away, the glee club bites off more than it can chew when its members try to hire a well-known choreographer. Meanwhile, Mercedes turns to her friend in search of love, but it turns out he doesn't play for the same team.

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