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22 Episodes 2010 - 2011
The second season of the musical comedy-drama about the socially outcast members of a high-school glee club opens with the students moving on after their loss at Regionals. An uneasy alliance forms between Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) when school budget cuts threaten the existence of both the glee club and the cheerleading squad, while Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) try to bump up the club's numbers with some new recruits. Meanwhile, Kurt (Chris Colfer) begins embracing his sexual identity when he meets Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), a member of rival a capella group the Warblers. Standout themed episodes include "Britney/Brittany" (an episode featuring music by Britney Spears), "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" and "A Very Glee Christmas." New cast members include Chord Overstreet as new glee-club member Sam Evans and Dot-Marie Jones as football coach Shannon Beiste. Memorable guest stars this season include John Stamos, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carol Burnett and Justin Bieber.
Tue, Sep 21, 2010 60 mins
Season 2 begins with budget cuts looming and the glee kids reeling from their loss at Regionals. There are newcomers, including Sunshine Corazon (Charice) and Sam (Chord Overstreet), but Rachel and Finn don't see eye to eye on them. And there's a new football coach, Shannon Beiste (Dot Marie Jones), who threatens both Mr. Schu and Sue. Songs include "Empire State of Mind" (New Directions); "Billionaire" (Sam); "Listen" (Sunshine); "Telephone" (Sunshine, Rachel); "What I Did for Love" (Rachel).
Tue, Sep 28, 2010 60 mins
Will doesn't want the kids to do a Britney Spears routine. He's also a bit jealous of Emma's new dentist boyfriend (John Stamos). Spears appears as herself.
Tue, Oct 5, 2010 60 mins
Finn has an existential crisis when he sees the face of Jesus in a grilled-cheese sandwich, or thinks he does. Meanwhile, the glee kids engage in a theological discussion after rallying around Kurt when he faces a crisis of his own.
Tue, Oct 12, 2010 60 mins
Rachel and Finn decide to throw a duet competition to give Sam (Chord Overstreet) a better chance to win. Meanwhile, a Mike-Tina-Artie love triangle develops.
Tue, Oct 26, 2010 60 mins
The glee kids perform their version of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (despite Sue's scheming) after Will learns that Emma's a big fan of the 1975 cult-classic movie. "Horror Show"-movie alums Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf are in the guest cast.
Tue, Nov 9, 2010 60 mins
Finn and Sam find an unconventional way to control their urges. But Coach Beiste gets wind of it and isn't happy. Meanwhile, Kurt, who's sick of being bullied, visits a private school to "spy" on its glee club and finds an entirely different atmosphere. He also meets Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), who sings Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" with the Warblers. Other music includes Bob Marley's "One Love" (Puck and Artie), and Rolling Stones-Bon Jovi and Supremes-En Vogue mash-ups (New Directions).
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 60 mins
A substitute teacher (Gwyneth Paltrow) fills in for the ailing Mr. Schuester and wins over the glee kids. Meanwhile, Sue fills in for Principal Figgins and flexes her muscles.
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 60 mins
Sue's "Nazi-hunting" mother, Doris (Carol Burnett), visits. Meanwhile, Kurt makes a big decision, and Rachel and Finn take a big step. Music includes "Ohio," from "Wonderful Town" (Sue and Doris); "Sway" (Will); and Bruno Mars' "Marry You " and "Just the Way You Are" (New Directions).
Tue, Nov 30, 2010 61 mins
Will lays out a new direction for New Directions as Sectionals approach, and not all the kids are happy about it. Teen romances (Finn-Rachel, Artie-Brittany) also begin to fray, but Emma and Carl grow closer. And Kurt struggles to fit in as a Warbler.
Tue, Dec 7, 2010 60 mins
Finn tries to bring holiday cheer to McKinley High, and Artie discovers that Brittany still believes in Santa. Meanwhile, the teachers pick their Secret Santas and one particularly manipulative McKinley staffer rigs the gift-giving.
Sun, Feb 6, 2011 60 mins
While Mr. Schuester and Coach Beiste work to make peace between the glee club and football team, Sue devises a risky strategy to win the cheerleading Nationals. Katie Couric appears as herself. New Directions perform Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and the Cheerios do Katy Perry's "California Gurls."
Tue, Feb 8, 2011 60 mins
The glee kids set up a Valentine's Day kissing booth, but Cupid doesn't land every arrow and hearts break. Songs include "Silly Love Songs" and "When I Get You Alone" (Blaine, Warblers); "My Funny Valentine" (Tina); "Fat Bottomed Girls" (Puck); "P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)" (Artie, Mike); and "Firework" (Rachel).
Tue, Feb 15, 2011 60 mins
Rachel tries to get back into McKinley High's social swing, with the help of Brittany; and Sam forms a tribute band. Meanwhile, Sue is suffering from depression following the Cheerios' rare loss. Music includes Justin Bieber's "Baby" (sung by Sam) and "Somebody to Love" (ensemble); "Take Me or Leave Me," from "Rent" (Rachel and Mercedes); My Chemical Romance's "SING" (Sue, New Directions); "This Little Light of Mine" (Will, Sue); and The Waitresses' "I Know What Boys Like" (Lauren Zizes).
Tue, Feb 22, 2011 60 mins
Figgins teaches the McKinley students about the dangers of underage drinking, and the glee kids are touched by his message. Meanwhile, Mr. Schuester and Coach Beiste have fun together. Music includes Jamie Foxx's "Blame It (on the Alcohol)" (New Directions); George Thorogood's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (Will and Coach Beiste); Human League's "Don't You Want Me" (Rachel and Blaine); Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" (Brittany, New Directions); and "My Headband" (Rachel).
Tue, Mar 8, 2011 60 mins
Substitute Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow) fills in for the sex-ed teacher and joins forces with Will to teach the glee kids the facts of life. Meanwhile, Emma heads the Celibacy Club, leading her and Dr. Carl (John Stamos) to address personal issues. Holly performs Prince's "Kiss" (with Will), Joan Jett's "Do You Want to Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" (with New Directions) and Stevie Nicks' "Landslide" (with Santana and Brittany).
Tue, Mar 15, 2011 60 mins
The glee kids face stiff competition from the Warblers and Aural Intensity (coached by Sue) at Regionals, so to impress judges Tammy Jean Albertson (Kathy Griffin) and Sister Mary Constance (Loretta Devine), they decide to perform original material (six new songs, all told). Meanwhile, Quinn wants Finn back. Covers include the Beatles' "Blackbird" (sung by Kurt and the Warblers), Maroon 5's "Misery" (Blaine, Warblers) and Sonseed's "Jesus Is a Friend of Mine" (Aural Intensity).
Tue, Apr 19, 2011 60 mins
The glee kids come to the aid of another struggling club at McKinley High---another club that Sue wants to squash, as it happens. Meanwhile, relationships are threatened and decisions made. Songs include Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" (Sunshine Corazon); Adele's "Turning Tables" (Holly Holliday); Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers" (Tina); Jack Johnson's "Bubble Toes" (Mike Chang); and Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way" (Mercedes).
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 60 mins
While Will uses Lady Gaga's music for a lesson about self-acceptance, Lauren and Quinn duke it out to be prom queen, Emma faces her obsessions, Rachel struggles over a decision and Santana has something in mind that could alter the glee-club dynamic dramatically. New Directions' performances include Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." Other songs include Sammy Davis Jr.'s "I've Gotta Be Me" (Finn, Mike) and "I Feel Pretty," from "West Side Story" (Quinn and Rachel).
Tue, May 3, 2011 60 mins
Sue takes control of the once-dormant school newspaper and prints incendiary stories. Meanwhile, April (Kristin Chenoweth) returns and tries to persuade Will to take off with her; and surprising details about Sam's home life emerge, gaining him admiration from classmates. A Fleetwood Mac-tribute episode. Songs include "Dream" (April, Will); "Never Going Back Again" (Artie); "Songbird" (Santana); "I Don't Want To Know" (Finn, Quinn); "Go Your Own Way" (Rachel); and "Don't Stop" (New Directions).
Tue, May 10, 2011 60 mins
As the competition for Junior Prom king and queen heats up, Figgins asks the glee kids to perform at the prom (over the objections of its coordinator, Sue). Meanwhile, Kurt asks Blaine to be his date; Mercedes is depressed because she doesn't have one; and Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) turns up unexpectedly, complicating life for Rachel. Songs include "Rolling in the Deep" (Jesse, Rachel); "Isn't She Lovely" (Artie); and "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You" (Blaine).
Tue, May 17, 2011 61 mins
The glee kids prepare for Nationals, with help from "consultant" Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff), a blunt and exacting critic. Meanwhile, Sue teams up with Terri to harass New Directions; and one of McKinley's own is hit with an unexpected loss. Songs include "Back to Black" (Santana); "Some People," from "Gypsy" (Kurt); "Try a Little Tenderness" (Mercedes); "My Man," from "Funny Girl" (Rachel); and "Pure Imagination," from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (New Directions).
Tue, May 24, 2011 60 mins
Season 2 finale: The glee kids head to New York City to compete in Nationals—and take in the sights of the Big Apple. Meanwhile, Will heads for Broadway on his own. Patti LuPone appears as herself. Music includes five original songs, including "Still Got Tonight," by Matthew Morrison (sung by Will), as well as "For Good," from "Wicked" (Kurt, Rachel), and "New York, New York" and Madonna's "On the Town" mashup (New Directions).