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  • Will Schuester an optimistic high school teacher, tries to reinvent the McKinley High School's glee club, while reinventing himself. He challenges a group of outcasts to realize their true star potential, while facing harsh criticism from everyone in the school Recap: In the opening of the show, the cheerleaders are practicing while their coach is being quite the boot camp type. She tells them if they think they think that practice is hard, they should try to be waterboarded. Elsewhere, a bit of a hooptie has pulled into the lot. There we meet Will Schuester. He walks to the school and sees that the football players are about to throw a boy into the dumpster. That boy is Kurt. Will asks if he is making new friends and walks into the school fairly absentmindedly. He seems to be pretty oblivious. Finn saves Kurt's jacket when they throw him into the dumpster because it is new and high end. Will walks in and looks at the school's trophy case. There is a trophy from the year 1993 for Glee Club. Will frowns because he remembers his now deceased show choir coach. Elsewhere, there is a teacher named Sandy Ryerson in a music room. He is playing the piano while a male student sings a song from Oliver. They soon start dueting and then he touches the boy inappropriately. In the background, there is a girl that is watching what is going on. Elsewhere, Will is talking to Ken--the football coach--about how they are out of coffee in the lounge. Sue comes in and has lattes. Emma then comes in and Ken tries to flirt with her but she's not into it. It seems that her heart goes a flutter whenever Will is around, though. Emma starts cleaning her table, because she is a germaphobe. She's a single woman who is looking for a relationship, but it isn't like she's really out there and actively looking. Emma tells Will about the Glee coach being fired and she wonders who will replace him. Will goes to Principal Figgins' office and finds himself taking the spot as the Glee coach. Unfortunately, it will be quite an investment as he's going to have to pay out of pocket and use what they already have for costumes. He decides to think it over and then makes the decision to do so. He posts up sign ups for Glee and Mercedes is the first to audition. Her audition song is Respect and amazed Will. The next person that auditions is Kurt and he is singing Mr. Cellophane. The next person to try out was a beautiful, alternative type of Asian girl. Her name is Tina and she stutters. She sings Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl". After that, Rachel auditions and she sings a Les Mis song called "I'm On My Own". She is the girl who called in Sandy and got him fired for what he did earlier. She thinks that she is going to become famous someday. She was raised by two gay dads and is slightly vindictive when she doesn't get what she wants. She pushes it as far as making a new video every day, but she also gets made fun of fiercely. Whether she is getting a slurpee in her face or getting verbally ripped apart by the cheerleaders. Artie has also joined Glee. Artie is a wheelchair bound guitarist who is a bit of a geek. Rachel thinks that they all suck, including herself. She feels down and considers leaving. Will has convinced her to do the opposite, however. She thinks that she has very limited time and needs a lead that will help her become more successful. Elsewhere, there is a woman that is high strung. She is at her job--Sheets 'N' Things--and she is yelling at a fellow worker and saying that he can't work there if he can't fold a sheet properly. Will shows up and then it comes clear that that woman his his wife Terri. He has brought her something to eat. She says something about mayonnaise causing her to "have diabetes again" and if she has it again, she won't be able to get pregnant. Will begins to hear a man that is telling off a worker elsewhere in the store. It is Sandy, the teacher that just lost his job, and he has started selling medical marijuana...
  • "Pilot" is the pilot episode of the American television series Glee, which premiered on the Fox network on May 19, 2009. An extended director's cut version aired on September 2, 2009. The show focuses on a high school show choir, also known as a glee club, set within the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. The pilot episode covers the formation of the club and introduces the main characters. The episode was directed by series creator Ryan Murphy, and written by Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Murphy selected the music featured in the episode, with the intention of maintaining a balance between showtunes and chart hits. The episode achieved 9.619 million viewers on first broadcast, and 4.2 million when the director's cut version aired. Critical response was mixed, with The New York Times's Alessandra Stanley highlighting the episode's unoriginality and stereotyped characters, but praising the showmanship and talent of the cast.

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