Glee: Season 1, Episode 20

Theatricality (25 May 2010)

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Mr. Schuester encourages the glee club to express themselves using the music of Lady Gaga. Meanwhile, Rachel has a life-changing encounter, and Tina embraces her inner Goth.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Terri Schuester (credit only)
Sue Sylvester (credit only)
Emma Pillsbury (credit only)


Mr. Schuester encourages the glee club to express themselves using the music of Lady Gaga. Meanwhile, Rachel has a life-changing encounter, and Tina embraces her inner Goth. Written by Fox Publicity

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

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When the guys sing "Beth", you see Finn sitting up front singing, then see him behind Quinn, then upfront still singing, then no longer behind Quinn. See more »


Burt Hummel: Hey! What did you just call him?
Finn Hudson: Oh, no, I didn't call him anything. I was just talking to the blanket.
Burt Hummel: You use that word, you're talking about him.
Kurt Hummel: Relax, dad, I didn't take it that way.
Burt Hummel: Yeah, that's because you're 16 and you still assume the best in people. You live a few years, you start seeing the hate in people's hearts. Even the best people.
[to Finn]
Burt Hummel: You use the N word?
Finn Hudson: Of course not.
Burt Hummel: How about "retard"? You call that nice girl on the Cheerios with Kurt, you call her a retard?
Finn Hudson: Becky? No, ...
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References Friends (1994) See more »


Poker Face
Written by Lady Gaga and RedOne
Performed by Lea Michele and Idina Menzel
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"Theatricality" is another musically funny and touching episode of "Glee"
16 October 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In this episode of "Glee": Principal Figgins tells Tina to stop dressing as a Goth because he has issues with what that entails. When Quinn, Mercedes, and Rachel spy on Shelby's glee team-Rachel decides to finally confront Shelby about being her daughter. Since Shelby is inspired by Lady Gaga, Will has the girls (and Kurt) also do one of her songs in such-like costumes. Finn, Puck, and the rest of the boys decide to dress and perform like KISS in response. And when Finn finds out his mother and Kurt's father are moving in together-meaning Finn and Kurt may also live together-he has mixed feelings...This was another musically entertaining and dramatically touching episode of "Glee" especially when Kurt's father stood up for his son when Finn said a certain word and when Rachel and Shelby came to the conclusion that though they'll never really be like mother and daughter, they will still respect each other as equals in musical talent as evidenced by their first official duet here (as opposed to the "dream" one they had previously). Great songs from both the Gaga and KISS catalogue, not to mention the title song from the Broadway musical "Funny Girl" as interpreted by the great Idina Menzel at the beginning of this episode. Only two more to go before the first season finale. Can't wait!

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