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Dream On 

Will's former high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan, causes trouble for Glee Club. Rachel struggles with a life-long personal issue.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Quinn Fabray
... Kurt Hummel
... Terri Schuester (credit only)
... Sue Sylvester
... Emma Pillsbury
... Artie Abrams
... Rachel Berry
... Finn Hudson
... Will Schuester
... Mercedes Jones
... Noah 'Puck' Puckerman
... Tina Cohen-Chang
... Bryan Ryan
... Jesse St. James
... Shelby Corcoran


In an episode directed by Emmy Award winner Joss Whedon, Mr. Schuester's former high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan, causes trouble for the glee club. Meanwhile, Rachel struggles with a life-long personal issue, and Artie's dreams take him on an adventure Written by Fox Publicity

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical


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18 May 2010 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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This episode, along with a few others, features both Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel. Groff was the voice of Kristoff in the Disney movie Frozen (2013) and Menzel was the voice of Elsa in the same film. See more »


When Will Schuester and Bryan Ryan are singing "Piano Man" in the bar, Bryan's bottle of beer disappears and reappears between shots. See more »


Will Schuester: Do you know what gave me the strength to... finally get out of a terrible marriage? Music. Meeting those kids. Coaching Glee Club. No, you're right. I'm... I'm never gonna be on Broadway. And maybe the same is going to go for most of those kids. But that's not the point. Glee Club... it's not just about expressing yourself to everyone else. It's about expressing yourself to yourself.
Bryan Ryan: I'm living a lie.
Will Schuester: What?
Bryan Ryan: [sniffling] I miss it so much! I am miserable. Ever since I stopped performing, I cannot ...
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I Dreamed a Dream
Music by Alain Boublil
Original French lyrics by Claude-Michel Schönberg
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Performed by Idina Menzel and Lea Michele
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"Dream On" is another fine episode of "Glee"
14 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

For this "Glee" episode, the showcase is on Artie and Tina concerning Artie's impossible dreams, Jesse helping Rachel finding her mother, and Will encountering an old friend named Bryan Ryan (Neil Patrick Harris). I'll stop there and just say what another entertaining episode this was what with Kevin McHale giving his wheelchair-bound character a wonderful dream of being able to stand on two feet and doing "The Safety Dance" at a mall with others, seeing Matthew Morrison and Harris dueting on both "Piano Man" and "Dream On" and Lea Michele and guest star Idina Menzel on "I Dreamed a Dream". Tina and Artie make a fine romantic team here and seeing Rachel having mixed emotions about her new discovery is another fine dramatic moment for Ms. Michele. Kudos to director Joss Whedon which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who's seen his "Buffy" musical episode-"Once More with Feeling". Can't wait to see the next episode of "Glee"...

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