First Aired: May. 18, 2010 on FOX
Rate Episode: 3.71/5 (7 votes)
Rate Episode: 3.71/5 (7 votes)
Season 1 » Episode #19 - Dream On
Summary: Bryan Ryan (Neil Patrick Harris), a former McKinley High glee club member, arrives as an auditor from the school board. He speaks to the glee club, asking everyone to write their biggest dream on a piece of paper. He then takes Artie's paper and tosses it into the trash, making a point that their dreams will never come true. Having failed to realize his own dreams, he intends to cut the glee club.
Will (Matthew Morrison) convinces him that it is not too late to pursue his dreams and sings "Piano Man" with him. They both audition for the role of Jean Valjean in the local production of Les Misérables, singing "Dream On" as a duet.
Bryan decides not to cut the glee club, and even presents them with new costumes and sheet music, but changes his mind when Sue (Jane Lynch) announces that Will landed the lead role. Will gives up his role in Les Misérables to Bryan in order to save glee club.
Rachel confides in Jesse (Jonathan Groff) of her lifelong dream to discover the identity of her mother. While they are searching through boxes of records from her basement, Jesse takes a cassette tape from his jacket and pretends that it came from the box. The tape is labeled as a message from mother to daughter. Rachel refuses to listen to the tape, stating that she is not ready. Jesse later meets with Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel), the coach of Vocal Adrenaline, who reveals that she is Rachel's biological mother, but a contractual agreement with Rachel's two fathers prevents her from meeting with Rachel. She implores Jesse to convince Rachel to listen to the tape. Back at Rachel's house, Jesse starts the tape playing as Rachel enters her bedroom, then leaves her to listen to it. On the tape, Shelby sings "I Dreamed a Dream", leading to a duet with Rachel in a dream sequence, ending with Rachel back in her room in tears.
After Bryan's discouraging speech, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) retrieves Artie's paper from the trash and learns that his biggest dream is to become a dancer. Tina would like to dance with Artie, but he falls off his crutches when he tries to stand up from his wheelchair. Tina comforts Artie by showing him some of the latest research in spinal cord injury treatments. While waiting for Tina to buy pretzels at the mall, Artie fantasizes about being able to stand up from his wheelchair and dances to "The Safety Dance" in a flash mob dream sequence. He asks Emma (Jayma Mays), the school guidance counselor, for advice on how to cope with the possibility of walking again in light of the new research, but is disappointed when Emma tells him that such treatments may not become available for a long time. Tina continues to offer to dance with him but he declines, insisting that she choose another partner but agreeing to sing during the dance. Tina chooses Mike Chang (Harry Shum, Jr.) as her dance partner as Artie leads the glee club into "Dream a Little Dream of Me".
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Sue Sylvester: [to Will and Bryan] I came over here to congratulate you on your new role. Local director Herb Duncan does the dry clean for the cheerios, and he let slip that you just landed the lead role in Les Mis! [Will looks overwhelmed, and Bryan lets go of his smile] Congratulations. I'm ecstatic! And the good news just keep coming, because you got a part too, Bryan. The exciting role of Townsperson. You got a line too. Right back here in the second act, you get to say... 'Hooray!' Congratulations to both of you, I can't wait for opening night!
Will Schuester: Tina has something she wants to share with us, but first I have an announcement to make. You've all been reprieved. Bryan Ryan isn't cutting Glee. [all the members applauds]
Noah 'Puck' Puckerman: Did he die?
Noah 'Puck' Puckerman: Did he die?
Jesse St. James: A dream is something that fills up the emptiness inside. The one thing that, you know if it came true, all of the hurt would go away.[More Quotes]
- Goof (errors in geography): When Artie is dancing in Safety Dance, there is a J. Dew store behind him. There are no J. Dew stores in Ohio, only in California where filming takes place.
- Goof (crew or equipment visible): When Artie is dancing in Safety Dance, a camera man is visible on the second floor of the building behind the crowd.
- Goof (factual errors): Rachel Berry says she was born on December 18, 1994. She would technically be a freshman in high school at the time.
- Goof (crew or equipment visible): When Will and Bryan Ryan are singing Dream On, camera men are visible on both sides of the stages above them.
- Goof (continuity error): When Artie is dancing in Safety Dance, there is a J. Dew store behind him. In between shots the store goes from being opened to closed. This happens various times between shots.
- This is the first time that we get to see Kevin McHale dance. Zachary Woodlee, the show's choreographer, had said that he was pretty sure that Kevin was the best dancer out of the original six Glee Club members, but was ironically the one in the wheelchair.
- When Mr. Schuester is showing Bryan Ryan the Year Book photo of the Glee club, Noah Puckerman is listed as "Nathan Puckerman" and Tina Cohen-Chang is listed as "Tina C.".
- Rachel thinks that two of her potential mothers Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone. Both have played Rose in the musical Gypsy. In the previous episode, "Laryngitis", Kurt sings "Rose's Turn", a song from the musical.
- Early in this episode, Rachel (Lea Michele) tries to convince herself that Broadway star Patti LuPone is her birth mother. Later, Rachel and Shelby (Idina Menzel) sing a duet of "I Dreamed a Dream," Fantine's most prominent song from the musical 'Les Misérables'. Patti LuPone created the role of Fantine in the original London production of 'Les Misérables'; as a child, Lea Michele played Young Cosette and Young Éponine in the original Broadway production of 'Les Misérables', and she sang the role of Adult Éponine for a 2008 Hollywood Bowl concert production. Michele was asked to take the role of adult Éponine in the 2006 Broadway revival of 'Les Misérables', but she chose instead to stay with 'Spring Awakening'. In keeping with the theme of the episode and Rachel's search for her mother, the character of Fantine is one who had to give up her baby daughter and is haunted by it.