May. 19, 2009
60 min.
FOX TV Network

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Glee follows an optimistic high school teacher as he tries to transform the school's once top-flight, but now moribund Glee Club and inspire a group of talented but unfocused performers to make it to, and win, the biggest competition of them all: Nationals. In his way is not just the indifferent principal, but also the sponsors of the cheerleading and football groups.

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Blake Alexander Jenner is an American actor and singer. Jenner won the second season of Oxygen's The ...

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Ryder Lynn is a sophomore student at McKinley High School and plays football. Finn notices something special about him and encourages Ryder to audition for the school's upcoming production of Grease. Ryder tries out with a duet with Finn and gets chosen as the lead for the musical alongside Marley Rose. Before the production begins, he finds Marley trying to make herself vomit in the bathroom. He helps her with her self-esteem issues and kisses her as Jake Puckerman looks on.

Ryder joins the glee club and romantic tension builds between him and Marley. Jake and Ryder start competing for Marley's affection. Finn wants their rivalry to end and he gives them the assignment to sing a duet together. The duet ends in another fight between them and Finn asks them to reveal their greatest fear to each other. When Jake gives Ryder a note with his fear written on it, Ryder asks him to be a man and say it face to face. When Jake reveals his fear, Ryder backs out. Jake tells him to be a man as well, and Ryder admits he asked Jake to say it out loud because he couldn't read what the note said. Jake tells Finn about this and Finn convinces Ryder to do a test to see what's wrong with him. The test proves that Ryder is dyslexic.

He is directed to a professional and begins treatment to improve his studying. Later, when Jake is picked on, Ryder stands up for him and thanks Jake for helping him with his problem and the two start a friendship. When Jake and Marley begin dating, Ryder struggles with his feelings for her. However, valuing his friendship with Jake and Marley's happiness, Ryder decides to suppress his feelings and be happy for them. Ryder even helps Jake plan a Valentine's week for Marley, coming up with romantic ideas and when Jake says that he's counting on having sex with Marley, Ryder says she isn't ready for that.

Marley later thanks Ryder for his romantic gestures, saying she knew he was behind them and Ryder ends up kissing her. He later apologizes to both Jake and Marley, saying it was inappropriate.

Ryder has an online love interest named Katie, whom he shares all his secrets with, only to find out he's being catfished. He later finds out that "Katie" is someone in the glee club when he calls the number while being in the choir room and the phone goes off.

Ryder confides in the glee club and tells them he was molested by his female babysitter when he was 11 years old and he has trouble trusting people because of it. Some of the guys think that's awesome and they say he shouldn't feel ashamed. Later in the episode, Kitty tells Ryder she understands how he feels because she went through a similar situation and the two bond. Kitty starts to like Ryder and he says they could try being together once he figures out who "Katie" is. Kitty is hurt and tells him never.

Ryder demands to know who is catfishing him and Unique later reveals himself. Ryder is furious and announces he is leaving the New Directions after Regionals.

Ryder returns to the New Directions, contrary to his statement at the end of the previous season. Ryder continues to pursue Marley, and even goes on a date with her following her breakup with Jake. However, Marley dumps him at the end of the episode and little is shown of their development until nationals, when Ryder and Jake decide to help her go farther with her songwriting.

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