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Home is the sixteenth episode of Glee's first season and the sixteenth episode overall. It premiered on April 27, 2010.

When Kurt sets his dad, Burt, up with an unexpected partner in order to have a real family, his plan for an average family backfires. Sue demands that Mercedes go on a diet and lose ten pounds in preparation for a big interview with Splits Magazine. Mercedes and Quinn discuss body issues while Kristin Chenoweth returns as April Rhodes to help Will save the Glee Club.

The episode was directed by Paris Barclay and written by Brad Falchuk.


In preparation for an interview with Splits Magazine, Sue demands that new cheerleader Mercedes Jones loses ten pounds in a week. She reserves the school auditorium for cheerio practice, so Will has to find the club a new rehearsal space.

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He visits a local roller rink, Rinky Dinks, where he finds former glee club member, April Rhodes, who tells him that she is the mistress of the wealthy tycoon (Buddy) who owns the rink.Will and April sing Fire while rollerblading. Upon learning that Will is looking to sublet his apartment, April invites herself to visit. After spending the night sharing a bed, Will forbids April from staying over again and tells her she is worth more than being a mistress. April says she will break up with her tycoon. Later in the choir room, after Kurt found out that his father is interested in being with Finn, he sings A House Is Not A Home.

Mercedes struggles to eat healthily and her mid-week weigh-in shows that she has gained two pounds. She begins extreme dieting and faints in the school cafeteria. Quinn sympathizes with Mercedes knowing what she is experiencing, commending her for being so comfortable in her own body and advising her not to let being a cheerleader detract from that. Though Mercedes is embarrassed, Quinn tells her that she is beautiful. On the day of the pep rally, Mercedes abandons the planned routine to sing Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. Back in Will's apartment, April sleeps over by singing One Less Bell to Answer/A House Is Not a Home with Will then they fell asleep in will's bed.


Kurt is not as supportive of Mercedes as usual in this episode, pushing her to lose weight and going on a crazy diet himself. This is partly due to his preoccupation with Finn, and partly because of Kurt's desperation to remain a Cheerio and therefore part of the "in crowd." When Mercedes sings Beautiful, Kurt realizes his mistake and admits he was wrong.

The journalist from Splits Magazine assumes that Sue engineered the performance and expresses his admiration for her saying that before he was going to publicly humiliate her before, but he now promises her positive publicity from his article.

Kurt sets up his widowed father Burt with Finn's widowed mother Carole. He believes that it will help him become closer to Finn for whom he has feelings. Finn is upset when Carole sells their old furniture and stops his late father's recliner from being sold. He is initially hostile to her dating someone new but begins to bond with Burt over sports at a group dinner. Kurt feels left out and later asks Finn to help him break up their parents.

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Finn initially agrees, but relents after Burt tells him that he loves Carole and would never hurt her. They watch a basketball game together and Finn allows Burt to sit in his father's recliner, while Kurt watches on sadly through the window. When April attempts to break up with her tycoon, he has a stroke and dies. His wife gives April two million dollars as hush money, and April uses some of it to buy the auditorium for the glee club. She plans to go to Broadway to launch the first all-white production of The Wiz. The episode ends with April and the glee club performing Home from The Wiz.


Song Title Original Artist Performer(s)
Fire Bruce Springsteen April Rhodes and Will Schuester
A House Is Not a Home Dionne Warwick Finn Hudson and Kurt Hummel
One Less Bell to Answer/
A House Is Not a Home
Barbra Streisand/
Dionne Warwick
April Rhodes and Will Schuester
Beautiful Christina Aguilera Mercedes Jones
with WMHS students
Home Cast of The Wiz April Rhodes with New Directions

Unreleased Songs

Background Songs

  • Heart of Glass by Blondie - Background music at Rinky-Dinks.
  • I Melt With You by Nouvelle Vague - Background music during Will's first conversation with April at Rinky-Dinks. 
  • Home Sweet Home by Carrie Underwood - Background music at Rinky-Dinks.

Guest Cast

Special Guest Stars

Guest Stars


Absent Cast Members


  • This is the first episode where the title is also the name of a song sung in the episode.
  • This is the second episode (after Throwdown) in which two duets are sung by the same people.
  • This episode marks the second appearance of Kristin Chenoweth (April) on Glee.
  • This is the second episode to feature the same song twice in the same episode. A House Is Not a Home is sung both alone and as part of a mash-up. The first being And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going in Sectionals. However, this is the first and only time that the songs were released though.
  • This is the first episode to not feature Rachel in a storyline.
  • This marks the second time that "Heart of Glass" is used to introduce April, but this time, the original Blondie version is heard, whereas in The Rhodes Not Taken, the Nouvelle Vague cover is heard.


  • When Sue is showing Santana, Brittany, and Becky how to make her "master cleanse," she says she hasn't had solid food since 1987, however, she's eating solid food in Mattress. This, however, could be one of Sue's ways of showing the validity of the drink.
  • When Finn and Carole are arguing Carole says, "We've been pretending for fifteen years." Later on in the argument she says "sixteen years." Statements like these, however, are constantly made in arguments such as this where something happened so many years ago, the numbers could be slightly exaggerated.
  • The Roller Skating Rink is a bit far fetched. There are many other places they could have practiced such as the Choir Room or the Gym. Also, why would the Cheerios need the Auditorium when most of the time the Cheerios practice in the Gym?


I hate Duke like I hate the Nazis.

Burt to Finn

On assembly days, I arrange for the rest of the school to be fumigated, so the gym is the only place with clean air.

Sue to a reporter

Will: The liquor cabinet is off limits.
April: No worries. I brought my own.

Will and April

Will Schuester?!? I just had a sex dream about you.

April to Will

I'm pretty sure my cat is reading my diary.

Brittany to Santana

Kurt: Mercedes, you shouldn't be embarrassed about your body.
Mercedes: Embarrassed? No, no. I'm worried about showing too much skin and causing a sex riot.
(Kurt & Mercedes giggle and do a special handshake) Sue: How do you two not have a show on Bravo?

Kurt, Mercedes and Sue

Finn: That's your and dad's honeymoon set. I was conceived on that bed.
Carole: You were conceived on a pinball machine.
Finn: ...

Finn, and Carole

Why are you being so nice to me? I can't remember the last time you said two words to me that weren't "you" and "suck."

Mercedes to Quinn

I haven't had a drink in 45 minutes.


I can't be your dad, but I'll be her hero for as long as she'll take me.

Burt to Finn

I feel like the guy who set off Liza and David Gest.


Can you go now? I'm a half hour behind on my moisturizer routine, and I need to wake up early.


Finn: I miss getting hit.
Kurt: Pure boyish insanity.

Finn and Kurt




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Glee Episodes

Season One
PilotShowmanceAcafellasPreggersThe Rhodes Not TakenVitamin DThrowdownMash-UpWheelsBalladHairographyMattressSectionalsHell-OThe Power of MadonnaHomeBad ReputationLaryngitisDream OnTheatricalityFunkJourney

Season Two
AuditionBritney/BrittanyGrilled CheesusDuetsThe Rocky Horror Glee ShowNever Been KissedThe SubstituteFurtSpecial EducationA Very Glee ChristmasThe Sue Sylvester ShuffleSilly Love SongsComebackBlame It on the AlcoholSexyOriginal SongA Night of NeglectBorn This WayRumoursProm QueenFuneralNew York

Season Three
The Purple Piano ProjectI Am UnicornAsian FPot o' GoldThe First TimeMash OffI Kissed a GirlHold on to SixteenExtraordinary Merry ChristmasYes/NoMichaelThe Spanish TeacherHeartOn My WayBig BrotherSaturday Night Glee-verDance with SomebodyChokeProm-asaurusPropsNationalsGoodbye

Season Four
The New RachelBritney 2.0MakeoverThe Break-UpThe Role You Were Born to PlayGleaseDynamic DuetsThanksgivingSwan SongGlee, ActuallySadie HawkinsNakedDivaI DoGirls (and Boys) on FilmFeudGuilty PleasuresShooting StarSweet DreamsLights OutWonder-fulAll or Nothing

Season Five
Love, Love, LoveTina in the Sky with DiamondsThe QuarterbackA Katy or A GagaThe End of TwerkMovin' OutPuppet MasterPreviously Unaired ChristmasFrenemiesTrioCity of Angels100New DirectionsNew New YorkBashTestedOpening NightThe Back-Up PlanOld Dog, New TricksThe Untitled Rachel Berry Project

Season Six
Loser Like MeHomecomingJagged Little TapestryThe Hurt Locker, Part OneThe Hurt Locker, Part TwoWhat the World Needs NowTransitioningA WeddingChild StarThe Rise and Fall of Sue SylvesterWe Built This Glee Club2009Dreams Come True