The Marley-Ryder Relationship, most commonly known as Ryley, is the relationship between Marley Rose and Ryder Lynn.

They first meet in the The Role You Were Born to Play. They go on a date in Movin' Out, but Marley does not want a relationship at the time so she turned him down.


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Ryder introduces himself to Marley at her locker and she says that she already knows who he is. He tells her that her mom is awesome, because she always gives him extra meatballs on spaghetti day. She then says that she thinks his end zone dances are awesome. Kitty sees them talking, then goes up to her and starts to make fun of Marley. Ryder does not look happy and then asks Kitty what Marley has done to her to be such a bitch towards her. Kitty says that she stole her boyfriend, referring to Jake, and continues making fun of Marley. Marley then quickly walks away, visibly hurt by Kitty's insults.

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Later, at the callbacks for Grease, Marley and Ryder, along with Kitty and Jake, sing Born to Hand Jive with Mercedes singing lead. During the song, Marley and Ryder often dance with each other, smiling to each other and occasionally switching to dance with Kitty and Jake. Later, the cast list is put up, where it is revealed that Marley and Ryder got the lead parts of Sandy and Danny. Both Ryder and Marley seem really happy about it and Ryder looks to Marley as she fangirls about it. (The Role You Were Born to Play)

Ryder finds Marley throwing up in the bathroom and tells her that it only makes it worse. In order to cheer her up he tells her a funny story about his cousin, "Johnny Pappas." She smiles and tells him she won't use laxatives. Then Ryder says that he doesn't want to kiss a girl who has puke on her breath, either on stage or later.


After Rizzo's (Santana) performance, before Marley and Ryder are going on stage after Kitty scares Marley by telling her important people is gonna watch the musical, Ryder reassures Marley that she sounds and looks amazing, and that she shouldn't listen to anything Kitty says. He then kisses her, as Jake looks on with an unhappy expression in the back. Later they perform You're the One That I Want together as Danny and Sandy. (Glease)

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Ryder fights with Jake in the hallway about Marley. The same happens when Ryder and Jake sing Superman. When Finn breaks up the fight he takes them to the auditorium, Ryder says Marley deserves better than Jake. He has to cancel on a date with her because he has a session to work on his dyslexia and Marley then chooses Jake over Ryder. (Dynamic Duets)

Marley is freaking out that if the New Directions don't do well, she's the one to blame. Ryder overhears Marley's concerns and tells Jake to perform in place of him as the front dancer at sectionals so they have a better chance to win. He makes this sacrifice because of his affection for Marley. At the end of the episode, when Marley collapses Ryder's face is seen hovering over her first, showing that he is very concerned for her. (Thanksgiving)

Ryder is the first one to see Marley faint, and along with Jake carries Marley into the choir room after she faints. He also sits next to her when Mr. Schue comes into the room. (Swan Song)

When Marley along with the girls of New Directions sings Tell Him, Ryder is the only one clapping and looks like he wants Marley to ask him to the Sadie Hawkins dance. During Ryder's solo even though he took another girl to the dance he looks directly at where Marley was dancing with Jake. Ryder sang the song I Only Have Eyes For You to Marley. (Sadie Hawkins)

Jake and Ryder discuss Marley, Jake talking about their duet in the auditorium and how she was going to say, "I love you", but broke it off. Ryder suggests he goes for Marley and says the words first, but Ryder looks a bit sad, to which Jake apologizes that he is going after Marley. At the end of Jake's, Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)performance, Ryder asks Jake if he has anything else to say to Marley to which Jake replies that the song says it all. With the same expression, Ryder seems to feel the same for Marley. (Naked)

Marley and Ryder sit next to each other during Blaine's and Tina's performances for Diva Week. They smile at each other several times throughout the episode. (Diva)

In the hallway, Ryder overhears the conversation between Jake and Marley about her Valentine's Day gift to him. As Marley walks away, Ryder talks to Jake about what he has planned for Marley. Jake, clueless, tells Ryder that his brother had been giving him advice by buying her lingerie. Ryder demands that Jake does not follow that advice and informs him he has a better idea. Instead of giving Marley a Valentine's Day, give her a Valentines Week. Jake is impressed by the idea, and thanks Ryder. After Jake walks away, we see Ryder upset.


In the classroom, Marley notice's Ryder being jittery, She asks him if he had any of those 11-hour energy drinks again. He replies no as Jake walks in. Jake dressed as one of the "Temptations" says he has come to sing a song. As he does this, Ryder pretends to have no clue in Jake's actions. Ryder soon reveals that he had known and starts to undress revealing a "Temptations" outfit. Jake beings to sing You're All I Need to Get By. Marley eventually joins them, singing along. At the end Ryder gives another sad look. At the wedding, Jake and Ryder start talking. Jake informs him that everything is going great, and that his ideas are genius, but Ryder is upset and wants Jake to come up with his own ideas for once. However, Jake asks for Ryder to continue helping him. Ryder then pulls out a jewelry box, that has a necklace inside. Jake then informs Ryder of his plans to sleep with Marley. Ryder, shocked, tells Jake that Marley is just a sophomore and isn't ready. Over the whole idea of the 'Valentine's Week', Ryder knew Marley's favorite song, her favorite flowers, and jewelry that she would enjoy.

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Back at school, Marley walks up to Ryder and gives him a Valentine's Day card. She reveals that she knew it was Ryder's ideas, and that Jake could never come up with those. Marley thanks him, and Ryder reveals his feelings towards Marley, leading to their kiss. Ryder apologizes, as Marley is distraught and walks away. In the performance Anything Could Happen Marley grabs both Ryder and Jake's hands to pull them on to the stage. As Marley passes Jake she's smiling, but when she passes Ryder and sees his smile, she looks confused. Ryder, also a little confused bumps into Jake, who then notices something odd. (I Do)

When Marley and the girls were getting ready for their performance of Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend/Material Girl, Marley tells Kitty that Ryder kissed her, and how she thought it was good, but still liked Jake. Kitty advises Marley to play both sides and to "collect as many diamonds as you can."


During the performance of Unchained Melody, Marley and Jake are spinning the pottery, then Marley starts to image Ryder with her instead of Jake. As she is imagining Ryder, her and Ryder share two kisses. At the end of the performance Marley tells Jake to stop, and then announces that she knew all the romantic things were Ryder's idea, but she didn't care cause at least he was trying. She admits that Ryder kissed her, but she let him kiss her, which made Jake upset with Marley and Ryder because of the kiss. During the end of Footloose, Marley and Ryder are seen dancing together with Jake lurking from the other side. At the end of the performance, Marley and Ryder are seen hugging. (Girls (and Boys) on Film)

There isn't that much interaction between the two during the beginning of the episode. In the hallway, we see Marley and Jake talking about the kiss. She apologizes, but she says it was not her fault that he kissed her. She informed him she shouldn't have lead Ryder on, and took responsibility for that. Marley tells Jake she never leave him for Ryder. However, when Jake demands for them to ice out Ryder, she quickly says no, as she wants to be more forgiving and would like to continue being Ryder's friend. At the end of The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up, Marley seems disappointed in Ryder when he can't accept Unique as a girl because he is confused. Ryder contacts Jake, Marley, and Unique all to meet up. He apologizes to Jake, and then apologizes to Marley about kissing her. She said it was okay, however he says it wasn't and that he's sorry. During Closer, we see Ryder at peace with Marley and Jake throughout the performance. When Ryder is singing, they cut to a shot of Marley. (Feud)


When Ryder finds out that he has been catfished, he angrily rushes to Marley and Jake, who were walking down the hall. He confronts them and says that 'Katie' has been getting him to send her pictures of him. He asks Marley if it was her, thinking that she still liked him. Marley denies it, and he angrily moves on to questioning Jake. He then, thinking it was revenge from the two of them, thinks that Marley did it because he was too persistent, saying "I get it, you didn't like me back" and also thinks that it was Jake because he kissed Marley and was out of line. However, they insist that it wasn't them. Marley then asks him if he wants to talk about it, and he says that he doesn't want anything from anybody, especially not either of them, before storming off. After the gun shots, when everyone was in the choir room, Ryder crawls across the room to sit next to Marley. In the end during Say, as Ryder rushes into the auditorium and sits down in front of Marley, she comfortingly wraps her arms around him. (Shooting Star)


They are seen having fun with the rest of the New Directions during Outcast. Marley is also seen leaning comfortably on his shoulder during Ryder's solo. (Sweet Dreams)

They are in the first scene in the choir room together. During Sam and Ryder's duet of You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', you can see Marley glance over towards Ryder a couple times. After Ryder's confession of his past, he was molested by his babysitter, Marley stands up for him when Sam and Artie treat his secret badly. They are seen standing beside each other at the end of Longest Time. (Lights Out)

Marley and Ryder are first seen sitting together when Mr. Schue reveals to Glee Club that Rachel got a callback for Funny Girl. Mr. Schue continues giving hints about this weeks assignment, which causes Ryder to get very excited. Ryder jumps up and announces "It's a Stevie Wonder Week" as Marley stares at him laughing. They are seen after Kitty's performance of Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours sitting together. During the performance of Superstition Ryder and Marley can been shown bumping butts together. During Kurt's performance of You Are the Sunshine of My Life , when Marley and the other girls walk behind Burt, you can see Marley and Ryder give eye contact towards each other. They are seen dancing with New Directions during For Once in My Life. (Wonder-ful)

Marley and Ryder are first seen in the choir room when Mr. Schue begins his speech.  They are later seen sitting beside each other in a circle. Ryder, frustrated, stands up in front of everyone and demands for the real Katie to confess. As no one begins to speak, you can see Marley upset as Ryder gets angrier.
Marley stands up and reveals that she is Katie. Ryder is confused and hurt as to why Marley had swore to him it wasn't her. Jake stands up and tells Ryder that it was all just a joke that got out of hand. Ryder, angry and frustrated, walks out of the choir room. Later we see Marley waiting for Ryder in the halls asking him if they can talk.

Ryder tells her "Why don't you just text me." Marley tells him she knows it was wrong, and knows that he is hurting, but he doesn't have to take it out on everyone, because they are a team and they need him for Regionals. Ryder quickly turns around as demands Marley to tell him the reason why she did it. He wanted to understand why she would mess with his head. It is hinted that Marley and Ryder still have feelings for each other. Before Ryder can finish speaking, Unique cuts him off and reveals that she is Katie and that Marley was just covering for her. Marley walks away, upset, as Unique and Ryder talk. During Regionals, Ryder walks in backstage and says that Marley is right, he shouldn't let the team suffer since he was only upset with Unique. Ryder reveals that after Regionals he is leaving Glee Club, to which we see Marley upset by. They are later seen standing beside each other during Brittany's goodbye speech to where Brittany refers to Ryder, Marley, Jake, and Kitty as the foster children of Glee Club. (All or Nothing)

During Drive My Car Ryder is seen getting mad at losing skeeball, in which Marley consoles him by rubbing his back. Marley cheers with excitement while Ryder performs I Saw Her Standing There with Blaine, Jake and Sam. You can see them standing beside each other throughout All You Need Is Love and the Blaine's proposal to Kurt. When Kurt accepts the proposal they can be seen cheering with everyone else. (Love, Love, Love)

They sing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at prom, together with Jake and Unique. (Tina in the Sky with Diamonds)

Since they are both "Katys" thay must perform a Gaga song together. They both suggest ideas for the performance, but Sam turns them down for not being edgy enough. Later, they perform Applause with the rest of the "Katys": Blaine, Artie, and Sam. After the performance, Ryder, along with the rest of the team, confronts her for wearing a Katy outfit. (A Katy or A Gaga)

They are seen together in the choir room watching Blaine's twerking video, and later they both dance to Blurred Lines. They both have singing lines in On Our Way. (The End of Twerk)

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After Ryder realizes it's over between Jake and Marley, he asks Marley out in the hallway, but she declines. He then continues to tell her why she should date him, and she leaves him with a vague "I'll think about it." Then moments later, he asks her again after serenading her with An Innocent Man, she then says yes.

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Ryder comes up to Marley at her locker the next day and urges her to check her Instagram. She sees a photo of the two of them with hearts all around. Marley seems uncomfortable and asks Ryder when he made that, and he says he made it right after their date. He adds that he couldn't stop thinking about her. Jake interrupts them, and when he asks if they are together now, Ryder answers that it's none of his business. After that Marley tells Ryder that even though they went on a date it doesn't mean that they are a couple. (Movin' Out)

They are seen sitting next to each other in Christmas Club at the beginning of the episode. (Previously Unaired Christmas)

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They dance together during Whenever I Call You Friend and are seen sitting together several times throughout the episode. They both sing backup and dance to My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) and Breakaway. (Frenemies)

They are seen cheering and clapping for the seniors during Hold On. (Trio)

Ryder walks into Marley's hotel room in Los Angeles, where she tells him she is giving up on songwriting and quitting glee club. She asks him not to say anything, since she wants her swan song to be happy, and to not let down the glee club. However, with help from Jake, Ryder asks Mercedes to try and convince her otherwise, which she succeeds. (City of Angels)

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While clearing out the choir room, now the newest computer lab due to the New Directions' loss at Nationals and subsequent cancellation of the glee club, Ryder and Marley converse with Unique, Jake and Kitty about how the club had helped them all become better people and that it will always be what made them special even though the glee club is no more. The five then move in for a group hug. They are sitting next to each other during the graduation ceremony. (New Directions)


Sang Together (In a Group Number)



Solos with

Born to Hand Jive The Role You Were Born To Play Jake and Mercedes
You're the One That I Want Glease Kurt, Rachel, Brittany, Santana, Finn, and Blaine
Some Nights Dynamic Duets Blaine, Jake, Kitty, Sam, Joe, and Tina
This Is the New Year Naked Blaine, Sam, Jake, Tina, Unique, Artie, and Brittany
Say Shooting Star Blaine, Kitty, Sam, and Brittany
Outcast Sweet Dreams Unique, Kitty, and Jake
Longest Time Lights Out Artie, Jake, Kitty, and Sam
Related Songs

Sang Together (In a Group Number)



Solos with

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Tina in the Sky with Diamonds Jake and Unique
Applause A Katy or A Gaga Artie, Blaine, and Sam
On Our Way The End of Twerk Tina, Blaine, Artie, Sam, Kitty, Jake, and Unique
Related Songs


  • The actors that portray them (Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner) were married in real life, until Benoist filed for divorce in December 2016.Source
  • Have often been called Finchel 2.0 by fans due to similarities between both couples.
    • However unlike Finchel, they never really dated. 



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