The Mr. Scheuster Scene In Glee’s Pilot That Aged Poorly

The pilot of “Glee” is full of problematic choices and characters. Former glee club director Sandy Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) was preying on students and Mr. Sheu’s wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) fakes being pregnant. But one of the worst offenses was from Mr. Sheu himself. After Sandy was rightfully fired from William McKinley High, Mr. Sheu immediately makes a play to take over the glee club. Mr. Sheu takes on several selfish acts in this episode to recapture the glory days of his own glee club experiences, and you could argue that he doesn’t do this out of a desire to help the kids. This plot point is significant considering the fact that he has to blackmail the school’s star quarterback who happens to have an incredible singing voice, Finn (Cory Monteith), into joining the club because no one else wants to. 

Mr. Sheu is so desperate to get Finn in the club that he accuses Finn of possessing drugs when they were actually from football coach Ken Tanaka (Patrick Gallagher). Finn is adamant that the drugs aren’t his, but Mr. Sheu never backs down. His drive to create a glee club and take them to nationals is so strong that he would trap a high school student in any way possible.

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