Glee comes full circle with the March 25 installment, as the two-part 100th episode celebration concludes exactly where the pilot did: with the cast performing “Don’t Stop Believin’” on the McKinley High stage.
BuzzFeed was on the set as the cast prepared to shoot the bookend performance and asked Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike Chang), Chord Overstreet (Sam Evans), Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Alex Newell (Unique Adams), Melissa Benoist (Marley Rose), and Blake Jenner (Ryder Lynn) to look back at the first time they performed on the now iconic stage.
Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, and Kevin McHale: “Don’t Stop Believin’” in “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)
Lea Michele: And we got in trouble.
Chris Colfer: We got in a lot of trouble for goofing off during Matt [Morrison (Mr. Schue)]’s coverage.
Michele: When they were filming Matt, we were messing around so much that [creator] Ryan [Murphy] came up and yelled at us.
Colfer: I wasn’t messing around. I was very serious.
Michele He was back then, but we broke him.
Amber Riley: That was the first time — of many times — we got in trouble with Ryan.
McHale: The best memory I have is of us all sitting on the stage and getting to know each other in between takes. Also, that number was probably one of the simplest we’ve ever done, and it took a day and a half to shoot. It was also re-choreographed at least 12 times.
Darren Criss: “Teenage Dream” in “Never Been Kissed” (Season 2, Episode 6)
So I’m doing this step-touch with all these other guys, who are also singers, not dancers, and then Adam Shankman walks in, who was prepping to direct the next episode, and I was like, Goddamnit! Of all the people to walk in right now, it’s the dance guy. I remember that very well, and he does too — he’s sure to remind me of how bad a dancer I was. But it worked out in the end because no one filmed that rehearsal. They filmed us in the blazers, and they edited it so well, and it changed my life.”
Jane Lynch: “Why Did I Leave Ohio” in “Furt” (Season 2, Episode 8)
Here, the convention is we are on a stage. There is supposedly an audience and we’re gesturing and singing in order to reach the back row. I knew I was working with Carol, and I thought that would be enough, but to do it in this auditorium was the cherry on top of the cake.”