Rachel is Finn's friend, but he worries about being seen with her because he fears it will hurt his reputation. Finn's first real interaction with Rachel was in Glee Club rehearsals when he was blackmailed to join Glee club by Mr. Schue, after the drugs Will got from Sandy were "found" in Finn's locker.
Although at first he is scared by her aggressive nature, Finn finds himself immensely attracted to her .Finn is also impressed by the way she defended herself in the Celibacy Club. After they practice singing together in the auditorium, the two share a brief kiss, proving their mutual attraction. The kiss ends when Finn has a premature ejaculation. He tells her not to tell anyone that it happened and to forget about it. Embarrassed, Finn returns to his girlfriend, Quinn. Later, she convinces Finn that the kiss in the auditorium was real, and says "You don't have the guts to admit it." When it is revealed that Finn's girlfriend, Quinn, is pregnant, Finn immediately stops his budding romance with Rachel. In The Rhodes Not Taken, Finn takes advantage of Rachel's feelings for him, and goes on a date with her to try and convince her to come back to the Glee Club. She does and then finds out that Quinn is pregnant. She slaps Finn and tells him that he has ruined any chance of her coming back to Glee.Using her, so that he could have a chance at getting a music scholarship. If he received the scholarship, he could go to college and support Quinn and his child, however, he had meant what he said about wanting her to come back to Glee Club and claimed that their kiss together was real. She says that if he was honest with her in the first place, she might have been willing to help him. However, the pair continues to feel attracted to one another. Rachel continuously feels down when seeing Finn and Quinn together as her crush on him never dies. Finn also compares Quinn with Rachel a lot and asks her at one point why she can't be more like Rachel; listening to him and respecting his feelings. Their friendship is strong throughout the first 13 episodes with secret love undertones. In Sectionals, Rachel finds out Finn is not the actual father of Quinn's baby, and that Quinn has been lying. She tells Finn the truth. This causes Finn to beat up Puck, dump Quinn, and quit Glee, furious at everyone in Glee for not telling him. During Sectionals, however, he returns to the group, and Rachel offers her support to him. After winning Sectionals and the end of Finn's relationship with Quinn, Rachel comes to believe she and Finn are dating. Sue comes up with an idea to force Rachel to quit the Glee Club and ruin their chances at Regionals by getting Brittany and Santana to seduce Finn away from Rachel. Brittany and Santana ask Finn to go on a triple date, where he will have the two ladies to himself, and Finn agrees. Later, he tells Rachel he doesn't want to be her boyfriend because he needs to figure out himself and get some time off before going back into dating. Rachel, angry and heartbroken, gives an honest speech to Finn that shows how well she knows him and how he is only dumping her because it is affecting his reputation. He can't come to see that she's the only person who sees and loves him for who really is, so it was his loss. Later, Rachel meets her dream guy, Jesse, the lead singer of rival team Vocal Adrenaline and a super-hottie, and they start dating. When the date with Brittany and Santana doesn't go well for Finn, he sees what Rachel meant earlier with her speech, and he goes back to Rachel, telling her he wants them to be a real couple now. Rachel tells him that she's glad that he realizes that, but he's too late because she's dating Jesse now. Finn tells her that he thinks Jesse is using her, but she claims that their love is real, saying Finn has to accept that. Still disbelieving that he is too late and finding it suspicious that the lead of their rival school for Regionals asked Rachel out, he goes and tells the Glee Club about their romance. The other Glee Club members threaten to kick Rachel out of the club if she continues seeing Jesse, so she pretends to break up with him. Finn asks her to be his girlfriend again, but she turns him down by saying she doesn't want there to be anymore drama in the club. Finn responds by saying, "I'm not just some guy you met at the music store that you can just blow off. I don't give up that easily," which means that Finn is going to be doing the chasing now. When Santana offers sex to Finn, Finn rejects and says that he's waiting for Rachel to lose his virginity to. However, Santana reveals to him that Rachel is still seeing Jesse, and they are having some intimacy and decision-making themselves because Rachel asked for advice from the girls earlier. Finn approaches Rachel and asks her to tell him the truth of whether her and Jesse are still dating. At first she lies and says no, but he can tell and says, "I know things have been weird between us, but I never thought you'd lie to me." Afterwards, she tells the truth and makes Finn promise not to tell because they are still friends. Finn, let down by this fact, agrees to Santana's offer. Finn and Rachel share a talk after their nights with Jesse and Santana, where they question each other on what they did. Rachel, lying, tells Finn she had sex with Jesse. She told Jesse that she couldn't sleep with him because of how he was "the enemy", but it had to do more with how she was not ready to give up her virginity. Finn tells Rachel that he didn't have sex with Santana because he's waiting for the right person. However, he did have sex with her, but felt no different afterwards because "it didn't mean anything." When Jesse transfers to McKinley to be in a public relationship with Rachel, Finn gets angry, and believes people are just doing things to hurt his feelings. It's during the Power of Madonna episode where Finn realizes how badly he had treated Rachel when he gave her up to go on a triple date. He goes up to her to apologize and confesses that he likes her, but agrees that he screwed up by saying "I could have had you, but I blew it." He sings Borderline/Open Your Heart which sums up their feelings for each other. He attempts to mend relationships with Jesse and gives a welcoming hand to him joining New Directions, stating that he will try to "stay away from his girl." The relationship with Jesse and Rachel weakens, as a result of the Run Joey Run video (in which Rachel had Puck, Jesse and Finn playing the same character without any of them knowing), and Jesse going away on a spring break trip with his friends from Vocal Adrenaline. Meanwhile, in Laryngitis, Finn and Rachel get close again. Rachel loses her voice and he goes with her to her doctor's appointment where he asks her "When are you going to realize Jesse's not into you like I am?" She tells him that she still cares about Jesse and knows he feels the same way. Finn then takes advantage of the weekly assignment (to find a song that tells the story of your current life situation) and sings Jessie's Girl to Rachel infront of the entire Glee Club, confessing his feelings to her. Their story is still left to be finished on what happens between these two now that it's confirmed Jesse only joined New Directions under the orders of Rachel's mother to get closer to Rachel and get her to find her. The producers and cast members of the show have repeatedly said that Rachel and Finn are "a core of the show" and that they "secretly love each other" and belong together. In Journey, Rachel and Finn share a kiss after he tells her that Glee Club needs her and that both of them are going to make Glee Club win at regionals. Finn tells Rachel he loves her before they sing Faithfully, which provides the song with more emotional depth. Rachel, then, leans her head on his shoulder during the song, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, demonstrating that they have began a new relationship.
Season 2Edit Season 2 sectionEditIn Audition, Rachel reveals that they've been dating the whole summer via Jacob's "Glee's Big Gay Summer" video, and while everyone in Glee club is mad at her for (indirectly) pushing Sunshine to Vocal Adrenaline by sending her to an inactive crackhouse, Finn supports her, suggesting that she should apologize, and promises he will never break up with her. In Britney/Brittany, Finn is back on the football team, but Rachel wants him to choose between her or football. When Rachel appears at school wearing a sexy outfit after her Baby One More Time fantasy, Finn feels uncomfortable because all the guys are looking at her. She soon realizes that if their relationship is going to work, they have to give some space to each other. Rachel apologizes, admitting she gave him an ultimatum because she wanted him all for herself, and sings The Only Exception by Paramore.
In Grilled Cheesus, Rachel tells Finn she wants their relationship to go the distance. In return for his agreement to, if they have children together, raise them as Jewish, she lets Finn touch her breasts, in his delight.In Duets, Rachel and Finn sing Don't Go Breaking My Heart and, to throw the duets competition in hopes that Sam Evans and Quinn will win, so Sam will stay, sing With You I'm Born Again. In The Rocky Horror Glee Show, Finn feels uncomfortable with the scene he has to do in his underwear, and Rachel tries to help him with his problems, by pointing out that she's not hot in the same way as Brittany, Santana, but he's still attracted to her and that he has a different body type (this comforts him, though it doesn't work in the long run). She tells him that she thinks he is the hottest guy in school.
In Never Been Kissed, Finn sings to her in Stop! In the Name of Love/ Free Your Mind. He also claims that he never used the Beiste tactic on her. In Furt, Rachel tells Finn that she's never been so disappointed in him when he wouldn't tell Karofsky to back off Kurt. Later, at his mother's wedding, Finn tells Rachel she looks amazing and that he really loves her, and the two share a smile while Burt and Carole are reading their vows. They dance together in Marry You and Just the Way You Are.
In the episode Special Education, Rachel finds out Finn slept with Santana during The Power of Madonna. She gets upset because she confessed that she didn't sleep with Jesse (a perfect time to be honest with her about Santana). She almost sleeps with Puck as revenge to Finn, but he leaves her house saying, "I can't do this to Finn again." She tells Finn about what happened with Puck, and he breaks up with her. She says, "You said you would never break up with me." He replies, "I never thought you would make me feel like this," and she starts crying. In A Very Glee Christmas, Rachel tries to give Finn his Christmas present, but he rejects her. Later, the two are hunting for trees and sing Last Christmas. She tries to kiss him, but he "officially" breaks up with her, as he's not ready to forgive her. But later when they are around the tree at Mr. Schuester's house, they exchange a smile, whilst Rachel quickly looks away. Finn keeps staring with a smile on his face, implying that he is still in love with her. In Silly Love Songs, Finn gives her a star necklace, and says he still believes in her, even if they are broken up. Rachel is dismayed by his renewed feelings for Quinn and goes to visit Finn while he is in the nurse's office. Rachel says that Quinn is prettier than her, and Finn replies that she is beautiful. She asked him how he felt when he kissed Quinn, and he replies, saying that he saw fireworks. She then asked him if he saw fireworks when they kissed, and he hesitates, thinking. He smiled when he thinks about his relationship with Rachel. She concluded that "there's nothing here for me anymore", but Finn tells her to wait and says that that's not true and is about to say he still loves her, but he stops short because of his confusion. Rachel walks out, thinking that she has her answer and resolves to concentrate on her career instead of romance. She sings Firework and uses Finn as her inspiration.
In Comeback, Finn is still pursuing Quinn and this upsets Rachel. However, Rachel claims that she is through with boys and that she wants to focus on her career. At the end of the episode, Rachel suggests to Mr. Schue that they write an original song to perform at Regionals. They vote on the idea, and Rachel's idea is rejected unanimously. Finn later tells Rachel that she is right and they should write an original song. Rachel asks why he didn't stick up for her when they voted, and he claims that it wouldn't have mattered. When Rachel asks if he wants to write it with her, Finn says she should write it alone because she's the real trendsetter in there. He also says that he liked the Rachel he saw in the choir and that he thinks she is making a "comeback". Rachel smiles, which hints that she is not over Finn.
In Blame it on the Alcohol, Finn helps Rachel with her original song. They hug and both smile while in each others arms. Rachel says that there should be no tension between them anymore because they are so comfortable around each other anyway. Later, Rachel throws a party, and she gets drunk, putting herself all over Finn. As Finn was not drinking, he describes how she is a "needy drunk", and that he's not into it. They then play Spin the Bottle and Rachel kisses Blaine. They sing Don't You Want Me and seem to be interested in one another. Finn watches as they sing and really doesn't show any kind of reaction. After going on a date and kissing Blaine sober, Blaine decides he is "100% gay" and Rachel is not upset about this. She decides to use this as her songwriting inspiration. In Sexy, Rachel is seen taking part in a Celibacy Club meeting with Quinn. It was revealed that the last meeting was spent on Quinn being interviewed by Rachel on her relationship with Finn. Rachel, along with Quinn, Puck, Emma, and Carl sing Afternoon Delight to promote celibacy. Unbeknownst to Emma, the song is about sex. Humiliated, Rachel confronts Emma, who tells her that "Afternoon Delight" is about pie. Rachel then runs off the stage. In a flashback scene, Finn is seen making out with Quinn in her bed, giving Quinn a hickey. In Original Song, Rachel has tried her hand at songwriting again. This time she writes a song called Only Child, which Finn thinks is better than My Headband, but the song doesn't show the kind of emotion they need to win Regionals. Finn knows Rachel has it in her, but she just has to find it. He says that when she sings, he can feel it. Finn is also still secretly with Quinn however, who reveals that she has an ulterior motive of winning prom queen with Finn. Quinn works to win Finn over by agreeing with Rachel's idea to write original songs as well. When the group decides to write original songs, Quinn and Rachel decide to write a song together. However, Rachel wants to know if Quinn and Finn are together, and Quinn admits that they are. Quinn also tells Rachel that she and Finn will never be, and she will never get it right, inspiring her to write Get It Right. Rachel also says that she won't give up on Finn. At Regionals, when Rachel sings "Get it Right", it seems to move Finn. They also hug at the end of their performance.
In A Night Of Neglect, Finn and Quinn are together, but while Mercedes is singing her song, Rachel looks at Finn longingly, showing she still has feelings for him.
In Born This Way, Finn accidentally whacks Rachel in the nose while dancing, causing her nose to be broken. He accompanies her to the hospital visit. He tells Rachel he will not leave until they find out if her nose is broken. When they find out it is, the doctor suggests her to get a nose job. When Rachel shows the club her plans for her nose job, Finn tells her "Rachel, please don't do this. You're beautiful.", much to Quinn's confusion. However, she is won over by a "Barbra-vention", which Finn attends. In the end, Rachel opts against the nose job and tells Finn to "next time, watch out for the schnoz", showing their relationship is still friendly. In Rumours, after the school's gossip newspaper, ran by Sue, reports about Quinn's secret meetings with Sam, Finn decides to check on him and goes on a stakeout with Rachel. The first time they go, they see Kurt leaving Sam's motel room instead of Quinn, so they do the same the following night. While waiting for someone to appear, Rachel asks Finn why he got back together with Quinn. He replies that he doesn't know, but Rachel answers her own question for him; because you forgive your first love everytime. Finn tells her that what he doesn't like about Quinn is that you never know what she feels or thinks, and notes that with Rachel it was the opposite. As the duo finally spots Quinn, they are unknowingly photographed by Jacob, The Muckraker's reporter. The next day, Finn and Quinn confront each other about what they were doing last night, and decide to solve the misunderstandings in their relationship through a song. After a very blank duet on I Don't Want To Know, Quinn tells Rachel to stop trying to steal Finn from her and proceeds to threaten him with a break up if he even sings with Rachel. Rachel ignores her words and sings Go Your Own Way to Finn, who plays the drums during it and seems to enjoy the performance, much to Quinn's dismay. Having found out the truth about Sam, they visit him and his siblings and apologize in the name of the whole glee club, giving him back his guitar, which he had to sell. In Prom Queen, Finn discovers that Jesse St. James is back, and Rachel is going to prom with him (as a group with friends). They have a small argument, where Rachel tells Finn he has to respect whoever she dates, as she has to get used to the feeling of having a broken heart every time she sees him with Quinn. Finn responds by telling her that he still cares about her. Finn then explains how he feels he has no dignity handing out Prom King and Queen leaflets around school and is stressed about what to get Quinn for a corsage. Rachel suggests something simple that won't distract from her face, before walking away with a saddened look. Later, Rachel, Jesse, Mercedes and Sam are all in Breadstixs preparing for prom. Finn and Quinn arrive to see them, resulting in tension between Jesse and Finn (which is quickly defused by Mercedes). At the prom, Rachel then performs Jar of Hearts for the slow dance at the prom. She aims the song towards Finn, and they both stare at one another throughout the number for long periods of time, which doesn't go un-noticed by Quinn. Jesse is also staring at Rachel through the performance. When Blaine performs his number, I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You, for the prom, Jesse and Rachel get closer and closer while dancing, which annoys Finn to his breaking point. Soon, he breaks away from Quinn and confronts Jesse, telling him not to get so personal and to keep it PG. Jesse responds by telling him its none of YB (Your Business) his business, and she isn't his girlfriend anymore. The two begin to push one another until Finn swings his fist at Jesse, causing them both to get kicked out of prom. This altercation proves Finn still has deep feelings for Rachel. Later when the prom king and queen are announced and Quinn loses, she gets upset. Rachel follows her to the bathroom and tries to comfort her, but Quinn blames Rachel for losing saying that nobody would ever have voted for her because they know he (Finn) would rather be with Rachel, proving that Quinn is actually aware that Finn still loves Rachel. Rachel tries to deny it, but Quinn then slaps her, quickly apologizing afterwards.
In Funeral, Finn suggests he and Rachel should be the one singing the duet together at Nationals. Rachel can be seen smiling at his suggestion, only to be denied by Quinn and Jesse. Rachel thinks about Finn as she sings My Man for her audition. The song is about loving someone always, no matter what. Finn breaks up with Quinn, telling her that he doesn't feel tethered to her--that feeling of loving someone so much that you always feel connected--like Sue felt for her sister. Quinn asks if he feels that way for Rachel and Finn doesn't answer, confirming that it is Rachel that he loves. He sees Rachel leave the funeral after he breaks up with Quinn, and longily watches her. Finn later goes to find Rachel in the auditorium and sees Jesse kiss Rachel. He looks visibly shaken and pulls out a single pink tulip from behind his back, meant for Rachel, as she and Jesse leave.In New York, Finn knows Rachel still might be into Jesse, after seeing their kiss in the auditorium. He "casually" asks her about her relationship with Jesse which she replies that she doesn't need any distractions keeping her from winning Nationals. Finn asks the Glee guys if it was cool if he and Rachel sang a duet for Nationals which they are perfectly fine with. But, Puck confronts him about "the big Jewish elephant in the room" and tells him that he should ask Rachel out. Finn sends Rachel a text telling her to meet him at the bridge and to wear nice clothes. She meets Finn, holding a bouquet of flowers, and saying this is a "work date" so they're not technically on a date. Rachel obviously doesn't buy it but goes along with it anyways. They go on their "work date" to Sardi, a very nice NY restaurant. Finn tells Rachel he admires her for always dreaming big and tells her she looks pretty. He is about to confess his love for her but Rachel interrupts him, seeing Patti LuPone standing by in the corner. Patti tells Rachel that Finn is very cute. Finn implys he wants to get back together on a moonlight stroll where Puck, Sam, Artie, and Mike serenade them with the song Bella Note. He says it wasn't really a work date and he just wants her back. She admits to knowing that it wasn't a work date and falls silent. He tries to kiss her but she hesitates and says, "I can't." He replies, saying, "Take a chance on me." He leans in but Rachel backs off saying, "I'm sorry, Finn. I can't." and runs off, leaving a heartbroken Finn. Rachel confides in Kurt, telling him she wants to go to college in New York but doesn't know if she can leave Finn. Kurt takes her to the Broadway stage and the two of them sing For Good. She tells him she's decided that she's not going to choose between her career and love because they are combined - Broadway. Mirroring Season One's Finale at Regionals, Rachel and Finn talk behind the curtain before they perform. Rachel compliments Finn on the song, saying that it's really good. Finn replies that he doesn't care about the song and is really confused with why Rachel is suddenly denying him. He says "all you wanted is for us to be together and I'm practically begging to be with you and suddenly you're not interested." Rachel says that "she's more than interested" and admits that she loves him, but she admits that her dream of going to leaving Lima to go to New York after graduation is stopping her from being with him. Rachel is clearly hiding her true feelings, and Finn is upset. At Nationals, Rachel and Finn sing an original song called Pretending and get caught up in the moment and kiss onstage. They break apart with shocked expressions, implying they still do love each other deeply. They continue to sing Light Up the World as if nothing happened. Rachel and Finn talk after they perform, briefly talking about their kiss. Finn calls their kiss "the kiss of the century," and then Jesse comes up. Jesse tells Finn and Rachel that the kiss was unprofessional and that it will cost them Nationals, which it does. Finn says to Jesse, "Dude, back off. You're just jealous. Jealous of what we have and what we shared with the entire audience because it was shared between two people who love each other." Rachel is seen looking at Finn. Finn continues talking to Jesse, saying, "It was the Superman of kisses. It came with it's own cake, right Rachel?" while Rachel smiles largely and nods. Kurt comes over telling them the list has been put up. When the glee club finds out that they didn't win, the whole glee club gets furious at them for costing them Nationals, especially Santana. Finn, feeling guilty, hides in the library, trying to avoid the other glee clubbers. Rachel finds him and they share a talk about their kiss. Finn says that he just wanted to get the chance to kiss her one more time which Rachel tells him she feels the same way. She also says that she wants to get back together with him but can't because she's moving to New York. But, Finn says "Graduation's a year away. Got any plans 'til then?" and with a smile, they kiss. They are seen holding hands back to the choir room, showing they are a couple.