Season One Despite the clique differences Rachel being a loner and Finn being the popular quarterback , Rachel befriends Finn when he joins New Directions, but Finn worries about being seen with Rachel because he is scared it will damage his reputation. Finn 's first real interaction with Rachel was during Glee Club rehearsals when he was forced to join Glee Club by Mr.
Schue after the drugs Will acquired from Sandy were planted in Finn's locker by Will , blackmailing him. He said that her voice moved him; it touched his heart. Finn is also impressed by the way she defends herself in the Celibacy Club. After they practice singing together in the auditorium, the two share a 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, Rachel convinces Finn that the kiss in the auditorium was real, and tells him that he doesn'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 to focus on helping Quinn with her baby. 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 so that he can win a scholarship for college and take care of Quinn and the baby.
She does and they share a kiss. When she finds out that Quinn is pregnant, she slaps Finn and tells him that he has ruined any chance of her coming back to glee. He admits that he was Finn helps Rachel with her bag using her, and tells her the truth. He also states that 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 thirteen episodes with secret love undertones.
In Sectionals , Rachel, through intuition and observation of the relationship between Quinn and Puck, 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 as everyone except him and Rachel had known beforehand.
During Sectionals he returns to the group, and Rachel offers her helping hand to support to him. After winning Sectionals, and after Finn and Quinn's relationship ends, 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 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 he really is, so it was his loss. Later, Rachel meets her dream guy, Jesse St. James who happens to be the lead singer of rival team Vocal Adrenaline 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 indicates that Finn's not giving up until he wins her back. Now he will be doing the chasing. Rachel and Finn share a kiss. When Santana offers to have sex with Finn, Finn rejects and says that he's waiting for Rachel to lose his virginity to; however, Santana reveals 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.
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 to him.
Finn tells Rachel that he didn't lose his virginity to 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. 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've had you, but I blew it.
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. Meanwhile, in Laryngitis , Finn and Rachel become 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? 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 in front 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. Jesse is actually pretending to be with Rachel just to break up with her at the end so Rachel would not have the courage to perform at Regionals.
Once he does and goes back to Vocal Adrenaline, he throws eggs at Rachel, and although she feels sad and mad about the break up, she is even more determined to win Regionals. Rachel and Finn kiss in Journey. 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, Over The Rainbow , showing they have begun a relationship. Schue and goes to stand next to him. Finn follows Rachel's decision and goes to stand next to her and affectionately wraps his arm round her waist. They smile at each other and while everyone in Glee Club is mad at her for indirectly pushing Sunshine to Vocal Adrenaline by sending her to an inactive crack house.
Finn supports her, suggesting that she should apologize, and promises he will never break up with her. 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 although he is also seen looking down her shirt during Glee Club.
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 raising their children in the Jewish faith, she lets Finn touch her breasts much to his delight.
After they finish the song, Rachel realizes that she's not that nice of a person and decides that her and Finn need to throw the duets competition in hopes that Sam Evans and Quinn will win so Sam will stay. Finn says that he had never seen Rachel like this and looks proud of her. Rachel points out that it was Finn who inspired her to be a better person. Later on, they are seen sitting in Rachel's room, discussing ways for Rachel to lose a sinigng competition.
Finn comes up with an idea where they would sing an offensive song, so they sing With You I'm Born Again. Finn replies without hesitation that even though Rachel is shorter than Quinn and talks a lot, he really truly loves her. This shows Finn's deep passion for Rachel. 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 , Sam and Finn are having a discussion about their girlfriends not putting out, so they discuss what to do to "cool" themselves down. Sam asks what Finn does when he needs to cool down and he says its easy which leads to a flashback of Finn and Rachel making out on her bed and he thinks of when he hit a mailman while his mom was teaching him how to drive.
Finn sings to her in Stop! 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.