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When that pilot fell through, Sue became a starring role. Mary Mc Namara for the Los Angeles Times has written that "Lynch alone makes Glee worth watching", while Entertainment Weekly Throughout the first season of Glee, Sue makes numerous attempts at sabotaging the William Mc Kinley High School glee club, New Directions.
She enlists members of her cheerleading squad, the Cheerios, to bring the club down from the inside, and is selected as a judge for the show choir Regionals competition.
She falls in love with news anchor Rod Remington (Bill A.
Jones), but their burgeoning relationship comes to an abrupt end when she discovers he is sleeping with his co-anchor, Andrea Carmichael (Earlene Davis).
She also removes Becky from the Cheerios, because she reminds her of her sister.
Kurt and his stepbrother Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) help Sue to clean out Jean's things, and she accepts their offer to have New Directions perform at the funeral, as she is afraid no one else will come.
Because her cheerleading squad competes with the glee club for the school's limited funding, she is often at odds with the club and more particularly its director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison).
Sue becomes a minor celebrity when Olivia Newton-John invites her to remake the video to "Physical", after a viral video of Sue Jazzercising to the track achieves internet notoriety.
Depressed, Sue stages a fake suicide, and as she hoped would happen, is convinced to temporarily join the glee club to lift her spirits, though she really wants to bring down the club from within.