(played by Jayma Mays)
Even teachers can get school-girl crushes. Emma Pillsbury, the guidance counselor known for her obsessive fear of germs and old-fashioned sensibilities, spends most of the school year crushing on Will Schuester. When it seems like all hope for romance is lost (he's married and expecting a fake baby, after all), Emma agrees to marry Ken Tanaka, the P.E. teacher with a wardrobe full of short-shorts.
Emma says yes to marriage, but she isn't keen on Ken touching her. When Ken finally realizes he'll always come second to Will, he stands her up at the altar. Emma comes close to quitting her job and leaving McKinley High...until Will stops her in the most heart-racing moment we've experienced since Johnny rescued Baby from her corner.