Glee Season 4 Spoilers: "Shooting Star" Preview 4x18 Episode 18

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GLEE: Brittany (Heather Morris, L) gets a group hug in the "Shooting Star" episode of GLEE airing Thursday, April 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also Pictured: Chord Overstreet (R).  ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX

Glee returns this week with a truly shocking episode titled “Shooting Star”. The plot is ripped straight from the headlines. And I’m just going to say what happens, since it’s out already. The central plot point is a shooting a McKinley High. The incident itself is not what makes this episode so moving and harrowing. It’s the kid’s very candid and raw reactions as the drama unfolds.

I’m going to bullet a few spoilery tidbits. Don’t read if you don’t want to know.

  • Two gunshots ring out at McKinley High. The school immediately goes into lockdown. Most of the kids, along with Mr. Shue and Coach Beiste are trapped in the choir room.
  • There are NO New York scenes this week. No Kurt, Rachel or Santana. And no Finn.  Sugar and Joe are also absent. The focus is wisely kept to key characters in this episode.  There are only 3 musical numbers. Two in the first fifteen minutes and one at the very end.
  • The episode is gut wrenching and difficult to watch NOT because you worry about whether the kids will come out unscathed. It’s watching them live through the terrifying experience that grabs you by the throat.  The kids are so scared–aware they could possibly die  and and never see their loved ones again. Anybody who has grown attached to these characters WILL be shedding tears at some point while watching the drama unfold.
  •  The kids step up to the plate big time.  I remember dismissing Chord Oversteet in season two as a lightweight.  I wrong. He’s incredible in this episode, as is Heather Morris, Melissa Benoist and holy cow. Becca Tobin. Heather and Becca play one dimensional characters. It’s amazing what they can do when given a meaty part.  Tina Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, (Becky), Ryder, also deserve kudos.
  • Some of Melissa Benoist’s finest moments occur as her character, Marley,  attempts to make contact with her mom during the crisis.
  • In an emotionally charged scene, Kitty makes amends with Marley.
  • In the midst of the crisis, Artie turns auteur breaking out his cell phone camera to record “last messages” from the kids. Many tears are shed. Including mine.
  • Even if you hate the Blaine/Tina friendship, there is a scene between them that is so heartbreaking and sweet, I defy you not to be touched.
  • Ryder’s catfish story gets real.  He finds his girl in the halls of McKinley, but then…Oy. Let’s just say there are moments in the episode where I really felt for the guy, even while I marveled at his naivete.
  • Another plot point involving Will and Beiste  is…well we’ve been down this road before. A season one character makes a cameo here in an unexpected way.
  • We learn more about the shooting and the shooter and it’s a bit of a shocker. And very Ryan Murphy. I’ll have more on that after the episode airs. I won’t spoil it here.
  • Becky and Brittany have a very sweet scene early on that figures majorly into the plot.
  • The episode begins with Brittany announcing that an asteroid. Or a meteor. Or something is headed straight for Lima.  Will comes up with a plan to sooth the kids while also teaching them to perform with all they have.   Choose a “last chance” song as if it were either your last days on earth, or a regionals performance.  Lets just say the kids learn their lesson, without the aid of music.
  • We learn the names of the rival groups New Directions will face at Regionals. It’s hilarious. I wonder which has Jessica Sanchez as their lead diva?
  • There are several I love yous in this episode.
  • There is a scene between Sam and Brittany that is tooth-achingly sweet. Cute overload. Brittana shippers will not be happy with the turn of events in this episode.
  • If you didn’t cry during the episode, the last few moments of the song, “Say”,  that closes the show, should choke you up.  Basically, the Glee club hugs it out in the auditorium. But there’s more.
  • If you have any questions, I will try to answer them in comments.

 
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=754136041 Jason Gorny

    Can’t wait to see this!!

  • Axxxel

    I am a Kurtsie but Sam is my man in the current Glee club… So great to read that he has a great storyline in this tense episode… I kind of like Marley and Ryder… so I will hold my heart… and wonder also what will happen with Blaine.. will he be still that confident ? looking forward to his scene with Tina though…

    I hope the shooter is not Puck :-( … or Karofsky ?? or Sebastian ? or that ex-head of the Warbler with that cat ? or even worse… a teacher or a person with authority ? Karofsky’s father ? or an old enemy of Sue.. or Mr Shuester’s ex… or the handsome dentist…or Marley’s father, or Puck’s father, or Sam’s father, or Blaine’s father (didn’t Sue ruin his family’s creditlines for 7 years ?)

    Or maybe the shooter is female…
    Emma ? Sue’s mother ? Sue’s alter ego ?The girl with the neckbrace, the Asian girl that was teased by Kitty and the gang in the beginning of this season… or a cheerio… or the teacher who gave a low score to Puck the year before…or … the blond girl who played Emma’s niece in a wheelchair… or….Quinn (oh gosh)….

  • JoleneJ

    Thanks for the bullet-points MJ! Can’t wait for this episode.
    Can I ask you what you thought of the musical numbers, in particular Say?
    I don’t want to ask about the plot because I’m trying to keep some things unspoiled with this episode.

  • Songbird

    lol everytime someone says Brittany and Sam are cute together, but in the end everyone hates them even more, they need to stop trying to make them happen, the whole Glee Fandom hates Brittany and Sam as a Couple.

    For Season 5 they need to get Brittana, Klaine and Finchel to New York, Tina and Artie too, and they need to get rid of Mc Kinley!

  • JoleneJ

    Entirely untrue. I know plenty of people in the Glee fandom who love Brittany and Sam together. Just because the Britanna fandom hates them, does not mean everyone else does as well. In canon, we have been given absolutely no reason to hate this pairing, and I think it’s sad to see them bashed like this.

  • http://twitter.com/glitzyhearts_x Krista

    is the shooter someone we’ve met before on the show?

  • Songbird

    I want to know what people you mean, because i know no one who likes them, It’s not just the Brittana Fandom, Samcedes, Fabrevans even Klaine and Finchel Fans hate this Couple.

    If Brittany and Sam have so many fans,why was Fox cutting so many Scenes of them in Episode 9 and 10? And have them not interact from Epsiode 11-16? Because of the backlash for this Couple!

  • mjsbigblog

    Say is VERY moving. Particularly the last few moments. I got a little choked up.

  • mjsbigblog

    The shooter is not a brand new character.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Names not mentioned in spoilers are:
    Jake,
    Unique
    Emma (Miss Pillsbury).
    Coach Sue Sylvester

    So….it’s one of them. My money is on Unique. He/she is under the most stress. Has been given enough story for it to have an emotional impact; but also not a core character and thus expendable in the Glee universe.

    Oh, and I think Unique is the one “catfishing” Ryder.

    ETA: Oops, forgot FINN. Could be him. The real life actor has checked into rehab and needs to be written out. And Finn as a character is pretty lost right now.

  • LucyWillis1996

    I didn’t see it in the bullet points, but I had heard that as a result of the episode, a character is leaving the show for good and the episode makes it clear who it is. Is that same person the “shooter”?

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Isn’t Heather Morris due to leave?

  • LucyWillis1996

    It might be her? I thought she was in all but the last two episodes of the season though. But maybe it is the start of her Goodbye. I just found out she used to be a backup dancer for Beyonce today. I am sure that is old news lol

  • Songbird

    Nothing is confirmed that she’s leaving Glee!

  • http://twitter.com/lilkatie24 Katie

    Good grief Glee is supposed to be a COMEDY! Who wants to see shootings in school even if its a drama?

  • stardust462

    Do you know a spoiler place where the shooter is named? I’ve been searching and can’t find anything.

  • mjsbigblog

    1) The episode does not make it clear that a character is leaving THE SHOW for good. A character departs, but there are plenty of loopholes for a return.

    2) No.

  • EvenMoreron

    High school shows tend to do this kind of episode now, like Degrassi and One Tree Hill.

  • LucyWillis1996

    Buffy was essentially a comedy with action/horror elements and they dealt with it in two episodes. “School Hard” and “Earshot”. Family Matters has a later series episode called, “The Gun.” The George Lopez Show dealt with it. It is more common in Crime/Drama shows though. CSI, Law & Order, Veronica Mars, Chicago Hope, 7th Heaven and others.

  • mjsbigblog

    Not sure where your spoilers are coming from? It IS a real gun. Very real.

  • Miz

    Shootings in schools should only be covered on the 6 o’clock news?

  • Holden17C

    Apparently, you did not see the episode in which Dave K. attempted suicide. It was dramatic and well acted.

  • Holden17C

    The shooter can’t be Unique because Alex is in the photo posted with this article. I think it might be Becky.
    If Dave wanted to shoot people, it would be at his new school, not McK.

    The season 1 character who returns could be either Will’s ex-wife or the football coach Emma almost married (I forgot his name).

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I don’t think that picture is from the episode in question.

  • mjsbigblog

    The photo is from “Shooting Star”

  • Axxxel

    Will Blaine say ” I love you” to Sam and vice versa ? I would melt if I see some bromance/friendship/non- romantic love…

  • Axxxel

    Honestly speaking, when I saw on the news about the shooting in a school in Ohio last year…my first thought was.. are they going to do this story in Glee ?

  • Axxxel

    Not too much of a Blaine fan..but when he sang Cough Syrup intertwined with those Karofsky scenes… I think it was one of the best moments of Glee..

  • Axxxel

    I just didn’t like Brittany eating those snacks from the floor in the beginning of their Sam/Brittany relationship… That really turned me off… and I am indeed a bit of a Samcedes shipper.

  • Axxxel

    She will be absent for a while until her baby is due…

  • Axxxel

    Finn is not in the episode.

  • Axxxel

    Ken Tanaka…. maybe he has a grunge against Mr Shue and Sue Sylvester.

  • Axxxel

    I just hope it is not Quinn.

  • milwlovesadam

    I’m thinking the shooter is either Will’s ex wife or Bieste’s ex husband.

  • Axxxel

    yeah, I totally forgot about Beiste’s ex husband… violent guy… and Will and Beiste, will they kiss again ? :-(

  • Axxxel

    The problem is that some people just cannot get invested in the new characters of Glee..which makes it difficult for Glee to regenerate and go beyond Season 5. So hopefully with this poignant episode, the Glee newbies will be more relatable to the Glee audience or even win new fans over.

  • ptslittlecomment

    I haven’t gotten to watch much this year but I would not be surprised if the shooter was Karofsky.

  • supersonic

    And I’ve heard those episodes are better than the Glee episode.

  • supersonic

    I’m sorry, but this episode sounds like pure, straight up Emmy bait. I’ve read several spoilers and reviews or whatever and that’s my conclusion. I don’t think that’s going to work out for them.

  • Axxxel

    we will soon find out whether that is the case…

  • Axxxel

    Remember when it was leaked who was the prom king and queen in Season 2 ? I think this time they will try not to have leaks…

  • Axxxel

    I still remember in another thread a picture of Brittany kissing Lord Tubbington while Sam is holding the cat in his arms… so it may be Brittany.

  • Axxxel

    If the shooter is Jake, I would really be sad… but he is also in the above picture… so Sue or Emma ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ggvinz-Ggvinzz/100000311982239 Ggvinz Ggvinzz

    whew

  • Axxxel

    I don’t think either but if it can make the actors shine more than usual… why not…

  • Axxxel

    Well, have you ever thought what you would do if you have only one day left to live ? Who would you call ? What task would you finish ? Anything left on your bucket list ? Any regrets ? It is all about rethinking your priorities in life and thinking about who and what matters in life….And I think that is what this episode is all about…

  • Holden17C

    I can’t picture it being Sue. As vindictive as she is, she has never resorted to violence. It’s not her style. She prefers to outwit people.

    Emma as the shooter would be a real shocker, but it’s definitely possible. She’s sweet, but she’s very unstable. It would be just like Ryan Murphy to have the counselor who is supposed to help people with their problems fall off the deep end.

    Congrats, MJ! Even with your spoilers you’ve created an intriguing mystery. I can’t wait to see how this plays out. Besides, I’ve been in a funk lately. I’m hoping this episode will give me a good cry to purge my emotions.

  • mjsbigblog

    No.