Glee Season 5 – The Quarterback – Recap, Videos

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Tonight, Glee says goodbye to Finn Hudson and it’s going to be tough. Really tough. Instead of dwelling on his death, the episode, titled “The Quarterback” will focus on the living friends and family who are left to cope in the wake of his passing.

According to the LA Times, the episode begins a few weeks after Finn’s death. The plot focuses on someone stealing Finn’s letterman jacket. Will Schuster provides a space for everyone to pay tribute by singing songs.

Fans mourn in their own particular way. Tina, hiding her pain behind trivia, complains about having to wear black, despite having left her Goth days behind. Sue plants a tree in a garden, for Finn, but she can’t stop snarking on him. Will keeps busy taking care of his charges, but doesn’t take a minute to deal with his own feelings. Carole, Burt and Kurt come together as a family to mourn, and ultimately bond.

Rachel, played by Cory’s real life girlfriend, Lea Michele, doesn’t appear until near the end of the episode, but she packs a punch, with a touching version of “To Make You Feel My Love.” It’s all the more heartbreaking knowing that Lea picked the song because it had personal meaning for her and Cory. The cast sing  “Seasons of Love,” while the McKinley side pay tribute with “Fire and Rain.” Mercedes makes her way to Lima and performs a Finn classic, “I’ll Stand By You.” Finn’s best friend, Puck has his own storyline that involves making a life changing decision. He performs “No Surrender” by Bruce Springsteen.

ALL proceeds of songs from “The Quarterback” go to Corey’s favorite charity, Project Limelight. Click to download the songs from iTunes

Listen to ALL Six Songs from The Quarterback

The highly-anticipated Cory Monteith tribute hit mostly high notes, with incredible performances all around from the cast. Brad Falchuk, who directed the episode, literally kept his cast in a state of grief for the two weeks it took to shoot the episode. No wonder the cast was given a week off afterwards. The performances are so raw, it was hard to tell where the actors left off and their characters began. The hour played like a meditation on grief. How do we carry on when a loved one dies?  There are no easy answers. In the end, all we can do is soldier on the best way we know how, making adjustments we’d rather not make.  Death is permanent. There are no do overs. You can only hope that you left your loved one with a kind word, and the knowledge that you loved them.

Finn was not only the quarterback of the McKinley high team, but of those around him. He set an example. Led the way. Taught those around him how to live. Each of the characters struggle with how to move on without him. Sometimes, they’ve got to learn to be their own quarterback.

The episode begins in a darkened auditorium as a piano plays the familiar chords of “Seasons of Love.”  The entire cast of kids–Lima and graduates are assembled in their finest black and white, set against a dark background,  to sing a tribute to Finn. The vocals are beautiful.  Usually, the actors will sing their solos, while generic voices fill in the chorus parts. I could hear individual voices, and it truly sounded like a prayer. Amber Riley’s solo is the standout here. Vocally, she’s simply the most valuable player. Mike Chang and Puck are there too. As the number ends, I steel myself as the group turns around to gaze at the back of the stage. Of course it’s a photo of Finn. And at this point, the tears really begin to flow. Yes. I cried a lot watching this episode.

The graduates head back to Lima for a memorial, set up by Will, that takes place about two weeks after the funeral. It’s presented as one of Will’s lessons, with “Finn” scrawled across the familiar white board. Everyone close to Finn will deal with his death differently.  As Kurt gets ready to head back to Lima he says, “Everyone wants to talk about how he died…but who cares. One moment in his whole life. I care more about how he lived.”  And indeed, nobody discusses how Finn died, but who he was and the imprint he left on their lives. “This isn’t real. I’m not going home for this. He’s going to be there,” says Kurt in voice over as he leaves the loft, suitcase in hand. “I’m going to spend my entire life missing him.” It’s evident that Kurt and Rachel have been wandering around the loft in haze. Kurt says goodbye and the edges blur. We don’t see Rachel but can imagine her barely acknowledging that Kurt is leaving.

The staff at McKinley work to help the kids through work through the hurt. Emma has offered her services as a grief counselor. Sue is still full of quips–she’s planted a memorial tree where she first busted Finn and Quinn feeling each other up. “I grieve by insulting those closest to me.” She has advice for the rest of the staff. “We honor Finn Hudson by taking care of the people he loved,”  she says, “and the way we do that is….by not making a self serving spectacle of our own sadness.”  But even Sue will unravel, after a confrontation with a heartsick and angry Santana.

After Will announces the assignment, Mercedes is ready to take center stage, hoping to find some closure in song. She sings “I’ll Stand By You” and the chorus is unrelenting,  sung like a pained howl. Before she moves the class to tears, she relates the story Finn told her of singing the song to his baby’s (or what he thought was his baby) sonogram. Puck looks pained. He can’t see the point of singing songs and says so.  He’s so bereft, that he throws a chain around a memorial tree Sue planted and drags it behind him on his motorcycle to keep in his room. He’s completely lost without the guy he looked up to. When Kurt wonders aloud why anybody would steal the tree, Sue opines, “Grief can bring out the irrational in all of us. It makes people do some very strange things. Sometimes when people die, we want to hold on to what’s left of them, to get us through the hard times.”

The most gut wrenching, heart stomping, ugly-cry-inducing scene came only 10 minutes into the broadcast. Finn’s family, Carole, Burt and Kurt, gather in his room to sort through his possessions. Kurt, ever the organized one, has marked boxes to make it easier to separate things.  As they sort, they begin to reminisce. Kurt picks up the ball he kicked to a field goal victory for the McKinley High Football team. It must feel like a lifetime ago.  He does a little single ladies hand wave remembering the dance that saved the game. That’s the night Kurt came out to his dad. He suggests Burt keep it. Kurt points out the “faggy lamp” that got Finn kicked out of the house after Burt overheard him use the word.  Carole thinks Finn kept it in his bedroom to prove a point to Burt.  He wants the lamp. When Carole balks, he decides the car shop could use some more light. This was the lamp that nearly split the family apart. And with that, Burt loses it– guilt ridden that he tore into Finn about the lamp.  “I was right in principal, but the kid didn’t have a prejudiced bone in his body.”  Burt’s tearful regret that he didn’t hug Finn more, encourage him more, is the regret of a good father who still feels he could have done more and grieves that he’ll never have the opportunity. It’s heartbreaking.  Kurt grabs Finn’s letterman jacket as Carole attempts to pack it away.  He’s tearful. “I want it,” he says, “Seeing him in the hallway wearing this. It was like Superman had arrived.” Kurt puts on the jacket. He wraps it around his body like a comforter and cries into the fabric. “How do parents go on when they lose a child?” asks Carole. “How do they wake up every day? How do they breath?”  Completely losing herself to grief, she speaks of that moment of forgetting. It’s waking up in the morning and not remembering the terrible thing that’s happened. And then–the grief just comes rushing back.  “It’s like getting that call again, and again every time. You don’t get to stop waking up. You have to keep on being a parent, even if you don’t have a child anymore.”  She dissolves into heartrending sobs as the family pulls close. This was the rawest scene in the episode. The actors went there and then some. Mike O’Malley, Romy Rosemont and Chris Colfer deserve every accolade the industry can muster for the stellar work they did here.

There are no flashbacks except one: The shot of Puck and the football players throwing Kurt into the dumpster, from the pilot. Finn stood by and watched but it was clear he wasn’t like the others. He at least allowed Kurt to remove his expensive Alexander McQueen sweater. Puck and Kurt watch students paint memorials on the dumpster. “When Finn joined the Glee club, being a loser, an outcast and a misfit–it all became OK,” says Kurt, who is still wrapped in Finn’s letterman jacket.  Puck wants that jacket, but Kurt ain’t giving it up. They argue like old times. Puck says the jacket is for those who’ve earned it. He’s not going to let Kurt bedazzle it like some Project Runway project. Kurt dares him to beat him up for it. “You can’t have it.”

The kids gather in the auditorium, where Sam and Artie sing “Fire and Rain.” It’s a beautiful acoustic rendition, and at the end, Santana bolts, overcome. In the hallway, kids are gathered at a makeshift memorial at Finn’s old locker.  The messages are clearly written by Glee production and crew members –the one moment the 4th wall is broken.  Principal Figgins, stands by in his janitor garb, wiping away tears.  The stupid Cheerios mean girls come by to take down the memorial, as ordered by Sue.  Santana storms into her office. Sue is a cold-hearted bitch, says Santana, who spent the last three years making the students’ lives miserable.  No longer under Sue’s thumb, Santana lets her have it, screaming  that she has hated Sue from the minute she met her.  She accuses Sue of being a horrible person whose concern is phony, because she NEVER had a nice thing to say about Finn Hudson.  Voices are raised. Sue threatens to call the police. Santana shoves her violently into a cabinet and storms out of the office.

An episode as heavy as this could use a few moments of humor as a respite. But some of those moments,  just plopped into the story out of nowhere,  fell flat. I will ask the question I always ask in these recaps:  What the heck did Jenna Ushkowitz do to piss off Ryan Murphy? Once again, he craps all over her character, Tina.  Soliciting Emma for some grief counseling, Tina confesses that she doesn’t know how much longer she can wear black, because it’s so Tina two years ago, and she worked so hard to shed the Goth image. She’s clearly upset, but Emma sends her off with pamphlets that say “It’s not all about you” and “Wait, am I callous?”  If Emma had, instead, helped Tina realize she was hiding her grief behind something trivial, the moment could have been humorous and powerful. What a wasted opportunity. Poor Tina.

In the meantime, Emma schedules an appointment for Will to talk about his own grief, which he’s avoiding order to stay strong for his kids. He becomes agitated at even the prospect of feeling something. Emma promises to be there when the flood gates finally open, as they eventually do.

Coach Beiste gives Puck hell when he saunters into the locker room, drunk. “You don’t have to be scared to have feelings,” she says. Puck is refusing to move on. He’s afraid. “If I start crying. I don’t think I’ll ever stop,” he says, before he knocks over a cart full of towels.  When Puck sits, he finally breaks down. “What chance do I have of not being an idiot and hurting people, without him around to remind me of who I really am?”  There’s no easy answer. “You’ve got to do that for yourself now,” says Beiste. “And see yourself how he saw you.”  Puck says it’s not good enough. Beiste says it has to be good enough, because it’s all they have left.  “He’s dead,” cries Beiste, “And all we have is his voice in our head.”   It’s not fair. Life sucks. But Puck has to be his own quarterback.  Puck suggests Beiste retire his number, frame his jacket. She says she can get that done. She makes him promise to put the tree back. Yeah, Beiste figured that out. “It was a garbage tree. It wasn’t big enough.” says Puck. “They grow you know,” Beiste says.

Back in the choir room, Santana introduces “If I Die Young” with a litany of hilarious insults (squishy teets is one). This is for you, Hudson, she says.  The song is the perfect sentiment, a young person musing on her own death, imagining friends and family in mourning, imagining herself a beacon of light. It’s unbearably sad. As Santana sings, emotion slowly overtakes her, until she’s crying. She doesn’t finish the song. She screams, literally, as Will and Mike Chang approach to comfort her. Later, sitting alone in the auditorium, Kurt comes out to comfort her.  She confesses that she had written something sweet and kind to memorialize Finn, but couldn’t go through with it. She chickened out, retreated to snark.  “When you’re on your deathbed,” Kurt says, “Will you say, ‘Oh good, nobody knew I was kind?”  Kurt convinces her to share some of her kind rememberances.  When she slept with Finn, he kept asking her if she was alright, and he meant it. And once, when she sat on some chocolate cake Becky left on a chair, and it looked like she pooped herself, he walked behind her until she could leave the building. They both laugh.  Santana admits Finn was a better person than her. Kurt agrees, but believes he really cared about her. She begins crying again and asks Kurt to leave. He does, but not before taking off Finn’s jacket and wrapping it around her shoulders.

Puck, now sufficiently in touch with his feelings, strums an affecting rendition of “No Surrender.”  He glances at an empty chair as he sings the story of two best friends who vowed to stick together.  “We made a promise. We swore we’d always remember.  No retreat, baby, No Surrender.”  It’s perfect. As the club gathers for a group hug, Santana storms into the room, demanding the jacket. It was stolen during a nap in the nurses’ office.  The consensus in the room is that yeah, Puck took it. He insists that he didn’t . Will hollers ENOUGH as the bell rings.  Puck swears to Will that he didn’t take the jacket. “If you did,” says Will, “Remember all of us want something of Finn to keep close to us.”

Santana visits Sue in her office to apologize.  But before she can get a word out, Sue admits,”I was horrible to that kid, and I’m utterly destroyed that he died thinking I didn’t like him.” You may remember Sue trying extra hard to destroy the Glee club while Finn was in charge–all over his use of the word ‘retard’ in her presence. She’s super-sensitive about that, with a Down’s Syndrome baby, and all. Sue never forgets.  But now, she wishes she’d been more forgiving.  He was a good guy, and she’ll never get to tell him. She anticipated teaching beside him some day.  “There’s no lesson here,”  says Sue, “There’s no happy ending. He’s just gone. ” And then Sue says a thing that transcends Glee, straight into the heart of the tragedy of Cory’s death. “It’s just so pointless,” Sue says as she wipes away tears, “All that potential…”

As the kids leave red drumsticks wrapped in black ribbon at Finn’s memorial, Rachel strolls up on Kurt’s arm. “It’s beautiful,” she says, “I just had to see it.”

Can I stop recapping now? Because Rachel singing “To Make You Feel My Love” in the choir room was hard to get through. Knowing that Lea Michele chose the song because it meant something to her and Cory makes it worse.  Lea didn’t exactly break character as she sang, it was more like she and Rachel became one, as they grieved for Cory and his fictional counterpart.  With her hair straight and in bangs, wearing her “Finn” necklace, and a pink baby doll collared blouse reminiscent of season 1 Rachel, Lea bravely faces her classmates. “I loved Finn and he loved me. He loved all of you  guys. I know he did.” The song was the first they sang together while driving in the car. Before Finn, she sang alone.  The tears start immediately. It’s so raw and real. The Glee couples sit together. At one point, Kurt and Blaine hold hands and glance, with a look that says, “If I ever lost you…” Santana cradles Sam’s head in her arms.  Yes. She comforts Sam. Remember how mad she was at him when he stole her girl? Artie and Mike clutch Tina’s hands as she sobs.  It’s a simple, tender, affecting performance. Lea Michele’s performance here is courageous.

Santana hangs up signs, offering a $10,000 award for the return of Finn’s jacket. She tells Will it’s a bait, to reel in the culprit. She plans on kicking the ass of whoever took it.  She wants to grab her jacket and get the hell out of dodge. Maybe forever. It just reminds her of everything she’s lost.

As Puck and Beiste replant the tree,  he points to the plaque underneath. “What’s tripping me out is the line between the dates.  Everything happens in that line.”  Beiste asks what he plans to do with his line, and he reveals that he wants to make a man of himself by enlisting in the air force.  “I figure, if I don’t have Finn, I need an army to help me.” Puck takes off on his motorcycle, probably never to be heard from again, because he’s no longer a series regular.

Rachel stops by the choir room bearing a gift. She tells Will that she talks to Finn a lot. She hears his voice and sees his face, and is afraid she will forget it. “I had it all planned out,” Rachel confesses, “I was going to make it big on Broadway, maybe do a Woody Allen movie. Then when we were ready, I would just come back and he’d be teaching here.  I’d just walk through those doors and say ‘I’m home.’ And then we would live happily ever after.” She never told Finn her dream, because he already knew. They were soulmates like that.  Right now, she can’t imagine moving on without him, “He was my person,” she says with her hand over her heart. She was glad she came back for the memorial. Before it, she wasn’t sure she could sing again. But now she knows that she can. She gives Will a plaque she had made for the choir room. It’s a photo of Finn with a dopey, but endearing quote, “The show must go…all over the place..or something.”

Rachel’s story will probably be focused on her career now. She’ll be driven without romance to distract her. Maybe driven to the point of distraction. Ryan Murphy recently said that Finn will not be forgotten, that his loss will reverberate through the rest of the series. As it should.

Will enters his apartment and sits down on the coach. He opens his briefcase and pulls out….Finn’s letterman jacket. Yep. He’s the culprit who swiped it. Cut to Emma entering the apartment. Will is sobbing, finally, and loudly into the jacket.  She wraps her arms around him as he cries…

…and the scene fades to a black and white tribute card. Cory Monteith. 1982-2013. The credits run over a PSA featuring Jane Lynch, Matt Morrison and Kevin McHale, explaining how those who struggle with addiction can get help.

ETA: Like many of you, I think Quinn should have been written into the story. Dianna Agron hinted in an interview that she wanted to be in the episode, but was denied. E News is helping to spin the story that there were scheduling conflicts, but I don’t believe it. There have been rumors of bad blood between Dianna and Ryan Murphy for ages now. Although Naya Rivera played her storyline beautifully, it was Quinn who had the history, and should have been front and center instead. She should have been front and center.

Performance Videos

Seasons of Love – McKinley + Graduates

I’ll Stand By You – Mercedes

Fire and Rain – Sam, Artie and New Directions

If I Die Young – Santana

No Surrender – Puck

To Make You Feel My Love – Rachel

Photo Gallery

  • Ronnie D

    What a powerful performance from the actress that plays Finn’s mother. I couldn’t imaging putting Finns jacket on like Kurt did. The one he actually wore.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes! Go Santana!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The scene with Burt and Finn’s mother was heartbreaking.

  • Ronnie D

    I’m sorry, but Sue had that coming. I even think a slap would have been in order. lol

  • lola

    Seasons of love and Fire and Rain were beautiful. Like it that they have Jane Lynch as her usual snarky character.

  • Ronnie D

    It made me think of how deep she was digging because she was actually mourning in that scene. I couldn’t imagine Corey’s real mom. Ugh. So sad.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I love the way that Santana told her off. it’s about time someone did.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Indeed. Made me misty.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Right-o. And can we mention how gorgeous Santana looked? Love her character.

  • Kesia Monteith

    I know this is not right to say at this time, but I really don’t like Diana Argon missing in action here. It just feels odd that she is not around.

    With that said, this is as bad as that 8 Simple Rules episode when discovering the dad is dead…since John Ritter himself that played him passed away. This really is a painful episode to sit through, and of course not because the episode itself is poor. :(

  • Kesia Monteith

    And my I just give a shoutout to miss freaking Amber Riley right now. Jesus, that girl is a mother-f**king beast! She gave me feels of that Stand By You performance ten times over. Goodness…

  • Ronnie D

    She sang the hell out of that. Always loved her voice.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Okay…I’m trying to be positive since this is sad…and it is a tribute type show. BUT…Puck sounds terrible. Just sayin’ He wouldn’t be going to Hollywood.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They have chosen great songs for this episode. I haven’t heard Lea sing TMYFML yet. I think that will be very hard to watch.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Except for ‘No Surrender’… I liked everything else. So moving. :(

  • Ronnie D

    I think he looks very handsome in this episode though. The new hair style suits him well.

  • LeahKittyS

    It happened. I actually cried during the Cory Monteith tribute. But only for a few seconds, during the scene where Puck was talking to Coach Beiste in the locker room. I don’t cry when sad things happen on the news; I just feel empty and ghostlike inside. I can barely type; my keyboard is dry but my hands feel weak. RIP Cory

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Oh Mr. Shue! :( :( :(

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wow.

  • Ronnie D

    I feel the same way Mr. Shue.

  • http://mjsbigblog.staging.wpengine.com/ mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    I’d like to keep this post strictly on topic. Discussion about tonight’s episode “The Quarterback” only, please. I’ll have another post up with next episode’s preview soon.

  • stardust462

    That was… really difficult to watch.

    I wonder if they took some of thoughts and sentiments that were going on about Cory, in real life. In Kurt’s opening voice over he said something like “Who cares how he died? We should remember how he lived.” Then Rachel said something like “Sometimes when you’re the rock, you don’t get a chance to grieve for yourself.” That made me think of Lea and all she did after Cory died.

  • Bentley1530

    Very well done and I am in awe that the cast was able to harness their own grief to give the audience this chance to say goodbye.

  • hypnoticwhisper

    I’m crying. I feel like as if I lost a friend. We miss you Cory.

  • hypnoticwhisper

    I know the show is a comedy, but the comedic moments didn’t sit right with me. I wish they kind of put that aside for this episode.

  • tyanne

    If he sounded bad it’s because almost every scene is from the first shot because the cast left the room sobbing. I didn’t think he did

  • Judi Lukic

    How can you grieve so much for someone you never met?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that the last scene was what the cast was talking about earlier.

  • alan___b

    That last scene was so very powerful.

  • Miss Blue

    If a tribute is supposed to make you “let it all out” and give closure – congratulations show…you did it.

    Maybe because I am a parent/grandparent, but the scene where Carole broke down was just heart-breaking. That stands out the most for me. Next would be Santana breaking down – her scream when she left the room destroyed what was left of my composure.

    This episode was not only well done, but it seemed extremely genuine. The sadness from all was palpable.

  • Bentley1530

    I understand and respect your feelings but I know that people have many different reactions to loss including using humor to cope. I went through half a box of tissues watching this episode and really needed those moments to recover a bit.

  • Miss Blue

    It’s called empathy. Sharing the grief of people you don’t know because you can relate it to your own life and experiences.

  • Miss Blue

    I thought he sounded great. My husband, who has never seen a minute of Glee but is a huge Springsteen fan, actually came into the room, asked what it was and said the kid sounded damn good.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Yeah, the Santana scene seemed especially raw. A hard episode all around.

  • hypnoticwhisper

    I wish they left the promo scenes in the episode. I noticed they cut some of them out.

  • Kesia Monteith

    What about that last scene the cast talked about? Sorry, may have missed a post about it or forgot :/

  • DD

    They do not sing live on Glee. The songs are pre-recorded. They have only had a couple times where someone has actually sang while they taped, and both times it was Blaine…..

  • LeahKittyS

    And…it happened again. When Will pulled out the jacket and started crying, I misted up. I’m so glad they did a PSA and then ended in silence, and decided to forgo the preview for the next episode.

  • Joob

    ITA. Dianna not being there…was just so obvious. Next to Rachel, Quinn had such a long history with Finn. She should have been there. Sigh.

  • Ronnie D

    I squeed at the preview after The Quarterback but have restrained myself for the right thread lol.

  • Ronnie D

    She was A list in this episode IMO. She looked amazing, too!

  • Ronnie D

    I agree and also think this episode shows just how good these actors are.

  • twinkies-are-back

    That is when it really hit me….This tribute has made my heart ache. Wish Cory would have reached out for help….Way too young…RIP

  • Ronnie D

    There was a preview but it was after commercial!

  • LeahKittyS

    I saw it on MJ’s other post. So excited for Adam. But I’m glad they left it out of the credits here. It wouldn’t feel right.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The cast all talked about a particular scene that really shook them, and I think that last scene was it.

  • Judi Lukic

    I think for me also, it is the fact he could have done so much more, so much potential gone …….I did learn a lot about addiction and how tragic this disease truly is.

  • JLE12

    Just a great episode. Maybe, just maybe, if even one person is watching that needs help sees how devastating it could be on their friends and family AND save their life, they might reach out for help. That is my hope in all of this.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    I have a new level of respect for the entire cast after tonight’s show. From Amber to Santana to Lea, they were all brilliant. Santana looked ashtoningly gorgeous. And I almost made it through the entire show without shedding a tear until Mr. Shue made me fall apart. Incredible show.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Just seeing Mr. Shue holding that Finn’s Jacket…yeah that would have shaken me too. :(

  • Jaejae1

    This was a fantastic tribute and a fantastic episode. This was like old glee. strong story, great songs. Cory would be proud.

  • girlygirl

    I don’t watch Glee. The only episode I’ve ever seen is the pilot. So I have pretty much no idea who any of these characters are. But I decided to watch tonight’s episode, and although I didn’t cry, I think the show was very touching. Much respect to the writers, producers and cast for a terrific tribute to Cory Monteith.

  • Eric Mitchell

    I stopped watching in season three because I just didn’t enjoy the show any more but I always liked what Finn represented so I watched tonight and it was really well done overall.

    The scene with his parents and Kurt as well as everything with Santana, Puck, and Rachel were heartbreaking in there own ways.

    The only thing that bothered me in the episode was when Tina was complaining about wearing black. I think they were trying for a lighter moment but it just seemed so unnecessary and something someone who spent years knowing Finn shouldn’t have done. Especially when in the next scene Tina is the only person wearing black. It just seemed to mean to make Tina’s character do that in a tribute episode.

  • Damien Roberts

    They’ve been screwing Tina over in their scripts for awhile. That said, I think that moment was supposed to be a lighter moment in such a dark episode. I agree that it probably wasn’t needed, but knowing the intention I wasn’t bothered by it.

  • Eric Mitchell

    I read that Tina was being screwed over but the scene just seemed so out of place to me. As I mentioned I haven’t watched since season 3 and I will be going back to not watching the show but as a casual viewer it just rubbed me the wrong way.

  • Montavilla

    She really does have a gorgeous voice.

  • Montavilla

    He sounded a lot like Springsteen. That kind of song suits him well. I think they found a good end point for Puck in the show. It’s like he’s going into the army for himself, and for Finn. It easy to imagine him emerging from that experience as the man he’s always wanted to be.

  • RustySax

    This episode has Emmy potential. . . Very powerful acting by the entire cast.

    Diana’s absence was glaring.

  • Montavilla

    I felt Heather’s absence as well.

  • Mo

    This was so heavy and I cried especially when Racheal and Mecedes sung. I couldn’t stop my flow. RIP Corey

  • Mo

    Indeed…

  • Mo

    Lea(Racheal) really increase my flow. It started with Mecedes then Lea broke all my gates. I was so open I felt like he was my friend. I felt all their pain. RIP Cory. Stay Strong Lea

  • Mo

    Can you post the songs they sung… Oh my lord I’m about to cry again. Please post them MJ

  • Mo

    Pure Emotion I heard it and I felt it. So I’m not hearing what you heard.

  • Mo

    MJ I see them now, and thanks

  • Joe Martinez

    That was probably the toughest episode of any show I’ve seen, and definitely the episode where I’ve cried more. The Glee crew did such an amazing job at really executing everything, the tribute was great :)

  • Katie

    I was crying from the opening song. The scene with Burt, Carole and Kurt was heart breaking. Romy Rosemont was heart wrenching in that scene. I think it was smart to have Rachel come at the end because I think it gave an opportunity to see all the characters grieve. The scene at the end with Will was well done and I think very telling of Will and Finn’s relationship. I didn’t like some of the casts shots during the songs but the one in MYFML with Blaine and Kurt really got me to. Overall, I thought the episode was well done as a memorial other than a few strange moments i.e: Tina, and not knowing what to do with the new characters.

  • stillcrazy2195

    First I have to confess that this is the first episode of Glee that I have ever watched in its entirety. For a number of reasons, primarily time constraints, I did not invest in the early seasons of this show. I tried later, largely because of positive comments I read here, and at other web sites that primarily cover the reality singing shows I am obsessed with : ) but concluded I was too far outta the Glee loop by that time to really “get it”. Now after watching this episode, I gotta say it seriously touched me… As a recovering person who is active in related support groups I have had far too much exposure to lives lost to the disease of addiction and the real-time death of Corey had impacted me at that level. Seeing the grieving process modeled here around the sad loss of a fictional character yet obviously tied to the realtime death of a talented young man somehow served as a vehicle which allowed me to both experience my own real time grief over personal losses but in a manner somewhat removed so it was less overwhelming yet still rather therapeutic. Wordy awkward comment, I know, but I am grateful to Glee for addressing this topic, and doing so in a classy manner!

  • stillcrazy2195

    BTW it was Puck’s Surrender that really prompted my “ugly tears”- powerful indeed!

  • Kariann Hart

    After the show ended, I felt that absence was the one thing needed and the one thing I missed. If they showed a 30 second shot of Quinn looking at Finn’s picture, it would have been complete. Then, I wondered how Dianna felt in “real” life. Otherwise, this was the most powerful episode of Glee, and I have watched them all. Yes, I cried, too.

  • Kariann Hart

    Miss Blue, that was the scene that got to me, too. I have a friend who recently lost her 14 year-old son, and you can’t help but wonder how they go on. Parents aren’t suppose to bury their children. Very powerful scene, indeed!

  • Kariann Hart

    Kesia and Joob, I typed my comments before I read yours. Yes, Diana belonged in that episode. Some of the new characters were there, but I didn’t see Rory or Joe.

  • Esteem

    She was the only one in black. She wasn’t letting go of her grief, which was the reason she was still in black. That’s what I got from that anyway.

  • WestiesRule

    I hope they get nominated for an Emmy for this show. You could just feel the raw emotion and pain. It was palpable. For me, the few comedic moments didn’t work because I think even the actors themselves were having a hard time with those inserts. There are usually a few moments during the grieving process where people crack up remembering funny moments. Unfortunately, they didn’t work here… but, who cares when the essence of the tribute was beautiful. Heather and Diana’s characters were missed… especially Quinn as their relationship was a major story line for so long. I cried myself and just feel sad this morning.

  • jujubee22

    For the most part this episode was very sensitively and tastefully done….something I don’t think I’d ever say about an episode of Glee, lol.

  • Not fit to print

    No way could comment while watching this last night. Too sad. When they opened with the song 5000…

    The ending was the best ever. That Mr. Schuster took Finn’s jacket.

    In the first season, I couldn’t get into the show. Then I saw the first episode in re-runs. When Will hears Finn singing in the shower and blackmails him into joining the Glee Club – that is when it clicked for me.

    Finn was Will’s first horse in the race against Sue Sylvester and all the jocks/bullies. Finn was his kid, in a way.

    Cried my eyes out.

  • Not fit to print

    This bothered me a lot, too. There was a big gap in the moment when Mercedes mentioned Finn singing to the sonogram of the child he thought was his. I wanted to see Diana’s face.

  • VioletFlame

    When I can’t tell acting from real life and go through half a box of tissues…I agree. Gratitude to cast crew and especially writers for realizing and allowing us to share their grief, for realizing how many people who never met Cory loved and will miss Finn Hudson, for showing us so many ways to grieve and letting us cry right with you. Thank you.

  • Not fit to print

    The person I watched it with is an actress and singer who has only a passing knowledge of Glee – she LOVED Puck’s performance. Guess it’s a matter of what kind of music you like.

  • Not fit to print

    It was cathartic. Everyone’s wanted to do that to Sue at some time or other, audience included.

  • VioletFlame

    That would have been near perfect for Heather Morris who was near term pregnant. Wish both she and Diana who wrote briefly but poignantly about Cory had been included.

  • VioletFlame

    WONDERFUL comments.Thank you.

  • VioletFlame

    Yes. And for me it was also the scene in the locker room with Coach Beiste and Puck. Dot Marie had me crying big time.

  • Kirsten

    Finn was his kid, in a way.

    Yes. And Will was the father-figure Finn was missing in his life.

  • Kirsten

    The songs are kicking it on iTunes. We haven’t seen a response like this in a while.

    “Quarterback” (compilation of all the songs) is number 2 on iTunes albums

    #8 Glee Cast – Make You Feel My Love (Glee Cast Version)
    #24 Seasons of Love (Glee Cast Version)
    #38 If I Die Young (Glee Cast Version)
    #71 I’ll Stand By You (Glee Cast Version)
    #88 Fire and Rain (Glee Cast Version)

  • Miss Blue

    My heart breaks for your friend. Let her know there are mothers out here who will be thinking of her.

  • mcaro05

    I thought the episode was beautiful, the actors did a stunning job. I cried the most when mama Hudson broke down, the bieste/puck scene and schue at the end.
    Like other commenters, I truly did miss Dianna and Heather. Especially Dianna. Quinn and Finn had a strong history. It did not feel right that she wasn’t there.

  • Ronnie D

    This is probably the most emotional scene in the whole episode.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw_Fn_9cRgw

  • Tinawina

    I have a day off so I watched this On Demand this morning. I cried through the whole thing. When Finn’s mom lost it… it was over for me for the rest of the hour.

    This was very, very well done. I was only a sporadic Glee watcher but this just reminded me of everything I like about this show when it’s in it’s groove. Emotionally stunning episode. RIP Cory Monteith.

  • Jason Gorny

    i read a prelim tv rating report and it appears that glee did very well. im glad it did. hope we can get the numbers soon.

  • jennyl2

    Finally watched it. The cast did so well and the whole episode was so sincere and well done. Cried for the whole episode but one that got to me most was Rachel’s MYFML. I could really feel her love for him. Rip Cory.

  • Landon Cox

    MJ, you have Rachel labeled as singing I’ll Stand by You

  • http://mjsbigblog.staging.wpengine.com/ mjsbigblog

    1 am brainfart. I’ll fix it. Thanks.

  • http://mjsbigblog.staging.wpengine.com/ mjsbigblog

    I added a few thoughts above about missing Dianna Agron in this episode. Quinn should have been included in Finn’s farewell, period. I agree with many of you. Her absence was felt.

  • Damien Roberts

    No I agree, it definitely didn’t work…they should have just stayed where they were with it. I just think they’ve gotten to a point where they don’t know what to do with Tina.

  • http://untitlement.wordpress.com Caroline Bridges

    I cried through the entire show, and I didn’t expect to do so. Not at all. I’m also crying as I read the comments every time someone mentions a scene.

    Normally, if I know something is going to be sad or people say to have your kleenex ready, it spoils it for me a bit, and I barely shed a tear, but this episode transcended the Glee storyline. It was cathartic. (Which is an awfully fancy, clinical way of saying that something jammed its fist into your heart and ripped the lid off a well of old pain. Therapeutically, of course.)

    A great episode.

  • angiedb

    I was fine throughout the episode, just getting a little teary-eyed here and there. But, the moment Will pulled out Finn’s jacket, I lost it. Those kids have always been Will’s heart and I thought it fitting that Will was in such pain. Overall, I found it to be a decent tribute episode, but IMO there was just too much Santana. I’ve never like Santana in any way and having her front and center just made me miss Quinn more. Quinn should have been there. Ryan Murphy should have extended an olive branch for this episode. (If indeed there is bad blood and such). Puck, Mrs. Hummel, Rachel, Will..oh, my heart. Rest in peace, Cory and Finn.

  • Axxxel

    Thumbs up for the Glee cast and crew… must have been so hard to make such an episode where lines between fiction and reality were sometimes blurred…

    Saw bits and pieces on youtube… The Burt- Carol – Kurt scene was so sad and funny at the same time…Funny bits : Burt wanting that f***y lamp in his office, Kurt doing the “single ladies wave”, Carol who said that Finn kind of liked it when Burt gets angry at him… But when Burt expressed how he felt that he did not do enough for Finn… that broke my heart… And Carol… oh gosh…

    Santana’s scream felt so real…. so sad for her/or was it more Naya ?
    Sue talking about “no happy endings”.. sigh…

    But Rachel’s short speech in front of the auditorium… and her solo… I cannot imagine Lea shooting this scene… it crushed my heart…

    I haven’t seen Tina’s and Puck-Beiste scenes… so my most favorite “comedic relief scene” was the one between Kurt and Puck…

    Sigh… Glee will never be the same again…

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, I became very sad when I heard Puck singing the words “no retreat” …sigh…

  • Axxxel

    Yeah… or at least let one of the characters just quote a message left by Quinn on an e.g. facebook memorial page…

  • Landon Cox

    I may need an “Am I Callous” pamphlet for this, but I think part of why this was such a good episode is that basically none of the new kids spoke.

  • judy smith

    I haven’t watched Glee for a while but I wanted to watch this episode .I loved all the singing performances as I felt they were raw & not overdone like they usually are. I loved Fire & Rain & Lea’s song.Watching the reactions from the cast as she sang was very emotional as I know that was themselves reacting for the loss of Cory as well as the Finn character.
    It was great to also watch this in Australia within a few hours of it being telecast in the US.
    I also thought Finn’s mother’s performance was outstanding – she allowed her underlying emotions about Cory to show through here & just opened up .
    If Glee was as real as this each week & not over the top like usual I would go back to watching it. I’m not expecting it to change though.

  • milwlovesadam

    This episode was done so well, I was actually surprised, and I am a Glee fan. I had a lump in my throat the whole show, but, the scene with his family, his mom’s absolute grief, and the very end with Will, well, I went to the ugly cry.

    I’m glad the ratings were so good. Glee deserves it.

  • taylor

    I just watched it, and pretty much cried through the whole episode.
    What really got to me is that the cast members weren’t really acting, for most of the scenes. They really were Cory’s best friends, father figures, mentors and his girlfriend. It was all so real and very hard to watch at times.