As a huge fan of Glee since day 1, I’ve been anticipating last night’s tribute to Cory Monteith with both excitement and dread. Excitement because I knew that Glee would handle this delicate topic with the class and beauty that they have handled so many other delicate topics before it, and dread because I knew it would be emotionally difficult to sit through.
Cory Monteith, who played Glee’s Finn Hudson since the first episode in May 2009, passed away this summer tragically due to a lethal mixture of drugs and alcohol.
Last night’s episode, of course, was a beautiful musical tribute to Finn Hudson. They never touched exactly on HOW Finn passed, just focused on the emotions of his friends and family. One of the most moving (and toughest to watch) scenes in the entire episode was when Finn’s mother broke down crying and said “You have to go on being a parent, even though you don’t have a child anymore.”
As I was watching the emotionally charged episode, the one thing that struck me the most was that although the cast of actors were each equally amazing, they were definitely not acting. They were paying their own tribute to their friend, boyfriend and family member who they miss terribly. And although their lines referenced him as “Finn”, you could tell in their hearts they were feeling “Cory”.
Some of my favorite lines from the episode–
Puck: “If I start crying, I don’t think I’ll ever stop.“
Sue Sylvester: “There’s no lesson here. There’s no happy ending. There’s no nothing. He’s just gone.“
Coach Beiste (to Puck): “You’ve got to be your own Quarterback.“
Rachel: “He was my person.”
Finn Hudson: “The show must go…..all over the place…..or something.”
I read somewhere (and forgive me because I forget the source) that almost every scene in this episode was published from the first take because the actors and crew could not bear to do multiple takes, they were just too emotional. That could not have been clearer.
There is some backlash this morning because the network did not address how Finn passed. For one, I am glad – I don’t think they needed to. Their tribute was just that – a tribute, something to show how much they have loved, and lost, in both Finn Hudson and Cory Monteith. They did add a PSA at the end, and to me, that was enough. The episode was perfect, just the way it was.
RIP Finn Hudson/Cory Monteith. We will all forever be #RememberingCory.