Tonight, October 10, FOX’s Glee aired its farewell tribute to Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the show. Back in July, Monteith died of an overdose resulting from a toxic mixture of alcohol and drugs. Rumors have circulated since on how the show would send off its beloved Finn, but those rumors were finally put to rest tonight.
The episode opened with the Glee Club singing Rent's "Seasons of Love" before being joined by Mercedes, Kurt, Puck, Mike, and Santana. The show then flashed to Kurt in New York, saying it had been three weeks since the funeral and specifically leaving out how Finn had passed away, a topic that was never addressed for the remainder of the show.
Back in Ohio, the Glee Club gathered, with current and former members, as Mercedes sang “I’ll Stand By You.” She explained Finn once told her he sang the song to what he thought was the ultrasound of his baby.
At home, Kurt talked to his dad and Finn’s mom about their recent memories of Finn as they tried to clean out his room. Kurt decided to keep Finn’s letterman’s jacket for himself. Once he was back at the school, Puck tried to get the jacket from Kurt, but he refused.
The Glee Club sang “Fire and Rain” in the auditorium. Santana left and found herself at the Finn memorial that formed at his old locker. Sue Sylvester had directed her Cheerios to take the memorial down – that set Santana off, so she told Sue off and gave her a hard shove into the file cabinet in her office.
Tina took the time to talk to Emma, only she was actually upset about wearing black and returning to the Goth look she once sported, not about Finn’s death. As she left, Will came into speak to Emma next. She worried Will hadn’t cried since hearing the news, and he explained he had more emotions than he knew how to express.
Meanwhile, Coach Beiste ran into a drunk Puck in the locker room. The two of them both broke down, and she tried to console Puck and talk sense into him. Puck asked if they could retire Finn’s number and frame his letterman’s jacket.
Santana took on The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young.” She couldn’t finish the song and ran out of the choir room crying and screaming. She ended up in the auditorium, where Kurt followed her to talk. They read something Santana had written about Finn before she started crying again and asked Kurt to leave. He obeyed, but he left the letterman’s jacket with her on his way out.
Puck entertained the Glee Club with his rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “No Surrender.” Santana confronted Puck on stealing the letterman’s jacket, which he swore he hadn’t. Santana then went to apologize to Sue, who told her she was right about what she said. Sue felt terrible that Finn died thinking she hated him after how horribly she’d treated him. She thought he would have been a great teacher, and she would torment him for years to come.
The rest of the Glee Club laid red drumsticks at the Finn memorial, and Rachel Berry finally made an appearance.
Rachel spoke to her New Directions pals and told everyone Finn loved them. She said the two of them used to sing in the car and then sang Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.”
Santana hung reward fliers in the halls, hoping to lure in the person who stole the jacket. Mr. Schuester found her and comforted her. Outside, Puck replanted the memorial tree he stole and told Coach Beiste he planned to join the Air Force.
Rachel went to talk to Mr. Schuester in the choir room to see how he was doing, but he turned it around to ask how she was. Through her tears, she said she talked to Finn a lot and could still hear his voice so clearly. She went on to say she had everything figured out – she would make it big on Broadway, she would come back home to find him teaching there, and they would live happily ever after. Together, they hung a framed photograph of Finn on the wall.
At home, Will pulled Finn’s letterman’s jacket out of his bag. Emma came home and found him sobbing on the couch, holding it in his lap. The episode ended, and “Cory Monteith, 1982-2013” appeared in black and white on the screen.
What did you think of tonight’s tribute episode? Did you think it was a good way to send off Finn Hudson and remember Cory Monteith? Leave a comment below!