“The Quarterback” was “Glee’s” way of saying goodbye to its most beloved character, Finn Hudson. Thursday night was the long-awaited one-hour tribute many were anxious to see since the start of Season 5. It’s a good thing the producers started off with a lively two-part opener of music by The Beatles, because this third episode for the late Corey Monteith was chock-full of emotions.
Opening the show featured the new cast singing from the Broadway musical “Rent,” its anthem “Seasons of Love,” followed with the original cast members of Amber Riley (taking time off from “Dancing with the Stars), Mark Salling, and Harry Shum Jr., as well as the recurring characters of Rachel and Santana.
Don’t expect this to be a look back with film clips of Finn from Season 1 thru Season 4 while the cast laments. Instead, they deal with their grief three weeks after Finn’s funeral. That’s when the reality begins to set in for them all. Two particular scenes stood out.
The first is with Kurt, his father, and step-mother, Finn’s mother. Carole Hudson-Hummel talks about hearing on the news of other people losing a child, but never realizing it would happen to her. This is a difficult scene to watch. You truly feel her pain. Another scene is somewhat of a spoiler and takes place near or at the end. It brings this tribute to Finn Hudson/Corey Monteith full circle.
Featured songs from “The Quarterback”:
Seasons of Love - Broadway musical “Rent” (“Glee” cast)
I’ll Stand By You - The Pretenders (Mercedes)
Fire and Rain - James Taylor (Sam and Artie)
If I Die Young - The Band Perry (Santana)
No Surrender - Bruce Springsteen (Puckerman)
Make You Feel My Love - Adele (Rachel)