Lea Michele, usually the star of “Glee”, (spoiler alert) didn't make an appearance until the last fifteen minutes of the Cory Monteith tribute episode. This allowed Naya Rivera, whose character's presence on “Glee” usually makes no sense, become the focal point of the episode which was titled “The Quarterback” and aired Thu. Oct. 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. on ch 23.1 KOKI.
“Glee” followed their usual formula of each character or a group of characters sing a little song but (spoiler alert) when it was Rivera's time she started to sing then she started to cry and then she screamed in grief that was so visceral that it was chilling. She stopped singing and ran out which added to the drama. Dot Marie Jones had just had a crying scene that was quite good but was totally overshadowed by Naya Rivera's performance. Lea Michele also cried which looked too real followed by a song that was prerecorded and unemotional and out of place. Matthew Morrison didn't cry throughout the show which probably took great control or good editing but had a crying scene at the end that seemed forced.
“Glee” is on hiatus until the November sweeps and after the World Series so there will be an even added delay before Naya Rivera's character slips back to, for some reason, live in the NY City area with characters Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel who for most of the show's run hate her. Naya Rivera will return to her obscure third wheel status unless Fox, which over-promoted the Cory Monteith tribute, promotes her nomination for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Cory Monteith's appearance on the show largely consisted of the same still picture. There was no video of any performances. Monteith's manner of death was largely handled by character Kurt Hummel basically saying he didn't want to talk about how he died and then a montage at the end of the show of Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, and Kevin McHale largely requesting addicts to contact a government agency that, because of the government shutdown, is essentially not being staffed.