Last night I had a choir rehearsal, got home around 10, relaxed on the porch for a bit, then watched some coverage of the bullshit that's going on in government and finally, after midnight, I remembered that the Cory Monteith tribute episode was on Glee. So I stayed up even later and watched it.
I know a lot of you have given up on Glee, or maybe you never watched. That's cool. Different strokes and all. I also know there's been criticism of how Hollywood pays tribute to celebrities who die in less than "honorable" ways. OK, I get it. But not only did the show lose a cast member, the actors and crew lost a friend, a boyfriend, a family member. In my opinion, Glee did an admirable job presenting a beautiful farewell to someone who fought demons and, in the end, lost his battle.
Just in case you might be watching the episode later:
The show did a great job of showing how everyone grieves differently. It also did not expressly say how the character Finn died. There were just a couple references to it, both by Kurt; he alluded to "secrets" that Finn had, and fittingly said that while people keep talking about how Finn died, Kurt just wants to remember how he lived.
Former cast members returned to William McKinley High to remember Finn. The only two glaring absences were Brittany (because Heather Morris just had a baby) and Quinn (because Dianna Agron either had scheduling issues or the whole cast and crew hate her, depending on which story you believe). The new kids stayed in the background, letting Kurt, Santana, Mercedes and Puck have center stage.
I cried a lot during this episode, called "The Quarterback." First when Finn's mom broke down because she doesn't know how to go on, and that she has to "keep being a parent even though [she doesn't] get to have a child anymore." Next, the scenes with Rachel -- seriously, how did Lea Michele do that? And of course, at the end when Mr. Schue finally broke down sobbing.
But the most thought-provoking scene for me was when Puck and Coach Beiste planted (or RE-planted) a tree in Finn's memory. Puck touched the plaque which read "Finn Hudson 1994 - 2013" and said that he keeps thinking about that line between the dates. "That's his whole life." Then Coach asked him what he's going to do with his line. (Apparently he's going to the Air Force.)
This is pretty deep for a Friday post, but it's a good question. What will I do with my line? What will you do?