'Glee,' the Cory Monteith Tribute: Lea Michele's Song Was a Heartbreaker
Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith)
Warning: The following article contains spoilers from Thursday's episode of "Glee."
"Glee" fans likely wouldn't rate the show's Cory Monteith tribute episode — titled "The Quarterback" — by stars or thumbs up, but rather in the number of tissues they had to keep pulling from their Kleenex boxes.
The episode, which marked the series' official goodbye to the late Monteith and his Finn Hudson character, was heavy handed at times; we got multiple reminders that it didn't matter how Finn (and by extension, Monteith) died, and the episode ended without the audience being privy to the character's cause of death.
"Everyone wants to talk about how he died, too, but who cares?" said Finn's stepbrother, Kurt (Chris Colfer). "One moment in his whole life. I care more about how he lived, and anyone who has a problem with that should remember that he was my brother."
And though the various characters' reactions to Finn's (and, again, by extension, Monteith's) death played out like an old school afterschool special — Puck (Mark Salling) felt lost without Finn to steer him, Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) couldn't cry because he felt he had to be strong for everyone else, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) was being mean to hide her guilt about not being nicer to Finn — it was an affecting send-off to the character, and the actor, who died from an accidental drug overdose in July.
The episode was also a ratings winner for Fox, drawing 7.4 million viewers, which is a 40 percent increase over ratings for the fifth season premiere, and a whopping 75 percent increase in the 18-49 demographic versus last week's "Glee" episode.
Lea Michele's "Make You Feel My Love"
Michele's haunting cover of the Bob Dylan-penned tune was a complete tearjerker, all the more so because it came in the final third of the episode, when her Rachel made her first appearance.
"I don't know what to say either," Rachel told her fellow Finn mourners. "I loved Finn, and he loved me, and he loved all of you guys. I know he did. I like to sing in the car, and before Finn I used to sing alone, and this was the first song I sang with him when we would drive around together, so this is for him." She also left a plaque in the glee club room, with a photo of Finn and his quote, "The show must go … all over the place … or something."