'Glee' Recap and Reaction: Shot Through the Heart
SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from Thursday's "Shooting Star" episode of "Glee."
The students and teachers are forever changed when the sounds of gunshots echo through McKinley High's halls.
The tense emotional episode featured many harrowing moments, like a tearful Brittany silently standing on a toilet. But there are also many "I love you's" -- from Mr. Schue to Coach Beiste, from Blaine to Tina, from Jake to big brother Puck, between Brittany and Sam, and from Artie to everyone in a taped video message.
The episode was highly divisive. A contingent of fans and TV critics on Twitter believed "Glee" handled the shooting with delicacy.
I'm glad they made this episode though. That's what I love about Glee. They cover actual events that could happen to anyone. Bravo #Glee— 2 days til my b-day! (@LopezRichtrArmy) April 12, 2013
#Glee tackled an issue. Did it do it perfectly? No. Did it try, and deliver strong performances? Yes. And that sometimes needs to be enough.— damianholbrook (@TVGMDamian) April 12, 2013
Creator Ryan Murphy declared on Twitter that he was "so proud" of the "most powerful emotional 'Glee' ever."
But there were others who believed the subject matter was too close to the Newtown, Conn., school shootings. Before the show aired, one victims' advocacy group warned viewers not to watch. Some Twitter users agreed that it was exploitative:
The problem with this ep of #glee is that it felt like a stunt, not an attempt to deal with a real issue.— Hannah Ellison (@hanellison) April 12, 2013
#glee crossed a line tonight. A school shooting or the appearance of one is not for entertainment value.— Nina Gardner (@NinaintheChi) April 12, 2013
One parent whose children survived the Sandy Hook tragedy wished Fox had at least warned the community about the episode.
"We have no problem -- at least the parents I've spoken to -- that they aired an episode that had a school shooting. It's reality, it happened. It happened here, it happened at Columbine, it happened in many other places," he told CNN. "What's really upsetting is that no one -- none of the producers -- reached out to the town of Newtown to let us residents who are so close to this know that this episode was airing."
This is a particularly sensitive time when it comes to the issue of guns -- the Senate recently opened debate on background check legislation, and other lawmakers are considering proposing improvements to the mental health system.
On "Glee," no one is hurt in the shooting, though the incident brings about one shocking event: Sue Sylvester is fired when she claims responsibility for bringing the gun to school. She tells the principal that she kept a gun in her office for safety reasons, and that the "Uma Thurman" (as she calls it) accidentally went off when she was checking it. But from a flashback, we see that she's lying -- it was Cheerio Becky who brought the gun to school to protect herself from bullies.
As much of a jerk Sue is, she really has a good heart deep down and will do anything for the people she loves. #Glee— Marie Atchley (@marieyelhcta) April 12, 2013
Still, Sue is ousted, leaving us to wonder what will happen to Jane Lynch for the rest of the season. Is she completely off the show? Will Mr. Schue find out the truth from Becky and get Sue rehired?
Aside from the shooting, the episode had a "catfish"-type storyline, and no Rachel (or any of the other kids in New York).
Better yet, why am I still watching this show? Where's Rachel and Kurt? #Glee— Amanda(@ohhmenna) April 12, 2013
Check out our full recap:
The End of the World As We Know It
Brittany enters the glee club declaring that a deadly asteroid/meteor/comet thingy is heading to Lima to wipe them all out. And she wants to make sure a special someone knows how much she loves them -- Lord Tubbington!
Mr. Schue decides to use the possible destruction of the Earth to set up a theme for Regionals: "Last Chances." "Bruce Springsteen plays every show like it's his last," he says.
After the meeting, Ryder tells Jake that he saw his online crush Katie at school. A cautious Jake first warns him to slow down, but when Ryder insists on trying to find her, helps him come up with a plan. So, Ryder finds Katie and serenades her with Elton John's "Your Song" (dreamy sigh).