Get your tissues ready, ladies and gents. Glee is finally putting the character of Finn Hudson to rest. This evening’s episode, titled The Quarterback, promises to send the late Cory Monteith’s character off into the sunset in a beautiful tribute.
Monteith, who overdosed in a Canadian hotel room back in July, was only 31 years old. Among the substances found in his body at the time were a lethal cocktail of heroin and alcohol. Monteith had been battling addiction his entire adult life. Just prior to his death he spent time at both The Betty Ford Clinic and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre, a drug and alcohol addiction rehab on Antigua.
Glee’s Executive Producer Ryan Murphy is quoted as saying “The Quarterback was incredibly difficult for all to work on because of people’s feelings toward Monteith, who was the most kind, the most generous man, who never had a bad word for anybody.” The crew were rumored to have been crying so hard at times they had to put a temporary halt to filming.
The character of Finn Hudson has (obviously) been missing in the first two episodes of the season. No explanation and it seemed as though it was business as usual. A possible, very subtle clue occurred in Episode 1 when Monteith’s on-screen and real life love interest Lea Michele’s character Rachel looks at a picture on her cell phone of her Glee friends and sings from the haunting ballad Yesterday, by The Beatles. “Yesterday. Love was such an easy game to play. Now I need a place to hide away. Oh, I believe in yesterday,” she croons with a faraway look on her face.
Fans who have been waiting for this tribute will not be disappointed. Michele herself claims the episode to be “Perfect.” It all takes place a few weeks after Hudson’s death. Finn’s letterman’s jacket goes missing and Glee Club members are encouraged by their mentor Mr. Schue to pay their respects in song. Before anyone asks, it does not reveal how the character died, nor does it show the funeral. If this seems that they are letting Monteith off a little too easy, well, they are. But, delving into his drug addiction and troubled life and turning the episode into one giant Public Service Announcement isn’t going to bring him back.
The love the cast members felt for Monteith is said to shine through in this evening’s performances, which include the songs, Seasons of Love from Broadway’s Rent, I’ll Stand By You by The Pretenders (a song Monteith himself once sang on the show), Fire and Rain by James Taylor, No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen, If I Die Young by The Band Perry, and finishing with what is sure to be the biggest tear jerker of them all, Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan, as sung by Michele (as the character Rachel). Hopefully the episode will offer some closure to the cast who adored Monteith, but were helpless to save him. In any event, it seems a fitting tribute to a talented young man who left us way too soon.
By: Mary Kay Love