How does someone grieve? There is never a right way or a wrong way to grieve because no matter what, grief is painful, messy, and emotionally exhausting. On July 13, 2013, the hit musical-comedy show “Glee” suffered a huge loss due to the untimely death of their lead actor, Cory Monteith. “Glee” paid tribute to the beloved actor’s life and memory by airing a tribute in honor of Cory’s and his character Finn’s memory. The episode contained six musical numbers dedicated to Cory and Finn. Those six numbers were covers of “Seasons of Love” by the cast of “RENT”, “I’ll Stand by You” by The Pretenders, which was also covered by Monteith during the shows first season, “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor, “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry, “No Surrender” by Bruce Springsteen, and lastly “Make You Feel My Love” originally by Bob Dylan, but was a cover of Adele’s version.
In “The Quarterback” instead of killing off Cory’s character right off the bat, you will see that the episode takes place three weeks after Finn’s death. The episode has members of New Directions both past and present members in Lima, Ohio for a special memorial to remember Finn and help them express their grief through song whether they are just there to listen or to actually sing. “The Quarterback” opens with Finn’s friends dressed in all black singing a cover of “Seasons of Love” from “RENT” on an auditorium stage as the song ends a picture of Finn is projected on the wall behind everyone as they all turn around and remember their friend. The cast sounded amazing and the staging was very reminiscent to how “RENT” staged their performance.
After “Seasons of Love” it cuts back to a scene where you can see Finn’s step-brother, Kurt, packing and explaining in a voice over that it has been three weeks since the funeral and he has had a hard time looking at the suit he wore to it and now he is headed back to his hometown for a special memorial. He talks about how going to the memorial is going to be hard, that seeing everyone there but Finn makes everything seem so much more real. He says that even though it will be hard, being with his friends will help him get through it. He mentions that while everyone has been asking him how he has been coping and how he has been holding up and how everyone wants to talk about how he die, that he really does not know how to feel or what to say and that he wants to focus more on how Finn lived. The writers of this episode, I feel, made a wise choice when they decided not to mention how Finn died, it left the audience curious yet also paid a great deal of respect to Cory’s memory.
Back in the choir room Mercedes starts things off with a touching rendition of The Pretender’s “I’ll Stand by You” which was previously covered by Finn in “Glee’s” first season when he was singing to “his baby’s” ultrasound. “I’ll Stand by You” held a great deal of importance to the episode because when Finn was singing it in the first season, he meant that he didn’t just want to...