Glee Cory Monteith Tribute Episode Airs in the US...but was it any good?

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Grab your tissues because the 'Finn Farwell' episode was a real tear-jerker

Glee Cory Monteith Tribute

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After the shock death of Cory Monteith from heroin and alcohol poisoning, the show that made him famous, Glee, was going to have to do something special to say goodbye to his character Finn.

Enter episode three of the fifth series - The Quarterback - that paid tribute to the much-love character, but awkwardly refused to reference how, why or when he died.

*Scroll down for Glee season five, episode three, The Quarterback spoilers*

Weirdly, the episode was set four weeks after Finn's funeral and nothing was said about how the character died. In an opening monologue, Finn's step-brother Kurt says how he died isn't as important as the life he led.

Starting the episode on a sombre note was the song Seasons of Love from the tragic opera musical RENT - with characters past and present dressed in black. Noticeably absent was Diana Agron (Quinn) although executive producer Ryan Murphy explained this had nothing to do with Lea Michele not 'wanting her there'.

The episode was a slightly predictable mix of the different stages of grief - Lea Michele's Rachel was so heartbreakingly sincere it was almost impossible to distinguish a line between the two.

Matthew Morrison said of the filming, "[Lea] had one of the first songs we filmed for the episode and she did it so beautifully and after, she said something like, 'It can't be harder for anyone else than it was for me.' So, we knew we had to show up because our leader stepped forward and kind of gave permission to all of us to do it. I don't think we could have done it without her."

Listen to her version of Make You Feel My Love by Adele below...

Mark Salling's jock character Noah Puckerman was perhaps the most 'interesting' mourner - ripping up a tree dedicated to Finn with his motorbike and crying that, without his best friend, he wasn't going to have somebody watching his back telling him to be a better man.

Nasty Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch, had one of the best lines of the episode, saying the best way to honour Finn was by "not making a self-serving spectacle of our own sadness".

Other brilliant covers included James Taylor's Fire & Rain, The Pretenders' I'll Stand By You, The Band Perry's If I Die Young and Bruce Springsteen's No Surrender.

What are the saddest moments in Glee season five, episode three, The Quarterback?

• When Finn's mum, played by Romy Rosemont, talks about not being a mother any more we couldn't help but sob. When she asks her husband, and Kurt's father, Burt, how to breathe again we found it a difficult moment to watch.

• When the normally hardcore Santana Lopez, played by Naya Rivera, breaks down in tears and refuses to be comforted. Later she admits that Finn was a much better person than she will ever be.

• When Mr. Schuester closed the episode by crying into Finn's old Letterman jacket, despite saying he was fine.

According to insiders, most of the episode was filmed in one take because the actors didn't want to keep repeating the same heartbreaking scenes over and over again.

During the closing credits, the cast got together to deliver a brief public service announcement about the dangers of drug addiction and where to seek help. Now, Glee will take an extended break before returning later this year.

The Quaterback will air in the UK on Sky 1 on Friday 18 October

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