“Glee” bid adieu to Finn Hudson and Cory Monteith in episode 3, “The Quarterback.”
The tribute episode kicked off with the group of gleeks singing a solemn rendition of “Seasons of Love” from “Rent.”
“The Quarterback” picks up 3 weeks after his funeral and everyone is still mourning the loss of Finn. “Being together is hard,” Kurt explains in a voiceover. “It makes it more real, but I also need my friends right now.”
Kurt acknowledges that people want to talk about how Finn died, but says that he personally doesn’t care. “I care more about how he lived,” Finn’s step brother expresses. “I’m going to spend my entire life missing him.”
Finn’s friends are all dealing with his death in different ways. Kurt heads back to McKinley High School while it appears that Rachel can’t move from her room.
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Working with Sue, Kurt memorializes his brother with a tree in the place where Sue caught Finn and Quinn “fondling each other.” Meanwhile Mr. Schue gets the old group together to honor him … “the only way we know how, by singing.” And although Mercedes immediately jumps on board with the plan and sings “I’ll Stand By You,” Puck think its stupid because “singing isn’t going to bring him back.”
Puck is so torn up about losing his friend that he tears out the tree that Kurt planted, later telling Dot that it was a “garbage tree” and not big enough. But Dot drops a bomb on him … the tree will grow.
Puck’s not the only one unsure how to handle his emotions after Finn’s death. Santana wants to suppress her inner “b*tch” but can’t. Instead she takes out her frustration on Sue, ripping her apart by calling her a “miserable cold hearted b*tch.”
“I have hated you ever since the day I met you,” Santana yells at Sue. “You are a horrible person who has never had a nice thing to say about Finn Hudson.”
But that’s not all Santana does. With the threat of Sue calling the police looming over her, Santana shoves the McKinley High principal.
Singing a rendition of The Band Perry’s song, “If I Die Young,” Santana finally breaks down in tears. Realizing that she was wrong, she heads back to see Sue to apologize but Sue tells her to “shut up.”
“You were right. I was horrible to that kid,” Sue admits. “And I am utterly destroyed thinking that he died thinking I didn’t like him. He was such a good guy. I’ll never get to tell him.”
In the end Rachel ended up returning to McKinley to sing her farewell to Finn. “Nobody treat me with kid gloves, okay?” she tells her friends. “I loved Finn and he loved me ,and he loved all of you guys. I know he did.”
Rachel decides to sing “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan, but covered by Adele. “This was the first song that I sang with him when we would drive around together,” she explains. “So this is for him.”
“The Quarterback” concluded with Puck replanting the tree he stole and Mr. Schue stealing Finn’s beloved letterman jacket.