Did anyone else feel really uncomfortable during this episode last night?
Last night, ‘Glee’ began its fifth season with the first half of a two-episode Beatles tribute that fell pretty flat. The episode overall was very happy and bright and colorful, and I’m not just talking about Blaine’s proposal to Kurt. I’m talking about the efforts to mask the big ol’ elephant in the choir room: Cory Monteith is dead. We will never see Finn Hudson again. It felt weird.
I couldn’t enjoy the Beatles’ songs because when Rachel sang ‘Yesterday’ at the start of the hour all I could think about was Lea Michele missing Cory. I couldn’t be happy during the proposal because I was too distracted thinking Finn should be there, next to Mercedes. I don’t care about the high schoolers going to a carnival and being all happy-go-lucky in their bumper cars because, in reality, the actors are probably really sad and it just seemed kind of cruel.
And I wasn’t the only one, ‘Glee’ delivered a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, which represents a significant decline from the 3.3 preliminary (and 3.1 final) rating for last season’s premiere. The hourlong telecast averaged 5.17 million viewers.
Next week, ‘Glee’ wraps up the Beatles tribute. The third episode of the season will be about saying goodbye to Cory/Finn. Ryan Murphy released the following photo via Twitter last night.
That means we have to sit through another episode filled with tensions and unease. The third episode airing October 10th is titled ‘The Quarterback’ and will address the death of Finn Hudson. The episode will not focus on the exact details of Finn’s death, but instead of how his sudden departure affects the other characters through varying perspectives. “We’ve mourned Cory, but now we’re mourning Finn. So it’s kind of like two people in that one person,” says Matthew Morrison. A series of public service announcements dealing with the topic of drug addiction will air during the episode. Several recurring cast members will return to say goodbye to Finn Hudson including Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), Noah “Puck” Puckerman (Mark Salling) and Mike Chang (Harry Shum, Jr.), Finn’s mother Carole Hudson-Hummel (Romy Rosemont) and stepfather Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley), McKinley guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), and football coach Shannon Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones).
Other plot notes from ‘Love Love Love’
- Artie and Kitty are a couple and it’s actually kind of sweet. They also had my favorite performance of the night, a very literal “You’ve Got To Hide Your Life Away” duet.
- Rachel hasn’t gotten the ‘Funny Girl’ role yet but Peter Facinelli plays the director.
- Rachel and Santana now work at the Spotlight Diner (clearly an homage to Ellen’s Stardust Diner and their singing waitstaff). To impress the director they performed a rendition of ‘Hard Day’s Night’ while he was dining with the male star. For a second, I thought they might go for Santana instead of Rachel. That would be awkward.
- Kurt said ‘yes’ to Blaine.
- Burt Hummel, you give the best advice. Even though Finn hasn’t been addressed, his speech about not wasting a moment and spending every second with the one you love made me very emotional.
- Blaine’s proposal: “My soul knew something that my body and my mind didn’t know. It knew that our hands were meant to hold each other fearlessly and forever. Which is why it’s never really felt like I was getting to know you, it’s always felt like I was remembering you from something. As if in every lifetime you and I have ever lived we’ve chosen to come back and find each other and fall in love all over again, over and over again for all eternity. And I just feel so lucky that I’ve found you so soon in this lifetime because all I want to do, all I’ve ever wanted to do, is spend my life loving you. So, Kurt Hummel, my amazing friend, my one true love, Will you marry me?” God, kill me now.
- Best homage to the Beatles: ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ performed by Ryder, Sam, Jake, and Blaine in black and white and fake British accents.
- Worst performance: ‘Drive My Car’ too awkward, no thanks.