Glee’s third episode of the season which airs this Thursday at 9pm is titled “The Quarterback” and will be a tribute to Finn Hudson, the lovable football jock with the heart of gold.
Cory Monteith who played Finn Hudson during the first four seasons of the show passed away on July 13th this year at the age of 31. An autopsy revealed that the actor died of “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.”
The episode was filmed about a month after Cory died, and the emotion is real. Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy recently said in an interview, “What you will see in the episode is what really happened,” Murphy said of the hour. “…those performances that you’ll see, almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance because the actors and the crew had a really hard time shooting it. I’ve never seen a crew that you can’t continue shooting because they’ve left the room sobbing”
The episode will draw attention to drug abuse, however Finn’s death on the show will be left vague and will not necessarily be caused by a drug overdose. Ryan Murphy and a number of Glee actors, filmed drug-related PSAs to air alongside the episode.
Monteith’s girlfriend and Glee star Lea Michele peforms an emotional rendition of “Make You Feel My Love” in the episode. That along with the promo is a clear indication that the episode is going to be a serious tearjerker. “The Quarterback” is important as it allows Glee fans to say goodbye to Finn and Cory, and brings attention to the disease that is the #1 cause of injury death.
Listen to the music from “The Quarterback” below.