|Season Five, Episode Three|
|First Aired||October 10, 2013|
"Tina in the Sky with Diamonds"
"A Katy or A Gaga"
In the wake of Finn's sudden death, old friends return to McKinley to grieve in the only way they know, by singing. Kurt, Burt and Carole sort out Finn's belongings; Sue, Santana and Puck seek guidance as their anger and pain over Finn's death frustrates them; Will and Shannon assist in helping everybody else grieve but Emma realises that Will isn't allowing himself time to cry and Rachel makes a return to McKinley, presenting the Glee Club with something meaningful.
The episode begins with a performance of Seasons of Love by New Directions and some of its former members (Kurt, Mike, Puck, Mercedes, and Santana), during which they wear black outfits and a picture of Finn is projected in the auditorium wall at the ending of the performance.
After that, we hear a voice over Kurt gives in New York about how he couldn't even look at the suit he wore to the funeral and he mentions that he would go back to Lima for a memorial Will organized and that he doesn't want to remember how Finn died, but how he lived.
In the following scene, we see Will, Emma, and Shannon talking about how the school, and themselves, were dealing with Finn's death. Emma brings up the fact that she cleared her schedule to provide grief counciling, but no one attended. Sue pops into the conversation and mentions between insults that she had a tree planted in the spot where she caught Finn and Quinn making out for the first time.
Later, in the Choir Room, Will says he wanted to have a memorial just for the Glee Club, during which they could sing anything that reminded them of Finn starting the next day, but Mercedes says she couldn't wait until the next day and sings The Pretenders' I'll Stand by You because she remembered Finn mentioned he sung it to the sonogram of Quinn's baby when he thought he was the father.Sue calls Kurt into her office and tells him the tree he bought for the memorial garden was stolen, which is revealed to be Puck's doing. Sue asks for a refund to buy another tree, which Kurt gives to her. Afterwards, Kurt is seen with Burt and Carole sorting through Finn's things, deciding on what to keep and what to donate. Many references to his life were mentioned. First, Kurt proposes they kept the ball from the first game they scored and does a little Beyoncé hand dance. This is a reference to the football game from Preggers, when Kurt joined the football team and had them dance Single Ladies to surprise the other team and score. Also, Burt decides to keep a lamp from when Kurt redecorated his and Finn's bedroom in Theatricality and Burt yelled at him for calling the lamp "faggy" and he mentions how much he regreted that meltdown, and the fact that he wasn't affective enough to him. Kurt decides to also keep his football jacket, since he remembers than seeing Finn walk thorugh the hallways with it was like seeing Superman arrive. Then Carole gives an emotional speech about how hard it is for her to not have a son anymore. The next scene consists on a conversation between Kurt and Puck. People are signing a dumpster which Kurt had been thrown into during the first few weeks of his sophomore year. When Puck demands Finn's jacket from Kurt, saying he had a whole room to remember him, while Puck had nothing, but Kurt refuses to give him the jacket. The scene then cuts to Artie and Sam's performance of Fire and Rain.
Santana leaves in the middle of it to check out Finn's memorial in the hallway, where she sees Bree and other Cheerios turn off the candles. She demands they stop, but Bree mentions Sue was behind it. Santana demands Figgins do something, but she finds out he was now a janitor so she went to Sue's office and has an argument with her which ends with Santana shoving Sue. Next, Tina goes to Emma because she's sad about her look, surprising Emma, who thought it would be for advice about grieving Finn. Will comes in after this and Emma suggests that he isn't letting himself mourn because of his need to stay strong for the kids.
Afterwards, Puck has a heart-to-heart conversation with Coach Beiste, where he mentions that he feels he's lost his way now, because Finn used to point it out for him, so Shannon reminds him that all they have now is Finn's voice in their hearts, and they have to learn to point out their way on their own.
The next to perform is Santana, who after giving a few "bitchy" comments, performs If I Die Young and begins to break down during the end of the performance. The New Directions realise how upset she is by the death of Finn, and when Will and Mike goes to embrace her, she screams and flees from the choir room, dissapointed in herself that she ruined the song. She finds her way to the auditorium, taking a seat on the stage. Kurt follows her and has a heart-to-heart talk with her. She reveals that she wanted to surprise everyone by saying nice things about Finn, but she was ashamed of it. Kurt asks her to say them to him and she refused until he convinced her to. She reads him a few anecdotes concerning Finn she wrote down and asks Kurt to leave. He does, but not before giving her the jacket as a resemblance of allowing her to remember Finn.
Many of the New Directions are gathered at Finn's locker memorial and place red drumsticks in honour of him. Kitty remarks that it is cheesy but Kurt appears with Rachel who said it is "perfect". Puck performs No Surrender in the choir room but Santana storms in after the song and begins arguing with him, accusing him of stealing Finn's jacket when she fell asleep in the nurses' office. Puck insists that he didn't take it and Will breaks up the fight. Kurt then tells Puck to give the jacket back as it is now Santana's. Santana pays a visit to Sue to apologize but Sue tells her that everything she said was right and that she feels destroyed because Finn died thinking that she hated him. She tells Santana that she knew Finn would be a good teacher and was looking forward to teaching alongside him for the next thirty years but now, she just feels empty. Will then finds Santana hanging up posters for a $10,000 reward for the jacket, which she says is bait so she can beat up whoever stole it. She tells Will that she used to enjoy coming back to McKinley but now, it just makes her fell sad because of everything she's lost. She then says that she won`t be coming back for a while, or maybe ever and the two of them hug.
Puck and Bieste have a heart to heart after he has re-planted the memorial tree about how in many years time, nobody will know who the tree is for. Puck tells Bieste he is joining the Air Force and laments over no longer having Finn to tell him what to do. Bieste tells him to make the most of his life and he departs on his motorcycle. She then smiles, seeing that Puck had carved "Quarterback" into the tree. Rachel is standing in front of her friends in the choir room, telling them that she doesn't really know what to say. She says that she loved Finn and that she knows Finn loved her, too, and that he also loved everyone in glee club, past and present. She goes on, explaining that before Finn came into her life, she used to sing alone in the car and when she and Finn got together, the first song they sung while driving was Make You Feel My Love, which she then sings for Finn.
Later, Rachel finds Will alone in the Choir Room. When she asks him how he's doing, he says that he's okay and asks her about her. Rachel says that she doesn't know how she feels, but that she had their future together all figured out. She says that she was going to do some big broadway work, he was going to be a teacher at McKinley and when they were ready she was just going to walk through the door of the Choir Room and tell him that she's home and they would've lived happily ever after. When Will asks her if she told Finn about this, Rachel says that she didn't have to tell Finn, that he knew. She then shows Will a plaque with a picture of Finn and a quote of his, "The show must go...all over the place...or something", which she had made and together, they hang it up in the Choir Room. After, Will returns home and pulls Finn's letterman jacket out of his bag. Emma returns home to find Will in the living room, clutching the jacket and weeping. She rushes over to comfort him and begins to cry too as the episode fades out. The episode ends with the words "Cory Monteith 1982-2013".
|Song Title||Original Artist||Performer(s)|
|Seasons of Love||Cast of Rent||Mercedes Jones, Mike Chang, Santana Lopez,|
Kurt Hummel, Noah Puckerman,
and New Directions
|I'll Stand by You||The Pretenders||Mercedes Jones with New Directions|
|Fire and Rain||James Taylor||Artie Abrams and Sam Evans with New Directions|
|If I Die Young||The Band Perry||Santana Lopez with New Directions|
|No Surrender||Bruce Springsteen||Noah Puckerman|
|Make You Feel My Love||Bob Dylan (Adele's version)||Rachel Berry|
- The Quarterback, an EP accompanying the tribute episode, was released October 7, 2013.
- Amber Riley as Mercedes Jones
- Mark Salling as Noah Puckerman
- Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury-Schuester
- Harry Shum Jr. as Mike Chang
- Mike O'Malley as Burt Hummel
- Dot-Marie Jones as Shannon Beiste
- Romy Rosemont as Carole Hudson-Hummel
- Iqbal Theba as Mr. Figgins
- Erinn Westbrook as Bree
- Chelsea as Jordan Stern
- The title card was made by a fan and showed Finn's silhouette from Don't Stop Believin' in the Glee logo.
- The title The Quarterback is a reference to the position Finn Hudson played on the football team.
- One of the notes on the lockers says, "Finn - You are our star that left too soon. But we will always look up to find you. <3 Zach & Brooke." which is written by Zach Woodlee and Brooke Lipton, who are choreographers for the show.
- This is the third episode ever to be written by all three co-creators, the other two being Pilot and Showmance.
- All profits made from selling the music in this episode were donated to one of Cory's favorite charities: Project Limelight. Source
- Almost every scene in the episode was from the first take due to the actors and crew members having such a hard time shooting it. Source
- Finn's plaque says, "The show must go...all over the place...or something." This is a quote from the second season episode, A Night of Neglect.
- This is the third time Time For Some Girl Talk doesn't play during the closing credits. The first time was in the Pilot and the second time in Shooting Star. However, in the Italian, Australian and in Philippines airing of the episode, the song was played and is included on the iTunes version.
- First time since Goodbye that Rachel and Puck have sung in the front of the Glee Club.
- The episode gained a 7.4 million viewership and 2.9 rating, up significantly from the last episode, making it the most watched episode of Glee since Britney 2.0, and the highest rating episode of Season Five this far. Source
- When Santana checks on Finn's locker, her nails are painted black. But when she is in Sue's office, her nails are painted nude.
- The scene of an empty hallway and the Cheerios and football team walking down the hall remembering Finn which was shown in the promo didn't end up being shown in the episode.
- The scene when New Directions walking down the hall, someone put a football for the memoriam, Blaine put down the drumsticks and look up at Finn's locker which was shown in the promo didn't end up being shown in the episode.
- The scene where Rachel cries on Mr. Schue's shoulder after he put Finn's plaque on the wall, which was shown in the promo, didn't end up being shown in the episode.
- A scene with Puck and military recruitment was supposed to involve some “nerdy” people signing up with the recruiters was supposed to be in the episode, but it wasn't shown.
He was the first cool kid to be nice to any of us, and he was our leader in here. We love you, Finn.
I should’ve given him more hugs. We’d fist-bump or we’d high-five. But I should’ve given him more hugs.
You have to keep on being a parent even though you don’t get to have a child anymore.
I can finally tell you exactly what I think of you. I have hated you ever since the day I met you. You are a horrible person who never had a nice word to say about Finn Hudson, so don’t you dare think for a second that he didn’t hate you too.
—Santana Lopez to Sue
I feel more than I know how to express. I’m heartbroken. To be honest, I don’t even know how we’re all supposed to move forward.
—Will Schuester to Emma
If I start crying, I don’t think I’ll ever stop.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from Finn dying, it’s that shame is a wasted emotion.
—Kurt Hummel to Santana
He's dead. And all we've got left is his voice in our head.
—Shannon Beiste to Puck
He was such a good guy. I'll never get to tell him. There's no lesson here. There's no happy ending. There's just nothing. He's just gone.
I used to love coming here. But now this just reminds me of everything that I’ve lost.
—Santana Lopez to Will
He was my person.