'Glee' Funeral Recap: You'll Never Believe Who Died! (VIDEO)

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Glee FuneralWhen I heard that the penultimate Glee episode had been dubbed "Funeral," I can't be the only Gleek who went scurrying to Google to enter the name of every cast member out there for a clue of who would be killed off. Was it the naughty extra who leaked spoilers about the prom episode? Would they break our hearts and take away super dad Burt Hummel with another heart attack? Or would they really shock us and go big? Finally give Mr. Schue his out?

OK, OK. I'm no Ryan Seacrest. I can't carry this out any longer. The dead Glee cast member is ...

Jean Sylvester. Remember her? Played by Robin Trocki (who seems to be very much alive, thank goodness), Coach Sylvester's sister with Down syndrome is gone. So sad!!

But it says a lot about a show that a woman's death and Jesse St. James picking on Finn with jabs like "You kind of sing and dance like a zombie who has to poop" can not only appear in the same exact episode, but also fit the tone of said episode. It was the funeral for Jean, put together by the glee club for a grieving Sue, which was the sort of moment that epitomized the point of this club of misfits and freaks. They work better when you play up the kook factor!

Of course, Ryan Murphy and Co. could have just filmed the New Directions singing Jean's favorite song, "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka, at her funeral, then played it 60 times over to fill up the hour and drum home the point:

But what's the fun in that? We had to build on last week's "Jesse St. James is back, and Finn doesn't like it vibe." So Rachel's ex was hired by Mr. Schue as a show choir consultant to help them win nationals (bringing the following credentials: having won nationals with Vocal Adrenaline, having taken one class at UCLA, and having watched a LOT of reality shows). He organized a sort of sing-off, auditions for the New Directions members to try to win a spot as soloist and lead member to build the nationals show around, while systematically ripping each singer to shreds one by one.

It got us some amazing vocals -- Kurt singing "Some People" from Gypsy and Mercedes singing Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" were the standouts here. But you also got the typical infighting that comes when you try to tell a queen like Kurt that he can't sing "girl songs" and a diva like Mercedes that she has nothing on Patti LuPone. (A little foreshadowing here? Word has it Ms. LuPone will show up in the finale y'all! Maybe she can revive her role as Rose from Gypsy and have a sing-off with Kurt? Oh, a Gleek can dream.)

But what Jesse St. Suck, as Kurt renamed him, didn't get was if you try to mold the New Directions into Vocal Adrenaline wannabes with perfect planning to match that perfect pitch, you might as well throw the team their own funeral. Ah, yeah, I see what they did there. Tricky!

Speaking of trickery, Finn broke up with Quinn so he could get back with Rachel ... but Jesse St. Suck is already getting in the way. Can we kill THIS guy off so we can get Finchel back? Please?

OK, on to NYC and nationals next week. Are you ready for the New Directions to hit Broadway?

 

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ZsMommy ZsMommy

Hmm-they kill off a character with Downs Syndrome-not very all inclusive accepting on behalf of the writers-just saying

jagam... jagamama0710

ZsMommy - ......I doubt they killed the character BECAUSE she has DS. Please.

David Stallworth

@ZsMommy; the character caught pneumonia which can prove rather dangerous, especially in a care facility, and Sue even mentioned that originally the doctors had said that the character in question wouldn't live past 35 and as she'd already gotten to age 50 well...there were obviously other reasons for the character in questions' passing, and it certainly could not be DS. Cheers

jeann... jeannesager

ZsMommy, there is ANOTHER character with Down Syndrome still on the show and very much alive.

Jasmine Ellis

They still have Becky the cheerleader at the school with DS, but no they are not all inclusive.

nonmember avatar Cathy

The episode was done beautifully. I have lost several siblings and it really hit home for me. When Becky was cut from the squad (and SO UPSET) I worried that it would be her but I love Jean's character and am sorry to see her go. The whole funeral scene made me cry and I loved the videos of Jean and Sue. Well done. Also - hate Jesse but I guess they needed him to be an ass to bring them together and I am so glad that we didn't have to see Blaine again.

Octob... Octobersmom

I'm stressed IRL so watching this was great for crying LOL


I guessed Jean was the one who they were killing but I hadn't planned on Sue being able to make me cry. 

Luckas San Martín Flores

This just broke my heart. Oh, I just remembered Becky wanted to join New Directions... is this going on? or now that she's back in the Cheerios the idea has been thrown away?

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