'Glee' Recap: Rachel Berry Makes Ultimate Tribute to Finn

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Glee Kurt HummelThe Glee writers really know how to hit us in the feels, don't they? Tonight's episode was playing out as a funny bit of twerking madness -- complete with an epic speech from Sue Sylvester on the nation's most insidious foe, aka Miley Cyrus. And then out of nowhere, they nailed us with another tribute to Cory Monteith/Finn Hudson

Way to send us tearing through another box of tissues! Along with the standard spoiler alert for those of you who haven't hit the DVR yet, let's add a tearjerker alert, m'kay?

As mentioned, it was twerking night on Glee, and the New Directions were getting their twerk on up until the moment when Sue Sylvester decided it was absolutely indecent and banned it with one of the best commentaries yet on Miley and her bouncing butt. The way Sue "sees it," Miley has forced upon this nation:

The genital flapping dance known as twerking that makes men and women alike look like overgrown, constipated toddlers.

Oh Sue, we love you. And we needed that laugh, if only to keep us upright later on when the really hard stuff came out.

Rachel and Kurt, of course, are still living their lives in New York, far away from the Miley madness and trying to cope without Finn. Tonight's big idea was to grab a bottle of Limoncello, take a few shots, and get up the nerve to get tattoos. Only on Glee is lemon-flavored liqueur the drink you hit when you want to get rebellious. 

But hey, it works. Kurt's so drunk that he screws up the wording on his and ends up with "Its get better" on his back while Rachel chickens out ... or so she says.

Because after Kurt goes out and gets the tat fixed, and his tongue pierced to boot, she sneaks into the bathroom to take a look at the one word now inked on her side.


It's lovely and perfect and absolutely heartwrenching. He will be by her side forever now. There will never be a Rachel without Finn. Literally.

Aaaaand I'm going to go off and cry in a corner somewhere.

OK, OK, I'm back. It's good to see that Glee hasn't just up and forgotten Finn (or Cory). It's good for story continuity but also out of respect for his memory. You don't just erase someone you love.

I just can't imagine how hard this is on the actors, especially Lea Michele. It's hard enough for us fans!

Thank goodness there's Sue to give us a reason to laugh. I leave you with her summary on what can happen if we all ban twerking: 

Hannah Montana can go back to naked straddling the three-ton wreckling ball she was clearly upsold at Home Depot as the cinder block room she's trying to demolish is only 12 square feet and already has a wall missing.

What did you think of Rachel's tattoo? Should Glee continue to mention Finn or would it be better to make a clean break and move on?


Image via Mike Yarish/FOX

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SaphireH SaphireH

Awwww that's sweet

Samal... Samalama319

I've never really watched Glee (except for the tribute episode) but I read about it a lot and listen to a lot of the music from the show. It seems that Glee really hits the hard issues and does it well. I think they should definitely keep tying Finn in. Grieving isn't a 'one and done' process. It takes a while to go back to the norm of life and even then you'll often get hit with memories that make you cry. I think to stop that storyline after one episode wouldn't be fair, especially when they hit hard issues like molestation and school shootings. 

Anna Elizabeth Gray

I feel like Glee can never stop mentioning Finn. The show was centered around Finn and Rachel, and losing him was a huge deal for the plot f the show. Ryan Murphy even said that he had to change the way the rest of the show was going to play out just because of this loss, and he's also said that the last two episodes of the series will be a tribute to Finn as well. There isn't a single person on that show who wasn't touched by him in some way. While I don't think every episode needs to be a giant tribute to him, mentioning him in every other episode or so is something inevitable, and it's something that needs to be done. They need to keep his memory alive and continued to be inspired by the person that he was. Like Kurt said in the tribute episode, he wanted to focus on remembering how Finn lived. And likewise, the characters on the show are always going to remember him. Never mentioning him again and making a "clean break" would be an insult to Cory and the work that he did while he was alive.

Kelly Ann Hazelett

It wouldn't be true to the Rachel character not to have her mourn Finn. Their love was deep and she just can't act like he never existed. I love how the writers are honoring her love for him without having her wallow in it or just forget him. It has been helping me to get over my sadness of Cory dying. 

nonmember avatar rw

Loved the tattoos for Kurt and Rachel; and Rachel's need to have a small part of her love for Finn hidden. I treasure those secret moments Glee gives us viewers; it was perfect. I also liked Rachel's wonderful Fanny, brilliant.

The highlight was Alex Newell (Unique) who gave a heartwrenching illustration of pain and strength. He is stuck at McK where he is humiliated at every turn. His (her) performance of "If I Were a Boy" (I think we all cried) was incredibly moving. Mr. Schue standing up for Unique so he can at least have a safe bathroom to use, as well as his comforting words shows his growth as a character. I was struck at the gentle and humble way that Alex plays Unique. The writers are spot on. When she says that she cannot be any other way, we ache for her to find a place of love and acceptance.

Melissa Benoist! Wow - what an amazingly soulful version of "Wrecking ball"! She is finally letting go with song and intensity we can see she has inside. Her sadness and anger at being cheated on by Jake the Fake was palpable. Go Marley. Also I hope Blake steps up to comfort her- yay!

Brenda Kenna

I really love the show and I was very surprised to see what Rachel did and thought it was very sweet.

Lecia Bolt

we cant not forget finn, i miss him so much


Jackie Cash

Oh please do keep mentioning Finn in Glee after all he was one of the main reaons why Glee has been so popular over the years. I feel that Finn should be apart of Glee still. Maybe Rachel could have visions of Finn as he guides her along in her career if that is possible at all as long s it not too painful for Rachel = Lea <3 xoxox

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