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NOT PICTURED: Viewers crying right alongside them.
Santana freaking out had been building for awhile. Prior to talking with Kurt, Santana and Sue got into a rapidly escalating fight about candles in the hallway, which was really about Finn and two very hurt people. It ended with Santana pushing Sue, and when she later went to apologize, an obviously distraught Sue told her she was right. “I was horrible to that kid,” she shared. When Santana tried to make her feel better, and offered that maybe this could be a learning experience about how to treat people, Sue matter-of-factly snapped, “I don’t care about people, I care about him. He was such a good guy, and 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.”
That brutal truth really resonated with me, as I’m sure it did for many viewers. The tough-talking Sue was a nice change of pace from some of the other weepy moments. This episode did a great job showcasing -- especially for younger viewers -- the different ways people deal with death/stages of grief. There was guilt with Burt and Sue, bargaining with Tina, anger with Santana and Puck, and even some denial from Will, who didn't allow himself to cry and instead felt like his job in all of this was to be strong for the kids.
But Will's resolve couldn't last for long, and Rachel, showing up three-quarters of the way through the hour, only made things harder. Rachel first appeared holding Kurt’s hand in the hallway and explained of the growing memorial outside Finn’s locker, “It’s beautiful. I just had to see.” After a commercial break, Rachel requested, “Nobody treat me with kid gloves, okay?” before singing her Finn Hudson Choir Room Memorial Song, “Make You Feel My Love.” She’s crying throughout, and while she obviously sounded lovely, it was heartbreaking to watch. [It should be noted all proceeds from music downloads tonight go to Project Limelight, a charity Monteith supported.]
NEXT: Thanks to a jacket, Will finally grieves