Glee recap: Shooting Star

Gunshots at McKinley terrify the school -- and you won't believe who brought the gun
Ep. 18 | Aired Apr 11, 2013

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There are no more shots fired, although watching Brittany in the bathroom is extremely stressful (she's rescued by Schu). The kids are later able to safely evacuate the school, but the question remained the next day: Who was responsible? The police didn’t find a gun in anyone’s locker, but later in the day, Sue went to Principal Figgins' office and confessed. The gun was hers; she has it at school due to recent events; she felt she would be better able to protect students with a gun. She explained the gun accidentally fired when she took it out to perform a safety check, and then when she dropped it, it shot again -- accounting for the two shots. Figgins believes her and seems understandably sad about the whole situation, but thanks to the school’s zero-tolerance policy, Sue would lose her job.

Sue's calm explanation didn’t sit right with Will, who went to see her as she was cleaning out her desk and asked for help to make him understand. It was touching that Will wanted more info to go speak on her behalf to the administration, but of course, her decision had been made: She would take the fall because (as viewers learned via flashback and which Will does not know) the real gunperson was Becky, who brought her dad’s gun to school. While talking with Sue about how nervous she was for the future, Becky shows her the loaded gun, which Sue instantly tried to get away from her. Unfortunately, Becky panics, a shot is fired, and then she drops the gun, where it fires again. Sue gives her a hug, and tells her she’ll take care of this, which, by confessing to a crime she didn’t commit, she does.

Back in the present, Sue told Will there is nothing he can do, but to please keep an eye on Becky for her. “She’s tough, but like all the kids, she gets scared sometimes,” she explained. Thanks to Jane Lynch’s matter-of-fact delivery, this line totally brought on the tears. While obviously people sometimes do extreme things -- and fortunately, Becky didn’t wind up actually shooting any students -- it still seemed out of character for her, regardless of how overwhelmed or scared she might have felt.

Can you imagine Becky not being wracked with guilt once she discovers Sue has been fired -- and won’t her dad notice the gun missing and/or moved? She’ll likely confess to someone, whether that be her parents, Principal Figgins, or another student she trusts, like Brittany. This better not be the last we see of Jane Lynch. She shouldn't be stuck outside McKinley High's walls as a consequence of seemingly the most protective things she’s done for a student.

The episode ends with Sue walking out of McKinley and the kids gathered in the auditorium singing “Say” and comforting each other. We also see a few more of the highly emotional video goodbyes, ending with director Artie’s own confession:  "I just want to say I’ve had the best experiences of my life in this room and I love these people more than anything."

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