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Glee’s Cory Monteith Tribute: Was Lea Michele’s Limited Role a Good Thing?

After months of spoilers rolling in about Glee's Cory Monteith/Finn tribute episode Season 5, Episode 3: "The Quarterback", we finally saw the episode and it was just as wonderfully good and terribly sad as we expected. One of the night's most interesting developments was the limited role Rachel (Lea Michele) played. She didn't appear until the episode's final act and though her performance was as moving as can be imagined, we're still wondering if she should have been in the show more.

Here at Wetpaint Entertainment, we think Lea's short time on camera was probably the right move for several reasons. First, and most importantly, it was respectful to Lea, who is trying to deal with the loss of her real-life partner. While we know she's a consummate professional who would rise to any occasion and wanted to actively participate in this tribute to the man she loved, it would have been cruel of the writers to put the weight of this powerful episode completely on her shoulders, or force her to relive all of the raw emotions she's experienced by documenting every moment of Rachel's grief.

Secondly, we think saving Rachel's appearance until the end made it all that more powerful — think short and sweet, except that in this case it was "short and heartbreaking."

Finally, saving Rachel until the end ensured the episode was all about Finn and what he represented to everyone at McKinley and (by proxy) what Cory meant to the whole cast and all of his fans. By not making the tribute just about Rachel's loss, this episode put the spotlight solely on Cory and how much he will be missed.

What do you think: Was limiting Rachel's role in the tribute episode the right choice, or should there have been a bigger focus on her given the importance of the Rachel/Finn relationship? Sound off in the comments below!