There’s no question that last week’s Glee Season 5, Episode 3 tribute to Cory Monteith (Finn) tribute, “The Quarterback”, was devastating. But how does it compare to the many other emotional episodes we’ve seen on this show over the years? To find out, we’ve ranked the top 5 most tear-worthy episodes in Glee history. Grab the Kleenex — and the Haagen-Dazs.
And to be fair, any number of other episodes could have made the list, including Burt Hummel’s hospital scare in Season 2, Episode 3: “Grilled Cheesus”; Sue’s sister’s death in Season 2, Episode 21: “Funeral”; or any number of episodes that tackle important issues. So let us know in the comments which episode affected you the most!
5. Season 3, Episode 22: “Goodbye”
This episode has become more emotional over time, as it’s now the last time Finn and Rachel (Lea Michele) share the screen as an official couple. Finn meant well by driving Rachel to the train station instead of marrying her, but it’s devastating to hear him say he’s 100% sure he wants to marry her and to see her sob as they part ways. We’ll never know what might have been, but this scene makes it clear how much love they have for each other.
4. Season 4, Episode 18: “Shooting Star”
This episode was a bit overly sensational, but back when it first aired, we called it the most tear-inducing episode ever. And while things ended up working out okay in the end, there were definite emotions generated by its school-shooting plot, as the glee kids record their potentially final thoughts on video. Plus, Lord Tubbington meets Lady Tubbington — and if that doesn’t make you well up, you might be lacking a heart. Just saying.
3. Season 4, Episode 4: “The Break Up”
When the sadness rains on Glee, it pours, as we get not one but five (!) couples who broke up or came close to it. Frankly, we’re still shocked that Blaine (Darren Criss) actually cheated on Kurt (Chris Colfer), although their recent engagement kinda makes up for it. And we kept holding onto hope that Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) would rekindle things, but that never came to be. We feel your pain, Team Brittana.
2. Season 3, Episode 14: “On My Way”
Again, multiple stunners in this one, with Karofsky’s (Max Adler) suicide attempt and then Quinn’s (Dianna Agron) devastating car wreck as she heads to Finchel’s wedding. Plus, the episode involves the amazingly touching hospital scene in which Kurt visits Karofsky and we see an upbeat flash-forward to Karofsky’s future. By the way, we’re not the only ones who still want Karofsky to return one of these days, right?
1. Season 5, Episode 3: “The Quarterback”
It just happened a week ago, but there’s no question that the emotional depth of this episode will withstand the test of time. Just about every character gets a heartfelt scene to pay their respects to Finn, with the kicker being Rachel’s return to McKinley and Schue (Matthew Morrison) bawling in Emma’s (Jayma Mays) arms. Nicely done, Glee.