We’re still incredibly moved by Glee’s Season 5, Episode 3 tribute to Cory Monteith (Finn), “The Quarterback.” The episode was an hour long, yet as just about every scene was powerful and full of emotion. But which scene impacted us most of all? To figure out, we’ve ranked our top 6 most devastating moments of the episode — and be sure to let us know which is your pick.
6. Mercedes sings “I’ll Stand By You”
The first song of the night is also one of the most powerful, as Mercedes (Amber Riley) remembers Finn by singing “I’ll Stand By You,” which he performed in Season 1 to the . It affected us to have Finn’s own song covered by one of his friends, and this particular song was the perfect one to choose.
5. Burt wishes he’d given Finn more hugs
It’s pretty much a given that any scene involving Burt (Mike O’Malley) is going to tug at the heartstrings, and so Burt sharing about Finn after seeing his old lamp is no exception. We love that Burt wants to put the lamp in his shop, and then it’s tough to hear him wish he had hugged Finn more instead of patting him on the back.
4. Kurt puts Finn’s jacket on Santana after her song
We weren’t sure if Santana (Naya Rivera) would ever open up about Finn’s death, so it’s great that she finally does so in her own way after being unable to finish an emotional “If I Die Young.” And then she sits in the auditorium as she shares her favorite Finn moments to Kurt (Chris Colfer) and he drapes the letterman jacket over her.
3. Will finally sobs with Emma
Would Schue (Matthew Morrison) really have stolen this jacket after seemingly trying to get Puck (Mark Salling) to take the fall for it? Seems slightly out of character for do-gooder Schue, but loss can make people do surprising things, especially given how close Schue and Finn were. At any rate, seeing Schue finally give in to emotion as Emma (Jayma Mays) silently comforts him made us want to throw an arm around him, too.
2. Finn’s mom tears up about his loss
In hindsight, it makes sense that a scene involving Carole (Romy Rosemont), Finn’s only remaining biological parent, would of course be emotional. But Romy’s amazing performance makes it unbelievably tough to watch, especially with her dialogue about forgetting about his death when she first wakes up. This scene made us realize how truly talented Romy is.
1. Rachel sings their song before opening up to Schue
There’s really no question as to the most heartbreaking moment of the show. That goes to Rachel’s (Lea Michele) performance of “Make You Feel My Love,” along with her later telling Schue that Finn was “her person” and that they would grow old together. In fact, this tune might actually have been Lea’s most powerful song performance ever, which of course is no small feat.