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Between Karofsky’s (Max Adler) suicide attempt and Quinn’s (Dianna Agron) life-altering car crash, Glee has covered plenty of heavy material in recent episodes. Now, from the looks of things, it appears that Glee may be taking a turn for the dark again.

Perez Hilton writes that during the course May 1’s upcoming Season 3, Episode 18: “Choke,” the topic of “domestic violence is brought up when it's revealed that someone unlikely is in an abusive relationship.”

We’ve been hearing rumblings on Tumblr of a domestic violence situation for a while, though it’s worth noting that FOX has not officially mentioned anything related in their episode description. Still, with a name like “Choke,” a plot involving physical abuse is certainly within the realm of possibility. (We’ve also heard that the title could come from the fact that Rachel [Lea Michele] will choke during her high-pressure NYADA audition. But Glee’s been known to use titles with multiple meanings in the past.)

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So which “unlikely” character will be revealed as a victim of domestic violence? If we had to guess, we say it might be football coach Shannon Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones), who recently married sports recruiter Cooter Menkins (Eric Bruskotter).

A fan on Twitter recently asked Dot-Marie Jones what has been the hardest Glee episode for her to shoot so far. Dot-Marie replied that “Choke” was “very emotional for Bieste” and that “u go there.” 

In addition, FOX’s latest episode summary hints, “Coach Beiste reveals a secret, and Sue Sylvester and Coach Roz lend a helping hand.”

If Glee does end up tackling the tough topic of abuse in Episode 18, what would you think? Is it important for a show like Glee to bring such sensitive and impactful issues to light, or do you think they’re going a bit overboard lately?

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