Did that just happen? Really, did that just happen?! We don't know what to do. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. But we do know one thing:
This is why we still watch Glee.
We're going to tackle our recap this week in a more serious manner, to really pay tribute to what Ryan Murphy and Co. did on their show last night. All week we've been hearing how this episode would be the most "shocking" in Glee history. While it most definitely ended on a cliffhanger to keep fans frantic for the next seven weeks, it's what happened in the first ten minutes that captured our attention more.
Consider this your SPOILER ALERT, although we doubt that if you're reading this post, you haven't already seen the episode.
What we have always admired about Glee is that very early on, it took on a responsibility to portray honest, relatable, and topical problems facing today's youth. Yes, sometimes the show veers off into fantasy. Yes, even the most loyal Gleeks will admit that from time to time, the show gets ridiculous (in a good way!). But to it's core, Glee has always strived to be the kind of show a teen can turn on and relate to. We only hope they tuned in last night.
In perhaps the most chilling and relevant storyline in the show's history, Dave Karofsky, a former McKinley jock who once tormented Chris Colfer's character Kurt Hummel because of his sexuality, attempted to take his own life after facing the same kind of ignorance. Cyber-bullied by his classmates and humiliated when the word "fag" is spray-painted on his locker, Dave goes home, puts on his best suit, and tries to hang himself from a beam in his bedroom.
If that moment didn't convince a few homophobes the error of their ways, we don't know what will.
The scenes that follow are perhaps some of the more candid and gut-wrenching ever to be seen on the show: Karofsky's father finding his body, his teachers blaming themselves for not doing more, and his classmates conflicted over whether to consider his act sad or selfish. These are the kinds of topics that need to be addressed in a world where so many young, precious lives are lost because of hate, violence and ignorance.
But the most important moment of the episode was hands down Kurt's visit to the hospital to see his friend and remind him that there is so much to live for. He helps Dave imagine the future, a time where he'll have a family and a career and a life he'll be happy he still has to live. We just hope that every kid out there who feels alone, scared or unwanted, just for a moment, closes their eyes and does as Dave did. Imagine what your future might hold for you if you stay strong for one more day. And don't do it alone! Get your friends together for a Glee power circle and support each other in making every day the best it can be … because every day can be wonderful! We'll say it again, and we'll keep saying it until the happy day we feel like it never has to be said again:
It gets better.
Of course, we can't ignore the rest of the episode. Sue Sylvester is pregnant (identity of baby daddy TBA) and she wants to help Schuester win Nationals. Because of what happened to Karofsky, Finn and Rachel agree that life is too short and decide to get married after Regionals, which they win! Thankfully, there were no hard feelings from the Warblers, whose leader Sebastian also has a change of heart after hearing about Karofsky and vows never to be cruel with his competition again. Quinn finally gives Rachel her blessing to marry Finn and even agrees to be one of her bridesmaids. On the drive over to the courthouse, Quinn reaches down to answer a text from Rachel … and a truck smashes into her car. BOOM.
Will Quinn survive? Or is this RIB's way of writing her out of season four? Will Rachel and Finn tie the knot? Or will they learn of their friend's accident and be overcome with guilt?
As the episode said: To be continued ….
See you April 10th!
And remember …. IT. GETS. BETTER.
We only have two side notes this week:
1. Don't text and drive!
2. Don't give up! If you need to talk to someone, CLICK HERE to contact the Trevor Project. They are here to help!
Tags: car crash, competition, dave karoksky, father, gay youth, glee, gleeks, married, quinn, ryan murphy, suicide, suicide attempt, tribute, violence