During Glee's tribute episode to the late Cory Monteith, Jane Lynch's misanthropic character Sue Sylvester demanded that McKinley High students not "make a self-serving spectacle for our own sadness" while mourning jock-singer Finn Hudson.
Well, the often overblown high school dramedy restrained itself and delivered one of its best episodes in a long time with a heartbreakingly on-point tribute to the departed actor behind Finn.
Amber Riley returned to the series to perform the Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You"—the song Finn crooned to what he believed was his unborn child in season one, one of our 5 Favorite Cory Performances—and Lea Michele sang Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" to her on-and-off-screen boyfriend.
But in real life, the Cory tribute was all about the devastated fans. Here are the most poignant tweets we came across while watching "The Quarterback" episode on Thursday night. Proceeds from songs downloaded on iTunes from this episode go to Project Limelight, a theater company Monteith supported.
I'm crying watching this glee episode and I've never watched glee in my entire life— (@ikatiebelieber) October 11, 2013
If you're watching football instead of glee plz leave— elizabeth✻ (@ESperapani) October 11, 2013
Teacher: why didn't you do your homework Me: glee was too emotional— Kerry (@iNouislicious) October 11, 2013
I know "Glee" has jumped the shark for a lot of people, but this episode is filled with brilliant performances and writing. Great tribute.— Micah C (@TheBestMicah) October 11, 2013
Music is usually a great shortcut to elicit emotion. But nothing has come close to topping the non-musical scene in Finn's bedroom. #Glee— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) October 11, 2013
Everyone is tweeting about glee and Cory. My brother loved Glee. I hope he's chillin with Cory in heaven.— King (@AaricSays) October 11, 2013