Glee – Sam, Brittany and Lord Tubbington

Glee‘s never shied away from heavy subjects. In the past, it’s tackled LGBT issues, eating disorders and bullying, but “Shooting Star” took it to a whole new level. Last night, McKinley High endured its worst nightmare — a school shooting.

The Players:

  • Director: Bradley Buecker
  • Writer: Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner
  • Cast: Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum, Jr., Cheyenne, Darren Criss, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, Dean Geyer, Melissa Benoist

Episode Title: “Shooting Star”

Brittany brings her cat Lord Tubbington to school so she can sing a song to express her love for him. Meanwhile, the New Directions continue to prepare for Regionals, but something “unthinkable” happens.

The Good:

  • Catfish: Ryder learns that he’s been fooled by his online girlfriend. He mistakenly serenades who he thinks is Katie, and as a result, humiliates himself. While Katie’s identity is still a mystery, it’s interesting watching this storyline unfold. This whole “catfish” situation is very relevant to the times.
  • The Shooting: The episode started and went like any other. The New Directions prepped for Regionals and Brittany was predicting the end of the world (again). There wasn’t the slightest hint that something was about to go terribly wrong. Once a gun went off, the tone completely changed. We can’t imagine how horrible it must feel to be in a situation like that. But Glee dealt with it tastefully. The cast delivered the right emotion needed for the situation. At one point, we felt like we were watching Gus Van Sant‘s Elephant.
  • Lady Tubbington: Sam gives Brittany a new cat and names her Lady Tubbington. She’s just as cute and obese as Lord Tubbington, but with better facial expressions. Honestly, we can’t wait for Brittany to co-host Fondue For Two with her two pets.

The Bad:

  • The Shooting Aftermath: While the shooting was chock-full of drama, the aftermath was disappointing. It turns out the whole incident was Becky’s fault. Afraid of the real world, she took her father’s gun to school and showed it to Sue. It went off by mistake, and in the end, Sue took the fall for her. We’re not saying these things can’t happen, but we feel a little robbed. Does this discredit the shooting? That’s up for debate, but for us, it did cheapen it.

The Music:

  • “Your Song,” Elton John – Ryder pours his heart and soul into an Elton John number. He thinks he’s found the girl he’s been flirting with online, but finds out he’s been fooled.
  • “More Than Words,” Extreme – Brittany sings to her cat, and it’s perfect. However, everyone in the glee club seems confused by this odd gesture.
  • “Say,” John Mayer – The glee club comes together after the shooting and sings “Say.” More than anything, this performance shows how much they love each other.

Overall:

Glee gets a lot of grief for being that musical show where the actors are much older than their characters. But when the series is long gone, people will remember it for its bravery. This week, the whole cast gave great performances and the writers really outdid themselves. Bravo!

Rating: 8.5/10

Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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