The sad news of Cory Monteith’s death in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia stunned fans of the Gleeactor, who was only 31.
Sickening. Heartbreaking. And I hate the fact that I knew this was going to be the outcome of the Coroner’s report. If you’ve followed Dipped in Cream over the past five years, you know where I’m coming from on this subject.
“At this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most-tragic accident,” the coroners service said in a statement, adding that no further details were available pending a full investigation.
Monteith, 31, was found dead Saturday in his room by staff members at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel after he missed his checkout time.
The actor spent time in rehab this year, checking into a drug addiction treatment facility in late March.
Monteith had been frank about his struggles with substance abuse, telling Parade magazine in 2011 that he began using drugs at 13 and by 19 went into rehab after his mother and friends intervened.”
Cory’s friends and castmates have given statements or posted on Twitter, with the exception of his co-star and fiancee Lea Michele.
I hope the media just leave Lea the hell alone, as well as Cory’s family.
This was one of those episodes where a whole lot of nothing happens, but it sets the stage for more non-drama to happen later. This was also a sorry excuse for them to “pay tribute” to the late Whitney Houston. Besides a mention of the reality show Being Bobby Brown and her history with drugs, none of this had anything to do with Whitney and the superstar she was.
Will, being the idiot douche he is, has a hard time figuring out why after two months, the kids haven’t gotten over Whitney’s passing. Emma, in her adorably stupid way, shows him a pamphlet she made when Princess Diana died to help her cope with her death. She explains that like Diana, Whitney was a physical manifestation of their struggle to move on past high school. Did you get that? Neither did I. So this leads to a bunch of lazy covers where no one gets the real meaning behind her songs.
Will also wants to move up the date for their wedding to May so that the kids can attend. You think Emma would have sat him down and told him how ridiculous he was being, or dumped him because frankly that’s creepy.
Meanwhile, Kurt is feeling like he and Blaine are already an old married couple, just because they schedule when they make out and text. At a record store, he meets Chandler, not cute enough to cheat with, but he and Kurt flirt back and forth via texts. When Blaine finds out, they two have a small spat which also involves couple’s counseling with Emma. All of this is of course solved through song.
Dreadlock Joe is helping Quinn out with her physical therapy. I know Joe means well, but there is something about his good, Christian nature that comes off a little weird. While stretching her legs he accidentally gets aroused, this after Quinn tells the girls that she doesn’t think he’s interested in her that way, and why would he be? For someone that wants to go to Yale, or whichever Ivy League school she would never get into in real life, she’s pretty dumb. Why else would he be “praying” and going to physical therapy with her, they barely know each other. I did think it was funny that Joe went to Sam to get help so he could woo her. He could have easily gone to Finn or Puck.
As for the other budding relationships, Rachel tells Santana that they could have been friends the whole time in school, instead of enemies. She has a point, but I doubt Santana and Rachel will be BFFs, or even Fs beyond this.
“How Will I Know” sung by Mercedes, Rachel, Kurt and Santana. As Mercedes solemnly looks at a picture of Whitney at the shrine in her locker, the three join her to mourn throughout the halls and library at McKinley. This was the only really good performance this episode, inspired by the isolated vocal track for this song. It was weird to think that the four of them walked around school belting out Whitney songs for the past two months, but it worked.
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) sung by Brittany and Santana. I didn’t think Brittany should have had the lead on this one, but the two dressed as the way Whitney was in the video with the silver dress and hair bow was cute. This could have been done by Tina and Mike, if anyone cared to remember that Tina exists.
“Saving All My Love For You” sung by Quinn and Joe. This was incredibly bland, like unseasoned oatmeal. But what else would you expect from nasally Quinn and granola crunch Jesus.
“So Emotional” sung by Rachel and Santana. I can appreciate that this was the first duet by Rachel and Santana, but this would have been better done by say, Mercedes and Sam. Lea and Naya did sound pretty good together, but there was something about the arrangement of this that was a little off for me. Whitney was known for her ballads, but she had some great dance hits and I wish this had been more of a dance number.
“It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” sung by Blaine with New Directions. Blaine is hurt that his boyfriend would rather talk to someone else than him, he considers texting cheating. The meaning of this song fit the situation, but Blaine couldn’t pull any real emotion out of this, like last week’s disastrous cover of “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Unfortunately, Whitney isn’t here to call this “dinky.”
“I Have Nothing” sung by Kurt. So Kurt apologizes to Blaine with this, even making me cry. I kind of wanted to cry too because it was so bad. This is Whitney’s second greatest ballad, the first was already covered by Mercedes/Amber, but that flawless note at the end was flat here because of Chris’s puny voice.
“My Love Is Your Love” sung by Mercedes, Artie, Kurt and Blaine with New Directions. How is that it’s taken this long for Mercedes and Artie to get a song, and then Blaine and Kurt have to come and ruin it. They would have been just fine in the background with everyone else. And how is it that the character who is known to be Whitney’s biggest fan doesn’t get a solo song?
Sigh, I won’t get into Mr. Schue creeping in the background.
I’ve said it before, but Gotye‘s huge hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” is this year’s “Rolling In The Deep.” Which of course meant that Glee had to rush to cover it while it was still hot. The song appeared in the episode “Big Brother” and was sung by Darren Criss and guest star Matt Bomer. While Gleeks might have loved it, the Australian singer wasn’t so impressed.
“They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals but the vocals were that pop Glee-style, ultra dry, sounded pretty tuned and the rock has no real sense, like it’s playing to you from a cardboard box,” he said.
Not to mention the fact that the song is about a breakup, not two douchey brothers fighting. The show’s use of the song gave it a boost in sales, and fans did like the cover. Maybe it wasn’t all that bad, but this is Glee we’re talking about here.