With the Glee season 5 premiere getting closer and closer, it is with mixed emotions that fans look forward to going back to McKinley High. As we look forward with excitement to the two-week Beatles tribute that opens the season, it is the third episode that many are emotionally preparing themselves for.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Glee family have been working on what is probably the hardest episode they have ever done… the tribute and goodbye to Cory Monteith and Finn Hudson. We have heard from many of the cast and crew about their experiences filming this “beautiful” and “heartbreaking” episode. Yesterday during a Spreecast interview with Arthur Kade, Dot Marie Jones (Coach Beiste) shared her experiences of filming “The Quarterback”, shedding tears as she spoke of Cory.
Jones admitted that it took her two and a half days to get through her first read through of the script and that it will be “a tough show to watch”. In fact, she confessed that she didn’t know how she or her “little pumpkins” (her fans on Twitter) will be able to watch it.
“It’s like losing a family member,” she told Kade. “I come back in episode 3 this season. I just got done shooting it last Friday, and it was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It’s not just written words – this is real life. It happened… it may be a fictitious name, but it was our boy.”
Struggling with tears, she summed Cory up perfectly saying he was “a great guy” before wiping away tears and admitting “you’re makin’ me cry”.
However, the episode was a great opportunity for the cast and crew to come together and celebrate Cory and his legacy. Jones also found that working on the episode certainly helped her cope with Cory’s death. “It’s been therapeutic”, Jones said, later adding, “we would shoot these scenes and then we would sit around and talk about Cory.”
Describing Cory’s death as a “horrible accident”, she opened up about her relationship with him, saying “I loved Cory, I loved him so much, and I loved working with him. I was so thankful and so glad that I had so many scenes last season where it was just he and I.”
“The Quarterback” airs on October 10. Glee returns for season five on September 26.