"Glee" Recap: 'Shooting Stars'
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Apr 12, 2013 - 8:57:27 AM
HOLLYWOOD—It was a controversial night on "Glee" in the episode "Shooting Stars" with traumatic events shaking up McKinley High. "Glee" co-creator and executive producer, Ryan Murphy, took to Twitter on April 3 to talk about the episode. “Just saw the rough cut of next week’s ‘Shooting Star’. It is the most
powerful emotional Glee ever. So proud of the cast & crew.”
The episode begins on a light note with Brittany (Heather Morris) making an announcement that a meteor, or comet or maybe even an asteroid, would be making it's way to Earth leaving them with only a few days to live. Brittany chose to use her apparently limited amount of time to reconcile with her cat, Lord Tubbington.
Mr. Schuester (Mathew Morrison) and the rest of the glee club students simply humor Brittany and go along with her suspicions. Mr. Schuester finds a way to use her statement for a weekly assignment which turns out to be "Last Chance." He wants the students to practice performing for Regionals as if it would be their last opportunity. Sam (Chord Overstreet) tries to use Brittany's declaration to tell her how much he cares for her by singing a simple, yet sweet, rendition of Extreme's "More Than Words." Brittany, however, seems to be having trouble letting her own feelings be known and dedicates the song to her cat. Poor Sam is being neglected for a chubby feline.
Brittany (Heather Morris) gets a group hug after her performance.
Ryder (Blake Jenner) finally finds the girl he has been texting and talking with via the internet, Katie. He walks up to her, and to her astonishment, takes her to the choir room where he serenades her with Elton John's "Your Song." The great performance, sadly, was for the wrong girl as Ryder discovers that she was not the one he was texting. She tells him he has been catfished as his anonymous texter used her photo and identity to hide the truth.
Ryder becomes incredibly distraught because he sent the girl, if it really is a girl, dirty photos and apparently really fell for her. He even accuses Marley (Melissa Benoist) and Jake (Jacob Artist) of anonymously texting him but they both assure him that they had nothing to do with it. Ryder then agrees to meet Katie in front of the choir room at 3:30 the next day.
Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) invites Mr. Schuester to a romantic dinner in the locker room, "Lady and the Tramp" style, serving spaghetti and wine. She confesses that she is in love with Mr. Schuester but he lets her know that he is back together with Emma (Jayma Mays). Brittany eventually reveals that the asteroid she saw in her telescope, which is actually a Pringles can, just had a dead lady bug in it. After the news, Becky (Lauren Potter) goes up to her to tell Brittany that she always looked up to her and is scared to graduate and go out into the real world. Brittany tells her that it is scary, but they both need to move on with their lives.
The episode takes a dramatic turn when the glee students are practicing in the choir room and two shots are fired in the school. Mr. Schuester and Coach Beiste turn off the lights and help the panicking students hide to the side of the room. He demands everyone start tweeting and texting about the shooting but not to inform anyone about their exact location.
attempts to leave the room to find Brittany who left to go to the
bathroom but Coach Beiste and Mr. Schuester hold him back and make him
sit back down. We then see Brittany standing on a toilet seat hiding
in a bathroom stall as she cries alone. Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) is
outside of the school and wants to go in to see how everyone is doing
but is held back as well.
Marley is trying to contact her mother who works in the cafeteria, but can't reach her and is scared something has happened to her. It's heartbreaking to see Marley begin to lose her composure as she fears for her mother's life. While everyone is crying and shaking in fear, Kitty (Becca Tobin) revels to Marley that she altered her clothes during their "Grease" production in order to make Marley think she was gaining weight. Marley seems to forgive her as they hug and cry in each other's arms.
Sam makes another attempt to leave the room but again, he is held back by the two teachers. Mr. Schuester puts his hand over Sam's mouth to quiet his shouts while Coach Beiste tries to contain his flailing arms. The sense of panic in Sam was incredibly difficult to watch without breaking down into tears. Another truly heartbreaking scene in this episode was when Artie (Kevin McHale) grabbed a camera and asked each person to speak to the camera just in case they didn't get out of the room. Each student makes a confession and tells their family they love them.
A sweet moment after the shooting between Will (Mathew Morrison) and Sam (Chord Overstreet).
Mr. Schuester manages to sneak into the bathroom and gets Brittany, as well as two other students, to bring them back to the choir room. The students get into a huddle of joy after police officers give them the all clear. The next few days, police still didn't know who the shooter was until Sue (Jane Lynch) admits to having a gun on campus which accidentally went off twice. Sue is hurt that she has accomplished so much but once news breaks out about her mistake, she will be known for nothing else. Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba) apologizes to her because he has no choice but to fire her.
Mr. Schuester doesn't believe Sue's story and in a flashback, it is revealed that Becky brought the gun to school. She was scared of her future and stole a gun from her dad. She showed it to Sue in her office, breaking down into tears, and accidentally caused the gun to go off twice. She apologies and Sue tells her she will take care of it. Back to the present, Sue asks Will to take care of Becky and implies that she was involved in the shooting. It's sad to see Sue go, but it isn't surprising that she would come to Becky's rescue as she always had a soft spot for her since Becky reminds Sue of her deceased sister.
Things begin to get resolved as Brittany finally tells Sam she loves him and Mr. Schuester makes an online dating profile for Coach Beiste. Ryder waits for "Katie" but leaves when she never shows up. He returns to the auditorium where the glee students sing John Mayer's beautiful song, "Say."
was a pleasant surprise to see how well the acting was done in this
episode. The dialogue was weak in some areas, but the
incredible amount of emotions portrayed in this episode made it one
worth talking about. How will the glee students cope with recent events? We can only find out in next week's episode, "Sweet Dreams."
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