Where does 'Glee' go after its school-shooting episode?

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It's one thing for a show to attempt to depict the horrors of a school shooting. But what does a show like "Glee" do next, once the horror is over? What can we expect for the episodes coming after "Shooting Star"?

Based on photos and the episode description for Thursday's (April 18) "Sweet Dreams," "Glee" will have plenty of other stories -- besides the shooting -- to follow. Rachel ( Lea Michele) is getting ready to audition for her first Broadway play. Her friends and even her mother, Shelby Corcoran ( Idina Menzel), will have to help support Rachel in this endeavor.

glee-419-shooting-star-rachel-shelby-lea-michele-idina-menzel-fox.jpgSome of the help may not be real -- the recreation of the "Glee" pilot's "Don't Stop Believing," for example, cannot possibly be real. Finn ( Cory Monteith) might manage to show up unexpectedly in New York (he's done it before), but high-school students Artie ( Kevin McHale) and Tina ( Jenna Ushkowitz) would certainly be too busy and distant for an NYC-based performance.

glee-419-shooting-star-finn-rachel-cory-monteith-lea-michele-fox.jpgBesides, there should theoretically be too much going on back in Lima. Specifics, however, don't indicate that much is going on. The departure of Sue Sylvester ( Jane Lynch) after she took the blame for the shooting does at least get a little attention. Guest star Nene Leakes looks set to return to "Glee" and take over Sue's spot as the Cheerios coach.

Will she (or anyone) figure out the truth? A photo of Leakes' character talking to Blaine ( Darren Criss) and Becky ( Lauren Potter) might point in that direction.

glee-419-shooting-star-nene-leakes-blaine-becky-fox.jpgIt would actually be a good thing, story-wise, if the truth came out. There is far more drama in trying to determine Becky's fate than in just feeling bad and scared after something happened. Also, if Jane Lynch is not just leaving "Glee," the show might want some follow-up.

The real question about how -- or if -- "Glee" will deal with the wake of terror and tragedy ... The photos hold no answer to that. Given the show's past history of moving forward quickly from plots, there is a chance that guns and shooting will never again be mentioned on the show.

"Sweet Dreams," airing Thursday, April 18, may indicate how "Glee" will continue to deal with its tough, complicated shooting episode.


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