As Glee fans cope with the sad news of Cory Monteith’s sudden death yesterday in his Vancouver hotel room, I feel like we are pretty lucky in one respect: The 31-year-old left behind some great performances in his too-short career. Since there’s nothing for us to do but remember him today, I decided to look back at the 10 Glee episodes that best showed off his sweet nature, hilariously bad dancing, pretty admirable skills at singing and drumming, and, of course, his considerable acting talent. After you peruse my list (which is in chronological order here), share your own favorite Finn Hudson moments with me @VH1Celebrity.
1. “Showmance” (Season 1)
In the second episode of the show, football player Finn Hudson starts to realize his attraction to quirky Rachel Berry, and the two kiss during a romantic picnic in the auditorium. Also, he reveals his preferred method of avoiding premature ejaculation: remembering the time his mom taught him to drive and he hit a mailman.
Finn and Quinn get Slushied, confirming the fact that Glee Club has hurt their popularity. But when the coach tries to make him choose between New Directions and football, Finn shows his first sign of leadership and refuses.