FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2011 file photo, Cory Monteith arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, in Los Angeles. “Glee” launched its new season Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, with the first episode of a two-part Beatles tribute. Lea Michele’s character, Rachel, looks at a cell phone photo that includes a group shot with Monteith’s character, Finn, in it. She sings the Beatles’ “Yesterday” in the scene. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There was a subtle, sad reminder of late “Glee” star Cory Monteith in the TV show’s fifth-season debut episode.
The hour began Thursday with Lea Michele’s character, Rachel Berry, at a callback audition for a Broadway production of “Funny Girl.”
After she overhears the director and star (Peter Facinelli, Ioan Gruffudd) suggest she might be too green, a dejected Rachel walks through Manhattan singing the Beatles’ melancholy “Yesterday.”
At one point, she pauses to gaze at a photo on her cellphone: It’s a group shot of her old high school glee club pals, among them Monteith’s Finn Hudson.
“Oh, yesterday, love was such an easy game to play. Now I need a place to hide away. Oh, I believe in yesterday,” she sings.
Monteith, 31, died in July of a drug and alcohol overdose. He and Michele’s real-life relationship was mirrored by their characters’ romance on the show.
“Couldn’t have picked a more beautiful & perfect song to start the year with,” Michele tweeted in August, as production on the Fox show got underway.
The new season of “Glee” is beginning with a two-episode salute to the Beatles’ songbook. A tribute to Monteith is planned for episode three, airing Oct. 10, titled “The Quarterback” after his character’s high school football role.
Monteith was among a handful of stars given an individual remembrance at Sunday’s Emmy Awards.