A Glee Super Bowl episode might seem like an odd idea. While the Glee Super Bowl episode will bring in the usual amount of Gleeks, many Super Bowl viewers are not gleeks. In fact, it is a long running plot point on the show that football jocks and singers don’t get along. Yet Will and Coach Beiste are out to bridge the gap in the show’s big return tonight. Even if they don’t, the Glee Super Bowl episode will still have the spectacle of Thriller, and the Sue Sylvester shuffle.
Warning: Spoilers follow
Although football season ends after tonight, there’s still time for one more battle between the New Directions and the football jocks. The two groups have been especially on edge since closeted bully Karofsky drove Kurt from McKinley High – yet their leaders, Will and Coach Beiste, plan on bringing about a truce.
But the Glee Super Bowl episode has been hyped up for other reasons. The biggest one of all involves a massive spoof of “Thriller” on the football field, in which the gang is fully dressed up. However, their performance is a mashup with the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll” for some reason.
Sue Sylvester won’t have much time to ruin the club this week, since her Cheerios are preparing for Nationals. However, her extravagant stunt to win it all goes terribly wrong, bringing rare disgrace towards Sue – and a take down from special guest interviewer Katie Couric.
For good measure, the Glee Super Bowl episode also includes a rendition of “California Gurls” to help keep the Super Bowl audience. But even if non Gleeks tune out after the game, this timeslot is likely to be a big winner for the show.
Next to Super Bowl ad space, the most coveted time slot on Super Sunday is after the postgame. Either a hot new show or an established phenomenon tends to get this spot, and this show still qualifies as both. In addition, fans have been waiting almost two months for it to come back as it is.
Following the Glee Super Bowl episode, Gleeks only have to wait two more nights for the next one. Afterwards, they will settle back into their 8 pm Tuesday time slot, to resume the rest of Season 2. There, the New Directions will resume their quest for regionals and nationals glory, even as Finn and Rachel are broken up, and Kurt is still at a new rival school, with a potential new boyfriend.
Fans will watch Lea Michele sing “God Bless America” before the game, then wait around for over four hours until the Glee Super Bowl episode is ready. For now, it is projected to come on at 10:30 pm est, but it probably won’t air any later than 11 pm. Either way, it is on for 66 minutes, instead of the usual 60.
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