'Glee''s Super Bowl Follow-up is a 'Thriller'!

by Paulette Cohn 5:15 AM PST, January 14, 2011
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When "Glee" follows the Super Bowl on Feb. 6, it is going to be the most expensive episode made to date and it will include New Directions performing its take on Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

"I was standing on a football field dressed like a zombie, looking like Bette Midler in 'Hocus Pocus' and singing Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,'" says Lea Michele, who plays Rachel.

With the Super Bowl as its lead, the episode focuses on football and the Cheerios. The action starts when Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) decides it is time to top herself.

"Sue is basically setting people on fire and having them jump through hoops," Jane tells ET. "She is bored, so she decides to shoot one of the cheerleaders -- Brittany (Heather Morris) -- out of a cannon and make that part of the routine. She is told she can't do it by Figgins (Iqbal Theba) and she basically throws a hissy fit and destroys a couple of rooms."

Of course, Sue doesn't take no for an answer, so she goes ahead with her plans.

"I saw them perform the 'Thriller' number and it almost brought tears to my eyes, the lights, the effects, it is incredible what they managed to do," says Chris Colfer (Kurt). Then he adds, "There were two ambulances on standby, which is two more ambulances than they usually have. I was so surprised there were no fatalities after that episode because it was insane."