Halfway through the song, Dr. Carl (John Stamos) comes onstage. Dressed head-to-toe in leather. Somebody needs to tell him that that bar he’s looking for is next to the school, not inside of it. He accuses Mr. Schue of trying to steal his woman.
Faced with confrontation, Will performs the amazing evasive move of freezing time and retreating into a flashback. “How did it get to this?” his voice-over muses. “How did a production of Rocky Horror turn into my horror?”
It all started, we’re told, a week ago in the lunch room, where Will found Emma doing something shocking … eating a sandwich with crusts still on.
When Will comments on this, she laughs it off, saying she must have forgotten. You see, she and Carl had had such an amazing weekend, having gone to see Rocky Horror. Which means that she’s no longer a virgin, which you’d think would make Will happy.
But Will finds this even more shocking than the crusts, given the movie theater is such a germ-ridden dive. Emma responds that she was having so much fun she didn’t even notice. In that respect, she’s doing much better than me these days. I’ve stopped going to movies because, as everybody knows, bedbugs love them. Having all my clothing and furniture infested by tiny, insidious mites just for the sake of seeing The Town? No thank you.
Anyway, Emma is now so taken with Rocky Horror that she and Dr. Carl plan to dress up for Halloween as characters and go trick-or-treating. I don’t know what’s weirder about that – that they’re adults who plan to go trick-or-treating, or that he’s a dentist who plans to go trick-or-treating. He clearly was one of those four out of five dentists who went running around demanding his patients chew Trident.
Will thinks to himself that Emma is clearly getting better, and it’s thanks to Dr. Carl’s influence. This means Dr. Carl is “winning,” and he can’t have that. So he blurts out that it’s funny she loves Rocky Horror so much because he does too! In fact, he’s going to have the glee club perform Rocky Horror for the school.
She points out that there’s some pretty risqué material in it. But he pooh-poohs that by saying he’ll just make some edits.
This comment at least justifies some of the sanitization evident in the pre-released song clips that had so many people so upset. And it’s a legitimate issue – schools do wind up having to edit musicals all the time. Why in my high school alone, when we did Naked Boys Singing, we had to do it fully clothed, so there you go.