|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Eric Stoltz|
|Written by||Ryan Murphy|
|Original air date||May 8, 2012|
"Prom-asaurus" is the nineteenth episode of the third season of the American musical television series Glee, and the sixty-third overall. Written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Eric Stoltz, the episode aired on Fox in the United States on May 8, 2012, and features McKinley High's senior prom.
Prom-asaurus attracted 6.67 million American viewers during its initial airing and received a 2.7/8 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic, up significantly from the 2.5/8 rating/share and 6.01 million viewers of the previous episode, "Choke", which was broadcast on May 1, 2012.
McKinley High Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba) has a talk with Brittany (Heather Morris) for being an ineffective senior class president, and tells her that he is considering abolishing the position. As a result, Brittany vows to make the upcoming senior prom a memorable one. She decides that the prom will have a dinosaur theme and imposes a ban on hair gel at the prom, which upsets Blaine (Darren Criss), an extensive user of hair gel.
Sue (Jane Lynch) announces the three finalists for prom king and prom queen, which include Finn (Cory Monteith) and Brittany for prom king, and Santana (Naya Rivera) and Quinn (Dianna Agron) for prom queen. Becky Jackson (Lauren Potter) is very upset that she was not nominated. Rachel (Lea Michele) is surprised to see a poster touting Finn and Quinn's joint candidacy and confronts him, upset that her fiancé will be dancing at the prom with Quinn—his ex-girlfriend—instead of with her. Meanwhile, Quinn has made progress in her physical therapy, with Joe's (Samuel Larsen) aid, and has regained some of her ability to walk. She asks Joe to keep it a secret until after the prom. Later, after seeing the wheelchair-bound Quinn successfully using her recent disability to gain a sympathy vote from a student, Finn starts to have misgivings about their joint campaign.
After discussing her own misgivings about the prom with Blaine and Kurt (Chris Colfer), Rachel decides to throw an anti-prom party at a hotel. Puck (Mark Salling), still dejected after failing an exam he needed to pass in order to graduate, agrees to go, as does a still-angry Becky. The party starts off awkwardly, and Becky calls it "the worst anti-prom ever". Meanwhile, at the prom, Finn walks in on Quinn standing up in the restroom and is upset that he chose her over Rachel because of her disability. Quinn begs Finn to stay for their mandatory dance, which he agrees to, but during the dance he tries to get her to stand up. Joe confronts Finn and Sue threatens to kick him out of the prom, but Finn leaves voluntarily. He arrives at the anti-prom party and urges Rachel and the others to return to the prom with him. Rachel agrees to go, as do Kurt and Blaine, but Puck and Becky stay behind. Becky tells Puck about her desire to become a prom queen, and he decides to crown himself and Becky as the king and queen of the anti-prom, fashioning crowns out of a beer box, after which the two also return to the prom.
At McKinley, Rachel apologizes to Quinn and tells Quinn that she voted for her, and is happy that they became friends. Santana and Quinn count the prom king and queen votes, only to discover that four people voted for Brittany for king and Finn won, while Quinn has defeated Santana by a single vote. Despite the title being what both wanted, Santana realizes she didn't want to win unless Brittany did as well, and Quinn's victory leaves her feeling empty. She conspires with Santana, and after Finn is announced as prom king, Rachel is declared the write-in winner for prom queen. Finn and Rachel dance to "Take My Breath Away", sung by Quinn and Santana, and Quinn surprises the crowd by shakily standing during the performance.
The episode was directed by Eric Stoltz and written by co-creator Ryan Murphy. It had begun shooting by March 27, 2012, while the previous episode, "Choke", was still being shot, and concluded on April 5, 2012. The prom scenes were completed the day before shooting ended.
Recurring guest stars appearing in the episode include glee club members Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet), Rory Flanagan (Damian McGinty) and Joe Hart (Samuel Larsen), Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba), cheerleader Becky Jackson (Lauren Potter) and football player and Mercedes' ex-boyfriend Shane Tinsley (LaMarcus Tinker). Helen Mirren made her second uncredited vocal appearance as Becky Jackson's interior voice.
Five songs from the episode were released as singles available for digital download: Selena Gomez & the Scene's "Love You Like a Love Song" performed by Rivera, Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" performed by Michele, Colfer and Criss; One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" featuring Larsen, McGinty, Overstreet, Kevin McHale and Harry Shum, Jr.; Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" featuring Agron and Rivera; and Ke$ha's "Dinosaur" performed by Morris.
"Prom-asaurus" was first broadcast on May 8, 2012 in the United States on Fox. It received a 2.7/8 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic, and attracted 6.67 million American viewers during its initial airing, up significantly from the 2.5/8 rating/share and 6.01 million viewers of the previous episode, "Choke", which was broadcast on May 1, 2012. Viewership was also up in Canada, where 1.65 million viewers watched the episode on the same day as its American premiere. It was the thirteenth most-viewed show of the week, up from sixteenth in the previous week, when 1.56 million viewers watched "Choke".
In the United Kingdom, "Prom-asaurus" first aired on May 10, 2012, and was watched on Sky 1 by 744,000 viewers. This was a decrease from the most recent episode for which viewership data is available, "Saturday Night Glee-ver", which attracted 827,000 viewers when it aired three weeks earlier on April 19, 2012. In Australia, "Prom-asaurus" was also broadcast on May 10, 2012. It was watched by 636,000 viewers, an increase of over 7% from the 593,000 viewers for "Choke" on May 3, 2012. Glee was the thirteenth most-watched program of the night, up from eighteenth the week before.
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Three of the five singles released for the episode debuted on the lower regions of the UK Singles Chart. "Big Girls Don't Cry" at number 132, "What Makes You Beautiful" at number 162, and "Love You Like A Love Song" at number 182. The sole song to chart in North America on the Canadian Hot 100 was "What Makes You Beautiful", which debuted at number 93.
- Michele, Lea (March 27, 2012). "Twitter / @msleamichele: Going back and forth between the NYADA audition episode and our Prom episode:)". Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- Anthony, Rock (April 5, 2012). "Twitter / @TheRockAnthony: Just filmed the funniest scene...turned out really good...can't wait for u all to see it...oh #glee u so funny!! 319 is a wrap on to 320! :)". Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- Michele, Lea (April 4, 2012). "Twitter / @msleamichele: Back at work now for our last day of the PROM.. Who do you think will win PROM king and queen this year...???". Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- "Who will be prom king and queen? Find out on an all-new Glee" (Press release). The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- Mullins, Jenna (May 8, 2012). "Glee Recap: Who Was Crowned Prom King and Queen?". Watch with Kristin. E! Online. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
- Baker, Ken; Bricker, Tierney (April 8, 2012). "Selena Gomez Getting the Glee Treatment!". E! Online. NBCUniversal. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- Ausiello, Michael (April 3, 2012). "Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Castle, Grey's Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Glee, Thrones, True Blood and More". TVLine. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "First Listen Friday: Prom-asaurus". Glee: The Music. Columbia Records. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
- "Glee Cast – MP3 downloads". amazon.com. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- Slezak, Michael (May 8, 2012). "Glee Recap: Took a Big Chance at the High School Dance". TVLine. Mail.com Media. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
- US viewership data:
- "Prom-asaurus": Kondolojy, Amanda (May 9, 2012). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Voice', 'Glee', 'DWTS' + 'NCIS' Adjusted Up; 'LA Complex', + 'Private Practice' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
- "Choke": Bibel, Sarah (May 2, 2012). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'New Girl', 'NCIS', 'Glee', 'Dancing With the Stars', 'Biggest Loser', 'Last Man Standing' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
- Canadian viewership data:
- "Prom-asaurus": "Top Programs – Total Canada (English): May 7 – May 13, 2012" (PDF). BBM Canada. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
- "Choke": "Top Programs – Total Canada (English): April 30 – May 6, 2012" (PDF). BBM Canada. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
- UK viewership data:
- "Prom-asaurus": "Weekly Top 10 Programmes (Sky 1, w/e 13 May 2012)". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- "Saturday Night Glee-ver": "Weekly Top 10 Programmes (Sky 1, w/e 22 Apr 2012)". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
- Australian viewership data:
- "Prom-asaurus": Dale, David (May 7, 2012). "THE RATINGS RACE: All the Friday footy figures you could possibly want". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
- "Choke": Dale, David (April 30, 2012). "THE RATINGS RACE: Cool reception for climate debate". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
- "The Best and Worst Glee Performances (So Far!)". TV Guide. December 26, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
- "UK Singles Chart: CLUK Update (19.05.2012 - week 19)". Retrieved 20 May 2012.
- "Glee Album & Song Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 10 May 2012.