Jeff complains about the halftime show, causing a domino effect of complaining and whining and bitching; Jeff wants to shock your brain by going on the record about how he doesn't want to do it. Jeffy doesn't want to do something. Fabulous and surprising. Chris immediately takes on this idea like it's his own and tries to rabble-rouse everybody into being snotty with Katie. When she shows up, she just about laughs in their faces. Like you're seriously going to bring this up less than 24 hours before the awful idea is set to happen. Jeff points out once again that this is all a recipe for failure. Katie asks if they can honestly go on living if they cancel this late; Chris gets snotty with her about it in some vague fashion. Rich says he's just worried about morale, if it turns out they suck. But that's not morale, if the thing is true. Like, "If our lack of attention and effort causes us to fail, I'm afraid we'll look like losers to ourselves, and if there's anything we're invested in avoiding, it's that." I'm glad Heaven's Gate didn't get hold of stupid old Rich. He's a Kool-Aid drinker for sure.
Katie tells us that they could very well be wrong, and not get booed, but it's not like she can even imagine this possibility without cracking up. It's a tough challenge, but a great opportunity: "I'm not gonna throw them to the wolves, but if they don't do it, they pay." Valid. I tend to think that if you want something, you should maybe just go ahead and accomplish it. I don't get the confusion here. All of a sudden Chris pulls a 180 and stands behind Katie 100%, but then pulls another one and says that if they bomb, that's somehow Katie's fault. Everybody loves this idea, because again: that makes them accountable for nothing. Katie is perturbed. I would have walked out on them the first time Jeff bitched her out, but I don't know all of Katie's details.
Eight hours to go, before Katie somehow forces them to suck. Rich tells Jeff that if he thinks about anything, ever, he will have a panic attack, so instead he just performs strange rituals and goes blah blah blah. Jeff talks about how nervous he gets, but he's got no product in his hair and looks like a youth counselor and it's harder to listen to him when he looks like that. Rich practices rapping in his bedroom and talks stupidly about how fast they're working. Jeff practices the song; Rich steps up and takes his part, and of course forgets the words. Chris gets scared and Rich hits himself over and over. Katie looks fetching and laughs. Because what else can you do, at this point. Bryan dances dorkily and sings as Cox watches. It's...the word buffoon hangs in the air.