'Glee' Whiz, It's Time for the Joss Whedon Episode!

Neil Patrick Harris guest stars as Matthew Morrison's rival on this highly anticipated episode of the high-school hit

Sure, he's known as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but writer-director Joss Whedon is a musical-theater geek at heart. So fans of Fox's Glee (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET) have naturally been giddy about the new Whedon-directed episode, which also reunites Whedon with Neil Patrick Harris -- star of the musical web series, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, a worldwide cult hit in 2008.

Harris guest stars as Bryan Ryan, Will Shuester's old high-school glee-club rival, who lands a job at McKinley High (the two face off again in song, of course). Check out a sneak peek on TVOvermind to see Harris rock an '80s mullet.

"Joss is a pioneer, for reals," Harris said about his director, during an interview on the Glee set. "Everything that he sets his mind on doing, he does with such perfection, theatricality, geekdom and nuance."

Naturally, Whedon sees it differently. "I just want to make it an episode that gives people the feeling that [Glee] episodes give me," he said. "That is, that my hair stands up and there's tears, and I'm sort of, 'Oh boy!'" Not surprisingly, he admitted to being a Gleek himself. "I work very hard to keep my Gleek out and not be uncool," he said. "But it's happening in my head. I'm trying to be cool about it and run the set and get it done and make the really tough schedule. But the whole time I'm going, 'I can't believe I'm doing this! I can't believe it!'"

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