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The Goldbergs has spent its six seasons so far including all kinds of fabulous tributes to the best of the 1980s, ranging from Star Wars in honor of Star Wars Day to Freddy Kreuger in a Halloween episode. Next week's episode will take The Goldbergs in a rom-com direction with a tribute to The Wedding Singer. This time, however, the Goldbergs tribute will involve a crossover that puts the family right in the climax of the beloved Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore film. Take a look at what's to come!
Thanks to the fact that Adam Sandler is on board The Goldbergs as a producer, creator and executive producer Adam F. Goldberg was able to incorporate actual footage from The Wedding Singer into the episode. The footage that Goldberg shared on Twitter shows Barry on an airplane alongside Lainey.
That plane just so happens to also be carrying The Wedding Singer's Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler), Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore), Billy Idol (as himself) and more. Who could have guessed that there was some Goldberg family action going down during the romantic climax of The Wedding Singer?
Now, you may be wondering if the Goldbergs episode really will cross over with The Wedding Singer or if this was just a fun promo hyping next week's episode, which airs right before the premiere of the series' spinoff, called Schooled. This wouldn't be the first instance of a show using a pop culture icon for a non-canon teaser.
Fortunately, Adam Goldberg clarified on Twitter that the footage isn't just something thrown together for the purposes of promotion. He confirmed that The Goldbergs and The Wedding Singer both exist in the same universe, as well as why the sitcom characters get on the flight from New Jersey to Las Vegas.
It's a little bit of a bummer that Adam Sandler couldn't appear in the flesh on The Goldbergs, but it does make sense even if Sandler has appeared on a sitcom in recent years. Even the best makeup department on the small screen may not be able to make Sandler look as he did in the late 90s.
Maybe if The Goldbergs ends with the characters flashing forward to present day, Sandler can appear at his current age. Throw in Drew Barrymore, and what better way to end a series? Barrymore has said that she's all about working with Sandler again. We can dream, right?
At this point, we can't say if the episode will feature more of the Goldbergs/Wedding Singer crossover than just the plane scene, but there's not too much longer to wait. The Wedding Singer episode of The Goldbergs will hit the airwaves on Sunday, January 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
If you're in the mood for more laughs set in that universe, stick around ABC on January 9 for the premiere of the spinoff at 8:30 p.m. If you're still in the market for new shows, take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule.