Grease creator Jim Jacobs has debunked one of the more bizarre fan theories around his beloved creation: Namely, that Sandy(Olivia Newton John) went into a coma in the drowning accident alluded to in “Summer Nights” and the entire film is a fantasy that takes place in her mind.
The theory, which dates to a three-year-old Reddit thread, was recently given a bump in visibility by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who posted a summary of it to her Facebook. Basically, it takes its cues from two moments in the film: The line Danny (John Travolta) sings about saving Sandy’s life when she “nearly drowned” at the beach, and the flying car moment at the end.
Supposedly (and morbidly) according to this “fan” theory, Sandy actually does drown while at the beach. The entirety of the film takes place in her mind as her brain shuts down from lack of oxygen while Danny attempts to resuscitate her on the beach and the car’s ascension into the sky at the end represents her death.
As the original Imgur post pithily explains, “The entire movie was a drowning woman’s coma fantasy.”
But you can chalk this one up to the internet’s collective over-imagination, as it turns out. Jim Jacobs, who wrote the original Grease book and musical with Warren Casey, spoke to TMZ about the rumor and suggested that whomever came up with the Sandy-is-dead rumor “must have been on acid.”
“Sandy was very much alive,” at the movie’s end, he confirms, putting the final nail in the coffin of this bizarre scenario.
While we have you here, though, have you ever watched The Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as the soundtrack? They totally sync up, man.