May 5th, 2011
05:33 PM ET
If there's one word that's synonymous with "Community," it's "paintball."
Last season's episode involving a paintball war remains one of the most popular in the show's history, and the moment it really started to gain a following of devoted viewers who can't wait to see which unexpected direction the show will go in next.
"Community's" two-part season finale starts tonight, and it includes special guest star Josh Holloway, best known as Sawyer from "Lost," in his first role after the hit series ended last year.
"Josh Holloway is incredible to work with. He’s very easy on the eyes, he’s very nice, he’s just such a positive guy," said Alison Brie, who shares at least one flirtatious scene with Holloway's mysterious character. "That was really fun to shoot because, you know, we kind of started doing the scene and as we were doing it, our writer was there and our director was there and they were sort of like, 'We’ve got to milk this chemistry.' I guess it was going really well and they ended up adding some lines and adding some moments for Josh and I later in the episode or later in that scene, and that was exciting for me."
The "L" word was certainly discussed more than a few times on set as well, and Brie promises a nod to Sawyer in the episode. "We’re all big 'Lost' fans, and it only took us about 20 minutes before we just jumped right into like, 'So, what were you drinking when you were drinking those Dharma beer cans?'" she said. "And he’s just a hot guy. He’s just hot. People – everybody on set, guys and girls, I think were all on their best behavior. Everybody just kind of would blush when he came into the room. It was very exciting."
Brie also said that they were able to do a lot more damage to Greendale Community College this time around: "Since it was our final episode to shoot we really just trashed the school. But we didn’t play with each other, which I would be so scared to do. Paintball – I mean, because I’ve been shot with them on set. You know, last year I got shot in the boob, and it hurt. It hurt. I had a bruise. I’m being a baby about it, but it did hurt a little bit. I think it would scare me to actually play the game."
Last season ended with a surprising scene involving a kiss between Annie and Joel McHale's Jeff. Can we expect something similar this season?
"In the second part of the finale, there just are twists and turns that I did not see coming at all," Brie says. "In fact, it’s like there are moments when you’ll read something and look at the writers and be like, 'Really? Are you guys – is this going to make it into the final cut or are you – is this just a joke for the table read, because it’s funny and I like it and I’ll do it, but I just want to make sure you’re serious about this.'"
Brie, also known for "Mad Men" and "Scream 4," is currently in Ann Arbor, Michigan filming "Five Year Engagement" with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, and has had a chance to connect with "Community" fans.
"I have to tell you, being in a college town, I’m really in the midst of our prime demographic, I think, because in L.A. I hardly ever get stopped," she says. "And being here in Ann Arbor I was like, 'Whoa, everybody loves our show.'"
Check out part one of the season finale tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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