May 13th, 2011
01:32 PM ET
Back in February, "Community" star Alison Brie told CNN she sees Abed as "such a platonic member of the group" when asked if her character, Annie, would ever end up with Danny Pudi's Abed.
"I think Abed knows the dangers of what happens when the group kind of gets all, you know, mixed up. He's seen that," Pudi chimed in. "But who knows, every episode we’re always surprised at what we’re doing."
Indeed. Thursday night's season finale of "Community" saw Annie and Abed locking lips, at the end of an intense battle, which saw Greendale Community College fighting against the villainous City College, with their stormtrooper-ish paintball squad.
Josh Holloway's Black Rider was gone this week, but the episode was so perfect, I hardly missed him. What follows are just a few of the reasons.
Exhibit A: "I’m calling dibs on the Han Solo role before Jeff slouches into it by default." Leave it to Abed to immediately point out the "Star Wars" parody going on here (which the show also noted has been done, a few times).
The Han Solo-ization of Abed, with an assist by Starburns' vest, is what got Annie's attention. As for Jeff, he found himself taking second banana status to Troy. This entire episode was about the younger members of the group coming of age.
Exhibit B: "No thanks. I’m done with you all. Adios."
If the Abed/Annie pairing wasn't surprising enough, Pierce intentionally leaving the study group was a real stunner. It's anyone's guess if he will continue to take on the role of a villain in season three.
Exhibit C: "There is a place that we will all see each other again, and that is Denny’s." (Can I just say here that the choreography and cinematography of the action sequences is insanely good for a "half-hour comedy?")
Exhibit D: "First of all... Pop pop!"
Finally, did anyone catch "Cougar Town" cast members Busy Philipps and Dan Byrd cheering on Greendale's victory, courtesy Pierce (you can see them in the photo above)?
Were you as impressed with the finale as I was? Where do you think season three will go? I think it's fairly safe to say that there are no wrong answers to that question, no matter how far out of left field.
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