Since Thursday night's new episode was originally supposed to air on October 26, we got a Halloween-themed episode ... on Valentine's Day. NBC marketing tried to make lemonade out of a lemon by coining the term "Valloween."
After hearing that Pierce was locked in his panic room, the study group took an impromptu tour of his mansion. The spooky surprises came one after another, but here are three of the biggest:
1. Pierce is kinda freaky
It was one thing when Abed found the secret Hawthorne security control room behind a bookcase (complete with access to the "Cougar Town" Hallo-wine episode), but the oh-so-naive Troy showed Shirley Pierce's "special gym," complete with lots of equipment, including a swing and collars. "Secret dogs!"
Jeff and Britta's look inside Pierce's bedroom was just plain creepy. And there was that awesome portrait of a young Chevy Chase.
2. The "ghost" in Pierce's apartment is...
Gilbert Hawthorne! Nice reveal of Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad," "Revolution") reprising his role as Pierce's half brother.
It was touching to see Pierce officially welcome Gilbert into the family and let him be his new roommate – especially considering that the study group had to battle Gilbert in a video game last season for the Hawthorne inheritance. As Abed said, "I remember when this show was about a community college."
3. Jeff's boxing gloves
While Jeff and amateur-therapist Britta explored Pierce's bedroom, she shrewdly got Jeff to open up about his daddy issues.
But one thing we definitely weren't expecting was the revelation that the boxing gloves Jeff carried around throughout the episode as part of his costume belonged to his father.
Jeff noticed the "W. Winger" inscription on the gloves, then picked up the phone as the episode ended.
A really solid episode this week, thanks to "Community" veteran writer Megan Ganz – look forward to the SpacetimeCon next week! Cool. Cool cool cool.
Were you thrown off by the Halloween shenanigans on Valentine's? What are your theories about Jeff's dad? Share your thoughts on video or post a comment.
One thing I didn't know is that they hadn't run out of meta meta self referential meta ironic self referential meta, yet. Community, I suppose it a good humored poke at poking fun of poking fun of poking fun of itself. Kind of like of Charlie Kaufman could actually write something.
6 seasons and a movie!
I like sunshine
On a cloudy day
When it's cold outside
I like the month of may
Why can't you say
What does make me feel this way
Talkin bout my girl
These are wonderful lyrics. Did you just write this? It sounds beautiful. Best wishes.
Learned more things about Hawthorne than I wanted to know (LOL) wonder if Troy will eventually figure out what the secret room really is....
"Secret dogs !" That kills me.
can't push the show away
It was a fun happy episode.
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