March 8th, 2013
12:31 PM ET
[Warning: This blog post contains spoilers for the March 7 episode of "Community" as well as minor spoilers about future episodes.]
One of the major storylines of "Community" paid off Thursday night as Jeff finally met his father, William, as played by James Brolin (last seen playing "Castle's" father).
Of course, Britta was there at his dad's house, playing her favorite role of amateur therapist.
At first, the two got along famously, but soon Jeff realized (after his long-lost half-brother told him he was "all dead inside with muscles on top") that his dad was the cause of his problems: "I am not well-adjusted. More often than not, I am barely keeping it together. I am constantly texting...and there is no one at the other end."
William's response? To fake a heart attack. This probably isn't the last we'll see of him.
Meanwhile, the rest of the study group were at Shirley's house for Thanksgiving (yes, this episode was supposed to air in November), and Abed helped them formulate an escape plan along the lines of "Shawshank Redemption" - or "Prison Break," but that didn't work out as well for him.
"We belonged in the sun, with the wind in our hair," he thought. "Or maybe at a Bennigan's, enjoying a Turkey O'Toole."
Shirley's not too crazy about being with her family, either, and the study group enjoys a Thanksgiving meal in the study room (which reminds me, my favorite part of last week's episode was that it pointed out how they hog the study room, keeping it from the other students).
We continue to see story arcs come to something approaching a conclusion this season, so the question is, what is the future of "Community?" What might a possible fifth season hold?
We got a few ideas (as well as a sneak peek at Jason Alexander's puppet-themed episode) at Tuesday night's PaleyFest panel.
Will the entire cast have graduated from Greendale? The producers were mum on that point, but they got a lot of questions on what will become of Pierce now that Chevy Chase has left the show.
"I think we've proven we can say Fred Willard is Pierce and move on," said executive producer David Guarascio. Willard played Pierce in a season premiere dream sequence, and at a live table read at PaleyFest.
Of course, it's all hypothetical since the show's fate is still up in the air, and Guarascio may have said it just so they could literally "move on" to the next topic at hand. Only time will tell if that comes to fruition.
As for the rest of this season, aside from puppets, we learned that the Jim Rash-written episode will focus on a Troy and Abed body switch, and there may be a reprise of the earlier paintball episodes, even if it doesn't take up an entire episode this time.
Check out the full panel and the hilarious table read below, and in the meantime, share your thoughts on this season and what might happen if the show returns on video or in a comment below.
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