"Paranormal Parentage" is the second episode of the fourth season of Community. “Paranormal Parentage” is one of the most tangible examples of how Community’s fourth season hasn't exactly gotten star treatment from NBC. 2. Meanwhile, Abed (Danny Pudi) abandons Annie (Alison Brie) after discovering a secret passage behind a bookshelf, leading Annie to become afraid, particularly after seeing Cornelius in a mirror. ... Abed tackles a two-day crash course on Nicolas Cage, while a clueless Jeff begins his teaching career with Annie as his most demanding student. The scheduled was shifted to accommodate a closer air date to Halloween, but the entire season was put on hold from its October 19 premiere and eventually pushed back to next year. He eventually lets everyone in on the prank, but the prank turns to real fear as Abed finds a shadowy figure that watches over Pierce while he sleeps. "Intro to Felt Surrogacy" RELATED: Community: 5 Times Pierce Was A Great Person (& 5 Times He Was Terrible) He accepts and they both embrace in a hug. Wild Costumes in Community’s “Paranormal Parentage” Halloween Episode Images. Abed mentions the movie 1989 Do the Right Thing, in which guest star Giancarlo Esposito had one of his earliest acting roles. [12] Sean Gandert of Paste similarly criticized the characterization and found the episode to lack ingenuity or humor. When Britta snarks at his choice of costume, he insists that he’s participating in a couples costume (really there’s no other way to put it than that) with Annie this year. The episode was watched by 2.76 million viewers on its premiere and met with mixed critical reception. Back in Cornelius' room, Jeff is annoyed by incessant knocking at the door. Jeff and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) search together, with Britta attempting to make Jeff confront his issues with his father. #community #abed nadir #danny pudi #s04e02 #paranormal parentage #i will be at college when this posts :0 wow #abed sweater rating #season 4 #calvin costume #costume #pink striped tan cardigan #cardigan #tall man costume #4/5 On the way to a Halloween party, the study group must free Pierce (Chevy Chase) from his panic room and slowly comes to suspect that his mansion is being haunted by the ghost of his late father. 10. And it’s a bit of a role swap for them; typically it’s been Troy who’s attempting to mature and Abed stuck in fantasyland. Reaching the outside of the panic room, they find an image of Pierce unconscious. Nathan: So for those of you who missed it last week, I wrote a recap of Community where I lamented the impending death of the show, said it lacked all heart and soul, and was a hollow shell of its former self. The episode was written by Megan Ganz and directed by Tristram Shapeero. Abed makes a note that Pierce purchased his panic room on the same day as the theatrical release of "Do The Right Thing." "Paranormal Parentage" While Jeff only thought she was stating her fears of the paranormal, Britta knew that Jeff would some how relate ghosts to Pierce’s dead dad, which would lead to Jeff’s feelings about his own father. In frustration, he eventually reveals that he has had his father's number for weeks but not called it. [7], Rating it 7.2 out of 10, Eric Goldman of IGN reviewed the characters as "cartoonish" and found the episode to be mixed overall. Season 4 "Paranormal Parentage" 4x2 Aired 7 years ago - Feb 14, 2013 On Halloween, Pierce accidentally locks himself in his panic room, forcing the gang to search through his house to find the code that unlocks the door. By Mike Papirmeister in Community Television February 15, 2013. 9. The room Jeff ends up alone in that features a bar is a reproduction of the country club/snob "bar room" from "Caddyshack", starring Chevy Chase. The study group meet on Halloween in costumes to go to Vicki's party, with the exception of Pierce (Chevy Chase), who has not been invited. Pierce suddenly appears behind them and reveals it was all a prank. Community. With the mysterious Ass Crack Bandit back … "Economics of Marine Biology", 8. 4. In season 4's "Paranormal Parentage", when the study group is hiding from a 'ghost', Pierce makes a hilarious callback to Chang's idiotic line. ... And of course, besties Abed and Troy dress as Calvin and Hobbes. Last night's episode of Community, while still plagued with inconsistent characterizations and pacing issues, was a welcome improvement Ben : I also miss Trobed (though I’m totally Team Tritta). "Advanced Documentary Filmmaking" The study group coos a third time when Pierce offers Gilbert to be his roommate and they both hug each other. However, at the convention, Abed starts bonding with Toby, a fellow Inspector Spacetime fan. [1] In early October 2012, NBC delayed the premiere. [4] Vulture's Josh Gondelman rated the episode 3 out of 5. Jeff finds the notebook containing the panic room code, but the room he is in appears to be haunted, with knocking on the door with no apparent source, a picture of Cornelius distorting and the room beginning to rattle. Guest starring Giancarlo Esposito. Troy becomes jealous and the two wind up in a mini-fight. "Paranormal Parentage" was certainly not intended to air on National "Overpriced Dinner At The Only Place Where I Could Get ... Abed. Abed switches his attention to old surveillance footage of Pierce's bedroom. Paranormal Parentage (S04E02) is the second episode of season four of "Community" released... More Paranormal Parentage (S04E02) is the second episode of season four of "Community" released on Thu Feb 14, 2013. However, he locks the panic room in fear after Abed mentions the footage of an unknown figure he saw. [11] Emily VanDerWerff of The A.V. It makes homage to Scooby-Doo. [5], "Paranormal Parentage" was the fourth and final Halloween-themed episode of Community, following season 1's "Introduction to Statistics", season 2's "Epidemiology" and season 3's "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps". When Annie recaps Pierce's familial history and when she realizes how ridiculous it sounds she says: The boxing gloves Jeff had as part of his costume turns out to be gloves used by his father, Troy and Britta coo when Shirley mentions that her family is going with a Star Wars theme for their costumes this year: Her husband. Abed is growing up, starting his own adventures, but his buddy is always a stupid photo text away. Barker liked Jeff's storyline and some of the jokes. The group gathers in costumes (Shirley is Princess Leia, Abed and Troy are Calvin and Hobbes, respectively, Britta is a ham, and Jeff shows up as a boxer). 13. Shirley asks if he wants to come but he elects to stay at home with Gilbert. Abed continues to examine the footage unaware that a shadowy figure is behind him. The figure arrives and opens the panic room—it is Gilbert (Giancarlo Esposito), Pierce's half-brother. The show gets too focused on Abed+Troy and Jeff+Annie team ups after the first season and while those are easily the best combos in the show, it’s a damn shame that other strong team ups got sidelined as a result. It shows the group searching Pierce's mansion for the code to his panic room, after he locks himself in there. He finds Britta and leaves. Via the telescreen they see an unconscious Pierce inside. Claiming to have done so accidentally and then saying it was because he saw his father Cornelius's ghost, he asks the group to search his house for the code. An eye-rolling scene like the hands one would be balanced by a funny Abed… They stumble across Annie, Shirley and Troy, who have witnessed the outline of hands begin to protrude through a wall. The gang has gathered together in costumes—Jeff’s a boxer, Annie’s Samara from The Ring, Abed and Troy are Calvin and Hobbes, Shirley is Princess Leia, and … The group, sans Jeff, coo when Pierce apologizes to them for being such a burden. Coming back to Jeff, it was obvious in season 4’s “Paranormal Parentage” when Britta convinces Jeff to open up about his father by first introducing the idea of ghosts. 7. Though Jeff (Joel McHale) is reluctant, the group agree to go to Pierce's mansion, where he has locked himself in his panic room. 3. [13] Britt Hayes of ScreenCrush criticized Chase's acting and found the rate of jokes to have decreased since Harmon's departure. Abed had a difficult life growing up due in part to his parents. Paranormal Parentage. VanDerWerff praised the non-supernatural explanation of events and emotional moments involving Pierce and Jeff. [4] During its premiere, the network promoted the hashtag #ghostdad onscreen. [6] The mystery genre of the episode resembles the animated franchise Scooby-Doo,[5][7][8] which previous episodes had also made tribute to the franchise. "Paranormal Parentage" drew 2.76 million viewers, earning a 1.2 rating/4 share among adults 18-49, down 33% from "History 101" on February 7, 2013("[zap2it.com]]"). "Heroic Origins" There was cultural discord between them as Abed's father is a Palestinian from Gaza and his mother Polish America. A photo of the shooting script for "Paranormal Parentage" was tweeted by the writer Megan Ganz. [10], Giving the episode a rating of 3.7 out of five, Gabrielle Moss of TV Fanatic found the episode lacking for fans, but a good introduction for new viewers. 6. Pierce suggests that he move in and the group depart. Claiming to have done so accidentally and then saying it was because he saw his father Cornelius's ghost, he asks the group to search his house for the code. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Though a Halloween-themed episode—the fourth for the series—it premiered on February 14, 2013 on NBC. COMMUNITY Review: 4.02 “Paranormal Parentage ... "Impressionists" episode (which the writers admitted was a stinker at Communicon last weekend!). Giancarlo Esposito, who portrayed Pierce's half-brother, Gilbert, also turns up in season four, in the episode "Paranormal Parentage." "Advanced Introduction to Finality". "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations", "Alternative History of the German Invasion", "Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care", Jennifer Marie of A Still and Quite Conscience, Alternative History of the German Invasion, Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations, https://community-sitcom.fandom.com/wiki/Paranormal_Parentage?oldid=71076, He tells them they need to find a red notebook he misplaced which contains the code. Initial reports placed the rating at 1.1("[zap2it.com]]"), leading Andy Bobrow to post a pair of self-deprecating Tweets: On Twitter, there were two known Community-related trending topics during the initial broadcast: #HappyValoween and #GhostDad. Abed finds a security room and concurrently watches Cougar Town and the group's activities. 5. Gondelman found it largely self-referential, writing that: "We spend much of this episode watching the characters watch each other on screens". He opens the door to find no one there. Over 3,155 TV Time users rated it a 17.36/10 with their favorite characters being Alison Brie as Annie Edison, Chevy Chase as Pierce Hawthorne and Joel McHale as Jeff Winger. Portrayed by Danny Pudi Abed Nadir is a graduate of Greendale Community College. Community: Paranormal Parentage Season 4 Episode 2 Review. The Community episode "Paranormal Parentage" provides examples of:. After finding a sex dungeon, which Troy does not understand the purpose of, Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) begins to worry about his new relationship with Britta, seeing Troy as too innocent. He claims the figure must really be the ghost of his dead father. They run into Jeff and Britta and they all head towards Pierce's panic room. He apologizes for his actions and is about to leave when Pierce offers that he can stay as his roommate. Season 4 Episode 2. NBC decided to promote the episode and acknowledge the weird discrepancy by by coining the term "Valloween" and using the word in the official commercial for the episode seen below. Paranormal Parentage 22m. [9], Upon its first broadcast in the United States, an estimated 2.76 million viewers watched the episode. Meanwhile, Troy, Shirley and Annie notice a wall seemingly coming to life and flee in terror. Pierce calls Troy (Donald Glover) as they are leaving, asking for help. Yet, this episode is not the one that earns Esposito the accolade of one of the best Community guest stars. In a review of both this episode and the season premiere. 11. Pierce then admits the reason he is in the panic room is because he thought he saw the ghost of his dead, Shirley enters in believing it's the library but it turns out to be Pierce's. Absentee Actor: Ken Jeong as Chang; Actor Allusion: Troy wonders if there's a connection between Pierce installing a panic room and the release of Do the Right Thing a day earlier, a film that starred Giancarlo Esposito (Gilbert). "History 101" "Conventions of Space and Time" "Herstory of Dance" Abed finds surveillance footage of Pierce being watched in his sleep by an unknown individual. In the hallways, Annie, Troy and Shirley continue their search for Abed. It shows someone watching Pierce as he slept. 12. Abed shows up as well with videotape footage showing how Pierce accomplished this. Paranormal Parentage. "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations" Troy and Abed are playing around with the revolving bookcase secret entrance much to Pierce's annoyance. Paranormal Parentage. He didn't need a lecture, a forewarning of any sort, or an oddly cold comment. Elsewhere, Jeff is chased by Britta who is still nagging him about his father. 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