COMMUNITY Review: 4.02 “Paranormal Parentage ... "Impressionists" episode (which the writers admitted was a stinker at Communicon last weekend!). The figure arrives and opens the panic room—it is Gilbert (Giancarlo Esposito), Pierce's half-brother. 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. 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. [4] Vulture's Josh Gondelman rated the episode 3 out of 5. In various interviews. Abed reveals to Jeff that he did a cameo in an episode of the show, Cougar Town, in season 2's "Critical Film Studies". 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. Ben : I also miss Trobed (though I’m totally Team Tritta). "Paranormal Parentage" is the second episode of the fourth season of Community. [13] Britt Hayes of ScreenCrush criticized Chase's acting and found the rate of jokes to have decreased since Harmon's departure. Afterwards, Pierce says goodbye to the group as they leave for the Halloween party. 10. Pierce tried to scare the group as he felt left out from the party. I think Paranormal Parentage is one of those episodes. "Herstory of Dance" Meanwhile, Troy, Shirley and Annie notice a wall seemingly coming to life and flee in terror. 2. Community: Paranormal Parentage Season 4 Episode 2 Review. 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. Last night's episode of Community, while still plagued with inconsistent characterizations and pacing issues, was a welcome improvement 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. 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. 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. Pierce calls Troy (Donald Glover) as they are leaving, asking for help. Though Jeff (Joel McHale) is reluctant, the group agree to go to Pierce's mansion, where he has locked himself in his panic room. "Heroic Origins" Chapter 16: Paranormal Parentage. By Mike Papirmeister in Community Television February 15, 2013. 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. With the mysterious Ass Crack Bandit back … It shows the group searching Pierce's mansion for the code to his panic room, after he locks himself in there. In frustration, he eventually reveals that he has had his father's number for weeks but not called it. After drinking from the bar, he discovers the red notebook which has the code. Elsewhere, Jeff is chased by Britta who is still nagging him about his father. The episode was written by Megan Ganz and directed by Tristram Shapeero. "Intro to Felt Surrogacy" Yet, this episode is not the one that earns Esposito the accolade of one of the best Community guest stars. He opens the door to find no one there. [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". He claims the figure must really be the ghost of his dead father. Britta suggests to Troy that they ditch the party so they can watch an episode of ", Annie mentions the reason why Pierce wasn't invited to, Troy mentions that Jeff killed Pierce's father, Troy mentions having lived at the mansion which he did in, The 'Special Gym' that Troy and Shirley find is mentioned in the. There was a lot of back and forth in "Paranormal Parentage" between the strong moments and the weak ones. "Advanced Introduction to Finality". Back in Cornelius' room, Jeff is annoyed by incessant knocking at the door. You need episodes you can put in the "win" column to do that. He didn't need a lecture, a forewarning of any sort, or an oddly cold comment. 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. Paranormal Parentage Question/Find an Episode I’m re-watching the series again- and by that I man I’m watching the episodes that are not just my favorite lol what movie or the show is this episode “Paranormal Percentage” spoofing? Wild Costumes in Community’s “Paranormal Parentage” Halloween Episode Images. 11. Pierce calls Troy (Donald Glover) as they are leaving, asking for help. 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. Ah, Halloween. Summary: The gang celebrates Halloween without a gas leak. The door to the panic room starts to open from the outside revealing, He admits that he was trying to fill a void in his life left by the death of Cornelius by taking care of Pierce the same way he took care of their father. Abed makes a note that Pierce purchased his panic room on the same day as the theatrical release of "Do The Right Thing." 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. The Community episode "Paranormal Parentage" provides examples of:. 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. Abed finds a security room and concurrently watches Cougar Town and the group's activities. 13. Abed shows up as well with videotape footage showing how Pierce accomplished this. [4] During its premiere, the network promoted the hashtag #ghostdad onscreen. Jeff enters the code he found but when they enter the room is empty. After Cornelius' death, he arrived at the mansion and began discretely doing housework tasks out of loneliness. [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. Unfortunately, the humor of “Paranormal Parentage” misfired horribly to me, ... •Abed’s Calvin mostly just reminded me of Freddy Krueger. Series 4, Episode 2 M CC SD CC HD. 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 is the audience’s most consistent reminder that they are watching television because he is often as much an onlooker as a participant. "History 101" 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. In the hallways, Annie, Troy and Shirley continue their search for Abed. Season 4 Episode 2. 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). This happened after NBC dismissed former showrunner, Dan Harmon, thus sentencing the show to a future of corporate sell-out doom. This Halloween episode, pushed back to mid-February by the network, unfortunately has problems that do not stop with its odd, yet unavoidable timing. Troy and Abed are playing around with the revolving bookcase secret entrance much to Pierce's annoyance. They stumble across Annie, Shirley and Troy, who have witnessed the outline of hands begin to protrude through a wall. At home, Jeff calls his father. "Advanced Documentary Filmmaking" Guest starring Giancarlo Esposito. They run into Jeff and Britta and they all head towards Pierce's panic room. However, at the convention, Abed starts bonding with Toby, a fellow Inspector Spacetime fan. "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations" Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Pierce's half-brother Gilbert and appears in … 12. Shirley asks if he wants to come but he elects to stay at home with Gilbert. Community. Getting warmer. VanDerWerff praised the non-supernatural explanation of events and emotional moments involving Pierce and Jeff. 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 coos a third time when Pierce offers Gilbert to be his roommate and they both hug each other. It shows someone watching Pierce as he slept. Basic Intergluteal Numismatics 22m. Abed is growing up, starting his own adventures, but his buddy is always a stupid photo text away. He finds his way to Cornelius Hawthorne's bedroom and locks himself inside. ... And of course, besties Abed and Troy dress as Calvin and Hobbes. Paranormal Parentage. 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. 6. Giancarlo Esposito, who portrayed Pierce's half-brother, Gilbert, also turns up in season four, in the episode "Paranormal Parentage." [5] Cory Barker of TV.com believed it to be roughly as good as "Introduction to Statistics" but inferior to the other Halloween episodes. 5. 4. r/Community Rewatch S4E02: Paranormal Parentage. It makes homage to Scooby-Doo. Paranormal Parentage. Paranormal Parentage. Jeff and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) search together, with Britta attempting to make Jeff confront his issues with his father. 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). 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. 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. Barker liked Jeff's storyline and some of the jokes. 3. Though Jeff (Joel McHale) is reluctant, the group agree to go to Pierce's mansion, where he has locked himself in his panic room. 1. He silently prayed he wouldn't have any more nightmares and made a mental note not to mention any of this to Abed. 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. Paranormal Parentage 22m. Portrayed by Danny Pudi Abed Nadir is a graduate of Greendale Community College. 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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. One of the show's many recurring staples was the show "Inspector Spacetime," a spoof on Doctor Who, and Troy and Abed finally decided it was time to go to an Inspector Spacetime convention. [12] Sean Gandert of Paste similarly criticized the characterization and found the episode to lack ingenuity or humor. 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. Season 4: Paranormal Parentage – Paranormal Activity and Do the Right Thing. 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. 9. ... 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 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. "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]]"). 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. He finds Britta and leaves. But this season is all about growing the old and new audience of Community. HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "Paranormal Parentage," the February 14 episode of NBC's "Community," in which the study group investigates a haunting at Pierce's house on 'Valloween'. Though a Halloween-themed episode—the fourth for the series—it premiered on February 14, 2013 on NBC. The room then shakes violently as a portrait of Cornelius warps and give off a sinister glowing glare. He leaves the room, finds Britta and they both quickly leave the area. Pierce suggests that he move in and the group depart. 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 … A photo of the shooting script for "Paranormal Parentage" was tweeted by the writer Megan Ganz. Gondelman found it largely self-referential, writing that: "We spend much of this episode watching the characters watch each other on screens". Abed finds surveillance footage of Pierce being watched in his sleep by an unknown individual. He apologizes for his actions and is about to leave when Pierce offers that he can stay as his roommate. That special time of year when people dress up in costume and–wait. #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 "Paranormal Parentage" In the episode Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design, Jeff offhandedly mentions that Annie took to deception like Abed took to Cougar Town. Nice outfit: Jeff is dressed as a boxer, Britta is dressed as a ham referencing (by chance) the character of "Scout" from the movie "To Kill A Mockingbird", Troy and Abed are dressed as Calvin and Hobbes, Shirley is dressed like Princess Leia and Annie is dressed as " Samara " from the horror movie " The Ring ". He accepts and they both embrace in a hug. [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. Abed had a difficult life growing up due in part to his parents. [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. 7. Via the telescreen they see an unconscious Pierce inside. Abed switches his attention to old surveillance footage of Pierce's bedroom. "Alternative History of the German Invasion" However, he locks the panic room in fear after Abed mentions the footage of an unknown figure he saw. Abed continues to examine the footage unaware that a shadowy figure is behind him. The group, sans Jeff, coo when Pierce apologizes to them for being such a burden. 3. Pierce surprises them from behind. “Paranormal Parentage” is one of the most tangible examples of how Community’s fourth season hasn't exactly gotten star treatment from NBC. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Pierce suddenly appears behind them and reveals it was all a prank. [2] However, the series was delayed so that the first episode premiered on February 7, 2013, with the show in its time slot of previous seasons of Thursday at 8 p.m.[3] As a result, though "Paranormal Parentage" was a Halloween-themed episode, it premiered on Valentine's Day. The episode was watched by 2.76 million viewers on its premiere and met with mixed critical reception. "Paranormal Parentage" was certainly not intended to air on National "Overpriced Dinner At The Only Place Where I Could Get ... Abed. The fourth season was initially scheduled to premiere on October 19, 2012, airing on Fridays at 8:30 pm. [9], Upon its first broadcast in the United States, an estimated 2.76 million viewers watched the episode. "Economics of Marine Biology", 8. After seeing footage of a shadowy figure watching him sleep, Pierce seals the panic room shut. "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. However, she criticized that some character development from previous seasons had been ignored and thought the humor could be improved. In a review of both this episode and the season premiere. [11] Emily VanDerWerff of The A.V. [1] In early October 2012, NBC delayed the premiere. Club rated the episode a B+, reviewing that it was an improvement over "History 101". "Basic Human Anatomy" "Conventions of Space and Time" Abed mentions the movie 1989 Do the Right Thing, in which guest star Giancarlo Esposito had one of his earliest acting roles. It is the second episode of Season Four of Community but originally was intended to be the third episode. Annie says she hates referential humor. Reaching the outside of the panic room, they find an image of Pierce unconscious. After being promoted as airing on October 26, it eventually debuted on February 14 (Valentine's Day). Troy becomes jealous and the two wind up in a mini-fight. "Intro to Knots" There was cultural discord between them as Abed's father is a Palestinian from Gaza and his mother Polish America. An eye-rolling scene like the hands one would be balanced by a funny Abed… I don't think Paranormal Parentage is a victory for the show in the order of Season 2's Epidemiology. 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. 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