There was a lot of back and forth in "Paranormal Parentage" between the strong moments and the weak ones. 13. 3. Pierce suggests that he move in and the group depart. 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. This happened after NBC dismissed former showrunner, Dan Harmon, thus sentencing the show to a future of corporate sell-out doom. "Paranormal Parentage" is the second episode of the fourth season of Community. 10. Abed had a difficult life growing up due in part to his parents. In a review of both this episode and the season premiere. 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. The room then shakes violently as a portrait of Cornelius warps and give off a sinister glowing glare. He finds his way to Cornelius Hawthorne's bedroom and locks himself inside. 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. They run into Jeff and Britta and they all head towards Pierce's panic room. This Halloween episode, pushed back to mid-February by the network, unfortunately has problems that do not stop with its odd, yet unavoidable timing. It is the second episode of Season Four of Community but originally was intended to be the third episode. 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. 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. "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations" 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. However, at the convention, Abed starts bonding with Toby, a fellow Inspector Spacetime fan. "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. The study group coos a third time when Pierce offers Gilbert to be his roommate and they both hug each other. 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'. “Paranormal Parentage” is one of the most tangible examples of how Community’s fourth season hasn't exactly gotten star treatment from NBC. Guest starring Giancarlo Esposito. Though Jeff (Joel McHale) is reluctant, the group agree to go to Pierce's mansion, where he has locked himself in his panic room. The group, sans Jeff, coo when Pierce apologizes to them for being such a burden. It makes homage to Scooby-Doo. He leaves the room, finds Britta and they both quickly leave the area. 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. Barker liked Jeff's storyline and some of the jokes. Last night's episode of Community, while still plagued with inconsistent characterizations and pacing issues, was a welcome improvement Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. In the episode Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design, Jeff offhandedly mentions that Annie took to deception like Abed took to Cougar Town. "Herstory of Dance" 7. 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. Meanwhile, Troy, Shirley and Annie notice a wall seemingly coming to life and flee in terror. Community. An eye-rolling scene like the hands one would be balanced by a funny Abed… Yet, this episode is not the one that earns Esposito the accolade of one of the best Community guest stars. Wild Costumes in Community’s “Paranormal Parentage” Halloween Episode Images. [9], Upon its first broadcast in the United States, an estimated 2.76 million viewers watched the episode. 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. "Heroic Origins" "Intro to Knots" 2. ... 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. Series 4, Episode 2 M CC SD CC HD. 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. After seeing footage of a shadowy figure watching him sleep, Pierce seals the panic room shut. Abed switches his attention to old surveillance footage of Pierce's bedroom. 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. 9. Though Jeff (Joel McHale) is reluctant, the group agree to go to Pierce's mansion, where he has locked himself in his panic room. 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). Abed finds a security room and concurrently watches Cougar Town and the group's activities. 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. 1. He finds Britta and leaves. I think Paranormal Parentage is one of those episodes. [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. Jeff enters the code he found but when they enter the room is empty. [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". Annie says she hates referential humor. Ah, Halloween. 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