Did Anyone Catch Abed's Secret Community Storyline?

By Emily V. Gordon

Oct 11, 2010

Like many Community fans, I was disappointed to see so little of Abed in the most recent episode, and a bit perplexed when his absence was highlighted by Shirley commenting, “I barely saw you this week, Abed, what have you been up to?” Abed’s response: “Not much.” But look closer!

For the first time in TV history (that I can remember, at least), a major character was part of a storyline that took place entirely in the background of other scenes. While Jeff pondered his mortality, Pierce tried to hold on to his Mom after her death, and Annie and Britta argued over feminine wiles, Abed’s “not much” involved bringing a baby into the world.

Watch this helpful compilation that strings all the scenes together, and you’ll see Abed having a passionate conversation with a very pregnant woman, getting into a fight with the jealous father of the unborn baby, helping his new pregnant friend in the cafeteria when she goes into labor, and the kicker, delivering a baby in the back of a truck just behind Shirley’s head.

It’s a testament to how great Community is that most of us didn’t notice—and to me, just another reason that the show is one of the most innovative comedies on TV. It wouldn’t surprise me if creator Dan Harmon ends up remaking the episode from Abed’s perspective, at which point we’ll just barely notice Annie and Britta’s oil wrestling in the background.

Can you believe all the action you missed? Or did you notice background Abed right away?

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  • stanleybilly Apr 06, 2013

    Good job with that!!

  • MiaTetangco Jan 30, 2011

    OMG I only noticed the last one when they were in the van! Amazing! I gotta look in the background a LOT more!

  • silfabc Dec 31, 2010

    Hey, I was re-watching some How I Met Your Mother earlier when I noticed something. Season 4 Episode 17, something similar occurred with Robin. Her storyline wasn't completely on the background for the whole episode but still. Plus she delivers a baby during that background storytelling. So, I don't know if this was a nod to Himym. What do you think?

  • dinusik Dec 19, 2010

    WOW, I did not notice that! Thats hilarious! I love it!!! :)

  • BollyGirl Oct 19, 2010

    i noticed it. i thought it was funny at the end. love this show!

  • tvqueenrania Oct 19, 2010

    I noticed as well & it was funny because they never referred to it so it ended up being in the back of your mind, outstanding show.

  • Elfloaf Oct 18, 2010

    so good, this is the best comedy on television

  • KevinG87 Oct 17, 2010

    i noticed him in the background but i didn't really put most of it together

  • freak-e719 Oct 16, 2010

    hilarious! :)

  • DianeGrber Oct 16, 2010

    I must admit I always have a hard time watching Community because most of the time I don't understand the jokes/references (I am French), however, watching this, it is definitely a great show!

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