Introduction to Film

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 10/1/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Jeff joins Professor Whitman's class for an easy A grade. Jeff realizes how much work he needs to put in to pass. Britta helps Abed fulfill his dream. Pierce teaches Troy the proper way to sneeze.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Russ Krasnoff

  • Gillian Jacobs

    Britta Perry

  • Danny Pudi

    Abed Nadir

  • Pamela Lljubo

    Department Head Make-Up

  • Matt Danon

    Department Head Hair

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  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Step backwards?

    By Water78, Oct 14, 2009

  • 103

    By Canogaparkcindy, Nov 27, 2010

  • Britta decides to help Abed fulfill his dream of taking a film course so she gives him the money for the class that his father won't. Jeff finds a cake class to take and then gets in trouble with the teacher for being a slacker.

    By jyarter, Oct 02, 2009

  • I never actually saw the Second Episode, but this episode is really when I felt Community started getting on a roll.

    By DaVulture, May 29, 2010

  • How could you not love this show after this episode?

    By tvownsLEXIE, Dec 04, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Shirley: Isn't Abed's dad a hardcore Muslim? They're not as understanding as Christians, you could get your head cut off with a salami sword. Annie: Shirley! That's the most racist thing I've ever heard. Shirley: Was I racist? Jeff: Pierce will beat that in one minute.

    • Professor Whitman: Death, so-called, is a thing that makes men weep. And yet, a third of life is spent in sleep.

    • Abed: I'm interested in making movies, but my dad says all media is Western propaganda that negatively stereotypes Arabs. Troy: You should see Aladdin. Jafar was a badass!

    • Professor Whitman: Only when we stop stopping our lives can we begin to start starting them.

    • Professor Whitman: (to Jeff) If you don't genuinely seize the day before the end of the week, then you will be seizing an F for the semester.

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    Notes (5)

    • Yvette Nicole Brown ("Shirley") and John Michael Higgins ("Professor Whitman") also worked together in the 2009 movie The Ugly Truth.

    • Yvette Nicole Brown ("Shirley") and Iqbal Theba (""Abed"'s dad") also worked together in the The War At Home episode "West Palm Beach Story".

    • John Michael Higgins ("Professor Whitman") and Iqbal Theba (""Abed"'s dad") also worked together in the The George Carlin Show episode "George Expresses Himself".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 1, 2009 on Citytv
      Latin America: February 18, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      Sweden: February 15, 2010 on TV6
      Czech Republic: December 25, 2012 on SMICHOV

    • Although credited, Ken Jeong ("SeƱor Chang") didn't appear in this episode, making this the first episode without all the credited regular actors.

    Trivia (1)

    • The caption reading the line "I think the wrong person just left" in Arabic mistakenly translates 'left' as in the direction not the verb which makes no sense when read in Arabic.

    Allusions (6)

    • Professor Whitman: The motto of this class: Carpe Diem! "Carpe diem" is a phrase from Horace's Latin poem which goes "Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero." When translated to English, it reads: "Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future."

    • Abed's Dad: (to Jeff) You go host American Idol. Abed's Dad is referring to the host of the singing reality competition show American Idol, Ryan Seacrest, who often wears dark jackets over T-shirts and stylishly messed-up hair, much like Jeff does.

    • Jeff: Goooood morning, Professor Whitman. "Gooooood morning, Vietnam!" is the popular catchphrase of Robin Williams in his role as US Air Force Airman Adrian Cronauer, DJ of the Armed Forces Radio Station, in the 1987 film Good Morning, Vietnam.

    • Jeff: Shazbot! Shazbot (pronounced SHOZZ-bot) is the Orkan curse word popularized by Robin Williams as Mork, an alien from the Planet Ork, in the late-'70s/early-'80s comedy series Mork & Mindy.

    • Character Name: Professor Whitman The character is most likely a reference to Walt Whitman, who is considered to be one of the most influential poets in American literature. He is best known for his collection of poems entitled Leaves of Grass.

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