Did Anyone Catch Abed's Secret Community Storyline?

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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Good job with that!!
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OMG I only noticed the last one when they were in the van! Amazing! I gotta look in the background a LOT more!
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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?
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WOW, I did not notice that! Thats hilarious! I love it!!! :)
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i noticed it. i thought it was funny at the end. love this show!
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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.
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so good, this is the best comedy on television
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i noticed him in the background but i didn't really put most of it together
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hilarious! :)
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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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Best show ever!
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I managed to pick out this part of the storyline during my first viewing. I don't think that I got all the scenes though; I noticed Abed meeting the pregnant woman, the delivery scene, and mother, father, and child at the end. Excellent work. GIVE THOSE WRITERS AN EMMY!
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I only saw him with the pregnant woman right at the beginning of the episode, I can't believe that I missed the rest.
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I did notice Abed, but not what he was doing. That is great! I have to tape this show now as it is opposite The Big Bang Theory, but at least I am able to do that because I love them both!
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Holy crap! I can't believe I missed seeing Abed the ENTIRE time! Thank you for pointing this out!!
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Yeah, I totally caught that, except for Abed delivering the baby in the van.
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Didn't notice OMG!
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I actually did notice Abed in the background halfway through the episode, so I rewatched it online the next day just to see what he did. I love this show for these little nuggets you catch every now and then.
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I noticed all of it except for the jealousy fight/flee that I didn't catch until I watched the compliation. I love Community. Best NBC comedy :)
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God this show is just to friggin awesome. I hope the ratings are good this season, because this show deserves to have many seasons.
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Community has become a brilliant show
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I began noticing in the cafeteria scene and onward. Awesome deluxe.
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Damn, I feel like a fool. *facepalm*.How could I only focus on the forefront and forget the background?
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Wow Tim usually comments on these episodes....so I was ready to complement him on one of his most intriguing articles, but DAMN! Emily you came out of left filed just like Abed in this episode! Congrats! I actually missed most of Abed in that ep.. Thank you!
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I feel like a fool Community I bow to you
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I saw a few of the shots, including the baby delivery but I didn't realize it was happening the whole time. So creative
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Absolutely Brilliant! Best comedy on tv!
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Whoever came up with the whole idea was genius.
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I noticed the woman in the van; I didn't realize it was Abed delivering the baby. In fact, I was surprised, because I thought they were showing someone having an abortion in the back of a van!
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I didn't notice any of that! That genius! Community is one of the most innovative shows I've ever seen. Period.
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it was awesome , makes you want to rewatch the episodes!
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I totally caught this in the background. A bunch of us think that Abed had a pregnancy scare with this girl. You gotta pay really close attention though.
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I remember laughing thinking, "Holy crap there's someone giving birth in the background!!" I never noticed any of the other parts. Now that I looked for them I can't believe I missed them!! Another reason I love Community.
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This is really one of the best comedies on TV right now. Love Abed to pieces, wish he gets more screen time, but this whole background subplot is genius!
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lol , how awesome that could be ! . that's one hell of show . i noticed when they were in the caftria but that's it. amazing
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That was great. Further proof that Community is the the best new comedy.
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I'm going to have to rewatch! Didn't notice Abed at all.
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I noticed it the first time and it reaffirmed to me the awesomeness and originality of Community!
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I missed it the first time but the second I caught Abed's story it was hillarious and another reason i love Community so much
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I missed the first one (behind the study room windows) but I noticed the rest of it. When I saw Abed run away from someone early in the episode, I realized I better pay attention to what's going on in the background.
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Yeah, I mentioned it in the Community forum. At first I just saw the pregnant lady and the delivery. I didn't even notice it was Abed with her. Then I watched it again to see if there was more to the story. It was so funny that nobody even mentioned it, except to ask Abed what he had been up to.
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COMMUNITY IS GOD! I love this show, so awesome!
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I only saw a guy delivering a child i didnt make the connection!!! that was awesome
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Ah yes...the Monkey Business Illusion and the Gorilla Experiment....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGQmdoK_ZfY

http://www.theinvisiblegorilla.com/gorilla_experiment.html
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I can't believe that I missed all that! Wow that was good though...
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I noticed the moments while watching the show but had to go back and watch them again to make sense of it... loved it!
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I noticed the baby delivery but none of the others, it's like the little cartoons in the margins of Mad Magazine!
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I remember seeing Abed talking to the pregnant girl at the beginning and vaguely remember him with her it the cafeteria, but I didn't get the connection until now.
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I originally missed it all, but the second time I watched it, I noticed the first two or so. When I saw that youtube clip a couple of days ago, I cracked up pretty hard. I also kind of doubt this is the first time something like this has happened, Arrested Development did lots of background stuff, I think I remember an episode where Tobias spent most of the time hiding in the background, stalking Lindsay.
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I noticed everything except the fight, or I just don't remember noticing the fight.
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