Season 3 Episode 6

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Aired Tuesday 12:00 AM Nov 03, 2011 on Yahoo
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Episode Summary

Pierce throws a party to celebrate his business success, but when his elderly father shows up, he puts a damper on the festivities. Meanwhile, Troy becomes a hot commodity for Vice Dean Laybourne and a janitor.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Unseasonably Tanned

    Some bits were fantastic: Vice-Dean Laybourne is brilliant and the recurring gag of Britta being the worst made me laugh a lot. Great interaction between Jeff and Britta too - I don't like them as a couple but I love them as two bickering friends. The song is indeed very catchy too.

    The main plot, however, is way too offensive IMO ... are we now in the business of making fun of death? When Pierce's mother - who, by the way, had seen his father's ghost in S1 - passed away, there was a full episode of the gang disrespecting each other's beliefs, but not making fun of the person's death in any way. 203 was fun but at the same time respectful and even 'sweet', and very clever with Abed's subplot... 306 was not any of that.moreless
  • Pierce's father comes to visit

    Sometimes, shows will contain moments that are so over the top that it nearly pulls you out of the show. Community certainly isn't the most realistic of shows and I can deal with that but sometimes, I feel like the show focuses less on character and more on silly stuff.

    Here, we get a mix of both. The main plot is that Pierce's company Hawthorne Wipes becomes famous after a transgendered song writer makes a song using his wipes as the song title. The sales go up 7% as a result and Pierce, in his own weird way, begins to tolerate gay people. However, things go down the drains after Pierce's father Cornelius shows up and shames Pierce into talking crap about gay people. Even if the show were to just focus on their relationship, it would've been good but it gets bonus points for tying in Jeff's relationship to his missing father and Britta's attempt to be a therapist (it's hilarious to hear her pronounce "Oedipel" as "edible.")

    Meanwhile, Troy gets kidnapped by the Vice Dean (played creepily by John Goodman) and is offered a spot in the air conditioning school. It's an odd callback to previous episodes where Troy proved himself to be good with plumbing and mechanical stuff and it worked for the most part. This is where the silly stuff came in that I mentioned before. Seriously, having a guy in a spacesuit cooking panini's and a black guy in a Hitler costume simply to make people not believe him if he were to say where he was was a bit silly.

    Everyone else had their funny moments. The study group was on their game tonight, having quick banter and arguing back and forth the way they do best... Abed had some awesome moments while pretending to be Troy and the tag at the end of the episode where they make fun of Doctor Spacetime a.k.a Doctor Who was awesome.

    I suppose I just didn't connect with the episode as well as other episodes this season. It was still hilarious, it just felt a bit random... especially Troy's air conditioning school stuff. But the development with Jeff and Pierce was great and the writing was pretty solid as well.moreless
Larry Cedar

Larry Cedar

Cornelius Hawthorne

Guest Star

Jerry Minor

Jerry Minor


Guest Star

Rene Gube

Rene Gube


Guest Star

John Goodman

John Goodman

Vice Dean Laybourne

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Pierce: Did you know that the Canadian mallard is the only water fowl that bites his father's head off on his way out of the womb?
      Jeff: That is definitely not true.
      Pierce: I don't know. I looked it up on the Wackapeediah.

    • Troy: I'm gonna eat spaceman paninis with black Hitler and there's nothing you can do about it!

    • Cornelius Hawthorne: These are your friends, Pierce? Minorities, Jewesses, and the unseasonably tan?
      Britta: That is inappropriate! And maybe you'll give that more weight since I'm white.
      Cornelius Hawthorne: You've got a wide brow. What are you, Scandinavian?
      Britta: Yeah, Swedish!
      Cornelius Hawthorne: (spits) Swedish dogs. Your blood is tainted by generations of race mixing with Laplanders. You're basically Finns.
      Shirley: Oh, my goodness, he's like the Abed of racism.

    • Britta: Oh, I see what's going on here. In my Psych class, I'm learning about this thing called the Oediple Complex. All men have to kill their fathers so they can do something to their mothers. I haven't finished the chapter.

    • Pierce: I'm going to sue the pants off that lady.
      Annie: I don't think that's a lady.
      Troy: And why do you want his pants off?
      Pierce: Shut up! I only wanted his pants off when I thought he was a lady.
      Jeff: So you were attracted to him?
      Pierce: The only thing I'm attracted to is taking him to court and eating his ass alive. (everyone oohs) That's not what I meant. Stop putting gay things in my mouth.

    • Abed: Hey, where you been?
      Troy : I'm not allowed to say.
      Abed: Are you Superman?
      Troy: No.
      Abed: Would you tell me if you were?
      Troy: I'd tell everyone! I never understood why he cared who knew.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 3, 2011 on Citytv
      Sweden: November 5, 2012 on TV6
      Czech Republic: February 15, 2013 on SMICHOV