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Season 2 Episode 4

Basic Rocket Science

Aired Tuesday 12:00 AM Oct 14, 2010 on Yahoo
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Episode Summary

Greendale gets its own space simulator after the Dean discovers that their rival school, City College, is unveiling its own orbital launch simulator. The Dean makes the group clean the simulator due to an unflattering school flag design they submitted. When inside, the simulator accidentally launches, meaning it's up to the team to get it back to campus in time of the school's unveiling.moreless

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  • Space Adventures

    Highlights (spoilers):


    - Pierce is claustrophobic and gets locked in a cage

    - Butthole flag flies

    - Annie lead the gang into a set-up

    - Greendale allows you to get a degree in theoretical Phys Ed

    - Product integration for KFC

    - City College and Greendale Community's rivalry

    - Awesome cardboard spaceships at the end
  • To me, the best comedy episode this season.

    I love it when a show that has a formulaic way of doing things veers off. Usually we are treated to half an hour of Jeff being cool, learning a lesson, everyone hugs, Abed & Troy do the comedy thing etc. It works but it gets old. That's why the "Batman Abed" episode was a hit and that's why I really liked this one.

    Yes, I know it's a cheap spoof of Apollo, but it was so well thought out in details I just laughed my head off, right from Abed looking up when the winnebago disappeared to Chase's maniac routine and Chang's auxiliary rerouting.

    And yes, the anus flag thing was cheap, as were all the dean jokes, but all in all it was such a fresh breeze that I simply didn't care.

    This is the best fun I've had this year sitting through half an hour of comedy and that deserves a 10.moreless
Jordan Black

Jordan Black

Dean Spreck

Guest Star

Richard McGonagle

Richard McGonagle

Sanders (voice)

Guest Star

Brady Novak

Brady Novak

Faculty #1

Guest Star

Jim Rash

Jim Rash

Dean Craig Pelton

Recurring Role

Richard Erdman

Richard Erdman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 14, 2010 on Citytv,
      Sweden: March 5, 2011 on TV6,
      Czech Republic: January 20, 2013 on SMICHOV,


    • Much of the episode parodies the 1995 movie Apollo 13. Abed being left behind, for instance, draws a parallel to Gary Sinese's character as the man who talks the gang through their "mission."

    • The opening segment of the meeting, regarding City College's simulator, copies a similar sequence from the 1983 movie, The Right Stuff, complete with the shots of a man running down a hallway to blurt out the information.