|"Advanced Introduction to Finality"|
|◄ Season Four, Episode Thirteen ►|
|Air date||May 9th, 2013 on|
|Written by||Megan Ganz|
|Directed by||Tristram Shapeero|
|“||I've spent almost four years here, growing and changing and making dioramas||”|
Summary: JEFF CONTEMPLATES GRADUATION FROM GREENDALE - THE STUDY GROUP GRAPPLES WITH THE RETURN OF THE DARK TIMELINE - Jeff achieves enough credits to graduate and contemplates graduation - and beyond. Meanwhile, the study group revisits the "darkest timeline".
On the verge of graduating from Greendale, Jeff meets up with an old colleague from his old law firm named Mark. Having learned Jeff was about to get a legitimate degree, Mark offered him a partnership at a new law firm he was starting up. Jeff is reluctant to accept but Mark convinces him otherwise and they shake hands. The next day, Jeff and the study group arrive at Group Study Room F excited by the new semester. Once inside the room, Annie and the rest of the group then spring a surprise Graduation party in Jeff's honor. When they inquire as to when his official graduation ceremony is Jeff says that there is none, it's just Dean Pelton signing his now legitimate degree. The group then insists on accompanying Jeff to Pelton's office in order to witness him receiving his degree.
After arriving at the office, the reality of the situation dawns on Jeff and he decides the occasion deserves more pageantry. He gives permission for Annie and the Dean Pelton to organize a graduation ceremony/celebration in his honor. Later, Jeff talks with Britta at a bar and admits his fear that leaving will possibly have a negative affect on the group. In particular he mentions Abed but Britta reassures him that her therapy will help him cope. She points out that Abed now no longer even mentions "The Darkest Timeline" which inspires Jeff. The next day he shows up at the study session and produces a die to decide who should ring the soda to his graduation ceremony. After rolling it, the die lands on in between the cracks of the study table and no number comes up. Abed is worried about the omen it portends but shakes it off leaving Jeff unsatisfied by the outcome.
Meanwhile in Dean Pelton's office, the Dean is too busy putting together a collage of him and Jeff to notice the spectacular arrival of Evil Jeff in the "Prime Timeline". Evil Jeff goes to Jeff's locker for clothing and encounters Britta. She rightly points out Jeff had anxieties about graduating and reminds him that whatever happens the study group will be there to support him. After she leaves, Evil Annie shows up with Evil Jeff's prosthetic arm and he fills her in on what he just learned. He decides that in order to sabotage this timeline they need to ensure this world's Jeff accepts Mark's job offer. To that end they will ruin his relationship with the study group members. Evil Jeff goes to the study room and finds the other Annie decorating for Jeff's graduation ceremony.
He turns on the charm and starts to flirt with her toying with her emotions. He then cruelly taunts Annie by declaring he is leaving her and Greendale behind forever sending her running away in tears. She later finds the real Jeff in the cafeteria and confronts him over what his doppelgänger did. Annie berates him for being so callous and declares she's not going to his graduation before storming off. Jeff goes after her unaware he is being observed by Evil Annie. Elsewhere, Abed is in the school's hallway where he is approached by Evil Jeff. Abed immediately recognizes him as an Evil doppelgänger. Evil Jeff shoots him with an upgraded paintball gun and Abed he is somehow transported over to The Darkest Timeline.
In the Prime timeline, Jeff finds Evil Annie in the library mistaking her for the real one. Evil Annie apologizes for counterparts actions with a hug and manages to swipe hiscell phone. In the cafeteria, Troy and Shirley are preparing a sandwich cart at Shirley's Sandwiches when Evil Jeff approaches them. He uninvited them to his graduation party while sarcastically insulting them both. Back at The Darkest Timeline, Abed goes to that reality's version of his apartment and finds Evil Abed. He explains that he has now given up his evil plans and is trying to brighten his reality. Unfortunately, Troy along with his study group have kicked him out for changing his ideas and now Evil Jeff has since taken over his original goals. Formerly Evil Abed than volunteers to send Abed back to his world along with special equipment he will need to stop his former friends.
Over in the "Prime Timeline", Jeff arrives at his graduation ceremony in the study room and is surprised to find it empty. An angry Dean Pelton then shows up with his degree and throws it at him upset over something he claims Jeff had said to him earlier. As he leaves, Evil Annie enters the room, reveals a provocative dress she is wearing and flirts with Jeff. She then produces his cell phone and seductively tries to convince Jeff to accept Mark's job offer. Jeff is too confused by her odd behavior as well as the absence of the rest of the group to listen and attempts to leave. Evil Annie then calls her accomplice to stop him and Jeff is shocked when he meets his doppelganger Evil Jeff. Explaining he has come from the Darkest Timeline to "save" Jeff, he not only encourages him to take the job but to resume the type of lifestyle he led before Greendale.
Jeff refuses saying he has grown and changed too much but Evil Jeff counters that he will always be that person. In defiance, Jeff rips up his degree angering Evil Jeff who decides to shoot him with his paintball gun and send him to the Darkest Timeline. At that moment Kevin/Chang enters the room and after sizing up the situation valiantly jumps in the way taking the shot meant for Jeff. As Chang is transported to the other world, Jeff manages to escape. Evil Jeff and Evil Annie discuss what to do next when they are interrupted by the arrival of Evil Britta, Evil Troy and Evil Shirley. They are all equipped with Darkest Timeline paintball gear and ready to assist Evil Jeff in taking on the Prime Timeline study group. Over at Abed and Troy's apartment, the Annie, Britta, Shirley and Troy have gathered all unwilling to attend Jeff's ceremony due to hurtful things Evil Jeff said to them in his stead. Jeff then enters the apartment and desperately tries to explain Evil Jeff was responsible for this situation but the group won't listen.
However, Abed's suddenly arrives and presents them with proof to make them believe. He brought over the "Doppeldeaner" from the Darkest Timeline and shoots him with one of that realities paintball pistols sending him back to there. Abed then declares that they are faced with an invasion from their Evil counterparts. He equips them with similar paintball guns and they proceed to Greendale to face off against their doubles. Back at school, The Evil Study group enter the cafeteria only to be startled by the surprise appearance of their realities Pierce. He reveals he faked his death to teach them a lesson and after having heard about them crossing over to this reality decided to follow. He offers his assistance to take on the "lame" study group but asks how exactly they are to do this. Evil Jeff explains the first person to shoot "themselves" wins which Evil Pierce takes to literally and shoots himself with his own paintball weapon.
Evil Britta also shoots herself, albeit accidentally, angering Evil Jeff who berates her incompetence. It's then that the Prime Timeline Britta defends her duplicate making her and the other study group's presence known. The battle between the two timelines starts as the counterparts face off. The Prime Timeline Shirley, Troy and Annie quickly dispatch their evil doubles leaving only Evil Jeff behind. While taking cover from his attacks, Abed tells Jeff that none of this is real as he's been imagining all of this in his mind to deal with his anxieties about the future. Evil Jeff represents the selfish guy once was but Abed reminds him his friendship with the study group has changed him for the better. Emboldened, Jeff calls out his double, freezes the paintball pellet fired at him and shoots Evil Jeff. The scenario is then revealed to be a day dream Jeff had before he threw the Yahtzee die earlier that day.
This time he decides not to throw it stating that as long as everyone in the group is there he doesn't need anything else. Later at the graduation ceremony, the group as well as a few other notable Greendale students are all in attendance to witness Jeff receive his degree. When it's time for a speech, Jeff actually finds himself at a loss for words barley able to express the gratitude and love he has for his friends. The ceremony is about to conclude when Pierce interrupts demanding to graduate first. Afterwards, the group along with Dean Pelton are having a private dinner in the study room. Jeff says he changed his mind about Mark's offer and is looking at smaller law firms to work for adding that it will allow him to stay in the area and keep in touch with them. In response, Abed leads the group in a toast to their newly graduated friend.
Evil Troy and Evil Abed are hosting an Evil version of the "Troy and Abed in the Morning!" show. After introducing their special guest "Evil" Ben Chang they present a glimpse into another timeline featuring an alternate Troy and Britta. They proudly show off their child who they have named "Chewbacca". Evil Jeff then interrupts the show to remind Troy and Abed that it's not real. When he leaves Evil Troy and Abed sing song their signature sign off.
|In the Season One episode "English as a Second Language", Jeff mentions an "unmovable appointment" he has on May 23rd, 2013 at Morty's Steakhouse when he would presumably be graduating from Greendale. This throw away line foreshadowing a possible air date for a Season Four finale had long been the subject of speculation among the fandom who waited years to see if the show would actually reach that target date. Ultimately the finale aired a few weeks earlier on May 9. On Community's official NBC Twitter accounts for all the characters (seen HERE) this missed appointment was addressed by Jeff and the study group.|
- Previously: Jeff made it clear he was graduating early at the start of the Fall semester in "History 101"
- Familiar faces:
- Returning students: Neil, Vicki, Leonard, Garrett, Quendra, Magnitude, and Todd return for Jeff's graduation ceremony. An image of Star-Burns is shown on a flyer promoting a tree planting ceremony in his honor.
- School supplies:
- This must be the place: The restaurant/bar from "Heroic origins" returns, Group Study Room F is featured, as is Dean Pelton's office, and the Troy and Abed's apartment.
- Winger Speech: Jeff gives a graduation speech where he is almost at a loss for words:
|“||Three and a half years ago, when I came to Greendale, I met six very important people. … Sorry, seven. And meeting these people changed my life. Yeah. I’m sorry. I – I don’t know what to say. [study group laughs and objects] I’m so used to being the guy who can talk his way out of anything, but… what do you say when you don’t want a way out? What you all have done for me is indescribable. It’s unbelievable. And my love for you is immeasurable, even when you split it seven ways.||”|
- Annie's Boobs/Fan Service: Evil Annie appears wearing a tight-fitting, strapless, low-cut red dress. Evil Jeff arrives in the Prime Timeline wearing only his underwear.
- Deanotation: Pelton says he has to sign his "John Deancock" on Jeff's degree to make it official
- Nice outfit:
- The dean is wearing a Graduation cap and gown that has a higher hemline than normal.
- The dean is seen wearing a wedding dress
- Use your allusion:
- Evil Jeff arrives in the "Prime Timeline" in a glowing sphere wearing only his underwear. This is similar to the way time travel is done in the "Terminator" film franchise. Evil Annie later reveals he chose to arrive in the Prime timeline that way as he could have worn clothes.
- A close up of Jeff testing out his mechanical hand is similar to the same shot used in "The Empire Strikes Back" when Luke tries out his new prosthetic hand.
- Up against the wall: During Jeff's graduation ceremony behind Dean Pelton is a chalkboard and written there are the words "SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE" . The episodes writer Megan Ganz admitted on Twitter that she was the one who wrote that there.
ProductionEditMegan Ganz tweeted the following:
|“||Now THAT'S the COMMUNITY I know and love. Revise or die, baby. Revise or die.||”|
Accompanying the tweet was a photo of the cover of an episode script for the Season finale. Entitled "Advanced Introduction to Finality" it has the production code #411. The episode was shot out of order as the eleventh episode filmed.
Ratingswise, "Advanced Introduction to Finality" was up a tenth over last week, earning a 1.5 rating/5 share in the 18-49 demo. On Twitter, #OriginStory trended in the US and worldwide, at one point hitting the top spot on the US trend list and continuing to trend for at least 15 minutes after the episode ended.
|Season Four Episodes|
1. "History 101"
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