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Alter-Pierce is Abed's version of Pierce in his "Happy Place" sitcom fantasy. He has a different physical appearance but retains the original Pierce's antagonistic personality. His first and so far only appearance was in the Season Four premiere "History 101". He is portrayed by actor/comedian Fred Willard.
In the his fourth year at Greendale, Abed was in therapy with Britta due to his anxieties about the study groups last year together. Abed calmed himself when his worries became overwhelming by taking Britta's advice. She suggested he imagine a "happy place" in his mind to retreat to. Abed's "happy place" resembled a television sitcom show of his life called "Abed's Happy Community College Show". It included a live studio audience, a laugh track and a different version of one the study group members. This Alter-Pierce looked different from his real world counterpart but had the same attitude.
Abed imagined Alter-Pierce in the "TV shows"'s opening credits when he opened his locker and an avalanche of golf balls rolled out. When Abed again revisited his "Happy Place", Alter-Pierce was seen with the rest of the study group trying to decide on what they'll be doing after they graduate. While everyone was perusing job catalogs, Alter-Pierce mistakingly was looking at a catalog for coffins instead. His mistake elicited laughter from the "studio audience". Dean Pelton then made an appearance wearing an aviators outfit with some bad news. Due to a computor error all their school records were lost and because of that the grouo was told they'd have to repeat the last three years at school.
Although the group was upset that they will have to retake all their classes, thier spirits were raised when they were all invited to a freshmen mixer being held in the cafeteria. Unfortunately, Alter-Pierce ruins the festivities somehow as the party degenerated into a huge food fight. His actions also denied Jeff the chance of hooking up with two freshmen coeds. Annie then arrives with some good news; their school records were backed up and the information was locked up inside a safe. She attempts to open it but Abed tries to prevent her. It's then that Alter-Pierce and the study group witness Jeff delivering a speech that resolves Abed's anxieties and gets him to accept the change that is to come ("History 101").