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Andre Bennett
Andre Bennett
Portrayed by: MALCOLM JAMAL-WARNER
First appearance: Asian Population Studies
Last appearance: Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts
Home town: Denver, Colorado
Occupation: STEREO SHOP ONWER
Family: Shirley Bennett(WIFE), JORDAN BENETT(SON), ELIJAH BENNETT(SON), BEN BENNETT(SON)
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The old me would have been long gone by now. I didn't think I could ever change, but I'm a tell you the love of a good woman makes anything possible.
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— Andre Bennett


Andre Bennett is the ex-husband of Shirley Bennett. Mentioned frequently by Shirley in Season One in a negative way, he doesn't make an onscreen appearance until Season Two. According to Shirley, he left and divorced her prior to her enrollment at Greendale for either a bank teller or a stripper. This was later officially canonized to be a stripper named Mysti. He later makes up with her in Season Two, and they begin dating. In Season Three, he proposes to her again, and they renew their vows. He is portrayed by Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

Character historyEdit

Season OneEdit

Andre is first mentioned by Shirley, although not named, when Shirley takes an Accounting course taught by Professor Whitman. After loudly berating her, Whitman gets her to confess her real reason for being at Greendale. She states that it's because she wasted 15 years of her life on a man who left her with stretch marks and a foggy memory of two bland orgasms, and now it's time to get what's hers. Andre is referenced when Shirley goes overboard trying to get back at Michelle Slater for stealing Jeff away from Britta. When she calls Slater a "long neck, weave-having bank teller" she admits her actions had more to do with her own personal situation than Britta's. She further elaborates by saying that her husband had come to her that morning and asked for his ring back. It was his mother's, and he wanted to give it to his new girlfriend. Shirley says that even though him leaving was the best thing that ever happened to her, she still wanted to have the opportunity to reject him if he ever came crawling back, but now he's denied her even that chance ("Introduction to Statistics"). When Shirley and Britta see Jeff living out of his Lexus, she mentions that her ex-husband did the exact same thing for four weeks after mistakenly calling her "Valerie" one time. In "Beginner Pottery", she mentions to Britta that her husband's fiancé needs her car to get to her stripping gig ("Home Economics").

Season TwoEdit

In her second year at Greendale, Shirley is forced to admit to the study group that she thinks she might be pregnant when they find a pregnancy test in her purse. She reveals that she and Andre have gotten back together and are now dating ("Cooperative Calligraphy"). It's then Troy suddenly realizes that Chang may actually be the father when he remembers having been sent a weird voice mail on Halloween hinting that he and Shirley hooked up. The situation comes to a head when Andre comes to Greendale to meet the group. At the same time, Troy accidentally reveals to Pierce that he believes Chang could be the father. Later that day, the group throws a mixer in Group Study Room F to try and find a new member. Andre attends the party and finds himself being awkwardly questioned by Troy about the specific date he reconnected with Shirley. Meanwhile, Chang and Rich end up being the only two candidates for membership and a vote is held.

Andre notes that because she hadn't voted the vote is tied and the decision is up to Shirley.  A threat from Pierce for her to vote for Rich causes Shirley to vote for Chang. In retaliation, Pierce reveals to everyone that she slept with Chang at the Halloween party. Shirley and the others refuse to believe it's true until Troy and Chang come forward with evidence to back up the claim. A stunned Andre leaves the study room and goes outside, ignoring Shirley's pleas. At the behest of Britta, Jeff tracks him down to talk to him, hoping to sort out the situation. Andre explains he isn't mad at Shirley but at himself for having left her which allowed this to happen. He goes on to say that he's changed from the selfish guy he was before thanks to Shirley's influence. He resolves that whether or not the baby is his, he will be there for Shirley and help her raise it. He goes back inside the library and lets Shirley know he isn't going anywhere ("Asian Population Studies").

Andre next appears when Annie throws a baby shower for him and Shirley in Group Study Room F ("Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy"). Although bothered by Chang's insistence that he be a part of the baby's life in some way, he stops Jeff and Shirley from trying to frame Chang and get him sent to jail in order to get him out of their lives for good.  His final appearance at school that year was when Shirley pregnancy reached it's climax in the Anthropology classroom. With Britta and Chang's help she gave birth to a boy and Andre arrived just in time to witness it. The questions surrounding his parentage was resolved when Chang admitted it couldn't be his since "Chang babies" are always born with tails. To thank him for helping her she named the baby after Chang only realizing, after Andre points it out to her, that her newborn would now be called Ben Bennett ("Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts").

Season ThreeEdit

During the study group's third year at school,  Andre makes a flashy return to campus. Showing up with back up dancers and musical accompaniment he proposes to Shirley in the cafeteria. She eagerly accepts and the two immediately make plans for the wedding to be held in Group Study Room F. A rehearsal is scheduled with Britta volunteering to help in the arrangements. She did this so that Shirley could focus on a business deal for a Sandwich shop with Pierce. Shirley's business proposal makes her late to the rehearsal angering Andre who had been looking for her. After she arrives late, he berates her for ignoring the rehearsal. He tells Shirley her  attention should be just on their family not business and that things need to go back to normal with him as the bread winner. She countered that's impossible particularly since he was the one that screwed things up by leaving her. After Andre asks her why they are even bothering getting together again she leaves the rehearsal upset. He follows her outside and they try to hash things out until Annie interrupts them. She tells them that they need to stop a drunk Jeff and Britta who are trying to get the minister to marry them. Andre and Shirley separate the pair criticizing them for their reckless behavior. Shirley explains that marriage isn't something you blindly go into, it's a serious commitment that takes work to make successful. Andre agrees and accepts that he has  to let Shirley try and succeed with her business ventures. The minister then suggests since they are on the same page now they could save get wed now and save themselves some money. They both agree and quickly get remarried ("Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts")

Season FourEdit

Andre does not appear in the study group's Senior year together at Greendale but he is mentioned several times. In October, Shirley and Andre decided to go with a "Star Wars" theme for their Halloween costumes. Shirley dressed as Princess Liea, Elijah and Jordan dressed as Storm Troopers, baby Ben went as and Ewok and Andre dressed as Han Solo ("Paranormal Parentage"). The November of that year, Shirley invited the study group to her house for Thanksgiving dinner. Andre's family were there as well but he couldn't attend because himself because of a sale he was having at his stereo store ("Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations"). At the end of the year, Abed researched the past of each study group member to determine whether or not they had met before coming to Greendale. He discovered that in 2008 Jeff was indirectly responsible for Mysti the stripper hooking up with Andre. Jeff had not only successfully defended her in court and prevented her from going to jail but he also encouraged her to hit on a married man who turned out to be Andre. Shirley was furious at the revelation but eventually forgave Jeff as she understood he was a different person at that time ("Heroic Origins").

Season FiveEdit

In the study group's fifth year together at Greendale, Shirley reveals to her friends that Andre has left her again. After graduation she had became obsessed with trying to expand her sandwich shop business. Unfortunately, this took up all her time which caused her to start neglecting her family. When her efforts failed, the financial loss was the final straw for Andre. This time he took the kids, the dog and the DVR containing 166 episodes of "Bones" and went to his sisters house. Shirley didn't blame him this time and realized she was at fault for their current separation ("Repilot").

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