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Rachel
Rachel
Portrayed by: Brie Larson
First appearance: "Herstory of Dance"
Last appearance: "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing"
Date of birth: October 1, 1989
Home town: Denver, Colorado
Major: SOCIAL ENGINEERING
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No spoilers. I'm really hoping things turn around for this Job guy.
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— Rachel discussing the Bible


Rachel is a student at Greendale Community College who has a work/study student job on the event staff. She was once responsible for the yogurt machine in the cafeteria until an elderly student broke it. Her current gig is as a coat check girl where she tags party goers coats and other miscellaneous items they brought to school functions and give them tickets to claim their possessions later when they leave. She and Abed have a mutual attraction to each other due to their love of television and movie tropes. Her first appearance was in the Season Four episode "Herstory of Dance". She is portrayed by actress Brie Larson.

HistoryEdit

Season FourEdit

In the study group's fourth year at Greendale, Annie and Shirley each picked two different girls to ask Abed to a Sadie Hawkins dance being held at school. Abed immediately saw the opportunity to do the classic sitcom trope of having two dates to a dance. He decided to accept both dates and keep it a secret from each girl in order to let the hijinks ensue. The night of the dance while carrying out his deception, he ran into an event attendant named Rachel while changing outfits in the coat check room. He asked her to check two gifts he had brought for his dates, a kaleidoscope for Annie's choice Kat and a bible for Shirley's choice Jessica. She observed how he had been switching between his two different outfits for his dates, Rachel told him she knew what he had been doing and even corrected him when he was about to step out wearing a hat for the wrong girl. Impressed she figured it out, they begin discussing specific tropes.



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Can I help you?
Rachel tells Abed her favorite ones were the "embarrassed dog" and the "public declaration of love". Realizing he would need some help to pull off his plan, Abed asked if she would be willing to assist him. Rachel enthusiastically agreed and the two of them set out to keep the charade going. At one point Rachel blew bubbles to keep Kat distracted and another time she delivered a fake telegram to Abed so he could excuse himself from Jessica. They later returned to the coat check room together to check off some more antics off the list which they hadn't done yet. When the list accidentally fell to the ground, an awkward moment occurred when they both reached for it. Rachel jokingly replied that if this were a classic movie trope they would be kissing at this point. Abed, unaware they were sharing a genuine moment, replied that wouldn't be the case since they are doing a TV trope and not a movie one.



Rachel and Abed share a look
Rachel and Abed share a look
He then announces that despite the fun they had together he needed to bring the charade to an end. He decides to contritely tell his dates everything and make an impassioned plea to continue the night with the "crowd favorite" Jessica. He departs leaving Rachel saddened by his obliviousness to her attraction to him. When Abed returns later to further update her on the situation he is told by her coat check replacement she left early and was visibly upset about something. Realizing how badly he screwed up on all fronts of his latest shenanigans, he apologizes to Annie and Shirley for his actions. He particularly regretted how he messed things up with Rachel and is encouraged by them to go after her. However, he is unable to find Rachel and is inspired to do one more trope after seeing Sophie B. Hawkins perform at Britta's dance. He jumps on stage, grabs the mike and makes a public declaration of his feelings for Rachel and pleads for her forgiveness.



Her name was Rachel
"There was a girl here tonight.
Her name was Rachel."
After he leaves the stage, Rachel appears noting how embarrassing that must have been for him. She teases that she was doing the "embarrassed dog' trope the entire time but Abed tells her he was glad he did it. Rachel then asks Abed if he would like to go out sometime and even offers that they can pretend they are doing another trope where he is just going out with her for a bet. Abed admits he would like to do that but suggests that they should just have a regular date the first time, which Rachel agrees to. Shirley and Annie, who had been watching from the sidelines, coo their approval. Rachel and Abed join the rest of the crowd in watching Sophie B. Hawkins perform "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover". She tells Abed she actually prefers the song "As I Lay Me Down" and Abed smiles and agrees ("Herstory of Dance").



Abed and Rachel
Aren't they cute together?

Season FiveEdit

In the study group's fifth year at Greendale, Rachel meets Abed again after he had a disastrous date with Carol at the Mid-Term dance. He was just leaving the cafeteria when he noticed her in the coat check room reading a book. Abed asked her what happened to her and she coolly replied that he never called her back. Abed apologizes for his behavior admitting he could be inconsiderate at times. Rachel accepts his apology and let's him off the hook by saying she could have tried harder to keep in touch. She then asks him if he would like to go to lunch but he refuses saying he would rather take her dinner right now. Rachel happily accepts admitting that she isn't working in an official capacity anyway and had started coat checking without anyone's permission. Abed takes her back to his apartment and the two enjoy popcorn while watching "Rick and Morty" ("Analysis of Cork-Based Networking").



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Abed and Rachel watching TV
She and Abed begin to date earning them the nickname the "Aww couple" from Jeff due to the fact that everyone found them adorable and would make that sound after seeing them. This happened one day when they showed up after a meeting of the Save Greendale Committee concluded. Abed proudly showed off a gift Rachel had given him for their (one month) anniversary. It was a VCR game called "Pile of Bullets". She briefly introduced herself to Buzz Hickey before giving Abed a kiss on the cheek and leaving. Abed later invites her to a "double date" of sorts, dinner at his apartment with him and Annie's brother Anthony. Unbeknownst to her was that Abed and Annie intended one of their guests to be their next roommate to replace Troy. Once dinner was finished, the four played the VCR game Rachel got. However, the only ones really playing were Annie and Abed as they had determined the winner of the game would get to choose their new roommate. Rachel and Anthony had to endure hours of them competing without a clear victor being crowned. After Rachel is told the truth about why Abed is playing she storms out of the apartment angry that the evening had been ruined.



Aww couple
The "Aww!" Couple

The next day, Rachel was at her locker when Abed approached her looking to do his "third act" apology. With the help of Pavel, Abed pretended that he was at her doorstep with rain coming down on him (Pavel was on a step ladder above him dousing him with a watering can). Abed explained he had been accelerating their relationship because he believed he would somehow ruin it. He hoped that if she moved in Annie would be around to make sure he wouldn't mess things up. Rachel assures him he isn't screwing things up but he tells her his fear is based on his history of people abandoning him. Rachel tells him that she only needs for him to be honest and not manipulate her and they'll be okay. After Abed agrees, Pavel stops "raining" down on him and puts a rainbow above his head. The moment is interrupted by a student who slipped and fell on the puddle of water around Rachel's locker. Rachel assumes it's a stuntman Abed hired but he tells her that it isn't ("VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing").

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