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aka "Rick Stephenson", "Doc Potterywood"
Portrayed by: Greg Cromer
First appearance: "Beginner Pottery"
Last appearance: "Asian Population Studies"
Date of birth: The 1970's
Major: NONE
Occupation: DOCTOR

Who is this kettle corn popping phantom? This human question mark? This number 8 scoop of vanilla tapioca with a PhD in being swell and a Masters in "Everybody loves me!"?
Jeff discussing Rich, "Asian Population Studies"

Dr. Rich Stephenson was a student in pottery class whose impressive skills working the pottery wheel were praised by everyone and envied by Jeff. An accomplished doctor who is friendly and pleasantly outgoing, he is a stark contrast to Jeff's cynical attitude and emotional aloofness. His first appearance was in the Season One episode "Beginner Pottery". He makes two more appearances in Season Two in the episode "Epidemiology" and "Asian Population Studies". He is portrayed by Greg Cromer

Character historyEdit

Season OneEdit

In the study groups first year at Greendale, Rich Stephenson made a name for himself on campus with his seemingly natural talent for molding clay in a Beginner Pottery class. Jeff Winger was also enrolled in the same class and became jealous with seeing Rich get showered with praise by the teacher and his classmates. Jeff realized he couldn't out sculpt Rich so he faked an injury to avoid having to make pottery. Rich who offered to take a look and nonchalantly told Jeff he was a doctor. Rich diagnosed Jeff's finger as not being sprained which earns him even more enmity from Jeff. Rich was later confronted by Jeff in the school parking lot after class was over. After being grilled about his past in New Mexico, Rich felt he was being interrogated and left. The next day, Rich finished another project by slapping the sides of the vase.

Its a gift
"I stuck my hand into the clay and it just happened!"
Jeff pointed out that move Rich just did was called "Throwing off the hump", an advanced technique a supposed beginner like Rich shouldn't know. Jeff tried to force Rich to do the move again by sitting behind him while manipulating his hands on the pottery wheel. Unfortunatley, this act resembled "Ghosting", a move banned in the classroom by the professor. Jeff was kicked out of class but not before he smashed Rich's vase. The following day, Jeff apologized to Rich for his actions. Rich told him not to worry about it and wished him good luck at keeping his emotions in check. He settled back into working on his vase and imagined his mother speaking harsh words to him. In his mind she berates him for wasting his time doing pottery and wishes he had died in the rollercoaster accident instead of his brother ("Beginner Pottery").

It should have been you!
Was Jeff right after all?

Season TwoEdit

In the study group's second year at Greendale, Rich attended a Halloween party held in the library dressed in a banana costume. A mysterious epidemic started to spread at the event and he volunteers to look at a few of the infected. He overhears someone asking for a doctor and is surprised to find Annie and Pierce. He notices Pierce isn't looking well and asks him to sit down. He then starts chatting up Annie impressed by her Little Red Riding Hood costume. Soon, Dean Pelton brings more students to him who are sick. Rich suggests it could be food poisoning but Pelton refuses to believe it. As they continue to argue, Star-Burns walks by the infected attendees eager to party when he is attacked by Pierce who bites him on the arm.

2x06-Rich banana Annie
What is he even talking about?

Pierce then runs off leaving Rich to remark that whatever it the infection is he has now definitively ruled out food poisoning. Star-Burns then starts to develop the same symptoms Pierce had displayed earlier.Rich concurs when Annie suggests that since he hasn't eaten the taco meat like Pierce then he was probably infected through the bite. Star-Burns then tries to bite them causing Rich and Annie to flee. They reach Group Study Room F and find Jeff, Britta and Shirley there. Rich warmly greets Jeff who is annoyed at seeing him again. Annie tells the others what just happened and suggests a plan to quietly get the building evacuated.

However, a widespread panic ensues when Leonard and other infected students attack the party goers. Amidst the chaos that ensues, Rich and the others try to make it to the exit only to find that Dean Pelton has locked everyone inside the building. He tells them that a quarantine has been imposed by the government and the army will show up in six hours to deal with the situation. Rich and the study group then fight their way through infected students back to the study room. After blocking the doors, everyone settles in and Rich explains what occurred. What happened was a rabies related pathogen affecting the prefrontal cortex of the brain causing hyper aggression. He assures Shirley it is not "End of Days" just yet as such thing would take years to infect the rest of the world. Rich the notes Jeff taking equal care of his suit jacket and comments him on the vertical fold he did when he laid it down.

2x06-Shirley Rich Abed Chang Troy Annie Britta
A waking nightmare
Jeff assumes he is mocking him and tells Rich how much he hates him. Troy then suggested that they start barricading the room. Rich declares that before they do that they should all come clean about if they have been bitten. When no one comes forward they start fortifying the room and Rich discovers that he himself had bite marks on his ankle. When pressed for details about what to expect if bitten, Rich began describing the symptoms. He the revealed himself to be infected when he began slurring his words and went after the others joined by Britta, who revealed herself to be infected a swell. Everyone then fled from the study room and tried to make their way to the basement. Rich somehow managed to put Jeff's suit jacket on and pursued him down there. He and a group of other "zombified" students surprised Jeff and infected him as well when he tried to exit the basement.

2x06-Rich zombie jacket
Kind of a dick move
After spending winter break volunteering with Annie, he joins Duncan's anthropology class and unsuccessfully competes against Chang for a spot in the study group. When he turns down a date with Annie due to her young age, Jeff begins to admire his ethics and seeks life-advice from him, although he claims only wants to abuse the power Rich gets from everyone loving him.

Funny bunny
Isn't he swell?

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