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Richie Countee
Richie Countee
aka "Eugene Johnston"
Portrayed by: BRADY NOVAK
First appearance: "Basic Rocket Science"
Last appearance: "Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing"
Date of birth: Unknown
Home town: Denver, Colorado
Department: School Administration
Position: School Board member

Is there any more of the crazy Chinese guy? He pops!
— Richie Countee

Eugene Johnston
Richie "Eugene" Countee
Richie is a member of the Greendale school board. Not particularly bright, he casually admits he is an alcoholic and seems more concerned with where he is having lunch than his job. As a child, Richie was over praised by his mother and led to believe he had psychic powers. He is often seen in the company of fellow board member Carl Bladt. He makes his first appearance in the Season Two episode "Basic Rocket Science" but isn't named until Season Three (although he is credited first as "Eugene Johnston" before his name was officially stated as Richie Countee). He is portrayed by Brady Novak.

Character historyEdit

Season TwoEdit

In the study group's second year at Greendale, the school learns City College has plans to introduce a space simulator program. Along with other Greendale school board members, Richie'attends a private meeting with Dean Pelton' to discuss Greendale's response to the rival school. Pelton proposed that they launch their own space simulator class before City College does. Richie questions the possibility of Greendale' being able to compete but Pelton reveals they have an ace up their sleeve in the form of the "Eleven Herbs & Space Experience". Richie and the rest of the board are skeptical after seeing a recent picture of the simulator but Pelton assures them he has a special crew to take care of it ("Basic Rocket Science").

Richie's first appearance on the show.
Richie's first appearance on the show

Season ThreeEdit

In the study groups third year at school, Richie and the rest of the school board allocate funds to create a new commercial for the school to replace the outdated one. Dean Pelton is put in charge of the project, but due to his artistic vision, the production spirals out of control. Richie calls the Dean to check in on the progress, worried about how the shoot is going. Richie informs him that if the board doesn't like the commercial he shoots, they will fire him. After twelve days of filming, Richie and Carl Bladt show up to the Dean's office to see the finished product. Unaware that Abed had finished the commercial for him, he shows it to them. Richie and Carl end up enjoying the commercial and congratulate him. Richie then suggests to Carl that they go to Rusty Bucket, and they both leave excited about the quarter taps ("Documentary Filmmaking: Redux").

The character's original name before being
renamed in "Course Listing Unavailable"
Later in the year, a riot occurs at Greendale incited by the study group but made worse by the intervention of Sgt.Chang and his security force. Richie and the rest of the school board investigate what happened. They bring the study group in to question them about the matter when Ben Chang interrupts. Richie and the rest of the board ignore Jeff's attempt to pin the blame on Chang for what happened. Chang had already established a close relationship with everyone on the board, particularly Richie who seems to be a big fan of his. With Chang and Dean Pelton's recommendation, Richie and the board decide to expel the study group.

CLU The Greendale School Board
Richie along with Carl Bladt and Chuck Saccardo

Season FourEdit

In the study group's fourth year at Greendale, Carl and Richie stop by the study room with margaritas in hand. A drunk Richie greeted Dean Pelton and the study group a little too enthusiastically and Carl tells him to take it easy. Pelton and the study group updated them on their plans to recruit a wealthy heir named Archie DeCoste to attend Greendale. When they hear the itinerary Pelton scheduled for a tour of the school, Richie obnoxiously tells him to get hookers and blow instead. Carl apologizes for Richie's behavior and says he's been mixing. After Carl pleads with Pelton to consider some changes to his recruiting plans, Richie suggests they go back to the bar Skeepers to get a refill for their drinks ("Economics of Marine Biology").

Season FiveEdit

In the study groups fifth year at Greendale, Richie and Carl show up in Dean Pelton's office with some news. They tell him an insurance liability appraiser from the city will be coming to inspect the school. Richie taunts Pelton about the inspection and jokes with Carl that it would be funny if the school turned out to be valuable. Pelton asks them if they are drunk again and Richie says he won't be able to prove it in time between now and when they get sober. The next day, Richie and Carl arrive at school after the insurance agent Ronald Mohammad is done with his inspection.

Ronald lets them know that the school passed all the tests and can be considered a valuable asset to the city. Richie and Carl are shocked by the news but immediately see the possibilities. They discuss selling the school which is overheard by the Save Greendale Committee who confront them on the matter. Richie tells them they can now unload the school on the private sector. Carl adds that a chunk of real estate the size of Greendale can fetch a huge profit. Jeff objects to this but Richie dismisses his opinion since he didn't graduate from Yale like he and Carl did. The duo take their leave as Richie suggests various companies to sell Greendale to. Sometime later it's decided by Richie and the board to accept the Subway corporations offer.


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