"I would face my fears to help you."--Abed
"Exactly. Because you're my friend."--Troy
"Am I? Somewhere out there..."--Abed runs off singing the song.
In the Season One episode "Environmental Science", Troy and Abed are lab partners in a Biology science class. One of their assignments is to take care of a mouse and teach it to respond to a particular song. Unfortunately, Troy is afraid of mice, so the assignment doesn't go smoothly. The mouse escapes from his cage and runs out of the lab. Abed asks Troy to help him find the mouse before it gets exterminated. Troy refuses, and Abed goes off alone. He finds it inside an air vent in the hallway, but it refuses to leave even after Abed starts singing. Troy then appears and joins Abed in a duet...
An American TailEditAbed names the mouse Fievel after the hero of the 1986 animated film "An American Tail". The song he chose to condition the mouse to was the main theme song of the movie "Somewhere Out There" written by James Horner. Within the movie itself it is sung by Fievel played by Phillip Glasser and his sister Tanya (played by Betsy Cathart). The official version was recorded by Linda Rondstat and James Ingram.
At the 2010 San Diego Comic Con, the Community cast and crew held a panel for it's fans. At the request of one of them, Danny and Donald did an impromptu performance of "Somewhere Out There".