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Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations 

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While Jeff and Britta spend Thanksgiving with Jeff's newly-discovered father and brother, the rest of the Study Group tries to escape from Shirley's dysfunctional family Thanksgiving celebration.


Tristram Shapeero


Dan Harmon (created by), Stephen Basilone (as Steve Basilone) | 2 more credits »





Episode credited cast:
Joel McHale ... Jeff Winger
Gillian Jacobs ... Britta Perry
Danny Pudi ... Abed Nadir
Yvette Nicole Brown ... Shirley Bennett
Alison Brie ... Annie Edison
Donald Glover ... Troy Barnes
Jim Rash ... Dean Pelton
Ken Jeong ... Ben Chang (credit only)
Chevy Chase ... Pierce Hawthorne
James Brolin ... William Winger
Adam Devine ... Willy (as Adam DeVine)
William Charles Mitchell William Charles Mitchell ... Mr. Bennett (as William C. Mitchell)
Angela Sargeant ... Mrs. Bennett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kimberley Datnow ... Student


While Jeff and Britta spend Thanksgiving with Jeff's newly-discovered father and brother, the rest of the Study Group tries to escape from Shirley's dysfunctional family Thanksgiving celebration.

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Release Date:

7 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The song that Britta plays on her boom box is the theme song to the Fox show "Brooklyn Nine Nine" See more »


When Jeff tells his father how he turns out, he says that in ninth grade he made himself a scar with scissors which he shows. Before this episode he never had this scar. See more »


Jeff Winger: I'm sorry. You should take some credit for who I've become.
William Winger: Okay.
Jeff Winger: So let me tell you how I turned out, just so you're crystal clear on your impact. I am not well-adjusted. And more often than not, I am barely keeping it together. I'm constantly texting, and there's no one at the other end. I'm just a grown man who can't even look his own friends in the eye for too long because I'm too afraid that they'll see that I am broken. So you get credit for that.
William Winger: Oh, come on, now...
Jeff Winger: One time when, I was ...
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References Madea's Family Reunion (2002) See more »


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Perhaps the season's strongest outing so far but not without its issues
8 March 2013 | by salve-lineSee all my reviews

When a comedy show starts to put a bigger focus on the more serious emotional aspects of the characters, it often comes at the price of comedic entertainment. I would love to say Community avoids this completely but then I'd just be lying to myself. Nonetheless, it does manage to create a satisfying experience.

It's been clear what this episode's purpose was gonna be since we knew the title. Jeff's reunion with his father, while interesting and engaging in its own right, makes for a plot line that just doesn't produce the laughs one would expect from Community. While Willy Jr. and Britta's excitement about practicing Therapy are fun, the conversations between Jeff and his father are a perfect showcase of why combining comedy and drama is hard to do in a 20-minute show. The other story line involves the rest of the group "trapped" at Shirley's Thanksgiving dinner. This is also where the best thing about the episode comes into play - Abed's voice over. His consistent and self-ironic narration is delightful. The only problem here is that the other characters hardly get to show their strengths and so Abed ends up being responsible for easily half of the laughs.

All in all, while a satisfying, entertaining and relevant episode, "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations" is held back a bit by the same thing as the prior season 4 outings - it just feels like it could and should be better.

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