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Geothermal Escapism 

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As a going-away present to Troy before his around-the-world trip, Abed sets up a high-stakes game of "Hot Lava" at the college, but Britta suspects that the game is just masking his real feelings about Troy's departure.


Joe Russo


Dan Harmon (created by), Tim Saccardo | 8 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
LeVar Burton ... LeVar Burton
Jonathan Banks ... Professor Buzz Hickey
John Oliver ... Professor Ian Duncan
Richard Erdman ... Leonard
Charley Koontz ... Neil
Erik Charles Nielsen ... Garrett
Luke Youngblood ... Magnitude


On Troy's last day at Greendale, before his big adventure, Abed hosts a game of hot lava. Losing troy hits the study group hard, especially Abed, resulting in a full blown denial as Brita attempts to shed light on the importance of addressing this issue. Written by Writer1

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Release Date:

23 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The outfit that Chang is wearing as one of the "locker boys" is reminiscent of the character Rufio from the movie Hook, particularly the red hairpieces. The Locker boys themselves are also likely meant to be a reference to the Lost Boys. See more »


When questioning LeVar Burton about Star Trek: The Next Generation, Troy mentions that they have never visited a star. This is incorrect. In the episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: Relics the crew visit a star. See more »


Shirley Bennett: Why did you think she was dead?
Troy Barnes: We kind of left her.
Annie Edison: Left her for dead?
Abed Nadir: Sounds bad when you put it that way. Can you put it a way that sounds good?
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


Greendale is Where I Belong
Performed by Ludwig Göransson
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An Epic Sendoff
23 February 2014 | by hannag-phamSee all my reviews

This episode has everything that made me love Community in the first place, the perfect formula silly and funny premise, yet still has heartfelt moments. Geothermal Escapism is like A Fistfull of Paintballs in the sense that it has the essence of en epic adventure.

Even though, I still can't believe that Troy is leaving his last words with his friends, nearly brought tears to my eyes, especially when he said goodbye to Abed.

I am so glad that Dan Harmon is back for Season 5, without him the send off would be a hit and miss. So far this season, I have not been disappointed, yet this is the best episode of Season 5 so far.

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