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When the group learns about Greendale's first dean, they embark on a mission to find his old computer lab; Subway enlists Chang to spy on the group as part of its plan to take over the school.

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Rob Schrab

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Dan Harmon (created by), Ryan Ridley | 8 more credits »
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Cast

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
Jim Rash ... Dean Pelton
Ken Jeong ... Ben Chang
Jonathan Banks ... Professor Hickey
Chris Elliott ... Russell Borchert
Saginaw Grant ... Chief Blue Sky
John Oliver ... Professor Ian Duncan
James M. Connor ... Subway Rep (as James Michael Connor)
Dino Stamatopoulos ... Starburns
Jeremy Scott Johnson ... Carl
Brady Novak ... Richie
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When the group learns about Greendale's first dean, they embark on a mission to find his old computer lab; Subway enlists Chang to spy on the group as part of its plan to take over the school.

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Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

In this episode, Dean mentions the show The Office. At the end of the episode, B.J. Novak, a series regular on The Office, appears. See more »

Quotes

Abed Nadir: There are three things you need to know: Dennis Hopper is dead, tv shows don't make time for their theme songs anymore, and Woody Allen voiced a cartoon ant.
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References The Office (2005) See more »

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Open the Door
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Performed by The Secret Doors
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S5: Feels more in touch with what makes it work, even if it pushes the "event" idea a bit much
19 November 2016 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Hardly a revelation that the fourth season of this show was not much good at all. The fifth season is a much better one though, and it feels like it knows what works whereas the fourth felt like it was just trying to copy what had worked without really understanding it. The narrative here sees the group mostly reformed on the basis of improving Greendale, however mostly this is all just a device to get the characters back together and have not too much change while still having a forward motion to the episodes.

Mostly it works, not because of the plot, but rather because the show treats the characters well, allows them to be true to themselves (rather than delivering lines that sound like they were written for them – even though they were). The comedy feels more genuine then, and the performances benefit from it too. At times the high number of 'event' episodes did feel a bit much, but they mostly did work so it was not a massive problem even if it seemed like it was trying too hard to get back to its core strengths as a show.

The cast are very good throughout. Impressively the show manages to cope well with two big changes – one being Chase not being then, the other being Glover dropping out after only a few episodes. The heavy use of famous faces in cameos is a little distracting, but is mostly done in a restrained way, and they deliver – thus avoiding feeling like their name and a ratings bump was all they brought to the party. The addition of Banks is brilliant – he really has great timing and delivery and makes great things with his character.

Season 4 had a lot to be disappointed with, but season 5 is not only a strong recovery, but it also deals with the challenges of losing cast members, trying to keep the plots fresh, and making guest stars work for their supper. Fans will be pleased and many casual viewers will too.


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