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Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking 

Pierce pretends to be dying so that he can bequeath a series of cryptic and sometimes mean-spirited gifts to his study partners, and Abed decides to shoot a documentary film of the situation.



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Pierce ends up in the hospital after ingesting mysterious pills and believes he's dying. The study group gathers at his bedside as he imparts his "final" words of wisdom and shares specially chosen gifts - which are secretly meant to torment them. Britta struggles over what to do with her blank check for "charity," Jeff contemplates the possibility of meeting his long lost dad and Troy meets his idol LeVar Burton. Written by NBC Publicity

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17 February 2011 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The episode 2.16 "Intermediate Documentary" takes shots at Barenaked Ladies, who wrote and perform the theme song to The Big Bang Theory (2007). The producers of Community have been rivals of TBBT which shares the same competing time slot as their show. See more »


Pierce Hawthorne: I called everyone here so I could put my house in order. Bequeath parting gifts. Say my final words to each of you.
Troy Barnes: Final word? You're gonna kill us?
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


Greendale is Where I Belong
Performed by Ludwig Göransson
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Best show on television, hands down.
18 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll keep this short and sweet: this episode is another example in a long series of episodes that clearly show how strong this show is. There is not another show in the history of television that has done what Community has - successfully construct a cast so well-rounded and deeply flawed that their antics make sense in any and every situation imaginable. From "Modern Warfare" to "Basic Rocket Science" to "Epidemiology" and all the way down to "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons," this cast and these writers is perfectly capable of any form of successful television. Pierce's manipulative manner comes to a head in this episode and as the episode unfolds in a very The Office-like form, the cast is given the opportunity to give intermittent commentary. It works flawlessly, and I honestly am having such a hard time judging this season that it's discomforting to think TV Guide considers the show likely to be canceled.

A fantastic episode. But as usual, even the worst episodes of Community stand head-and-shoulders above the best episodes of almost every other show on television.

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