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The Psychology of Letting Go 

Pierce's religion convinces him that the spirit of his dead mother is captured in a cheap lava lamp, Jeff has a crisis of faith when he learns he has high cholesterol, and Britta and Annie try to raise money for the oil spill.

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Pierce deals with the death of his mother and the group comes together to comfort him in his time of need. Professor Duncan struggles to take over the anthropology class with no training, as Professor Bauer takes an unexpected leave of absence after her classroom hijinks put Jeff Winger in the hospital. Written by NBC Publicity

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A lady in the background can be seen pregnant (beginning), delivering a child (during oil fight), and with a baby (near end). See more »

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When Professor Duncan writes the word "something" on the blackboard, it is initially what appears to be a "p" instead of a "g", but in later shots it is changed to a "g". See more »

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Jeff Winger: Guys, guys, guys. Did we learn nothing from last Christmas? I don't see much difference between Pierce's religion and anybody else's.
Annie Edison: Well, then you're not listening, because his has lasers!
Jeff Winger: Look, you guys make fun of me for not caring about religion. But at least I'm dedicated enough to not caring to let you have your own beliefs. Can't Pierce have his? Can't you be cool like me?
[picks up his phone]
Jeff Winger: Hello?
Troy Barnes: He ends so many of his speeches that way.
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References The Abyss (1989) See more »

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Written by Lamar Van Sciver
Performed by Jacques Slade
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First Disappointing Episode
9 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a huge fan of Community, which has jumped to the top spot on my list given the winding down of shows like House and The Office, I came away very disappointed by this episode. There was nothing particularly funny as a whole about this episode, except for Abed's background (and I mean background) story. Jeff's revelation of death and the death of Pierce's mom both had good moments (Mom's CD, Patton Oswalt's confession of accidentally telling patients they have AIDS, and John Oliver telling Jeff he's just been worshiping himself), and Shirley's "skinny bitches" line made me laugh.

However, the fighting between Annie and Britta seemed unnatural and really out of nowhere. In this episode, the talk of religion came off more heavy-handed and, ironically, judgmental compared to Season 1's Comparative Religion. I don't know if the writers have an ax to grind, but it came off that way. This isn't why I disliked the episode as much as that nothing important or funny happened, and that's a waste and a step backwards.


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