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Digital Estate Planning 

The Study Group must help Hawthorne win a video game so that he can claim his inheritance, but somebody may be out to ensure that he loses.



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Episode cast overview:
Dean Pelton (credit only)
Ben Chang (credit only)


The Study Group must help Hawthorne win a video game so that he can claim his inheritance, but somebody may be out to ensure that he loses.

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17 May 2012 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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The ugly and public outburst of long-running tensions between Dan Harmon and Chevy Chase peaked over the filming of "Digital Estate Planning", which was the final episode filmed for Season 3 due to the time needed to complete the extensive "1980 video game" special effects (although it was never intended to be the season finale and ended up airing as the 3rd-to-last show of the season). Dan Harmon said that he wrote a scene after the story's resolution where Abed handed Pierce Hawthorne a floppy disk to use, and Pierce was left in tears when he saw it was a computer simulation of Pierce's late, horrible father having a game of catch with his son. But Chevy Chase was tired of the delays in the shooting schedule and left the set after his final scripted scene was done, even as Harmon tried to explain this extra scene and begged him to stay and film it. Harmon later said he was so angry over Chase's actions that he over-reacted and this led to their problems becoming embarrassingly public. See more »


In the last scene Troy and Abed are at Greendale. But they were expelled from Greendale at this point in the story, so they weren't allowed at Greendale. See more »


Britta Perry: Pierce. So Gilbert knows a couple tricks. Big deal. We outnumber him. Most importantly, while he's fighting for greed, we're fighting for friendship. Which means we can't lose, okay?
Pierce Hawthorne: Okay.
Britta Perry: Okay!
[Britta strikes and kills Pierce]
Britta Perry: I guess there's no hug button.
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Spoofs The Legend of Zelda (1986) See more »


Greendale is Where I Belong
Performed by Ludwig Göransson
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The Best episode ever !
3 March 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is the best and most hilarious and amazingly creative episode ! Brilliant concept, a complete laugh riot ! Pierce please come back. I've been a fan of community since its pilot episode back in 2009 and since this entire journey has been amazing. I believe it's underrated and it needs more outreach. The entire 80s video game concept was full on awesome and all characters and avtars are too cool. This is the first time im writing a review just for an episode coz its actually worth it and I what to put a word out there for people to watch this series and once you watch this episodes you'll never look back where it all started . I hope Chevy chase makes a comeback coz his character is really a unique and hilarious yet annoying

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