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Heroic Origins 

Abed's (Danny Pudi) research into the study group's history uncovers an overlooked series of chance encounters that led each of them to Greendale.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Hawthorne (credit only)
Teenage Girl


Abed's (Danny Pudi) research into the study group's history uncovers an overlooked series of chance encounters that led each of them to Greendale.

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2 May 2013 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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In this episode, Abed talks about how terrible the Star Wars prequels are, while this episode is, ironically, a prequel. See more »


Abed makes a reference to the Star Wars prequels being terrible, and that Chewbacca should have remembered Yoda, but in the original trilogy Yoda only meets Luke on screen, Yoda never leaving his planet in the Dagobah system. See more »


Abed Nadir: But, Jeff, it's a graduation gift. You see, on the surface we seem like just a group of people from diverse backgrounds who have become unlikely friends. But according to my research, our paths have crossed many times. We were destined to meet, like a team of superheroes. This is our origin story.
Jeff Winger: And here we go. Abed, we don't have origin stories. We have lives. Well, at least...
[looks around the table]
Jeff Winger: Yep, just me.
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References Prom Night (2008) See more »


Greendale is Where I Belong
Performed by Ludwig Göransson
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One of the best episodes so far.
22 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

I've heard a lot of complaints about the fourth season, mainly because nobody expected the show to maintain the same level of quality since Dan Harmon left the party. Although this season had a few lesser episodes, Heroic Origins, to me, was one of the best episodes so far, second only to Advanced Dungeons and Dragons in season two. Everything wrapped up together so beautifully, it blew me away. I was sad to hear Dan Harmon's reaction to this season, it was like he gave his child up for adoption and got mad because they did a fantastic job picking up where he left off. This episode was wonderful, it explains how the group was bound to meet eventually, how their lives were connected and I watched every minute of it with absolute joy. I'd very much recommend watching it.

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