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Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations 

While Jeff and Britta spend Thanksgiving with Jeff's newly-discovered father and brother, the rest of the Study Group tries to escape from Shirley's dysfunctional family Thanksgiving celebration.

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While Jeff and Britta spend Thanksgiving with Jeff's newly-discovered father and brother, the rest of the Study Group tries to escape from Shirley's dysfunctional family Thanksgiving celebration.

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The dip that Abed brought to the party was made by Senor Kevin, which is the new name for Senor Chang. See more »

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When Jeff tells his father how he turns out, he says that in ninth grade he made himself a scar with scissors which he shows. Before this episode he never had this scar. See more »

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Annie Edison: Ugh, I'll be with my family, fielding the same old questions: "How's community college?" "What's your major?" "Are those real?"
Britta Perry: [gasps]
Annie Edison: My aunt's boyfriend.
Troy Barnes: [sarcastically] "Oh, my family's a normal religion, so I have to talk to them for five minutes before I get a casserole that's all marshmallow." That's you.
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Written by Lamar Van Sciver
Performed by Jacques Slade
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Perhaps the season's strongest outing so far but not without its issues
8 March 2013 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

When a comedy show starts to put a bigger focus on the more serious emotional aspects of the characters, it often comes at the price of comedic entertainment. I would love to say Community avoids this completely but then I'd just be lying to myself. Nonetheless, it does manage to create a satisfying experience.

It's been clear what this episode's purpose was gonna be since we knew the title. Jeff's reunion with his father, while interesting and engaging in its own right, makes for a plot line that just doesn't produce the laughs one would expect from Community. While Willy Jr. and Britta's excitement about practicing Therapy are fun, the conversations between Jeff and his father are a perfect showcase of why combining comedy and drama is hard to do in a 20-minute show. The other story line involves the rest of the group "trapped" at Shirley's Thanksgiving dinner. This is also where the best thing about the episode comes into play - Abed's voice over. His consistent and self-ironic narration is delightful. The only problem here is that the other characters hardly get to show their strengths and so Abed ends up being responsible for easily half of the laughs.

All in all, while a satisfying, entertaining and relevant episode, "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations" is held back a bit by the same thing as the prior season 4 outings - it just feels like it could and should be better.


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