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Digital Estate Planning 

The study group must help Pierce win a video game so that he can claim his inheritance from his father, but somebody may be out to ensure that he loses.


Adam Davidson


Dan Harmon (created by), Matt Warburton




Episode cast overview:
Joel McHale ... Jeff Winger
Gillian Jacobs ... Britta Perry
Danny Pudi ... Abed Nadir
Yvette Nicole Brown ... Shirley Bennett
Alison Brie ... Annie Edison
Donald Glover ... Troy Barnes
Jim Rash ... Dean Pelton (credit only)
Ken Jeong ... Ben Chang (credit only)
Chevy Chase ... Pierce Hawthorne
Giancarlo Esposito ... Gilbert Lawson
Larry Cedar ... Cornelius Hawthorne (voice)


The study group must help Pierce win a video game so that he can claim his inheritance from his father, but somebody may be out to ensure that he loses.

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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 »


Hilda: The throne is in Castle Hawkthorne, north of here. You unlock the castle with the white crystal of discipline, which you must free from the black caverns.
Shirley Bennett: I'm picking up on some hidden symbolism.
Pierce Hawthorne: Right, "white crystal." You think dad was into meth?
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Spoofs Contra (1987) See more »


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The Best episode ever !
3 March 2013 | by devotedshindigSee 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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17 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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