Halloween on Valentine’s Day?


Halloween in February? Originally, this episode was supposed to air around the time of Halloween so we are treated to a Halloween on Valentine’s Day. Another Halloween episode, but personally, this one fell short. This week in “Paranormal Parentage”, the Greendale Seven find themselves at Hawthorne Manor trying to get Pierce out of his panic room. As Jeff puts it, “What in Scooby Doo is happening?”

 The group is separated into three pairs and as they search for the code to unlock the panic room, they encounter various horrors found in scary movies. For example, flickering light bulbs, hands coming out of walls, creepy portraits, shadow figures and death. However, Britta is too busy trying to diagnose Jeff’s daddy issues, Annie can’t seem to find Abed and Troy finds an “indoor swing” with Shirley. Eventually, Pierce gets them all into the panic room to confess that he actually planned the whole “haunted mansion”. One of the few unpredictable moments in the episode was the appearance of Gilbert, (Pierce’s half brother, played by Giancarlo Esposito) who has secretly been living with Pierce.

 Maybe it’s because there has been a Halloween episode every season, but the jokes lacked originality and I felt like I heard them all before. Yes Britta, we know you want to be a psychiatrist and that Jeff has daddy issues so try to be more creative on how you approach it. Same goes with Pierce always feeling like the odd man out- he literally was all alone in the panic room. A few things I actually did enjoy were Britta dancing and running in a ham costume, Troy swinging on Pierce’s sex swing and having no idea what its real use was. And on a more sensitive note, when Jeff looks into his boxing gloves and we see they belonged to his father and he decides to call him. I hope this lack of funniness isn’t because Dan Harmon is gone since I really do believe Community is a great show and deserves to be on the air. Please let next week’s episode be better, cool, cool, cool.


About Laura Schwartz

What is there to know about me? First, my name is Laura Schwartz and I aspire to be a producer, writer, director and casting agent. Second, my love for Television is a big part of who I am. I can talk about anything TV for hours upon hours. My friends like to call me their personal IMDB because of all the random TV facts my mind seems to soak up. You like TV? You’re my new best friend. It all began in middle school. I always enjoyed movies and TV, but it wasn’t until 7th grade when my friend made me watch The Best of Friends on VHS. Little did I know that the episode, “TOW Everybody Finds Out”, was about to change my life for the better. After that day, I went home and researched not just the show, but what goes into making a show. Sneaking to the basement to watch Friends at 11PM every night, I quickly caught up. I then began to watch all genres of TV, such as, Charmed, One Tree Hill, Law & Order SVU, Ally McBeal, Grey’s Anatomy and many more. To me, Television has this magical quality that lets me escape from my daily problems into a realm where I feel complete. When Friends ended on May 6th, 2004 I cried so hard I burst blood vessels in my eyes and the idea of not watching Friends while eating my favorite meal every Thursday was something I did not want to face. No show will take the place of Friends, but there are serious competitors. Now, I spend my nights watching Doctor Who, Community, How I Met Your Mother, Bones, The Office (Michael Scott is the man) Once Upon A Time, Pretty Little Liars, The Walking Dead, 30 Rock (can’t even begin to think about it ending), Parks and Recreation, The Mentalist, The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, Castle, New Girl, and I can’t forget Go On. And that is what I will always do; go on watching TV. So lets go on together!
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