On last night’s Community, the gang celebrated Halloween. Yeah, we know it’s February. But this is what happens when a network pushes its premiere from October to the month of love. In “Paranormal Parentage,” the group pays a visit to Pierce’s mansion, and gets the bejesus scared out of them.

The Players:

  • Director: Tristram Shapeero
  • Writer: Megan Ganz
  • Cast: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash

Episode Title: “Paranormal Parentage”

This Valentine’s Day, it’s Halloween at Greendale! En route to a Halloween party, the study group makes an unexpected trip to Pierce’s mansion when they learn he accidentally locked himself in his panic room.

The Good:

  • Ring Girl: Annie dressed up as Samara from The Ring, and made a creepy entrance by crawling with twitchy fingers. What made it even funnier was that she was supposed to be a boxing ring girl. Sexy not terrifying. That’s what happens when you make plans with Jeff Winger via text.
  • Haunted House: Did anyone else think Pierce’s home looked like the Playboy Mansion? (Not that we’ve ever been there.) Even though you could smell the haunted house plot from miles away, we were excited to explore his residence.
  • Troy’s Clueless: Before Community came back on the air, Donald Glover was a guest star on Girls. His character was far from innocent, which made us forget that his character on this show is actually pure. In “Paranormal Parentage,” Shirley pointed out the obvious difference between Troy and his current girlfriend Britta. She has a lot of relationship experience, and he doesn’t. There’s one scene where Troy accidentally walks into Pierce’s dominatrix room, and his reaction is so funny because he’s absolutely clueless. We’d like to see him and Britta engage in some sexy time. That will be the joke that keeps on giving.

Best Lines:

  • I assure you, the only thing Pierce is trapped in his adolescence.” –Jeff
  • “I hate reference humor.” –Annie
  • Here’s to you Cornelius, gone but not forgiven.” –Jeff

The Bad:

  • Halloween in February: Shows are not obligated to keep up with the real world, but part of the reason why  the episode felt odd was because it was disconnected from the current climate. The Halloween jokes weren’t as effective. But that’s not actually the show’s fault. We have NBC to blame for that.


Something was missing from “Paranormal Parentage.” There were some laughs, but nothing too memorable. Though we did find out that Jeff has his father’s number. That’s advancement in the right direction.

Rating: 6.5/10

Community airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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