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'Community' Season 3 Episode Guide

Episode Guide to the 2011-2012 Season of 'Community' on NBC



Danny Pudi and Gillian Jacobs in the episode 'Remedial Chaos Theory' from 'Community' Season 3

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In the second season of Community, the show engaged in plenty of stylistic experimentation, including a fake clip show and a stop-motion animated Christmas episode. The third season continued the boldness, balanced with a focus on character development. Guest stars including John Goodman (as the vice dean of Greendale’s air-conditioning repair school) and Michael K. Williams (as the group’s biology professor) augmented the main ensemble of Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and newly promoted regular Jim Rash. Read on for the complete Community Season 3 episode guide.

Episode 1
“Biology 101”
Original Airdate: September 22, 2011

Pierce announces that he’s become a better person and wants to rejoin the group, but Jeff isn’t having it. Everyone else enrolls in a biology class with an intense new ex-con professor (Michael K. Williams), who kicks Jeff out of the class. Jeff goes a little crazy about not being in the group, so Pierce (who’s gotten into the biology class) helps him get back in, and the group is reunited. The Dean faces off against the head of Greendale’s air-conditioning repair school (John Goodman), who holds a great deal of power. Chang gets hired as the school’s new security guard.

Episode 2
“Geography of Global Conflict”
Original Airdate: September 29, 2011

Annie develops a rivalry with another overachieving student named Annie Kim, and the two of them create competing versions of a model U.N. To determine which group gets officially recognized, they stage a competition, which Annie manages to win by enlisting the help of the study group, and thanks to a pep talk from Jeff. Britta decides to renew her commitment to being a protester, but no one pays attention except Chang, who really wants to a troublemaker to pursue in his new job as a campus security guard.

Episode 3
“Competitive Ecology”
Original Airdate: October 6, 2011

The group (plus fellow student Todd) has to pick lab partners for biology class. They argue about who will partner with whom for the entire night before the first big biology assignment is due, driving Todd completely crazy. To punish them for not finishing the assignment, Prof. Kane forces all seven to share one lab set-up and one grade for the whole semester. Chang imagines himself as a detective and pieces together a nonsensical conspiracy, which somehow leads to his boss quitting and Chang getting promoted to head of campus security.

Episode 4
“Remedial Chaos Theory”
Original Airdate: October 13, 2011

Troy and Abed throw a housewarming party for their new apartment. When Jeff rolls a die to determine who will pick up the pizza delivery for the party, he creates six different timelines for possible outcomes. The various timelines include romantic moments for Jeff and Annie, Shirley discovering Britta’s marijuana habit, Troy and Britta sharing a connection and Pierce accidentally getting shot in the leg. When Abed stops Jeff from rolling the die, the “real” timeline features Jeff getting the pizza himself and the rest of the group bonding while he’s gone.

Episode 5
“Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps”
Original Airdate: October 27, 2011

One of the anonymous surveys that Britta took for her psychology class returns with the result that someone in the gang is potentially a homicidal maniac, and she wants to find out who it is. Each person in the gang tells their own “scary” story, and Britta tries to analyze each one to figure out who the demented person is. It turns out that Britta scored the tests wrong, and when she re-scores them, the result is that everyone in the group is insane (except for Abed).

Episode 6
“Advanced Gay”
Original Airdate: November 3, 2011

When Hawthorne Wipes become trendy in the gay community, Pierce decides to embrace the new audience, but his father Cornelius shows up and puts a stop to it. Jeff tries to get Pierce to stand up to his dad and ends up aggravating Cornelius so much that the old man has a heart attack and dies, freeing Pierce from his influence. Thanks to his uncanny mechanical skills, Troy is heavily recruited by both the school plumber and Vice Dean Laybourne, the head of the air-conditioning repair school, but decides to reject both in favor of hanging out with Abed and watching TV.

Episode 7
“Studies in Modern Movement”
Original Airdate: November 10, 2011

Annie moves in with Troy and Abed and is distressed to learn that they expect her to live in a blanket fort, while they reserve the second bedroom in their house for a “dreamatorium.” After she freaks out and decides that she has to move back into her old apartment, Troy and Abed give her the bedroom and move themselves into the blanket fort. Jeff concocts an elaborate lie to get out of helping Annie move, but the Dean discovers him and blackmails Jeff into spending time with him.

Episode 8
“Documentary Filmmaking: Redux”
Original Airdate: November 17, 2011

The Dean gets a small budget to make a new commercial for Greendale, and he enlists the study group to help. Abed films a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the commercial, which quickly spirals out of control. When the Dean gets former Greendale student Luis Guzman (playing himself) to agree to appear, he starts losing his mind, and the project falls apart. Eventually Abed saves the Dean from being fired by putting together the commercial himself out of the footage already shot, and the group forgives the Dean for going off the deep end.

Episode 9
“Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism”
Original Airdate: December 1, 2011

Jeff decides to take on a group of arrogant Germans in foosball, and Shirley reveals her secret foosball skills and agrees to train him. During their intense training, they discover that Shirley was the foosball bully who tormented Jeff as a kid, but they get over their past anger and become better friends. Annie accidentally destroys Abed’s limited-edition The Dark Knight DVD and stages a break-in to cover it up. Abed dresses as Batman and accuses the landlord of being the thief before Annie finally confesses and apologizes.

Episode 10
“Regional Holiday Music”
Original Airdate: December 8, 2011

After the Greendale glee club has a collective mental breakdown when Jeff gets them cited for using unauthorized music, the club’s director (Taran Killam of Saturday Night Live), with Abed’s help, tries to recruit the study group to fill in at the Christmas pageant. Despite their resolve, everyone ends up giving in to the mesmerizing power of song (via several musical numbers that parody Glee). But at the performance Abed realizes that the glee club director will take over the group’s lives, so he sabotages the performance. Worried that he’ll now be alone on Christmas, Abed instead has everyone in the group show up to spend time with him.

Episode 11
“Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts”
Original Airdate: March 15, 2012

Andre and Shirley decide to get remarried, with the wedding to be held in the study room. Annie and Britta plan the wedding, and Troy and Abed attempt to act normal for Shirley. After getting fired from Hawthorne Wipes now that his father is dead, Pierce teams up with Shirley to pitch the Dean on opening a sandwich shop at Greendale, but the school decides to open a Subway instead. Andre gets mad that Shirley doesn’t want to return to being a housewife, but he realizes that he has to compromise, and they get married.

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