Introduction to Finality
|"Introduction to Finality"|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Tristram Shapeero|
|Written by||Steve Basilone
|Original air date||May 17, 2012|
|List of Community episodes|
"Introduction to Finality" is the 22nd episode of the third season of the American television series Community and the third season finale. It originally aired on May 17, 2012 on NBC. This was the last episode to air with series creator Dan Harmon as showrunner before he was fired, though Harmon would later return as showrunner for the 5th season.
Continuing from the previous episode, Troy is enrolled at the Air Conditioning Repair Annex, where Vice Dean Laybourne has declared him "The Truest Repairman," though Troy laments that he is no longer with his friends. After Laybourne accidentally dies from Freon inhalation while repairing an air conditioner, Troy becomes suspicious that Laybourne, a highly skilled repairman, could accidentally die from such a basic error. Adding to his suspicion is the fact that the new Vice Dean Murray (Dan Bakkedahl) immediately grants Troy his release from the AC school to rejoin his friends. Troy realizes that Murray sabotaged and killed Laybourne, and challenges him to do battle in the 'Sun Chamber,' an enclosed room containing two out-of-order air conditioners that the competitors must fix as the temperature steadily increases until one of them either yields or dies from the heat. Troy quickly fixes his air conditioner, cooling his chamber as Murray's gets hotter. During the challenge, Murray admits to killing Laybourne, and passes out from heat exhaustion, Troy sees Laybourne's ghost and decides to save Murray by fixing his air conditioner. As the other repairmen prepare to punish Murray, Troy suggests simply calling the police, berating the other repairmen for their weirdness, and promptly leaves.
Dean Pelton announces that Subway has pulled their store from school cafeteria, and he is going to let Shirley open her sandwich shop 'Shirley's Sandwiches' in the vacant space. Pierce and Shirley get into an argument over who should get to sign off as the official owner of the shop, as it was Shirley who had the idea and did all the work, while Pierce financed 100% of it. Shirley asks Jeff for help convincing Pierce but Jeff is annoyed because he wants to study for his biology final. Pierce threatens to sue if Shirley signs as the owner, and the Dean suggests letting them have the case in the school's court with him as the Judge, with Jeff agreeing to be Shirley's lawyer before taking his exam. The court starts with Dean Pelton presiding, and Jeff is surprised to see that Pierce has hired his rival Alan (Rob Corddry) as the opposing counsel. During the case, Alan, having replaced Ted as manager of the firm after his death, tells Jeff that if he doesn't throw the case then he will make it impossible for him to return to the firm after he graduates. Shirley then surprises Jeff by saying she put him in an unfair position and jeopardized his professional future, then giving him the OK to tank her case. As Jeff is about to withdraw, he decides that helping others is more important than helping himself. Inspired, Pierce drops the case, and promptly fires Alan. Furious, Alan reveals to Jeff that Jeff is done as a lawyer, and that he was the one who ratted Jeff out. Jeff reveals that he already knew this, and thanks Alan for it, leaving Alan to storm out in defeat. Pierce and Shirley ask Jeff to act as their attorney and sign off as the owner for both of them.
Abed begins to stress after Troy has moved out, and Evil Abed soon consumes him. Instead of allowing Britta to provide therapy, he performs a harsh psychological analysis of her, leaving her distraught. He decides to attempt to recreate the darkest timeline, in which Jeff has lost an arm. Before getting the chance to physically cut off Jeff's arm with a bone saw, Evil Abed hears Jeff's speech about selflessness, and is reluctantly defeated, turning back into good Abed.
The episode closes with a montage, Shirley and Pierce open their sandwich shop in the cafeteria to much delight. Abed reconciles with Britta, saying she's the only shrink he would trust to help him because neither of them have any control over his mind, and Troy appears before his friends, now that he is considered the "messiah" of the Air Conditioning Repair Annex and has made them start running it as a regular part of Greendale. Jeff successfully passes his biology final, and decides to search online for his father. Dean Spreck (Jordan Black) from City College is shown plotting to wage war on Greendale, while Chang looks on from an air vent. It is revealed that Star-Burns (Dino Stamatopoulos) faked his death. Although the Dreamatorium is shown being disassembled, Abed secretly installs a miniature version in his blanket fort, and steps inside.
In the closing tag sequence, Leonard reviews a brand of potato chips via his YouTube page, putting emphasis on the words 'good' and 'buy' in a reference to this episode being the season finale.
- Pierce and Shirley decided to open a sandwich shop in "Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts". This idea is stolen by Subway in "Digital Exploration of Interior Design".
- Evil Abed was first introduced in "Remedial Chaos Theory".
- Alan was first introduced in the season 2 episode "Accounting for Lawyers".
"Introduction to Finality" (which aired at 9:30pm EST and was the third Community episode of the night) was watched by 2.48 million American viewers and received a 1.3/4 rating/share for adults 18 to 49.
Matt Richenthal of TV Fanatic gave the episode four stars out of five.
- O'Connell, Michael (May 18, 2012). "'Community' Taps David Guarascio and Moses Port as New Showrunners". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
- Harmon, Dan (May 19, 2012). "HEY, DID I MISS ANYTHING?". Dan Harmon Poops. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
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