Troy's Nana Barnes whoops Britta with a switch.
|Episode no.||Season 1|
|Directed by||Ken Whittingham|
|Written by||Karey Dornetto|
|Original air date||March 11, 2010|
During Family Day at Greendale, Pierce (Chevy Chase) tries to re-connect with his step-daughter Amber (guest star Katharine McPhee) who becomes attracted to Jeff (Joel McHale). Britta (Gillian Jacobs) gets spanked with a switch by Troy's Nana and Shirley's sons cause havoc for Abed's father (Iqbal Theba). In episode 18 "Physical Education" Jeff makes a comment to Leonard about his family appearing at family day, which occurs in this episode. At some point episodes 17 and 18 were presumably switched. Both Sony DVD and Mill Creek BluRay releases use this inaccurate order.
Around 4.7 million Americans watched "Basic Genealogy".
Emily VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club was disappointed in the episode and rated it a B. He said that this was the"first week where the sentimental moments and the hugging and the 'You can be a good person, Jeff Winger!' pep talks felt like they sort of overwhelmed some of the other elements of the show that I typically enjoy" and singled out guest star Katharine McPhee for an inconsistent performance.
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- VanDerWerff, Emily (March 12, 2010). "Basic Genealogy". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 26, 2013.