By the end of Lost's run, perplexed fans could have used a map to help navigate who had met whom in the flashback, flash-forward and sideways worlds.
Well, the May 2 episode of NBC's Community will find Abed (Danny Pudi) with just such a map of Greendale's students — or, as he calls it, his "crazy quilt of destiny." It illustrates Abed's theory that the students are all interconnected through past encounters. "Given Abed's fascination with origin stories, it's only fitting that he would at some point try to connect the dots," Pudi says. "It's fun to see Abed research the study group's history to see how we've affected each other in the past without ever even knowing it."
The flashbacks suggest that the students were destined to meet. "One of Abed's theories revolves around a movie-theater encounter," Pudi teases. "Just wait until you see what Britta was like during her anarchist days. And it's really wild seeing Troy and Annie back in high school."