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Community Episode: "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples"

Season 2, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Shirley consults Abed when she decides to make a religious film, but the two end up clashing after Abed reveals his plans to make one, too. Elsewhere, Pierce considers joining a study group with students his own age after he realizes he's the oldest member in his current one.
Original Air Date: Oct 21, 2010

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Season 2, Episode 5
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Aired: 10/21/2010
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Community Episode Recap: "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples" Season 2, Episode 5

In this week's episode of Community, we explore the relationship between various students of different ages and beliefs. In some instances, it's discovered that maturity and age don't have all that much in common as Pierce and his new elderly cohorts seem less grown-up than Annie. This ultimately provides Jeff the always-occurring position of father figure.

The episode begins with the Anthropology class browsing YouTube clips. Professor Duncan makes the excuse that Anthropology is the study of humanity so nothing is off topic. Pierce is utterly confused by the excitement and begins to feel out of place among his "peers." Fortunately, he finds refuge with Leonard and his gang. Although this is fun at first, he soon realizes that this new group of friends doesn't truly care about him (or each other) and are solely using their age to get away with their behavior and bend the rules. When they all end up in the "campus jail," it is his true friends who come to his rescue. It is Jeff, the father figure, who signs for his release and takes him home.

Abed and Shirley squabble over religion, pushing Abed to direct the ultimate film that somehow portrays him as Jesus — in his own way. The film takes over the school with the buildup of being the greatest movie ever made. On the Greendale Community College campus, Abed is the chosen one (and he's got the outfit for it). His story is that of an exploration of the life of Jesus through the eyes of a filmmaker exploring the life of Jesus. There are no takes, there is no viewer, the film is the story, and so on and so on. The impact Abed makes on the campus truly resembles a hilarious cult following. The word gets around to a perfect extreme. For example, some of the word around campus is that some theaters will play it in reverse, that it's the same movie backwards as it is forward, that the deleted scenes are the scenes and the scenes are the deleted scenes. This begins to anger Shirley due to its religious contexts. Once the movie comes together, Abed does realize that it's terrible and, in an interesting change of events, looks to God for answers. Shirley hears this and wrecks the entire set, ultimately destroying the movie.

With both storylines it's discovered that the study group provides a true bond for each member and, no matter how different each person is, they are one group and a loving family to lean on.

A quick side note — it was very interesting to watch an episode that didn't feature Jeff as much, though the power and presence of Abed made everything else irrelevant.

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In this week's episode of Community, we explore the relationship between various students of different ages and beliefs. In some instances, it's discovered that maturity and age don't have all that much in common as Pierce and his new elderly cohorts seem less grown-up than Annie. This ultimately provides Jeff the always-occurring position of father figure.

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