|On the verge of graduating from Greendale, Jeff meets up with an old colleague from his former law firm named Mark. Having learned Jeff was about to get a legitimate degree, Mark offers him a partnership at a new law firm he was starting up. Although reluctant at first, Jeff is convinced by Mark to accept. The next day, Jeff and the study group arrive at Group Study Room F excited by the new semester. Once inside the room, Annie and the rest of the group then spring a surprise Graduation party in Jeff's honor. They are disappointed to find out that there won't be an official graduation ceremony. The group then insists on accompanying Jeff to Pelton's office in order to witness him receiving his degree. After arriving at the office, Jeff decides the occasion deserves more pageantry.
|He gives permission for Annie and Dean Pelton to organize a graduation ceremony/celebration in his honor. Later, Jeff talks with Britta at a bar and admits his fear that leaving will possibly have a negative affect on the group. Britta reassures him that everyone is happy for him and that even Abed will cope. She mentions he has gotten better with dealing with his problems thanks to her therapy and hardly mentions "The Darkest Timeline." Jeff considers her words and the next day he shows up at the study session with a die. He uses the die to decide who should bring the soda to his graduation ceremony. After rolling it, the die lands in between the cracks of the study table and no number comes up. Abed is worried about the omen it portends but shakes it off leaving Jeff unsatisfied by the outcome.
|Meanwhile in Dean Pelton's office, the Dean is too busy putting together a collage of him and Jeff to notice the spectacular arrival of Evil Jeff in the "Prime Timeline." Evil Jeff goes to Jeff's locker for clothing and encounters Britta. She rightly points out Jeff had anxieties about graduating and reminds him that whatever happens the study group will be there to support him. After she leaves, Evil Annie shows up with Evil Jeff's prosthetic arm and he fills her in on what he just learned. He decides that in order to sabotage this timeline they need to ensure this world's Jeff accepts Mark's job offer. To that end they will ruin his relationship with the study group members. Evil Jeff goes to the study room and finds the other Annie decorating for Jeff's graduation ceremony. He turns on the charm and starts to flirt with her toying with her emotions.
|He then cruelly taunts Annie by declaring he is leaving her and Greendale behind forever sending her running away in tears. She later finds the real Jeff in the cafeteria and confronts him over what his doppelgänger did. Annie berates him for being so callous and declares she's not going to his graduation before storming off. Jeff goes after her unaware he is being observed by Evil Annie. Elsewhere, Abed is in the school's hallway where he is approached by Evil Jeff. Abed immediately recognizes him as an Evil doppelgänger. Evil Jeff shoots him with an upgraded paintball gun and Abed is somehow transported over to The Darkest Timeline. In the Prime Timeline, Jeff finds Evil Annie in the library mistaking her for the real one. Evil Annie apologizes for her counterpart's actions with a hug and manages to steal his cell phone.
|In the cafeteria, Troy and Shirley are preparing a sandwich cart at Shirley's Sandwiches. Evil Jeff approaches them and uninvites them to his graduation party while sarcastically insulting them both. Back at The Darkest Timeline, Abed goes to his apartment in that reality. There he finds his double Evil Abed who explains he has reformed and is trying to brighten his reality. Unfortunately, Troy along with his study group have kicked him out for this and Evil Jeff has since taken over his original goals. Evil Abed then volunteers to send Abed back to his world along with special equipment he will need to stop the evil study group. In the "Prime Timeline," Jeff arrives at his graduation ceremony in the study room and is surprised to find it empty. An angry Dean Pelton then shows up with his degree and throws it at him upset over something he claims Jeff had said to him earlier.
|As he leaves, Evil Annie enters the room. She reveals a provocative dress she is wearing and flirts with Jeff. She then produces his cell phone and seductively tries to convince Jeff to accept Mark's job offer. Jeff is too confused by her odd behavior as well as the absence of the rest of the group and attempts to leave. He is shocked when he is prevented from leaving by his Darkest Timeline doppelganger. Evil Jeff encourages him to take the job, leave his friends behind and become selfish again. Jeff refuses saying he has grown and changed too much but Evil Jeff counters that he will always be that person. In defiance, Jeff rips up his degree angering Evil Jeff who decides to shoot him with his paintball gun and send him to the Darkest Timeline. At that moment Kevin/Chang arrives for Jeff's ceremony and valiantly jumps in the way taking the shot meant for Jeff.
|As Chang is transported to the other world, Jeff manages to escape. Evil Jeff and Evil Annie discuss what to do next when they are interrupted by the arrival of Evil Britta, Evil Troy and Evil Shirley. Over at Abed and Troy's apartment, Annie, Britta, Shirley and Troy have gathered still fuming over what Evil Jeff said. Jeff then enters the apartment and desperately tries to explain what's going on but the group won't listen. Abed then appears and provides enough proof to make them believe. He brought over the "Doppeldeaner" from the Darkest Timeline and shoots him with one of the transported paintball pistols. Abed then declares that they are faced with an invasion from their Evil counterparts. He equips them with similar paintball guns and they proceed to Greendale to face off against their doubles. Back at school, the Evil Study group enters the cafeteria only to be startled by the surprise appearance of Evil Pierce.
|He reveals he faked his death to teach them a lesson and heard about them crossing over to this reality. He followed them to offer his help to take on the "lame" study group and asks what he can do to assist. Evil Britta explains the first person to shoot "themselves" wins which Evil Pierce takes too literally. He shoots himself with his own paintball weapon as does Evil Britta (albeit accidentally). When Jeff berates her incompetence, the "Prime Timeline's" Britta comes to her defense revealing that the "Good" Study group has arrived. The Prime Timeline Shirley, Troy and Annie quickly dispatch their evil doubles leaving only Evil Jeff behind who forces Abed and Jeff to take cover. Abed then tells Jeff he is daydreaming and that none of this is real. Evil Jeff represents the selfish guy he once was but Abed reminds him his friendship with the study group has changed him for the better.
|Emboldened, Jeff calls out his double, freezes the paintball pellet fired at him and shoots Evil Jeff. The scenario is then revealed to be a day dream Jeff had before he threw the Yahtzee die earlier that day. Later at Jeff's graduation ceremony, the group and a few other notable Greendale students are all in attendance. When it's time for a speech, Jeff actually finds himself at a loss for words hardly able to express the gratitude and love he has for his friends. He is interrupted by Pierce who demands to graduate first. Jeff allows him to have the spotlight and afterwards, the group along with Dean Pelton are having a private dinner in the study room. Jeff says he declined Mark's offer and is looking at smaller law firms to work for adding that it will allow him to stay in the area and keep in touch with them. In response, Abed leads the group in a toast to their newly graduated friend.
Evil Troy and Evil Abed are hosting an evil version of the "Troy and Abed in the Morning!" show. After introducing their special guest "Evil" Ben Chang they present a glimpse into another timeline - the timeline in which Abed went to get the pizza, Timeline 5 - featuring an alternate Troy and Britta. They proudly show off their child who they have named "Chewbacca." Evil Jeff then interrupts the show to remind Evil Troy and Evil Abed that it's not real. When he leaves, Evil Troy and Evil Abed sing song their signature sign off.
In the Season One episode "English as a Second Language," Jeff mentions an "unmovable appointment" he has on May 23rd, 2013 at Morty's Steakhouse when he would presumably be graduating from Greendale. This throwaway line foreshadowing a possible air date for a Season Four finale had long been the subject of speculation among the fandom who waited years to see if the show would actually reach that target date. Ultimately the finale aired a few weeks earlier on May 9. On Community's official NBC Twitter accounts for all the characters (seen here) this missed appointment was addressed by Jeff and the study group.
- Jeff made it clear he was graduating early at the start of the Fall semester in "History 101."
- The Darkest Timeline was created in "Remedial Chaos Theory," introducing us to the characters' evil counterparts. The evil characters' plan to take over the "Prime Timeline" was referred to by Evil Jeff in the end tag of "Intro to Knots."
- Familiar faces:
- Returning students: Neil, Vicki, Leonard, Garrett, Quendra, Magnitude and Todd return for Jeff's graduation ceremony. An image of Star-Burns is shown on a flyer promoting a tree planting ceremony in his honor.
- School supplies:
- The Yahtzee die makes a return appearance.
- The paintball guns return upgraded with new laser sights, barrel extensions, and painted black.
- The Foosball table is seen when Jeff plucks the paintball out of the air that Evil Jeff fired at him.
- Jeff's underwear makes its final appearance being worn by Evil Jeff.
- This must be the place: The restaurant/bar from "Heroic Origins" returns, Group Study Room F is featured, as is Dean Pelton's office, Troy and Abed's apartment, the cafeteria, Shirley's Sandwiches, and the Student lounge.
- Climax: After four years of attending Greendale, Jeff finally graduates and gets his diploma.
- Winger speech: Jeff gives a graduation speech where he is almost at a loss for words.
- Jeff states in the Season One episode "English as a Second Language" that he is on a tight four year schedule to replace his Bachelor's Degree. In this episode he receives his Associate's Degree after graduating.
- Among the posters Abed sees after finding himself in the Darkest Timeline is one about the Greendale Seven. Since Pierce was believed to have died right after the timelines diverged and the study group weren't nicknamed the "Greendale Seven" until much later, the poster should have said "The Greendale Six."
- During the end credits, Troy and Abed check in on alternate universe 5 (where Abed got the pizza), where it is revealed Troy and Britta have a child called Chewbacca. This is an error, however, as Troy and Britta become a couple in universe 3 (AKA the Pierce Timeline)
- Annie's Boobs/Fan Service: Evil Annie appears wearing a tight-fitting, strapless, low-cut red dress. Evil Jeff arrives in the Prime Timeline wearing only his underwear.
- Britta'd: Evil Britta messes up explaining how to win to Evil Pierce who shoots himself.
- Deanotation: Pelton says he has to sign his "John Deancock" on Jeff's degree to make it official.
- Man crush: When signing Jeff's degree, the Dean says he's going to miss their playful, "get a room already" banter.
- Nice outfit:
- Troy and Abed in the Morning!: Filmed in the Darkest Timeline.
- You're a huge nerd: While Abed was the one obsessed with the Darkest Timeline since its introduction, as well as the one who retreated to his "happy place" in the season premiere to deal with his fear of change, this episode's clearly imaginary story of the paintball match with the Evil Study Group is revealed to be Jeff's daydream and not Abed's.
- IMDb: In an alternate timeline, Troy and Britta name their son Chewbacca, which Britta thinks means "one who hunts bounties."
- TV Guide: Evil Abed asks Abed if he wants to watch Season 3 of The Cape, stating it was never cancelled in the Darkest Timeline.
- Use your allusion:
- Evil Jeff arrives in the "Prime Timeline" in a glowing sphere wearing only his underwear. This is similar to the way time travel is done in the "Terminator" film franchise. Evil Annie later reveals he chose to arrive in the Prime Timeline that way, as he could have worn clothes.
- A close-up of Jeff testing out his mechanical hand is similar to the same shot used in "The Empire Strikes Back" when Luke tries out his new prosthetic hand.
- Jeff stopping the paintball bullet and examining it is a reference to "The Matrix" in which Neo does the same with bullets.
- Background check: During Jeff's graduation ceremony, written on the chalkboard behind Dean Pelton are the words "SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE." The episode's writer Megan Ganz admitted on Twitter that she was the one who wrote them.
Cast and crew departures
|On November 16, 2012, writer Megan Ganz tweeted the following:
Accompanying the tweet was a photo of the cover of an episode script for the season finale. Entitled "Advanced Introduction to Finality" it has the production code #411. The episode was shot out of order as the eleventh episode filmed. This marked Chevy Chase's last official appearance on the show as Pierce Hawthorne (except for a very quick one-off cameo in the Season Five premiere "Repilot"). Chase officially quit the show mid-season but made an arrangement to provide voice work for "Intro to Felt Surrogacy" and appear in the finale before leaving. This episode was also the last episode written by Megan Ganz, who had been on the show since Season Two. Ganz left to join the writing staff on the ABC show "Modern Family."
Call sheet leak
On November 22, 2012, a Wikia user called "Bagadonuts99" uploaded on the Community Wiki an image titled "Sift.jpg." It was a photo taken of an official "Community" call sheet that had story details of "Advanced Introduction to Finality." At the time, these spoilers were posted months before any episodes from Season Four had aired as its premiere date was on February 7, 2013. The writer of the episode Megan Ganz asked that it be taken down and the photo was subsequently deleted. It was restored three years later on November 22, 2015 with an article having been written about it on the anniversary of the event.
- “This is probably a bad thing to say -- especially when we haven't aired one episode yet -- but I wish I could redo the finale of season 4. I had to write it in a bit of a pinch, during a period of upheaval on the show. I wrote it too long (like... 6 minutes too long) and we had to cut a ton out of it in the edit bay. Part of me fears I was too freaked out to do my best work on it, because I wanted it to be a finale worthy of a show it could never be worthy of. Finales are generally terrible, and I am expecting that people will say this one is trying to hard, because it is. Because I was. God was I ever trying too hard on that one. My hope is that you'll all love the Halloween episode and forgive me for the finale. Maybe you'll like it. I have no way of knowing anymore.”— Megan Ganz Reddit AMA
Ratingswise, "Advanced Introduction to Finality" was up a tenth over last week, earning a 1.5 rating/5 share in the 18-49 demo. On Twitter, #OriginStory trended in the US and worldwide, at one point hitting the top spot on the US trend list and continuing to trend for at least 15 minutes after the episode ended.
- “I figured these warping guns would convince you. Listen up people! We've got an inter-dimensional battle on our hands. Our evil counterparts are waging a war, and it's either us or us.”— Abed
- “All right. Let's light up these dark suckers!”— Jeff
|Season Four Episodes|
1. "History 101"
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