Bio[edit | edit source]
|Elijah Bennett is Shirley and Andre's middle child. Like his older brother Jordan he had a wild and boisterous personality which was sometimes too much for his mother to handle. When he was younger Jordan was shown to be protective of him but as he got older their relationship became more equal. Elijah, along with his brother, had visited his mother several times at Greendale Community College when she attended the school. His first appearance was in the Season One episode "Basic Genealogy". Elijah had been portrayed first by Kwesi Boakye and later Dante Brown.|
Character history[edit | edit source]
|In her first year at Greendale, Shirley brought her children to the "Family Day" event. Elijah went to her Spanish class alongside Jordan where they ran around accosting other family attendees with their light up laser gun toys. After classes were over, Shirley took Elijah and his brother to the campus barbeque picnic. The Bennetts sat with Shirley's fellow study group member Abed Nadir and his family Gobi Nadir (his father) and Abra (his cousin). Jordan was curious about Abra's foreign attire while Elijah asked her if she wanted to play with them. Abra mentioned wanting to try out the rented bouncy house but Gobi forbade her. Elijah and Jordan then got into a fight over a handheld video game which caused them to knock over a drink onto Gobi's shirt. He was furious at their behavior and blamed Shirley for raising them badly.
Shirley returned to the table after bringing back some food to find only Abed and Abra there and her sons nowhere to be found. Abed told Shirley they were playing hide and seek just as Gobi returned from changing his shirt. Gobi criticized Shirley again for letting her children run around. Shirley was about to argue back when she got a better look at Abra and realized it was her son Jordan under the Burka. She asked Gobi to fetch some napkins and after he left she flipped over the rest of the outfit and found Elijah underneath playing a video game. The real Abra was having fun jumping in the bouncy house. Afterwards Shirley took her boys to the student lounge and told Elijah to go to the vending machine to get him and his brother some snacks. Elijah somehow got inside of the machine and got his mothers attention through the glass window proudly showing off a Hostess Ding Dong cake he got ("Basic Genealogy").
On the first day of classes for the study group's second year at Greendale, Elijah and his brother Jordan were both asleep on their mothers bed. Once Shirley's alarm clock sounded she turned it off and gently moved her boys out of the way. They remained unconscious as she prepared to start her day ("Anthropology 101").
In the study group's third year at Greendale Elijah's father Andre proposed a second time to his mother Shirley . Both he and Jordan attended a wedding rehearsal being held in Group Study Room F. They were wearing paper hats and pretending to sword fight with sticks they found from the wedding decorations. Elijah and Jordan pointed their "weapons" at Troy and Abed and tried to get them to play with them. The duo declined to join in on the fun and Elijah and his brother walked away disappointed ("Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts").
Towards the end of the school year, the study group was expelled due to Ben Chang's machinations. When Abed tried to investigate what happened, Chang was forced to go to a court mandated therapy session which his friends also attended to support him. They challenged the doctor's analysis of Abed's mental health and provided examples of how abnormal their own bahavior sometimes gets. Shirley offered as an example how she reacted after her sons ate a batch of cookies she baked for the study group. She grabbed Elijah's favorite toy, a model biplane, and gave it to Britta ("Curriculum Unavailable").
In the study group's fourth year at Greendale, Shirley and her family decided on a "Star Wars" theme for Halloween. Shirley dressed as Princess Leia, Andre dressed as Han Solo, Elijah and Jordan dressed as Storm Troopers and baby Ben was dressed as an Ewok ("Paranormal Parentage").
In the study group's fifth year at Greendale, Elijah's parents seperated again due to Shirley's failed business ventures. This time Andre got custody and Elijah and his brothers went to live with their father ("Repilot"). When the Shirley's Sandwiches shop was rebuilt, Elijah's mother had him and Jordan perform at the grand reopening. She introduced them as the "Bennett Boys" and together they sang the Radiohead song "Creep" ("Basic Intergluteal Numismatics").
Trivia[edit | edit source]
The Brown Boys[edit | edit source]
|Starting with the Season Four episode "Heroic Origins", the original actors for the Bennett Boys Tyriel Jackson Williams (Jordan) and Kwesi Boakye were replaced by the real life brothers Dante and Dusan Brown. Collectively the entertainers are known as "The Brown Boys" . Before "Community" they had made appearances on a variety of television shows including "Good Morning America" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show". They have released both a CD and a DVD available on their official website.