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Richie Countee
Richie Countee
Portrayed by: BRADY NOVAK
First appearance: "Basic Rocket Science"
Last appearance: "Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing"
Date of birth: Unknown
Department: School Administration
Position: School Board member


Is there any more of the crazy Chinese guy? He pops!
— Eugene Johnston, "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux".

Eugene Johnston
Richie "Eugene" Countee.

Richie is a member of the Greendale school board. Not particularly bright, he casually admits he is an alcoholic and seems more concerned with where he is having lunch than his job. As a child, Richie was over praised by his mother and led to believe he had psychic powers. He is often seen in the company of fellow board member Carl Bladt.

He makes his first appearance in the Season Two episode "Basic Rocket Science" but is there given no name. He next appears - as "Eugene Johnston" - in the Season Three episode Documentary Filmmaking: Redux. Finally he is renamed Richie Countee in "Course Listing Unavailable". Richie is portrayed by Brady Novak.

Character history[]

Season Two[]

In the study group's second year at Greendale, the school learns City College has plans to introduce a space simulator program. Greendale school board members have an emergency meeting with Dean Pelton to discuss Greendale's response to the rival school. Pelton proposed that they launch their own space simulator class before City College does. An unnamed board member (Richie) questions the possibility of Greendale being able to compete but Pelton reveals they have an ace up their sleeve in the form of the "Eleven Herbs & Space Experience". Richie and the rest of the board are skeptical after seeing a recent picture of the simulator but Pelton assures them he has a special crew to take care of it ("Basic Rocket Science").

Richie's first appearance on the show.
Richie's first appearance on the show.

Season Three[]

In the study group's third year at school, the character finally gets a name: Eugene. He and the rest of the school board allocate funds to create a new commercial for the school to replace the outdated one. Dean Pelton is put in charge of the project, but due to his artistic vision, the production spirals out of control. Eugene calls the Dean to check in on the progress, worried about how the shoot is going. He informs the Dean that if the board doesn't like the commercial he shoots, they will fire him. After twelve days of filming, Eugene and Carl Bladt show up to the Dean's office to see the finished product. Unaware that Abed had finished the commercial for him, he shows it to them. The two board members end up enjoying the commercial and congratulate him. Eugene then suggests to Carl that they go to Rusty Bucket, and they both leave excited about the quarter taps ("Documentary Filmmaking: Redux").

The character's original name before being
renamed in "Course Listing Unavailable".
Later in the year, a riot occurs at Greendale incited by the study group but made worse by the intervention of Sgt.Chang and his security force. Richie and the rest of the school board investigate what happened. They bring the study group in to question them about the matter when Ben Chang interrupts. Richie and the rest of the board ignore Jeff's attempt to pin the blame on Chang for what happened. Chang had already established a close relationship with everyone on the board, particularly Richie who seems to be a big fan of his. With Chang and Dean Pelton's recommendation, Richie and the board decide to expel the study group.

CLU The Greendale School Board
Richie along with Carl Bladt and Chuck Saccardo.
After a few months passed, Carl and Richie went to Chang's birthday party held in Greendale's cafeteria. They congratulated him on the new security policies he enacted at school and gave him a shower organizer as a gift. They witnessed Jeff and Britta in disguise as the magician "Ricky Nightshade" and his goth assistant perform a magic trick with Chang as a volunteer. Sometime later, they encountered Dean Pelton and his look-a-like Faux-by slap fighting in the hallway. They bring them to the school records room where they find Chang, the study group and a makeshift bomb made out of stacks of fireworks boxes. They ask Chang to explain what's going on but he runs away in response. It finally dawns on Richie that they've been duped all this time by Chang. Carl and Richie are worried believing that the scandal will cost them their jobs. Pelton assures them that he will cover up the incident. Carl asks if he would really do this for them and Pelton replies he is doing it for the school's sake. Richie says it's great to have the Dean back and when Carl suggests to Richie that they go to Skeepers for yard margs, Richie agrees indicating he left his credit card there ("First Chang Dynasty").

3x21-Carl Bladt Richie Countee driking problem
What happened to them?

Season Four[]

In the study group's fourth year at Greendale, Carl and Richie stop by the study room with margaritas in hand. A drunk Richie greets Dean Pelton and the study group a little too enthusiastically and Carl tells him to take it easy. Pelton and the study group updates them on their plans to recruit a wealthy heir named Archie DeCoste to attend Greendale. When they hear the itinerary Pelton scheduled for a tour of the school, Richie obnoxiously tells him to get hookers and blow instead. Carl apologizes for Richie's behavior and says he's been mixing. After Carl pleads with Pelton to consider some changes to his recruiting plans, Richie suggests they go back to the bar Skeepers to get a refill on their drinks ("Economics of Marine Biology").

S04E07-Richie and Carl
Richie and Carl with their "yard margs".

Season Five[]

In the study group's fifth year at Greendale, Richie and Carl show up in Dean Pelton's office with some news. They tell him an insurance liability appraiser from the city will be coming to inspect the school. Richie taunts Pelton about the inspection and jokes with Carl that it would be funny if the school turned out to be valuable. Pelton asks them if they are drunk again and Richie says he won't be able to prove it in time between now and when they get sober. The next day, Richie and Carl arrive at school after the insurance agent Ronald Mohammad is done with his inspection.

Ronald lets them know that the school passed all the tests and can be considered a valuable asset to the city. Richie and Carl are shocked by the news but immediately see the possibilities. They discuss selling the school which is overheard by the Save Greendale Committee who confront them on the matter. Richie tells them they can now unload the school on the private sector. Carl adds that a chunk of real estate the size of Greendale can fetch a huge profit. Jeff objects to this but Richie dismisses his opinion since he didn't graduate from Yale like he and Carl did. The duo take their leave as Richie suggests various companies to sell Greendale to. Sometime later it's decided by Richie and the board to accept the Subway corporations offer.

5x12 Carl and Richie
School board guys comin' in!
However, the "Save Greendale Committee" discovers that the founder of Greendale Russell Borchert left behind a treasure that may be buried beneath the school. They discover a trap door in the Teachers' lounge. Chang is spying on them and alerts Richie and Carl. When the committee discovers a filthy Borchert, millions of dollars and a gold lined computer he created which controls the entrance to his hideout, Richie, Carl and Chang take the money and trap the committee when Richie disables the computer with a magnet shaped like a pickle. The committee manages to escape and interrupts the ceremony signing Greendale over to Subway. They present Borchert who repulses the Subway rep. Borchert has a decades old contract signed with the city which allows him consultation rights on any scholastic endeavors with Greendale. Subway decides to pull out of the deal which infuriates Carl. Richie consults with a native American on training in the use of "certain powers" while the committee celebrates ("Basic Sandwich").

5x13 Carl, Chang, and Richie
Stay back! This pickle is a magnet!

Season Six[]

In the Study Group's sixth year at Greendale, Richie and Carl surprise Dean Pelton with an offer to join the school board as long as he announces he is gay. Having a token gay member would repair the board's reputation after they cancelled a Gay pride parade on campus. While the Dean considers their proposal, Carl and Richie leave singing a song on their way out. Jeff convinces Pelton to accept the job noting the good he could do once in power. At a press conference, Pelton comes out as openly gay. Later, Pelton learns Elroy and Abed are protecting a bird's nest that is causing an issue with the campus wi-fi. Pelton sympathizes with the birds' plight. Carl and Richie find out about the issue and Carl tells Pelton he's being too gay. Richie tells the Dean to figure out a solution. Carl and Richie have not been seen since ("Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing").

6x4 Richie and Carl corner the Dean.
Richie and Carl corner the Dean.