ABED'S UNCONTROLLABLE CHRISTMAS
In this special stop motion animation episode, the meaning of Christmas is lost and Abed's intense fixation on Christmas concerns the group.
When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed's mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed's winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed’s madness. Chevy Chase, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, and Ken Jeong also star.
This was one of the most clever things I've seen on TV in a long time. "Community" always makes me laugh, with its absurd situations and sarcastic humor, but this episode was really special. The stop motion animation was perfect- it made me feel like I was watching one of the holiday specials from my youth, but with all of the humor and intelligence of "Community". And it manages to be sweet and heartwarming, as all great Christmas specials should be, without being syrupy or annoying.
Catch a sneak peek below, and tune in tomorrow, December 9th at 8PM on NBC to catch the full episode. I think you'll really like it too!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but as thanks for my time in writing about this episode, was entered into a prize drawing over at the One2One Network.