‘Advanced Advanced Dungeons And Dragons’
Right at the beginning of this episode Abed tells us that “a satisfying sequel is hard to pull off.” If only the writers had listened to their own character.
As the title suggests, the study group returns to the world of Dungeons and Dragons to rescue someone else after their success with Fat Neil. This time the philanthropic venture is to help Hickie reconnect with his estranged son Hank (David Cross borrowed from Arrested Development), whose only hobby is this game.
However, Hank is apparently marginally smarter than Neil as he works out what the group is plotting, messes it up and turns the game into a challenge with a horrid wager – if Hickie wins, he’s allowed to see his grandson, if Hank wins then his father is banned from Christmas and Thanksgiving too at Aunt Rachel’s.
As Hickie’s not a particularly developed character, it’s hard to have any sympathy for their dysfunctional family quarrels, and unless you’re a particular fan of dungeons and dragons, this episode probably won’t have much appeal – or satisfaction.