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Community Season 5, Episode 5 Recap

Community Season 5, Episode 5 Recap

‘Geothermal Escapism’

The caretakers and cleaners at Greendale Community College must hate our favourite study group who seem intent on destroying the school one game at a time.

This week, in honour of Troy’s departure on an adventure around the world to qualify for Pierce’s estate, Abed announces a campus-wide game of ‘The Floor is Lava’. Of course, most students wouldn’t hesitate to take part in such hilarious procrastination – but for the reluctant few Abed introduces a grand prize worth $50,000 which even saw the Dean spring onto his desk.


Unsurprisingly, chaos ensues which tests the friendships of the study group yet again. Britta goes to the dark side which presumably includes a hairdresser as she returns with 80s punk hair, and Troy and Abed create a dream team to fight to the end.

Meanwhile, in a move overly reminiscent of Pierce in a previous paintballing game, Shirley establishes the safe haven of Shirley Island, and yet she still manages to slip her religious preaching into the light-hearted game. However, even the haven is not enough to save its inhabitants who still fall to their pretend deaths in the bubbling lava floor.

It is a wonderfully quirky way to end the beautiful Abed/Troy bromance which has run for the last four seasons, one which could have only been invented by Abed, and it’s hard not to feel emotional as Troy ‘sails’ off into the sunset.

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