Community s02e11 Episode Script

Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas

It's that very special time of year, Greendale.
A time for me to remind you that your school acknowledges no specialness to this time of year.
You do, of course, have a constitutional right to lend this season the significance of your choosing in any of our designated holiday zones.
Merry Christmas.
Don't you mean season's greetings? Shirley, you know it's Christmas.
As a Christian, I've learned to be sensitive to other cultures' jealousies.
What are we doing this year? I'm taking a relaxation course next semester.
I was gonna use the break to do the reading in advance.
I'm shutting myself in with my video games.
Fake-murdering people is gonna be my new holiday tradition.
This is disappointing.
What do you care, Abed? You're Muslim.
Don't your people spend this season writing angry letters to TV Guide? True.
Religiously, I'm Muslim.
But I've always been a fan of Christmas.
And this is the most important Christmas in history.
I'm assuming that's why we're all stop-motion animated.
I vote we let it go.
What did you say we were, Abed? We're stop-motion animated.
I don't understand.
I never understand what any of you are saying.
You guys don't see it? I noticed it this morning.
That's how I knew it was special.
We've clearly entered a new medium.
Does "clearly" mean the same thing to you as it does to normal people? It's probably Arabic for "not clearly.
" Ha, ha, ha.
Huh? You really expect me to tarnish the high-five for that? You guys really don't see what I'm seeing? That worries me a little.
I think it worries all of us.
Is there something that we can do to help you with your situation, Abed? You could move around more.
Not much point in being animated if you don't.
And I think we should commit to the format.
Starting with a song.
You start.
I'm sure we'll join in.
# Give me the snow Light up the trees # # Deck every hall And wall you can see # # Roast every nut Mistle the toe # # This needs to be the best Christmas Since the original # # Twenty thousand years from now # # They'll say The most successful Christmas # # Was today ## Okay, we got him.
He's down.
Now, how many fingers am I holding up? And, more importantly, are they still made of clay? Three, and I told you, we're not clay.
We're silicone dolls with foam bodies over ball-and-socket armatures.
And publishable.
And you say you have no memory of this morning.
You don't recall the crisis that caused you to take shelter in this delusion.
It's not a delusion.
Very, very publishable.
Abed, I've been a professor of psychology here at Greendale for many years.
And I think I see a solution to this that might also help you with your situation.
I'd like to do extensive sessions with you, including hypnosis.
I don't need therapy.
Nobody said you did.
I just think it would benefit you and, incidentally, me to get to the real meaning of all this.
You're right.
I need to find the meaning of Christmas.
Well If I can, everything will go back to normal.
The dean says if you don't get help, they might kick you out of school.
Why would I wanna be in a school that hates Christmas? He's got a point.
# Sad quick Christmas song # # Sad quick Christmas snowman # # Tragic day gone wrong # # Sad quick Christmas song ## I don't suppose you know the meaning of Christmas.
Apparently, it means getting fondled by singing mental cases.
My snowman is alive.
I'm not a snowman.
I'm Chang.
What the hell's wrong with you? I thought I made you.
Yeah, you made me need to cry in the shower tonight.
It's a text from Britta.
She says, "The meaning of Christmas is in the study room.
" Now that you started it, how about 10 more seconds on the third button, eh? You lied to lure me into group therapy? Surprise.
You promised not to do that.
Not cool.
Ah, hold on, Abed.
I'm not just a psych professor.
I'm also a Christmas wizard.
You are? I am.
And I can help you find the meaning of Christmas.
Right, guys? Oh, yeah.
Oh, this feels safe.
Shut up, Winger.
What do you think, Abed? Christmas wizard.
I guess I can see that.
Have a seat, then.
Nothing to be afraid of.
All your friends are here.
They just want to help.
I'm here for the cookies.
So, what do we do? With your permission, I'd like to put you into a state of Christmasnosis and take you on a magic journey.
To Winter Wonderland? Sure.
Your own personal Winter Wonderland.
Come on, everyone.
You all know how magic Christmas journeys work.
You are playing with so much fire.
Shut up, Winger.
Hands on the table.
Eyes closed.
Heads relaxing.
Necks relaxing.
Don't relax Pierce any lower.
Screw you.
Abed, focus on the sound of my voice and let yourself relax.
With each breath, you'll feel It's beginning.
All right, then.
The table's moving.
Like a rocket about to take off.
Now it's leaving the floor as the walls and the ceiling fly away.
We're in outer Christmas space.
There's Planet Holly.
And Planet Jolly.
Oh, and what's that up ahead? Ah.
It's Planet Abed.
We're descending onto Planet Abed now.
It's the most Christmassy planet in the universe.
Its atmosphere is 7 percent cinnamon.
We're here.
Winter Wonderland.
See how sparkly? What, are you crazy? All I see is the study Ooh.
Sparkly wonderland.
During our journey, you've transformed into Christmas versions of yourselves.
Troy Soldier.
Do I have a gun? You have a drum.
Britta, you're Britta-Bot.
Uh Just go with it.
Bleep, bloop.
Teddy Pierce.
Bleep, bloop for me too.
Baby Doll Shirley.
Baby what? What the hell? Well, we are making fabulous and unexpectedly intense progress.
Now, what I'd like to do is visit the cave of frozen memories.
Let's head for the North Pole.
The meaning of Christmas will be there.
Um Well, yeah.
Yeah, sure, cheers.
And I actually think I know a shortcut to the North Pole through the cave of frozen memor We can take Gumdrop Road and stop at the cave.
I wouldn't call it a shortcut, but you got us here, so I'll throw you a bone.
# Come with me and walk with me # # And see what we can find # # Accompany me on a journey with me # # Through the wonderland in my mind ## Let's move, folks.
This isn't going to be fun, easy or safe.
Shut up, Winger.
A journey through Winter Wonderland tends to test your commitment to Christmas.
So when I say test, I mean Wonka-style.
I'm talking dark.
My advice: Stay honest, stay alert, and for the love of God, stay between the gumdrops.
Look up there, Abed.
I think I see the cave of frozen memories.
A great place It's actually the cave of frozen peas.
It's a common mistake.
Don't worry, I got this.
Abed, did you say my Christmas self was a baby? Are you sure you didn't say I was a Christmas angel? Because you respect me too much to imagine me as a baby.
Maybe if you cry enough, he'll change you.
You know why you were a robot, right? I'm progressive and kick-ass.
How about heartless and godless? I think he gave us random identities.
I mean, me, a ballerina? It's not like I'm that thin and graceful, right? Annie, it's because you're fragile and tightly wound.
Cut the chatter, and keep your eyes on the prize.
We're looking for the meaning of Christmas.
I happen to know the meaning of Christmas.
And I'm the only one here that does.
So I would appreciate a level of respect even if I'm a guest in your therapy wonderland.
Therapy? I am freezing Shirley with my wand.
And I am ejecting her from Planet Abed with a remote-control Christmas pterodactyl.
Oh, nice.
Now we're talking.
Point being, if you're not interested in helping Abed, there's no reason to be here.
# Swaddled in her diaper # # High upon her throne # # The queen of Christmas babies # # Thought that Christmas was her own ## That's wonderful.
Let's get back to the magic journey and wrap up.
Some of us have women to sleep with.
You guys hear that? Humbugs.
Humbugs? Yeah, a whole swarm of them.
See? Everyone stay perfectly sincere.
Humbugs are attracted to sarcasm.
Somewhere, Tim Burton got a boner.
Jeff, don't be sarcastic.
Oh, are they on me now? Oh, no.
They're eating him alive.
If only he could find the power to not be a smug douche.
Oh, no can do.
I'm just a horrible guy.
Guess I'll have to go get laid.
Can I sing this one? # Bitter shallow hipster Sweater matching socks # # Christmas needs more presence Than a haircut in a box ## Annie, nice.
Get what I did with the word "presence"? Carol Canyon.
Instead of oxygen, plants produce Christmas songs.
Will it cost a lot to walk here? No.
Public domain.
You know Jesus was born in the middle of April, right? The church moved his birthday so they could steal the solstice from pagans.
Season's greetings from Britta Perry.
Maybe you could sing a song about it.
I don't sing.
And if I did, I wouldn't sing Christmas songs.
I guess that means you're gonna have me ejected for not loving Christmas enough.
Nope, not for that.
Let's get to the cave of frozen memories.
- Man, it is cave-like in here.
- What do you mean, cave-like? It's a cave.
Nothing to be afraid of.
The cave of frozen memories is a safe place where we can observe suppressed experiences without being affected by them.
Can you show me how to do it? Sure.
I'm focusing on a part of the cave and I'm seeing my 10th Christmas.
All right? Now you try with this morning.
I can't see your 10th Christmas.
How do you know that's you? Well, it's my house on What room are you in? What color are the walls? Our living room.
Cream-colored plaster.
There's an oil painting of a forest above the sofa.
I'm reading Paddington books.
Mom got me Paddington every year.
Where's your dad? It's Christmas.
Where's your dad? I don't know.
We never know.
Mom won't stop crying.
I'm going to America with Grandma.
He is good.
We lost our wizard.
We don't need him, never did.
And nobody needs this cave.
Initiate self-destruct.
Self-destruct initiating.
This slide goes directly to Pine Tree Station.
We can catch a train to the North Pole from there.
The wizard didn't bring us here to find the meaning of Christmas.
And I can't have anyone going beyond this point that's on his side.
With you to the end, man.
Like I said, I came for the cookies.
Ahh! I'm not ejecting you for not liking Christmas music.
I'm ejecting you for lying to trick me into therapy.
Abed, they will kick you out of school.
I was trying to save you.
# Britta-Bot programmed badly # # Wires with fraying ends # # Functioning mad and sadly # # No faith in herself # # Or friends ## Bye, Britta.
It got real up in that memory cave.
I know, right? Speaking of real, this has been great.
But the cookies are gone, and I have to take a giant leak.
We should be at the North Pole by 9:00 Eastern Candy Time.
You guys see the countryside? There's the Menorah Mountains.
And Jehovah Witness Bay.
Thanks for adding that, man.
This is nicer than all the Christmases I ever celebrated.
But you're Jewish.
On my mom's side.
But my dad's Episcopalian.
And before the divorce, the holidays were a minefield of overlapping rituals.
I like the rituals.
My parents are divorced too.
My mom's Polish.
She loves Christmas.
Every year, she visits on the same day.
December 9th.
Every year, we sit and watch Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Every year.
But, Abed, today is December 9th.
It's the last day of classes.
That can't be right.
She comes every year.
Today must be December 8th.
Because she comes every year.
Okay, Abed.
Time to stop the train.
After you emasculated me in the ice caves, I went to your dorm room.
I know what happened now.
It doesn't matter.
I just need to get to the North Pole.
Abed, there is no North Pole.
We're in the study room, and I'm not a Christmas wizard.
I know.
You're a Christmas warlock.
You're trying to destroy Christmas because you blame your sadness on it.
I'm crawling out the window.
No, you're not.
Snap out of it.
Whoa, whoa.
Who taught you therapy? Michael Jackson's dad? I am a professional.
And you are tampering with a highly-delicate book deal.
I mean, human being.
- Oh.
Now we're losing him.
- I'm on the roof of the train.
Oh, great.
Well, I'm teleporting there.
Because I can do that because I'm a wizard.
Abed, there is no train.
This is not real.
- I can't hear you.
- I'm going to the front car.
You're very clever, but it stops here.
There's no more journey.
It's just you against reality.
And reality always wins.
Abed, I'm unhitching the cars, okay? What? Oh, give me a break.
Do you know what you're doing? Bloink.
We're learning to teleport.
And we're helping our friend find the meaning of Christmas.
You're actually grabbing me in real life, delinquent.
We'll keep him away, Abed.
Find the meaning of Christmas.
At the very least take notes.
All right, where are we? Christmas train? I didn't wanna go home.
It's depressing there this time of year.
What are we looking at? Santa's workshop.
So meaning of Christmas, right? You see it? Well, can't it just be anywhere? Like, there? Good job, Pierce.
It's the first season of Lost on DVD.
That's the meaning of Christmas? No, it's a metaphor.
It represents lack of payoff.
Thinking there was something you could do to save Christmas, turning yourself into an animated character in search of the holiday's meaning, these were mechanisms you used to escape this.
This Christmas card.
Left where you dropped it on the floor of your dorm.
"Abed, I can't make it this year.
" I have a new family now.
You'll meet them one day.
You're a man now.
Take care of Dad.
"Wash your dupa.
" Mommy's moved on.
New family.
New life.
There's nothing left to do now but heal.
And share the experience with as many reputable journals as possible.
Great, look what you did to the kid.
What's your article gonna be called? "Worst Shrink Ever"? Hey, this is not my fault.
This is what Christmas does to people.
We put too much meaning into it, and it lets us down.
We beg to differ.
What are you doing back here? Saving Christmas.
Everybody, point your magic Christmas weapons at him.
Oh, brother.
This is ridiculous.
You are enabling a delusion.
The delusion you're trying to cure is called Christmas, Duncan.
It's the crazy notion that the longest, coldest, darkest nights can be the warmest and brightest.
Yeah, and when we all agree to support each other in that insanity, something even crazier happens.
It becomes true.
Works every year.
Like clockwork.
Try telling that to your catatonic friend.
I got a better idea.
Why don't we sing it? Wait, what? Let's not go overboard.
Will you commit to something? Let's sing it.
Yeah, let's sing.
Can we sing while we blow Duncan away? Absolutely.
Ow! Ah.
- You start, Britta.
- Mm.
# Christmastime is a time to sing # # That's what Christmas is for # # Christmas can even be A Hanukkah thing # # That's what Christmas is for # # And for a huge percentage Of this God-fearing planet # # It's about the birth of Jesus Christ # # But for the rest of us It's still a good time # # To remember That it's good to be nice # # Music and cookies And liquor and trees # # That's what Christmas is for # # Video games for two straight weeks That's what Christmas is for # # Hanging out with the people you love # # And saying I love you # # That's what Christmas is # # That's what Christmas is # # That's what Christmas is for ## And Christmas pterodactyl.
All right, all right.
I'm leaving.
Initiate self-destruct.
Don't you think that's a little bit? I get it.
The meaning of Christmas is the idea that Christmas has meaning.
And it can mean whatever we want.
For me, it used to mean being with my mom.
Now it means being with you guys.
Thanks, Lost.
I feel so much better now.
I guess we don't need to be stop motion anymore.
Well, why not just keep it going for the rest of Christmas? It just feels so right.
You ever get the urge to just? Merry Christmas.
Oh, there.
I said it.
We're stop motion again.
Don't worry, man.
I did this.
You did? Yeah, it's cool.
Why? Well, I always liked the way fake food looked on those animated shows.
Get a load of these things.
They stepped up a notch in terms of visual deliciousness.
I know what you mean.
Look at that perfect bite.
It's odd that I see this too though.
We're weird that way.
I'll say.
That's better.
So weird.
# Troy and Abed in stop motion ##
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