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Episode 5.02 : Introduction to Teaching

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

January 02, 2014

Distributor

Yahoo, NBC

Genre

Comedy, Drama

Show Period

2009 - Now

Production Company

Krasnoff Foster, Sony Pictures Television

Cast and Crew


Director

Jay Chandrasekhar

Screenwriter

Andy Bobrow

Main Cast


Additional Cast

  • Kevin Corrigan
  • Jonathan Banks

Synopsis


Woo-hoo, Jeff's ready for his first day as a law professor! Except, he didn't think about the logistics. He's unable to answer questions, leers at female students and talks crap to Leonard. He shares a dark, dingy office with Mr. Hickey, a bitter professor who laughs when Jeff says teaching is a short-term gig. He thought the same thing... 15 years ago.

A two-day crash course entitled "Nicolas Cage: Good or Bad?" has Abed chomping at the bit - he's always wanted to know the answer to pop culture's greatest mystery. Jeff's all in, but Annie reminds him he doesn't have time for frivolous classes. He doesn't know the first thing about teaching.

Luckily, Mr. Hickey teaches Jeff the ropes: cut in the lunch line, teach the students about respect via bullying, kick Dean Pelton out of the teachers' lounge; also "planning curriculum" means putting students in groups to grade their own papers. Annie gets wise to Jeff's laziness and enrolls in his "Intro to Law" class. Front row center.

She takes him aside at the end of class to scold his embarrassing performance. She's compiled a stack of law books for him to read up on and he should expect a quiz in the morning. Mr. Hickey suggests ramping up the pressure and giving her the dreaded A minus...

Dismissing his teacher's warning about his Nicolas Cage obsession, Abed creates an elaborate Nicolas Cage timeline and covers the apartment with sticky notes. He's completely consumed by the actor. Nicolas-Cageified Abed interrupts the classroom discussion by reenacting his famous overacted scenes.

Jeff decides to conquer Annie in his own way. He amazes his students by beating Annie in an argument - no one beats Annie. He finds her crying outside, but it's not out of embarrassment. Mr. Hickey had the audacity to give her an A minus!

When Jeff guilts Hickey into changing her grade, Annie accuses him of misusing his connections. Nope, pluses and minuses just don't matter! Mind blown, Annie and the student body trash the school, rioting for slightly higher grades. Jeff attempts to calm the rioters, but he's pelted with food for his efforts.

Hickey apologizes for being a bad teacher, but it's not enough for Jeff, who requires him to join the official Save Greendale committee. Revenge is served.

Ashamed of his all-consuming obsession, Abed packs up the timeline. Shirley comforts him by reminding him Nicolas Cage isn't Jesus, but he certainly works in mysterious ways.

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