Continuing from [[Recap/CommunityS2E15Early21stCenturyRomanticism the previous episode,]] Pierce is in hospital after collapsing from an overdose of painkillers. Convincing the others that he doesn't have long left to live, he [[InsistentTerminology bequeaths]] upon them a special inheritance, something which they will all come to regret; Shirley receives a CD which purportedly contains the others talking about her behind her back, Troy an arranged meeting with his childhood hero [=LeVar=] Burton, Britta gets a blank check to donate to a charity of her choice (or herself), Annie a priceless tiara, and Jeff an arranged meeting with the deadbeat father who walked on him years before. And Abed gets to film the resulting meltdown all for a documentary.

!!The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" provides examples of:
* AnAesop: Inverted. Annie derive that Pierce must also be trying to teach her a moral when bequeathing her a tiara, same way as the gifts the other members of the study group received, but Pierce honestly had no hidden intentions with that specific gift. He just gave it to her because she is his favorite.
* AffectionateParody: Of {{mockumentary}} shows.
-->'''Abed:''' Fortunately, if in the end your documentary is turning out just as messy as real life, you can always wrap it up with a series of random shots which when cut together under a generic voice-over, suggest a profound thematic connection. [[TropesAreTools I'm not knocking it. It works.]]
* AsHimself: [=LeVar=] Burton. [[Series/ReadingRainbow ''Butterfly in the sky. I can go twice as high.'']]
** "Well... More fish for [[{{Roots}} Kunta]]!"
* BatmanGambit: Most of the "bequeathments" are straightforward acts of poking at the receiver's sore spots, but Pierce seems to have accurately predicted that Shirley would eventually listen to the tape he gave her, but only after passive-aggressively "forgiving" the others for what she assumed was on it.
** Of course, Pierce has a habit of assuming that he's succeeded even when he's clearly failed -- [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation he might just have convinced himself that what was on the tape was genuinely damning.]]
* BottleEpisode: Takes place mostly in Pierce's hospital room and the waiting room outside.
* BlatantLies: Jeff Winger is not bothered at all by the prospect of meeting his dad. Nuh-uh. Not bothered at all. No sir.
-->'''Jeff:''' And don't you dare intercut this with footage of me freaking out!\\
'''Abed:''' Is there footage of you freaking out? ''(cut to said footage)''
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The documentary format for most of the episode means the group are breaking an in-universe fourth wall - they know they're really talking to Abed behind the camera, and Abed does director-style to-camera pieces and voiceover.
* BrokenPedestal: Inverted; Troy's fear of meeting [=LeVar=] Burton stems not from worry that he'll be disappointed by his hero but by worry that he will disappoint his hero. This ends up becoming a SelfFulfillingProphecy when Burton, upon meeting Troy, attempts to make pleasant small-talk only for Troy to completely freeze up.
* [[CerebusRetcon Cerebus Retcon]]: Remember all those times that Pierce was excluded, neglected and disdained by the group? Remember how funny they were? Yeah, turns out Pierce wasn't laughing; many of them come up again in this episode, and are decidedly ''not'' played for laughs.
* ComicRolePlay: Britta suggests that, to prepare Jeff for the possibility of meeting his dad, they role-play the situation with Britta taking the part of Jeff's Dad. Jeff is reluctant. What follows is comic gold [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which deserves to be transcribed in full]]:
-->'''Britta:''' ''[Hugging Jeff]'': Hi, hey, hi, I'm Jeff's Dad.\\
'''Jeff:''' Hi Jeff's Dad, I'm Britta's Dad.\\
'''Britta:''' What?! Why?\\
'''Jeff:''' I dunno, got drunk, didn't have a condom and [[YourMom her mom]] gets freaky when she hears Music/OingoBoingo.\\
'''Britta:''' Oh God, I wish I could relate, but much like my son I'm a closet homosexual.\\
'''Jeff:''' Don't apologize for that; [[YourMom you're talking to the guy that banged Britta's mom]]. I have no standards.\\
'''Britta:''' Well what do you say we take a tumble? I'll put on a wig.\\
'''Jeff:''' That's it; you're under arrest. I'm an undercover cop.\\
'''Britta:''' It's not illegal to be gay.\\
'''Jeff:''' It is here in Iran.\\
'''Britta:''' Not when we're in the Film/GreenZone.\\
'''Jeff:''' That's Iraq, stupid.\\
'''Britta:''' ''[petulant]'' Well [[GlobalIgnorance what do I know]]? I'm Jeff Winger's dumb gay dad!
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Pierce reveals that he's brought everyone there to say his final farewells from his hospital bed, Troy blurts out "You're gonna ''kill us?!"''
* ContinuityNod: Several of the times that Pierce was excluded by the group over the past year are referred to. Specifically: [[Recap/CommunityS2E10MixologyCertification they forgot his birthday]], and didn't invite him to [[Recap/CommunityS2E14AdvancedDungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]] or [[Recap/CommunityS2E07AerodynamicsOfGender the trampoline]].
** Jeff and Britta are the first to arrive because they are Pierce's emergency contacts, as of [[Recap/CommunityS2E05MessianicMythsAndAncientPeoples Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples]].
** When complaining about being a buzzkill in [[Recap/CommunityS1E20TheScienceOfIllusion The Science of Illusion]], Britta tearfully tells a knock-knock joke:
--->'''Britta:''' Knock-knock! Who's there? Cancer! Oh, good, I thought it was Britta!
** This episode, Pierce greets her with this:
--->'''Pierce:''' Is that you, death?\\
'''Britta:''' No, it's me, Britta!\\
''(Pierce looks disappointed)''
* {{Deconstruction}} / {{Reconstruction}}: Of documentaries and the DocumentaryEpisode: having followed the difficult and painful events of the day with his cameras, Abed is left to conclude that any narratives, conclusions, meanings or thematic connections that might be reached are entirely arbitrary, the result of random and unlinked events being manipulated by the filmmaker to suit an ulterior purpose. The {{Reconstruction}} comes into play when he notes this is not necessarily a bad thing, and is partly what makes them so effective.
-->'''Abed''': I'm not knocking it; it works.
* DisappearedDad: Jeff's estranged dad is being brought up by Pierce.
* DisproportionateRetribution: While the group may not treat Pierce very well at times, his mind games -- particularly those on Jeff -- are arguably over the top. Particularly since, as Jeff points out, Pierce often brings it on himself.
* DocumentaryEpisode: At Pierce's request.
* DudeNotFunny: In universe. Jeff makes it clear that he's not amused by Pierce's attempt at a MindScrew:
-->'''Jeff:''' Oh, I should probably tell you. If you're lying to me, if my father isn't coming, if a car pulls up and anyone other than my father steps out, say an actor, or you in a wig, if you try to pull any [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Ferris Bueller]] [[TheParentTrap Parent Trap]] Series/ThreesCompany [[Film/FXMurderByIllusion F/X]] [[OverlyLongGag F/X 2: The Deadly Art Of Illusion]] bulls@#t; [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge I will beat you]]. And there will be nothing [[SlapStick madcap or]] [[AmusingInjuries wacky about it]]. [[spoiler: ''[Jeff follows through on his threat.]'']]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: 'Evil' might be a bit of an exaggeration, but while Pierce might be cruelly manipulating and [[MindScrew playing horrible mind-games]] on his friends to take petty revenge, he's genuinely shocked when Annie suggests that the tiara he's bequeathed her might have Holocaust diamonds in it.
* EyeTake: Troy does a continuous one while [=LeVar=] Burton is there with him.
* FilmTheHand: After behind-camera Abed talks to Jeff about his dad.
-->'''Jeff:''' Get this thing out of my face!
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In the scene where Troy is having a little meltdown in the empty cafeteria about meeting [=LeVar=] Burton, you can clearly see reflected in the cafeteria window a couple of hospital employees who start watching Troy's tantrum in bewilderment.
* GilliganCut: "Don't you dare intercut this with footage of me freaking out!"
** Lampshaded when Abed notes that the documentary format enables the creator to tell complex narratives by providing an easy mechanism to allow people to explain themselves directly to the camera. He then demonstrates this by cutting from Pierce's dramatic explanation that he's dying to the study group to a scene where Pierce cheerfully admits his hoax in a 'talking head' to the camera.
-->'''Abed:''' ''[To camera]'' See? Fish in a barrel.
* GlobalIgnorance: Britta fall afoul of this.
* HolierThanThou: Shirley spends most of the episode piously forgiving everyone for the "awful awful things" they said about her on the CD she's been given... without even listening to it. Her self-righteousness is completely deflated and exposed when Britta finally snaps and plays the CD, revealing that the actual recorded conversation on there contains nothing of the kind.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** Pierce. "I don't hold grudges. My father held grudges, I always hated him for that."
** Britta.
--->'''Pierce:''' You're the selfless one in the group, right?\\
'''Britta:''' Wouldn't know, haven't thought of myself in years.
** Shirley confessing that she has a problem with manipulating people through guilt... immediately before using guilt to manipulate Abed into letting her continue with her solo confession.
* IHeardThat: At the end when Pierce claims that he and Jeff have become like father and son for the day, Jeff, who we thought was sleeping, announces his disagreement.
* IncrediblyObviousBug: The CD Pierce made for Shirley was recorded using one.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Bequeath. (Bequeathal, bequeatheth, re-queath...)
* IResembleThatRemark:
-->'''Nurse:''' Mr. Hawthorne is requesting Sour Face.\\
''(Britta makes a sour face)''
** Bonus points in how Britta automatically knew that she was Sour Face.
* InUniverseCamera: Most of the show.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** Pierce's actions are unquestionably cruel, but he nevertheless does raise the valid point that the group's treatment of him has not been much better at times.
** Pierce is also forced to concede that Jeff, himself a big Jerkass (especially to Pierce), ''also'' has a valid point in that it's things like Pierce's current actions which directly ''lead'' to him being treated poorly.
*** To clarify, in "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" he is left out for being insensitive and dickish, and his actions upon discovering the game validate his exclusion completely. The same is true in "Aerodynamics of Gender" when he discovers the trampoline and breaks the rules.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Of a sort; the cruelty of Pierce's 'bequeathments' reflects how he views the recipient's general treatment of him.
** Annie, who is generally benevolent towards him, receives a genuine gift.
** Abed, similarly, is generally an observer and so receives no gift, but is permitted to observe.
** Troy, Britta and Shirley receive {{Mind Screw}}y gifts that, while intended maliciously, could also be interpreted as some kind of warped kindness (Troy gets to meet his hero, Britta gets reaffirmation of her self-proclaimed generous nature or -- if she's so inclined -- a $10,000 gift, Shirley gets confirmation that the group like and respect her) in line with the fact that they, while often mean to him, can also be nice to him as well.
** Jeff, who is usually the most snide, callous and actively cruel to Pierce, receives an actively cruel and malicious 'gift' in return.
** Troy's gift of meeting his hero also adds mind screwy elements to Jeff's gift (making him seriously wonder if, since Pierce can get [=LeVar=] Burton to show up, he can get his father to as well).
* LaughingMad: At one point during the montage of Jeff freaking out, he is laughing hysterically for no adequately revealed reason, only to suddenly yelp in terror.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Even more heavily than usual, this time; the "docu-drama" format is referenced repeatedly.
-->'''Abed:''' It's easier tell a complex story when you can just cut to people explaining things to the camera.\\
''(Cut to Pierce explaining his plan to the camera)''
* ManlyTears: Troy. "Set phasers to love me."
* OhCrap: Pierce's reaction upon hearing Jeff's promise that if his father ''doesn't'' show and it turns out this ''is'' a MindScrew, that Pierce will receive a beatdown.
* MistakenForDying: Deliberately set up by Pierce.
* [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Nice Job Fixing It, Pierce]]: In his attempts to MindScrew the group, he inadvertently [[AccidentalAesop teaches each of them a valuable lesson.]]
* NotAGame: Jeff makes it absolutely clear that if Pierce is attempting to MindScrew him, there will be [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown consequences]].
-->'''Jeff:''' ...I will beat you. And there will be nothing madcap or wacky about it.
* PaperThinDisguise: It's not hard to tell who "Jeff's Dad" really is.
* ThePeepingTom: The summing-up montage at the end features an attempt at a covert shot of Annie exiting the ladies room taken by an unknown member of Abed's documentary team. She spots the camera and is, naturally, is a bit creeped out.
* PetTheDog: The tiara Pierce gave Annie wasn't a mind game, but an actual gift because she's his favorite.
* {{Portmanteau}}: We learn what ''complisult'' and ''explanabrag'' mean.
* PrecisionFStrike: The "bullsh*t" near the end of Jeff's [[SeriousBusiness threat]] to Pierce; making it the first bleeped curse word on the show.
* SayingTooMuch: "Don't you ''dare'' intercut this with footage of me freaking out!" "... ''Is'' there footage of you freaking out?"
* ShipTease: The way that Jeff and Annie sit together in the waiting room is usually enough to convince new viewers of the show that they're a couple (even though they're not).
* ShoutOut: Troy and Abed have a standing agreement where when one dies, the other will make it look like a suicide over ''{{Series/Firefly}}'''s cancellation.
* ShutUpHannibal: After Pierce tries to justify his actions by citing all the times the group excluded him, Jeff correctly points out that his crazy revenge scheme is a perfect example of ''why'' they exclude him.
-->'''Pierce:''' Good point.\\
'''Jeff:''' ''What did you say''?! ''[Lunges again]''
* SoundEffectBleep: Abed bleeps out a curse word from Jeff.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: When Annie explains her (wrong) theory about why Pierce gifted her the tiara, the latter decides to go along with it.
* TakeThat: "It was the pills, they just took me over... I saw awful, horrible things... demons, aliens, ''Film/Critters3'', something called [[{{Film/Surrogates}} Bruce Willis' Surrogates]]..."
* TemptingFate: "Money can't just make people appear!" Cue [=LeVar=] Burton.
* ThanatosGambit: Although Pierce wasn't ''actually'' dying, he claimed he was as an excuse to [[InherentlyFunnyWords bequeath]] various {{Mind Screw}}y gifts to the group.
** And as mentioned above, Troy and Abed plan to set one of these in motion to bring back ''Firefly''.
* TortureChamberEpisode: An odd variation, but still applies. Pierce as the antagonist spends an episode dealing Psychological Torture on the rest of the gang. By the end everyone seems better for it though.
* TropesAreTools: Abed knows, since he is, after all, OneOfUs.
-->"I'm not knocking it. It works."
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Played with. Pierce gives Britta a check for a large sum of money to be donated to the charity of her choice but offhandedly suggests that she could spend it on herself and no one would know. As it happens, Abed is making a documentary of the events of the episode, and Britta, in an odd cross between responses one and two, donates the money to the Red Cross and, without prompting, tearfully admits that she would've kept the money if she wasn't being filmed and that she's very ashamed of herself. [=LeVar=] Burton then helps her to the realization she's not selfish - she's just stupid with money.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: In universe example occurs with Annie and the tiara.
* WhatTheHellHero: Pierce calls the group out on their treatment of him, then Jeff calls out Pierce on the particularly heinous method he uses to get back at Jeff.
* WishingForMoreWishes: Troy says if he had three wishes, the third would be to have a million wishes.
* YourMom: Jeff's role as 'Britta's Dad' includes numerous less-than-flattering implications about Britta's mother.