In last week’s episode of “Community,” Abed (Danny Pudi) was conspicuously absent throughout the episode, to the point that Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) looks to him at the end of the episode and says, “I barely saw you this week, Abed. What have you been up to?” For the casual viewer like me, this seemed like an odd non sequitur.
However, as I’m coming to learn, there are no odd non sequiturs in “Community.” More observant (or less drunk) viewers noticed that Abed subtly appeared in the background of several scenes throughout the episode, each time interacting with a pregnant girl before ultimately delivering a baby in the back of a station wagon (watch the collected scenes in the video below). It’s yet another example of how the show rewards people who pay careful attention — which may help explain why millions more people watch “The Big Bang Theory.” I mean, “Community” doesn’t even have a laugh track! How are people supposed to know what’s funny?