"Community" fans know that former showrunner Dan Harmon and one of the series' stars, Chevy Chase, had their fair share of issues, but most probably didn't know that their feud prevented viewers from seeing a certain "Community" scene.
During a recent AMA on Reddit, Harmon revealed that Chase didn't show up to film a scene in the Season 3 finale, "Digital Estate Planning," which would have been partly told via 8-bit video game. "It was the most important part of the episode and possibly one of the most important moments of the season," he said. "I was very upset to hear that it wasn't shot because someone didn't feel like shooting it, especially since it was literally the last day of shooting, which meant we'd never be able to pick it up."
But never say never. After the AMA, Reddit user, Derferman, of /r/hawkthorne, wanted to create what had been lost. The user built the video game scene, which features Pierce (Chase's character) playing catch with his late father Cornelius' floating head, exactly as Harmon had described. Each time Pierce scores 1,000 points for throwing the ball, Cornelius says, "That's my boy!" The game is downloadable for human beings everywhere.
"Community" writer Megan Ganz saw it and wrote to Derferman on Reddit: "Ho. Lee. Crap. Wow, that brought the tears. I'll show it to the cast." But before she did, she asked for a change. "Can you make Pierce smile after a certain number of points? Then my heart will be officially broke."
Derferman obliged and Ganz and the rest of the "Community" cast couldn't have been happier. "I showed the entire cast today. They loved it. Especially the Britta Bot song, which made us all cry," Ganz wrote. "I remember watching the line-drawing animatic for the Christmas episode and crying at that song. And this game made me tear up too. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for making it."
But there was one "Community" star who didn't see the game. "I did not show it to Chevy," Ganz said via Reddit. "Didn't want to stir that pot."
"Community" Season 4 premieres Friday, October 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET.