In Community S06E01 - "Ladders", there is a scene (at about 24 min, at the end of the actual episode) where Garrett is glaring at the study group, then Leonard staring at Garrett, then Leonard giving a thumbs-up to the camera, while dramatic background music plays. There doesn't seem to be anything about this in episode 2. Is this a reference to a TV show or movie, or is it a reference to a previous event? What's this scene about?

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It doesn't seem to be a reference to a previous event, a movie or TV show, or to introduce a new plot:

@OkSteev: Was the Garrett/Leonard staring scene a joke or is that a plot for a later day? @atrubens: Joke. Absurdism.

This is from Alex Rubens' twitter post. Alex Rubens is one of the writers for Community.

  • Too bad, I was hoping for something a little more clever. Good find though, have some rep.
    – magnattic
    Apr 2, 2015 at 14:11

I think it was a joke of Garret wanting a seat at "The" table and Leonard protecting the viewers from that awkward possiblity. clever stuff, basically suggesting the viewers wouldnt really like garret.

  • Is this just a theory or do you have anything concrete supporting that interpretation? After watching the scene several times, I am not sure that's really what is going on. It seems more like one of the countless movie references in the show, although I couldn't say what movie/scene is being referenced.
    – magnattic
    Mar 27, 2015 at 12:04
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    I half agree with you, MadawaWilson; I think Garret was fuming over a complete newcomer being chosen for the group, rather than an established character, when he looks over and sees Leonard, who is in the same position, but is cool with it.
    – Liesmith
    Mar 28, 2015 at 0:39

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