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"Basic Sandwich" is the thirteenth episode and the season finale of the fifth season of Community, and the 97th episode overall in the series. It originally aired on April 17, 2014 on NBC. The episode was written by Ryan Ridley, making this his series writing debut, and it was directed by Rob Schrab. The episode is Part 2 of a two-part season finale;[2] Part 1 ("Basic Story") aired on April 10, 2014 on NBC. The episode shortly served as the de facto series finale after Community was canceled on May 9, 2014,[3] but on June 30, 2014, Yahoo! commissioned the series' sixth and final season to be streamed online on Yahoo! Screen.[4] This is the last episode to be broadcast on NBC.

"Basic Sandwich"
Community episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 13
Directed byRob Schrab
Written byRyan Ridley
Production code511
Original air dateApril 17, 2014 (2014-04-17)
Guest appearance(s)
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As Subway makes plans to purchase the Greendale campus for their own Subway University, the study group members contemplate the end of an era. Jeff (Joel McHale) considers a generous offer of employment he has received from Subway, while Britta (Gillian Jacobs) considers an offer she has received from Jeff. Subway enlists Chang (Ken Jeong) to spy on the group as part of its plan to take over the school.[5] Meanwhile, Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) tells Annie (Alison Brie) and Abed (Danny Pudi) about Greendale’s first Dean Russell Borchert (Chris Elliott), which leads to an interesting and potentially lucrative discovery in the walls of Greendale.[1] Once Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Hickey (Jonathan Banks) locate the school’s blueprints, Annie and Abed lead the search for Borchert’s old computer lab, which was sealed off years ago.[6]


Critical receptionEdit

The season finale garnered positive reviews from critics.[7]


Upon airing, the episode was watched by 2.87 million American viewers, receiving a 1.0/4 in the 18-49 rating/share.[8]


  1. ^ a b Castro, Vicki. "Community Season 5 Episode 13 "Basic Sandwich" (Season Finale) Guide". Spoilers Guide. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Brown, Laurel (April 4, 2014). "'Community' Season 5 finale: What do these 'Basic Story' photos mean?". Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Goldman, Eric (May 9, 2014). "Community Cancelled by NBC". IGN. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 30, 2014). "Community Lives! Season 6 to Air on Yahoo Screen". Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Prince of Persia (March 26, 2014). "Community - Episode 5.13 (Season Finale - Part 2) - Basic Sandwich - Synopsis + 2 Season Finale Photos". Spoiler TV. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  6. ^ Bowman, Sabienna (April 10, 2014). "Community Season 5 Episode 12 "Basic Story"". TV Equals. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  7. ^ VanDerWerff, Emily (April 17, 2014). "Community: "Basic Sandwich"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  8. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 18, 2014). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 18, 2014.

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