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Digital Estate Planning 

The Study Group must help Hawthorne win a video game so that he can claim his inheritance, but somebody may be out to ensure that he loses.


Adam Davidson


Dan Harmon (created by), Matt Warburton




Episode cast overview:
Joel McHale ... Jeff Winger
Gillian Jacobs ... Britta Perry
Danny Pudi ... Abed Nadir
Yvette Nicole Brown ... Shirley Bennett
Alison Brie ... Annie Edison
Donald Glover ... Troy Barnes
Jim Rash ... Dean Pelton (credit only)
Ken Jeong ... Ben Chang (credit only)
Chevy Chase ... Pierce Hawthorne
Giancarlo Esposito ... Gilbert Lawson
Larry Cedar ... Cornelius Hawthorne (voice)


The Study Group must help Hawthorne win a video game so that he can claim his inheritance, but somebody may be out to ensure that he loses.

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Release Date:

17 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The ugly and public outburst of long-running tensions between Dan Harmon and Chevy Chase peaked over the filming of "Digital Estate Planning", which was the final episode filmed for Season 3 due to the time needed to complete the extensive "1980 video game" special effects (although it was never intended to be the season finale and ended up airing as the 3rd-to-last show of the season). Dan Harmon said that he wrote a scene after the story's resolution where Abed handed Pierce Hawthorne a floppy disk to use, and Pierce was left in tears when he saw it was a computer simulation of Pierce's late, horrible father having a game of catch with his son. But Chevy Chase was tired of the delays in the shooting schedule and left the set after his final scripted scene was done, even as Harmon tried to explain this extra scene and begged him to stay and film it. Harmon later said he was so angry over Chase's actions that he over-reacted and this led to their problems becoming embarrassingly public. See more »


When Gilbert gives himself the special powers, in the list of special powers, "Respiratory" is misspelled as "Resperitory;" and "Opponents" is misspelled as "Oponents." See more »


Blacksmith: I buy and sell weapons and armor.
[opens a menu]
Annie Edison: Cool. We need weapons.
[looks through the expensive weapons]
Annie Edison: Oh. What's free? Can we have a torch?
[she picks up a torch from the wall]
Blacksmith: Thief! Thief!
Shirley Bennett: Annie, put it back.
Annie Edison: Sorry.
[she tries to put the torch back on the wall and sets the blacksmith on fire]
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18 February 2020 | by marco-47826See all my reviews

The funniest episode is a 80s video game themed one. Where all the actors mostly dub their video game characters counterparts. And it's hilarious. And great for that geeky kid inside all of us.

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