Yvette Nicole Brown Talks "Community" Season 5 Finale

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The "Community" actress answers our questions about Season 5 and tomorrow night's finale.

Apr 16, 2014 | 12:46 PM

It's about time to start packing up those pencils and notebooks—the season finale of “Community” airs tomorrow night on NBC.

Last week’s episode (“Basic Story”) ended with a “Goonies”-style cliffhanger when Annie, Abed, and Dean Pelton discovered the existence of a secret buried treasure that could save their beloved Greendale from becoming yet another Subway franchise.

We’re rooting for the gang in more ways than one—“Community” has yet to be renewed for a sixth season. Fingers crossed that the powers that be at NBC bring our favorite cult comedy back for another round of crazy adventures.

In anticipation the Season 5 finale, we talked to “Community” star Yvette Nicole Brown about this past season and her thoughts about tomorrow night’s episode. Find out about her favorite guest stars from Season 5 and her plans for the future in our exclusive Q&A below.

WhoSay: At the end of last week's cliffhanger, the cast is divided: Britta and Jeff are ready to say goodbye to Greendale, while Abed, Annie, and the Dean are thrilled at the prospect of saving their school. Where does Shirley fall on this spectrum? 

Yvette Nicole Brown: Shirley is sad to see Greendale go. She has found a home there. She's not ready to move on. The second part of the finale will reveal if she's down for buried treasure! :)

"I heart him SO much! Jonathan Banks is talented, professional and kind. Perfect mix in a cast mate!"

WhoSay: To use a word Shirley would turn up her nose at, how has Shirley's character evolved in the past five seasons? In this season?

Yvette: I like to think that Shirley has become a bit less judgmental. She was a tough cookie when the show began. Now she's less rigid and more accepting of folks and their foibles. Primarily because she's found a family of friends who forgive and accept her and all her flaws. They've all chosen to be there for each other and that level of unconditional love can only lead to them each becoming better. She also mixes it up with them more and gets fully involved in the Greendale shenanigans, which is always fun to be a part of. 

"The man, the legend...Walton Goggins!"

WhoSay: What was your favorite episode to film this season? Favorite guest stars?

Yvette: My favorite episode to shoot this season was the one where the gang finds the vent full of new textbooks. It was, in my mind, Shirley's "Breaking Bad" moment. I love how she went from sweet Christian mom to "drug" kingpin in nanoseconds.  It's also a favorite because I got to meet and work with the FABULOUS Paul Williams who wrote the soundtrack to my childhood.  Paul's visit to Greendale—along with Jonathan Banks joining and the return of John Oliver—have been my favorite guest-star turns this year. But we've been blessed, as usual, with a great list of folks popping by. Vincent Gilligan & Brie Larson were fabulous and David Cross and Mitch Hurwitz were just DELICIOUS when they stopped by. And Walton Goggins was the star of my favorite tag this year...maybe EVER! Just an embarrassment of guest-star acting riches! 

"With "Arrested Development" Show-runner and AMAZING comedic actor Mitch Hurwitz!"

WhoSay: You've been busy guest-starring in some awesome shows this year. If you could choose any show—past or present—to guest star in, what would you choose and why?

Yvette: Such a great question! I'd love to go back in time and be a student at Hillman on "A Different World." As for present day, I'd love to be a tough lawyer on "The Good Wife" or a newfound survivor on "The Walking Dead." And being on "Scandal" in ANY capacity would ROCK!

"How stinking cute and talented is Brie Larson?!"

WhoSay: Tell us: What's next for you? 

Yvette: I will be popping back up as a guest co-host on "The Chew" this summer. Until then, I'm patiently waiting to hear tale of that magical sixth season and movie for "Community." Fingers and toes crossed until we get word next month! 

We’ll cross every digit we’ve got, Yvette!

Catch the Season 5 finale of “Community” on NBC tomorrow, April 17, at 9 p.m. EST.

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