By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated January 21, 2011 at 05:00 PM EST
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Image Credit: Lewis Jacobs/NBCI didn’t have huge expectations for Malcolm Jamal Warner as Shirley’s ex-husband on Community — I was pulling for Isaiah Mustafa. But last night proved why I’m not a casting agent.

Ideally, an actor will bring to life the character a writer has written. But in rare great casting moments, an actor will bring to life a character we didn’t expect to be great. I absolutely loved Andre — and not just because he wore a Cosby sweater (which his character claimed his dad gave him!).

In the episode, Andre and Shirley had rekindled their love, and it was met with skepticism from the group because they were all too familiar with how Andre had hurt Shirley before. Troy tried his best to also keep Pierce from spilling the secret about Shirley and Chang’s Halloween hook-up. (Troy accidentally let it spill to Pierce at the beginning of the episode.) As you would guess, Pierce let the secret out in front of everyone after getting pissed about kettle corn (That’s another story…), and Andre stormed off after learning about it (presumably to run off and vomit).

I was about to hate the guy, but then Jeff had a manly heart-to-heart with him in which Andre said that he had every intention of raising the child as his own. (“If he’s mine, he’s going to be a great football player. If he’s Chang’s… we’ll try golf.”) My roommate and I wouldn’t hold back the “Awww.”

I had my doubts about Warner and the character. But I guess you can say, I Chang-ed my mind.

What did you think, PopWatchers? Warner is going to be in a few episodes. Are you totally loving him, too? And what did you think of the rest of the episode?

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