Dean: “You know, in almost two years I’ve never bothered you, never asked you for a thing.” - S01E01
Fan asks what happened during those 2 years.
Eric: I have an answer to that. I mean, I know you’re supposed to do what John [Shiban] does, which is like “You’ll find out”. But the fact of the matter is that, you know, these things happen so fast, it was actually… a mistake. Sam was supposed to be a junior in college and starting the interviewing process for law school. So he spent his freshman’s year and sophomore’s year away from Dean and hasn’t seen Dean, and this is beginning of junior year, fall of junior year, so it’s been technically two years. Because of what happened 22 years ago, he is slightly older than a junior should be and no one bought that he was a junior so there is a lot of discussion of these two lost years and I’m just like “heehee! Just a mistake!” But hold on, let me give you the real answer, “You’ll find out.”