Annie has a rival, Annie Kim (Irene Choi), and she is ruthless. Annie Kim stole Annie’s idea for a “Model United Nations” club at Greendale. Annie goes to Professor Cligoris (Martin Starr) and tells him that Annie Kim stole her idea and that she also wants to make a Model United Nations club. Professor Cligoris decides to have a Model U.N.-off that will determine which club is to represent Greendale – the obvious choice. All of the members of the study group, except Britta, join Annie in her attempt to defeat her rival…for the sake of world peace of course.
Elsewhere, Britta learns that a former classmate and fellow protestor has been imprisoned. Britta begins to think that her new life as a dedicated student, with an actual major, isn’t as meaningful as her protesting past. She begins her quest to “rage against the machine” by kicking a garbage can that Chang has been guarding…while Lionel Richie’s “Hello” is soundtracking the slo-mo action. Rebellious!!! Later she puts herself in a dog kennel and pours paint on a globe to make a statement. Chang takes her to the security office to be reprimanded but his boss says she didn’t commit a real crime so she is free to go.
The competition is near won for Annie and the study group until someone farts and distracts them. Allowing Annie Kim’s team to comeback and win until bed hatches a scheme to reverse the roles. After some portal-creating, cross-dimensional space traveling the Annie and the study group reign superior. Britta interrupts with Barbie dolls attached to her but she says she is making a statement about “nothing”. Chang comes and shocks her with a taser gun. Because your not a rebel until you have been hit by “The Man”…or Chang.
- Are Jeff and Annie going to actually hook-up?
- is Britta going to drop her major?
- Where is Vice Dean Raybourne?!
Martin Starr (Party Down, Knocked Up, Freaks and Geeks, other awesome stuff) was severely underutilized in this episode (a gunshot for peace, while funny, just wasn’t enough). The episode, which centered on Annie vs. Annie Kim, was essentially the poor man’s Debate 109. This is still Community we’re talking about, so there were still laughs, but the intended focus just didn’t do it for me this week.
Everything that I loved about this episode was in the subtleties. The simple way Lionel Richie’s Hello played to illustrate the symmetry between Britta’s “raging” and Chang’s need to make security guard mean he has some resemblance of real power. Troy’s graceful off-camera cup switch and “Georgian” accent while knowing all the factoids about Georgia the country. Even Abed’s continuously living life as if he’s on a television show, which should have gotten old two seasons ago, still amuses simply because it isn’t overdone.
All of this distracted be from the fact that unless Jeff sand Annie are going to ignore what’s “appropriate” and hook up already, I don’t care to revisit this storyline again. “Will they/won’t they” is beneath a show that can pull-off making fart jokes while offering up some light political commentary. I would have liked to see more Human Operation, it seems fun and also potentially unsafe if Pierce takes too long to wake up.
“An Asian Annie. Obama’s America.” – Pierce
“Get through it?! It’s almost a solid.” – Troy
“You just got yourself a warning.” – Chang
“I piss warnings, pig!” – Britta
“Any questions?” -Prof. Cligoris
“Yes. Does having two U(nited) N(ation)s mean there are two Earths?” -Abed
“Uh…yeah sure, two Earths.” -Prof. Cligoris
“Parallel Earths in different galaxies or identical Earths in parallel dimensions?” -Abed
“The latter.” -Prof. Cligoris
“So what does that say about free will?” -Abed
“Uruguay sounds like U-R-Gay.” -Talking head Pierce
“Uruguay requests that Somalia stops pronounces it U-R-Gay.” -Talking head Jeff