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Previously on Community: The First Chang Dynasty
Jeff seems to be the only one in the study group concerned with passing his biology course. Shirley and Pierce get into a battle over Shirley’s sandwich shop in the cafeteria. Pierce hires Jeff’s former colleague Alan (Rob Corddry, Children’s Hospital) to help him win his case. Shirley gets Jeff to help her side of the argument. Evil Abed escapes the Dreamatorium and is on a mission to make things more like “his timeline”. Troy “misses his friends” and is trying to find a way out of the A/C branch of Greendale.
Maybe I’m old-fashioned but I was expecting another paintball fiasco as the season came to a close. The Changlorious Bastards v The Greendale Seven. Doesn’t that just sound like massive amounts of yes? Bias aside, I thought the eppy was solid. Nothing too spectacular or over the top–besides Vice Dean Laybourne being murdered and Abed trying to dismember Jeff–but I appreciated the story nonetheless. I also like that we got several teases for the beginning of next semester. The Dreamatorium lives!!!
“My goodness, this molehill is becoming a mountain. You guys work it out while I put together an alpine costume.” -Dean
“Shut-up Leonard, I know about your crooked wang.” -Britta
“No such thing as bad press!” -Leonard
“Do you know what kind of person becomes a psychologist Britta? A person that wishes deep down that everyone more special than them was sick. Because healthy sounds so much more exciting than boring. You’re average Britta Perry. You’re every kid on the playground that didn’t get picked on. You’re a business causal potted plant. A human ‘White Sale’. You’re VH1, Robocop 2 and Back to the Future 3. You’re the center slice of a square cheese pizza. Actually, that sounds delicious. I’m the center slice of a square cheese pizza. You’re Jim Belushi.” -Evil Abed (Why does Community hate Jim Belushi?!)
“The true repairman will repair man.” -Vice Dean Laybourne (R.I.P.)
“When the world gets bad enough Abed, the good go crazy, but they smart, they go bad.” -Evil Abed
“You know what? Maybe I should talk to Good Abed instead.” -Britta
“Where I come from we call him Lame Abed.” -Evil Abed
“That’s right Jeff, I went there. You drove me there. Miss Daisy is in the house. Thanks for the ride, sorry about slavery.” -Alan
Previously on Community: Curriculum Unavailable
So we’ve had pillow forts, blanket towns, alternate realities, and collegiate coups…it’s only right that we get some good ol’ fashioned 8-bit gaming. Some of my favorite eppies of Community are the ones where reality takes a back seat to imaginative awesome and this one definitely followed suit. The study group has to figure out a way to beat Cornelius’ game “Hawkthorne” and Pierce’s half-brother Gilbert (Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad and Once Upon a Time) to get Pierce’s inheritance. During the retro voyage we learn essential lessons about: racism, robbery, murder, suicide, infidelity, child labor, and teamwork. Count me in!
“Man, why can’t my mom be here? She always says my video game knowledge would come in handy, I never believed her.” -Troy
“Stop playing like a girl? Here’s the thing about women, Jeff: We don’t hack and slash our way through life because we’re one with life.” -Britta
*Meanwhile in the Zelda-esque shopping center* “Shirley, help me hide the body.” -Annie
“Where are your clothes?” -Abed
“Pierce taught me poker…I’m not…good at it.” -Troy
“Unbelievable. Jeff bet all our lives on Britta and won. And I lost my pants to a pair of nines.” -Troy
“Uh-oh. He’s playing the “Rainman” card, let’s bounce.” -Pierce
“She can make babies for me.” -Abed
“Oh, and I can’t?…I can’t.” -Troy
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Previously on Community: Basic Lupine Urology
The study group is at odds about how to remember Alex “Starburns” Osbourne after his tragic death due to his mobile meth lab explosion. Chang and his Basterds are looking to take a more heavy-handed role in “protecting” Greendale – complete with “tiny riot gear” and copious amounts of pepper spray. Jeff, Annie, Shirley and Pierce not-so-inadvertently incite a campus wide riot – which seems to be a growing trend this season. Chang finds a doppleganger (J.P. Manoux) for Dean Pelton so that he can help remove Greendale’s favorite study group and take control of the campus himself. After the study group gets expelled, and is back in Tro-bed Edison’s apartment, Abed tries to think if he should have let Jeff’s reality be the one they lived in. Somehow, I have a hunch they’ll find a way to get back into Greendale…they still have summer school to attend ya know. Here are some of my favorite moments…
“If we rub (Starburn’s urn) will he come out and do celebrity impressions?” -Troy
“I don’t think so.” -Abed
“Then I want it out of here!” -Troy
“Death is a natural part of life and by the time I finish this sentence 100 people will have died in China.” -Jeff
“Why did you finish that sentence?! I have to call my pen pal.” -Troy
“…when are we gonna talk about this horrible thing that’s happened?” -Annie
“Is it always the Holocaust with you people?” -Pierce
“We’re not even the best community college in our community.” -Annie
“13 years of college down the drain.” -Pierce
“I was gonna be the first one in my family to graduate from community college. Everyone else graduated from normal college…now they’re really gonna give me a hard time.” -Troy
Previously on Community: Virtual Systems Analysis
I decided to stage a 1-person boycott against Law and Order: SVU at the end of season 12 after Christopher Meloni left the show. No matter how dreamy I find Mr. Harry Connick Jr., there was no way I wanted to enter a parallel universe that left Benson without Stabler. Basic Lupine Urology gave me the opportunity to revisit a show I once loved and enjoy a show I’m currently obsessed with, while holding steadfast to my outraged, yet silent boycott.
I avoided any potential spoilers because I didn’t want anything to ruin the perfection I was imagining when they first announced that this episode was in the works. However, I spend at least half my
days week on the Internet, so it was inevitable that I’d stumble upon some teaser from Community‘s homage to Law and Order. Fortunately, it was nothing more than a few stills from the opening theme. No biggie. Avid (and bored) fans set the stage for this months ago (Arrested Development and Buffy were my personal favorites). But I found myself wondering…would Steven Zirnkilton provide the opening narration (“In the criminal justice system…”)…could I depend on Troy and Abed to give me some Tutuola and Munch-style back and forth….and most importantly, are Annie and Jeff going to resurrect that Stabler/Benson sexual tension or did last week’s realization that she only loves love and not Jeff ruin any hopes of that?? The short answer(s): No, yes….kinda?
Typical Annie wants to save the group’s grade when their yam (Pam the Yam) experiment is destroyed, while typical Jeff wants to catch the culprit quickly, utilizing the least amount of morals possible. Shirley uses her familiarity with procedural crime dramas to send Troy and Abed on the hunt to catch the perpetrator. Pierce was…well, Pierce was absent (did anyone else think for a moment that this is what the show would be like without Chevy Chase?) and Britta was pretty much MIA as well.
In what has been consistent of the second half of a pretty amazing season, Community has yet again managed to be funny and attempt a themed episode that would be a complete fail for (most) other comedies. Without further delay, here are my favorite parts of tonight’s episode:
Troy and Abed off to dreammm-land. Sweet Deans everyone!
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