Review: Community - The Politics of Human Sexuality
by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 4th 2009 3:05AM
(S01E11) Annie's a unicorn! Well, sorta. Actually, it's more complicated than that. And after Annie explained things, I was even more confused.
Another solid episode; this show is really in its groove right now. The new relationship Jeff has established with Britta; the one without him trying to get into her pants every week, or her accusing him of it every week; is really working for me. I like this group more as a bunch of friends than a group of potential hook-ups. At least for awhile.
Pierce took center stage in one of the three stories juggled this week, revealing to Jeff that he can score a hot chick. Even better, challenging Jeff to do the same. Annie got involved in helping Greendale throw its STD Ball, which went as well as you'd expect. And Troy and Abed -- this may be the best comedy duo on TV since J.D. and Turk.
Taking it back to Annie and the girls for a minute, though, the unicorn comment came from Shirley when she thought Annie was a virgin. It turns out Annie did have sex, but she's still never actually seen a penis. I'm going to take a page from the episode and use the "p-word" to take away some of its negative power.
As part of the presentation at the ball, Annie was going to show the proper use of a condom on an anatomically correct dummy. So she and the girls broke into the Dean's office, so she could get a proper gander at one. How come it's the simplest, and sometimes the most stereotypical jokes, that force a quick laugh. When Annie asked if the penis on the dummy was bigger than average, Britta said yes and Shirley said no. So simple, so funny.
As for Jeff, how appropriate that his phone was filled with descriptions of girls rather than their names. Even Britta was just that hot girl in Spanish class. Oh Jeff, you are a shallow douchebag, but it works on you. Still, every week he has a moment of growth. This week, after striking out with the Dean's incredibly stupid new helper "with office-y things," he gave Britta a name on his phone.
Pierce, on the other hand, struck out with his girlfriend, but got to hook up with her anyway. There are advantages to dating an escort. I'll have to remember that if this whole marriage thing goes south. It was nice seeing Pierce and Jeff get some more bonding time together. I think they'll find they have more in common than they realize; they're both delusional about who they are and where they're at in their lives.
The competition between Abed and Troy that ran through the episode was so simple it was brilliant. It makes perfect sense that Abed, without even seeming interested, is absolutely great at so many things. But Troy, being competitive, can't stand it. In the end, though, friendship wins out and it's Abed who gets to run to the Dean's office and warn the campus over the intercom system that the condoms from the STD party were filled with holes. Except, he didn't quite get it right: "If you're going to have sex tonight, don't use a condom!"
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