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Review: Community - Interpretive Dance

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 22nd 2010 1:02AM
Donald Glover, Community(S01E14) This one actually hits a little close to home. Through most of my childhood, and into my teen years, I took dance classes. I even got pretty good, performing with the St. Louis Ballet Company for a brief time. But, like Troy, there was that element of shame and embarrassment in being a male dancer, primarily based on the negative response most people still seem to have to it.

However, while I've been to plenty of recitals in my day, I've never seen adults perform routines anything like the weird teapot-flower dance Britta found herself in. It was so goofy and hilarious, that I felt almost as horrified and mortified for her as Pierce did. Actually, I think Pierce was having a blast.

Professor Michelle Slater showed back up. In the new semester she and Jeff said school policy be damned and have been hooking up for nearly a month. I loved the expression on Pierce's face, as he hurriedly tried to put his phone away, when the Dean showed up immediately after Michelle left when she and Jeff told the group. When he was tapping away on it during the conversation, I had a feeling he was up to something. This is why your parents and grandparents shouldn't be on Twitter (he said sarcastically).

I like the relationship, though. Michelle's a good character, and she plays well off of Jeff. More importantly, their relationship brought out some great moments with the Dean. The question about their willingness to invite a third party into their bed had me laughing out loud, as did his numerical assigments for both Jeff and Michelle. I wonder who's "#1" among the student body? That seems to significant, that Jeff is "#2," for it to never come up again.

It was a nice turnabout of traditional roles when Britta kept looking down at Troy in his tights. "Eyes up here!" How often does a man have to say that to a woman? I was surprised at how respectable Donald Glover was on the stage as well, after he came out to save Britta -- crippled by jealousy over Jeff and Michelle. Britta, though, was simply terrible.

So I guess Britta and Jeff couldn't stay in the back seat for long. Now, Britta is going to realize that Jeff has grown into just the kind of man she wants, but he seems to have completely accepted her in the "friends" category. I'd say that he might have a hard time moving her out of that, but it's much easier for guys to do than it seems to be for the ladies.

Abed's dance was bizarre and truly perfect; Danny Pudi has truly created one of the most wonderful comedic side characters on television right now. So many quirks, so wise, and yet so odd, Abed is a character I just can't keep my eyes off of. As for that ending, it was almost too surreal for words, but I loved it. How many of those weird little snippets can they come up with, and will they please make a separate reel of just those on the DVD and Blu-Ray sets for the season?

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I love the Dean and Señor Chang, for me they're the best characters on TV ever, even if they're not the stars, they always make laugh. And for whatever reason the Dean reminds me Buster Bluth hehe

January 25 2010 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love the crossword scene at the end. They've probably been saving that for a while now.
I also want to draw attention to how crazy hard Dean Pelton's line are to deliver. He nails them everytime but I don't think many other people would be able too.

January 22 2010 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

definitely the most underrated show. really hope they bring it back next season!

January 22 2010 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jeff said that it was a misdirect when in fact his thinking that it was a misdirect was a red herring in itself. The answer was supposed to be Jeff and the writers eluded to it further by having Abed saying he likes the Big Lebowski (Jeff Bridges as the Dude).

January 22 2010 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What was the name of the song at the end of the ep?

January 22 2010 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Edward's comment

It's called "Very Merry" by Kate Nash

January 22 2010 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oops, I mean, "Merry Happy" by Kate Nash

January 22 2010 at 9:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This wasn't even the funniest episode of the season, but it was still funny enough to hold my (critical of everything having to do with tv that's not the Simpsons or Family Guy) husband. He was in the room doing something and then conveniently "had" to stay in there for the entire half hour, necked craned around smirking, even once laughing out loud. That really tells me something - it's not just me - this show really is just plain funny.

January 22 2010 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I didn't get the closing credits scene. Annie, Troy, Brita, and Beau are things you can see on tv?

January 22 2010 at 1:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Zachary's comment

The last one was supposed to be Jeff...names of the cast members?

January 22 2010 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am with you Master Cylinder. I'm confused why they say Pierce is a misdirect. How are Annie, Troy, Brita, and Beau things you can see on tv but not Pierce?

February 03 2010 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another great episode of Community. Show continues to be underrated.

January 22 2010 at 1:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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