'Community' - 'Communication Studies' Recap
by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 12th 2010 8:34AM
(S01E16) Suddenly I want to spend at least 40 more minutes in the world of 'Community' after tonight's episode. I wonder if those 40 minutes will come back to haunt our dear friend later?
Jeff and Abed tore it up with one of the most bizarre drunk montages I've ever seen, culminating with Abed in the absolute best "aftermath" position I've ever seen. And Jeff did it all to try and make things right with Britta again. Try as they might, those two just can't seem to get their awkward feelings for one another to stop interfering with their relationship as "just-friends."
With the Valentine's Day dance looming, Troy and Pierce tried to regain some of their own dignity early in the episode, only to lose it completely by the end of it. Surprisingly, despite his "skills" on the dance floor, Chang either has no dignity to lose, or has so much that it's impervious to anything he does.
How else can you explain his "amazing" solo dance skills, followed up by his equally creepy freaking with Troy and Pierce in their own quite lovely and sensible, but flashy, women's pantsuits? In Chang's defense, their attempts to look cool by sending themselves chocolates and a "Human Being" doll did fail completely and they deserved the ridicule they got in the classroom that led to their punishment for something they didn't even do.
The entire dance sequence was definitely one of the highlights of the episode. Ken Jeong is one of the most physical comedians out there, and his crazy brilliance was on full display tonight. It's moments like this that cement why he's such a great part of the cast.
That said, I want one of those human being dolls! How awesome would that be?
But we need to take it back to the after-party scene with Abed and Jeff for a moment. First of all, Abed was in a dresser drawer with a paper party hat on his foot, resting his head on a stuffed horse leaning against the top bunk. If that's not comic genius, then 'The Breakfast Club' is never mentioned on this show. It was hilarious that Abed thought he was broken when he couldn't remember Molly Ringworm's name from 'The Breakfast Club,' or even the name of the movie at first.
As for Jeff, I'm not sure why he thought drunk-dialing Britta was the only way to fix how weird she felt, but it did work. Granted, Abed explained that the whole situation was just a variation of a tried-and-true sitcom staple, so I guess no further explanation is necessary. After all, this is a sitcom. Self awareness sure does come in handy sometimes.
But it does leave me with that pesky problem I opened with. NBC.com needs to stream Jeff's 40 minute drunk dial at some point. As I said, I have a sneaking suspicion we're not done with that particular message, as Britta teased pretty heavily that it was full of juicy details. These writers have proven themselves pretty good at callbacks from prior episodes, so I'm hoping they remember that's out there. But at some point, it would make a great and fun extra thing to offer the fans.
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