'Community' - 'Physical Education' Recap
by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 5th 2010 2:39PM
(S01E17) Well, Joel McHale promised nudity on 'Community,' and nudity the series delivered last night. Unfortunately, at least half of that nudity came in the form of "worse than Dennis Franz' ass on 'NYPD Blue.'" The rest was probably more pleasant for those inclined to appreciate that sort of nudity.
And before the parents groups get up in arms, everything that censors fear was hidden behind pool tables, but that isn't to say that a large portion of the student body didn't get to see a large portion of a student's body.
Abed provided the lesson this week, as well as a surprising double-role. And speaking of double roles, Abed and Troy really took it to the next level with their closing credits gag -- it took me a second to realize who they were.
Okay, I'll admit it. The wife figured out they were Bert and Ernie before I did, but the pair were brilliantly perfect in these roles. At this point, I think I could watch Troy and Abed interact all day. Theirs may be my favorite relationship on the show. I'd go so far as to say they're my favorite characters, but everyone on the show has developed such amazing characters I'll just have to settle for it being one of the best ensembles on television.
We've even reached the point where Joel McHale is no longer the star drawing power, even though he technically still is. Every single character can carry the story, and every single one of them provides great comic support for one another. The banter between the entire gang trying to help Abed score a hot chick who drew a picture of him in the Spanish book provided plenty of great one-liners. It was funny over and over again when they kept catching themselves almost saying he had Asberger's (at least that's where it seemed they were going), as well as saying he was socially awkward and likely to be alone for the rest of his life.
The reveal of "White Abed" was the best climax we could have hoped for in that storyline. It sidestepped any of the cliche culminations, and allowed Abed to remain himself. That said, Danny Pudi is proving himself quite the brilliant impressionist. From Don Draper to Jeff Winger to a vampire-Abed, he completely owned every character he stepped into. Annie, particularly seemed quite taken with Abed Draper, but that could be because as Trudy Campbell over on 'Mad Men,' Alison Brie has interacted with the real deal. Thank goodness her jealous husband Pete wasn't around to see that particular exchange.
Annie, it would seem, is a huge wild side just waiting to burst free. It's a great representation of many young men and women as they step directly from high school into the freedoms of college. It'll be interesting to see if the writers have her break free of her self-imposed restraints, or if she finally cuts loose and lets her inner wild child free ... even if only for a little while.
She was certainly goggling at the "clothing optional" pool game that closed out the episode, though not nearly as much as Dean Pelton. Yes, the whole stripping down in front of a large chunk of the student population was incredibly over the top, but it still managed to be funny. I never knew McHale was in such great shape, though I'll bet he put in some extra time at the gym before taping this episode to make sure he was as toned as possible. The gym coach? Not so much. He more or less let it all hang out.
In the end, we learned that it's better to be cool enough with yourself that changing to suit any given situation is no big deal. And we learned that while Jeff may have game, Abed's got game! That chick was smoking hot.
And he knows how many "baggles" hit the floor like Dustin Hoffman in 'Rain Man.'
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