'Community' - 'The Art of Discourse' Recap
by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 30th 2010 8:05AM
(S01E022) I don't even go to college anymore (because I went at the right age ... DUH!), and those damned three teenagers were driving me crazy, too. Not crazy enough to do what the above scene is depicting, perhaps, but it makes me wonder how we let our teenagers survive into adulthood. They're almost too annoying.
It's nice to see, though, that as adults we are able to stay above their juvenile antics. We'd certainly never reciprocate in kind. We have our own pranks to pull. After all, that's what college is all about. It's on Abed's list.
Unfortunately, the multiple pantsing scene took things a bit too far when Pierce pantsed Shirley. Let's look at this social dynamic. It's okay for guys to pants one another, because that's funny. A guy pantsing a woman is inappropriate. Can a woman pants another woman (I know, most women probably wouldn't even feel inclined to do so)? Can she pants a man, and that's okay? Is it a matter of being the same gender, or is it just never okay to pants a woman? Shirley pantsed the teenage girl at the end of the episode (a brilliant way to end that debate, by the way). Man, I am way overthinking this issue. I'm going to pants my wife tomorrow at the grocery store and find out for sure.
I'm a little surprised that the group took this long to get fed up with Pierce's offensive ways. The run-down of all the ways in which he is an offender was nicely balanced by Annie revealing that Shirley was equally prejudiced against her Judaism, which Shirley defended by saying she was trying to sneak her into heaven.
I guess you could say at least Shirley's intolerance comes from a place of love? The fact that the lines of right and wrong are never clearly defined is a strength of the show. It isn't determined if Pierce was inherently wrong to pants Shirley. All we know is that she was upset about it, which means he probably should have apologized. Instead, he complimented her as a strong woman, which was probably the safer bet after he fake apologized to a different black woman. You have to love how fearless the show is.
Troy got pulled into Abed's college list of all the things you need to do in your first year. By the end of the episode we were fully in a bad 1980s college movie, complete with those awesome text updates of where everyone has since gone in their lives. A montage of still shots taken from the epic food fight that erupted ... because food fights always erupt at the end of a movie.
My favorite item on the list was the "ridiculous situation descending into heavy-handed drama for the illusion of story."
I just don't understand why 'Community' isn't doing better in the ratings, other than the fact that all of NBC is struggling in the ratings. Each week, it competes strongly with 'Modern Family' for best sitcom of the week. I solved the problem by putting sitcoms into three categories: family, social/friends or workplace/school sitcoms. Now I have a winner in the first and last categories, with 'The Big Bang Theory' representing for the social sitcom.
[Make your own decision with clips and full episodes of 'Community' at SlashControl.]