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'Community' Season 2, Episode 20 Recap

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 14th 2011 11:30PM
'Community' guest star Stephen Tobolowsky['Community' - 'Competitive Wine Tasting']

I'm sensing a trend here with 'Community,' and I'm not sure I really love it. The big episodes are getting bigger and better, while those in-between episodes -- which should be so key to drive plot and character development -- are feeling more like filler.

That being said, tonight's episode did one thing very right that's usually completely wrong: Pierce.

The writers (and, I guess, some acting skill on Chevy Chase's part) actually succeeded in making me feel bad for Pierce. Even if he did begin the episode with advice learned from losing his virginity to a prostitute, he redeemed himself here.

Don't get me wrong: Scheming almost-wife Wu Mei is completely mistaken when she calls Pierce "a beautiful, wise man and a gentle soul," but I didn't loathe him here, and that, in itself, is a feat that made this episode worthwhile.

Side note: Who doesn't want to see Pierce's house now? And his cellar with a special gym full of swings and saddles? "We don't discuss the special gym." Kinky baboon sex indeed.

Also, I laughed out loud at the pic of Chevy on his Hawthorne Manor wine -- from 2009! -- "from before your chin dimple filled in." The Italian saying on the bottle La tua diventa più bella con ogni bottiglia translates to "You become more beautiful with every bottle." He's smarmy even on wine labels! Perfect.

The other story that caught me by surprise tonight happened in The Actor Inside elective. Troy looked less than thrilled to be with Britta for the class -- foosball was full -- until he saw her in that unitard.

But even with his dramatic "my uncle touched my butt" lie, and Britta's inevitable crush on his seemingly damaged soul, I did not see that kiss coming.

Of course a kiss like that meant that Britta would defend Troy against any molestation insensitivity, like from Pierce and his cornhole comments. As Abed pointed out, yet again: "Britta's attracted to men in pain. It helps her pretend to be mentally healthy." She is the ultimate defender of the not-really-in-need-of-defending.

The interesting thing here is that Britta is now just as predatory kissing Troy as Jeff was kissing Annie. The lines are more blurred now, but is there any chance this'll be a lingering thing? We'll see...

And then there was my pop culture highlight: Abed in Who Indeed: A Critical Analysis of Television's 'Who's the Boss?' It combined Abed, a show I adored growing up and STEPHEN FREAKING TOBOLOWSKY!

Sorry for the all caps there, but I'm surprised I could hold them in that long. The man is amazing, and I'm always happy to see him on my TV.



This class was brilliantly crafted just for Abed -- the only person who would ever try (and succeed) to answer the show's title question. And it only took him 24 hours to figure it out!

I would die for Abed as a teacher. I also hope Tony Danza was watching this tonight. He seems like he might need a little pick-me-up.

Some great lines came out of this storyline, like "My mind is open, professor -- it's as open as the door to Mona's bedroom." Mona! That hussy! But you can't top Abed's final spoken-word theme song advice:

"There's a path you take and a path untaken. The choice is up to you my friend." Cue the slow piano rendition of the song, and now everybody sing along! "A brand new life around the bend!"

Gripes: Annie and Shirley didn't get much to do at all (we don't even know what electives they chose!), and the Dean was only in voice-overs. Sorry, but there were some long lulls in this episode -- more than enough room to cram it with some goodness for everyone.

Also, yes, at some point they must've realized that the fancy restaurant looked very familiar. Thanks so much for Troy's "seems like just yesterday me and Abed dined and ditched here" ADR. We're not idiots.

Now fiddla please -- drink a glass of cognac in a bathtub and tell me what you thought. In the meantime, some greatness ... yo.
*Of course the teacher of The Actor Inside is Jeff's one-time acting nemesis/accomplice Professor Sean Garrity from the 'Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design' episode. Kevin Corrigan is a great bonus.

*Shirley is so pregnant now!

*"Who's the dumpling with the nice Asian pair?"

*"My stick is ribbed, for her pleasure." "I think those are wrinkles."

*The Red Dragon -- it's about time Chang finally came in handy.

*"That's why they call me irony-free Annie." "Uh, trust me, that's not what they call you." What do they call her, Jeff?!

*"Which do you think is better: Trevor St. McGoodbody or David?"

*"My uncle put his finger in my no-no!" That was so worth interrupting the invisible girl. Especially since he later named that fake molesting uncle Lucius.

*"I'm on the chapter right now where he traces Tony Micelli's genealogy all the way back to Caesar."

*"He refused to drink pinot noir because he thought it was French for 'black penis.'"

*Troy on China: "It's the only place to get fireworks that are too dangerous for Mexico."

*Jeff: "Don't preach to me about romance, Annie -- I had a three-way in a hot air balloon."

*"'Who's the Boss?' season 3 caterer Gordon "Giddyup" Gallagan." Man, when Abed does his research...

*I adore this show's prop department -- the "Who's the Boss: Episode-Conclusion Domination Index Plot" graph is genius.

*Why aren't wipes/moist towelettes as popular here?

*It's OK, Troy -- I have an irrational fear of automatic toilets too.

*"Before my ex-boyfriend Pablo was arrested for forging church relics, he accused me of only being attracted to a certain kind of guy. It was hard to understand him though ... he was pretty huffed up on paint thinners."

*Can Abed break down how the Thai are or are not "like Chinese Mexicans" please?

*"Tend your own garden." - Britta

*"Dreidels."


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Piecar

Tobolowsky blows. He plays the same character in everything he does, whether it be drama or comedy.


This ep was terrible. It was like someone hired their cousin to write an episode. The A story was hackneyed, the B story was without a single laugh(but WITH a sexy unitard, yeowZA!) and the C story....What the hell was the point of it? It wasn`t funny, there was no growth, and Abed was victorious over a faceless one off teacher. Terrible. We already know the man knows his media...What was the joke? The Tony and Angela poster in the BG?

Community lives and dies by it`s characters. If we separate them, the show is doomed. Donald Glover continues to turn crappy dialogue and situations into gold...and even HE couldn`t do anything with the tag ending. This vies for the worst ep of the series(tied with the Say No To Drugs ep) for me.

April 16 2011 at 3:36 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Ba Ba Bauf

Not the best episode, but certainly some funny moments. However, it does say something about the episode's quality that the tag at the end was the funniest part of the show. "Fiddla' Please" looks very good, and I would love to buy the DVD.

Oh, and Tony was clearly the boss. He was the "boss" in the metaphorical sense, not in the literal. I think we all need to agree on that.

April 15 2011 at 1:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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