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'Community' Season 3 Premiere Recap: Greendale Just Got Awesomer (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 22nd 2011 11:30PM
'Community'['Community' - 'Biology 101']

Wazzup? Yep, 'Community' is back! And to quote Abed, "This is the best show I've ever seen in my entire life."

There was so much goodness in Biology 101 that I practically transcribed the entire episode for the quotables section here (lazy, or genius?), but I do have some thoughts on this super fun, long-awaited Season 3 premiere.

Any issues fans had with last season are gone, and just like that the gang is back to normal(ish). Pierce is no longer a total prick, Shirley isn't talking about her man and her babies and Chang's crazy is somewhat contained ... for now at least.

But the biggest happy moments came from guest stars Michael K. Williams, who is awesome as Dr. Marshall King, PhD (yep, Dr. King), and John Goodman as the booming-voiced Vice Dean Layburne, a.k.a. Dean Pelton's worst nightmare.

Their dean laugh-off made me laugh out loud, and I'm happy that Dean's foray into the world of suits and ties and hideous facial hair wasn't too drawn out. He just looks so much more Dean-appropriate when he's shopping at the same Broadway costume shop that singing Shirley shops at.



I also loved Pierce's no-nonsense return to the study group and his crazy magical table talk, but the most telling moment tonight was Pierce taking one for the team to prevent Jeff from getting ostracized next. Even though Pierce's return turned Jeff borderline racist with rage and near-bleeping mad, they do share an undeniable bond of snark.


And, of course, the show's continued love affair with 'Cougar Town' sparked my favorite funny side story of the episode, with spoofs on 'Downton Abbey' ('Cougarton Abbey!') and 'Dr. Who' ('Inspector Spacetime!') to hold Abed's attention until 'Cougar Town''s midseason premiere. Six seasons and a movie!

My only complaint: I've missed my 'Troy & Abed in the Morning!' But we did get that epic musical number to start. Maybe the co-hosts of our favorite fake morning show will return for next week's tag. (Please?!)

The lyrics to Jeff's epic daydream musical number are lies! All lies! If this episode is any indication, the Greendale gang is still far from fine (really? Britta as a therapist?) and anything but mainstream. The one thing I hope is true: Jeff and Annie sleeping together this season. Just do it and get it over with you two!

Here are the full lyrics so you can sing along:
We're gonna fly to school each morning,
We're gonna smile the entire time.
We're gonna be more happy,
We're gonna finally be fine.
We're gonna get more calm and normal,
We're gonna fix our state of mind.
We're gonna be less crazy,
We're gonna finally be fine.
We're gonna stand, holding hands, in a brand new land,
far away from the borderline.
We're gonna seem like a mainstream dream,
and be appealing to all mankind.
We're gonna have more fun and be less weird
than the first two years combined.
And we're gonna live forever.
And we're gonna sleep together.
And we're gonna finally be sunny and shinily,
We're gonna finally be fine!



Dean Pelton's final words to the group seem like a nice reassuring message from Dan Harmon to viewers: "I just came by to tell everyone this year isn't gonna be that different. With the notable exception we really won't have any money."

So maybe the episodes won't be as big and the set won't be as crazy, but as long as they're still embracing the characters' own crazy, I'm happy. You?

And some more quotables and amazing moments:
*"We have plenty of linens. We mainly want the things."

*"Dean, you seem different. Are you in a play right now?"

*"Homie don't dean this."

*"Yeah, we have parted ways with our closest, oldest, craziest, most racist, oldest, elderly crazy friend."

*The Laser Lotus Celebrity Center -- I want to go to there!

*"Don't tell the monkey I'm living here."

*Starburns' lizard!

*"Six seasons and a movie."

*"It took me 6,205 hours to get my degree -- and I know, because I was only allowed in the library one hour per day at the San Vicente Correctional Facility while serving a sentence of 25 to life."

*"Hey dude -- Sean Penn called. He says to dial it back ... Sean Penn is an actor."
"I know who Sean Penn is. I've seen 'Milk.'"

*Dean's Monkey Hotel sounds awesome -- banana buffets, vine elevators and tail holes in all the bathrobes!

*"Spray your solutions all over me."

*"All hail Sir Eatsalone!"

*"You are human tennis elbow. You are a pizza burn on the roof of the world's mouth. You are the opposite of Batman!"

*"You could've lived the rest of your life in blissful ignorance and died a happy pan-sexual imp."

Dean Pelton & Louis Gossett, Jr.*"You look like a white Lou Gossett, Jr." (You're welcome for the splitscreen.)

*"I'll tell you what, *NSYNC, you want to learn about life?"

*"You and your phone and your attitude and your Fruit Loops cologne."

*Chang looked so damn funny in his bathrobe, toting around that giant ham.

*"I don't want to push it, but this would be a great time to baptize him."

*"Well then I'd be doing a good job because it's a ruiners club."

*"Can it, boobs!"

*"You're lucky I need my scuba certification."

*"I can't believe Jeff attaked the table with a fire ax and still only managed to be the second craziest man in the room."

*"Sorry Starface."

*"Oh, interesting. So this is the year we all die."

Well, we hope not, but until next week, what other movie titles sound like names for poops? Go!

'Community' Season 3 airs Thursdays, 8PM ET on NBC.

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maria

I loved the premiere, it was fantastic. And to me the funniest thing about the musical number was that it was all in Jeff's head because having crazy musical fantasies about his friends is somethingh Jeff would NEVER admit.
Michael K Willimas and John Goodman were perfect, I specially love Omar!
And the 2001 space odessy parody was amazing.

September 24 2011 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gregory

OH MY GOD ERIC OH MY GOD

September 24 2011 at 12:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gregory

I seriously want to murder you because of this article.

September 24 2011 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric

You missed the greatest pun of them all. The canister of monkey gas was labeled "Chimpan-ZZZs". Awesome!

September 23 2011 at 9:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric

You missed the greatest pun of them all. The canister of monkey gas was labeled "Chimpan..zzzzs"! Awesome!

September 23 2011 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shadowracer

How could you leave off the big 2001 reference?

Better than all of season 2. This is what Glee tried to do but failed at.

September 23 2011 at 1:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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