Comparative Religion

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 12/10/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Shirley does the preparations for an upcoming holiday party. Jeff goes up against a school bully after being challenged to a fight.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joel McHale

    Jeff Winger

  • Gillian Jacobs

    Britta Perry

  • Danny Pudi

    Abed Nadir

  • Yvette Nicole Brown

    Shirley Bennett

  • Alison Brie

    Annie Edison

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  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Love the show, this episode sucked. Tolerant? GTFO

    By mmmshuddup, Jan 20, 2012

  • During the community colleges PC Winter fair Abed is confronted by a bully. Jeff steps in and backs the guy down, but later has to fight him after school. Shirley not realizing the diverse nature of the group plans a Christmas party for her friends.

    By jyarter, Dec 17, 2009

  • One of their best yet

    By musiq143, Dec 17, 2009

  • During christmas tie, the groups religious differences cause conflict.

    By TheyCallMeSirr, Jan 04, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Shirley: Oh look! Britta brought what she believes in - nothing.

    • Shirley: Jeff, I have two boys. And when we have a serious discussion, I find that a brownie helps them relax. (Hands Jeff a brownie) So! Why do you hate me and Jesus? Jeff: I don't think my brownie's working.

    • Shirley: What is going on?! Troy: We're trying to get Jeff ready for the fiiii...ght. (Whispers to Jeff) I couldn't think of another word. Jeff: Idiot. He meant we were fiii...-ting. (To Troy) It is hard to think of another word!

    • Pierce: Well then it's settled. We have to teach Jeffrey how to fight. I know a few moves. Troy, I assume you're handy with a switch-blade. Abed, you get back to the family tent, try to find a chicken for Jeff to chase.

    • Troy: The first time I was punched in the face I was like "Oh no!" but then I was like "This is a story". Jeff: And a good one.

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    Notes (3)

    • For this first 12 episodes, the show was nominated for the 2010 People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Comedy".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: December 10, 2009 on Citytv,
      Sweden: April 19, 2010 on TV6,
      Latin America: April 22, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony),
      Australia: June 1, 2010 on GO!,
      Czech Republic: January 3, 2013 on SMICHOV

    • Chevy Chase (Pierce) and Anthony Michael Hall (Mike the Bully) previously worked together in the 1983 comedy film National Lampoon's Vacation and The Family Truckster (2003).

    Trivia (3)

    • It's revealed that Jeff is 33 years old.

    • Goof: Troy is mistaken -- Jehovah's Witnesses may, in fact, consume alcoholic beverages, provided that they do so in moderation (i.e. drunkenness, the misuse of alcohol, is considered the sin -- 1 Corinthians 6:10). Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), however, abstain from drinking of alcoholic and/or hot beverages. Also, Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in celebrating religious holidays (which Troy does in this episode, as well as Dia De Los Muertos a few episodes earlier). Another tenet is to limit friendship and contact with those who are not fellow members of the church (something Troy certainly does not do on this show). All of these things put together suggest that Troy has either been "disfellowshipped" (their version of an excommunication), or simply doesn't know enough about his family's religion to know what beliefs to adhere to.

    • Abed is Muslim, Troy is a follower of Jehovah's Witness, Shirley is Christian, Annie is Jewish, Jeff is agnostic, Britta is an atheist, and Pierce claims to be Buddhist but isn't.

    Allusions (2)

    • Jeff: much as I hate you and the cast of Breakin'.

      Jeff is referring to the 1984 movie Breakin', this is most likely a jibe at the way they are dressed.

    • Jeff: The die has been cast with this crazy bully guy. The phrase "the die is cast" (alea iacta est) is a famous quote by Julius Caesar as he crossed the River Rubicon to Northern Italy with his army.

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