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Community S03E12: "Contemporary Impressionists"

There are times when I think Community relies too heavily on pop-culture jokes. Last night was not one of those times. "Contemporary Impressionists" shoved so much pop culture down my pie-hole that I've been burping up bits of Abed's Jamie Lee Curtis all afternoon. But, like a tasty nacho cheese dip or grilled Po' Boy or grilled Po' Boy dipped in nacho cheese dip, it's a welcome feeling.

"Contemporary Impressionists" was so ridiculous, so silly, that any resistance to laughing was futile. The episode may not rank up there with the series most top-tier installments, but it's firmly planted on the next level. And that's because of the show's "we don't care if you think it's funny because we think it's fricking hilarious" attitude, which was on full display for all to see last night.

Given the opening, this was the episode that was supposed to air right after winter break, but instead [I've scrubbed what happened from my brain to erase the pain]. While I spent my winter break writing death threats to the Chief of Scheduling at NBC, Abed was booking celebrity impersonators to help him recreate famous movie scenes. And even though he was getting them at a discount, Abed racked up quite a debt to a French Stewart impersonator (played by French Stewart) who ran the celebrity impersonator business.

In a deal to let Abed off the hook, fake-but-real French Stewart employed the gang to play celebrities at a Hollywood-themed Bar Mitzvah. Meanwhile, Jeff was battling with keeping his ego contained after popping some newly prescribed anti-anxiety pills, and Senor Chang was amassing an army to rise up against Dean Pelton make Greendale a safer place (?). I think. Like I said, the episode was silly. Even 1999-era Carrot Top would think it was silly. That's how silly it was.

But man oh man, was it funny. Pelton having a near-seizure from seeing Jeff in Aviators, Troy and Britta as before-and-after Michael Jackson, Jeff hulking out after not winning the Most Handsome Young Man award... the highlights go on and on. Whereas last week's big return episode was as sitcommy as the show has ever been, "Contemporary Impressionists" was as ridiculous as the show has ever been and more appropriate for a niche cable network than for a broadcast network that your grandma could be watching.

Bizarre, goofy, and completely indifferent to what everyone else thinks, "Contemporary Impressionists" was the season's second-best episode so far.



Study Notes

– I'm still cracking up over Shirley's Oprah impression when she announced the award for Most Handsome Young Man.

– I'm absolutely LOVING the weirdo graphics the show is using. Chang's thought bubble, Jeff's ego apple of his eye, Jeff's heart from last week—they fit perfectly with Community's style of humor. Are we going to see what's inside any other parts of Jeff's body?

– Who had the best costume? Britta as new MJ wins for me. Britta always has the best costumes.

– Why do I hear people hating on Chang so much? He actually gave the episode's best impression when he did Renee Zellweger! And I'm looking forward to him rising up.


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