When Community debuted late last year, smug former attorney Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) met his potential romantic match, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) on the first day of school. Their potential romantic future was laid out clearly for the audience—she was pretty, he was cocky, she rebuffed him at the outset, he remained coolly confident things would work out for him.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the second season: Jeff and Britta didn't end up as the compelling love interest of the show. Ever since Jeff realized, to his shock, that he had some latent feelings for neurotic perfectionist Annie Edison (Alison Brie), I've been all about Jeff and Annie, and totally over Jeff and Britta. Here's how the two combinations stack up:
Jeff + Britta: Bookends
What's hot: They're the cool kids in class. Blonde hair, great features, tight jeans: Despite Britta's attempts to stay out of the mainstream, she and Jeff are the quarterback and cheerleader of the Spanish study group.
What's not: You can't have two characters be exactly the same and create much romantic tension between them, especially if they're both "the cool one." Community writers both gave Jeff and Britta tons of sarcastic, cynical dialogue but rarely gave them chances to be, like Troy or Abed, characters.
That little something: Lately Britta and Jeff have been getting some funnier dialog. I especially liked Jeff admitting to Britta on last night's episode, "I did eat all the macaroni!" Maybe I'll buy them more as a couple once they stop being so damn cool all the time.
Jeff + Annie: Opposites
What's hot: Jeff and Annie weren't supposed to fall for each other—she's young, he's not, she's a perfectionist ingenue and he's a bit of a slacker sleaze. Thus, when they're together, Annie brings a bit of depth of character out of Jeff, who is obviously confused by his feelings for her. If you're a budding shipper like me, you couldn't help but melt a little when they exchanged glances during last night's episode.
What's not: Some people would argue that it's gross that Annie's character is supposed to be 18. Some other people also have a hard time really buying Alison Brie as an 18-year-old.
That little something: It's the Rhett Butler/Melanie Hamilton situation. He's supposed to be with snotty Scarlett, but the scenes are much more compelling when the older, more experienced, confident guy finds himself knocked off his block a little bit by the "good" girl.
Sorry Britta, but look on the bright side: There's always Pierce.