Season 1 Episode 5

Advanced Criminal Law

Aired Tuesday 12:00 AM Oct 15, 2009 on Yahoo
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Episode Summary

Señor Chang warns to give failing marks to the whole class unless the cheater admits to their indiscretion. Jeff then defends the one who comes forward. Troy and Abed teach each other a lesson on pulling pranks. Annie and Pierce team up to compose a new school song.moreless

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  • Hawthorne Wipes Jingle

    Definitely one of the best moments. It got me laughing my ass off. I rather enjoy seeing all the characters in different lights, different situations, different storylines. For now, I guess the show's got a lot of potential. In my opinion, the writing is snappy and the characters/actors are believable and improving with each episode. Hopefully, the show will not lose its spark any time soon.

    On a more personal note, I sincerely hope that Britta will not have mellowed, ideologically speaking, till the end of the season/till season 2/3 but that we will get to see more of her "feminist" views. So far so good, but there's still a long way to go to make her completely credible and respectful.moreless
  • 105

    A good episode of Community tonight, although the show somewhat regressed considering this episode wasn't as great as the past 2 episodes, it was still an enjoyable episode of Community. I thought the pool scenes really were the funniest of the entire episode. Jeff's scenes always surprisingly impress me and the speech was almost heartwarming in a sense. I'm liking the relations between Jeff & Britta, I like how straightforward they are with each other which gives us a sense of dry humor which is always great. Community has had plenty of pairings in the story lines, and it worked in the last episode with Annie & Abed, but I really don't think they should pair Pierce with Annie anymore. Their scenes weren't very interesting.

    I have noticed the writers have gotten in to the Troy & Abed groove, since all the episodes up until now has had interactions between the two. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but they shouldn't over do a good thing. Overall, a good fun enjoyable episode of Community.moreless
  • Not the best episode but still awesome.

    Señor Chang warns that he'll give failing marks to the whole class unless the cheater admits to his/her indiscretion. Jeff then defends the one who comes forward. Annie and Pierce team up to compose a new school song. Like I have already said this one was a dissapointment, probably the least funny episode but it still made me laugh, the part with the arguement in the shower was funny and made me laugh I didnt find Duncan very funny in the Pilot but he has grew on me he reminds me of Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge. Senor Chang is hilarious, even if he is slightley racist, no he aint racist but he comes out with some crackersmoreless
  • Dont get the table wet!


    Advanced Criminal Law, - In this episode Senor Chang finds out that somebody cheated on the last test. Because somebody left a little peice of papers with answers. It turns out that Britta was the one who cheated after Chang threatend the class. Britta is put on fake trial with Jeff as her lawyer even with her regrets. The trial takes place in the pool room of the school. Were the fancy and very uncheap table is. Some very moments from swimmers lighten the mood. As Duncan and Chang are brought in to help. Chang begins and waists alot of time. A recess is called after the table gets wet but Jeff turns the case that Britta is actually insane and needs to be here in order to complete her insane ways. Duncan takes her under wing with Britta wanting revenge. Troy finds out that Abed is a very easy target when it comes to jokes. Abed turns the tables, sorta, when he trys to plan a trick against Troy. However he is smarter than that quickly finds out that about what Abed is doing. Some really funny moments with Abed acting like alien, or was he acting hmm? Annie asks Pierce to write a song for the school. Since he did write, stole, a song for a wet naps commerical. Annie finds out the truth and trys make the Pierce situation better by insulting her self in which her mother told her. In the end Pierce steals another song and the show ends. Overall alot of comedy not fully put out. I laugh at some stuff the Abed parts were very funny and the best part of the episode.moreless
  • "I'm sorry, do you mind if we have this conversation in a room with less balls?"

    For a lot of viewers, this episode probably didn't do much in the way of impressing.. but for me, it convinced me that this show should be picked up for a full season. It was uneven and didn't really have much of a plot, but it had its funny moments and showed each character in their element.

    The best part of the show, for me, is the dialogue. It's quick, witty and it's almost always funny. Except for the occasions where Senor Chang is delegated to saying things like "poop" and throwing tantrums, then the show seems like one of the smarter ones on TV right now. Professor Duncan and Abed saying the names of shows while walking by each other was great, as was Abed and Troy's attempts to mess around with each other. The Pierce and Annie plot was pretty stupid though and could've easily been thrown out.

    Joel McHale's character is really starting to grow on me too.. he's not just a weird guy who is obsessed with Britta and a jerk. He's just a guy who's coasted through life and is trying to adjust to a life of trying. And each week makes him a little more likeable.

    I hope the show can continue on and keep building off of what they've created already.moreless
Sashi Bommakanty

Sashi Bommakanty

Security Guard/Abed Look-A-Like

Guest Star

Bertrand Roberson Jr.

Bertrand Roberson Jr.

Security Guard/Troy Look-A-Like

Guest Star

John Oliver (II)

John Oliver (II)

Professor Ian Duncan

Recurring Role

Jim Rash

Jim Rash

Dean Craig Pelton

Recurring Role

Richard Erdman

Richard Erdman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • During the pencil mouth game between Abed and Troy, Abed tells Troy he managed to stick 36 pencils into his mouth. There were more than 36 pencils (between 38 to 41) in Troy's mouth before he took them out.

    • Music: As Pierce tries to come up with a school song, he uses the melodies of the children's songs, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain". He finally settles with using the music of Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" from the 1986 album of the same name.

    • Britta's full name is Britta Perry. Professor Duncan's first name is Ian while Dean Pelton's first name is Craig. Señor Chang's first name is Ben.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Professor Duncan: Good morning. How is student life, my dry-witted friend?
      Jeff: Probably the same as teacher life, but less tragic, because I get to leave.
      Professor Duncan: Very dry. Very witty. Not a great friend.

    • Jeff: (to Britta) So, I guess the cellphone number you put on the study group contact sheet was fake which I just learned in the awkward conclusion of a month-long text message affair with a dude from Boulder.

    • Jeff: Whoever made that crib sheet wasn't a real cheater. Just... (looks at Annie) insecure and naive.
      Annie: I may be naive, but I'm not stupid. (everyone looks at Troy)
      Troy: Well, I may be stupid, but I'm not trying to look like I'm not. (everyone looks at Pierce)
      Pierce: Well, I may be a genius, but I'm not a lesbian. (looks at Britta)

    • Britta: I'm not gonna sit while some hokey tribunal gets its jollies judging me.
      Jeff: Hey, if you show up with me, follow my lead, and deny everything, you'll walk. That's the Winger guarantee.
      Britta: I get it. You think you're gonna save my bacon using your lawyer powers and send me into fits of grateful arousal.
      Jeff: I can neither confirm nor deny that. See how good I am?

    • Pierce: You can tell the dean I'll have a song that will make the devil poop God's pants.
      Annie: That's... exciting.

    • Professor Duncan: You did what?!
      Señor Chang: Oh, shut your pompous vortex of overlapping fangs!

    • Jeff: (to Britta) Look how handsome my face is. If all I wanted was sex, I could get it from plenty of women without having to go through all this crap. I'm here because I like you, and I-- I'd be psyched to be your friend. I just didn't want to take sex off the table without doing my due diligence.

    • Jeff: If crazy people can't be at Greendale, where are we supposed to go?

    • Annie: You listen up, Pierce! I'm gonna tell you what my mother told me when I wanted to quit cheerleading. 'You're not very pretty, you have no boobs, and you can't do a basket toss to save your life.' But you made a commitment. So pick up your pompoms, Pierce, stuff your bra, and get ready for the team bus to forget you at a Taco Bell, because life is tough. But we soldier on, and that's just the way it goes.

  • NOTES (2)