Season 3 Episode 1

Biology 101

Aired Tuesday 12:00 AM Sep 22, 2011 on Yahoo
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Episode Summary

As the new school year starts, the group is back together and choice to take Biology. Jeff and their ex-convict Biology teacher instantly start off on a bad foot, which leads to strife within the group. Meanwhile, Senor Chang is living in the air vents and is given a new position of authority from the Dean, who has to make cut-backs due to the intimidating Vice-Dean's choice on spending arrangements.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Did it again.

    I believe it was a good start of a new season. Jeffs attitude was hilarious as ever and Abed was just perfect as well. Yeah, I liked this episode.
  • A good start to the new season

    This is a goofy, fun start to a season, and it is even funnier on rewatch. A catchy musical number to open, the introduction of the Biology professor, and Starburns gets a lizard.
  • Plenty of setup, with delivery date TBD.

    Community, as a satire of modern secondary education, is never really meant to be taken seriously. The modern lackluster college campus provides topics aplenty, and the show hasn't begun to exhaust those topics yet. And the central characters are a collection of oddballs that have not worn out their charms. The show can start anywhere and go anywhere, and frequently flies completely off the rails in a way that feels wrong in precisely the right way.

    So, with that in mind, I can take an episode like this one in stride. They're setting up the season, introducing the characters and the setting to the newbies, and preparing the space for the stories to come. Most of it is familiar to the returning audience, with a few surprises. There are battling deans in a wag-the-dog power struggle. (Welcome John Goodman! I hope they give you some good lines this year.) There's the hapless Chang moonlighting as a campus security guard. There's a re-purposed Pierce shedding his villain persona. These developments portend future laughs, but those laughs weren't really present this time around. There were chuckles aplenty, but belly laughs were absent.

    And did the show fly off the rails? My, yes. There was a colorful opening musical number (which, sadly, fell flat) and an homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey, which, happily, hit its mark. And there were little touches to add to the lunacy ("Cougarton Abbey") as well as add color to the modern educational experience (the Bio prof is an ex-con ... not that much of a stretch!).

    With experience as a guide, plenty of wonkiness iscoming this season. As long as they keep the dials labeled "satire" and "absurd" turned up, the show will be at its best. The season premiere is just Square One. This show never stays on Square One (and sometimes doesn't even start there). From here, anything is possible.moreless
  • Community did what it does best: surprise.

    It was worth the wait. Great new characters, great dynamics, I do miss Duncan but I hope he comes back at some point (which could be interesting considering what happened to Britta).

    Loved the fact the Jim Rash is a regular.

    BTW, now I mentioned Duncan, wouldn't it be great if he'd been an actor on one of those British sitcoms? If one show can pull that off, it's this.
  • The group takes Biology while Pierce returns.

    What type of Community do you like most? When they do bottle episodes? When they choose a theme (like "paintball episode," or "animated Christmas episode" or even "Zombie/Halloween" episode? Do you like it when they focus on school stuff and just goof around? For me, I'm glad the show is able to shift so effortlessly from each of those. This episode starts off in a goofy Glee musical type way and quickly shifts back to the typical school one. It's the start of a new school year which means a new class with a new teacher and new problems.

    I really did enjoy this episode. I was sort of missing the rapid-fire jokes back and forth between each of the characters and I thought there was more focus here on simply explaining what Chang and Pierce were up to and on Jeff's anger at being out of the Biology class. However, the characters mesh so well together that it's impossible not to love every moment. Also, John Goodman's character should turn out to be an interesting villain throughout the season… I'm not sure he was used perfectly here, but he set up some pretty good jokes with the Dean (calling him a white Louis Gossett Jr.) There were a ton of awesome references here, including Abed's continued interest in Cougartown and Starburns asking Dr. King (the guy who played Omar in "The Wire) if they could get a Breaking Bad type situation going with weed.

    Community just seems like one of those shows that are difficult to dislike. For me, a sub-par episode of Community is better than a lot of comedy shows on TV right now. This wasn't a sub-par episode, but I know that the premiere was simply a set-up for what should be a great season of television.moreless
Mel Rodriguez

Mel Rodriguez

Sgt. Nunez

Guest Star

Matt Pittenger

Matt Pittenger


Guest Star

Tate Hanyok

Tate Hanyok


Guest Star

John Goodman

John Goodman

Vice Dean Laybourne

Recurring Role

Michael Kenneth Williams

Michael Kenneth Williams

Professor Kane

Recurring Role

Richard Erdman

Richard Erdman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the first episode in which Jim Rash (Dean Pelton) is elevated as a regular cast member.

    • In this episode, Abed is shown to be frustrated upon learning that his favorite TV show Cougar Town would not be premiering in the fall like it did in the first two seasons, and that it has been pushed to mid-season.

      Since the broadcast networks (ABC included) announce their schedule during the upfront presentation in May, it is quite a surprise that a devoted fan such as Abed only found out about the Courteney Cox vehicle's scheduling almost five months after it was originally revealed.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 22, 2011 on Citytv
      Sweden: October 1, 2012 on TV6
      Czech Republic: February 10, 2013 on SMICHOV


    • Jeff attacking the library table with an ax refers to The Shining.

    • The ending to "Cougarton Abbey" refers to the ending of Blackadder.

    • The name "Cougartown Abbey" is a reference to Downton Abbey.

    • Abed's new favorite TV show, Inspector Spacetime — a British sci-fi series that debuted in 1962 and whose main character is a man who travels through space and time in a telephone booth with a companion — is an allusion to Doctor Who — a British sci-fi series that debuted in 1963 and whose main character is a man who travels through space and time in a police box with one or more companions. The title sequence is also similar to Doctor Who's, and the robot-like Blorgorns who yell "Eradicate!" are a reference to long-time Doctor Who villains the Daleks, who frequently say "Exterminate!".

    • Jeff's hallucination is a direct reference to the ending of 1968's 2001: A Space Odyssey