Season 1 Episode 16

Communication Studies

Aired Tuesday 12:00 AM Feb 11, 2010 on Yahoo
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Episode Summary

Due to the aftermaths of a terrible mistake, Jeff attempts to reconcile his friendship with Britta. Shirley and Annie want to pull a prank on Señor Ben Chang.

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  • Jeff gets in to trouble with Michelle when attempting to reconcile awkwardness between himself and Britta over a drunken phone call. Meanwhile, Troy and Abed get humiliated by Chang after their plans backfire.moreless

    I had to watch this episode twice to really appreciate it, the first time it was just a little too uncomfortable. The drunk dialing story line felt a bit forced and watching Chang grind with Troy was almost too much to stomach (excruciating!). But seeing it again, it was a pretty clever episode and worked well to develop the complexity of Jeff and Britta's relationship, as well as Abed's ability to be a good friend and director. I really do have to wonder where they are going with the Jeff and Britta storyline though. The neat part is that they are making it very clear just how important the other friends are to maintaining that relationship. I won't award this full marks just because I worry that they're doing too much character building at a time when they need to nail down the laughs to build an audience. I think there is a short break while the Olympics are on, so let's hope for more Community goodness when it comes back.moreless
Brandon Soo Hoo

Brandon Soo Hoo

Abed's Chang

Guest Star

Dominik Musiol

Dominik Musiol

camera assistant

Guest Star

Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin

Aded's Star-Burns

Guest Star

Jim Rash

Jim Rash

Dean Craig Pelton

Recurring Role

Dino Stamatopoulos

Dino Stamatopoulos


Recurring Role

Lauren Stamile

Lauren Stamile

Professor Michelle Slater

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: right before Abed pulls out the picture of Britta, Jeff takes the shot of alcohol, but in the next scene Jeff is holding a shot glass that is still full.

    • Goof: In the scene where Britta plays Jeff's voice mail for Professor Slater (19:25-19:45), the phone begins the scene as a Samsung Gravity but switches to a Motorola ROKR E1.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Senor Chang: As punishment, because you two obviously don't have any girlfriends, escort me to the Valentines dance wearing elegant ladies pant suits.
      Troy: (laughs) Yeah, right.
      Senor Chang: (laughs back) You'll do it or you fail my class.
      Pierce: You can't do that!
      Senor Chang: (yelling) Have you met me?! (more calmly) I mean it...tonight, you are my bitches.

    • (Jeff's drunk dial voice message)
      Drunk Jeff: So, look--I am really into Michelle, and I don't wanna screw it up. She's a perfect girlfriend, and I want you to be as happy as me, because you're like my favorite friend so...(laughs) I'm sorry. Abed just made a turtle face.

    • Jeff: (about Britta) She has more fights about stuff that doesn't matter than a YouTube comment section.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:Jeff and Abed get drunk.
      "We Are Not Alone" by Karla DeVito

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 11, 2010 on Citytv,
      Latin America: May 20, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony),
      Sweden: October 11, 2010 on TV6,
      Czech Republic: January 7, 2013 on SMICHOV,


    • Pierce: Well, nice fix, Tweedle-Dum and even Tweedler-Dum.

      Pierce makes a less than graceful reference to Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, two characters from the book Alice In Wonderland which was also made into a movie by Disney and Tim Burton.

    • Britta: Have a seat, Drunky Brewster.

      This is a reference to the 1984 tv series Punky Brewster, starring Soleil Moon Frye.

    • Senor Chang: Looks like the law firm of Seacrest and Slumdog's taking the day off.

      This is an allusion to American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and the 2008 movie Slumdog Millionaire.

    • The Breakfast Club

      The music and dance sequence while Jeff and Abed are drinking is taken straight out of the 1985 John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club.