Community S05E07: "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality"

Community is no stranger to pulling on our heartstrings until they bleed, and with its absurd sense of humor anchored by a solid emotional core, the show actually benefits from the breakneck speed at which it can shift from silly to sensitive. Take "Geothermal Escapism" (a.k.a. "Buh-bye Troy"), for example. That episode started out as a game of school-wide, Mad-Maxian Hot Lava, but before we knew it, we were being hit with the devastating reality of Troy moving away. It was an extreme example of Community's heart because it focused on Troy and Abed, the show's bestest of buds, but the reason it was so successful was that the emotion was earned after years of build-up. 

This is just a warning for you diehard Community fans: Steel yourself, because I did not like this episode. "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality," which might be my least favorite Community episode title EVER, tried to land an emotional punch and took a swing at our sensitive spots, but missed badly and gouged out our eyes instead. And yes, I am being a little melodramatic. But dammit, we've seen Community do touchy-feely so much better than this. The main problem was that "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" assembled some odd character pairings—Britta and Duncan, Abed and Hickey—in an attempt to create weird bonds between regular favorites and recurring characters, instead of keeping the action within the group. It says something that, in an episode that was meant to be so heartwarming, Abed staring at an empty chair for half a second was the most emotional moment BY FAR.


But that's not to say the episode didn't try. In fact, it tried too damn hard, and that's probably why it faltered. Britta and Duncan were on a crash course after Duncan asked Jeff for directions to get into her pants. The group ended up at a charitable event for some Save-the-Whatever cause that Britta would be interested in, and Britta ran into the anarchist group she used to run with. But her old "friends" were horrible, horrible people who one minute were toasting Britta as the best darned activist they knew, and the next minute they were laughing her off because she wanted to reignite some of their crazy anarchist past and they claimed they had too much to lose after achieving some degree of success. Crushed by rejection, Britta got sad and took Duncan up on his offer to give her a ride home, but Duncan felt too bad for her to dip his crumpets into her tea, so he offered her advice on how to handle an existential crisis instead. To put some sort of cherry on top of the whole situation, Duncan and Jeff then enjoyed a good night out after Britta made the point that they didn't seem like friends at all. 

Elsewhere, in a somewhat more understandable storyline, Abed crashed Hickey's late-night cartooning session while clad in a full cosplay getup on his way to see the Kickpuncher reboot. Abed became a clumsy character cliché and shot a bunch of foam onto Hickey's drawings, leading Hickey to handcuff Abed to a filing cabinet so that Abed would miss his movie and Hickey would teach him a lesson because Abed never faces repercussions for anything he does. They argued, then they came to an understanding, and then they bonded, but the whole thing felt like such a standard sitcom plot that it never felt like the non-sitcom stylings of Community at its best, or even its decentest. 


Also contributing to that feeling were the way Britta and Abed were acting. Were we supposed to believe that self-righteous Britta would pout after someone put her down for not being successful? Were we supposed to accept that Abed would be downright mean and attack Hickey? Were we supposed to not have a problem with Jeff sitting at the bar of a charitable function, drinking by himself, even after everyone left? Like "Analysis of Corkboard Networking," this episode had all the appearances of a Community episode without actually feeling like a Community episode. I motioned to strike "Analysis of Corkboard Networking" from canon, and I think I might do the same with "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality." 

Speaking of ghosts (nice segue, Tim!), thankfully Chang had his own adventure this week. And though it was positively insane and involved a haunted theater and the specter of a janitor, it at least felt more in-line with the early episodes that got Season 5 off to a strong start. It didn't make sense, but it also didn't make a phony attempt to emotionally manipulate viewers like the other two stories did.

So yeah, I'm a cranky curmudgeon and I really didn't like this episode. In fact, it was one of my least favorite of the usually outstanding series to date; not only did it fail in its attempts to manufacture emotion, it wasn't even funny. "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" felt like a Season 4 episode trying to sneak into Season 5. 


STUDY NOTES

– Hey, at least we got a pretty good jab at the Robocop remake when Abed complained about the new Kickpuncher.

– Annie and Shirley got totally hosed in this episode. They showed up at the beginning, then they went to McDonald's! Then they showed up at the end. 

– The capper on the Chang storyline was great, with the Old Timey Photo Club picture. Why couldn't the rest of the episode have been like that? 


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Tim, I don't know what you're trying to get out of this show. You found all the emotional pulls forced and cliche. Maybe they were a bit obvious, sure, but in the end it was well executed. And you seemed to miss the point, too. Britta was crushed because people she thought were her friends really weren't in the end. Abed reacted harshly because he was missing Troy and was more emotional than he usually shows. No one was acting out of character. You're just looking at it that way.
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I liked the episode...... but not as a Community episode.

It feels like the show is trying too hard to creating a new dynamic between the remaining characters (wich, of course, has to be done) and it just hasn't got anything out of that so far.
The season 5 episodes have therefore been MUCH slower than they were in season 1-3. Nothing wrong with that, but it does feel like it's colliding with the fundamentals on wich this show was built on. It feels like Harmon is still trying to repair the damage that was done in the gasleak-year, but just can't get rid of that toxic fumes.

Also, the current color palette they are using this season keeps bugging me. It used to be much more bright and colorful. Maybe we need a new paintball episode to brighten things up?

Just kidding, no more paintball!
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I absolutely lost it when reading the Jim the Duck comics. They are SO bad that they are hilarious. Like the Fleer Funnies Starring Pud. Loved it.
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Chang's ghost dilemma was hilarious. I miss Troy! wonder how the pirate situation is going.
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I usually find myself agreeing with you more often than not, Tim, but this time I feel like you're WAY off base. Maybe you were tired or in a bad mood when you watched this episode, because it was nothing like a Season 4 episode that beat you over the head repeatedly with a lame, forced joke to make sure you got it. It was rife w/ the blink-and-you'll-miss-it gags and subtle pop culture references that Harmon is known for. A very good episode overall.
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Tim, you constantly praise Helix, yet you hate this Community episode? really? Helix is an ok show but you have pretty much praised all episodes so far when there has been about 3 ok ones and the rest where terrible.
I like this Community episode, it is without a doubt, the worst episode of the season (which has been excellent so far) but to say it was THAT bad makes me feel sorry for you because you're clearly just nitpicking because of the new groupings we are getting. Dan Harmon's back and it feels like the old Community. you would be crying poverty if the show gets cancelled so be happy with what you're getting. it's hardly as bad as the majority of comedies on TV.
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I don't get the negative review. I thought it was pretty good. The biggest problem was that there was no Troy. I agree with the guy below me (uh that sounds weird) that the bit at the end was really funny. The Dean's last "hm?" cracked me up more than anything else in the episode.
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I enjoyed the hell out of this episode. Tim makes a few valid points (Hickey and Abed's storyline did have some sitcomy tropes) but I thought they were pretty great together. The end tag was absolutely hilarious. I don't know how it didn't get a mention.
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Stop with the hatred of season 4 already. It was a year-long gas leak, get over with it. Still better than any season of "big bang theory" if you really need a comparison.

This ep. was pretty awesome.

I don't like this "my-kale" guy.
I don't think he likes himself, or he'd pronounce it "Michael."

Britta: And please don't take offense at this, but thank you for not hitting on me.
I was just vulnerable enough to do something really stupid.
*Beats the steering wheel*
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I'm going to disagree, I loved this episode. I was suspecting to read a very positive review tbh, not a 'you will hate this' one :/
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I disagree that it was like a Season 4 episode. It was clearly a Harmon-era episode despite the fact that it was very weak. Actually the part the reminded me most of Season 4 was the Chang story because it was too brief and rushed in a pop culture reference.

This episode set off some alarms for me - it looks like the show is doing a straight swap from Pierce/Troy to Hickey/Duncan/Chang and while Pierce's loss seemed manageable, Troy's might create serious problems for the show. He was one the best characters, he brought out the best from the other characters (especially Abed) and he had that sweet, naive and very funny world view that the show will suffer without.

Apart from that the episode wasn't a total disaster. Britta sorta had a bit of character development and Abed and Hickey sorta had a moment there but somehow they managed to do those things in an unfunny, unentertaining, uninteresting and uninvolving way.

As for Duncan, I don't know why but since he's reappeared this year I've found him to be creepy and unpleasant. Back in Season 1 and 2 he was good fun and light-hearted but somehow that's been lost. I haven't liked ANYTHING he's done in Season 5, including the Ass Crack Bandit stuff and it's making it hard for me to like these new episodes. The whole show has had a more sombre tone lately, both thematically and visually - the lighting seems less bright, the colour pallette more greyish-blue, and even Britta's hair is darker. I don't have a problem with any of those things per se, but it feels like all those things are dragging Duncan away from the light-hearted comic character to the dirty, creepy man he's become. And starting off an episode trying to seduce Britta DOES NOT HELP.

I think it's too soon to panic but these last few episodes have been relatively weak (although I enjoyed the previous episode). I don't want to believe that Community has lost its magic post-Troy but the idea has been planted in the back of my mind.
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This was nowhere near as bad as a season 4. If it had been, every Jeff/Duncan interaction would have been jokes about British dentistry and not actually, you know, funny.
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That's not a season 4 episode. Just a crappy episode. I take season 4 over that anyday.
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This article might as well be titled "Who pissed in Tim's Cheerios?" I get that you might not have loved it, but to say it's the worst, to say it's as bad as season 4, that is stretching it quite a bit. I actually enjoyed the hell out of it, but even if I didn't, at least there was emotional depth and character consistency showing here and that alone has it head and shoulders over season 4.

Guys generally don't seem like friends, they are often "buddies" that rarely seem from the outside like anything more, and that's consistent here too.

Abed tried to fake it with Hickey to get what he wanted, that was interesting and the truth is that it's an argument we don't normally see but it's a fair argument none the less. We get to see the writers' view of Abed's whimsy, but we rarely get to see the writers tackle Abed's selfishness and narrow focus. Yeah, it was cliche to go through it in a rather sitcom way, but it was the characters who made it interesting, not the situation. Besides, we needed something grounded between the more bizarre plots of "Duncan wants to take advantage of Britta, Chang is nuts".

BTW, Chang's story was a hoot, it made no sense and yet it made sense and it never had answers, and it was mostly understated.

Anyway, I disagree with your ultimate conclusion, some of your points are valid but I think the character moments and acting overcame that, the situation writing was stilted but the character writing held the line, I liked it. IGN gave it an 8.5 out of 10.
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I think this might be a love it-or-leave it episode. I think the review is honest. It definitely was new territory somewhat, trying to find a place for Abed. I'm trying to figure out why Jeff was looking at his watch.
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Jeff was looking at his watch because he agreed to not go after Britta for an hour so that Duncan could have a chance - as long as he never called him Dane Cook again.. rofl
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Another good review, not as critical. http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/02/28/community-bondage-and-beta-male-sexuality-review
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I disagree with pretty much everything you've said here. I, and my friends, thought this was a fantastic episode.
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You can summarily disagree with Tim's conclusions, but some of what he says seems irrefutable, what specifics do you disagree with?
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"Were we supposed to not have a problem with Jeff sitting at the bar of a charitable function, drinking by himself, even after everyone left?"

I didn't have a problem with it. He was sitting by himself because he didn't want to be there, he was roped in to it. And he stayed after everyone left because he was clearly dealing with issues like his friendship with Duncan and his past romance with Britta. It was nice to see that Jeff is human and can feel rejection.

I'm not going to go into more of the things I disagree with (besides him not mentioning the bit with the dean and Duncan, that was priceless). It's been a few weeks with Community and according to the poll the majority of users here were either okay with it or loved it.
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I didn't dislike it as much as you did, it wasn't as emotional as Troy's farewell episode but I didn't think that was their intention. I usually like when they mix main characters with other secondary ones, but it is always a risk. My only complaint is that I really think Abed never confronts any consequence, everyone lets him say or do anything and it doesn't matter because he is Abed and he is different, so I liked the idea of Hickey confronting him when Abed behaves too selfish. But it seems like that won't be now that they came to an understanding. I don't know, I feel like Abed really needs a grumpy uncle who cares for him but sets limits with him.
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The end tag with the Dean and Duncan was one of the best ones they've ever done. I peed a little.
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Best scene of the episode and it wasn't even mentioned in the review
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'Were we supposed to believe that self-righteous Britta would pout after someone put her down for not being successful? Were we supposed to accept that Abed would be downright mean and attack Hickey? Were we supposed to not have a problem with Jeff sitting at the bar of a charitable function, drinking by himself, even after everyone left?'
Ehm yes. It never was implied these people were perfect. And why is it a problem Jeff is drinking by himself after everyone left? I don't see any harm in that.

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Disagreed. I thought the previous episode was week, yet this one was on fire. Hickey and Abed was a great paring imo, Duncan becoming more human really worked, Chang worked, in fact everything worked for me. Call me crazy, but (perhaps with the lie-detactor episode) I thought it was the best episode of the season yet.
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weak sorry
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I think I know why I didn't like it as much. Due to the two week break for the Winter Olympics and like no new tv episodes on a lot of networks for 2 weeks I think I might have had too big of an expectation for community's return and was just hoping to much for a full laugh out loud episode
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Harmon seems to have put all his great work this year into the brilliant Adult Swim addition 'Rick and Morty'. Hopefully they just cancel this corpse so he can keep that up in 'R and M' Season 2. One of the funniest half hours of television this season, 'Meeseeks and Destroy' re-aired this week and it was funnier and better than any episode of 'Community' has been since Harmon's return.
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I love Rick and Morty - but Community is a whole other beast operating on a totally different level. If you don't like Community anymore, just stop watching - there is no need for you to try and shit all over it when obviously MANY and MOST Community fans are very happy with this season so far.
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I really liked this episode. It wasn't one of my favorites, but I love it when they focus on how important friendship is. I knew some people wouldn't like it because it wasn't lol funny, but I didn't mind that at all.

Of course it's believable that Britta would be upset about her old friends putting her down for not being successful. I never thought Britta was self-righteous, and I don't know why anyone would think that. Jeesh, she thinks going to community college is selling out.

I wish they'd figure out what to do with Chang.
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Most of the episode was okay; I really didn't like Abed and Hickey's plot though, and this was another poor subplot for Chang. I only really chuckled twice in the episode, and they were lines from Duncan and Hickey... I'm still in love with their roles this season. "It's time for justice... Police Justice. Wait, the character's name is Police Justice?!" Ha.
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I have to disagree with this review. No, it wasn't one of Community's best, but it was a far cry from season 4, and even from the episode before this.

I liked the main plot of Jeff and Duncan fighting for Britta. I really enjoyed their interactions with each other, first with Jeff reluctantly helping Duncan, and then the two of them competing. And Duncan's scene with Britta in the car was nice.

As for Abed's story, I loved how it was the first episode that really dealt with him dealing with Troy's absence, without actually spelling it out. That subtle, sad look that Abed had while playing in the hall, like he used to do with Troy, said so much. And I think that's why I didn't mind the overbearing nature of Abed in this episode, since he so desperately wants to fill that void in his life, to the point where he perhaps knowingly does something bad (destroying Hickey's drawings) to get some attention.

I was kind of worried going into this episode that the sub-par quality of the previous episode would extend to this one, but I was happily surprised. If anything, this episode helps strengthen my love for season 5, because not only did it has some solid humor (especially with the Jeff/Duncan scenes), it had some drama which I personally think was handled very well.
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I loved this episode, including Abed/Hickey story. I can relate to Abed a lot as an outsider, I love they way they are trying to get an emotional way to express how Abed is dealing with Troy's departure (in this case creating a cop film with Hickey)

I really enjoyed the Jeff/Duncan story too. Community is really pulling this season out of the bag, if it were to end this season at least they would be going out on top (Good chance of a Season 6!)
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The Abed/Hickey story line didn't even make sense; Abed was so out of character. And Abed doing cosplay without Troy is just sad. I liked that Duncan and Jeff ended up together. Britta was right. They don't act like friends. The Chang story was crazy, but fun. And you're right, the ending was great.
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what about the abed/buzz storyline didn't make sense? how was abed out of character? abed doing cosplay without troy was supposed to be sad - that's the point... duh-doy!
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I suppose I can understand not liking the episode, but it feels like what you are really railing against Tim is a Troy free show.

Both of these past episodes were far superior than most of Season Four and yet you call they both be stricken from the canon, which bothers me. We are watching the show evolve after having two of the core cast leave. Rather than just move on without them they tried to fill their positions with Hickey and Duncan. The thing that must be realized, and I admit it can be a bit hard to come to terms with, is that they aren't just guest stars they are here to stay. That means you need to build relationships between them and the existing cast. Calling the Britta/Duncan and Abed/Hickey pairings "odd" means that you just aren't willing to support the show changing. If you're not ready to accept the show for what it is trying to become and are just watching longing for the old days, then of course you're not going to enjoy it.

What you need to do is open the can independently of what you know it used to taste like and just dig in. While you might notice they changed the formula, if you don't focus on that you can still find enjoyment in every bite.
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Yeah but change isn't always a good thing. If you replace two iconic characters with average ones then you should probably expect a decline in quality. New pairings might be an inevitability but they're still only as good as the writing. I found the pairings to be forced. If they want to create new bonds organically then they should try harder than creepily having Duncan lusting after Britta or having Abed randomly walking into Hickey's office.
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Duncan has had a thing for Britta for a long time and has always been a creepy character. As far as I could tell everything except for him not taking advantage of Britta being in a sad state was par for the course for the character.

And Abed walking into Hickey's office made perfect sense. As soon as Hickey wasn't even involved in the conversation about going to the event to support starving children with cleft palates, I knew that he and Abed were going to be paired off. While the why they were together may have seemed forced I feel like the two of them working symbiotically to become better creators will make for some good story elements in the episodes to come. Plus they were spot on as well, with Abed adapting to the situation as any character from popular media would and then completely breaking the façade when he realized unlike television he was still going to miss his movie.

Hickey on the other hand reminds me of every hard ass teacher I ever had... and guess what I know that the only reason they were hard on me was because they wanted me to be a better person. Life isn't easy and there are consequences, mental disorder or not, Abed needs to learn that because when he's not in the Greendale environment the world will not bend to him every whim and that will be a huge change he'll have to adjust to and thanks to Hickey I think he may be able to recognize that just because people expect you to act a certain way in public doesn't make them bullies
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Is anyone else getting the impression that this review is part of some kind of sociological study to see if a feigned bad review is enough to convince people that an otherwise great episode was crap?
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I wish there was a thumbs down button because that might be the stupidest comment I've ever read on this site.
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Anyone else catch Dan Harmon in the Old Timey Photo Club photo? lol
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Yep, as IndianaMom said, it was the whole writing staff. I don't know most of them, but I recognized Chris McKenna at the other end of the row as Harmon.
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It was the whole writing staff, except for Andy Bobrow. One of the writers posted it on Twitter.
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Ahhh thats very cool. I had a feeling that they were associated with the show somehow. Was almost expecting Starburns to be in there.
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awesome - thnx for the info
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oooh nice catch - i just went back and sure nuff there he is! normally i would pause on something like that but was watching with others at the time. doh.
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thnx for posting the pic!
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There weren't any jokes in the episode, just a couple of clever meta bits with the return of kickpuncher and Annie and Shirley leaving with Annie saying she'd had enough screen time recently and Shirley saying speak for yourself, kind of like when Abed left for almost a whole episode a few seasons back. And the picture of Chang in the old timey photo club picture was pretty funny, although I didn't really feel like that story line was long enough or went anywhere. Like you said the rest just didn't work, even if it explored emotional stuff that landed there still would have been far too much of it, it took over the episode, and I didn't care about any of it.
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I have to disagree with the review too. I truly enjoyed this episode.
Community is in the middle of a serious reboot. No Pierce may have been something you could work around for a season and move on. But no Pierce and now no Troy??????????
that is way too many changes to not have everything be open to change. Every character now has to interact with the others in a different way, or just way more than they did before, and that means things aren't always going to be the same old Community. And this episode was a great way to show how things have changed. Especially Hinkey yelling at Abed about the ridiculous things they had an entire community college doing. Some of those were fun, some were meta, and some were just lame attempts to one up the others.
And Jeff and Duncan's relationship was actually at the foundation of the series premiere, and the first half of that season. So it was great to see them at least acknowledge that.
And having Abed and hinkey working together on a movie might be a great source of storylines and jokes. He may not replace Troy as Abed's best friend, but that doesn't mean his character can't be funny as hell when he is with Abed.
The Chang ghost scene didn't go where I thought it would, Ken Leong has a great background in improv so I thought it was going there. But still, it was funny. And I really liked the 2014 credit for the photo club.
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Agreed. Knowing that Hickey has been a teacher at Greendale, witnessing all the campus craziness over the past five years just brings a little continuity to the seasons.
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Hate to say it Tim, but I have to agree with most of the comments on here - this ep was actually pretty good. Not the best and not the funniest - but still a very solid ep I thought. You should watch it again - maybe smoke up a bit first this time or something. heh. I enjoyed the Abed/Buzz scenes a lot - could have been slightly better but was good. Annie and Shirley got short changed big time in this ep - something Shirley even pointed out at the end. Chang was hilarious. And Duncan was very solid - the banging on the steering wheel part and then claiming it was cause it was on the wrong side of the car when he missed out on nailing Britta (those crazy brits) was great. The total beat down of that talentless hack Dane Cook had me rollin - so awesome. The ironic going to mcdonalds after railing on selling out was good too. I enjoyed the ep - but then again I didn't hate season 4 the way others did. Still - this WAS better than season 4. :P Solid 8/10.
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I liked it.
The Abed and Hickey scenes were the highlight for me and that Dane Cook line was priceless!
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i understand why some people would't like this episode for the reasons stated in this review. Even though this wasn't the funniest episode, i liked the heartfeltness (?) of it.
For me, I'm at the point where the show doesn't have to be hilarious, just a good plotline and I will love it. I know some won't like that but thats just me.
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Its never been the same since Britta had her hair done...
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I think she'd be incredibly sexy with a short-hair pixie style cut.
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Britta had her hair done???
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I'm not a woman or hairdresser but isn't Britta's hair a different colour/color from before?
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I'm not a woman or hairdresser, but I think the hair in this episode is very similar to her hair in most of the series, like the style she had in the first season, and second. For a while during season three or four though, she had straighter and more bleach-blonde hair which might be what you're comparing it with.
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I am also not woman or a hairdresser in case anyone was wondering.
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same here . . .
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I liked this episode... for many of the same reasons I liked "Analysis of Corkboard Networking". I mean, it wasn't the funniest episode of Community I've ever seen; however, if we're going to have to constantly see these new characters interacting with our beloved study group (which is now the "Save Greendale Committee"), then I'm happy to have episodes showcasing the "new guys" forging bonds with the study group vets.

How else are we supposed to like them, and accept them, as new additions to a group we've gotten used to over the course of 4 seasons?
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You don't know many people with Aspergers do you? My brother has it and as Abed mentioned is they don't know how to process emotions properly but they mimic very well especially those around them. With Hinckey being aggressive it would make Abed aggressive as well especially as he was being detained from something very important to him. It actually was a very very good representation of the disease in this episode.
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I usually agree with Tim, but I thought Abed's dialogue was fantastic in this episode. Punishment feeling like control rather than teaching, being asked to understand emotions that he can't even feel, hurting someone on purpose as a consequence for something accidental, etc. I found a lot of it to be very insightful and authentic. It may not have been funny, but I thought Danny Pudi knocked it out of the park.
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I bought Abed's behavior. The point was to show us how he would react to confrontation, since at this point the rest of the group has just accepted his behavior. It was an exploration of his character, and the best use of Danny Pudi all season save for Troy's last episode. In fact, it was downright poignant. Hinckey's duck cartoon was great too; it struck me as deeply vulnerable, and the jabs they threw at each other went far deeper that "a standard sitcom plot." They felt sad and true.

Harmon is still at full strength. AV Club gave this episode an A. I'd give it a B+.

In conclusion, you're wrong and fuck you. Much love.
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Haha I agree with everything you've said except for the last line, just because Tim is free to have his own opinion. But I too wildly disagree with his opinions on these last couple episodes. I'm just not reading the reviews anymore and going straight to the comments.
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And Britta's nothing if not full of self doubt. You don't think that encounter would have sent her into a downward spiral? Are we watching the same show? GOD TIM.
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Tim, do you get press screeners of these episodes? If you're really writing from Portland, you can't have posted this four hours ago.
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He's in the darkest timeline.
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Going to McDonald's sounds like more fun than hanging out with Britta's old anarchist friends, so go Annie and Shirley!
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That was a solid episode. It felt a little different in tone from usual Community, but that's fine. Plus, I really like the bromance between Jeff and Duncan.
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I think I would have preferred an entire episode with Annie and Shirley at Mcdonalds.
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My impression was Brittas old friends weren't just making fun of her for not being rich and successful, but because she was ultimately ineffectual.

They had rich mans guilt but they claim to be doing some donations with it. Where as Britta hasn't really done much to help anyone... just make a bunch of noise and struggle to feed herself.

While I like the Season 1 Britta they're trying to bring back, her old friends weren't wrong. Making noise and taking a stand is alright but you need to do more to help,actual people
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I really didn't like it. Abed was mean, Shirley and Annie were pretty much not even on the show and Jeff was just there drinking. I hope it gets better next week.
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Is it bad that I want to know if anything fun happened with Annie and Shirley on their way to McDonalds?
Overall idk how I really feel about this episode. I did enjoys some parts but overall I didn't really laugh that much, so that's kind of a bummer. I however disagree about saying this episode was like S4 cuz it wasn't... really.
At least the P&R episode was really funny today
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This episode was awful enough to make me like the Chang plot the best. What the hell indeed.
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I'd say that the Old Timey Photo Club gag and the end tag with the Dean and Duncan redeemed it completely. I'm enjoying John Oliver getting more screen time with Troy gone!
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That scene of Abed looking at the empty chair just killed me.

If you felt like this episode just wasn't up to par with other Community episodes and still want to get your fix, I would recommend watching the @Midnight episode with Abed, Britta, and Principal Dean.
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that was indeed very cool - Jim Rash was on fire. did you catch Tim's tweet making it onto @midnight? i forget the ep unfortunately but it was pretty recent.
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Yeah, I caught it. "Where in the Orgy is Carmen San Diego?" I went back into the FTW week in review posts to dig that one up. I love that they're bringing comedians from TV shows together. It brings a great chemistry to the set when they're one-upping each other on zingers.

But most of all I just love watching Ron Funches laugh. I could just watch a show of him laughing all day.
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