Season 3 Episode 3

Competitive Ecology

Aired Tuesday 12:00 AM Oct 06, 2011 on Yahoo
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Episode Summary

As the study group sets to work on their first big assignment in biology - a terrarium - they are driven to distraction over how they should pair off to do their project. Elsewhere on campus, Chang patrols the school grounds looking for signs of trouble and imagines himself in a noir detective mystery.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Most horrible episodes ever

    Annoying Chang, just kill this character off he started to be so redundant and irrelevant. The group suddenly turn into jerks this episode.
  • And we're back!

    The first two episodes of Community's third season were great, but compared to previous seasons, it was just okay. However, this episode brought back memories of the best from the first two seasons. Chang's insanity, Pierce being left out, the group completely ignoring the feelings of a non-grouper. All the elements that made me fall in love with the show are there. Michael K. Williams is still hilarious as Professor Kane, his overly serious dialogue about LEGO's was one of the funniest scenes in the episode. But the funniest part of the episode was Chang and his inner monologue. Overall, just as last season destroyed the theory of "Second Season Slump" and looks like "Third Season Slump" doesn'texistfor them either. Still the best show on TV, and if you're not watching it yet, you should be!moreless
  • The group gets split up during a biology project while Chang narrates his own life.

    This episode was right on the threshold of falling below a 7. I'm not sure why I didn't latch onto this episode as much as the previous two. There was plenty of banter back and forth, great Troy/Abed moments, some funnier than normal Pierce moments... to be honest, maybe I'm not giving it enough credit. All I know is that right now, I just didn't get as good as a vibe from the episode as I usually do from the show.

    What I liked the least was how strange the Chang plot feltSure, Ken Jeong sold the scenes very well, but watching him play a saxophone in his room by himself, wonder why his reflection is staring back at him and thinking there's a conspiracy involving an Arizona match-making company is ridiculous, even ridiculous for this show, which is filled with insane amounts of ridiculous stuff.

    Maybe I'm complaining too much. I loved the "Todd" hate, as it gave us a new member of the school to pay attention to. We got the return of Magnitude (Michael K. Williams' quote to him was classic as well) and some great Dean lines. But overall, this stuff just wasn't meshing together as well as it usuall does.

    The best scene of the episode was easily where the group argued in the study room, trying to figure out who is the most popular in the group, who is the least and why. It's filled dozens and dozens of great lines and it's fun to watch the group gradually wear down Todd, who starts off polite and willing to go along with everything and ends with him nearly crying and saying "Offense taken!"

    Maybe the episode will resonate with me better on repeat viewings, but right now, I'm sticking with last week's episode as my favorite so far.moreless
  • Not bad, but not great either.

    Chang was a hell of a lot better when he was an, er, unstable person in a position of relative power, rather than the pathetic butt monkey he's now.

    Nice to see some more ship teasing but other than that, it's becoming too clichéd. I love this programme but/thus I expected more from it. Much, much more.
  • the study group somewhats adds a new member

    I reallyenjoyedthis episode, this episode made me laugh and it could be the start of a new relationship within the group.

    The episode went back to Biology class and how they had to pair up with each other to do a project. Within there study group, there are seven member, so Pierce had to work with a student named Todd. Later, the study group want to switch partners, so they went to the study room todecide who will be working with Todd. Without ruining the ending, i will say that it does involve a turtle getting burned and a grown man crying.

    On aside note, was it just me or was Britta more attractive in this episode.moreless
David Neher

David Neher


Guest Star

Mel Rodriguez

Mel Rodriguez

Sgt. Nunez

Guest Star

Eddie Pepitone

Eddie Pepitone

Crazy Schmidt

Guest Star

Michael Kenneth Williams

Michael Kenneth Williams

Professor Kane

Recurring Role

Luke Youngblood

Luke Youngblood


Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Britta: (looking through practice psych evaluations the group just filled out)
      All right...somebody drew a penis. Oh, and another penis. Penis...penis...penis. Very mature guys...
      Jeff: I didn't draw a penis.
      Shirley: Me neither.
      Abed: (looking through the evaluations) Yeah, these are all normally filled out tests.
      Britta: Haha, got you. This was also a test and you all penised! ...passed! Maybe I need to take one... A test, not a penis!

    • Britta: (after the group filled out practice psych evaluations)
      Okay, who drew a butt?
      Troy: They are boobs. (pauses) And I don't know.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 6, 2011 on Citytv
      Sweden: October 15, 2012 on TV6
      Czech Republic: February 12, 2013 on SMICHOV