Season 1 Episode 9

Debate 109

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

Jeff and Annie team up against City College for the debate championship. Pierce applies hypnotherapy on Britta to help her quit smoking while Shirley is weirded out as Abed's films appear to predict the future.

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  • Jeff gets bribed into joining Annie in a debate against City College. Pierce tries to help Britta stop smoking. Abed's videos are really strange in that they predict the actions of all the people in the Spanish study group freaking Troy and Shirley out.moreless

    An entertaining episode in which Jeff and Annie seem to discover each other through Abed's predictions. Pierce actually seems to help Britta with his fake psychiatry by accident. Finally everyone is a little freaked by Abed's student films using a group of actors that look like the group and act like them too. Troy and Shirley are especially upset.

    The debate which is the main focus of the episode is about whether man is inherently good or bad. Greendale had the bad position. The City College nemesis was interesting in that they used a man in a motorized chair as the main combatant. This guy would have been a good example of the bad in people if they got personal. It was his taunting of Jeff that propelled him to fight back.

    The Pierce/Britta bit was funny. In the end it was pretty humorous what triggered Britta to really stop smoking. Also the Abed films were creepy. I wonder if they will deal with this subject in the future or just let it go as they do with most of the Abed bits? Something about this show just doesn't click at times. It seems a little staged maybe and it really seems to be made more of piecemeal bits than real plots with any substance. Sometimes the funniest shows are the ones that deal a little in reality. Also this show hits you more like a moronic High School than a Junior College. Other than the Halloween episode none of them have been laugh out loud funny. More like sketch shows. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Jeff gets bribed to go into the debate team with Anne, Abed makes films that show their futures, and Pierce helps Brita to stop smoking by hypnotism. Jeff and Anne show signs of attraction to each other and kiss during the debate.moreless

    I loved this episode. I thought it was funny and had some sexual tension between Jeff and Anne. I really hope then run with that and don't just neglect it. Over all a great episode, probably my favorite one! I like it when Brita is more of an outside character rather then a main one. I just think this show keeps getting better and better. Don't get me wrong there as been some down episodes but over all this show is very entertaining and genius. I don't mind when their are a few dry episodes compared to a crappy season. Keep up the great work producers, its a great show!moreless
  • Jeff is bribed...


    As I sat down to write this week I was aware of the impulse to bash this new Jeff-Annie tryst, or at least jerk it mightily with my knee. As strong and dangerous impulses go however, the real danger would be passing any kind of judgment at all. I don’t know yet where this new development will lead. I don’t even know yet if Community is going to be the kind of show where these things necessarily have lasting consequences. So in the spirit of an awkwardly worded marketing survey, let’s assess it “solely on the basis of the enjoyment it provided this week” and see what we’re left with... (1) Allison Brie is an attractive female and (2) that was mostly pleasant.

    But Community continues to be more than just pleasant and chock full of Allison Brie (moreless
  • Very good episode.

    I've sort of come to grips with the fact that Community contains a lot of the same jokes and whatnot from episode to episode. The characters tend to not move very far beyond their basic personality traits, and when they do, the show really shines. However, I really enjoyed this episode. It gave Joel McHale a chance to shine as Jeff once again, and it also allowed us to have a very entertianing plot involving a debate between City College and the community college.

    I liked the tension between Jeff and Annie, as it was came across as more realistic than Annie and Troy liking each other, and tied in perfectly with Abed's ridiculous plot about being able to predict the future through his movies. As usual, Pierce's plot did absolutely nothing for me and Shirley and the rest of the cast only had a few laughs.

    At times, the show comes across as a bit too fast paced. The jokes are so quick that it seems less then natural. It seems like the actors are programmed to respond in a certain way to certain cues. Then again, the show comes across as very natural. That being said, the show has appeared as a bit uneven to me in the last couple of weeks. It's still a great show, and one I'll stick around to watch.. I guess I just want to see some new stuff.moreless
John Michael Higgins

John Michael Higgins

Professor Whitman

Guest Star

Aaron Himelstein

Aaron Himelstein

Jeremy Simmons

Guest Star

Danny Seckel

Danny Seckel


Guest Star

Jim Rash

Jim Rash

Dean Craig Pelton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Pierce: Oh this is a real barn-burner! Oh no, did I just say "cross burner"?
      Shirley: (Offended) No you did not!

    • Jeff: My competitor likened people to pure fallen snow, I would respond "There is none righteous. No, not one." Now I realize Mr. Simmon's quote was from the great Franz Vickmeyer. Mine was just from a simple desert handy man...named Jesus.
      Shirley: (From the audience) Ohh that's nice!!

    • (Watching one of Abed's films)
      Shirley: I'm sorry.. is that me being chased down by a werewolf?
      Abed: Yeah. And that's how you'd behave in that situation though.
      Shirley: The situation chased down.. by a werewolf?

    • Troy: I liked you better when you were smoking!
      Britta: I am so sorry!
      Troy: No! You're right. My feet are long and stupid. (Crying) You can't un-ring that bell.

    • Annie: Maybe Simmons is right! You really are all sizzle and no steak. You probably couldn't beat him if you tried.
      Jeff: What do you mean I can't beat him? You and I are going to study harder than we've ever studied before and beat City College tomorrow!
      Annie: Really?!
      Jeff: No! Who am I?! iCarly?

    • Shirley: (To Abed) You tell me my future now, you evil wizard!!

    • (Watching one of Abed's films)
      Troy: Why am I crying? Would I accidentally listen to "Come Sail Away" by Styx again?!

    • Abed: I know what you're going to say. You watched my movies online.
      Shirley: He's a witch!
      Troy: Get him!!

    • Dean Pelton: So, what's it going to take? A plum parking space, free meals, a.. uh, night of companionship...if you know what I mean.
      Jeff: I'll do it for the parking space. And if you promise not to tell me what you mean.

    • Dean Pelton: Oh Mr. Winger, did you happen to hear my announcement?
      Jeff: I hang on every word.
      Dean Pelton: I'm going to assume that's sarcasm.
      Jeff: Correct.
      Dean Pelton: So you didn't hear my announcement?
      Jeff: I'm barely listening now.

    • Pierce: Have you ever tried hypnotherapy? I know a dynamite hypnotherapist.
      Jeff: Ten to one says it's him.
      Pierce: His name is Pierce Hawthorne, and I am very affective.

    • Jeff: Britta's trying to give up cigarettes.
      Britta: Don't tell them my business! I will slap that smug look right off your pointy face!
      Jeff: Britta, I'm saying this because I care about you and you are my friend...You need to start smoking again.

    • Professor Whitman: Jeffrey, as debate coach, I am offering you an opportunity to spend the night drinking from the cup of life rather than romancing your nether regions in front of the E! channel.

    • Dean Pelton: Greendale needs a win. The best compliment our sports program gets is that our basketball team is really gay.

    • Professor Whitman: (to Jeff) A little trick for achieving the proper competitive mindset -- I always envision my opponent having aggressive sex with my mother.

    • (Shirley grabs newspaper from Abed)
      Abed: That's my newspaper.
      Shirley: What do you need the paper for? You knew what was going to happen yesterday, you Middle Eastern magic 8-ball!

    • Annie: What's wrong?
      Jeff: There's this weird pain right above my eyebrow.
      Annie: It's called a stress headache. I got my first one when I was four.

    • Pierce: (during Britta's hypnosis) While you're under so deep, you'll find yourself attracted to... slightly older men. Perhaps some barrel-chested stud with just enough tummy to love. You want to buy him dinner then go back to his hot tub. Perhaps you'll invite one of your friends to join us for a three-way. Maybe someone with low self-esteem and slightly larger breasts.

    • Professor Whitman: Jeffrey, your preparation was impeccable. You remind me of a young me, with slightly worse hair.

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