Season 1 Episode 6

Football, Feminism and You

Aired Tuesday 12:00 AM Oct 22, 2009 on Yahoo
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Episode Summary

While Jeff urges Troy to sign up with the football team, Britta learns girl talk etiquette from Shirley. Dean Pelton and Pierce work together on the college football team mascot.

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  • Jeff finds out that his face has been plastered all over posters and brochures for Greendale. The President wants Jeff to talk Troy into going out for football and blackmails him as such. Britta finds out about female bathroom etiquette from Shirley.moreless

    An improvement over last week with a number of very specific storylines to follow.

    We have Jeff trying to get Troy to got out for football as the Principal is blackmailing him. We have Annie trying to get Troy not to go out for football as she wants him for herself. Pierce is working with the President of Greendale on the new mascot for Greendale, the Human Beings! Britta learns how to be accommodating and a good listener in the bathroom from Shirley. Finally Abed is laying low for the week.

    The main storyline is based on the fact that Troy was a top recruit before getting injured the second to last week of football season in high school and losing any scholarships he might have got. In the end when Jeff decides to talk Troy out of football because he feels guilty about tricking him, Troy comes back with the fact that he can play and feel no pressure here at Greendale as the rest of the team is awful. Annie comes to her senses and decides to support Troy as well.

    The mascot was atrocious as you can imagine anything from the mind of Pierce and President of the college could be.

    An amusing episode. I'm not sure what it is but this show is not laugh out loud funny. It's humorous in some ways I just don't find myself really getting into the stories. The numbers in the new time slot are not very good. We'll see how they keep going. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Best new show of this Fall

    While Jeff urges Troy to sign up with the football team, Britta learns girl talk etiquette from Shirley. Dean Pelton and Pierce work together on the college football team mascot.

    I found myself looking forward to the end of the episode in this one because I knew it would be hilarious and it was. The rest of the episode was decent it had some funny moments but I think we needed more of Duncan and Chang. I like the way all the characters are geeting plenty of screentime though because at first it was all Jeff and Britta but now everyone is getting plenty of screentime. I thought Britta's storyline in this one was the best.moreless
  • 106

    This show is really starting to test my patience, I like how all the characters are interacting with one another, but I have been beginning to think that maybe this show just isn't for me. The comedy is fair at best, Joel Mchale's character annoys me, and everything after the pilot has just seemed all too similar. A few funny gags, a nonsensical plot, a syrupy ending, and a few lines that you think mean something but don't end up meaning anything at all.

    Maybe I should give this show more credit, but at this point, it just seems like Community is trying too hard, you can really see there desperation in an episode like this one. I really hope this doesn't become the episode format, also don't even get me started on the Britta scenes. You'd think this cast would be likable, but the interactions between Britta & Shirley made me want to jump off a cliff. And the conversation between Jeff & Annie? Eye roll, please. Just not the best installment.moreless
  • The show's lost some of its appeal, but it's still funny.

    I'm not quite as excited about Community as I was a few weeks ago, when it first premiered, but I do believe it's the second funniest new addition to television right now. The show is fast-paced, the characters are all funny and have their own unique personality and the show is sometimes self-referential, sort of like 30 Rock and other shows like that.. if all this is true, then how come the show's ratings are lower than any other new comedy, even moreso than Hank, which is easily one of the worst shows I've seen in awhile? I'm going to be writing a blog on it, but I think the show, along with the other shows on NBC, deserve better than they get.

    Tonight's episode focused on three different plots: Jeff attempting to get Troy to play football again in order to avoid being blackmailed by the Dean of the college, Brita trying to get used to girls and their "bathroom talk" and Pierce attempting, with the Dean's help, to create a race-free mascot for the college. Some of the plots work (the football plot mostly) while the other two seem silly and exist simply to give something for the characters to do.. although Pierce's final mascot idea ends up paying off in a big way.

    I feel like the show has so much potential and could be around for at least a few more seasons.. but there's something missing from the show, something that's turning off viewers and making the show not as much to watch. Perhaps there's too much of a variety of characters and humor and the show gets too fast paced to be comfortable with. It's definitely not the characters, because every single one is endlessly entertaining.

    Regardless, this was another solid episode and I definitely enjoyed it. It's really hard to explain what I wish could be better, so I guess I'll just leave it be for now and soak in the funny that the show does provide right now.moreless
Charlotte Newhouse

Charlotte Newhouse

Professor Baker

Guest Star

Bill Parks

Bill Parks

Football Player

Guest Star

Sashi Bommakanty

Sashi Bommakanty

Security Guard/Abed Look-A-Like

Guest Star

Jim Rash

Jim Rash

Dean Craig Pelton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During this episode, Troy asks Jeff how he knows that his nickname in high school was "T-Bone"; also, at the end of the episode, when Troy and Abed take over the PA system, Troy refers to himself as "The Disco Spider". These two nicknames are both mentioned in a rap he and Abed did at the end of Episode 2, which starts with (translated from Spanish) "Where is the library, my name is T-Bone, the disco spider."

    • Troy's last name is Barnes.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (Annie storms away from Jeff)
      Jeff: (Calls after her) Yeah, don't bother trying that thing that women do where they walk away and make the guy feel like crap because it won't happen! Yeahh..! Dammit.

    • Jeff: Look. The Dean has picture of me, okay? Horrible pictures of me...attending his school!

    • Annie: (Pops out of a bush) A-ha! I've been following you! How much did the Dean pay you to make Troy play football?
      Jeff: I'm not having a conversation with someone who emerges from a bush.

    • Troy: Class blows. What I need to know about the universe is that I am the center of it!

    • Shirley: I like you too. I like that you're a little hard. But if you can't learn to be soft in there, you need to pee alone.
      Britta: I've peed alone my whole life. Women have always hated me. I don't even know how it started, maybe it was when I got boobs before everyone-
      Shirley: Shhhh! Not out here. (Motions to bathroom) In there.

    • Shirley: That is the lady's room, Britta. A place where ladies go to share, listen, support each other, and discretely eliminate waste.

    • Jeff: You'd be surprised at how many of your favorite football players got started at Community College.
      Troy: (Skeptical) Really? Name one.
      Jeff: Who's your favorite player?
      Troy: Me. Whoaaa!

    • Troy: I miss knowing what to think.
      Jeff: You still know what to think, Troy.
      Troy: Oh. Good.

    • Annie: Okay, what's the closest planet to the Earth?
      Troy: Planet Hollywood!

    • (About the posters which have Jeff's picture on them)
      Dean Pelton: I didn't realize before, but we should send those out to local businesses. Law firms, lawyer....companies. Legal...galleries.
      Jeff: Are you trying to blackmail me?
      Dean Pelton: I think so.

    • Dean Pelton: Jeffrey, did you not read the release agreement on the back of your registration form? I'm starting to see why someone used to be a lawyer!

    • Annie: We should still study a little more Astronomy later, right? Maybe over some Milky Ways, or some Mars Bars!
      Troy: Or pancakes!

    • Troy: (rapping) Hip, hop, body don't stop. At the side got the broom, don't need a mop. Put your teammate in a box, put a ribbon on top. We're not John Kerry cause we don't flip-flop. Say 'Ho!'
      Annie: Troy, why are you doing our politically conservative high-school's shamefully outdated fight rap? Have you been playing football?

    • (looking at the diverse study group)
      Dean Pelton: There is just, boy, there is just one of every kind of you, isn't there?
      Pierce: Well, we are missing a pipsqueak, but we don't want one, so beat it!
      Britta: Uh, Pierce, that's the dean.

    • Britta: I'm willing to try some more mainstream feminine stuff.
      Jeff: Well, then you should know that nothing says 'I'm a woman' like... doing it with me.
      Britta: Nothing says 'I'm a pig' like you.

    • Pierce: Gentlemen, I present to you the Greendale Human Being. (shows Pelton and Jeff his drawing of the school mascot)
      Jeff: That's a falcon with a gun. (Pierce flips his sketch pad sideways) Now, it's a falcon with an erection.

    • (Jeff convincing Troy to play for the football team)
      Jeff: This decision has to be yours, T-Bone. And this decision has to be yes.
      Troy: How did you know my nickname was T-Bone?
      Jeff: Because you're a football player. And your name begins with 'T'. Your name begins... with 'T'.

    • Jeff: I think not being racist is the new racism.

    • Jeff: You're just as selfish as I am. You're just not as good at it yet.
      Annie: You're right. I could never be as good as you. Probably because I actually care.
      Jeff: Profound, but technically meaningless.

    • Troy: (to Jeff) I don't know about you, but I know I ended up here because things weren't that great out there. You should try accepting where you're at, man. Take a pottery class or something.

    • Jeff: I'm saying you're a football player. It's in your blood!
      Troy: That's racist.
      Jeff: Your soul!
      Troy: That's racist.
      Jeff: Your eyes?
      Troy: That's gay?
      Jeff: That's homophobic.
      Troy: That's black.
      Jeff: That's racist!
      Troy: Damn!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 22, 2009 on Citytv
      Latin America: March 11, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      Sweden: March 8, 2010 on TV6
      Czech Republic: December 28, 2012 on SMICHOV

    • Although credited, Ken Jeong (Señor Chang) does not appear in the episode.


    • Dean Pelton: Whoa! Yoko Ono much?

      As Annie discourages Troy from reviving his football career, Dean Pelton alludes to Yoko Ono, wife of the late rock legend John Lennon. Some music fans have blamed Ono for the breakup of the Beatles.

    • Dean Pelton: If you said 'stop,' he'd say 'hammer time.'

      "Stop... hammer time!" is a popular catchphrase borne out of the song "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer from his 1990 album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em.

    • Jeff: I'm not having a conversation with someone who emerges from a bush.
      Annie: Because I'm right?
      Jeff: No, because I'm not in a commercial for a breakfast cereal.

      In the Trix cereal "Trix are for kids!" commercials, the Trix rabbit is seen coming out of a bush trying to steal the children's cereals.