Season 1 Episode 23

Modern Warfare

Aired Tuesday 12:00 AM May 06, 2010 on Yahoo
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Episode Summary

Members of the study group discuss the sexual tension between Britta and Jeff. The campus turns into a war zone and friendships are tested when an early registration contest kicks off.

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  • Awesome Episode

    "Jeff Winger.... You son of a bitch..... I thought you were dead man.."

    Absolutely Awesome! That's all I can say.

  • By far the best episode of the season.

    I don't even know how I'm going to stretch this to 100 words, after watching it I can really only think of three words to describe it, best. episode. ever. A review can't even begin to describe how great it is. The callbacks and parodies of all the action movies were hilarious, as were the shots at Glee, and glee clubs in general. It made paintball look like so much fun, and made the game incredibly epic. There were really no problems at all in this episode, it was written and acted out perfectly. I guess if there's one thing that worries me it's, how are they possibly going to top this?moreless
  • This is what the show is capable of.

    Much like the gangster episode, "Contemporary American Poultry", you have this surreal plot that drives away from your average Community episode. Not only was it the best episode this season in terms of comedy, it had some great action sequences that surprised me.

    When Jeff awakes in his car and steps out to this zombie like atmosphere you know somethings different and that the episode is going to be a special one. It was so well done. Senor Chang also plays a great role as usual, where we see him in full blown psycho mode that was so fitting and hilarious.

    There is also some romantic aspects to the episode that I won't spoil but its pretty vital and a great episode to establish it in.moreless
  • So many great quotes, so many epic action sequences

    This episode was so much fun to watch. It started out like a normal Community episode...until Jeff stepped from his car into the post-apocalyptic quadrangle and the nerd told him that..."This is not over, this is still happening!" And from there it just got better and better. What other sitcom could plausibly portray such a sceario, jam packed with action movie references and cliches. The sequences with Chang entering the room, the ensuing slow motion shootout with Britta, and Jeff diving from his paint bomb was so epic. It was nice to see Jeff and Britta hook up too, and the perfect situation for it.moreless
  • An epic, epic episode. This episode is the reason why I'm hooked on Community!

    This is a ridiculously entertaining episode. There are three main reasons why:

    1. The comedy. Sarcasm, one liners, and insults; this episode is chopped full of the good stuff.

    2. The action. This show's plot did what few other shows would be able to get away with, and I loved it. The Big Bang Theory (which I also love) did a paintball based episode, but I will admit that it was not nearly as hilarious as Community's paintball blast. And along the same lines as "action," I'm glad the romantic plot was addressed (in a big way) but did not distract from the main focus.

    3. The characters. I'm so happy to find a show that is nearly completely rid of cliches. There's also, and I hope they stick around for a really long time!moreless
Brian Michael Jones

Brian Michael Jones


Guest Star

Ulysses Lee

Ulysses Lee

Chess Club Geek #1

Guest Star

Patrick Rafferty

Patrick Rafferty

Chess Club Geek #2

Guest Star

Jim Rash

Jim Rash

Dean Craig Pelton

Recurring Role

Dino Stamatopoulos

Dino Stamatopoulos


Recurring Role

Richard Erdman

Richard Erdman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Gareth: Dean announced the prize. The prize! We... we turned on each other like... like animals!
      Jeff: What was the prize?
      Gareth: Was?! This is not over! This is still happening! Right now!

    • Jeff: (from down the hall) Dean!!
      Dean Pelton: ...just one moment.
      (Jeff breaks into the office)
      Dean Pelton: Why, hello there, Jeffrey... that's a good look for you.
      Jeff: Every body out there is shooting each other for nothing, while you sit here in your ivory tower!

    • Britta: Oh my God, you've been hit!
      Jeff: What?! Oh no! (examines) Oh wait, wait! It's blood! (laughs) I thought it was paint, but I'm just bleeding! Talk about luck!

    • Troy: You thinkin' what I'm thinkin'?
      Shirley: Mm-hmm! Our team's walking with God!
      Troy: I'm thinking we might be the only seven left, in which case, this is a window for the two of us to take out the others.
      Shirley: Real nice, Troy. That'd be great PR for the black students!
      Troy: I am not an ambassador! I'm Gladiator! Now you want to win, or not?
      (Troy gets shot)
      Shirley: Troy made God mad!!

    • Jeff: Tell the drama club their tears will be real today!

    • Annie: Let's get back to Britta and Jeff!
      Jeff: There is no "Britta and Jeff"!
      Pierce: He said... fully erect.

    • Troy: What's the prize?
      Dean Pelton: It was a blue-ray dvd player, but it got stolen. So now it's "TBD"!
      Troy: I want TBD! Is that new?
      Pierce: If it's what I think, I had it for about a month in the 70's.

    • Jeff: You're not even a student!
      Senor Chang: Wrong! (Brandishes admission slip while gyrating head) Critical Media Literacy and Politics of Gender, bee-yotch!

    • Dean Pelton: I can't believe this game is still going on, it's 2AM! What if someone gets hurt and the police come? They'll think I'm a bad dean! There's classes in the morning, this has to stop!
      Senor Chang: Put me in the game! 'Cause I'll take everyone out. I play paintball three times a week, bro. I'm even one of those douche bags that brings in his own equipment.

    • Britta: Shirley, I'm gonna win that prize for you and your boys.
      Shirley: That's nice.
      Jeff: Shirley, I'm gonna win that prize, but not for you and your boys.
      Shirley: That's less nice.

    • Jeff: Please tell me you didn't have sex with me to win at paintball?
      Britta: No, I had sex with you and now I'm gonna win at paintball. Don't be gross.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 6, 2010 on Citytv,
      Sweden: November 29, 2010 on TV6,
      Czech Republic: January 14, 2013 on SMICHOV,

  • ALLUSIONS (18)

    • The smiley face on the cafeteria door, when the Jeff, Britta, Shirley and Abed are battling the Disco gang, is Red John's trademark from The Mentalist.

    • Jeff shooting around the Dean's office while screaming is a reference to Rambo 2.

    • Troy's line "I thought you were dead, man" to Jeff is a reference to Escape from New York.

    • This episode's plot line shares the same structure to the 2000 Japanese movie Battle Royale.

    • Shirley reciting Bible verses while shooting refers to Boondock Saints.

    • The scene where Jeff wakes up and gets out of his car is a reference to 28 Days Later.

    • Jeff's outfit in this episode is a direct take-off from John McClane's outfit in Die Hard.

    • The Matrix When Abed saves Jeff from Leonard, he makes a jump against the wall. This is the same kind of jump (and an allusion) to the lobby shootout in The Matrix

    • The scene when Senor Chang walks into the room with his large automatic paintball gun and starts firing like crazy is referring to the scene at the end of Scarface when Tony Montana walks into the room and starts shooting the place up with his "little friend". Senor Chang is even wearing similar clothes.

    • Gold Guns

      Two gold guns Senor Chang carries is an allusion to the movie Face/Off where Nicholas Cage's characters Trademark are his 2 gold guns.

    • The episode title is an allusion to the first-person shooter war video game "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" (2007).

    • Chronicles of Riddick: The outfit Abed is wearing throughout most of the episode is based on the outfit of Vin Diesel's character Richard B. Riddick in the Chronicles of Riddick franchise. The goggles are one of Riddick's main trademarks.

    • "You think I'm Stupid, Hans?" This line and scene were a shout-out to Die Hard, where John McClain gives the bad guy Hans Gruber a gun with an empty clip, and later when Hans tries to shoot him he says the same thing.

    • Die Hard

      Jeff having a gun taped to his back so he can get one last shot at the "bad guy" (Dean Pelton) is an allusion to the ending of the 1988 movie Die Hard.

    • Predator

      Señor Chang's maniacal, high-pitched laugh as he sets off a bomb on himself is a reference to the ending of 1987 movie Predator.

    • Wanted

      The paint balls curving and colliding in mid-air is a reference to the 2008 movie Wanted.

    • Roller Skater: (sing-song) Study group...come out and play-yay!

      This eerie taunt is from the 1979 movie The Warriors by Luther, who clinks together soda bottles while calling out, "Warriors, come out and play-yay!"

    • Abed: Come with me if you don't want paint on your clothes.
      Abed's delivery and stance are identical to Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2 when he says to Linda Hamilton, "Come with me if you want to live." This line was delivered by different characters in all four of the Terminator movies as well as the television series, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles.