Season 1 Episode 17

Physical Education

Aired Tuesday 12:00 AM Mar 04, 2010 on Yahoo
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Episode Summary

Jeff enrolls in a pool class but is bullied by the teacher. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang tries to help Abed's girl problem.

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  • This episode had me howling but I definitely felt that there were some iffy moments in here that made me question if Community has jumped the shark...

    I couldn't help but laugh out loud at numerous points in this episode. The one-liners were spot on and I know that there are loads of quotables that I'll have to learn. It was also a pretty nice lesson that Abed gave the rest of the group in terms of self esteem and knowing who you are. I was glad to see that it didn't just turn into an awkward episode about Abed becoming a more suave guy, a la Steve Urkel, to win the girl.

    But some parts of the episode were borderline over the top and while funny, seemed out of character for the show in that it wasn't very witty and was very cliche. For example, Abed finds out that mystery girl has a boyfriend who is a white version of Abed (looked like he was played by Danny Pudi). Even though that was only good for a few second's laughs, it was too much like Ross/Russ from Friends ages ago. Another over the top moment was Jeff having a naked billiards battle with the coach. What can I say but "oh come on!"

    In the end, it was a fun episode and very entertaining but I definitely feel like there was not enough wit and too many sight gags in this episode which seems a bit out of sync with normal Community style. Danny Pudi is hilarious though and does a damn good Don Draper. And I have to say I'm starting to wonder if Britta really is a lesbian...moreless
  • You want a summary of a sit com plot? Color of Money, only hilarious.

    I am throwing down the gauntlet. This was the funniest episode of a situation comedy, ever. It was perfectly choreographed, and I do not mean just the pool sequence, the entire show. Every reference was golden. All the characters meshed in this one show, bringing out their chemistry perfectly. To all who made this happen on the show, wow. If one person is responsible, who are you? This episode was brilliant. It would have been sacrilege to watch anything else that night, so I did not. Community stands alone on Thursdays, and on any night, of any year. Who knew? I do now. I have been catching the show sporadically, now i will catch up, and never miss it. The rest of NBC Thursday is unwatchable.moreless
  • Hilarious episode, probably best one so far.

    I found this episode to be hilarious, although it seemed to be a slight departure from the usual Community formula. I thought perhaps the wit and the dialogue wasn't as sharp as it has been in some episodes, and maybe they went for a few slightly cheap laughs with the naked game of pool, but I certainly wasn't dwelling on this while I was watching - this episode made me laugh more then any other episode so far. I thought it was nice the way the whole gang rallied around Abed to get him a girl, and the way the situation was reversed and Abed destroyed their assumptions about him. And then the hilarity of the naked naked pool game, with all the gang rallying around Jeff. And the Bert and Ernie impersonations was a fun way to end.moreless
Jill Latiano

Jill Latiano


Guest Star

Carrie Wiita

Carrie Wiita

Jenny Adams

Guest Star

Blake Clark

Blake Clark

Coach Bogner

Guest Star

Jim Rash

Jim Rash

Dean Craig Pelton

Recurring Role

Richard Erdman

Richard Erdman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Britta: So we didn't damage your self-esteem or anything?
      Abed: Britta, I've got self-esteem falling out of my butt.

    • Britta: (after Jeff drops the bagels) Oh great, so much for bag-els.
      Jeff: So much for what?
      Britta: The bag-els. You dropped them on the floor.
      Troy: Uhh, they're called bagels.
      Britta: Uhh, I lived in New York, Troy. I know what a bag-el is.

    • Jeff: If you all excuse me, I have a man to beat in pool while wearing shorts!
      Pierce: Is that code for going number 1 or number 2?

    • (After receiving the outfit for playing pool)
      Leonard: You're going to look like an ass in those.
      Jeff: Shut up, Leonard. I talked to your son on family day. I know all about your gambling.
      Leonard: (quietly) Touché.

    • Abed: So you guys are going to Can't Buy Me Love me, right?
      Britta: We're going to what you?
      Abed: You're going to Can't Buy Me Love me. You know, transform me zero to hero, geek to chic.
      Troy: Ohh, he wants us to Love Don't Cost A Thing him. Can't Buy Me Love was the remake for white audiences.
      Shirley: That's so uncomfortable when they do that. I can't believe they do that.

    • Troy: So we have a name: Jenny Adams.
      Pierce: See? It's a fat girl's name. It might as well be Gravy Jones.

    • Senor Chang: Adios!
      Class: Adios.
      Senor Chang: (enunciating) Adios!
      Class: (enunciating) Adios.
      Senor Chang: Adios.
      Class: Adios..
      Senor Chang: Guys. Class is over. I'm trying to get you to leave.

    • (Looking at Troy's book with a drawing of Abed in it)
      Shirley: Oh it's a picture of Abed and there are hearts all around it! Strictly speaking, Troy, The Bible condemns this kind of friendship.

    • Jeff: White Abed?
      Shirley: Jenny's boyfriend is a white guy that is almost identical to Abed. His name is Joey, and that's why the sketch was in Troy's book
      Jeff: So does that make Abed "Brown-Joey"?
      Shirley: If you wanna get racist about it!

    • (Abed just did an impersonation of Jeff)
      Troy: Whoa, that's a good Jeff! How'd you do that?
      Abed: 10% Dick Van Dyke, 20% Sam Malone, 40% Zach Braff from Scrubs and 30% Hilary Swank from Boys Don't Cry.
      Jeff: Zach Braff?!
      Abed: Sorry.

    • Troy: You should be like Calvin! His best friend was a tiger, he always went on dope adventures, and if anything stood in his way, he just peed on it!

    • Shirley: We have to find this girl for Abed, unless it's a boy, then we have to find him for Jesus!

    • Troy: It's a white Abed!
      Pierce: It's like Abed..but employable!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 4, 2010 on Citytv,
      Latin America: May 27, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony),
      Sweden: October 18, 2010 on TV6,
      Czech Republic: January 8, 2013 on SMICHOV,


    • Abed recreates a scene from Mad Men, with him as Don Draper, flirting with Annie (Alison Brie). Brie plays Trudy Campbell on Mad Men.

    • Abed: 10% Dick Van Dyke 20% Sam Marlow, 40% Zach Braff from Scrubs and 30% Hilary Swank from Boys Don't Cry.
      Dick Van Dyke is famous for having his own show in the early 60's, while Sam Malone is a character made famous by Ted Danson in the TV series Cheers.

    • (The bagels fall to the floor)
      Abed: Thirteen.

      This is an allusion to a scene from the 1988 movie Rain Man: Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) accidentally spills a box of toothpicks on the floor and immediately (and correctly) states that 246 of them fell.

    • Sesame Street

      Abed and Troy portray Bert and Ernie respectively in their bit in the credits. They also move their arms and eat as if they were muppets.
      This allusion is especially apt as the characters' relationship is often referred to throughout the series as quite homosexual. Bert and Ernie are often thought to have a similar relationship, although nothing of the sort is ever said blatantly out loud.

    • The Color Of Money

      Jeff showboating while playing billiards to the strains of "Werewolves Of London" is a reference to the 1986 movie The Color Of Money, starring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.