Community

Season 3 Episode 14

Pillows and Blankets

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 2012 on NBC
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  • THE DAN HARMON EFFECT

    Community: Pillows Are the New Paintballs

    Abed and Troy's rift grew to Civil War-sized proportions tonight as Community pulled off one of its most ambitious episodes ever.

  • Episode Summary

    The epic battle of Pillowtown vs. Blanketsburg continues at Greendale. The group is forced to take sides, while Jeff tries to form a compromise between Troy and Abed.

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    • An Epic Ep - Pillows and Blankets

      10
      This was genius! The narration, the pace....and as always a sharp and witty script, different camera angles, slow motion...the works. Possibly my favouite episode in all 3 seasons...up there with the Paintball eps...Well done!!!
    • Second Best of the Show So Far

      10
      I'm writing this after 315 was aired, which means that so far Community's had 64 episodes, of which only two or three have been disappointing to me and over sixty have been stunning, marvellous, fantastic ... yet, in my opinion, this one beats all but one of them (Remedial Chaos Theory, which IMO is still the best ever).



      It's just genius how they've achieved this: Community's in a league of its own and it's got its own language, its own inner jokes, its own Community way to be what it is. I love how they can take risks, for instance, this episode's the first where one of the main seven characters hasn't got any lines and becomes virtually an extra. Also one of the few episodes without the theme song. Love the whole drama of it, with the voiceovers and the scientifc way to describe the pillow and of course that man's outstanding voice and narration.



      In a way, I also see it as a Jeff vs Vice-Dean thing as the former ultimately performed the necessary damage control for what the latter had caused, both by being puppet masters for other people (especially the same two people). Love the malapropism and the lampshading, and of course Daybreak.



      Ever since Neil had his episode, I'd been wandering about him, and it's nice to see him happier and more confident now. I love Shirley being a badass, I love Britta being a failure, I love the way new characters are introduced (some may reappear later on, some may not), I love Jeff retaining some of his first-series quirks, I basically loved everything about this episode.moreless
    • The Civil War Part 2

      10
      This is another great gem, this show just keeps on supprising me and hasn't ran out of ammo yet. Who'd of thought that a pillow fight would become a grueling, brutal, tramatizing warfare and no one even dies. This episode basically parodies on the PBS documentry series "The Civil War" it's got some of the graphics, photography poses and shots only thing missing were good black and white photos (thanks a lot Britta). The villin music down to the narrator, Keith David was just great at narrating, I really like how he was sarcastic at times which I thought were some of the best and funniest quotes in the episode. Also liked that little reference joke with him at the end when he denies being in the show "The Cape" yeah I didn't think that show was great either.



      I just love how this episode truely behaved like a documentry from some of the rough cinematography as well as interviews which are hillarous. There were even some reference jokes like the shots of the activity in the tents is similar to some of the Gulf War footage, and also Pierce's plan on the armored pillow man obviously to the "Iron Man" movies. But what really drives it are each of the characteracter's behavors on how the war affected them like Sherley who acts like a seasoned army soilder, Annie a carring nurse, Jeff acting as a determined, idealistic if overly arrogant commander whom is fighting for all the wrong reasons, and of course both Troy and Abed whom are both hellbent on destroy one another for the stupidest reason ever that started the war in the first place actually same can be said for most other wars.



      But we do see that the war does get out of hand when both Troy and Abed then start to say some nasty and rather hurtful things to one another which makes the conflict become more than what it is. Even though Jeff didn't take the war seriously at first we see that it's taking it's toll on him psychologically and even physically as we see him grow a stubble. And he wants to talk to Anne to get perspective on things but Annie is unable or just not willing to help him due to her own troubles from the patients she attends to (how the hell anyone gets injured in a pillow fight is anyones guess) and her own feelings.



      Annie is partially right that Jeff does have a problem with exercising and dealing with his feelings appropritely or correctly. And that is the lesson of this episode which is to deal with feelings you have toward anyone or anything the right way. Troy and Abed both had conflicting opinons about something and instead of dealing with it maturely they made a rash and stupid decision to concoct a pointless war. But the end was touching as we see both of them decide to handle their conflict maturely and stop physically fighting each other because lets face it it's no contest with pillows as the only weapon, and in the end become friends.



      As a saying goes, it's beter to make friends than enimies.moreless
    • English Memorial

      9.5
      Very very funny and extremely well written - it is about time they put some serious conflict between characters, and Troy and Abed nonetheless. The touch with the narrator was hilarious, and as a whole, a great story; a mixture of comedy and tragedy - and it seems like it was extremely fun to film.
    • 3x14 "Pillows and Blankets"

      10
      This show is the best comedy on television at the moment. 'NUFF SAID!

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      • Narrator: The North Cafeteria, named after Admiral William North, is located in the western portion of East Hall, gateway to the western half of North Hall, which is named not after William North, but for its position above the south wall. It is the most contested and confusing battlefield on Greendale's campus, next to the English Memorial Spanish Center, named after English Memorial, a Portuguese sailor that discovered Greendale while looking for a fountain that cured syphilis.

      • Narrator: They were later nicknamed the "Changlorious Basterds." Like Inglorious Basterds but with "Chang" instead of "in." I don't get it either.

      • Narrator: Unfortunately for Britta, and millions of photographers like her, just because something is in black and white doesn't mean it's good.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: April 5, 2012 on Citytv
        Czech Republic: February 23, 2013 on SMICHOV
        Sweden: May 29, 2013 on TV6

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