Season 3 Episode 4

Remedial Chaos Theory

Aired Tuesday 12:00 AM Oct 13, 2011 on Yahoo
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  • Episode Summary


    When Troy and Abed decide to share an apartment, they host a party for the group, which takes on an altered reality as several scenarios play out.

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    • I love how Abed rules the universe

      This is one of the best episodes in a show filled with great episodes. Not sure why they end up with overall poor ratings.
    • Flawless

      I've been watching American sitcoms since the early '80s and this is by far the funniest episode of any sitcom I've ever seen. The only one which comes close is the episode of Frasier where Niles and Daphne are dancing the tango. Simply brilliant.

      Non-stop laughs the entire time. Brilliant moments that stay true to the characters, an amazingly creative concept which is still ultimately just about one person getting out of the room to answer the door for a pizza delivery guy, leading to such overall insanity.

      I don't even know what to say. So many laugh-out-loud moments. Britta's pizza dance! Troy's candy cigarette! Pierce with Eartha Kitt and airplanes! The dance they did to The Police's Roxanne, I so wanted to be there in that party! And NORWEGIAN TROLLS!

      Holy mother of sitcoms, words fail me... Dan Harmon for president!!moreless
    • "Do I need to refill the toilet olives?"

      I want a vending machine skin for my fridge! In this episode, we're introduced to Troy and Abed's new apartment. The housewarming party is explored in different timelines as each member of the study group takes their turn getting the pizza.

      I loved this episode. My friends and I actually refer to Abed's theory of alternative timelines when we can't decide between multiple things to do. We once found ourselves in the dark timeline when the restaurant ruined our dinner and we've been trying to find our way back to the primary timeline ever since. I need to make myself a felt goatee, but I don't know where to buy felt.

      As much as I enjoyed this episode, I did get annoyed by the continuity issue of Shirley constantly touching the presumably hot pan she'd just pulled from the oven. Why didn't she have matching religious themed oven mitts to protect her poor fingers?moreless
    • Wow. ...Um, Wow!

      This is possibly the best episode of any tv series that I have seen ever. That is insane! Even if you don't watch the show, it would still be worth watching this, there is enough revealed about the characters that you could watch is as a totally new viewer. The way this is directed and acted out kept me on the edge of my seat, wishing that a 20 minute episode would never end, and this is a COMEDY show! Damn. That was very impressive.moreless
    • "Clearly you don't understand anything about defeating trolls." Genius.

      I was sceptical about giving this show a chance as I didn't care much for the synopsis and assumed it would be a cliche-ridden waste of my time.

      I was overjoyed to be proven so wrong.

      As the series has progressed and the characters have found their individual voices and personalities it has gone from strength to strength, in my humble opinion. Sure, some episodes are funnier than others, but it has the ability to make me laugh out loud every time I watch it.This episode highlighted some of the intimate dynamics between the characters in a hilarious way and is an ideal jumping-on point for anyone new to the series as it gives you a great idea of how the show works without having to have seen past episodes to get any in-jokes.I could write more about nuances inherent in the charaters and the interplay between them, but instead I'll just recommend that you watch this episode and hope that you find it as funny as I do.

      "Time flys when I'm baking!""No, it doesn't."

      Still makes me cry with laughter at the Troy/Pierce scenes and the final/funeral scene.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • In the second to last scene, Pierce is shown throwing away the present he brought for Troy. Few seconds later, when Jeff returns, he can be seen doing the same thing again.

      • In the first shot, Annie asks Britta "didn't they say 304?" at the door of Troy and Abed's apartment (No. 303) and Britta responds "No, 303, I wrote it down twice".

        This is a reference to the fact that this episode was shot as the third of the season and planned to air as 3x03 but was later changed to 3x04. Gilian Jacobs wrote the joke after the change was made.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Abed: Guys, I've been thinking about that night over and over and one thing's become clear. This is the darkest, most terrible timeline.
        Britta: Enough with the timeline crap, Abed! Pierce got shot in the leg and died. Shirley's a drunk. Annie's locked in a mental ward because her guilt drove her insane. Jeff lost an arm in the fire. Troy lost his larynx because, for some dumb reason, he tried to destroy a flaming troll doll by eating it.
        Troy: (computerized voice) Clearly you don't understand anything about defeating trolls.
        Britta: Life has gone to hell, Abed! This is real! Look at us! Look at me!
        Jeff: Britta, you put one wash-away blue streak in your hair and I lost an arm.
        Britta: Exactly. Life got dark.

      • Britta: Hey, guys, this is Toby, our pizza delivery guy. And I know this is gonna sound nuts, but we're in love and we're gonna get married.

      • Britta: (about Jeff) He's butting antlers with you because you're a threat now. You've got your own place, you've got a future, you've got a...bowl full of olives next to the toilet.
        Troy: It's a fancy party, Britta.

      • Troy: Uh, guys? What does a pregnancy test look like?
        Jeff: It's like a thin piece of plastic with a thing at the end of it.
        Troy: (Pulls a gun out of Annie's purse) Okay, so this is definitely a gun.

      • Jeff: (On who should get the pizza) Starting on my left with one, your number comes up, you go.
        Abed: Just so you know Jeff, you are now creating six different time lines.
        Jeff: Of course I am, Abed.

      • Jeff: I have to leave early.
        Abed: Oh?
        Jeff: Yeah, sorry. I've got an invite to the opening of a new club. (holds up invitation) Look at this place, it's like it was designed for me.
        Abed: It was. I made that in Photoshop and mailed it to you a month ago, so you would keep tonight open on your calendar.
        Jeff: There's no such thing as Single Malt Platinum Boobs and Billiards Club? (pauses, sighs) I guess I never said it out loud.

      • Abed: We read a book on how to be perfect party hosts. Rule number one: dress to impress.
        Troy: Rule number two: avoid touchy topics like the Negro problem. (pauses) The book was written in the 40s.

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