Season 1 Episode 20

The Science of Illusion

Aired Tuesday 12:00 AM Mar 25, 2010 on Yahoo
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Episode Summary

While Britta tries to make up for a prank gone wrong, Shirley and Annie become the new security officers on campus. Meanwhile, Pierce does everything he can to try to reach a higher level in his Buddhist Church.

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  • Best episode so far!

    I think this was the best Community episode so far and I'm very happy that I didn't give up on this show because of the average and sometimes not-funny episodes at the beginning! I'm also glad that they got a season two order!

    How the guys made fun of Pierce and his cult (scientology? anyone?) was great. The outfit and his powers, awesome. :D

    Abed's "Annie & Shirley – The Campus Cops" was hilarious!! His cable should be out more often so we can see more tv shows on Community. Two of my highlight scenes from this storyline: Annie running with the pepper spray and Annie smashing Jeff's head against the table – not just once!! :D
  • Funny

    Funny I loved it. Why I have to write 100 words? I don't understand it.. WHY? this show is the funniest show in TV right now. I love it. great great great great great great great v great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v vmoreless
  • Another good episode, but the humor was a bit inconsistent.

    Community is one of my favorite new shows and I am used to seeing it being funny throughout the episode, this one I felt was lacking though. Britta's idea from the beginning was a disaster, and they were pretty rough on her for being a buzzkill, none of that was funny. The funniest part actually came from Abed, when he was following around Shirley and Annie as the campus police, the hardest I laughed the entire episode was when he acted like the tough police chief from all the buddy cop movies. The ending was pretty stupid with all the crying and everyone making an enemy out of Jeff, which I didn't feel was deserved on his part. To top it off another funny, random pre credits skit from Troy and Abed. A good episode, but not one of the best from the season.moreless
Jay Johnston

Jay Johnston

Police Officer #2

Guest Star

Eve Brent

Eve Brent


Guest Star

Craig Cackowski

Craig Cackowski

Police Officer #1

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 (20)

    • Abed: (with southern accent) I am sick and tired of making excuses for you two! You're an embarrassment to the department! You're off the case and off the force. Your badges, your windbreakers, now. Now!! I ain't got all day! Agitated my Sciatica. I'm too old for this! Now get out of my sight. Thought you were bad-asses, huh? Really bad asses work together! All I see is a housewife and a girl scout!
      Annie: Hey!
      Shirley: Abed!
      Abed: I said get out! And don't even think about getting near this case! Uh-uh!
      (Shirley and Annie leave)
      Dean Pelton: Pretty harsh.
      Abed: (Normal voice) Oh, don't worry, that's what they needed.

    • Jeff: Britta, why waste your time envying my gift for levity when there's so much you could be doing with your natural talent for severity?

    • Pierce: I don't even deserve this Buddhist meteor wand.
      Troy: (Crying) It's not a meteor, it's a cookie wand. Me and Jeff made because it made you look more like the Cookie Crisp Wizard, which is not even a reference that I get because the Cookie Crisp mascot wasn't a wizard when I was a kid. It was a burglar! I just pretended like I knew because I wanted Jeff to think I was smart!

    • Jeff: Nice frame up job, Britta-dict Arnold.
      Troy: Oh! Colonial burn!

    • Dean Pelton: I can see how that would be frustrating, but the thing is-
      Abed: Your ass is on the line.
      Dean Pelton: My ass is on the line.
      Abed: You just got off the phone with the Mayor.
      Dean Pelton: I just got off the phone with- what?! The Mayor?! Stop doing that!

    • Annie: (To the Cops) Good Morning, boys. I'm Annie Edison, but people call me Psycho because I had a break down in high school. My partner's a Christian house-wife.

    • Dean Pelton: I just don't want this to tarnish our school's reputation.
      Officer: Don't worry. Your school's reputation is way worse than this.

    • Annie: So...what happens in level 6?
      Pierce: Well, nobody in my hive has ever seen a 6, but from what I hear, I'll have an immunity to germs, a heightened psychic ability, improved night vision..
      Troy: (Mocking) Any bonuses to your combat score?
      Pierce: I assume I'll fight better if I can see more, dumb ass.

    • Pierce: My Buddhist Church is having its annual ascension ceremony and I will be becoming a level 6 Laser Lotus! (The group just stares at him) I know! I was speechless too!

    • Annie: I wanna be security!
      Shirley: Ooh! We should do it together! We could be partners!
      Abed: That's a buddy-cop movie I'd watch. But I wonder, which of you would be by the book, and which of you would be the bad ass?
      Shirley: Oh, Abed! You're so silly. I'd be the bad ass.

    • Pierce: (Crying) Troy, do you want a bite of my cookie wand?
      Troy: (Also crying) I do!

    • Annie: Jeff, where were you last night?
      Jeff: At a bar.
      Pierce: Called it!
      Shirley: Who can confirm that?
      Jeff: Your mama!

    • Annie: Well, well, well. Look who we found.
      Jeff: (Sarcastic) Yes, how foolish of me to hide in my regularly scheduled study group.

    • (After accidentally spraying herself with pepper spray)
      Annie: These are not tears! This is self-inflicted friendly fire!

    • Annie: Maybe I'm tired of everyone thinking of me a little girl. Maybe I wanna be in charge of how I'm defined.
      Shirley: Well how do you think I feel? You have two kids and they stick you in the margins. I'm not done yet, I still have moves!
      Annie: I haven't even started yet! I've got moves I haven't even seen before!

    • Dean Pelton: From now on, April Fool's Day is banished, okay? At Greendale, April 1st is officially March 32nd...forever!

    • Shirley: (to the cops) I tend to play by my own rules.
      Annie: She loves rules. I only have one: stay out of my way.
      Shirley: Stay out of mine more.

    • Britta: My prank is going to cause a sea of laughter and I am going to watch you drown in it!

    • Dean Pelton: I'm sorry, what is going on here?
      Abed: A twist on a classic formula. Normally with buddy cops, one's a stickler and the other's a renegade, but these two have equal claims to both roles.
      Dean Pelton: And why are you here?
      Abed: Short answer? My cable went out.

    • Troy: (to Britta) You are more of a fun vampire, because you don't suck blood, you just suck.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 25, 2010 on Citytv,
      Latin America: June 17, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony),
      Sweden: November 8, 2010 on TV6,
      Czech Republic: January 11, 2013 on SMICHOV,


    • Leonard: (grabbing microphone) Baba Booey, Baba Booey, Baba Booey!

      Baba Booey is the nickname of Gary Dell'Abate, executive producer of The Howard Stern Show, and often used on the show during crank calls.