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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.22

So was this the "On a very special episode of..." of Community?

Ehhhhhh. Really, the best part was Shirley dressed as Jules. That was great.

So is Chang part of the group after last week's telling off by Jeff? I keep waiting for SOMETHING to happen with him, but it's almost like they're looking for reasons to keep him around.

The My Dinner with Andre twist was a nice surprise, but it's not like I didn't think the old Abed was coming back. And the role of Glee will now be played by Cougar Town.

Color me a bit disappointed. It had its moments, but it reminded me a bit of the Jesus Abed episode, and not in a good way.

I probably would have swapped the Pulp Fiction characters portrayed by Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs - but I'm heavily biased on that one.
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.70
I thought this was pretty neat -- a meta episode of a Community meta-episode. They set up all these expectations for "Community's Pulp Fiction episode" and then subvert them all ... to do a stealth My Dinner With Andre parody. (They "prefer homages.")

Too clever by half? Maybe by 1/4th. (Maybe by 1 and 1/2.) I know I was excited to see what they'd do with a Tarantino episode, just based on their track record in the gimmick episodes. But it's just as exciting to me that the show would commit to doing something so odd. "Not only is tonight the annual 'Dan tries to get himself fired' episode of Community..." - Dan Harmon, creator.

I know that being structurally impressive is ultimately meaningless if it's not funny, but I thought it was v.funny as well. And by not being the expected parody episode, it did a bunch of the character work heavy lifting that lets those episodes run -- for Abed, who said he can't grow as a person/character, for Jeff, and for the show's worldview and cultural observations in general.

Pudi as Abed as Chad as Abed as Chad's monologue was fucking gripping. Just mesmerizing. I had no idea that James Kalyn and Jeff Hansen of the-w had been bickering about Cougar Town for months just to set up this Community joke. COUGAR TOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    Pudi as Abed as Chad as Abed as Chad's monologue was fucking gripping. Just mesmerizing.


No kidding. I'm looking at that actor in a whole new light after last night. Really fantastic character work, and just a totally different acting style.

I also thought it was a great episode, and I suspect that if I'd ever actually seen "My Dinner with Andre," I would have seen it coming a mile away. As it stands, I liked this more than I think I would have liked the "Pulp Fiction" episode we didn't get, just for the all-around character work. Not just Jeff and Abed, but we got some really good stuff from Troy and Britta as well, and while Chang continues not to innovate, it was good, consistent character work from him as well. They've had funnier episodes, and perhaps less funny episodes as well, but overall I really enjoyed their Dinner with Andre dinner with Abed.

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Abed had better be in the background of an episode of Cougar Town this season.

This episode didn't do it for me, really, and I'm getting that feeling a lot lately.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.35

    Pudi as Abed as Chad as Abed as Chad's monologue was fucking gripping. Just mesmerizing.


This. The moment where Jeff realizes it's all been a bit was also great.


    Abed had better be in the background of an episode of Cougar Town this season.


Apparently, Cougar Town has already wrapped their season (and had no idea this was going on.)



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When I saw Richard Ayoade's name in the director credit, I watched keenly for any sign of his directing style....which apparently I can't recognise, because I came up empty, but I WILL say Jeff had some great reaction shots cut into Abed's extremely extended monologue. It's harder to do good work when you don't have any lines, but I really liked what both men were doing in that scene.

Now, if it were TARANTINO, he would have found a way to do it without cuts so we all knew it was just a single long take, but we have no way of knowing here....unless somebody fesses up. (Awaits someone else's research in a reply)



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.22
    Originally posted by thecubsfan

      Pudi as Abed as Chad as Abed as Chad's monologue was fucking gripping. Just mesmerizing.


    This. The moment where Jeff realizes it's all been a bit was also great.



But we've, more or less, seen it before. A few times, actually... starting with the third episode of season 1. This time, I just... didn't care for the payoff.

I'll admit, Abed's monologue was pretty great, and it was a nice setup - but was it really a "My Dinner with Andre" homage? INCONCEIVABLE!

I didn't hate the episode. I'm just disappointed. And I'll say it again - Shirley as Jules was hysterical.

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#8 Posted on
    Originally posted by Tenken347
    I suspect that if I'd ever actually seen "My Dinner with Andre," I would have seen it coming a mile away.



I was thinkg this too. Has anyone actually seem "My Dinner with Andre?". And if so, did you know where the episode was going before the waiter tipped his hand?
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