Once again, the bar has been raised. In every timeline.
Hall of Fame episode, for Community and for television as a whole. Up there with The Paintball Trilogy, the Bottle Episode, Dungeons and Dragons, Claymation Christmas. Four episodes in and this is shaping up to be the greatest season of Community ever.
Special YUMMY YUMMY PIZZA IN MY TUMMY TREAT:
@GillianJacobs live Tweeting the episode!
GillianJacobs Gillian Jacobs LIVE TWEETING IS ALMOST HERE. 1st question answered: couldn't tweet for EST cause we were shooting. #Community
GillianJacobs Gillian Jacobs The blades of the ceiling fan were made of foam. No McHales were injured in the shooting of this epsiode. #Community
GillianJacobs Gillian Jacobs The troll is named Torg. It is Chevy Chase's favorite thing in the world. We sing songs about it. Often. #Community
GillianJacobs Gillian Jacobs Chevy tells us stories from Torg's Past. We call it "Torg Tales." #Community
GillianJacobs Gillian Jacobs All it said in the script was "Britta does a silly dance." So...I'm totally responsible for the "Me so hungee dance." #Community
GillianJacobs Gillian Jacobs The chin beard is real. #Community
GillianJacobs Gillian Jacobs I kept accidentally putting out the fire when throwing the water. I ruined a few takes. #Community
GillianJacobs Gillian Jacobs We had to explain what "Encarta" was to Chevy. #Community
GillianJacobs Gillian Jacobs Last tweet: Troy and Abed are watching "Inspector Spacetime" in the tag. THANKS FOR WATCHING!!!! #Community
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Sometimes I watch this show, and I'm sure in ten years it'll be the subject of a for credit course at a university. Just breaking down the intricate layers of episodes like this. Maybe Justin will teach it?
This worked as a great counterpoint to last week's episode. You catch this group on the wrong day, they are a horrible people to deal with, but the difference may just be a role of the dice. They have good points and bad, and feelings that can't always be as easily expressed as a Earth Kitt sex story, but they still exist in all realities.
Except, if you see a gun in a handbag in the first act, it's shooting someone dead in the third. And everything is Jeff's fault.
Originally posted by Excalibur05Even the very beginning of the episode was a joke (they were confused about whether Troy and Abed lived in appartment 303 or 304, because NBC shuffled this from episode 3-03 to 3-04).
@meganganz Megan Ganz Just for you guys, @GillianJacobs wrote the "Is it 303? I thought it was 304" gag in tonight's episode. Our cast is genius.
This is easily my second-favorite episode of the show, just behind original Paintball, and ahead of Dungeons and Dragons. There were just so many moving parts to this episode, and the way everything came together was really elegant. The people saying that this illustrates both the cast's good and bad aspects are dead on; in some of the timelines you can even see both at the same time. On top of that, the main timeline did a stellar job of making the cast sympathetic again after last week's show, and all the odds and ends that were displayed throughout the episode (like Troy getting upset that Jeff wasn't treating him as an adult) definitely set things up for later in the season. Just great television.
Also, I really loved that the sting had a callback to Shirly's drinking problem. That's particularly interesting that they'd bring that up again in a throwaway bit.
Originally posted by thecubsfan This worked as a great counterpoint to last week's episode. You catch this group on the wrong day, they are a horrible people to deal with, but the difference may just be a role of the dice. They have good points and bad, and feelings that can't always be as easily expressed as a Earth Kitt sex story, but they still exist in all realities.
This episode was fantastic and make the episodes that annoy me like last week seem all worth it. I don't know if they set up the jerky episodes in front of these episodes on purpose or not, but it's effective.
The little things like the build up of the sleezy pizza guy, and then we see Britta with the sleezy pizza guy.
I'm hugely disappointed that Annie had a gun and there was not a single Annie Get Your Gun musical reference.
I want Evil Troy and Evil Abed to come back.
Was Britta imitating Jar Jar Binks?
Chops busted, fellow adult. Chops busted.
Anyone notice that the actor who played Todd from last week was on Modern Family this week?
I'm so glad that - after this week's awesome Parks & Recreation, The Office, and Community - that I have Whitney to remind me that I'm pretentious for laughing at comedies that are actually funny. Whitney was so bad that I stopped watching it to go clean the dishes - and we have a dishwasher.
Originally posted by LeroyWhitney was so bad that I stopped watching it to go clean the dishes - and we have a dishwasher.
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That is the best analogy for Whitney. I wanted to give it a shot but I am done. I was watching sat work and turned it off to do work. It is a shame - Community was awesome and The Office is chugging along. I was a very late comer to Park and Recreations so I am DVRing all of them so I can watch them when I get caught up to this season. Whitney is the shit cherry on top of an awesome ice cream sundae. Surely they can find a better alternative ("They can't - and don't call me Shirley!").
My favorite part was Troy trying to get the gift from Pierce and screaming "you are really bad at gift giving".
With the introduction of Inspector Spacetime and also the intersection of Earth's 1 and Earth's 2 at the Model UN, are they laying the groundwork for Evil Troy and Evil Abed successfully breaking into the actual timeline? Not that I know how it will make sense, but if it happens as part of the post-credit scenes that would be awesome.
Put me down with those of youse guys who've called this an all-time top 3-5er.
I think Troy discovering what the troll has wrought will end up on the shortlist of the funniest scenes on TV all year, and the revelation that Jeff cutting off Britta wasn't just a running joke but he'd actually prevented everyone from being happy and having fun will go down as one of the most poignant.
The plotting of ET&EA would be perfect as an ongoing thing for the closing credits. Evil Cameron Diaz rap, evil krumping.
Cleveland on speed pills was a little odd, but this episode wound up working pretty well. The intervention was a lot of fun and Cleveland breaking out of the rehab clinic thanks to Holt's Church Lady impression was great!