NBC Thursdays: Watched on the Weekend

I’ve been in New York for the past few days, so viewing NBC comedies when they aired was not a possibility. What was a possibility was seeing Book of Mormon. And it was awesome.

Also a possibility: my pilgrimage to the NBC Store at 30 Rock. I am now the proud owner of a “Troy and Abed in the Morning” coffee mug and an “All 5 Dances” t-shirt. I almost bought an “It’s all downhill from here, Paintball 2010” hoodie, but it was very, very expensive.

Though I may not have watched NBC comedies right away this week, I was lucky enough at a showing of Relatively Speaking to have NBC comedies come to me! Who should sit behind us but Jack Donaghy’s mom — well, the actress who plays her — Elaine Strtich! When she walked up, I thought to myself, I’m scared of this woman, and I’m not sure why. I then thought, what comedy have I seen her on? Eventually,we figured it out (meaning, my boyfriend’s mother leaned over and excitedly whispered that it was Elaine Stritch!) and I happily understood where my fear was coming from…Jack’s afraid of only one thing: his mother, Colleen (and liberalism taking over America). It was great to see a 30 Rock guest star…maybe one day I’ll meet Tina Fey.

 

Oh, and I did eventually watch all the NBC Comedies. Arguably the BEST EPISODE OF COMMUNITY EVER.

This was my facial expression for the majority of this episode. Well, not exactly that, but there was a lot of smiling...and dancing

 


Dear Vince Gilligan

Thank you.

Thank you for creating the best drama I have ever seen. Ever.

Thank you for the character of Gus Fring. I have never been so simultaneously scared of and impressed with a character in my entire life.

Thank you for giving Bryan Cranston his vehicle to awesomeness. (I mean, I loved Malcolm in the Middle, but Cranston has dramatic chops!)

Thank you for the character of Jesse Pinkman. I never thought he would be a character I would identify with. (Next to Annie on Community and Leslie on Parks and Rec.)

Thanks for the uncut pizza joke. Cleverest way to explain a plot point I’ve ever seen.

Thanks for Breaking Bad. I look forward to next season.

(No thanks for Walt Jr. Man, what a jerk.)


NBC Thursdays: Jokes coming faster than Chris can read Siddhartha

It’s been another whirlwind weekend where I don’t have time to sit down and blog until Sunday night.

Community.

So, when Chang married the leg, I knew I was in for a unique episode. When the study group was paired with new people to be lab partners, I got excited. I instantly thought we were going to expand the Community universe with seven new people and see how the study group will deal with people who aren’t in the study group. But then the writers threw us a curve ball, and it was actually about the study group once again getting clique-y and dissolving into angry factions. (But they still expanded the universe! We now have Todd, Iraq war veteran, father of a newborn who’s determined to graduate community college.)

I tend to get sad when the study group becomes the “mean clique” (as Professor Kane so aptly describes it), so this episode was not my favorite, but it was hilarious, if only for the Chang faux-noir voiceovers. So, if you love meanies, turtles, noir or Ken Jeong, watch this episode of Community.

Side Notes:

-“She was all dame. Legs that went all the way to the bottom of her torso. The kind of arms that had elbows.”

-Professor Kane’s monologue about legos was great…but mainly because I whole-heartedly agree.

-“Homewrecker!”

-Apparently the salads in the Greendale cafeteria usually have beetles in them. In this episode, it’s just Annie’s hair. Gross.

-“Pierce, wake up! Jeff is going to heal us!”

-“Your love is WEIRD.”

-I’ll miss the head of security. I hope to see more of Todd. I totally would have been his lab partner.

Parks and Rec.

It was a wonderful episode of Parks and Recreation. Laughter at every turn! Burt Mackland! Gotcha Dancers! Handmade Recorders! Political Commentary! Leslie at her most anti-Eagletonian!

The B-story with Ann was a little weak, but the sheer awesomeness of Andy in this episode makes up for it. I could watch the scene where “Burt Mackland” steals the birth certificate over and over again…and you should watch it at least once.

Side Notes:

-Tom likes to ride people’s coat tails. You’ll always see him behind the successful person, “smiling and taking partial credit.”

-There’s a community group in Pawnee that’s only purpose is to put umbrella hats on homeless people when it rains.

-At the time of Leslie’s birth, the Pawnee hospital was overrun by racoons.

-Leslie speculates that Voldemort was born in Eagleton.

The Office.

I loved this episode. I love when there are hi-jinks in the warehouse. I love when Jim is extremely embarrassed. I love Andy as the boss! I’ll say it! I really enjoy it. While the Andy of season three was hilarious and need of anger management classes, this is an Andy I enjoy watching and want to see succeed. I had a list of reasons he was different from Michael, but I came up with it on my lunch break at work, and I forgot to write it down, so it got lost in all the other work.

I will write one on for the next episode. Just you wait!

Side Notes:

-I’m glad Daryl stopped moping around in self-pity. That’s not a good look for him.

-Taco air is heavier than regular air.

-“What, no Newhart fans?”

-The warehouse wins the lottery in this episode. Heday is going to spend his money investing in an energy drink for asian homosexuals.

-“Porque we es rapido.”

Whitney.

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t really pay attention. There were jokes?

Sweet Genius.

I was very sleepy and didn’t make it through the whole episode, so I only have three words for you: squid ink butterflies.


NBC Thursdays: Community, is it me you’re looking for?

Well, this post is a little late, and I apologize for that. It was a good evening of great NBC Comedies (and also Whitney).

Community.

One of Community‘s major motifs/themes/ideas is finding one’s identity. This episode (which was tailor-made for me, by the way, but more on that later) focus on that identity search, as most of the characters work to define themselves or their relationships to each other. The episode hinges on the discoveries Britta, Annie and Chang make about themselves, but everyone works to discover something…

Annie: …who she is as a person and a student. Will she continue to fight to be the best and the brightest, or will she accept that she may not be the best at everything, but she’s growing up and that’s okay?

Britta:…her rebel side. She used to believe in something once, she used to fight the man. But now she uses highlighters, while her old rebel friends are in prison and have Facebook groups.

Jeff: …how he feels about Annie and whether or not he should act on those feelings. The Jeff/Annie relationship has always been a little weird/uncomfortable, and this episode brings that to the forefront.

Chang:…what he is capable of as a campus security officer. The job may be standing beside trash cans and garage arms, but he is desperate for some real conflict (that may or may not involve beating someone with a flashlight).

Shirley, Pierce, Troy:…who dealt it.

Abed:…how to reach Earth Two.

I really enjoyed this episode. Gillian Jacobs and Ken Jeong had great chemistry, and I always love a good Annie story (I identify with Annie more than any of the other characters). As I said earlier, this episode was tailor-made for me, and here are the reasons why:

Side Notes (Why I loved this episode):

-Doppelgangers! (Evil, Asian Annie)

-Use of Lionel Richie’s “Hello.”

-Martin Starr (of Freaks and Geeks and Party Down) guest-starred as UN-obsessed history professor Dr. Cligoris. He wore a picture of Model UN creator Clark M. Eichelberger around his neck.

-Britta kicks the trash can, but it doesn’t fall down.

-The whole study group learns about their nations: the writers trick us by having Troy speak in the Georgia (state) accent, but know the Georgia (country) facts.

-Troy is most excited about the possibility of meeting Boutros-Boutros Ghali.

-Britta talks about IKEA.

-Garrett’s pronunciation of the word “crisis.”

-Abed starts mumbling nonsense for the cut-away, Jeff calls him on his meta moment, Abed goes to tell the real plan….aaaaand cut!

-Extended joke about forgetting the word for a parking garage arm.

Parks and Recreation.

Awesome episode: equal parts terrifying and hilarious. For example: Tammy 1? Terrifying, Ron without a mustache? Hilarious. Aziz Ansari did a great job, though it’s easy to get laughs out of Entertainment 7twenty. Really, just watch this episode.

Side Notes:

-The facial expressions Ben, April and Andy make are the best parts of this episode for me.

-Ben’s new nickname: “Jello shots.”

-7twenty has a party switch.

-When Leslie Knope gets drunk, she sings: “Everybody pants down! Pants. Pants. Pants. Pants. Pants.”

The Office.

Well, we’re transitioning into the post-Michael Scott era, and it now has a name: the Andy Bernard era. (By this logic, if The Office lasts for another seven seasons, who will be the next Daily Show correspondent to manage Dunder Mifflin Scranton? Mo Rocca? Rob Corddry? Rob Riggle?) What’s note-worthy about the Andy Bernard era is that it’s not note-worthy. It’s actually very similar to the Michael Scott era. The only difference about Andy’s era is his genuine eagerness to please. Michael would flit between selfishness and supporting his employees, but Andy will always chose what makes the team happy first (or at least that’s what this episode suggests). Andy will get a tattoo for the team…would Michael have done that? Maybe? (….probably.)

Regardless, I had fun watching that episode, and that’s good enough for me.

Side Notes:

-Andy’s first words to Rob California this week: “Hi Dad!”

-Darryl introduces his ex-wife to the office: “This is Jim…Oscar…everybody.”

Whitney.

Well, that was similar to the pilot.

Sweet Genius.

No, it’s not on NBC, but man it’s hilarious. Ingredients and Themes (in no particular order): Salt and Vinegar Chips, High Heels, Brie, Carrots, Bubble Gum, Turtle (Genius!)