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!)

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