Community: Body Switching and History Banners in “Basic Human Anatomy”

Better late than never, I say!

In this week’s Community, Troy and abed think they switch bodies through a Freaky Friday DVD Troy gives Abed for their five year anniversary. Meanwhile, Britta and Troy are REMINDED of their one year anniversary of their first date by Shirley and Annie while planning their history project that Jeff iterates needs to be only “passable and doable.”

The “body switching” bit leads to Troy and Britta actually talking about the things he tells Abed regarding their relationship and the fact that he just wasn’t ready for their relationship. About how he doesn’t want to ruin the friendship and we get to see it from both sides as we see the anniversary date go down at Senor Kevin’s while “Abed” and Jeff start looking through the lost and Found for the Freaky Friday DVD that started it all. It was great being able to see it from both points of view.

While Troy and Abed are seriously committing to the Freaky Friday bit, the Dean joins in as he thinks he switched bodies with Jeff exhibiting some very “Jeff” like behavior, which makes him more willing to help Shirley and Annie find out how Leonard became number one in the class. There were some moments between Annie and the Dean that made me laugh and cringe at the same time, like when the Dean rips his shirt off and Annie instantly reacts.

As this is all happening, we see at the end of the episode Pierce, who was in maybe two minutes of the episode (which I’m totally okay with) ends up finishing the project making it much more than “passable and doable”, which surprises the entire study group and the audience.

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NBC Cancels ‘Ready For Love’ | THR

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has cancelled Ready For Love. Friday night drama, Grimm will be taking its Tuesday night 10 p.m. slot starting April 30.

According to the article,

Despite having one of the strongest lead-ins on TV with The Voice, Ready for Love dropped significantly in its second airing. The follow-up episode averaged just a 1.2 rating in the key demo and 3.2 million viewers.

With the show’s similarity to ABC’s The Bachelor, I found it unlikely it would work well for the network. It should be interesting to see how Grimm will do in that slot.

Community: Puppets, Singing and Sara Bareilles in “Intro to Felt Surrogacy”

This week’s episode opened on an awkwardly silent study group, with the Dean trying to figure out what happened and where Pierce was.

The Dean asks the group as he sees the empty chair, “He’s not with us. But is he WITH us?” hilarious and I couldn’t help but be reminded, as I said in last week’s review, that this character’s episodes are numbered. But, then Dean Pelton pulls out his customary costume of the week and transforms himself into “Deanocchio” and hands the group puppets to talk it out which leads the viewers on an entertaining felt filled tale, with Abed retelling the story.

And, of course there were puppets and singing an admittedly catchy song featuring hot air balloon guide Sara Bareilles, which I enjoyed and was kind of random. It’s all going well for them until Pierce touches something and makes the balloon rise even further eventually leaving them stranded in the middle of the woods. The guest spots keep coming as a strange “transient woodsman” played by Jason Alexander offers them berries and leads them to sit around a fire offering up their secrets. This part of the retelling led to some heartfelt, warm and fuzzy moments between the group and Shirley who, thanks to the berries they all ate, was the only one whose secret was actually told, which was just so sad to watch.

The rest of the group starts to reveal their secrets, in song of course. With secrets ranging from sad, with Jeff’s secret about leaving a woman and her son and his fear of becoming his father, to kind of funny with Britta only ever voting for The Voice.

There were some great lines from Troy in last night’s episode. One of my favorites had to be “If we fly to heaven, please don’t tell my grandpa about me and Britta!” as the study group puppets found themselves being blown away somewhere thanks to Pierce. I really liked the study group bingo Troy and Abed had going throughout beginning of the episode in the flashback as they realized the group was stuck in rut, which put them in the position they ended up in.

I couldn’t help but be funnily creeped out with the Jeff puppet talking back to the Dean, saying he could take him home which obviously served its purpose. And, while I enjoyed the end tag with some behind the scenes footage of the cast during the episode, I feel it could have ended with this Dean/ puppet Jeff scene.

With the same kind of feel from earlier seasons, I’ve really enjoyed the last two episodes.

Community: Britta Tries not to ‘Britta’ It and Abed Meets His Match in “Herstory of Dance”

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After a kind of rocky start to the season, I feel that this week’s episode of Community had a dynamic that was reminiscent of earlier episodes.

Britta decides to protest the Sadie Hawkins dance by planning a Sophie B. Hawkins dance instead, with the study group pointing out she means Susan B. Anthony, and Jeff asking how she could “Britta” it if she even has a cat named after her. While Shirley and Annie try to get Abed to go to the Sophie B. Hawkins dance with the girl they each chose for him, competing against each other. Annie’s choice, she’s convinced is perfect for him because she met her in the cafeteria after trying to pay for lunch with a song while Shirley’s choice is a nice girl from her church.

He agrees to both, giving Abed what he considered a “once in a lifetime opportunity for sitcom hijinks.” Of course, in his mission to have some “two dates in one location trope” hijinks ensue, he ended up with another trope as he meets Rachel, the coat check girl that kind of helps him throughout the dance and finds he had the “right girl right under his nose” trope.

Meanwhile, Britta is on her own mission to not “Britta” the dance to prove Jeff wrong. She tries to find Sophie B. Hawkins and it’s Pierce that ends up helping her, with Sophie B. Hawkins actually showing up at the end to perform. Pierce also provides some actual sincere advice to Jeff about the way he treats Britta and telling him to give her a break, which was kind of surprising.

The end tag was a glimpse at next week’s puppet episode, with the study group humming a song and Jeff just texting.

I was surprised to find that Pierce seemed to have redeemed himself with helping Britta in her time of need. I think this surprise may have a lot to do with the fact that we know his episodes are numbered and Pierce has never been really a sympathetic character. Jeff’s apology to Britta at the end through text message was perfect. And, I loved the Awake reference. Abed and Rachel was absolutely adorable.