Coming on the heels of what could be considered an ”event” of an episode, Community was back in normal form last night, which is not at all a bad thing. Sure, last week’s episode was everything pop culture freaks (term used lovingly) could have hoped for, but its success largely hinged on the viewer’s ability to recognize the litany of movie reference it contained. On the contrary, this week was something for everyone.
It was finals time at Greendale, and the gang was looking forward to finishing Spanish 102. But their next step was up for debate. The gang (sans Jeff) wanted to move on to Spanish 103, until learning it was a 6 a.m. class, and Jeff just wanted to stay on track with his four-year graduation plan — group and friends be damned — which meant his Spanish days would soon be behind him. His announcement didn’t sit well Annie, whose overwhelming desire to keep her small circle of friends took precedence over her ability to make good decisions.
In other words: Annie went a little nuts. She told Dean Pelton that Señor Chang did not have the proper credentials to be teaching (something she learned only because she left her digital voice recorder rolling at the perfect time), and what resulted was the gang’s worst nightmare: Chang was ousted and Pelton brought in a real Spanish teacher who had prepared a comprehensive final exam for them. Que?!? They all ended up passing the test (in large part thanks to Pierce, wouldn’t you know), but agreed that they wanted to stay a study group. Anthropology, anyone?
Now that you’ve got the Cliff’s Notes, let’s move on to the fun stuff. The full load, if you will. Last night’s 10 best lines:
“Will someone back me up if I say this is ridiculous or is this going to be another Avatar situation?” — Britta
“I know the family downstairs hates me. I don’t need to understand why.” — Jeff, on why Spanish has no value beyond college credit
”I prefer the term ‘better than real’…” — Jeff, re: his fake degree
“Did you say ‘keytar’? Or did you just pronounce ‘guitar’ like a hillbilly?” — Jeff
“So I did what any man would do. I faked my way into a job teaching Spanish at a community college using phrases from Sesame Street.” — Senor Chang
“Word of advice: If an Asian man says he’s a Spanish teacher, it’s not racist to ask for proof.” — Dean Pelton
“Why’s she teaching Spanish if she’s a doctor? Go cure something.” — Troy
“At one point I was teaching you Klingon.” — Senor Chang
“Someone make her a dude, so I can punch her.” — Troy
“Did the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants poison each other’s food so they were too sick to leave? No. I’ve never seen it, but I’m pretty sure they mailed each other pants!” — Jeff
Well, that’s all for now, PopWatchers. We have one episode left this season. I know, I know. I’m already making my Disney face, too. But while you still can, head to the comments and tell me what you thought of the episode. Do you tip your bag boy? Was the plot about Troy as the Will Hunting of plumbing as forgettable for you as it was for me? And is there a greater thing than an Asian on the keytar? Comment away, while I sit here and listen to the soothing sounds of a babbling brook.