If you thought religion was off the table after Community’s Christmas episode, you’ll be in for a surprise: this week’s peek into the world of Greendale Community College brings back Pierce’s “Laser Lotus” cult with a vengeance, along with some insecurity from Jeff and good, old-fashioned oil wrestling.  Just another typical day for the study group, in other words.

The Players:

The Show’s Plot:

When Pierce’s mother dies, he refuses to believe that she’s actually gone; Jeff tries to persuade him otherwise in order to get over his fear of growing old and dying.  Meanwhile, Britta and Annie compete over a fundraising project.

Season 2 Episode 3: The Psychology of Letting Go

At the start of the episode Troy discovers Pierce’s dead mother (off-screen, thankfully) and freaks out; Pierce, however, is fine with it since according to his “Laser Lotus Buddhism” his mother is actually still alive in some sort of astral projection.  While everyone humors him, Jeff goes to find out the results of his physical only to find out that he has high cholesterol, dashing both his ego and sense of immortality.  He decides to take out his anxiety by convincing Pierce his mother’s actually dead and isn’t coming back; his plan is thwarted when Pierce discovers a CD his mother made telling him that she was really and truly gone – and Pierce just ignores it.  In other news, Professor Duncan is now teaching anthropology, and Annie and Britta get into a cat fight (followed by an oilfight) over Annie’s over-sexuality.

The Good:

  • It’s a Boy!: Abed may be the funniest character on this show; he’s even great when he’s not talking.  Case in point: Abed’s only role in this episode was to mysteriously deliver a baby in the background, and he made it hilarious somehow.  It’s just absolutely something he would do, and the writers know it.
  • The Great White, Pt. 2: Betty White returns for a brief cameo appearance at the end of the episode, explaining the plot of Inception to a baffled native somewhere in the heart of Africa.  Her spot-on deadpan delivery is simply flawless, and makes what would have otherwise been a totally surreal scene into a genuinely funny moment.
  • The Force Field is Strong in This One: John Oliver isn’t on the show very much – probably thanks to  conflicts with The Daily Show – but when he shows up, his interplay with Ken Jeong is always great to watch.  This time around, he’s managed to get a restraining order on Senor Chang which he treats as his own personal force field; the scene where he forces Chang to run backwards in fear is priceless.

The Bad:

  • Ladies, Ladies: The “Annie and Britta hate each other” subplot seemed more snide and spiteful than actually funny.  Their mocking impersonations just seemed bitchy, to be frank; we already know Britta over-commits while Annie flaunts her body once in a while, and we didn’t need to be repeatedly reminded of these two facts.  And while a nice oiled-up wrestling match between two attractive women is fun and all, it just seemed like a tacked-on ending.
  • Troy and Who Now?: Look, we’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Just leave Troy and Abed in a room for a little bit and let them talk.  Their dynamic was one of the best parts of the first season of Community, and it’s been all but ignored for the past three episodes.

The Quotable:

  • “It’s not a lava lamp, it’s my mom.”  “Ohhhh snap!  Wait, what?”
  • “Sorry, I overslept.  The sidewalk is more comfortable than it looks.”
  • “Yes, Troy, it is like a videogame.  You gain levels, and at a certain point you actually can eat a ghost.”
  • “Everyone likes pelicans.  They bring babies.”
  • “Yeah, you’re both sooo different.  Skinny bitches.”
  • “She spent her last moments alive making a CD?  That is gangster.”


The jokes were funny, but the pointless Britta-Annie subplot brought it down a tad.  Still, a fun, watchable episode, and it doesn’t look like Community has lost any steam yet.

Rating: 7/10

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