It’s March and the “Community” gang is just seeing each other after the winter break, wishing each other ‘Happy New Year’? For god’s sake, Valentine’s Day passed already. Here we have another reason why putting this lovely little show on a three-month hiatus was a mistake, but enough of that. Last night’s ‘Contemporary Impressionism’ had Jeff losing his shirt, a kiss between two unexpected cast members, and Chang.
- Director: Kyle Newacheck
- Writer: Alex Cooley
- Cast: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Allison Brie, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong
Jeff is debilitated by his narcissism, which skyrockets when his confidence is boosted by anti-anxiety medication and regular visits to a shrink. Meanwhile, the gang try to help Abed pay off his debt to a celebrity impersonator service by performing at a Bar Mitzvah celebration.
- Jeff’s Swagger Has A New Swagger: Jeff has been overcome by his ego (the ego is a tiny apple inside his eye with the word ‘ego’ written on it). He has a new shrink who’s given him anti-anxiety pills and this has Britta very worried. She desperately tries to help Jeff stay humble, but he’s got so much swagger that he can even pull off aviators.
- Chang Is Back: After being MIA last week, Chang is back. He makes one hell of an entrance when he tries to shoot Abed with a tranquilizer gun (he eventually shoots Jeff with it). Then he and Dean Pelton exchange a very funny conversation that leads to Chang getting security interns. This has disaster written all over it.
- Cool, Cool, Cool: Abed has developed an addiction for celebrity impersonators, and it’s up to the gang to save him, or he’ll lose his legs. At first, Annie tries to be the voice of reason (as she usually does), saying that they can’t always bail out Abed by playing make-believe because it’ll eventually harm him; but Troy is there to speak for Abed and convinces the gang to play impersonators at an upcoming Bar Mitzvah to pay off his debt.
- Jeff Has An ‘Incredible Hulk’ Moment: At the Bar Mitzvah, Jeff is told again and again that he’s better looking that the guy who’s famous for being good looking. The apple inside his eye continues to grow bigger and bigger until his ego finally consumes him, and he has another mental break down. This time he sort of turns into the Incredible Hulk and runs off into the street.
- Did Abed And Troy Break-up?: Troy is Abed’s voice of reason. If it wasn’t for Troy, Abed’s legs would have been broken off or something. But after bailing Abed out of his $3,000 debt, Troy discovers that Abed is still very much addicted to impersonators and still using them. Troy puts his foot down and tells Abed that he can’t always do what he wants. The two have somewhat of mini-argument which doesn’t seem/feel to serious until Abed goes into the Dreamatorium by himself. We’d hate to see these two drift apart because they are such an amazing asset to the show. This could go one of two ways: 1) Abed and Troy are still best friends and there’s absolutely nothing to worry about or 2) Abed and Troy will drift apart teaching us the valuable life lesson that people drift apart.
- A Dark Ending: On that note, the episode goes to a dark place with the return of Abed’s evil twin, and we’re left questioning Troy and Abed’s relationship.
- “My swagger has a new swagger.”
- “All you’re making me feel right now is hatred of Renee Zellweger!”
- “Thank you Leonard, for that compliment and your service to this country.”
- “I’m so confident now I can pull off things I never dreamed possible. Look, aviators.”
- “Abed is a magical elf-like man who makes us more magical by being near us.”
- “Gentlemen, who’s ready to Chang the world?”
Last night’s episode did get a bit wacky at times, but watching the gang play dress-up and Jeff rip off his shirt and make-out with Shirley was quite amusing.
“Community” airs Thursdays nights at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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