Community – Annie

Community manifested its own identity crisis in “Economics of Marine Biology.” Last night, Greendale almost lost itself to strippers and parties. It was all so the college could get money from a rich dumdum named Artie. Thankfully, Dean Pelton and the study group saw the light.

The Players:

  • Director: Tricia Brock
  • Writer: Tim Saccardo
  • Cast: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash

Episode Title: “Economics of Marine Biology”

Dean Pelton sets his sights on a “whale” (a wealthy potential student) and enlists Jeff, Britta and Annie to help his recruiting efforts. Meanwhile, Abed begins a new Greendale fraternity, while Troy and Shirley start a physical education instruction class, in which Shirley excels and Troy struggles.

The Good:

  • Archie the Whale: The main storyline was about catching the whale. Pelton convinces the study group to help him with Artie, a dimwit with super rich parents. ‘Til now, Pierce has been the whale. He’s the guy with tons of money who keeps Greendale financially afloat (basically). But the Dean wants more, so he jeopardizes Greendale’s reputation to lure Artie in. Though the storyline had its faults, there were enough funny moments to keep it interesting. And there were some lessons to be learned too: be yourself!
  • The Barber Shop: The scenes with Jeff and Pierce didn’t get fleshed out enough, but it was nice to see them bond. Ever since Jeff met his father, he’s been more endearing and sweet. It’s not that hard to believe that he could develop an actual friendship with Pierce.
  • Pop! Pop!: Magnitude returned with his iconic “Pop! Pop!” slogan. For a second there we thought he lost the privilege to utter his famous saying. Thankfully, Annie was there to save the day.

Best Lines:

  • “You know what the commercial says… keep your damn hands off my Let’s.” –Troy
  • “Greendale stands on its own. No hookers. No blow. No Shaun White frat.” –Dean Pelton
  • “Ah the barber shop, a reminder of a bygone era when men were men and women were sex cooks who did laundry.” –Pierce

The So-So:

  • PEE: Shirley and Troy enroll in a PEE (Physical Education Education) class, which is supposed to teach them how to be gym teachers. There are some enjoyable moments (mainly involving the other students in the class), this storyline felt out of place. We’re still scratching our heads wondering what the goal of the plot was.
  • The Delta Cubes: We knew it was only a matter of time before Greendale got a fraternity. But we always thought Troy would be the first to join (or start one). But when Abed mentioned that he was starting the Delta Cubes, we got very excited. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to see except some odd hazing.


“Economics of Marine Biology” was neither here nor there. It wasn’t the best of the season, but it did capture a disoriented feeling that relates to the current state of the show. We hope it all means that Community will opt to be its quirky, unusual and wonderful self instead of just another sitcom on NBC.

Rating: 7.5/10

Community airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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