Community: Dean Pelton

These days, a lot of Community episodes revolve around special events, like Hunger Games tournaments, beer fests and recruiting parties. In that sense, “Herstory of Dance” was no different. Last night brought us not one, but two Sadie Hawkins dances, involving romantic twists and a near Brittastrophy.

The Players:

  • Director: Tristram Shapeero
  • Writer: Jack Kukoda
  • Cast: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash

Episode Title: “Herstory Of Dance”

With Dean Pelton planning a “Sadie Hawkins” dance, Britta organizes a competing “Sophie B. Hawkins” dance in protest. She actually confuses her with Susan B. Anthony, but refuses to admit it. Meanwhile, Annie and Shirley set up Abed with two dates.

The Good:

  • Sitcom Trope: Though Abed says he wants to be more mature (by avoiding hijinks revolving around pop culture references), he fails when an exciting opportunity arises. Annie and Shirley set him up with dates, thus sending him on a sitcom trope of balances the two. He changes outfits, abandoning one date by saying, “I’m going to get us some punch,” and tries to mix up the girls’ names. But in the middle of the madness, he meets Rachel (Brie Larson), a cute coat check girl with a dose of Zooey Deschanel quirk. Sadly, he realizes he likes her a little too late and has to perform a grand gesture to get her back. All in all, the Abed storyline worked, and we’re excited to see him with a gal.
  • Britta Wins: Britta’s name has become synonymous with disaster and failure. She’s the underdog, and Jeff’s the jerk who doesn’t let her catch a break. However, in “Herstory of Dance,” Britta won. She proved everyone wrong by pulling off the impossible. She was able to carry out a dance and deliver on everything she promised.

Best Lines:

  • “What a coincidean!” –Jeff

The Decent:

  • Wisest Man on Campus: Pierce has evolved. He’s gone from old, racist, inappropriate white man to the old, lovable, innapropriate white man. In “Herstory of Dance” he helped Britta succeed, and as a result became more likable. But we’re not sure that we like him becoming more likeable. We’ve become used to hating him for so long…


“Herstory of Dance” put a nice spin on an old sitcom trope. We enjoyed watching Abed bounce between women, but what threw us over the moon was him finding a special someone in the process. He deserves it. Along with Britta, who proved that her name could also be synonymous with success.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

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