'Community' Recap:'Advanced Criminal Law'
John Oliver's Dr. Ian Duncan catches Jeff in the hallway and asks him if he and Britta are dating. Jeff says she's off limits and Dr. Duncan gets an opportunity to rep for Fawlty Towers, often cited by Brits on the Internet to be the best sitcom ever. This level of awareness could go a long way for Community, especially when writers use it for characters other than Abed.
Annie reveals during the study group that she has hired a local composer to write the school's song, to debut at the dedication ceremony. Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase) offers his services as an accomplished songwriter, based on his work writing jingles for Hawthorne Wipes Moist Towelettes, then calls Britta a lesbian. Wow, Pierce has yet to cease to amaze me.
Troy and Abed continue to grow closer, with Donald Glover's character teaching Danny Pudi's sheltered Persian about "messing" with people after Abed really believes he knows Barack Obama and Danny Glover (Donald Glover does a hilarious impression of the President and is often asked about his relation to the Operation Dumbo Drop star).
In Spanish class, Sr. Chang finds a cheat sheet and threatens to fail the entire class unless the guilty party comes forward. Britta admits the crib sheet was hers and Dean Pelton arranges for an academic hearing at the pool, because that's where the best judges' table is, with Jeff as Britta's legal counsel.
At the hearing, audiences get John Oliver and Ken Jeong sharing screen time, exchanging insults over each others' titles, in which Sr. Chang refers to Oliver as "Ron Weasley." Jeff resorts to his trusty 9/11 defense, a callback to the pilot, but to no avail. He and Britta share a heartfelt moment in the locker room while Dr. Duncan and Sr. Chang argue near a nude middle aged man in the showers, and Jeff, having heard Britta's side of the story, pleads insanity.
There is no other reason why an otherwise intelligent woman would attempt to sabotage her own academic career, and what would Glendale (or any community college) be without its share of crazies? Naturally, the judges' panel likes it, and Britta is sentenced to stay in school and have psychiatric evaluations every Friday night with Dr. Duncan.
Friday comes, and Pierce has shown little songwriting talent beyond appropriating public domain melodies, and Dean Pelton reveals a magnificent bronze statue of Luis Guzman as Pierce plays a song certain to get the college sued. Again, Troy and Abed share the final scene, this time stuffing each other's mouths with pencils.
Is primetime comedy ready for a biracial gay couple? At a community college? Doubtful, though the show will likely stick around for another season despite NBC changing time slots to make way for 30 Rock, because anyone looking for comedy on Thursday nights knows where their bread is buttered.
Story by Matt Anaya
Starpulse contributing writer
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