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Old 02-27-14, 06:53 AM
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Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" - 2/27/14


02/27/2014 (08:00PM - 08:30PM) (Thursday) : JEFF COUNSELS DUNCAN ON HOW TO WOO BRITTA - ABED AND PROFESSOR HICKEY SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME TOGETHER AND CHANG HAS A GHOSTLY EXPERIENCE - Professor Duncan (guest star John Oliver, "The Daily Show") decides it's time to seduce Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Jeff (Joel McHale) counsels him on how to close the deal. Meanwhile, Britta runs into some old friends and realizes that they have moved on from their shared anarchist views of the past. Abed (Danny Pudi) runs afoul of Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks) when he accidentally damages some drawings Hickey has been laboring over. When Hickey restrains Abed as punishment, the two wind up spending some meaningful time together. Meanwhile, Chang (Ken Jeong) finds himself performing an impromptu one-man show for a ghostly audience. Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown also star. TV-PG DL
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Re: Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" - 2/27/14

"Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown also star"... well I should hope so!
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"Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown also star" should have said "show up for 2 minutes".

What the hell was going on with this episode?
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I've never said this before but the stuff with Change was my favourite part of the episode.

This episode was terrific. Loved everything except the short shrift given to Annie and Shirely.
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Re: Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" - 2/27/14

Abed's weirdness is stunted without Troy to play off of it. I don't know how I feel about revisiting the Jeff/Britta/Annie triangle again. Chang's story was well suited for his character.

Biggest laugh of the night was the
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Old Timey Photo Club 2014 picture at the end.
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Considering how strange this episode was and how intense the stuff between Abed and Hickey got, I loved this episode. Glad to see they got John Oliver involved.
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Re: Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" - 2/27/14

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Biggest laugh of the night was the
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That was a great nod to the Shining that had me once they got to the year at the bottom of the picture.
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Re: Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" - 2/27/14

I thought this was by far the worst episode of the season. Weird for the sake of being weird is not automatically funny.
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yeah, definitely not up to par with the other episodes this season.
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0 for 2 since Troy leaving. Abed is completely thrown off without him. He just doesn't have the same chemistry with the other characters. The stuff with Hickey seemed forced. Hopefully we'll see some episodes where the group is all together.

Wasn't a big fan of the other stuff either. I don't need to laugh out loud to enjoy an episode of Community but things just seemed sad this episode. Britta getting owned by her old friends without getting any payback was depressing. Duncan trying to hook up with a crying Britta was creepy. Jeff realizing he likes Britta was annoying, hopefully that doesn't carry forward. Meanwhile, the Chang stuff seemed like a throw in for the sake of killing time.

I did get a kick out of the Shining reference though.
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Re: Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" - 2/27/14

Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
Wasn't a big fan of the other stuff either. I don't need to laugh out loud to enjoy an episode of Community but things just seemed sad this episode. Britta getting owned by her old friends without getting any payback was depressing.
With Harmon running the show again I wouldn't be surprised if she gets payback in a future episode.
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Originally Posted by Obey The D View Post
With Harmon running the show again I wouldn't be surprised if she gets payback in a future episode.
...and Brittas it.
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yeah, definitely not up to par with the other episodes this season.
I loved the "Floor is Lava" episode, and I got three times the joy out of the "Ass Crack Bandit" episode because I never liked Dave Matthews Band.

This episode seemed like they were setting up something good, and never followed through with it.
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Donald Glover, come back!

Loved the Chang stuff. Didn't care for much of anything else.
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Re: Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" - 2/27/14

Hated Jeff liking Britta.
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Anybody else catch Harmon in the old-timey picture?
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Ugh. There's the "up his own ass episode" I've been waiting for Harmon to do since his return. Boring from top to bottom.
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Re: Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" - 2/27/14

Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
0 for 2 since Troy leaving. Abed is completely thrown off without him. He just doesn't have the same chemistry with the other characters. The stuff with Hickey seemed forced. Hopefully we'll see some episodes where the group is all together.

Wasn't a big fan of the other stuff either. I don't need to laugh out loud to enjoy an episode of Community but things just seemed sad this episode. Britta getting owned by her old friends without getting any payback was depressing. Duncan trying to hook up with a crying Britta was creepy. Jeff realizing he likes Britta was annoying, hopefully that doesn't carry forward. Meanwhile, the Chang stuff seemed like a throw in for the sake of killing time.

I did get a kick out of the Shining reference though.
it was also off putting - Abed's whole man-child schtick without Troy just makes him out as 'more' mentally unbalanced. The episode at the end left me cold.
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Re: Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" - 2/27/14

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Ugh. There's the "up his own ass episode" I've been waiting for Harmon to do since his return. Boring from top to bottom.
Says you.

I loved it.
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Says you.

I loved it.
I think the fact that it's our opinion is implied.

I didn't laugh or smile once. It retread the Jeff-Britta relationship which I don't care about. The Abed stuff bordered on a "Very Special Episode" and I'm convinced that if the exact same episode had happened last year it would have been ripped to shreds. But since Dan Harmon is back, it's somehow great now.
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Re: Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" - 2/27/14

But are you reading too much into the Jeff/Britta thing? Jeff's attraction to Britta was based around other people paying attention to her. By the end of the episode her old friends had written her off, and I would assume Jeff's attraction would be gone with them.
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Re: Community - "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" - 2/27/14

Originally Posted by Deftones View Post
yeah, definitely not up to par with the other episodes this season.
Agreed.
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I liked it, wasn't great, but not bad.
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I didn't laugh or smile once. It retread the Jeff-Britta relationship which I don't care about. The Abed stuff bordered on a "Very Special Episode" and I'm convinced that if the exact same episode had happened last year it would have been ripped to shreds. But since Dan Harmon is back, it's somehow great now.
Having just burned through the first two seasons of the show (xmas gifts) I feel like something is off in this season. And no its not the Pierce/Troy gone aspect.

The writing seems to be there (except this episode), but something really feels off. I can't really put my finger on what, but something doesn't feel right.
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I'm convinced that if the exact same episode had happened last year it would have been ripped to shreds. But since Dan Harmon is back, it's somehow great now.
Are you kidding me? This may or may not have been a good episode (I liked a lot of it, but I need to watch it again before I decide), but it's certainly one of the most Harmon-iest episodes so far this season. This one has Harmon written all over it and there's no way the season 4 team would have done something like this. Whether or not it totally worked, this episode had a lot to say about the nature of friendship/relationships and the way we measure ourselves against our peers. I've seen it compared a lot to Mixology Certification and I can see some validity in the comparison. However, I don't think the season 5 writing staff is as strong as the season 2 writers. So far this season has felt to me like it has it's heart back, but it's still not in game shape, so to speak.

I will say that having Duncan back has been a HUGE plus in my book. I always liked Duncan, but didn't realize how much I missed him until this season.

I also agree that Abed can be a bit insufferable at this point, however I think that was part of the point of this episode. I really enjoyed Hickey taking him down a few pegs.

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