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post #1651 of 1927
'twas ok. I preferred last weeks episode. The first several minutes of this one did nothing for me.
post #1652 of 1927
This has been the only episode that felt like it could have been a Harmon production. My big complaint though being the idiotic touchy-feely Jeff moment at the end. They're doing that in nearly every single episode this season. Bring back the real Jeff, please.
post #1653 of 1927
I thought it was just alright. A few chuckles but that's about it
post #1654 of 1927
Thread Starter 
The song was okay and Magnitude said "pop-pop" but it was mainly just ticking the check boxes like the rest of this season.
post #1655 of 1927
Please reconsider adding "heart" to the show. Seinfeld didn't need it.
post #1656 of 1927
What? A Community episode where the characters felt like themselves? That made me laugh a few times? That didn't suck? That was actually clever instead of pretend clever?

Well done.... slow clap....
post #1657 of 1927
Wow, shockingly bad. Between this and 'The Office' , it felt like I was watching TV in an alternate universe. Every show has it's misfires, but this felt like things have gone off the rails. I've been re-watching the first two seasons of Community and it's just so striking how far off base things are now.
post #1658 of 1927
Uh oh, one guess what skyehill is going to say about the touch-feely come together ending. tongue.gif
post #1659 of 1927
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Originally Posted by Robert Clark View Post

What? A Community episode where the characters felt like themselves? That made me laugh a few times? That didn't suck? That was actually clever instead of pretend clever?

Well done.... slow clap....

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Originally Posted by cavalierlwt View Post

Wow, shockingly bad. Between this and 'The Office' , it felt like I was watching TV in an alternate universe. Every show has it's misfires, but this felt like things have gone off the rails. I've been re-watching the first two seasons of Community and it's just so striking how far off base things are now.

360-degree opinions ... while I continue to like Community as it's still streets ahead of other shows. biggrin.gif At least it doesn't have a laugh track.... tongue.gif

PS - A Muppet episode next week??!! eek.gif
post #1660 of 1927
What always weighs upon my mind when watching this season's episodes is this: how similar would the reactions here have been had no one known about the changes behind the scenes of the show. Mine included.

More of a rhetorical question, I suppose.
post #1661 of 1927
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Originally Posted by CruelInventions View Post

What always weighs upon my mind when watching this season's episodes is this: how similar would the reactions here have been had no one known about the changes behind the scenes of the show. Mine included.

More of a Brittarical question, I suppose.

Fixed ... errr -- Britta-ed it for you... wink.gif
post #1662 of 1927
Ha, funny. Now never do that to one of my posts ever again. wink.gif

While I've moderately enjoyed this season, the thing which I like the least is the Troy/Britta coupling. Just feels totally wrong. With that said, I did enjoy those moments last season (or the season before) when there was a growing subtle affection between them. But this whole next step, IN a relationship thing? No.
post #1663 of 1927
Probably my favorite episode of the season so far. The preview of the Muppet episode looked great. Notably Pierce's muppet.
post #1664 of 1927
I'll join the small crowd here how has positive things to say about this last installment. But then again, I seem to grade the show on some sort of curve.

While the entertainment industry moves far to slowly for it too happen in a matter of months, it would be cool to see Netflix swoop in & give Community another season (I think we all know the show's time on NBC is short) - they could even bring Harmon back. Of course, with the exit of Chase, they would either have to kill off Pierce, or my own whackjob idea: Pierce goes in for massive plastic surgery & returns to Greendale looking just like Dan Ackroyd (Dan surely has time on his hands with Ghostbusters III in perpetual limbo).
post #1665 of 1927
Thread Starter 
I still didnt think it was very funny but the sentiment was in the right place.

There is almost no way Harmon is coming back. He has far too many other projects to fail to write.
post #1666 of 1927
Knowing the background of this show, I keep waiting for the episodes where Pierce starts to act like a dick and walk off the set. But this season, he's actually been rather tame in most episodes. And here we have an example of him doing something nice for Britta, for no reason other than he thought Britta deserved to have something nice. In the Barbershop episode, he just wants to have a father/son relationship with Jeff, for no reason other than he thought Jeff deserved to have a father figure, even if Pierce knows he's not the best father figure.

So, I guess what I'm saying is it's getting kind of hard to keep hating Pierce.
post #1667 of 1927
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360-degree opinions ... while I continue to like Community as it's still streets ahead of other shows.

Maybe even 720 degrees. Guess they don't teach geometry in psych class ... Britta.
post #1668 of 1927
Actually enjoyed this episode. And I agree with some of the other posters, that it included some nice moments for Chevy. If this episode marked the end of his involvement on the show (I know it did not), I think it would have been the perfect way to close out his character--actually nice and thoughtful for a change. Reminded me of those moments in seasons 1 and 2 when he actually cared about the other classmates instead of acting like a dementia-riddled punchline.
post #1669 of 1927
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Originally Posted by tighr View Post

Knowing the background of this show, I keep waiting for the episodes where Pierce starts to act like a dick and walk off the set. But this season, he's actually been rather tame in most episodes. And here we have an example of him doing something nice for Britta, for no reason other than he thought Britta deserved to have something nice. In the Barbershop episode, he just wants to have a father/son relationship with Jeff, for no reason other than he thought Jeff deserved to have a father figure, even if Pierce knows he's not the best father figure.

So, I guess what I'm saying is it's getting kind of hard to keep hating Pierce.

I was thinking the same thing. They ha a wonderful story-arc in season 2 where it would have been ideal to get rid of Chase (and part of me wonders if they weren't writing it that way just in case). Now they seem to be making him a much more sympathetic character, which A ) doesn't seem to be leading to any scripted exit for Pierce and B ) makes me wonder why Chase had such a problem with this years writing as opposed to the previous years' where he was much more hateful/racist.
post #1670 of 1927
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Originally Posted by CruelInventions View Post

What always weighs upon my mind when watching this season's episodes is this: how similar would the reactions here have been had no one known about the changes behind the scenes of the show. Mine included.

More of a rhetorical question, I suppose.

I've been thinking that as well.

This past week's episode was all right, but it seems too smooth and mainstream, whatever that means. It's almost like someone doing a parody of a Community episode. That's how I've felt all season. So, is it really Harmon's departure that makes the difference, or the writers just running out of steam, or the concept has become tired, or maybe I'm just becoming bored with it (the latter happens to me sooner or later, no matter how much I love a show)? Would I be enjoying it more if Harmon was still running it, or if I didn't know he was gone?

My favorite part of the episode: Dean as B&W Donna Reed!
post #1671 of 1927
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Originally Posted by dougotte View Post

This past week's episode was all right, but it seems too smooth and mainstream, whatever that means. It's almost like someone doing a parody of a Community episode.

It felt like an episode of The Big Bang Theory, to me.

Right now, the reason this show is still hovering above TBBT for me is because it's single-camera format and not multi-camera. If this show had a laugh track, I'd throw it out the window.
post #1672 of 1927
Yeah, No way Harmon is coming back. Think of how bad NBC must hate him: they went through the trouble and worry of replacing him even though they only wanted 13 episodes this season. Leaving him to finish with a short season would have been simpler, less headaches and drama in the press. This decision seems like it's beyond business or logic, like it's a personal emotional matter between network heads and Harmon.
post #1673 of 1927
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Originally Posted by cavalierlwt View Post

Think of how bad NBC must hate him: they went through the trouble and worry of replacing him even though they only wanted 13 episodes this season.

I was under the impression that Sony fired him, not NBC. But hey, what do I know.
post #1674 of 1927
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Originally Posted by vespaguy View Post

I was thinking the same thing. They ha a wonderful story-arc in season 2 where it would have been ideal to get rid of Chase (and part of me wonders if they weren't writing it that way just in case). Now they seem to be making him a much more sympathetic character, which A ) doesn't seem to be leading to any scripted exit for Pierce and B ) makes me wonder why Chase had such a problem with this years writing as opposed to the previous years' where he was much more hateful/racist.

I thought the same thing regarding S2's version of Pierce - Chevy Chase was already complaining about being on a sitcom (and of course the issues btwn him & Harmon....and seemingly the entertainment biz in general)

IIRC, Chase's last freakout before it was announced he was leaving the series while still in production stemmed from what I assume to be a moment from an as-yet unaired episode where Piece apparently says something rather racist (which led to a supposed on-set "racist tirade" from Chase). As well, it sounded as if the season was not being shot in order & filming of the season ender had already wrapped, so Chase is still likely to be visible in the 13th ep.

While he seemed to have multiple issues with his Community gig, it may be what Chase saw as a ridiculous shift from "good Pierce" that has been on display for the most part this season & to senile bigot Pierce in the course of one script to the next. Plus, it is pretty common knowledge that Chevy can be a prick, so...who knows...
Edited by jwebb1970 - 4/10/13 at 10:14am
post #1675 of 1927
Chevy himself wasn't on camera tonite - not even in the pic at the end - just his puppet.
post #1676 of 1927
Surprisingly, one of the better episodes this season. Even though the puppet gag was kind of weak, it felt the most like "Community" of any episode this season. The writing was on point, as well. Some favorite lines:

Puppet Kevin/Chang: He's not what he seems!

Britta: Guys, are we just going to avoid making eye contact contact forever? Who are we, Jeff during sex?
(Shirley looks shocked, Annie looks curious)
Jeff: Fine. If we're going to play this game, then unlike sex with Britta, we're going to do it quickly and with a small shred of dignity.
Britta: (dismissively) Ugh.
Troy: (agreeably) Yeah.

Troy: If we fly to heaven, please don't tell my grandpa about me and Britta!

Shirley: Damn you, gravity!
Britta: Damn you, prayer!
Pierce: Damn you, Vicki!

Troy's puppet dozing off when the dean talks, and Troy waking it up.
post #1677 of 1927
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Originally Posted by filtor View Post

Chevy himself wasn't on camera tonite - not even in the pic at the end - just his puppet.

I wonder if this episode was one of the last to be filmed for this season, hence the relative absence of Chase in the flesh. Being the Community Muppet Show, I imagine there was more logistical work on set than usual.
post #1678 of 1927
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Originally Posted by jwebb1970 View Post

I wonder if this episode was one of the last to be filmed for this season, hence the relative absence of Chase in the flesh. Being the Community Muppet Show, I imagine there was more logistical work on set than usual.
I read a review of this episode on AVclub that stated one of the terms of Chevy Chase's contract was that he record all of his lines for this episode. I wonder if he'll be in next week's episode. Presumably, yes, since the rumor is he filmed the season finale before he left the show.

I thought it was interesting that the implication is that the group left Pierce in the woods.
post #1679 of 1927
Gillian Jacobs tweeted that the puppet episode was the last one they shot for the season: https://twitter.com/GillianJacobs

She tweeted a few bits of trivia about the episode in general - worth reading at least once.
post #1680 of 1927
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Originally Posted by Flambe View Post

Gillian Jacobs tweeted that the puppet episode was the last one they shot for the season: https://twitter.com/GillianJacobs

She tweeted a few bits of trivia about the episode in general - worth reading at least once.

Shown out-of-sequence vs. shot... explains Chevy's rather conspicuous on-camera absence.
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