I was not in the best of moods last night when Community materialized on my TV. I was exhausted, I had a stubborn headache, and it was approaching 50 degrees outside, which for Angelenos is the equivalent of being trapped on Hoth. Luckily, yesterday’s episode, “The Politics of Human Sexuality,” was an agreeable affair. The show wasn’t top-tier Community, mind you, but it was satisfying enough to snap this blogger out of his funk, and what more could you ask for from a freshman comedy series? While the episode’s setting of a school STD fair didn’t set up its humor as effectively as, say, a Halloween party or a debate competition, the writers did an admirable job of balancing individual character moments (e.g. Jeff’s maturing attitude toward women, and Annie’s acceptance of her repressed sexuality) while not forfeiting the appeal of the cast’s collective chemistry.
Speaking of Community‘s ensemble, I particularly appreciated how well this episode spread the wealth — every character had at least one substantially witty wisecrack. For that reason, here are my picks for each character’s best line, after the jump:
Jeff: While hitting on Dean Pelton’s new assistant, Sabrina, Jeff professed his love for horses. Sabrina asked him if he owned a horse. Sharp as a whip, Jeff responded, “Can you ever really own a horse?” Sabrina’s heart melted.
Britta: She actually had a number of notable quips, but I’ve settled on this one. Annie was describing her sole sexual experience with a high-school boyfriend who cried both during and after the deed. “He’s gay now,” Annie sighed. “I think he was gay then,” retorted Britta.
Abed: “I’m trying to reduce my pop-cultural referencing,” Abed proclaims at the start of the episode. That doesn’t stop him from bringing up the arm-wrestling flick Over the Top when Troy issues an arm-wrestling challenge: “It’s like Stallone in Over the Top, but I’m not sure of all the rules. Don’t I need a semi-truck and a 10-year-old son?” I also liked Abed’s insistence on waiting for more dramatic arm-wrestling music, which brings up the question: What is the ultimate arm-wrestling song? PopWatchers, gimme your picks.
Shirley: “Annie, being a virgin in this day and age is something to be proud of — you’re like a unicorn!” Also, the scene in which Shirley asked Annie if she’s ever seen a penis before: “You’ve never seen one when you were growing up, like on the Internet, in a picture, or Harvey Keitel’s?” How many of Community‘s teenage viewers got that reference to Bad Lieutenant and The Piano?
Annie: Her pro-repression speech: “I like being repressed. I am totally comfortable being uncomfortable with my sexuality. Maybe, just maybe, if everyone were a little bit more like me, we wouldn’t have to have a STD fair. And by the way, now that I’ve got a good look at (a penis), I don’t see what all the fuss was about. Giant thumb in a turtle neck!”
Troy: He wasn’t too thrilled about losing to Abed in a game of basketball. “Don’t gloat. It’s impossible to guard you — your eyes are too gentle and mysterious.” And I’m sure some of you would have also voted for Troy’s “don’t eat the crab dip” joke. Ehhh, nice try.
Pierce: After borrowing $200 from Jeff to pay a female escort (Sharon Lawrence), Pierce said, “You know, for $220 I can get…” Jeff interrupted him: “I’ll give you $250 if you don’t finish telling me.” As Pierce pocketed the additional money, he happily said, “Ooo, I can get it twice!”
Plus, we cannot forget when Annie asked Britta and Shirley if the mannequin’s penis size is considered large. Shirley instantly said no, while Britta simultaneously said yes, and then the two glanced at each other in a brief state of confusion. But we, the viewers, understood.
PopWatchers, were you guys starving for your weekly dose of Community after the series took Thanksgiving off? Did this week’s episode hit the spot?