What’s the only thing better than Community meets Sergio Leone meets Star Wars? An awesomely unnecessary and unexplained cameo by Laurie (Busy Philipps) and Travis (Dan Byrd) from Cougar Town. They appear for less than a second after [SPOILER ALERT] Greendale wins the epic paintball battle. A wink at Abed’s love of the poorly titled Courteney Cox show, their cameo was an awesome gift of an Easter egg for those of us who love unapologetically quirky comedies. The thing that surprised me most, though, was that NBC let one of its shows give airtime to a non-NBC property. Bravo, and PENNYCAAAAAANNNNN!
The two-part paintball extravaganza was every bit as satisfying as the first season’s: Jordan Black makes a welcome return as the villainous Dean Spreck of City College; Abed channels Han Solo, bringing out feelings in Annie she didn’t know she had (will their romance last? Doubtful); and Troy emerges as a leader, sort of. We’re also left wondering if Pierce will re-join study group, or if they’re really a man down—I’d play a red card to bring Pierce back!
Even given the nonstop hijinks of the finale, my favorite part was actually the throwaway closing credits scene, in which Abed, in his typical clueless fashion, chats up the janitor with the unenviable task of cleaning up after the paintballers. In fact, I asked series creator Dan Harmon about set cleanup yesterday, and it turns out he’s not much better than Abed. “In typical elitist fashion, I don’t know [what goes into it],” says Harmon. “I know that there are good people with loving families who suffer under my yoke, but I can’t actually tell you the details about it. I’m reading a magazine and I’m complaining that I’m only getting one week off at the exact time that people are scraping fake paint off the walls.” Classic.
Some of my favorite quotes from last night (add any ones I missed in the comments—I know there are a lot!):
–“First off, pop pop!”—Magnitude the walking catchphrase. More, please.
–“Forget about your newborn child and think about the people who need you!” Troy to Shirley about staying in the game
–“Those guys are ballers, yo. I hope you like getting balled.”—Another of Dean Pelton’s double-entendres
–“Jeff, every second counts. For Greendale, on two …”—Troy, making sure the troops stay on task
–“City College is faster, stronger … our sperm counts are higher. Even in our women.”—Dean Spreck, trying to psyche out the Greendale rebels
–“Paint in sprinklers? Are we the Little Rascals?”—Jeff
–“I was.”—Leonard, dating himself
–“Quendra with a Q-U. They can kill most of us, but as long as nobody gives up, somebody will make it through. Understand?”— Jeff, comforting a damsel in distress
–“I think you’re great … for a no good-faced Jabba scoundrel.”—Annie, trying to be Princess Leia to Abed’s Han. The word you’re looking for, Annie, is “nerfherder.” Nerfherder.
–“Denny’s is for winners.”—Jeff, speaking the truth
–“I’ve been in a few real wars, but this one is actually the most terrifying.”—Leonard, the Crimean War veteran
“He uses some kind of crystal instead of deodorant.”—Abed on Starburns’ manly musk
“He’s just acting out. I’ve seen this behavior in cats. My cats.”—Britta on Pierce’s pouty behavior