'Community' recap: Lightning doesn't give you superpowers -- and high schoolers don't equal laughs
Image Credit: Trae Patton/NBCEveryone up for a nonsensical babble battle please raise your hand. No? Okay, everyone who thinks last night’s Community was saved by the pantsing gag, needed to nix the annoying high schooler plot line, and could have used guest star Lisa Rinna in a much more hilarious way raise your hand. Yes. That’s more like it. Spoilers ahoy, Community members.
Jeff and Britta were heckled by a trio of high school “twerps” enrolled in college classes (“Schmitty!”) and took it personally. Pierce was kicked out of the group after pantsing Shirley. And Abed enlisted the help of Troy in accomplishing a movie-centric list of tasks that would help him have the “ultimate” first year of college. Rinna played the twerp leader’s cougar mom, whom Jeff tried to woo, but she failed to deliver laughs to her full(-lipped) potential.
While half the fun of this freshman comedy is the high level of ridiculata in each half hour, this was not close to the quality we’ve become accustomed to, particularly regarding the band of teenage clichés. I barely survived being in the company of irritating kids like those featured last night while attending high school, and I had little desire to re-experience the horror at the beginning of my beloved Thursday night comedies. The show’s attempt to charm us with a plot about immaturity came across a lazy, and by the time the ”duh” showdown came along in the last few minutes, I had a headache. I liked the rest, for what it’s worth. Sigh.
At least the episode still provided some great lines. Here are my 10 favorites:
“I got a B on my nutrition final, and I am celebrating with pie and a dollop of whipped irony.” — Jeff
Britta: So what’s the context for constantly calling me as a lesbian?
Pierce: If the wallet chain fits… I’m just trying to help you find yourself.
Abed: He still assumes I’m a terrorist.
Pierce: If you’re not, I’m sorry. If you are, I’m a hero. I’m willing to take that chance.
“Have you seen a Chinese kid?” — girl scout, talking about Señor Chang
“My uncle was struck by lightning. You’d think it would give you superpowers, but now he just masturbates in movie theaters.” — Troy
Annie: When you found out I was Jewish, you invited me to a ‘pool party’ that turned out to be a Baptism.
Shirley: Well excuse me for trying to sneak you into Heaven.
“They’re making us walk around with pretzels in our butts, and I put mustard on mine like an idiot.” — Troy
“I’m not wearing my contacts.” — Pierce, with his glasses on, after mistaking a black woman for Shirley
“Why are Jeff and Britta making fun of those handicapped kids?” — Pierce
“Henry David Thoreau Diet Squirt.” — Abed’s porn name (the name of your grade school + your favorite drink)
Am I missing something, PopWatchers? Am I just jealous because I have never met Sting at a Cracker Barrel? Or were you a little disappointed, too? You head to the comments while I knit a tiny little eye patch (because Winona Ryder knits, which makes it hip). Sincerely, Sam Rayburn Vitamin Water Zero.