Community [3x01] Biology 101
Jeff: We have parted ways with our closest, oldest, craziest, most racist, oldest elderly crazy friend, and he’s not coming back.
Pierce: I’m back.
He’s back! They’re back! It’s back!! With a musical number! That’s in Jeff’s head, strangely… Community left us in May with a downer cliffhanger, or downhanger… no, don’t call it that… Anyways, Pierce predictably wants back in after “evolving” over the summer, which is fine with everyone except Jeff, who pushes the idea that they’ve evolved so much as friends that the group was unnecessary other than to study Biology. Which was totally fine, until Jeff’s cellular obsession gets him kicked out of the class, allowing Pierce to take his space. I especially liked seeing Jeff hit a new low here. He became the craziest, most racist crazy friend for a bit, and it was fun to watch.
The B story introduces us to Vice Dean Raybourne (played amazingly by John Goodman), the true power at Greendale who puts a newly goateed Dean Pelton in his simpering, hairless place. I hope the character returns soon and often. Dean needs a rival slightly more forboding than Dean Spreck, and the nostril-to-rectum speech made me pee a little.
And then there’s the C story about Abed dealing with the midseason placement of Cougar Town, and Britta failing to fill the void. This ends with a Doctor Who reference, so that’s completely satisfying to me. I hope there’s more Who-vian events coming (or, Spacetime-vian?)
Of course there’s the traditional Community pat ending (it’s a magic table, guys), and everyone’s back to normal. BUT WITH A TWIST: Chang’s the new law in town. This is the year where everyone’s going to die, and I couldn’t be more excited!
But I’ll watch anything…
Quotes of the night:
“I will not tolerate monkeys living on campus! If I wanted to run a monkey hotel I’d install a banana buffet. I’d use vines as elevators, and I’d put tail-holes in the bathrobes, and I’d lower all the shower knobs.” -Dean Pelton
“You are the opposite of Batman!” -Troy