Community Episode 19: "Beginner Pottery" Review

As the season has progressed, Community has become more and more outlandish, but at the same time, it's also gotten funnier. So I've decided to stop criticizing how unbelievable some of the available classes are at Greendale Community College and just embrace the show for taking chances and having fun.

The crux of this episode rested on Jeff's competitive attitude, which reared its ugly head in Beginner Pottery, "the ultimate blow-off class." Instead of relaxing and bagging the easy "A", he had to prove that Rich, a fellow student and better pottery-maker, was a ringer and not a beginner at all. He spent the episode getting nuttier and more obsessive, or "Goldbluming" as Abed referred to it, trying to knock Rich off his high horse. Eventually he realized his own limitations, recognized Rich's skill, and lived to get his participation credit, but not before starting a dust-up with the professor, played by Tony Hale (Arrested Development).

As we've before in episodes like "Physical Education," "Debate 109," and "Advanced Criminal Law," even though Jeff wants to be the aloof, disinterested guy, he really is a lawyer at heart and fiercely competitive. So even though there were parts of this episode that were as goofy as you could imagine -- the pottery professor's strict, "no re-enactments of Ghost" rule was a particular favorite -- Jeff's attitude was grounded in reality. I loved how as his competitiveness increased, his eyes, hair and clothing got perpetually creepier, until he was kicked out of class for "Ghosting" and added insult to injury by serenading the professor with The Righteous Brothers.

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