'Community' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap (VIDEO)

It's called a "bottle episode" because it simulates the sensation of being trapped. In, y'know, a bottle. Because most shows operate on less than ideal budgets, showrunners are always looking for ways to cut costs that don't harm production values; given its regular indulgence in movie parodies and guest stars, 'Community' can't be the cheapest show to produce. So we get tonight's "Cooperative Calligraphy," which, credit cookie aside, took place entirely in one set, the study room at the library, and had no character appearances outside the ensemble and a few visits from the Dean.

Unsurprisingly, Abed realized what was happening early on. After Annie found she was missing a purple pen, she freaked out and demanded the whole group stay behind to help her look for it, or else confess they took it. This wasn't the first pen she's lost, and beneath her adorable, girl-next-door exterior, Annie hides the heart of a deeply insecure control freak, paranoid that everyone is out to get her because, after all, she deserves no better. So she stopped the exodus to the puppy parade and started pointing fingers. Abed recognized the bottle episode set-up, but he couldn't stop the inevitable; soon, friends were going for throats, and then everybody got naked.

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