'Community' Recap: Competitive Ecology

The most recent episode of NBC’s "Community" is, in some ways, one of its most meta and self-referential outings. Greendale Community College’s motley study group always seems to be spending more time arguing and screwing off then actually studying (a serious complaint from the show’s critics). In "Competitive Ecology," the writers, in their unique way, address those who take issue with that aspect of the show.

The team’s Biology professor, Dr. Kane, tells the class that they’ll be partnering up to build a terrarium which will be due the next day. Instead of letting the students choose their partners, Kane tells them they will be paired up with the person sitting across the table from them. Since the group rarely interacts with anyone outside their circle, they are obviously very upset and convince Kane to let them partner together. The only problem is there are seven of them which leaves Pierce stuck with his random lab partner, Todd (David Neher).

Quickly, the partnerships deteriorate and the group decides to re-shuffle, but no one wants to be stuck with Todd, who doesn’t take any offense. They try ranking each other in terms of popularity, but that fails miserably. Britta’s suggestion that those with the lowest GPAs should be paired with the highest GPAs irritates Annie. And whoever gets stuck with Todd is constantly trying to get out of it, though, again, he doesn’t take any offense to it. Read More...



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