Community: "Romantic Expressionism" Review Episode 15

I'll be honest, I'd sort of written Community off earlier in the season as it continued to meander in that frustrating realm of showing promise without actually succeeding. However, I'm glad I stuck with it (partly because they pay me to) as these last few episodes have rivaled anything that my personal favorite NBC comedy 30 Rock has done in the same time span.

These past four episodes have proved the creators have found their rhythm and figured out how which character combinations work best together. Plus, there were just a ton of great jokes. I'd argue this was the best episode of the season featuring the best single scene of the season: a discussion around the study table of each other's secrets and sexual attractions that morphed into a silent and slightly creepy game of "What If?" Abed said it best, "When you guys first came in, we were as wholesome and healthy as the family in The Brady Bunch, and now we're as dysfunctional and incestuous as the cast of The Brady Bunch."

What set off this scene was Annie's newfound infatuation with Vaughn (Eric Christian Olsen), the campus hippie and Britta's ex-boyfriend. Once Jeff and Britta found out, they immediately decided to quash the relationship because as the self-described "parents" of the study group, they felt Annie's attraction to Vaughn would lead her to date a series of jerks and losers down the line. "He's a gateway douche-bag," explained Jeff. To stop Annie from being with Vaughn, they decided to get Troy, Annie's unrequited love, interested in her. The Annie that Troy knew from high school as the acne-scarred, pill-popping, nervous breakdown-having girl was far different from the Annie that Jeff described to motivate him to make his move. "I have the weirdest boner," said Troy, as Jeff and Britta skulked out the door.

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