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2. At least visually, you can never go wrong by referencing Wes Anderson. It's not surprising that Abed sleeps in tighty-whities, that Troy rocks a Spider-Man costume, or Shirley goes to bed under the protection of a cross and some really awful wallpaper. But the opening jaunt through the characters' bedrooms gives us the first glimpse we've seen of them off-campus, and it's an astonishingly revealing 30 seconds of television.
3. The new business plan for conservative political magazines? Smooches. "I took the Makeout Meter in this month's issue of...National Review," Annie says, realizing belatedly and sadly that just because Jeff stuck his tongue in her mouth doesn't mean he's going to date her.
4. Nothing's as good as it seems on television—not even for television characters. After Jeff and Britta got together to spite each other, inadvertently hurting Annie's feelings, melting Shirley's heart, and prompting Abed to set up a quickie "wedding...episode" with an Irish singer and a George Clooney impersonator, Shirley to reveal that Jeff slept with Britta, and Annie to reveal that Jeff kissed her, Jeff cursed Abed for not being able to tell the difference between real life and sitcoms. "TV makes sense," Abed bites back at him. "It has structure, logic, rules, and likable leading men. In life, we have you."
Community's always had at its heart recovery from self-inflicted tragedy, whether it's a football career-ending kegstand or faked credentials. It's good that a show that's aware of absolutely everything else is aware of that, too.
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