Community simply isn’t what it used to be, but there is no point in talking about that anymore. This week’s episode “RV Repair and Palmistry” was more of the same chaos, but it was hilarious which pretty much makes up for that.
Abed cannot manipulate time and circumstance: It was funny and a little disconcerting that Abed seemed convinced that he could alter their current circumstances by “flashing back.” For a while, I was afraid that he was actually going to have that power and I think that would’ve kind of destroyed the character. Thankfully, we learned near the end that Abed’s “flashing back” was in fact just him being insane, and it allowed for us to see the Dean fall off the roof of an RV while sitting on a giant hand.
Abed’s “Jeff Speech”: This one was really heartfelt and frankly pretty beautiful. I’ve never bought a giant hand and locked my friends out of a stranded RV like the Dean did, but I was certainly touched by the universal sentiment of his words.
Future Britta: Present time Britta was pretty funny this week, even though she had basically no lines, but it’s Future Britta for the win. I don’t know about you, but I thought she was hilarious. I laughed out loud when she approached Future Abed and Frankie to ask what they were talking about, and when she popped up in Abed’s little fantasy doing whatever that arm thing was I basically lost it. It’s nice to see Britta be a source of comedy and not just a punching bag.
Abed thinks life is a TV show, WHAAA?: This one may have been a little too meta for me, but that’s not even really the downfall here. The problem occurs when Jeff is somehow surprised by Abed’s behavior, insisting on the flashbacks and how certain acts must occur in a road trip movie. It’s not like the group hasn’t had to rescue Abed from thinking life was a TV show before, at least two specific times come to mind (“Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”, “History 101”, and oh yeah like almost every other episode). I get that the writers needed to add in comical conflict for the group, but this one was just annoying. It made Jeff seem like a total bully and a jerk.
Honor Roll Moments:
- Britta having a blanket thrown on her head and leaving it there.
- Britta being the unlikely voice of reason to Annie, it’s not if something fell off the roof but what.
- The end sequence with the man who intended to buy the giant hand.
- Frankie speaking to Abed on his level to help him save he group.
- The Dean running into the RV, screeching “Screw You!” and locking the group out.
- Flashback Dean and Abed’s dance.
Who’s the Worst:
This week Annie gets to wear “The Worst” crown. Not only did she do absolutely nothing to further the storyline or save the group, but she was goddamned whiny about it the whole time. I know she’s high-strung but this season she’s kind of a bitch. There, I said it.
Hush Comics gives “Basic RV Repair and Palmistry” a B+ for touching on familiar topics and for being hilarious.
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