This week, in â€œIntroduction to Film,â€ he seemingly finds it in a course taught by Professor Whitman (John Michael Higgins), an educator clearly too enamored with Robin Williamsâ€™ free-spirited zest in â€œDead Poets Society.â€ Homework assignments include swimming in a lake and informing 10 people of your love.
And the students are Dane Cook fans, so how hard can it be?
â€œNo tests,â€ he joyfully proclaims. â€œNo papers. You want an A? Live in the moment.â€
Sounds like the perfect carefree class, right? Surprisingly enough, even the blithe instructor can see through Jeffâ€™s thinly-veiled crusade for an academic cakewalk.
Now Jeff has the rest of the week to â€œCarpe Diem,â€ or else he will receive an F for the semester.
What follows is an exercise in hilarity as Jeff cunningly plots and schemes to feign cheerful spontaneity, though Whitman curtly informs him that had he not already cried at that morningâ€™s beautiful sunrise, he would have bawled at Jeffâ€™s pathetic attempts to look vivacious.
And yet, the professor insists that this impulsiveness must be authentically felt â€“ a natural, heartfelt response to touching stimuli â€“ like climbing a tree after witnessing a kiss, apparently.
Meanwhile, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) discovers that Abedâ€™s (Danny Puti) father (Iqbal Theba) is keeping him from following his directorial dreams by forbidding him to enroll in a film course, as it has no relation to the family business. Feeling charitable, she immediately forks over the dough and unwittingly makes herself his erstwhile caretaker, much to the chagrin of his falafel-funded father.
The episodeâ€™s plot culminates in Abedâ€™s documentary â€“ an art-form that he describes as being â€œlike movies but with ugly peopleâ€ â€“ in which Jeff plays the role of his father and Britta, his mother.
Ultimately, despite several genuinely hilarious moments, this episode lacks the laugh-out-loud likeness of the previous two. In spite of that, it takes measured steps toward character development, especially from a romantic standpoint. Annie (Alison Brie) once again unintentionally hints toward a secret affection toward Troy (Donald Glover), who in turn struggles to overcome his incredibly girly sneeze with the help of Pierce (Chevy Chase), of all people.
Britta finally seems to notice Jeffâ€™s better qualities and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) doesnâ€™t do much of anything, unfortunately, as sheâ€™s shown to be a hitherto engaging character.
With an intriguing start so far and a brand-spankinâ€™ new slot at eight-oâ€™clock Eastern, starting next week, â€œCommunityâ€ seems to be on a comedic roll.