Merry, Mischievous and Moving

communEpisode Commentary: Environmental Science

That winning streak by the creators of “Community” raises a notch in consistency this week as Jeff (Joel McHale), exquisitely eloquent extraordinaire, goes back to his weasel-like ways – but this time, with a sense of regret. Aw, he’s finally growing.

In a characteristic temper tantrum-cum-tyrannical explosion, Senor Chang (Ken Jeong) decides to punish the entire class for Annie’s (Alison Brie) academic overzealousness by – after many interruptions and increases – assigning a 20-page essay on “ass-kissing” (thank you, Britta), in Spanish.

The group, predictably, turns to Jeff for help, who in turn takes advantage of the recently-dumped teaching tyrant.

Finally, Jeong gets a piece of the spotlight through more than exaggerated hand-gestures and stealing the poster-child-placement for anger management. Now, he simply seems bizarre and utterly insane. It’s downright adorable.

Meanwhile, Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) is so incredibly nervous about her oral presentation, that she actually accepts Pierce’s (Chevy Chase) help. Chase is another who continues his comedic ascent.

Although some of the advice he gives her is questionable (he insists that calling out “attention-grabbing” words like “multiple orgasm” will do the trick), their interaction is more than entertaining and doesn’t feel like a last-minute add-on.

The third and best storyline revolves around Abed (Danny Pudi) and Troy’s (Donald Glover) biology experiment involving a rat, the aptly-named Fievel. They have to train their respective rodents to respond to a specific song and Troy and Abed appropriately chose “Somewhere Out There” from “An American Tail.”

It turns out that Troy is terrified of rats and sneezing is not the only thing he does like a girl. Even former Prom Kings have their moments.

It’s a toss-up between this and the Halloween-inspired “Introduction to Statistics” for best episode thus far, since both had great openings: Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) will print 500 more posters to replace the old ones just to prove how much he cares about the environment.

The surprisingly moving (yes, actually emotionally touching) montage toward the end was so unexpected and effective that it may actually rate as high – if not higher – than Abed’s tongue-in-cheek response to the grandiose ending of “The Dark Knight.”

Who know that Pudi and Glover had such pleasant voices?

Maybe the girls will be able to rival the comic kings next week as Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Shirley are set to help Annie with a project in “The Politics of Human Sexuality.”

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