March 25th, 2011
12:31 PM ET
When "Community" creator Dan Harmon tweeted earlier this week that the upcoming episode of the show was not going to be a spoof of "Pulp Fiction" (despite it being promoted by NBC as such), we knew we would be in for something different.
What transpired on Thursday night not only referenced "Pulp Fiction," but even more so "My Dinner with Andre" and "Cougar Town."
Abed is obsessed with the Courteney Cox show ("It was as if he didn't want people to like him," Jeff remarked), and confessed to Jeff at their birthday dinner that the chance to be an extra on the set led him to re-evaluate his life, which led Jeff to make a pretty startling confession too, about trick-or-treating as a girl.
Then, Jeff was enraged when he recognized what a lot of us did: that his entire confession was part of a spoof ("I prefer the term homage") to "Andre."
Even so, the dialogue between Abed and Jeff may be one of the best-written exchanges between two characters we've seen all season, so kudos to Sona Panos and the rest of the writing staff for that.
When it was clear that the "Pulp Fiction" party wasn't happening, everyone came to the restaurant where Jeff and Abed were eating, and just to show that Abed really hadn't changed, he quickly noted, "Cool, cool, cool, cool" about each one of their costumes (as great as it was to see Britta as Mia, and Chang as Butch, Shirley's Jules definitely stole the show).
It took a lot of guts for "Community" to avoid the obvious spoof (besides, "House" covered the "Pulp" ground pretty well a few weeks ago), and take a big risk like they did with this fairly serious episode. (Not that there weren't some big laughs - Troy crying is never not funny.)
I'm not even sure it's possible to get any more meta than this show has been lately, and this was something of a commentary on that. It would be really hard to count the number of levels on which this episode was working, and director Richard Ayoade (star of "The IT Crowd") certainly deserves some of the credit for that as well.
Ah, forget it, Abed. It's "Cougar Town."
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