October 14th, 2011
03:56 PM ET
To say that Thursday night's "Community" was the most impressive half hour of television this season is a severe understatement.
The episode started off simply, with the study group attending Troy and Abed's housewarming party, but when the time came for someone to be chosen to go downstairs to get the pizza, Jeff decided to roll Yahtzee dice to determine who had to go. Abed pointed out that he was creating six different timelines, and that's where the fun began.
For example, when Annie got the pizza, Troy found a gun in her purse; a gun which went off and shot Pierce in the timeline where Troy got the pizza (things got really bad here, as Troy's absence also ended up starting a fire).
Also, in each timeline, Britta tried to sing along with "Roxanne" on the radio, only to be stopped by Jeff. When Abed stopped Jeff from rolling the dice and told him that he had devised a system where he didn't have to get the pizza, Jeff was forced to head downstairs. So, finally, Britta got to sing "Roxanne" and everyone had a great time. (I like to think that this is the "real" timeline.)
Despite the seven timelines, some things remain the same, as Abed pointed out: "Annie will always be driven, Shirley will always be giving, Pierce will never apologize, Britta's sort of a wildcard from my perspective and Jeff will forever remain a conniving son of a b--."
Best (or worst) of all, though, was the next-to-last scene, where we saw the results of the Troy-gets-the-pizza timeline, with Pierce dead, Jeff missing an arm, Annie committed and Troy having lost his larynx. So, naturally, Abed suggested that they all don goatees made out of construction paper, to become the evil versions of themselves.
And then, next thing you know, (in the "real" timeline?) Abed seemed to sense...a disturbance in the Force, shall we say, and all was back to normal.
It was another example of the anything-goes storytelling this show does so well. I just hope that the rumors that this show might go the way of "Arrested Development" are unfounded.
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