March 23rd, 2012
01:18 PM ET
Thursday night's episode was an improvement on last week – and, since it centered on Abed, there was plenty of weirdness to go around.
When the owner of a celebrity impersonator service (a man who looks remarkably like French Stewart) came to collect on Abed's debts – due to Abed's obsession with re-enacting famous movie scenes – the group agreed to appear at a bar mitzvah in the guise of celebrities.
In the meantime, Jeff's new drug regimen worried psychology student Britta, as his ego grew out of control. Britta warning him to stay humble while dressed as 1990s Michael Jackson was hilarious in and of itself.
But, then Troy, as 1970s Michael Jackson, reminded her to stay in character: "If you have anything else do say, say it in a high-pitched voice while walking backwards."
Poor Pierce, however, came in wanting to be Burt Reynolds but ended up being recognized as "Fat Brando." When someone called him "Fat Burt Reynolds," that was enough for him.
Chang, meanwhile, is plotting to take over Greendale. When given more responsibility by Dean Pelton, he said, "Thank you, sir. You won't regret this unless I rise up against you. I don't know why I said that!"
It didn't take long for Chang to formulate a plan, while working security at the bar mitzvah: he would build an army of middle school boys, and replace the Dean with his bar mitzvah DJ double (J.P. Manoux, who is often confused for the "Dean," Jim Rash).
After Jeff, impersonating Ryan Seacrest (an obvious tip of the hat to "The Soup") went up onstage, not unlike the Hulk, and tried to steal the "Handsomest Young Man" award, he soon realized that his ego had exploded – but he had a friend like Britta to help him through it.
Abed is also lucky to have Troy, as well, who finally confronted him about his celebrity impersonator addiction. Abed retreated to the "Dreamatorium" (pretty much Troy and Abed's "Star Trek: The Next Generation" holodeck) and soon met up with "Evil Abed" from the Darkest Timeline. "Evil Abed" is the "hot-hot-hot" to Abed's "cool-cool-cool."
This episode seemed to set up the rest of the season, especially as far as Abed and Chang are concerned, and it's still great to see Greendale back in session (even if the first scene clearly signified that it was supposed to take place in January).
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