'Community' and the exploding ego
March 23rd, 2012
01:18 PM ET

'Community' and the exploding ego

After last week's big ratings gain for "Community," the show really seems to be hitting its stride.

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).

What did you think of this week's celebrity impersonator-fest? Share your view on video or comment below.

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  1. Nielsen

    I don't usually watch this show but thanks to March Madness my show wasn't on. I thought at least it might be entertaining but I was wrong. It was pretty lame. I now understand why the have to fight to stay on TV. They have gotten worse in their writing. If it gets cancelled, I can see why.

    March 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      See, that is what is wrong with tv in my mind. You would rather watch a comedy dhow that takes no chances and still are doing the same old jokes they did on day one. It is not that I do not like Big Bang but it is so generic and easy written jokes. I love Community because the show takes chances. Some episodes may be misses but for the most part the show is trruly one of the greats. Why Donald Glover does not have an Emmy much less not even being nominated I will never know. He can act circles around anybody on Big Bang!

      March 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mahiro

      I'll admit, not one of the stronger episodes, but you will be hooked after watching a few episodes. Guarantee it!

      March 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Henry Hanks

    YES! J.P. Manoux played the memorable role of "Not Moby" (and Moby was also referenced on "Community").

    March 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fritzy

    I don't watch the show, but I'd like to hang out with those people in the picture! Looks like a fun bunch!!

    March 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mahiro

      You are missing out on a ton! Watch the show! 8 ET on Thursdays on NBC

      March 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jessica

    Did the DJ double (and Moby impersonator) also play Not Moby on the first season of How I Met Your Mother? When Community first premiered, I thought that Jim Rash was Not Moby. How funny, to play someone confused for Moby on two separate sitcoms.

    March 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard Fore

    I farted on my balls & then licked them.

    March 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Triumph

    Thank you CNN for another column that will put us all to sleep. It is a nice article....

    March 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |

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