Community - "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism" - 12/1/11

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by DreadPirateRob, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

    Nov 11, 2002


    I have to say that this was one of my favorite Community eps ever. It's easily the best of the "normal" (i.e. not high-concept) eps, though the fact that I can say that earnestly and with a straight face about an ep that had an extended anime cut-scene smack dab in the middle of an epic foosball duel was a "normal" ep for Community says something (though I'm not sure what).

    I will never *not* be tremendously amused anytime Abed is Batman (or a vampire, for that matter; can we bring that one back?) or where Troy cries, or where Annie shows a devious and perhaps criminal dark side, and all of this comic greatness was contained within the fluffier B plot.

    The A plot was much stronger, especially since we so rarely see a Jeff-Shirley pairing (in fact, we rarely see much of Shirley at all). I thought the aforementioned anime cut scene was absolutely brilliant and served the A plot very well, as it conveyed the angsty torment of Jeff and Shirley in a way that the actual actors may not have been able to, and yet also conveyed how it was pretty juvenile and something they should be able to let go of.

    Some other random bits of awesomeness sprinkled throughout:

    * Perhaps the single-best schadenfreude joke ever: a German character saying (in a bad German accent) "I wish there was a word to describe the pleasure I feel at viewing misfortune"

    * Troy for once being the voice of reason: "Let's not leap to thing-doing!"

    * The landlord apparently watching Quantum Leap porn. If I got it right, this is what I heard: "Sam, Ziggy says there's an 80% chance you can't leave Woodstock until you bone these hippies!"

    * Annie swooning when Batman Abed touched her cheek - keeping up the weird sexual tension between Annie and any of Abed's characters (Don Draper, Han Solo, Batman).

    * Annie's increasingly bad Christian Bale impressions.

    * Troy getting all excited about an "Animal Hospital" before Abed pointed out that the animals would patients, and then Troy disappointedly admitting that made more sense.

    Thoughts? Looks like there is only one more episode before the unplanned hiatus... if we're almost done, at least the show's going out strong (and posted its best ratings in 2 months).
  2. Waldorf

    Waldorf Super Duper Member

    Oct 4, 2002
    Phoenix, AZ
    I watched this several times. It's fantastic how much nuance they can squeeze out of what's almost a 2 second throw-way dialogue.


    Edited to add: The cat in this frame should have had a monocle.
  3. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Bored TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    I agree, fantastic episode.

    Loved how they left the German's at the foosball table, with the ball just out of their reach.
  4. smak

    smak TV MA SLV

    Feb 11, 2000
    NoHo, CA USA
    Very weird to have Nick Kroll play the lead German.

    But it was a pretty funny show, i'm not sure about the fact that Jeff & Shirly had met before, but not a big deal.

  5. Aniketos

    Aniketos Active Member

    Mar 6, 2006


    Shirley is the one of the two weakest characters on the show (Pierce being the other.) But the way they use Pierce to me is more annoying compared to my ambivalent feelings towards the way they use Shirley. Having said that, I really really liked Shirley as a character this episode, and think it was one of her stronger, if not, strongest episode.
  6. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Way too clich├ęd.
  7. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    A great episode.
    Well said. :up:
  8. Hunter Green

    Hunter Green Curmudgeon

    Feb 22, 2002
    And I wonder how many people didn't get it.

    I missed that! Wish I'd kept the episode.

    And let's not forget the elf encounter in the tavern during their D&D adventure!

    I lost it so hard it took about a minute before we could play it again.

    As someone with no taste for anime, even I found the anime break to be hilarious -- in fact I was wondering if anime fans might not like it less because of the possibility of it coming off as making fun of anime. But then I figured, nah, Community makes fun of itself and its fans love that, too. Speaking of which, another howler moment you didn't mention was Jeff's rant about whether they'd been carrying around the ball just to make that joke, and left it behind. Troy also got in a metajoke about how many sitcoms have done the "replace an irreplaceable object" bit. They sure do a good job of teasing that fourth wall without going too far.
  9. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    I really liked this episode.

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