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Community Review: "Mixology Certifiction"

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This was the closest Community has come to being a traditional sitcom in its two years on the air.

There were no major gimmicks on "Mixology Certifiction," no outlandishly absurd situations.  It was just so... normal.  That wasn't necessarily a good thing.

He'll Have Another

Right of the bat, gotta say, if Troy is supposed to be a Jehovah's Witness, he's not a very good one.  A uteral expulsion cake is still a birthday cake, no matter which way you slice it.

I always enjoy a good bit of Jeff and Britta and their frustrated banter, but Troy was right: drunk Jeff and Britta are "Lifetime movie sad." I didn't laugh once during their boozy back and forth over the coolness/lameness of the local bar scene. The makeout session between them had skanky written all over it, and was only funny when Abed tattled on them.

It all did lead, though, to the most ironic moment of the night with Troy becoming the responsible adult and getting everyone home safely, while boasting a freshly mature outlook. That's cool and all, but I like Troy best when he's climbing into candy machines with Abed - or putting on dozens of T-Shirts.

What a wasted opportunity with Shirley.  Seeing the photos of her in her partying days was amusing, especially the one with her hoarding a boatload of beer bottles with a whacked out look on her face, but not as much as it would have been to have actual flashbacks of Shirley in all her debauched glory. 

I would have even settled for having her run into more people she used to know and party with, sort of like she did with the bouncer, learning little nuggets about her formerly crazy ways.  All we got was a handful of Polaroids and a hissy fit out the front door when her secret got out of the bag.

From Texas

Speaking of wasted opportunities, what are they doing with Chevy Chase?  Pierce's role is becoming less and less relevant to everything else going on around him. 

Abed chatting up Farscape with the guy who was hitting on him in the bar was... creepy.  Though it was funny that he continued the conversation even after figuring out the guys ulterior motive, simply because he enjoys talking about Farscape.

Annie's attempt at trying to make passing off a fake ID seem legit was the funniest bit of the episode.  I like that it started out as typically frantic Annie trying not to get in trouble, but then as she felt the freedom of not having to be so perfect, she gradually sunk into the role with ease. I can appreciate her having an identity crisis; making a complete 180 from drug addict to Little Miss Perfect can't come without some emotional bruising.  Good thing she had Troy to help her figure out that who she's become is just who she's supposed to be. 

Average episode overall.  Nothing exceptionally hilarious about it, but we've selected the best Community quotes from the half hour below:

Jeff: There's a place at Third and Water. It's fun, divey but not staph infection divey. It's either got a gross name, or an ironically fancy one. Possibly both.
Britta: Oh, The Ball Toom. Good. | permalink
Annie: I'm not a relaxed person Britta. I think ahead. I prepare. I don't improvise my life like Caroline Decker, who probably has really bad credit and an unfinished mermaid tattoo. | permalink
Troy: Yes. I want to bathe in manhood. | permalink
Shirley: Here, let me help you with that.
Pierce: I broke my legs, not my gender. | permalink
Annie: Weird night huh?
Troy: Yeah. Alcohol makes people sad. It's like the Lifetime movies of beverages. | permalink

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ok it wasnt the funniest episode, but it's the first time i see them bonding, annie was fantastic and she's a well layered character

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But Miki...the problem is that they ALWAYS leave the Shirley plots for another day. This show is ingenious. I love it. But I think they are falling into a trap of focusing on the younger characters. Shirley got ONE meaty plot line this episode...and that actually was an Abed plotline. Here, they have a HUGE backstory...and bury it. The whole show could have been Shirley putting out fires on her past, only to be tanked by the final pic...The Annie Fake Texan thing wasn't funny OR telling! Donald Glover has the best line delivery in recent memory. Damn he's funny. It was nice to see him stretch a little on the show, and it's encouraging that they let the character do it. (His I hope, after the Claymation gimmick ep next week (which I am NOT slagging, I can't wait!!) that they give some others a couple of ---centric eps.

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"Abed is asexual. That's obvious to anyone, gay or straight." I guess I'm not gay or straight then, cause I've always thought Abed was hot in his own weird way. It's totally messed up to think no one would ever hit on Abed. Hello, are you forgetting the episode that was about him having no problem meeting women?

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@Piecar: The only thing I'd say (and I agree they left the Shirley backstory hanging) is that I think they set up a number of future plots with this story (Annie's crisis, Troy's coming of age, Jeff/Britta not even pretending to hide their making out, Shirley's seedy past, Abed's loneliness), and given they only had 20 minutes of show, I'm not upset they left the Shirley plot for another day. Assuming they come back to it, of course. Donald Glover just knocked it out of the park IMO.

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Dark episode. As someone who knows friends in the program, I know a few "Shirleys". And... her frantic dash through the bar to pull down the many, many photos of her (she seemed to be the #1 pass out drunk there) held no hilarity for me. Considering the primness and poise Shirley strives so hard to maintains, maybe her past alcoholism motivated her return to school? This glimpse past that exterior was a welcome change - and quite a development, but wow, what a dark glimpse. I half expected a shot of her in her car along crying with the photos, especially when her friends wouldn't give her the big one they were laughing about. As a gay nerd, the whole scene where Abed was being hit on. Lame. No gay person (nerd or otherwise) would ever look at Abed and get a blip of gaydar. Abed is asexual. That's obvious to anyone, gay or straight. The gay nerd was cute though. Ultimately these people all come off as really pathetic. Don't they have anyone else to hang out with?

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Not necessarily a funny episode, but one that set up things to come in the long run. What I liked about this episode, and the show overall I guess, is that the writers focused on advancing the story of the study group in this episode as opposed to just using jokes. It's easy for shows to get stagnant and just have their main characters keep doing some sort of wacky premise week to week. It's similar to the Jim and Pam storyline on the Office. Now that they are married with a kid, it seems like Dunder Mifflin is still a funny place, just without direction. Community, on the other hand, definately has the feeling of it's going somewhere though. This may be my least favorite episode of the season, but I still got my laughs in there and the claymation episode is coming up next week. That being considered, I'm willing to take the comedy-storyline tradeoff for now.

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Honestly - not a fan of this episode. It was too after school special-esque for me. I watch Community to laugh, not to be taught about the down side of alcohol.

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This episode may not have been as funny as some but I think it was one of the best ever done to reflect the real world of coming of age, drinking, drinking problems and how weird people really are when they're drunk. For us older folks we already know that but not often is it publicized in a way that speaks to younger people. Great job!

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This episode was the bonding episode. The decompression episode. The episode where the group becomes tighter. I agree that it wasn't very funny. But I liked it alot, though I am getting more frustrated with them not utilizing Pierce and Shirley properly. The Shirley backstory seemed to be the other strong story to be told in the bar after Troy's "coming of age" and they decided to focus on Annie's fake Texan? A missed opportunity, in my view.