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Yeah, they really whittled down Shirley to nearly nothing. She didn't even have any lines this episode. Normally, when a female character is pregnant, they are at the forefront of the season's plot, not the backburner. But enough griping.

I really enjoyed this episode and the direction the second half of the season is going in (aside from the aforementioned Shirley situation). I wished I heard some of Pierce's prewritten remarks, although the implication that it was fairly lengthy is pretty funny. Troy and Abed's bromance was pretty funny as well, especially how they both approached the librarian together. But the stand-out here was the reconciliation with Jeff and the group. Normally, when he separates from the other 6, they DO come back to him first with some crazy problem. But when he felt like they didn't need him to solve their problems this time, it was a great heartfelt moment. I said this before. Best show on TV.

P.S.: Great to see Starburns again, but was that a heart on the side of his face?

Piecar

Haven't even seen it yet, but I back Kirkpatrick on this, sight unseen....Why do you keep underselling Shirley? She gives great line delivery, and has alot of expresiveness.

I gotta think it's because the man can't write black characters. Troy gets weak lines too. It's his delivery of them that kills. His break up of the line components win the day. Last week for instance, he had....

(A fantastically hilarious expression and stance while introduced)
I use my Additional Notes.
You're the AT&T of people
Huzzah
Huzzah

It was his delivery of each of these lines that sold it. He had no development.

I think Shirley gets no development because she's looking for what's on the page...and there's nothing there. Writers need to step up their game....The woman can bring the funny....One of my fave lines on this show was this exchange from the Bottle Episode

-....unless time is linear
-I'll make your ass linear
-that doesn't even make sense
-I'll make your ass sense

A hilarious evolution of Shirley's emotions in that exchange.

The woman deserves the writing. Even without seeing this ep, it's painfully obvious that they avoid giving her anything to do.

Excelsior, Shirley!




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