Episode 201: Anthropology 101
– 'Celebrate your fresh start tonight at the Fresh Start Dance in the cafeteria, the same
cafeteria where Britta Perry publicly professed her love for Jeff Winger who then walked out on her, unforgettable.' – Dean Pelton (Best PA Announcement ever!)
– 'I checked the make-out meter in this month's issue of…National Review…' – Annie
– 'I don't like where that's going…' – Jeff (Well you're kinda holding the blame for that one
– 'In the eyes of the public Britta put herself out there and you walked away, making her the
underdog, the jiltee, the Aniston…' – Abed (Can I first say how much I love
that Abed prefaced this with 'In the eyes of the public'? Why is there even a shred of empathy for Jennifer Aniston? She comes off as crazy and needy on a continual basis, she got to bang Brad Pitt for like 7 years and she pulls 8 million a movie despite a severely limited acting range [Aniston is the token cute, frustrated hot girl who somehow can’t get a man in movies…Courtney Cox was the talented girl from Friends].
Beautiful and Wealthy Woman Problems…)
– 'HIGH ON MY OWN DRAMA!!!!!!?????' – Britta (Perfect delivery)
– 'All women deserve to be with me!' – Jeff (Narcissism!)
– 'Shrink your enemies!' – Troy (That would be helpful…)
– 'I downloaded a song that makes me think of you, let's listen to it, each using one ear bud.' – Jeff (Nauseating and adorable)
– 'I was in my car…loving Britta.' – Jeff (Sometimes I love Britta in the shower…)
– 'I just peed a little.' – Britta (Abed first said this in 112)
– 'Way to hog all the girls, Jeff. You know, when there's three sprinkled donuts you don't eat one and lick another!' – Troy (Sounds like you need to step your game up, Troy)
– 'Well Shirley, since you have clearly failed to grasp the central insipid metaphor of those
Twilight books you devour, let me explain it to you; men are monsters who crave
young flesh!' – Jeff (Guilty as Chang'd…)
– 'I better not smile at that wall outlet; you'll fry your tongue off!' – Britta (Do it!)
– 'He thinks all dogs are boys and all cats are girls!' – Pierce (In a way I can see how that makes sense)
– 'I can tell life from TV, Jeff. TV makes sense; it has logic, structure, rules and likable leading men. In life we have this…we have you.' – Abed (BURRRRRRN!)
– 'GAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!' – Chang (Again, stellar delivery)
– 'Which will be easy for me because I kinda think you're gross now.' – Annie (A sentiment which lasted exactly one episode…Oh Annie!)
– 'Is there any room in this pocket for a little spare Chang?' – Chang (I carry a lot of stuff in my wallet, but am thinking of getting a wallet Chang, so maybe…?)
Scenes and Such:
– Britta sleeps in her Chacata Panecos T-Shirt from 102.
– Cute large-haired black extra (we really need to start learning people’s names) makes an appearance as Britta makes her shameful return to Greendale. In addition to Asian guy and Long-haired guy (the one that isn't DC Pierson), I'd like to see her get a bit of dialogue sometime.
– Annie hugging Jeff too long and then him trying to get away was adorable. She also pulls off a very sexy hair-twirl, and I love the way she often just appears out of nowhere (such as when she did the aforementioned hair twirl).
– Annie's awesome pained reactions to Jeff and Britta, especially her face when they kissed in the Anthropology class. I felt so bad for her.
– Goal scored by: Troy Barnes on that blonde girl he was carrying around in the faculty bathroom, assisted by: Britta Perry and Annie Edison. I’m shocked that Troy even knows how to fuck (even though sex, like breathing, is hardwired into our biology)…
– Correct me if I'm wrong, but this episode is the second time (the instantly preceding Tranny Queen) that Britta has been popular among the Greendale student body, the
second and the last time it has happened.
– Britta turns her snake on like 6 times this episode. Get up out of bed, turn your snake on…
– 'The Kiss'…need I say anything at all about it? Two gorgeous people, one ugly kiss, it was great.
– Annie throws an epic right hook. If Community ever does
a Fight Club episode (and I’m kind of shocked that they haven’t yet), I envision Annie as some crazy, legendary brawler. Whoever does the sound editing also did good with that effect, as I noticed, and was noted in the commentary.
– Leonard was playing the acoustic guitar in the wedding scene.
He was also a bass player in one of the season one tags (I forget which one, but think it might have been Art of Discourse). Leonard the multi-instrumentalist?
– I completely missed Derrick Comedy in the wedding scene until I saw the commentary; baffling because I see more than Abed does.
– The shot when Jeff is on the floor and Pierce throws pee in his face is just great camera
work…as I type that out, I think 'Only when speaking of Community does what I just said make total sense.'
– On the board: Dioramas: They better be cool.
– Jeff's 'Winger Speech' (Respect is a tool we can use every day!) is one of his weaker
efforts. The speeches from Paradigms (Fear, anchovies, fear, and the dangers of ingesting Mercury!) and Asian Population Studies (No one is this good, and it doesn't get any worse than this…) are still my 1 and 2.
– I love Pierce first being oblivious to Oldwhitemansays, then hating it, then wanting to keep it going after hearing of the 600,000 followers. Pierce in a nutshell; he doesn't like to be the butt of the joke, but it's okay if it makes him more popular (which we also saw in Home Economics with 'Pierce you're a B!').
– I felt and do feel some sort of a connection to Jeff. In some ways were similar, but in others Jeff is like the Bizarro-NRR; Jeff cares too much what others think about him, I care not enough what others think about me. Jeff is a compulsive liar, I am
brutally honest. Jeff has been in zero long-term relationships that we know of (sneaking around for a couple of months and then openly dating for a couple more all while lusting after another woman doesn't count as a 'long-term relationship'…and neither does sleeping with your best friend for a year and hiding it from the rest of your friends. The cut-off line for long-term relationships is six months; anything less is just a playmate), I have been in four (believe it or not, I was once engaged to be married…yes me, colossal sociopath NRR…). Jeff seeks out the leadership role because he needs to feel validated; I reluctantly accept the mantle of leadership as it falls on my broad, masculine shoulders. Jeff likes tight dress shirts and designer jeans, my fashion stilo ranges from suits, jackets and trousers, tees and male-Britta (call it Brotta). Jeff is tall with tanned skin, a big forehead, blue eyes, a small nose, thin lips and blonde hair; I am tall with pale skin, a big nose, green eyes, pouty lips, a normal-sized forehead and dark hair. Jeff puts people
down, I elevate myself above them. Jeff has been in one fight in his life, I have been in two in 2012 alone. Jeff's humor is sarcastic and snarky, mine is lyrical and witty. Someone who didn't know Jeff would look at him and say 'I bet he's an actor', some people who don't know me say 'I bet you're a musician'. There is some overlap (namely the narcissism, the way with words and the aggression; I used to have the Winger body, but it fell by the wayside in China, no gyms or supplements), but it's downright creepy how this plays out, and its why Jeff is one of the rarest characters to me; in an ensemble comedy, the leading man is almost never my favourite character (especially when he's as big of a douchebag as Jeff), but Jeff is, and has been since day one.
1) Jeff – Great performance, took a punch, got pee thrown in his face while throwing pee on the face of the way that most TV shows handle their love triangles. Consider your tropes subverted!
2) Britta – Was a monster, especially with her newfound level of respect from women. I actually started out liking Annie much more as a character, but going back to see each episode, and just watching the evolution of them both…Annie is still hotter and at her best (paintball, Caroline Decker, purple pen, Annie the werewolf governess, Deandale's
documentary) isn't just the best character on the show; she's one of the best characters on TV, but at her worst (getting Chang fired, running for student government, model UN) she's a grating and selfish toddler in a woman's body. Britta is just more consistently excellent, and a more original character and she was in top-form tonight.
3) Annie – Knowing that Alison Brie was like 27 at the time and seeing her play a serious
character on Mad Men, I wasn't sure I'd be sold on her as a 19 year old, but now (like all of the other characters), I couldn't imagine anyone else playing her; everything from her teenybopper crushing to her pained expressions to her punch makes her a winning character in my book (even if, as I said above, she sometimes gets inconsistent characterization but I can get why). Oh, and did you know that she's quite fetching in an 'I want to put my big penis inside of her' way?
4) Abed – His burn on Jeff about likeable leading men is one of the most harsh putdowns the show has done.
5) Troy – Troy had one-liner after one-liner today ('Which bathroom is the cleanest one on
campus?', 'Shrink your enemies!', 'You don't eat one donut and lick another!', 'Have you ever seen a cat penis!?') but what I really noticed is that aside from Alison Brie, he is the best at jumping between the funny and the dramatic. Solid throughout.
– Your commentators are Joel McHale (Joe Russo), Gillian Jacobs (Danny Pudi), Joe Russo (Joel McHale) and Chris McKenna (Chris McKenna).
– Joe Russo alternatively sounds like Joe Pantoliano and a massive stoner in his
– At times I had trouble discerning McHale's voice from McKenna's, peat-farming Scottish fucks…
– $75,000 opening shot, worth it!
– The palm trees that are clearly visible here were wrapped in season one. I'm still waiting for my 'We're in Colorado but there's palm trees, what's up with that?' meta joke.
– As I highlighted earlier, the central theme of the episode is that Jeff and Britta are so petty
that they'd get into a love battle! +1 internets for me!
– Alison's lookback at Jeff after the 'discretion' chat was improvised. Not a huge change to the scene, but enough of one to sell how hard she fell for Jeff. Both her and Danny stand out among the cast for inserting these little mannerisms into their characters that add a degree of realism to their personalities.
– 'Everything Alison does is cute!' – Joel. Indubitably.
– This episode spent about a month in the editing bay and was originally about 27 minutes long. It'd have been nice to see a first-cut (ala the 28 minute version of Communication Studies on the S1 collection) in the special features. Anyone else holding out hope for the addition of all of the long-running episodes in the 12-disc Master Collection on Blu-Ray five years after the show ends?
– The cast loves making fun of Sacramento. I've never been to Sacramento so I assume it must be wack, but it's not like LA isn't small patches of 1%er paradise surrounded by low-income neighbourhoods full of illegal immigrants and gang violence, and it's not like San Francisco isn't full of people who constantly pat themselves on the back for how 'progressive' they are (a city of Brittas?) and espouse more 'accept my agenda no matter how many of your rights it stomps on or I'll tell everyone I know that you're a bigot!' burn-the-witch sheeple groupthink than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere…Right?
– They mention how badly the set got destroyed in paintball.
– It seems all along that they planned for John Oliver to be the teacher for Anthropology.
– Betty White shut production down by firing a dart at Dino Stamat…Dino Stamapato…Starburns eye!
– 'Ish…' – Gillian after McKenna says 'That's Ken Jeong, he is an actor.' I was always baffled that Ken Jeong is as big of a star as he is given that he possesses none of the superficial traits or talent of a big-name actor.
– One of the fanclub members is a friend of the Russo's sister.
– 'Her snake is impeccable!' – Gillian on the girl on Troy's back, and she gave her snake
lessons (I bet this cast is a ton of fun to work with). My favourite line of the commentary, Gillian was kinda subdued in her S1 commentaries but this year overall was my favourite
contributor of the cast.
– Off on a tangent, why exactly did Alison skip out on the commentaries? Putting aside that she's delightful and her voice gives me a semi, I'd have loved her insight and stories on several episodes (208, 209, 210, 213, 214, 217 and 223 spring immediately to
mind). I know she was probably filming The Five-Year Engagement and Save the Date, but come on…it's 21 minutes apiece!
– Chevy is apparently a take-eater, 9-12 takes on average.
– 'The Kiss' took something like 27 takes.
– Abed's fabricated stories: Abed has a painting of Greenbeard the Greendale Pirate and he finds a treasure map in an old portrait of him? I need to see this now.
– Gillian talks about Double Penetration, who was a pornstar who was quoting prices to Danny Pudi.
– They wanted to have Britta dating a George Clooney impersonator this season…goddamn, I watch the show and while I love it, I realize that it would probably be even more awesome on a cable network with no suits putting their hand up Dan Harmon's ass and manipulating him like a fat, hairy alcoholic puppet.
– They moved from the Winger speeches until Paradigms, except Asian Population Studies.
– 'That's your Bogdanovich?' – Gillian, 'No that's his Terrence Malick.' – Joe.
– Apparently this episode could have had a crazy and great arc for Chang, but it didn't get
used…once more, I link to the original ending and linked to it above, and also below if you haven't seen it and want to Chang it out.
– Joe is going to see Super 8, he will walk away satisfied, but will feel a little twinge of
disappointment because it was good, but could easily have been great.
– This episode was the origin of the CHANGism. His Chang
from teacher to student could have been chronicled with more Chang throughout
– Okay, they clearly had a plan for Chang and the suit-dummies asked Harmon to Chang direction, but that doesn't mean the guilt and twin-eating couldn't have been shoehorned into a future episode.
– They wanted to mimic the Jeff-Annie kiss with Chang-Chang's dead sister?! Tell me more…
– Just five takes for the tag rap, which is impressive.
– Yvette did a lot of 'heavy lifting' for the tag rap, according to Gillian, and she blows her a
Good Times with Outtakes:
– Ultra-serious Betty White in the dirt-roaded scene, awesome.
– Alison messing up her blocking, but being fair she's tiny and it was a moving scene with Joel 'The Human Giraffe' McHale.
– Even if Betty White didn't totally work for me, one of my favourite outtakes in the entire season was her 'closet cougar' line in the tag.
– 'I gotta go where the heat is…that's not good, I'll do it again.' – Donglover.
– They had no idea Chang wanted to be in the study group!
– Blanketing the entire season, my favorite outtake: It's hard to pick between 'Closet Cougar', Gillian sneezing on Donglover, Alison getting 'raped' in the bathroom (people
hated this joke, but I commend them for going there; is rape funny? No it is not, but saying you can laugh at one thing, but not another thing is the type of PC shibboleth that is turning North America into a police state), and finally Joel humping Alison…but Josh
Holloway getting his foot caught in that hole in the door, effectively making
his exit 80% less cool, that's my winner. I do, however, have a clear choice for my least-favorite outtake: Chang signing Baroque to Shirley's baby. Aside from not even being a funny joke to begin with, the outtake stretched on for like three minutes, time which could have been used to put in more and funnier outtakes.
again is the scene with Chang and the baby crying that the network thought was
'too weird' so they ordered they refilm it. Assholes.
5 Caps that sum up the Episode:
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Character Development: B+ (A great leap forward for everyone)
Plot & Structure: C (Kinda mundane and straightforward…pizza)
Overall Humor: B+ (Very funny but not one of the top-10 funniest)
Importance within the Show's Universe: A (Cleared up a LOT of excess drama)
Character Interactions: A- (Lots of great group scenes and some good
one-on-one Jeff-Annie, Jeff-Britta, Jeff-Abed, Abed-Shirley and Pierce-Troy)
Quoteability: B+ (Highly quotable)
Memorability: C+ (Not an episode that immediately comes forth in my mind,
but every time I watch it I'm like 'That was pretty good.')
Overall non-averaged Grade (relative to the rest of the episodes): B
(PIZZA! pizza pizza go in tummy, me so hungee, me so hungee!)