Why I miss 'Community': Because Annie was Hector the Well-Endowed
We are exactly one week away from the return of "Community" to NBC's primetime lineup, as the show starts all over again in its old Thursday at 8 timeslot on March 15. (Earlier that day, Hulu should be posting the archived stream of the "Community" PaleyFest panel I moderated, though I've already seen excerpts floating around on YouTube.) But since the show remains not on the air this week, it's time for one final installment in my weekly series on why I've missed the show during its absence.
I had a big backlog of clips to choose from, and was on the verge of going with Abed as Don Draper, just so the series could somehow feature every plotline from season 1's "Physical Education," but it's not there anymore. Then I pondered something from "Modern Warfare" (which I'd held off on using as long as possible) but couldn't find a good standalone excerpt. I briefly pondered the chloroform scene from season 2's "Accounting for Lawyers," which is among the most explosively funny scene the show's ever done, but a good chunk of it was featured in the montage of Troy crying from the very first entry in this series. After thinking long and hard on other possibilities, I decided to go with another scene that never fails to make me laugh: Annie and Abed making love, nerd-style, in season 2's "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons."
Annie's barely-contained sexuality is one of the show's more bountiful wellsprings of humor (even at PaleyFest, it seemed like virtually every audience question for Alison Brie involved Annie hooking up, or more, with other characters), and this is one of my favorite examples of it. Here, it's not even about Annie losing control of her hormones, but Annie's irrepressible Type-A side leading her to do the required job as effectively as possible, decorum be darned. Brie's miming is brilliant, as are the reaction shots of her co-stars to sweet, innocent, girly Annie showing off a very dirty, masculine side when she accidentally winds up playing as the character Hector the Well-Endowed.
In fact, why don't we start with the clip of how the study group winds up playing the roles that they play in the game:
And here's Annie's moment to shine:
Once again, feel free to talk about the clip, Annie, or anything and everything "Community"-related as we count down the days until the show returns. (You can even go watch the movie-style trailer for the new episodes, though please don't discuss any plot details from it in the comments.)
The first episode back (which was screened at Paley) is a very good one: Shirley-centric, and a funny, effective example of what a "normal" outing for the show looks like. At Paley, Dan Harmon promised that things get weird in a hurry after that, so we may need to buckle up.
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
Let Streaming Genie help you.