let me start by saying that “Foosball And Nocturnal vigilantism” was a great episode, it is as simple as that. it was great writing , great directing and some really great acting. the show is really making a good case for itself and if this season doesn’t get an Emmy recognition I am staging a sit in.
the episode was a weekend episode and i loved that because it makes me feel as if I am taking a look at the study group’s lives outside Greendale which has been set as the domain that held that group together, it offered a peek into what’s it’s like to have Annie as a roommate as she is living with Trobed, her interaction specifically with Troy was the most interesting, Alison Brie killed it as the story of breaking something and trying to replace it has been told to death as Troy points out but this is not Community’s style, first we see Annie professionally lie and staging a break in to convince Abed someone took the DVD and giving Troy a threatening look to cover up her pile of lies, I have to note here that I am rooting for more “Threes company” story lines between those three, they work really well together. Abed dressed as batman as he did in season one in the Halloween episode, an episode that defined Community as a comedy and i feel like this one is defining it again and showing us what season 3 will be all about.though Britta and Pierce laid low for this week it felt like it was for the serves of the episode, the episode was heart felt and sweet and both those characters (who I love to death) bring severity that this episode did not need, so I think it was a creative decision.
Now to the jem of the episode Jeff and Shirley, who would have thought that in any scenario Jeff would be the victim and Shirley would be the bully?! I really felt sorry for Jeff , this season though only in it’s 9th episode has been really hard for the character of Jeff,he has never felt so small and powerless as he did in this episode. some serious acting muscles from Joel McHale and you can see that he is not annoyed by the German “Doeutsch bags ” but them playing foosball made him feel insecure…later it is revealed why.
I am always game for more of Shirley because I think she is great, and her interaction with Jeff was more focused and intense than it was in season 1 because unlike “Social Psychology” the Jeff/Shirley story was not over shadowed by a then really key Jeff is jealous over Britta’s boyfriend. Their collaboration is toxic and evil, it was fun to see Shirley as mentor turned villain and Jeff as the student turned victim. Jeff and Shirley were on opposite sides of defining moments, Jeff a 10m year old neglected child (perhaps poor judging from the outfit) learned how to build walls around himself and not allow anybody in, he learned to preserve his awesomeness as an identity and Shirley learned that her anger is toxic and started to overcompensate by being extra nice.They are both who they are today because of that day. At the end they throw all that baggage away and the embrace each other because we are all the same after all, who they are and whom they were stemed out of insecurity and the desire to be accepted and loved I(a universal plight), they are even not petty enough to give beat the German in a grand triumph, they just let them fight over the ball and go to watch a movie. the last scene where kid Jeff and kid Shirley are walking away felt a little much but it didn’t bother me. It was all just great 🙂
loved the episode and a special nod to the episodes first time writer Chris Kula who captured Greendale magic on his first Community solo try.One more to go December 8th and then…