“Dice not included. Some assembly required. Lines between perception, desire, and reality may become blurred, redundant, or interchangeable. Characters may hook up with no regard for your emotional investment. Some episodes too conceptual to be funny. Some too funny to be immersive, and some so immersive they still aren’t funny. Consistency between seasons may vary. Viewers may be measured by a secretive obsolete system based on selected participants keeping handwritten journals of what they watch. Show may be cancelled and moved to the Internet, where it turns out tens of millions were watching the whole time, may not matter. Fake commercial may end with disclaimer gag which may descend into vain Chuck Lorre-esque rant by narcissistic creator. Creator may be unstable. Therapist may have told creator this is not how you make yourself a good person. Life may pass by while we ignore or mistreat those close to us. Those close to us may be those watching. Those people may want to know I love them but I may be incapable of saying it. Contains pieces the size of a child’s oesophagus.”
[TV] has to be joyful, effortless, fun. TV defeats its own purpose when it has its own agenda or is trying to defeat other TV or being proud of ashamed of itself for existing. It’s TV. It’s comfort. It’s a friend you’ve known so well, and for so long, you just let it be with you. And it needs to be okay for it to have a bad day, or phone in a day. And it needs to be okay to get on a boat with LeVar Burton and never come back, because eventually, it all will.
Abed Nadir, Community S06E13 (Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television)
Annie didn’t let go of Jeff, but Jeff definitely did let go of Annie for her own good.
And since I’m pretty sure we’re not going to get a movie, and since those two are both functioning adults with e mails and cellphones, I can definitely say those two have started a long distance relationship.
What gets me about this little moment is how Jeff and Annie just gravitate towards each other and gain solace and comfort from each other during the panic.
Him grabbing her hand (it looks like he’s almost going to bring it to his mouth to give a kiss on the hand) and his smile at her shows just how much that in the midst of the chaos, Jeff and Annie seek out each other.
Also, look at how this moment was framed - we’re seeing it from the back (similar to the Milady Milord of 106) but that just to accentuate how VERY PUBLIC it is. Elroy is aware of it. Abed is seeing it from his position. Frankie and Pelton are looking directly at it.
But no one in the group says anything because this is another moment to show that both Jeff and Annie don’t care what the world says anymore. If they like each other, then they’re gonna go to the other for comfort (and because the other will CARE) and this is another instance of the show framing the interaction between them as subtly public - and also showing that them being open with the thing they have between them is not scary anymore.