↳ “People can find the good in just about anything but themselves. Look at me. It’s clear to all of you that I am awesome, but I can never admit that because that would make me an ass. What I can do is see what makes Annie awesome. She’s driven. We need driven people or the lights go out and the ice cream melts. And Pierce. We need guys like Pierce. This guy has wisdom to offer. We should listen to him sometime. We wouldn’t regret it. And Shirley. Shirley has earned our respect. Not as a wife, not as a mother, but as a woman. And don’t test her on that, because that thing about the jukebox was way too specific to be improvised. And Troy. Who cares if Troy thinks he’s all that? Maybe he is. Do you think astronauts go to the moon because they hate oxygen? No, they’re trying to impress their high school’s prom king. And Abed. Abed’s a shaman. You ask him to pass the salt, he gives you a bowl of soup because you know what? Soup is better. Abed is better. You are all better than you think you are. You are just designed not to believe it when you hear it from yourself.”
Mostly because it’s amazingly hilarious, but it’s also the most character-oriented episode since Cooperative Calligraphy.
And there’s one part in particular that hit me hard, but no-one else seems to have commented on it.
In Britta’s timeline, when Pierce is harassing Troy with the troll doll, they’ve managed to create one of the most powerfully understated moments that’s ever been recorded on film, I think. There’s no music, no fake emotion, no anything that doesn’t, or wouldn’t, just naturally happen.
Abed: ‘Pierce is terrorizing Troy because he’s jealous we moved in together.’ Pierce: 'You’re the one who’s jealous!’ Abed: 'Why would I be jealous?’ Pierce: 'Because you’re lonely and crazy!’
It’s one of the very few moments that I can think of where I’ve been laughing hysterically, and then had a single line of dialogue shut me up completely. It hit me, almost physically, and I actually felt absolutely terrible for Pierce. So does everyone else in the scene, and rather than having to listen to, or see, their emotions and reactions, you can feel them.
Maybe it’s because I’ve grown so attached to these characters, but that scene was just amazingly powerful.
Community needs more episodes, and moments, like that.