Community Review: "Political Developments & Uncivil Disobedience"

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After weeks of doing anything but, how appropriate that the gang began the episode not knowing what to do next and only reluctantly conceded to study? Thankfully, Dean Pelton offered up a fresh adventure to uphold the levels of ridiculousness to which we have become accustomed, during "Political Developments and Uncivil Disobedience."

There were a number of high points, starting with Abed's notching of "Classic Wingers" into the study desk, with Jeff similarly notching "ab mentions" and Troy tracking only notches, but when the gang entered the political realm, that's when it really started to "Pop Pop."

Making His Case

I found the descriptions of the candidates highly entertaining, specifically references such as Annie's ethnicity being "Hot" and that, yes, she has boobs, Jeff "Hot Wings" Winger's kryptonite being women's tears and Pierce's Favorite Roman Emperor Caligula and the trivia fact that he once followed BNL for a summer.

Abed and Troy are hilarious when they are hosting their own talk show, but especially so as political correspondents for Greendale College TV who don't know anything about margins for error or polling in general.

It was not really all that surprising that Jeff would attempt to thwart Annie's candidacy by stepping in to show her how ridiculous politics really is, especially after her snipe at him about not being a lawyer, or that Annie resorted to brass tactics and a smear campaign buoyed by the riotous airing of a 19-year old Jeff Winger riffing George Michael's "Faith" in an effort to get cast on The Real World.  

In fact, the interplay between Jeff and Annie was so fervid, I thought Troy was speaking to the wrong couple when he told Abed and the Secret Service agent to "get a room."

Abed serving as the Secret Service agent's target of racial profiling/object of affection was amusing as well, especially when she was disappointed she didn't actually have anything to hold against him. Abed, the sharp tack that he is though, let a little napalm recipe slip during his campaign coverage, just so that the agent would have a reason to return for an "observation date."

I'm getting used to Pierce being so nasty, I suppose, as I thought his harassing of the poor girl in the yellow sweater was funny. Does that make me a horrible person too? Does the fact that I relished even more his comeuppance in the form of a pencil stab to the face let me off the hook?

The only negative I have for the episode is the same negative I've had almost all season. I'm this close to scratching my vocal cords with a fork so I can actually sound like a broken record. It's awfully sad when Magnitude, a peripheral character only recently introduced, gets more screen time than poor neglected series regular, Shirley.

Sure, Britta had very little to do either, but she has had plenty to showcase over the last few weeks. There has been so little Shirley this season, I am really beginning to believe there is a conspiracy going on. 


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This episode wasn't bad, really...I thought it was just an okay effort with stabs of brilliance. The notches thing...Troy's face when he discovers that Abed gets all these side adventures and he's left in the cold. The MTV video seemed warmed over from other sitcoms. The 'Scrubs' woman brings not much to the table in my opinion(she, the Secret Service woman) I agree, as always, that there is something off with not having Shirley do ANYTHING. Not even a funny line attributed to her. The Pop Pop guy is going to get old REALLY fast if he hangs around. Thumbs up for seeing our old cronies all back. The Lithuanian roommate. Garret. Starburns(next year, what addition? Cravat?) and even Leonard. I Winger is sporting a new look these days. Is he taking 2nd year Billiards or something?


I wish Annie and Jeff had gotten a room...


@Jason Uh... what? Has Troy been white all this time then? The more you know~ =☆ O_o I think it has less to do with race and more to do with the fact that as the 'Mom' and being in the older category of the group, people not only tend to focus less on her (as she also has less face time with love triangles to entangle herself into) and Pierce (when he isn't bringing attention to himself by saying something inappropriate) because if the audience is young they might tend to relate more with the younger characters. I don't know. There might be good or flimsy reasons she hasn't gotten as much face time. But I'm kind of doubting it has anything to do with her race or gender.


Forget Shirley. Where is Chang?


Conspiracy?...duh. It's called being born Black (female doesn't help either). Still, another amazing episode! F-U-N-N-Y!


Right in line with the other episodes since the midseason break, outstanding. I haven't even gone back to check the news ticker on Abed's and Troy's political show for all of the great side jokes in there (BTW, there was one that read "Dean Pelton has cancelled paintball this year." Kinda sad, but very funny). It was great how they had the old white guy against the young, recent black guy (re: 2008 election). Also, great reveal by Annie on the Real World video. I thought it was going to be footage of them making out. But again, where's Shirley? How bout some pregnancy progress, or at least a paternity test? Even so, I still laughed out loud the entire time and hope Abed's government love interest comes back.


I absolutely LOVED this episode to death, though I do agree with you about the lack of Shirley. Hopefully they'll feature her more in coming episodes.

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