Community Review: Prisoners of Dean-sanity

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Simply put, I thought that Greendale commercial from the 1990s was ah-mazing, but I guess the administration disagreed. One thing we can all agree on is that "Documentary Filmmaking" showed us a side of Dean Pelton that we haven't yet experienced on Community.

The Dean is normally hilarious, but he veered into crazy Chang territory this week. Too much Pelton and not enough group! None of that really mattered, though, because I have two words for you and, no, they're not bald cap. Luis. Guzman.

Broy Alert!

Guzman was the best use of a guest star I've seen in forever. He adds a touch of hilarity to everything he works on, even back in the days of Boogie Nights. Hey, he didn't even need the porno story flick to get laid because he had Greendale! If only everyone appreciated the Human Beings the way he did.

When Jeff first mentioned that he put in a call to Guzman's lawyer, I never thought we'd actually get an appearance. I thought Jeff was just being Jeff, but it turns out he set the best plot point into motion. I have a hard time believing someone as smart as Annie can't use IMDB, however.

I will say that Annie looked very sexy secretary in her script supervisor ensemble. Not as sexy as Jeff in his bald cap, of course. Or Chang in his Jeff wig, underneath the bald cap. Does anyone do a better impression of Pelton than Winger? I think not.

I wish I had more to say about the study group but this episode really was ruled by Pelton. His breakdown was funny before it became too whacky. I think the turning point was the tinted aviator glasses with the zip up hoodie and exposed nipple. What would one call this costume of the Dean's? Old school Marky Mark or perhaps really bald Slim Shady?

The show is running out of things to do with Pierce. His tantrum about getting his own trailer was take it over leave it. They really didn't need that end bit with Jeff Garland. One guest star was enough. Now that NBC benched Community midseason, there's only so much "Troy and Abed in the morninggggg" I have left to look forward to!

Leave it to Abed to save the day with his genius documentary filmmaking. They should've hired him for the commercial to begin with.

What about all of you? Did this episode underwhelm or did Guzman save the day? Check out our favorite quotes section and hit the comments. Last but certainly not least don't forget to watch Community live every Thursday, trend it on Twitter, check in to GetGlue and do whatever you can to save Greendale from a sad fate at NBC!


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (83 Votes)

again, i'm going to point out that a lot of them were homages, like when the dean is painting himself, that's apocalypse now. i think community's still got it, i loved annie thinking the dean is a genius, and how she goes from really cute to really bedraggled

Childish gambino

Yea im with Piecar too
The episode started off great. The opening scene was had me reminiscent, the give and take and dialogue reminded me of Season 1 and i almost immediately began hating NBC and dreading (something which, b/c of the drop in quality i am currently rather indifferent about), but as the episode progressed it lost me too. They had a decent scene/bit every now and again but overall it was just another episode that solidified my opinion that community is now just another over the top sitcom. as well as put another nail in my "indifference to their midseason replacement" coffin


I'm with Piecar.


Leigh - I think you would have totally appreciated the dean's decent into insanity if you had ever read "Heart of Darkness", OR seen the movie based on it, "Apocalypse Now". Not only did they mention it several times during the show, that's entirely what the dean's mania was based on. Even when he says, "I'm horrible, I'm horrible", that's a direct play on the most memorable line from those works: "The horror, the horror!" Oh, and the full title of the episode was Documentary Filmaking: Redux - since they've done a documentary episode before (also a play on Apocalypse Now Redux, same movie but considered completely different due to so much added footage and re-edits).


this was the weirdest episode ever! i think i would have understood more of it if i'd seen apocalyse now and heart of darkness. my brother told me it was a lot funnier that way


The episode was on a pretty good path for a while. I thought it was ripe for gags. Right after they got Luis Guzman, the episode lost me. The Abed documentary stuff was useless, and the "Troy and Britta Hug" was ham handed. I see that they just stick Chevy Chase off by himself so he can do his own thing. Is he being a prima donna? Do the other cast not like the man? I don't get it.
THere were some good things in the ep. It was great to get Guzman and Jeff was great in the bald cap....But all in all, I don't think I can say I liked the ep that much. Once again, it took a premise, then went over the top trying to outcool itself.

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Community Season 3 Episode 8 Quotes

The students here mean well they really do, but what Greendale has always needed is a miracle.

Dean Pelton

I always go the extra mile to avoid doing things.