Episode 317 – Basic Lupine Urology
Aired April 26th
Let me just get this out of the way now – Michael K. Williams
is awesome. Yes, his “A man’s gotta have a code,”
was total Omar/The Wire
fan service, but I still squealed a little when he said it, and I doubt I’m alone. I mean, clearly the Dean agreed with me. (If he ever busts out the “When you come at the king, you’d best not miss,”
or a sawed off shotgun, I’ll plotz.) But I also loved his later bit in the courtroom scene: “I hate you both.”
Really made me laugh.
Oh, have I mentioned yet I loved this episode? I’m not completely sure why, except I loved the deadpan send up of possibly every Law and Order
episode ever made, and all about a murdered yam. Yes, I said yam. It’s just wall to wall glorious silliness, until the very end, where the show deliberately hits a sober note that probably wasn’t a surprise to anyone who’s used the internet in the past year.
I must admit it’s hard for me to single out what I liked best, as there’s a lot of great stuff in this episode. Annie is horrified when the yam the group was growing as part of their biology class is found murdered … er, thrown on the floor and stamped on. Professor Kane assures them they’ll get a passing grade, which bothers perfectionist Annie to a deliberately absurd degree, so she gets Kane to agree that if they can prove someone sabotaged their project, he’ll give them a better grade. So that gets Annie heavily invested in getting to the bottom of this.
Everybody found their roles really quickly. Troy and Abed became the world weary beat cops, with Shirley as the savvy police chief, and Jeff the jaded, seen it all lawyer, trying to help Annie shore up her case. Britta gets shortchanged here (or should that be short Chang-ed, as he only makes a non-speaking cameo as well), but she does have a nice little moment where she shows them how she can make a picture on a computer look old Western-y.
Just about everyone who’s ever been a bit player in Community
shows up, from Fat Neil, Vicki, Garrett, Magnitude, and Todd. (Was Leonard in Pierce’s group at the beginning? Because otherwise, I think Leonard got shortchang-ed too.) One of my favorite one off gags was when Jeff bought a hot dog from Garrett on a suspiciously New York-y looking part of the campus, and after Jeff tells him to keep the change, he pauses and says, “On second thought, keep the hot dog too.”
Why was that so funny to me? I have no idea. That’s probably why I loved the constant reminders that Troy and Abed couldn’t really arrest anyone, even though they still tried to, and those occasional “I can both hear and see you”
when the group discussed things between themselves, standing off to one side. Annie’s premature victory dance in the court (class) room was pretty great too.
One thing this episode taught me? If they want to launch a new Law and Order with the entire cast from Community, I would watch the shit out of it. Oh, and poor Starburns – breaking bad isn’t for the clumsy, Alex. You should have known. (Was anyone else wondering if he was in a in Los Polos Hermanos parking lot when this happened? Bonus points to anyone who gets that.)