Coming off of last week's thoroughly entertaining episode
, this week's "Digital Exploration of Interior Design" managed to pack in some punches while integrating a forbidden love story and furthering the wedge between Troy and Abed (much to our devastation). Keep reading for the highlights on Guinness World Records, corpohumanization and how 1984
can be a tale of romance.
Meet: Subway (the Person)
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Greendale has opened a Subway in its cafetorium in yet another attempt to enter "the realm of the legitimate," much to the chagrin of Shirley and Pierce, who wanted to start their own sandwich shop. In addition, it's also gained a new student, also named "Subway," as part of legal process of representing "the collective humanity of business owners." As if having his identity stripped and replaced by a corporation isn't weird enough, Subway can't have any non-platonic relationships, discuss his past (he's technically only 1 week old) and he offers "eat fresh" fist bumps.
Wanting to bring down the corporate chain, Shirley and Pierce (who were once on opposite ends of the group but have seemed to find a common ground in business ventures) goad Britta into using her "liberated looseness" to seduce the man representing the store. Eventually she gives in to her attraction and they bond over his dream of funding a handicapped animal hospital and a mutual love of 1984
. When they consummate the illicit relationship, Shirley, Pierce, the Dean and a Subway representative are listening in via a planted microphone, giving them enough evidence to call protocol "The Bread is Stale" and drag Subway away.
Though Britta seems to have found love only to have lost it, when she meets Subway-now-Rick in the hallway, he is played by a different actor who basically says "hey, that was fun" and walks away (perhaps symbolizing Britta's obsession with The Cause and how reality isn't always as compelling as the ideas we stand behind).
Meet: the Elusive Kim
Meanwhile, Jeff and Annie sort through Jeff's newly discovered locker to find a hate letter from someone named Kim. A passing dude informs them that Kim passed away two weeks ago, which sends Jeff into a flurry of guilt and concern (though he can't remember who Kim is). Annie, always the encourager, tries to get Jeff to see this as an opportunity to admit his faults and better himself; when he does, they learn that Kim is actually the guy from the hall, who hung out with Jeff 10 times their first year, each time receiving no recognition from him.
The best part of this plot line was the revelation of a "Save Garrett" campaign for their fellow bespectacled student, the success of which is still unsure ("But we saved him!" -- "Did we really?"). Otherwise, it seems like one more story of how Jeff will never change his uber-narcissistic ways (at the end of the episode when Annie mentions Kim, he asks, "Who's Kim?").
Meet: Vice Dean Laybourne 2.0*
During all this Troy and Abed start a pillow fort (which is more difficult and therefore more satisfying than a blanket fort), but when the Dean excitedly reports the coming of a Guinness World Record representative to see their fort, Abed shuts down Troy's idea to resort to the blanket fort, which would take less time (Abed: "I don't want to compromise craftsmanship").
At this point the Vice Dean (of the air conditioning repair school) steps in to do some meddling: first by comparing Troy to Constable Reggie, the "naive, obedient lapdog" of the self-centered Inspector Spacetime (who represents Abed), inspiring Troy to defy Abed and build his own blanket fort; and then by inciting Abed to stand up for his pillow fort instead of destructing it to make way for Troy's.
With the help of the Vice Dean (played John Goodman), the stage is set for Troy and Abed's confrontation (and quite possibly, their sacred friendship) to comes to blows in next week's part two episode (during which we will hopefully see Chang's return with his bar mitzvah boy army).
Troy notes that the Vice Dean looks different, sporting a braided ponytail and goatee - his reply is "I'm going through some stuff." It seems like an odd detail, for which my fellow writer has a few theories
A Side Note on Pierce
While I'm glad Pierce isn't the spiteful outcast of the group anymore, he seems to be getting even stranger than usual: he mistakenly thinks it's nighttime in the morning, refers to the current decade as the '09s, makes weird comments about Britta being nothing more than a sex machine with implanted memories and drinks multiple "mini flasks" (aka normal pens) of ink. Should we be concerned? Or is this nothing compared to Energon Pods
What did you all think of this week's episode? Are you looking forward to the blanket/pillow fort war next week? Do you think Troy and Abed will be able to overcome this disheartening conflict?
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