Spoilers for last night's "Community" coming up just as soon as I leave my purse in my duffel and my duffel in the boot of my lorry...
When I started the discussion yesterday about why Jim and Pam's wedding should disprove the need for Unresolved Sexual Tension, several commenters brought up "Community" as a show trying too hard to play the UST card with Jeff and Britta. I didn't necessarily see that in the show's first few weeks (we are, after all, only a month into the series), but I started to see it with "Social Psychology." For the first time, it felt like the show is pushing the Jeff/Britta angle because they feel like they should, and not because Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs are particularly funny or have scorching chemistry together. During their scenes, I kept waiting to jump back to Jeff with Shirley, or, even better, the Annie/Abed/Troy psych experiment scenes.
Not that I want to keep stirring up this stupid "Community" vs. "Modern Family" feud, where fans of one show decide they must trash the other to ensure theirs has online supremacy, but what I liked about both series this week was the way the episodes shuffled the usual groupings to show how well the entire ensemble can work with each other. There was still a lot of Jeff/Britta, but there was also Jeff/Shirley, and Abed/Annie (complete with the inevitable pop culture reference to how Chandler and Phoebe never had storylines together, complete with Abed comparing himself to Phoebe). And we also got to see John Oliver's hilarious Professor Duncan return and work with Annie, and be even more smugly English than before ("she's an 8, which is a British 10" or fast-forwarding the psych video to resemble a "Benny Hill" episode). And while Senor Chang's explosion at the start of the experiment was a little over the top, the other meltdowns were hysterical, particularly Troy's, in which I think he said (through tears), "The Soul Train Awards were tonight! You promised butt stuff!"
Still a very funny show. I just hope the writers can cool it on Jeff and Britta's non-relationship unless they're going to find better things to do with it.
What did everybody else think?