Quick thoughts on tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I decide whether "Pierce, You're a B" is a catchier song than "Comfortable in My Sexuality" from last night's "Cougar Town" (answer: probably not)...
"Home Economics" was another solid episode, particularly in the Jeff/Britta/Abed story. Those three were in a rut for some of the post-pilot episodes, but they rebounded nicely in the Halloween show, and that continued here. Abed's pop culture references are just fine(*) when that's not all he's about, and episodes like this one show him being more perceptive than he lets on. Joel McHale, meanwhile, had a lot of fun playing Jeff's downward spiral, and I think the Jeff/Britta friendship (with occasional thwarted flirting) is a lot more interesting than when he was just trying to sleep with her.
(*) Goodness knows I try to work the phrase "a shadowy flight into the world of a man who does not exist" into conversation at least once a week, so I can't complain too much.
Meanwhile, Shirley got to demonstrate her struggles with being coy, Alison Brie again got to play about 75 different emotions in a single episode, Eric Christian Olsen got to come back as small-nippled Vaughn, and Patton Oswalt joined the show's increasingly awesome guest ensemble as a nurse at the student health center.
One concern: Pierce's revenge rap on Vaughn was fine, but I'd grown accustomed to the Abed/Troy tags. I don't want the show to force one if it's not there, but it's nice to have some reassuring constants in life, like the awareness that new generations every day are discovering the landmark theme song to "The Jeffersons."
What did everybody else think?