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Community – Bottle episode

It's a strip-tease, a pregnancy scare, and Annie's Boobs. 'Community's' "bottle episode" is anything but boring.

- Season 2, Episode 8 - "Cooperative Calligraphy"

I’ve never heard the term “bottle episode” before I watched this week’s Community, but it makes so much sense. It’s one of those things that we’ve all seen but never really gave a name to: the main characters are trapped in a room somewhere, giving a lot of emotional expressions and dialog (which Abed can neither understand or reciprocate), resulting in a very low-budget episode, which comes in handy for extended season orders.

Even though I missed Senor Chang, Starburns, and all of the other ridiculous characters on this show, it’s the core interactions between the study group that really make Community great, and we had that in spades.

Wikipedia makes the point that a “bottle episode” isn’t the same as a “filler episode,” and that’s certainly true of this. We get a lot of continuation of old storylines, so even though they stayed in the same room for the entire episode, the overall plot was still moved along.

The big reveal at the end was, of course, Annie’s Boobs (the monkey, I mean. Although there was a fair amount of actual boobage as well). I had completely forgotten about that thing, but it doesn’t surprise me at all that they took what looked like a one-off joke from last season and had it come in during a random episode this season and have it resolve the conflict.

More important ┬áthan even Annie’s Boobs, though, is Shirley’s pregnancy scare. It was bad enough when she admitted that she “reconnected” with her cheating ex-husband over Labor Day, but to realize that she was ovulating on Halloween? Troy’s bug-eyed expression said it all: holy crap! A Senor Shirley baby! That is TERRIFYING.

I love that Shirley and Chang’s shame is going to come to light soon, because that is such a ridiculous event that it really needs to be examined further. Also, “You Know Girl,” is the best name for a pregnancy test ever. I mean, EPT? Lame. I want my pregnancy test to be sassy like Shirley’s.

Abed, of course, provided some genius in the episode with his crazy chart of the girls’ menstrual cycles. It looked like the notebook in Se7en, except super-helpful. I understand the feeling of being violated, but seriously: if someone is going to always have chocolate on hand when I need it? That’s awesome. In fact, if that was in the Patriot Act, I totally would have supported it. Phone tapping be damned.

So what are your theories regarding Shirley’s maybe pregnancy? Do we have a Chang fetus floating around with a dragon jacket and sombrero?

Photo Credit: NBC

7 Responses to “Community – Bottle episode”

November 11, 2010 at 10:47 PM

This was an awesome ep. Is it just me or have most of the episodes this season taken advantage of the man-prettiness of Joel McHale and Donald Glover?

November 12, 2010 at 7:55 AM

I loved this one too, I laughed for the entire half-hour. Yes, they are both very pretty (though Glover’s way too short for my taste!), but I think the Joel McHale precedent was set in last season. We saw lots of him in his underwear and even less in the naked pool episode.

November 12, 2010 at 10:03 AM

I’m stuck doing stand-up all this week and sadly missed this episode. Could you please explain further the line “Although there was a fair amount of actual boobage as well?” Whose boobs? Annie’s boobs?

I ask only because I need a “Mel-Gibson-in-Signs” spiritual rebirth and I think seeing Annie’s boobs would do it. C’mon Kona, if not for me, then for my faith!

November 12, 2010 at 10:08 AM

I’m here for you Jay. There was a strip search:

November 12, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Nice new profile pic Kona :-)

November 12, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I re-watched it again and you can see Anne’s Boobs steal the pen in the background when the Dean comes in with the puppy at the beginning. Its during Troy’s line, “I want to lick it.”

November 13, 2010 at 4:24 AM

I love Jeff breaking the 4th wall: “WE’RE DOING A BOTTLE EPISODE!”

I also loved discovering the specific reason why Abed offered Annie a piece of chocolate at the beginning of the episode. We realize it a second before the girls do and their reactions were PRICEless.

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