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Worldly Distractions: Community 5.7 - Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality


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Okay, they have to be trolling us with this title. It's about Abed's latest comic book obsession, right? Right? All I know is I'm scared to Google Image an appropriate pic for this recap. Here's something nice and normal.

We step right into a scene with no intro whatsoever. Prof. Duncan begs Jeff to help him seduce Britta. Jeff is skeptical, but reluctantly advises him to "think like Britta" - eg, embrace some kind of dumb cause. Annie runs a "Save Greendale" meeting, but Jeff quickly turns it to the real issue. What are they going to do on this empty Friday night? Oh, I miss Donald Glover's hilarious facial expressions and insane one-liners so much. Duncan tries his moves on Britta, claiming that he's going to some sort of charity event. He gets Britta to come with him, but Shirley, Annie and Chang also sign up. Abed, meanwhile, is off the the premiere of the latest Kickpuncher. OUCH, my heart. There's no Kickpuncher like Troy Barnes. Jeff claims to have dinner plans. Everyone else shuts him down. He is dragged along to the theatre-group-for-starving-kids-with-cleft-palates. Not sure if Duncan made it up or not. Opening credits.

They all leave the play confused by its would-be allegory. Chang calls a mysterious woman called "Sandra", with whom he has some sort of ridiculous problem. However, it turns out he's just part of the play. Duncan is chatting up Britta, but is interrupted when she meets an old boyfriend, Michael ("My-kay-el") from her radical days. Michael lauds her as one of his heroes. As she is applauded, Duncan and Jeff get drunk together.

Abed tinkers with his Kickpuncher costume, saying "cool cool cool". The look on his face is just heartbreaking. He wanders around pretending to punch stuff, but his heart isn't in it. During his adventure, he finds Hickey, and decides that now's the time for bonding. Hickey's not having it, especially once Abed starts destroying his office. Abed slips out to go see the movie, but before he can leave, Hickey decides to exact his revenge. He takes a pair of handcuffs and attaches Abed to a file cabinet, ruining the guy's evening just as Abed ruined his. He feels that Abed has never had to face any consequences, and it's high time that changes. Abed vows to turn the tables on Banks. This could get interesting.

They have a long discussion, Bond-and-villain style, during which Hickey reveals that Abed ruined some of his drawings. That's right, Hickey's an artist. Speaking of artistic expression, Chang comes back from his performance triumphant, only to be told by a janitor that there was no audience in that room. Britta, over at the reception, competes with her friends about who sold out more. Jeff decides to intervene. Duncan assumes that Jeff still has feelings for her, and wants to beat him up. Jeff agrees to back off, as long as Duncan stops comparing him to Dane Cook.

The Nadir-Hickey standoff continues. Hickey reveals that he's a cartoonist, and is utterly prickly when Abed asks more questions. Abed, in turn, continues to press about Hickey's past. Eventually Hickey brings out the art, which is truly terrible. They start to unwrap each others' personal layers, and bond in the process, just as Abed intended.

Chang tries to stop his "audience" from applauding, telling them the story about the janitor. They in turn inform him that the janitor is the ghost, and they are a normal audience. Soon Chang is driven completely batty and runs around screaming.

Britta suggests some good old activism, like vandalizing a new billboard downtown. The friends think she's being ridiculous, and since she has no real responsibilities, her opinion is pointless. They then make fun of her for continuing to have ideals. She slinks off ashamed. Duncan is standing on the other side of the room. They hug and go off together. Jeff continues to drink.

Abed likes the comics, and apologizes for the damage he caused. Hickey accepts this, but still won't let him leave to see the movie. It's not a proper apology without a lesson. Abed vows to break out. Cue another shouting argument about how Hickey's cruel and Abed's spoiled. Danny Pudi gives an incredible monologue about his perceived craziness, and oh my god, give him all the Emmys. Why has he not been recognized more for his incredible work on this show? They scream until Hickey finally lets Abed go.

Prof. Duncan and Britta drive back to his place, where she looks near tears and he babbles nervously. Britta begins to talk about her friends, and how she's tired of defining herself by her social group. Since she's falling apart, when she asks where they're going, Duncan - to his credit - takes her home. "You are someone even when you're by yourself," he says. She thanks him for the support and for not hitting on her. Apparently, she was so sad that she was about to do something really stupid. Duncan bangs his head on the steering wheel.

Abed unexpectedly returns to Hickey's office, bearing a screenplay about a cop that he wrote once and forgot about. It's technically okay but lacking in "substance". Looks like the grumpy ex-cop and the nerd are going to be collaborators. More apologies all around.

Duncan goes back to the bar, where he tells Jeff that he's a good friend. They decide to share a drink (not sex) and have a boys' night.

The next morning, everyone gathers in the study room. Jeff and Ian recount their fun evening. Britta is happy to have spent an evening happy in her own company. Annie feels left out, but feels she's had enough "focus" lately ("Speak for yourself," Shirley mutters). Chang comes in, hysterical, and asks if they believe in ghosts. He tries to tell them what happened, but they all forgot he was at the theatre. The realization dawns on him - he doesn't exist. He decides to go home and sort things out. An old-timey photo (from the "Old-Timey Photo Club") is seen on the wall, complete with a grinning Chang. Shining homage complete!

Tag scene: Duncan invites the Dean to lunch. They engage in a complicated patter of leaving the room, which somehow ends in hysteria. It's weird.

Okay, so. Danny Pudi was fucking incredible tonight. Abed has only grown as a character since Troy left, and Pudi handled this transition very well. Kudos, guys, kudos. Gillian Jacobs' Britta was also a standout tonight. Tonight's episode focused on only a few in our study group (which is sadly dwindling), but by god, it did well with what it had. For all that they've been through, it's pretty cool to see how they've been able to keep it up!

 

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