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Worldly Distractions: Community 6.12 - Wedding Videography


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Ooh, who could possibly be facing their nuptials this time? Will the Abed/Annie shippers win, and will Troy return to be Best Man? Or will the Dean and a man dressed like a Dalmatian ride off happily into the sunset? Let's find out.

(How is this a Yahoo! Original when it's been airing on NBC for years already? At least Netflix admitted that they were only reviving Arrested Development.)

Abed films Jeff drinking through his class, claiming that he's "freelancing". We learn that the course has been going predictably badly, though this is average by Greendale standards. Garrett gives a presentation on marriage law, which turns out to be an elaborate proposal to some gal named Stacey (Garrett/Vickie shippers, go ahead and cry). Jeff is disgusted. However, everyone applauds wildly when Stacey accepts. While Abed remarks that Jeff had a strange look on his face, Garrett excitedly announces that he's getting laid. Opening credits.

Abed has extended his footage to "Annie's Missing Lover", which is a subplot that surely had all the fans jumping, but is actually just a contingency plan in case Annie ever gets murdered and her boyfriend has to look back fondly. Yes, apparently Annie has come totally on board with Abed's cinematic conceit. Britta is weirded out by this, and also none too positive about Garrett's wedding (or Garrett himself). More talk of New York. Shut up, Britta.

Annie demands that she help clean, and we learn that she's volunteered the place as a wedding prep location for her dear lovely friends. She refuses to wear Britta wear black nail polish. Britta whines and won't stop looking at the camera, much to Abed's chagrin.

Frankie arrives, crumpled garment bag in hand, so that she and Annie and Britta can "be girls together". She seems on board with it in her blank way. We learn that Frankie is working to seem more likeable, and this is part of the package. The ensuing interactions are as awkward as they've been set up to be. We love you, Frankie. #givepagettheemmy

Soon, the entire Committee is gathered and drinking ferociously. Even Jeff is super-excited (I assume the Scotch helps). Feeling that they have enough time, they play ridiculous wedding-related games and narrate about how cool their various friendships are. "Celebrity Garrett Marriage", which features a poor Garrett imitation marrying various poor celebrity imitations, is particularly popular. However, they soon realize they're running late, so everyone winds up scrambling out of the apartment half-dressed, and almost forget Chang. And Abed.

Todd conducts his own...unique form of the ceremony, in which he suddenly develops Jerusalem syndrome despite being in Colorado. As Stacey and Garrett read their own vows, the group arrives and disrupts the ceremony several times over. Everyone else stares in horror as they break chairs, push people out of their seats, and laugh at the moment of the big kiss. On to the reception.

The commitee proceeds to pull the same shenanigans at the party. Everyone congratulates themselves for having the best day of their lives, while the rest of the guests give them serious shade. Clearly, they believe themselves to be the centre of the school and therefore the world, to the point where Garrett's mother has to tell them to tone it down. Rather than, I dunno, apologizing, they concoct an elaborate scheme to become the world's best wedding guests. Britta talks about herself in the video and does an attention-grabbing dance, Elroy gives in to his "addiction to encouraging white people" (which at least makes Garrett a little happier about the whole ruined wedding thing) and sings a wedding song for the new couple. Annie and Frankie bond over their shared neuroses, which include naming dragons.

Garrett's brother Bones goes crazy and is unable to do the best man toast. Though no one asked him to, Jeff steps in to give a Winger speech. Again, it is all about them as guests, not the bride and groom. The toast is rude and awful, and I'm frankly amazed the bride and groom haven't murdered anyone yet. Or Garrett's mother, who is looking pretty grouchy. However, after a rough start, he does manage to put the focus back on the bride and groom. For maybe a couple of seconds. It all comes to a head when Jeff and Elroy accidentally reveal that the newlyweds are cousins.

Of course, all the group can do is blame themselves very ostentatiously. They also realize that they bring out the worst in each other. Before they can take their separate cabs home, Garrett gives a sad speech telling them that the wedding is over. The marriage will soon be annulled. Though it's totally not their business, the group (led by Chang) begs them to change their minds. He convinces them that no one will like them better if they split, and they must believe in love over all. The couple reconcile, everyone cheers. They dance while the Committee group hugs.

One of the "Community writers" tells us about how he always wanted to make an episode about incest. He explains state marriage laws and the genetic risks to any children. This is not particularly funny, but mostly creepy as fuck.

So. I totally loved that we're finally calling out the study group for their strange, insular ways. Very meta. But as an Abed's video episode? It was okay. I found there was very little time spent on any of the characters, and there wasn't a lot of room for the jokes to land. At least Elroy got a laugh or two. It was also very rushed. All in all, not a brilliant penultimate episode. What will the finale bring us next week?

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