History Recap / CommunityS1E01Pilot

25th Aug '16 4:40:07 PM nombretomado
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-->'''Jeff:''' We're the only species on Earth that observes [[DiscoveryChannel Shark Week]]. ''Sharks'' don't even observe Shark Week; but we do. For the same reason, I can pick up this pencil, tell you its name is Steve, and then go like this; ''[snaps it in half; Abed gasps in horror]'' and part of you ''dies'', just a little bit on the inside. Because people can connect with ''anything''. We can sympathize with a pencil, we can forgive a shark, and [[Film/GoodWillHunting we can give Ben Affleck an Academy Award for Screenwriting]].\\

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-->'''Jeff:''' We're the only species on Earth that observes [[DiscoveryChannel [[Creator/DiscoveryChannel Shark Week]]. ''Sharks'' don't even observe Shark Week; but we do. For the same reason, I can pick up this pencil, tell you its name is Steve, and then go like this; ''[snaps it in half; Abed gasps in horror]'' and part of you ''dies'', just a little bit on the inside. Because people can connect with ''anything''. We can sympathize with a pencil, we can forgive a shark, and [[Film/GoodWillHunting we can give Ben Affleck an Academy Award for Screenwriting]].\\
7th Feb '16 11:25:42 AM ading
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Troy is deeply impressed by Jeff's insight about his motives for either wearing his jacket because other people like or to spite them for disliking it ("either way, it's for them; ''that's'' what's weak."). The series would in later episodes make something of a subplot about Troy being insecure over measuring himself up against Jeff as a person and as a man.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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Troy is deeply impressed by Jeff's insight about his motives for either wearing his jacket because other people like or to spite them for disliking it ("either way, it's for them; ''that's'' what's weak."). The series would in later episodes make something of a subplot about Troy being insecure over measuring himself up against Jeff as a person and as a man.man.
** Britta tells Jeff that she values honesty above all else, yet freely admits that she lied to him to get him to clean up his mess, foreshadowing that she's not the OnlySaneMan she initially appears to be.
30th Dec '15 12:04:17 AM Doc_Loki
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** Jeff spends the entire episode wearing sweat pants, as opposed to the {{Fashionista}} he will soon become.
26th Aug '15 3:12:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** Abed's role as '[[GenreSavvy meta-guy]]' is downplayed, and the Asperger's-like tendencies of his condition are given more emphasis. This is also notably one of the few episodes where anyone attempts to 'diagnose' him ("Yeah? Well, you have Asperger's.") rather than it being treated as an AmbiguousDisorder.

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** Abed's role as '[[GenreSavvy meta-guy]]' 'MetaGuy' is downplayed, and the Asperger's-like tendencies of his condition are given more emphasis. This is also notably one of the few episodes where anyone attempts to 'diagnose' him ("Yeah? Well, you have Asperger's.") rather than it being treated as an AmbiguousDisorder.
23rd Feb '15 9:45:01 PM Aspie
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* DidntThinkThisThrough: As anyone who has ever attended college can tell you, exams are often created on the fly by professors, based on the material that has been covered in the class thus far. This means that Jeff's plan to extort the answers to all of his future tests out of Duncan had a gaping hole in it: Even if Duncan had held up his end of the bargain, there was no guarantee that the answers Jeff received would be any good when it was time for actual exams.
19th Dec '14 12:47:19 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Jeff, Shirley and Pierce are more or less how they would later appear in the show proper, although Shirley's religious tendencies are downplayed and Pierce seems to have more of a lecherous and sleazy 'CasanovaWannabe [[BourgeoisBohemian ex-hippie]]' type of thing going on rather than the socially inept InnocentBigot he later becomes. Jeff is also more of a straight-up {{Jerkass}} and UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist, with little sign of the [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] he would have even a few episodes later.

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** Jeff, Shirley and Pierce are more or less how they would later appear in the show proper, although Shirley's religious tendencies are downplayed and Pierce seems to have more of a lecherous and sleazy 'CasanovaWannabe [[BourgeoisBohemian ex-hippie]]' type of thing going on rather than the socially inept InnocentBigot he later becomes. Jeff is also more of a straight-up {{Jerkass}} and UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist, UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist who is [[LackOfEmpathy borderline sociopathic]] at times, with little sign of the [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] he would have even a few episodes later.
19th Dec '14 12:46:13 AM DoctorNemesis
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After Jeff snaps the pencil to prove a point, Abed gasps in horror -- and during Jeff's big speech, Abed can be clearly seen trying to put it back together.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After Jeff snaps the pencil to prove a point, point about how humans can come to identify with anything, Abed gasps in horror -- and during Jeff's big speech, Abed can be clearly seen trying to put it back together.
23rd Dec '13 10:20:00 PM DoctorNemesis
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** Duncan is clearly intended to be more of a PsychologistTeacher (with hints of a SinkOrSwimMentor) towards Jeff rather than the inept semi-regular he ended up being. This case, however, is probably due to it also being an example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since John Oliver decided not to leave ''Series/TheDailyShow'' to take a regular role on the show.

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** Duncan is clearly intended to be more of a PsychologistTeacher (with hints of a SinkOrSwimMentor) towards Jeff rather than the inept semi-regular he ended up being. This case, however, is probably due to it also being an example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since John Oliver decided not to leave ''Series/TheDailyShow'' to take a regular role on the show. As Duncan was clearly also supposed to be the main teacher role in the series, Chang doesn't appear at all.


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** In his brief appearance the Dean is as inept as his later appearances suggest, but there's little indication of his myriad alternative sexualities or his crush on Jeff.
26th Sep '13 9:26:34 PM mjb1124
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* TitleOnlyOpening / UniquePilotTitleSequence: The standard theme song is not used in this episode; instead, the background music from the opening scene ends over a short animated title card.
15th Sep '13 11:25:14 AM jaredcage
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* ComplimentBackfire:
-->'''Pierce:''' I like you, Jeffrey. [[YouRemindMeOfX You remind me of myself]] at your age.\\
'''Jeff''': [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame I deserved that]].



* StealthInsult:
-->'''Pierce:''' I like you, Jeffrey. [[YouRemindMeOfX You remind me of myself]] at your age.\\
'''Jeff''': [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame I deserved that]].
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