Annie starts dating Vaughn, and both Britta and Jeff attempt to derail this nascent relationship. Meanwhile the rest of the studygroup and Chang have a movie night to do some good old-fashioned {{MST}}ing.

Has a [[YMMV/CommunityS1E15RomanticExpressionism YMMV page.]]
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!The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Romantic Expressionism" provides examples of:

* ActorAllusion: The only way [[ChevyChase Pierce]] can get a laugh is to ''[[SaturdayNightLive take a massive tumble across the room.]]''
* AsianDrivers: Mentioned by Pierce.
-->''"Directed by Kim Yang. Asian. Can't direct, can't drive."''
* {{Callback}}:
** Vaughn remembers how the [[Recap/CommunityS1E04SocialPsychology study group made fun]] of him for writing Britta poems.
** [[Recap/CommunityS1E05AdvancedCriminalLaw Chang refers to himself as a Professor, only to be corrected that he's just a teacher]].
* CastIncest: Invoked by Abed.
-->'''Abed:''' When you guys first came in, we were as wholesome as the family in ''TheBradyBunch''. Now we’re as dysfunctional and incestuous as the cast of ''TheBradyBunch''.
* CelebrityResemblance: Vaughn calls Shirley "that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherri_Shepherd Sherri Shepard]] lady."
* CrackPairing: In-Universe. "Romantic Expressionism" parodies this with a long sequence of ShipTease [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEgrvOFY1IU suggestive glances]] between all of the characters. In order, it goes: [[DecemberDecemberRomance Pierce/Shirley]], [[FirstGirlWins Jeff/Britta]], Abed/Britta, [[LesYay Britta (gasp!)/Annie (gasp!)]], [[TokenMinorityCouple Troy/Shirley]], [[HighschoolSweethearts Troy/Annie]], [[MayDecemberRomance Pierce/Annie]], [[FanPreferredCouple Jeff/Annie]], [[HoYay Jeff/Abed]].
* DesignatedParents: Jeff & Britta.
-->'''Britta:''' I guess we feel like we're sort of all a family, and Jeff and I are like your Greendale parents.\\
'''Annie:''' You're not my mom, Britta. She would never wear boots that go up that high.
* DudeNotFunny: In-universe example.
-->'''Pierce:''' Directed by Kim Yang. Asian. Can't direct, can't drive.\\
'''Chang:''' Dude, I'm right here.
* FanFilm: In-universe example -- [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/125968/community-kickpuncher-with-abed-and-troy#s-p1-sr-i1 Kickpuncher with Abed and Troy]].
* FightSceneFailure: Invoked with [[TheresNoBInMovie the incredibly cheesy film]] that the study group watches on their movie night, "[[StylisticSuck Kickpuncher]]". Even more so in the FanFilm Abed and Troy make.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
-->'''Jeff:''' [Annie] is 18. Her taste in men hasn't been established. Creepier and creepier dudes will start thinking of her as an option, and it all starts with Vaughn. He’s a gateway douchebag.\\
'''Starburns:''' See that guy over there? (''Points across the cafeteria to [[spoiler: Jeff]]'') Yeah, he's a douchebag.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp:
-->'''Kickpuncher Narrator:''' It is the year 2006 A.D. and nuclear war has ravaged the planet.\\
'''Abed:''' Must have missed that.
* IResembleThatRemark:
--> '''Pierce''': You don't feel good about yourselves so you have tear down everything around you. What's the matter? [[FreudianExcuse Mama Chang didn't breastfeed]]?\\
'''Chang''': (''sad face'') She read in a book that it wouldn't make a difference.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Although the group is unmoved by Pierce's accusation that they just make criticise films to compensate for their own lack of creativity and self-worth and quite accurately point out that he's just sour that his own jokes fall flat, he still has a point in general -- regardless of how bad they are, it's a lot easier to sit at the sidelines and be an 'ironic' AccentuateTheNegative CausticCritic making snide comments about other people's creative efforts than it is to create your own works of art. This said, since Abed is a junior filmmaker and Troy and Abed are later shown to be making a ''Kickpuncher'' fan-film, they at least are willing to put their money where their mouths are.
* LoveDodecahedron: Jeff is into Britta. Britta used to date Vaughn. Vaughn takes an interest in Annie who has been in love with Troy. Troy dates another girl but Britta and Jeff convince him to pursue Annie romantically. The group also discuss their status of TrueCompanions -- their as close as a family, but they are not actually a family which means romantic and sexual relationships are not off the table.
* ManipulativeBastard: Jeff & Britta
-->'''Jeff:''' Crash course in manipulation. You don't actually tell the person what you want them to do. You help them realize they want to do it, so it can't be traced back to you.
* MatzoFever: Troy is particularly impressed with Annie who is Jewish.
* {{MST}}ing: Abed and Troy apparently have a tradition of doing this to horrendous B-movies; Shirley, Pierce, and Señor Chang show up, too. (And yet Jeff, played by the one cast member who had guest starred on Podcast/RiffTrax, does NOT show up.) Pierce attempts to compensate for his lack of ability at this by writing his jokes with a team of writers beforehand, like the actual MysteryScienceTheater3000 did after its first season.
* NoodleIncident:
** Jeff really did eat all the macaroni. It's weird that Leonard knows that.
** For a less literal example, it is never explained exactly why Chang was wearing a tuxedo.
* OffTheShelfFX: Used by Abed and Troy in TheTag.
* OperationJealousy: Jeff and Britta want to break up Annie and Vaughn. They know that Annie has been in love with Troy, so they tell Vaughn that Annie is only dating him to make Troy jealous. He believes them but it's not actually true as Annie's interest in him is sincere.
* RapidFireComedy: How Pierce tries to compensate for his failure to perform on the first {{MST}}ing night.
-->'''Pierce:''' Change! Time to change the channel! This guy'll be begging for change soon, he keeps making movies this terrible! We should change to something good, this movie stinks! We should change his diaper. [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama That's change we can believe in]]!\\
'''Abed:''' [Hits pause] Okay, it's obvious something strange is happening here.\\
'''Pierce:''' What are you talking about? I'm making jokes during a movie.\\
'''Troy:''' Yeah, but you're doing it with the speed and determination of the incomparable Creator/RobinWilliams.
* RuleOfThree: Annie and Troy yelling at Jeff and Britta leads up to the abovementioned Leonard.
** What looks like Vaughn's ''third'' breakup song [[BaitAndSwitch actually isn't.]]
* SarcasmMode:
** Courtesy od Senor Chang:
--->'''Chang:''' ''Obviously'' none of my other plans fell through. ''(motions toward his tuxedo)''
** Annie points it out to her pals:
--->'''Annie:''' Hey guys thanks for getting involved in my love life! That was super cool and mature of you! Oh and since you're both clearly idiots, I should let you know that I'm being sarcastic!
* SerenadeYourLover: Vaughn plays the guitar and sings a song he wrote for Annie.
* ShipSinking: Pierce/Everyone Else, played for laughs:
-->'''Pierce:''' So, just to be clear... I don't have a shot with ''any'' of you?\\
''[Everyone else shudders audibly and hurries away from him.]''
* ShipTease:
** Jeff's jealousy over Annie's sudden interest in Vaughn.
** In TheTag, Troy asks if Britta couldn't play the love interest in his & Abed's ''Kickpuncher'' film before they go to film the sex scene.
** All in the scene [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the show's various potential couples mentioned under CrackPairing:
** According to Troy, Jeff was "weirdly specific" when describing Annie's body. Jeff & Annie both take offence to the other saying that their kiss in "Debate 109" was purely for winning the debate & not sexual at all.
** Jeff notes that Troy was also specific when describing Britta's body.
** Shirley comments on "Troy & Abed's weird relationship" which prompts a simultaneous "They're just jealous" from both of them, complete with hand holding.
* ShoutOut:
** To the [[RapidFireComedy speed and determination]] of incomparable Creator/RobinWilliams
** Vaughn's song for Annie quotes a line from the Troggs "Love Is All Around" (and is a reference to John Denver's "Annie's Song")
* SlipperySlopeFallacy: Jeff thinks that Annie would be more attractive to douchebags by dating Vaughn, the "gateway douchebag".
* ShutUpHannibal: When his second attempt at making the group laugh while {{MSTing}} ends in failure, Pierce lambasts them for snidely making fun of the creative endeavors of others rather than attempting to create anything of their own and using mockery to compensate for their own lack of self-worth. The group immediately calls bullshit, accurately pointing out that Pierce doesn't give a damn about defending the creativity of others and is just sour that he couldn't get a laugh.
* {{Squick}}: In-universe. Starburns commenting that Annie "just made the the top of [his] [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre To Do List]]" elicits this response from Britta and Jeff, and is ultimately what leads to Britta trying to split up Annie and Vaughn.
* StrangelyArousing
-->'''Troy:''' I have the weirdest boner right now.
* TheresNoBInMovie: ''[[ShowWithinAShow Kickpuncher]]''. "[[ExtyYearsFromNow It is the year 2006 and nuclear war has ravaged the planet...]]"
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Jeff and Britta make this happen for Troy.
-->'''Troy:''' Thanks for taking ugly Annie out of the palm of my hand, and turning her into another hottie WHO WILL NEVER GET WITH ME!
* ZanyScheme:
-->'''Jeff:''' If we say we disapprove, we'll just drive her further into his hemp-braceleted arms. We need to be smart, we need to hatch a scheme.\\
'''Britta:''' Mmm... hatching schemes' not really my wheelhouse.\\
'''Jeff:''' Let's not confine ourselves to your wheelhouse. This problem won't respond to [[Recap/CommunityS1E14InterpretiveDance tap dancing]] or casual revelations that you spent time in New York.
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