Recap: Community S1 E25: Pascal's Triangle Revisited
Itís the end of the semester, and the study group decides to attend the transfer dance after being informed that Britta was nominated for transfer queen. At the dance tensions begin to rise. Annie tells the study-group that she has decided to follow her boyfriend, Vaughn, to the East Coast for the summer, but privately confides in Jeff she doesnít plan on returning to Greendale. Meanwhile, Jeff finds that while his getting quite close to Britta, Slater have decided that she is willing to give their old relationship a new shot. And soon his two love interests
are competing over his affection, through increasingly venomous Passive-Aggressive Kombat
Chang meets with Duncan, hoping that Duncan will help cheating his way through college, since he is his friend. Duncan merely laughs in Chang's face and mocks him for being a phony, telling him they were never friends. Humiliated and angry, Chang threatens violence, but Duncan smugly reminds him that punching a professor will get him expelled. Through gritted teeth, Chang promises that he will find some sort of of loophole, and when that happens, he will kill Duncan.
Troy is being kicked out of his house and in increasingly unsubtle fashion hints he wants to be Abedís roommate, a situation Abed appears uninterested in. After Pierce offers Troy to have a room in his mansion, confronts Abed about his reluctance, and Abed explains that while he indeed sees Troy as his best friend, he fears that them living together will lead to their personalities eventually clashing and ultimately cause their friendship to "jump the shark
." Troy doesn't understand Abed's metaphor until he finally gets an epiphany after eating too much of a giant cookie and getting a tummy ache, realizing that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing
and the cookie represents his friendship with Abed. He decides to take Pierce up his offer.
At the transfer dance, Slater and Britta's fight over Jeff intensifies, and while Duncan is openly jealous that Jeff has two women chasing after him, and tries very unsuccessfully to unsubtly flirt with Slater, Jeff feels the pressure getting to him. Things get to a head, when both women publicly confess their love for him, and the dance guests organize themselves in "Team Britta" and "Team Slater", demanding that Jeff makes a decision. Jeff, unsure how to respond, tries to spin the situation to buy some time, but he is interrupted by a drunk Duncan, who tries to impress a woman by attempting to rap. Dean Pelton tries get Duncan off the stage before he can embarrass himself and the school even more, but Duncan drunkly insults him, and Pelton suspends him. Chang walks up to Duncan, pointing out that since he is suspended, he is not an acting professor, before he pulls out a pack of quarters from his pocket and uses it to savagely hit Duncan in the face with, initiating a full-on Ballroom Blitz
Jeff, meanwhile, has used the commotion to sneak away, and runs into Annie, who changed her mind about leaving. After the two each share their respective conflicted emotions, Annie gives Jeff a small kiss, and Jeff responds by embracing her and giving her the Big Damn Kiss
that has been building for most of the season.
The Community episode "Pascal's Triangle Revisited" provides examples of:
- The Alleged Car: Jeff's BMW is still wrecked from last episode.
- Backhanded Compliment:
Slater: Britta! You look great! Such a stunning improvement.
Britta: Wow, you look gorgeous. It must've taken all day.
- Ballroom Blitz
- Betty and Veronica: Which ends with Jeff struggling to make a decision after both Britta and Professor Slater confess their love for him. He ends up taking a Third-Option Love Interest in Annie.
- Big Damn Kiss: The Jeff and Annie kiss at the end. To the point that most fans regard it as the "Hottest TV kiss ever," it's that explosively breathtaking.
- Callback/Continuity Nod: In the order they appear:
- Jeff's car has a damaged windshield from Chang's attack with a Key-tar.
- He pulls into a faculty reserved parking space he secured due to his participation in Debate Team
- He talks briefly with his accounting teacher, Prof. Whitman.
- Jeff greets Vaughn in three variations, counting off each one. This goes back to an observation about Vaughn in "Social Psychology", the fourth episode. Later, the rest of the study group simultaneously does the same thing with goodbyes.
- Pierce plays the Greendale school song (set to the tune of Bruce Hornsby's "The Way it Is"), which he "wrote" in "Advanced Criminal Law".
- Britta's therapy sessions with Duncan were a condition of her acquittal for cheating in "Advanced Criminal Law" episode; here we see one for the first (and last) time.
- Britta reveals to Shirley and Slater that she had sex with Jeff during the events of "Modern Warfare".
- Having learned about Jeff and Britta's sex, Shirley responds, "Holy macaroni with pepperjack!" Which was mentioned as an improvement on the standard macaroni and cheese formula during the background chatter when the group finds out about Slater and Jeff dating in "Communication Studies".
- The Dean's two apparent dates, dressed in dalmation costumes, refers back to a scene from "Enviromental Science", in which he watched a video of a man in a strangely muscular dalmation costume. This was referenced several times since then, in increasingly unsubtle fashion as the Dean piled up more and more dalmatian paraphernalia.
- Shirley's friend Gary from Finland is mentioned as transferring back.
- Britta using a lot of makeup up for Valentine's Dance.
- One of the girls from the Greendale Comedy Club is on "Team Britta".
- Catch Phrase: Britta's "Do you have a patent on loving someone?"
- Comically Missing the Point: Troy and the phrase "jump the shark". He thought that episode of Happy Days was the most awesome thing ever.
- Conversational Troping: Abed refuses to let Troy move into his dorm, citing that it's the sort-of thing that usually signifies Jumping the Shark.
- Creator Cameo: Presumably the contestant "Danielle Harmon" is a reference to Dan Harmon.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Professor Duncan when Britta and Professor Slater walk into the dance.
Duncan: You might want to go easy on the punch; I put in a little hot person. Hot people.
- Freudian Couch: Britta is lying down on the couch when she has a therapy session. Duncan tells her she needs not lie and she angrily responds that he could have told her sooner, not in the last session.
- Giant Food:
Jeff: Whatís wrong with you?
Troy: Iím sick. I donít know why. [takes another bite of cookie]
Jeff: Have you considered the sixty-inch-diameter cookie youíre eating?
Troy: How can something thatís delicious make me sick?
- Held Gaze: One happens between Jeff and Annie before she first moves in to kiss him. Then they hold each other's gaze a bit longer before Jeff swoops in to give her The Big Damn Kiss.
- "Hey, You!" Haymaker:
Chang: What's this in my hand?
Duncan: A roll of quarters,why?
SeŮor Chang closes his fist around the quarters and punches Duncan
- Ironic Echo: SeŮor Chang, who is now a student, asks Duncan if he can get help to cheat his way through school, mirroring Jeff's actions in the first episode. Naturally, he is rebuffed.
- What Could Have Been: In the commentary, it's mentioned that they considered having a runner where Chang experienced Jeff's entire character arc from the season in miniature within that episode.
- Lampshade Hanging: Britta takes therapy with Professor Duncan. She automatically lies down on the couch for the session, which Duncan notes is how one would act "in a Woody Allen movie" and is unnecessary.
- Love Dodecahedron: Annie is willing to transfer to another school to be with her boyfriend Vaughn, who used to go out with Britta. Jeff is stuck with choosing between Britta and Slater after both publicly profess their love for him. In the end, Jeff and Annie kiss.
- Overly Narrow Superlative: Duncan asks Chang what the correct term is for "a teacher who was pretending to be a professor, who turned out to be pretending to be a teacher".
- Running Gag: The Dean's dalmatian-furry fetish is followed from its very beginning ("I hope this doesn't awaken something in me"), to its escalation (dalmatian mugs, posters, and rugs), to its inevitable conclusion in "Pascal's Triangle Revisited".
- Season Finale
- Serious Business: Vaughn just got a spot on the number one community college hacky sack team.
- Ship-to-Ship Combat: In universe example between Team Britta and Team Slater. And Team Bring Conan Back.
- Speak of the Devil: Saying "Nothing could ruin this." summons the Dean.
Jeff: He's like an evil genie!
- Spinoff: Abed's thinks the idea of Troy moving in with Pierce sounds like a spinoff.
- Stock Sitcom Grand Finale: Parodied. Abed keeps trying to give things a finale vibe.
- Take a Third Option
- Third-Option Love Interest: Jeff has to choose between Britta and Slater. He chooses Annie.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: The Dean's reaction when a second Dalmatian-costumed man walks in.
Please don't be mad. I didn't think more than one person would answer the ad.
Drags the first Dalmatian toward the second Dean:
Yes! Dream coming true!
- Jeff wishes he could be two people so one could be with Britta and the other with Slater, then they could get together for some weird foursome.
- Unfortunate Name: The Tranny Dance (that is, Transfer Dance), where they crown the Tranny Queen.
- What Could Have Been: It's mentioned a few times in the commentary tracks throughout the season that they wanted to get Bruce Hornsby in as a cameo and have him attack Pierce for ripping him off with the school song. They even mention a potential Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "I'm Bruce Hornsby, and this [raises fist] is the Range."
- "What Now?" Ending: No Mortal danger Cliff Hanger here, but the question of how the study group can possibly stay together after Jeff runs away from Britta's confession and kisses Annie minutes later.