Recap: Community S2 E02: Accounting for Lawyers
"God, it's a sea of Wingers. This whole place reeks of moral ambiguity.
" - Britta
Jeff reconnects with Alan (Rob Corddry), a lawyer from his old firm. As he drifts away from the group, Chang makes an attempt at joining the study group by helping them win the school Pop-and-Lock-athon. Annie realizes that she has met Alan before, and that he was, in fact, the one who got Jeff disbarred. She tells Jeff, but he refuses to believe her. While Jeff attends an office party at the firm, the rest of the study follow him in an attempt to prove it, leaving Chang alone at Greendale.
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The Community episode "Accounting for Lawyers" provides examples of:
- The Ace: It's implied that Jeff was this at his law firm, with a notable cheer when Ted announces Jeff's presence at the party, and his praising Jeff's skills as a lawyer.
- Alternate Tooniverse: Abed's cartoon tunnel.
- Amoral Attorney: Everyone in the law firm.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Annie; see Crosses the Line Twice.
- Big "NO!": Chang, when they lose the competition.
- Blackmail: Jeff reveals to the Study Group that he didn't let Alan have it over getting him disbarred, because he'd just made partner & Jeff was planning to use this information to get his job back after his graduation by using it against Alan.
- Brain Bleach:
Annie: First, he said [the room number] was 69. I wanna rub Purell on my brain.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: While hanging out with the lawyers, Britta, Shirley, and Pierce stumble upon worse and worse "opportunities": Britta can use a lawyer’s beach house if she sleeps with him once a month, Shirley can sue the stripper her husband left her for, and Pierce can hunt people.
- Brick Joke: Jeff notices that a lot of people are wearing green hats and wonders if the Greendale hat club is still struggling to survive. The Dean explains it's Octoberfest. Cut to Jeff and Abed at the food machines, where they run into Alan.
Alan: What has this place done to you?
Jeff: You have no idea.
Random Guy: Hat club! [puts a ridiculous hat on Jeff]
Jeff: Now you have some idea.
- At the start Abed and Jeff say the school's become more cartoony so Abed drew a cartoon tunnel. See The Tag entry below for the results.
- Broken Aesop: In-universe.
Alan: You know what they call a lawyer who fakes his college degree? Best lawyer EVER.
- Butt Monkey: Jeff's opinion of strippers.
Jeff: Shirley, don't sue a stripper.
Shirley: Why not?
Jeff: Because she's a stripper. Life sued her and she lost.
- Call Back: Chang's Evil Laugh from Anthropology 101, resurrected by the group rejecting him again. It doesn't help that this happened after he danced for hours by himself on the group's behalf in the Pop-and-Lock-athon, only for the Study Group to throw it away within a minute of their arrival.
- Character Development: Jeff really was exactly like Alan in the past, if a bit less hammy.
- Comically Missing the Point: After Jeff spies his old friend and hides, saying, "This is all I need," Abed calls out to him, saying, "You’re all my friend needs."
- Could Say It But:
- Played with, upon Annie realizing she knows Alan from her Narcotics Anonymous meetings. She blurts "NARCOTICS! I know where I know Alan from!" out but immediately clams up & declares she's not allowed to say, only for Britta to point that it's obvious that means she met him in Narcotics Anonymous.
- Subverted, when Annie's talked into letting the rest of the group guess that Alan may have been behind Jeff's disbarring. She writes it down on a notepad & intends to mime it, only for Shirley to just take the notepad and read out what Annie wrote.
- Cutting the Knot: Annie's solution to everything: chloroform. After Jeff gives a speech about how caring is bad, and walks away from the group:
Shirley: It's like watching a soul slipping through our fingers. But what more can we do?
[Annie applies chloroform to rag.]
Troy: Would you stop?!
- Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Alan blames a former lawyer acquaintance of theirs who no longer practices for Jeff's disbarring. Jeff isn't buying it.
- Denser and Wackier: Jeff notices in the cold open how much Greendale is becoming more of a cartoon.
- Description Cut: Shirley suggests telling someone that the group can't make the Pop-and-Lock-athon, while Pierce claims that nobody cares. Cut to Chang, signing in at the Pop-and-Lock-athon alone.
- The Determinator: Chang dancing for five straight hours so he can join the study group.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Annie complains to Troy and Abed that all she’s been used for that night is bait and distraction. They’re too busy staring at her bouncing chest to catch what she says.
Abed: You get any of that?
Troy All I heard was suck.
- Freak Out: Troy launches into one after Anne chloroforms the janitor.
- Funny Background Event: During Troy's aforementioned Freak Out, Annie in the background accidentally puts the chloroform rag to her face and reacts to it.
- Gilligan Cut: After Annie chloroforms the the janitor, Abed says he has an idea to get out of it. Cut to Troy, Annie & Abed lying on the floor next to the janitor, acting like they've been chloroformed too. But since they didn't get rid of the rag that Annie used, the janitor remembers what happened & Annie chloroforms him a second time.
- Honesty Is the Best Policy: Jeff's perfectly willing to associate with Alan even after receiving conclusive proof that it was Alan who stabbed him in the back by revealing his lack of qualifications and getting him fired, but when Alan can't even admit it to Jeff, instead weaseling out of it by blaming an intern, Jeff returns to his friends.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Conversed. Pierce believes it's Badass. Jeff, not so much.
Jeff: Britta, you're not a whore. Shirley, Jesus turned the other cheek, he didn't garnish wages. Pierce, do I need to say this? IT IS WRONG TO HUNT MAN FOR SPORT.
- Hypocritical Humor: Parodied.
Pierce: C'mon, Jeff's bush league. I gave seminars on manipulation, I can reach into a man's soul & unravel it with one tug.
Alan: Cool, hit me.
Pierce: You're bald.
Alan: So are you.
Pierce: I'LL KILL YOU, YOU S— COME HERE!
- I Can Explain: Subverted; Troy doesn't actually have an explanation, he’s just stalling for time. Double Subverted, it actually works. Also:
Jeff: I can explain. I'm a teacher. Wait, that's worse than the truth. I'm a student.
- Jedi Mind Trick: Troy tries this on the janitor when he and Abed are caught in Alan's office. Needless to say, it doesn't work.
- Jerk Ass: Jeff, even more so than usual since it's most likely because of Alan's influence making him revert back to how he was before he went to Greendale. The highlight is probably when, after they show him the email Alan sent that got him disbarred, he lectures them on how caring is bad.
- Lampshade Hanging:
Jeff: Every day this campus gets more and more cartoon-y.
Abed: I know. I painted a tunnel on the library wall. As soon as it dries, I'm going for it.
- Large Ham: Troy, freaking out after Annie chloroforms the janitor.
"I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO MY WHOLE BRAIN IS CRYING"
- Laughing Mad: Chang does this while lying on the floor at the end. The study group refuses to let him join even after he dances for hours representing them in the pop and lock contest.
Dean Pelton: Y'know what? He's bringing us down. Let's move him. Can we move him?
- Not so Above It All: Abed, when Annie chloroforms the janitor. Lampshaded:
"I usually have one foot out of reality, and even I'm freaking out right now."
- Origins Episode
- Poisonous Friend: Alan, to Jeff.
- Power Trio: Troy, Abed, and Annie.
- Running Gag: Troy, Abed and Annie try to fool the janitor by pretending they were all asleep.
- Shout-Out: Alan calls Jeff Tango, Jeff calls him Sundance. They worked with different partners.
- Single Tear: Poor Chang.
- The Tag: You have to believe, Troy!
- Totally Radical: Invoked & lampshaded.
: Jeff, Alan narked on you! Jeff
: But he's way too primo for that, Frank Zappa
- True Companions: At the end, so much.
- Up to Eleven: Of course Alan lies and tells Jeff it was someone else who ratted him out, and of course that someone was a wonderful guy. How wonderful? He adopted three at-risk teens and donated a kidney to a temp.
- Weird Al Effect: An in-universe example. Britta does an impression of a bit Jon Stewart does frequently on The Daily Show, which is itself an impression of Johnny Carson, which comes off as a weird impersonation of Carson. When asked "Is that your Johnny Carson?" Britta is confused, and says no, it was her Jon Stewart.
- Another in-universe ones plays off the first in-universe one: when Alan does his Carson impression Troy says he's "got Britta down."