Recap: Community S2 E10: Mixology Certification
Happy expulsion, Troy!
Troy is having his 20th birthday and the whole study group is celebrating. But wait a second—Troy was held back a year in fifth grade! It's actually his 21st birthday. As in legal drinking age. Time to hit the bars.
The rest of the episode revolves around the group's night on the town. Annie adopts the persona on her fake ID and has a crisis of confidence. Abed talks Farscape
with a fellow Sci-Fi geek and gets hit on. Shirley tries to hide pictures showing the fact that she used to be a regular in this bar. Jeff and Britta continue arguing over which bar is cooler, L Street or the Red Door, and consume one too many drinks.
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The Community episode "Mixology Certification" provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: Jeff groans upon hearing Tyra Banks' name. Joel McHale is well-known for making fun of her on The Soup.
- American Accents: Annie puts on a Texan drawl.
- An Aesop: Alcohol doesn't make everything better.
- Becoming the Mask: Annie dives into her role as Caroline from Corpus Christi.
- Birthday Episode: An unusually sombre and depressing example. The celebration starts off happy when the study group have a cake for Troy in the study room, but when they learn that Troy is actually of drinking age they decide to celebrate 'properly' and take him to a bar instead. It soon turns out that they should have just stayed in the study room, as everyone just ends up getting drunk, miserable and/or disillusioned with their lives, thus well and truly ruining the celebration. After looking around at the various states his friends are, Troy decides not to have a drink, and instead ferries his drunken friends home.
- Brake Angrily: Troy does so when he finds out that Jeff and Britta have been fighting over the same bar.
- Broken Pedestal: Troy, towards Jeff and Britta, after he's spent all night listening to their advice on growing up only to learn they've also spent all night bickering over the same bar under the mistaken impression that it's two different places:
I just spent the last two years thinking you guys knew more than me about life, and I just found out that you guys are just as dumb as me.
- Their response?
- Call Back: Annie lives in a really bad neighborhood.
- Coming of Age Story: "You're a man now."
- Dark Secret: Shirley's well-documented past as a barfly.
- Deleted Scene: One where Chang calls Jeff to ask where the party is upon discovering Troy's cake. Jeff tells him that the group is actually hunkering down to study for finals.
- Development Gag: The Uncle Rusty's T-shirt that appears in The Tag is a reference to a cut plotline from "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design" where Pierce and Shirley would go on a road trip together to get the "best burger in the Midwest".
- Downer Ending: Troy's birthday celebration ends with everyone pretty much drunk, depressed and / or miserable, and Troy, forced to drive everyone home, doesn't even get to have his birthday drink. Moves slightly towards bittersweet territory when he manages to cheer Annie up a bit, however.
- Drink Order: Both Britta's and Jeff's drinks. Troy is also told not to order a Seven and Seven since that is "a high school drink for girls".
- Drowning My Sorrows / I Need a Freaking Drink: Annie starts off with Root Beers and as she get worked up about planning out her life Annie eventually ends up switching to screwdrivers.
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Shirley has some incriminating photos of her when she frequented the bar.
- Fake State-Citizenship: Annie's persona of Caroline Decker.
- Fridge Logic: Troy doesn't realize how stupid "being 10 for two years" is until he says it out loud, several years after the fact.
- Food Slap: Abed is on the receiving end of a drink to the face.
- Foreshadowing: "Maybe later you'll let me drive your car". Jeff just laughs.
- At the end, Jeff and Britta drunkenly make out right next to Abed inconsiderate of his obvious discomfort with the situation as if he was a 'coat-rack', only to get annoyed when he reveals what they've done to Troy. In "Paradigms of Human Memory", much to their chagrin it'll be once again revealed that he's been paying closer attention to them than they realize.
- Forgotten Birthday: Happens to Pierce. The rest of the group convinces him it happened otherwise. Or do they? "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" suggests that Pierce wasn't as convinced as they thought...
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: On the whiteboard in the cold open: "Illiterate? Write for help."
- Genre Shift: A minor example. Usually a Community episode stays within the Greendale campus, is mainly comedic, and includes a ton of jokes. This episode keeps this up for the first five minutes, but as soon as things switch to the bar, things become more somber. The end of the episode isn't comedic, but poignant. Consuming alcohol doesn't make the characters do anything funny, but makes things "sad" (it's the "Lifetime original movie of beverages" as Troy puts it).
- Happy Birthday to You: The episodes opens as only the last two words are sung, to get around the copyright on the song.
- Although it's played with, in that Pierce immediately questioned why they didn't sing the whole 'happy birthday' bit; turns out, since Troy is a Jehovah's Witness, they didn't even sing those bits anyway.
- Hipsters: Jeff and Britta spend the episode out-douching one another.
- In Vino Veritas: Played for drama; while drinking does cause some changes and lost inhibitions in the characters who drink, no wacky hijinks ensue — everyone just ends up miserable.
- Is That What He Told You?: Minor example done by Troy's mother.
- Jerkass: In between their petty bickering over a hipster bar that turns out to be the same place without either of them realizing, insulting Troy's drink choices, making fun of Shirley's drinking phase, and their making out right next to Abed in the back seat of the car without considering his feelings or even his presence, it's made pretty clear that alcohol helps bring out Jeff and Britta's douchey sides.
- Kissing Under the Influence: Jeff and Britta.
- Lies to Children: Poor Troy was told that everyone is ten for two years because fifth grade is hard for everyone:
"MOM, HOW MANY LIES HAVE I BEEN LIVING?!"
- Mistaken for Gay: Abed, by Paul Tompkins.
- Only Sober Man: Troy silently realizes that he's the only one left with his head on straight and stays sober to get everyone home safe.
- Self-Deprecation: Annie, in her role as Caroline, insults her life.
- Ship Tease:
- Abed/Paul Tompkins.
- Hell, maybe even Britta/Troy.
- A little Abed/Annie.
- Significant Reference Date: December 3, 2010.
- So Proud of You/What the Hell, Hero?: After the group convinces Pierce they threw him a birthday party that he forgot, Troy says Pierce still owes him for the keg deposit. Britta criticizes him and Jeff congratulates him.
- Split-Screen Phone Call: Jeff and Britta, while driving to the bar.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Jeff and Britta.
- Unusual Euphemism: Britta excuses herself at the bar to "go see a woman about the female equivalent of a horse".
- Very Special Episode:
- Or at least the closest thing Community will ever get to one. Focuses on accepting your limitations (Pierce), seeing your heroes fall from grace (Troy towards Jeff and Britta), wanting to be someone else (Annie), hiding things to avoid ridicule (Shirley), being honest with people about your intentions (Abed) and realizing the perils of adulthood (Troy again).
- The episode in general also has a 'Very Special Episode' vibe towards alcohol, although it's a lot less overwrought and melodramatic about the subject than such special episodes usually tend to be. Nevertheless, while no one is seriously harmed or threatened by their alcohol consumption, the point is clearly made that it doesn't really solve problems or actually make things better or more fun; it ultimately just ends up making people unhappy (Abed and Annie directly, Shirley and Troy indirectly as Shirley is humiliated by her alcohol-soaked past and Troy's birthday is ultimately ruined by everyone's drunken behaviour and melancholy) or act like jerks (Jeff and Britta).
- What Could Have Been: In the commentary, Word of God states there was originally going to be a subplot dealing with Chang chasing after the group to hang out with them, only for it to be revealed that he works at the bar they're at when Troy finds him standing in front of the stall collecting tips and silently gives him one. There's even a deleted scene on the DVD where he calls Jeff asking him what he's up to and deduces that he and the group went off to party after finding Troy's "still fresh" cake in the study room.
- Shirley was originally supposed to deliver an angry speech to Jeff, Britta, and Troy, after they'd found and laughed about her drunken pictures, but it was left out of the final cut.