Recap: Community S2 E13: Celebrity Pharmacology 212

Drugs! Because Evil Is Cool.

Kid: 'Hey, you're not Drugs!

The study group is helping Annie put on a play to educate about drugs. Pierce has some ideas on how to 'improve' the performance, and follows Annie home to discuss these changes. After assisting Annie with a financial problem, he uses this leverage to get his changes to the play. When Pierce's scene stealing antics threaten to ruin the message, only Chang is able to right this wrong.

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The Community episode "Celebrity Pharmacology 212" provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Pierce's father was a bastard.
  • Actor Allusion: This episode has nothing to do with Chevy Chase's troubles with drugs.
  • Broken Aesop: In-Universe. Annie's anti-drug abuse play for middle schooler backfires thanks to Pierce's interference. The intermission ends up with a room full of middle-schoolers chanting for drugs.
  • Call Back: Annie's bad neighborhood makes one last appearance. She lives over Dildopolis.
  • The Cast Showoff: Pierce, in universe, derailing Annie's show.
  • Ceiling Banger: In the tag with Annie banging on her floor when she's kept awake by PA sales announcements at the dildo store beneath her apartment.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Those baseballs won't be making a reappearance.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Chang's description of what "Drugs" will do to you. His ad libs scared the child actors.
    Chang! Drugs: I'm gonna deep fry your dog and eat your mama's face! (makes crunching noises) Then I'm gonna wear your little brother's skin like pajamas!
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: The study group put on an anti-drug show for a group of elementary school children, but the kids love Pierce's performance as "Drugs" so much it backfires. The situation is ultimately remedied by forcing Pierce to leave and replacing him with Chang.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In-Universe. Pierce teaches kids to love drugs. Everyone is appalled.
    Little Girl: I love you, Drugs!
  • Freudian Excuse: Shown in a childhood film. Pierce's inappropriateness, overzealous creativity, and pathological need to be accepted at all costs are all possibly due to frustrations getting attention from his father.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Averted. Annie only has enough money to afford a one-room apartment in a terrible neighborhood over a dildo store.
  • Funny Background Event: As the Dean audibly muses over how Jeff 'looks sexy even in a coffin', the girl sitting next to him slowly turns her head to stare at him.
  • Genre Savvy: Abed, as per usual. He knew from the very beginning that Jeff Playing Cyrano for Britta wasn't going to end well.
    Abed: How could you think that was a good idea?
    Jeff: I've got a better question. How could it not be a great idea?
    [later]
    Jeff: Abed, we screwed up. You know that text we sent? It was to Britta's nephew. He sent her an emotipenis! What are we gonna do?
    Abed: [stares silently at Jeff]
    Jeff: Fine! Screw you, Abed, I can fix this.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    Abed: Do you think bees ever eat their own honey?
    Troy: I'm sure they've at least tasted it.
  • Incest Subtext
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue / Incoming Ham: Parodied:
    Shirley: That's a suicide mission!
    Chang: Did someone say crazy PERSOOOOOON?!
    Everyone: No.
    Chang: Well, I heard it.
  • Insult Backfire: Lampshaded.
    Annie: You don't count, Britta, you don't respond to anything appropriately.
    Britta: Thank you!
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Chang apparently suffers from this.
    Chang: Is it because I'm Korean?
    Shirley: You're Chinese.
    Chang: Like there's a difference.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: Well, more like Sexting Psychosis, but still.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Pierce dials it up this time.
  • Mistaken Message
  • Playing Cyrano: Jeff tries to do this for Britta. It does not go well.
  • Reality Subtext: There's an unfortunate parallel between Pierce's complaints that he's being underutilized and Chevy Chase's own infamous problems with the show. One cannot imagine that having an episode making this obvious comparison helped the situation.
  • Replacement Scrappy / The Other Darrin: An Invoked In-universe example. Pierce's character Drugs from the school play becomes the most popular character, leaving a room-full of middle-schoolers shouting for "Drugs." The gang re-casts Drugs as Chang, so the audience will hate the character.
  • Shout-Out: Abed apparently thought smoking weed just made people paint vans and solve mysteries.
  • That Came Out Wrong:
    Pierce: Don't expect me to visit you at night with a generous spirit again!
    [cue looks of disgust from the rest of the group]
  • What Could Have Been: The episode started off as an attempt to mirror Chevy Chase's tenure on Saturday Night Live. The bee costumes are an allusion to the fistfight between Chase and Bill Murray when the former was a guest host in the second season, which was allegedly broken up by a bee-costumed John Belushi.