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Recap: Community S2 E24: For a Few Paintballs More

Greendale is at war. The school has been all but destroyed by its own students, all playing paintball to win the $100,000 prize offered by Pistol Patty's Ice Creamery. But "Pistol Patty" is really Dean Spreck of City College, who has unleashed this scheme to destroy the Greendale campus and has employed ringers such as the Black Rider and his stormtrooper-esque White Clones — all of whom have been enrolled at Greendale for weeks — to ensure he doesn't have to pay out the prize. The only hope for saving the school is for one of its students to win the prize and donate it to the school, so the Study Group assembles a ragtag bunch of misfit students to fight back, stop Dean Spreck and save Greendale Community College.


The Community episode "For A Few Paintballs More" provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Britta, Shirley and Annie.
  • Actor Allusion: Inverted.
    Jeff: Paint? In sprinklers? Are we The Little Rascals?
    Leonard: I was.
    (He wasn't.)
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Would've been attempted by Troy's squad, had Garrett not gotten stuck in the duct.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Annie's attraction to Han!Abed.
  • Aloof Ally: Abed takes the role of Han Solo so Jeff wouldn't beat him to it.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of the Star Wars model of a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits resisting The Empire.
  • Agree to Disagree: Paradox
  • Armor Piercing Question: 'What took them so long?"
  • Attack Drone: Doubles as a Surveillance Drone.
  • Badass Driver: Shirley. She, essentially, single-handily saves Jeff's plan when it fails.
  • Badass In Charge: Averted. Neither of the self-appointed leaders, Troy and Jeff, manage to shoot a single person with a paintball handgun in either episode of the two-parter, although Jeff might have tagged some with the Tiger gun just before he got shot. Justified in the case of Troy, because he uses his plumbing skills to take out at least ten, and probably more, enemy mooks in one go, and his leadership is never really based on his skill with a blaster. More of a subversion in Jeff's case, because he clearly believes that he's a Badass In Charge and confidently predicts the students' loss as soon as he's out.
  • Batman Gambit: The entirety of the previous episode is revealed to be one of these by Dean Spreck of City College. Spreck sponsored the Spring Fling as "Pistol Patty", and offered the $100,000 cash prize, knowing the students would turn on each other and trash the school, and knowing full and well that the Greendale wouldn't have the money to fix it.
  • Big Bad: Dean Spreck
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shirley. Then, surprisingly Pierce Hawthorne.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Between Annie and Abed no less!
  • Bitter Sweet Ending: Pierce wins the paintball competition and decides to donate the money to repair the school, but he comes to a decision to quit the Study Group.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted, since a nameless student is the first to get taken out by the Stormtroopers (however, Magnitude is the first named character to "die").
    • Technically Chang is the first to be taken out, but since that was in the cliffhanger of the previous episode...
  • Brick Joke:
    • Throughout the first half of the episode, Jeff fights with Troy over leadership of the resistance. The Dean even believes that Jeff will be the one to save the day. Guess who's the first member of the study group who gets eliminated?
    • Early on, Leonard interprets "Hit 'em where it hurts" to mean "Just below their balls." Later, when getting ready to fight, his Battle Cry is "Let's kick some taint."
  • Bullet Time
  • Call Back: Oh boy...
  • The Cameo: Busy Phillips and Dan Byrd from Cougar Town are seen briefly among the extras after Greendale wins. It's a Call Back to the episode where Abed says he was a background extra on the set of that show.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Super-plumbing
  • Collective Groan: Everyone does this when Abed says they've now entered a Star Wars motif.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • "Pop what, Magnitude? Pop WHAT?"
    • Abed didn't understand that no one likes the Star Wars genre shift.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The Dean and Jeff himself believe he is the the hero of the story. Turns out Jeff is the first of the study group to 'die'. Really any of the other members could make a better argument for being the protagonist. The day, however, is saved by Pierce and Shirley, the last two standing.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Magnitude.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Pierce.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Jeff. But, you know, with paint. Pretendsies dropping of bridge.
  • Evil Gloating: A confused Dean Pelton needs Dean Spreck to do this:
    Now, I understand everything! Now your whole evil plan is as clear as day!
    (pause)
    But if you need to explain it to your men I will understand!
  • Famous Last Words: For a given value of 'last words', seeing as it's a paintball competition and no one actually dies:
    • "Pop..." Magnitude
    • "I had a dream it would end this way." Troy
    • "Will you still be Han Solo after we die?" "'Fraid not, doll. Once I'm gone, I'm gone." Annie and Abed
    • "Vickiiiiiiiii!" Vicki
    • "Charge!" Jeff
    • "Eat paint you stormtroopin' City College knob gobblers!" Leonard
    • "We win!" Shirley
  • Fanservice: Take all of the Alison Brie fanservice from the previous episode and combine it with Clothing Damage and being covered in paint.
  • Gatling Good
  • Genre Shift: From Western to "Rebels vs. The Empire", as mentioned above. Lampshaded. (By Abed, of course.)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The shot of City College raising their flag (a tall building flanked by two shorter ones) over the Greendale flag (an anus). It looks like this.
  • The Hero: Jeff and Troy fight over who should assume the role. They both end up being a Decoy Protagonist.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Magnitude
    "Pop... p..."
  • Hollywood Tactics: Jeff's plan to frontally assault a machine gun.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Troy interrupting Jeff's "Greendale on three!" at the count of two, insisting every second counts, only to proclaim "Greendale on two!" and starting the count again.
    • Towards the end, we get this.
    Jeff: They can kill most of us, but as long as nobody gives up, somebody will make it through. Understand?
    Quendra: Yes.
    Jeff: Charge! (gets shot) Well, I'm out. We lost.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The City College Stormtroopers make their kills through sheer weight of numbers (and a conveniently placed Paintball turret) rather than anything approaching accuracy.
  • Ironic Echo: Within the space of ten seconds.
    Stormtrooper 1: [reading from a poster on a door:] "Welcome to Greendale: you're already accepted"?
    Stormtrooper 2: Pfft. Losers.
    [The Stormtroopers get shot through the poster by Annie and Abed.]
    Stormtrooper 1: What the?!
    Annie: Welcome to Greendale.
    Abed: You're already dead.
  • It's Been Done: Annie and everyone else consider the idea of a Star Wars Whole Plot Reference played-out.
  • Jumping on a Paint Grenade: Alas, poor Magnitude, we hardly knew ye.
  • La Résistance: The remains of the Greendale students.
  • The Leader: Troy and Jeff squabble over the role, with Troy as a clear Type III and Jeff lampshading his role as a Type IV.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Vickieeeeee!!!!
  • Les Collaborateurs: Pierce.
  • Mission Briefing: See above picture.
  • More Dakka: See Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy.
  • Near Villain Victory: Thanks to Pierce.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Like the previous episode, the episode title refers to a spaghetti Western. Unlike the previous episode, the actual episode isn't a Western pastiche in the least.
  • No Range Like Point-Blank Range: Pierce shoots the last two White Clones at the end.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Abed and Annie after they've both run out of ammo and are about to be eliminated.
  • Oh Crap:
    Troy: I had a dream it would end this way.
  • Old Soldier: Leonard:
    "Britta, I've been in a few real wars. This one is actually the most terrifying."
  • Only Sane Man: The tag reveals that, for perhaps obvious reasons, the janitor is much less taken with the idea of the paintball war than the rest of the school.
  • Opening Scroll: It's about four sentences long.
    "Let's not draw this out."
  • Operation Blank: Increasing passive aggressive iteration between Jeff and Troy.
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies: Jeff and Troy have two different plans on to how to defeat City College. Annie merges them into one.
    • Golden Mean Fallacy: From the way that both plans develop, it becomes clear that trying to do both renders each too weak to succeed. They only end up succeeding because Pierce is a Magnificent Bastard.
  • Outrun The Shower of Paint: Shirley after pulling the fire alarm.
  • Paintball Episode
  • Playing Possum: Pierce. It's ambiguous whose side he'll be on all episode, and then when he's left alone with a Stormtrooper, "HHNNNNNNNG!"
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: The end of the game.
    Stormtrooper: Who are you?
    Pierce: Your mother's lover. (shoots him)
  • The Quisling: Pierce offers to give any information about Jeff Winger to Dean Spreck in exchange for not being shot. They turn out to be only things that Pierce made up to make Jeff seem gay, and not anything of real tactical value.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The study group and other Greendale students have to band together to fight the City College invasion.
  • Red Shirt Army: Jeff leads this along with Britta and a few recurring characters against the ice cream truck.
  • Remember the New Guy: Paradox, the British student dressed like a hobo who contradicts everybody.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Shirley and Britta each give each other really nasty ones in a deleted scene after Britta catches Shirley trying to 'kill' herself on purpose so that she can go home.
  • Redemption in the Rain: Troy.
  • Reset Button: Unlike the previous paintball story, averted; the tag of the episode features the school janitor looking forward to a long summer of arduously cleaning all the paint away. He is about as thrilled with this as you'd expect.
  • The Reveal: At the start of the episode Pistol Patty is revealed to be Dean Spreck from the rival City College.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Dan Harmon shows up on an admissions poster and is called a loser.
    • At the end of the episode, Britta suggested that they take Anthro 201 next semester, and Abed said it was too risky because 'sequels are always disappointing'. This can both be a reference to the Star Wars franchise, and the episode itself, which was a sequel to a Sequel Episode.
  • Scenery Gorn: They really trashed the school.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Since Spreck is technically sponsoring the event, he makes it so that if someone gets paint on them, they're out rather than just getting hit by a paintball gun.
  • Serious Business: Paintball was already Serious Business at Greendale, but somehow this episode managed to make it even serious-er.
  • Ship Tease: Annie and Abed.
    • Ship Sinking: Only for Abed to promptly shoot it down once he's finished playing the Han Solo role.
  • Shirtless Scene: Much like Jeff in "Modern Warfare", Troy spends the whole episode in a muscle shirt.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Literary Allusion Title: The episode title is taken from For a Few Dollars More.
    • There's the Star Wars Whole Plot Reference, of course...
      • Although it's downplayed; apart from Abed taking on the Han Solo role and forcing the issue, there are actually relatively few direct references to any of the Star Wars movies as everyone else considers the idea hackneyed and played out. The episode as a whole plays out in a more general 'underdog rebels vs. an evil invading empire' way.
    • A subtler Star Wars shout out is the fact that the City College soldiers call each other "White Clones". The Stormtroopers are dressed in white, and are all clones.
    • Also ones to war movies. Britta sees people getting "killed" in slow motion like Saving Private Ryan. Troy poses like Willem Dafoe in Platoon.
    • "Welcome to Greendale. You're already dead".
    • Both Jeff's plan and Troy's refer to the climaxes of films: Troy's is to Constantine (Holy water in the sprinklers killing vampires), and Jeff's is to the classic Western The Wild Bunch (where the climax involves charging a machine-gun nest)
    • Dean Spreck's intercom speech (this page's quote, in fact) is a nod to the female radio DJ from The Warriors who provided both coded messages to New York's gangs and plot summary to the audience, complete with a replicated close shot of the lower half of Spreck's face speaking into a microphone. His cadence is even similar.
  • Skewed Priorities: "Dammit, Shirley! Forget about your newborn baby and focus on the people who need you!"
  • Sore Loser: Jeff does not react well to being the first person eliminated in the final battle, stomping off in a huff immediately after.
  • Special Edition Title: Star Wars themed!
  • There Can Only Be One: The only rule of this year's paintball game.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: How Troy gets taken out.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Vicki was scared to leave the fort in the previous episode. Here, she was the first to charge the ice cream truck.
    • Inverted with Jeff. After winning the first season Paintball Episode, he is next to useless throughout the entire A Fistful of Paintballs/For a Few Paintballs More two-parter. He doesn't unambiguously manage to shoot anyone, and the only possible kills he makes onscreen are in the charge on the gatling gun, where he fires wildly with Chang's automatic paintball gun, and a few mooks get hit. Even then they might have been shot by one of the others.
  • Trash the Set: Whatever didn't get wrecked last episode gets properly destroyed here.
  • The Unfought: Dean Spreck.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Abed makes Starburns give his up.
  • Wham Line:
    Pierce: No thanks, I'm done with you guys.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Star-Burns is shown as part of Troy's team, but vanishes part way through the operation with no explanation due to his 'death' scene being cut.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Pierce calls the group out on their treatment of him.
  • Your Mom: Pierce's Pre Ass Kicking One Liner. See above.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Twice. One during the paintball game, and one at the end of the episode.
  • You Are Already Dead: Almost word-for-word to a couple of City College soldiers.
    Soldier 1: Welcome to Greendale, you're already accepted?
    Soldier 2: (laughs) Losers.
    Annie: (after both have been shot) Welcome to Greendale.
    Abed: You're already dead.

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