YMMV: Community S2 E11: Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome/Heartwarming: The end, where everyone comes back to beat up Professor Duncan and sing about it.
    "Aaaand... Christmas pterodactyl! Initiate self-destruct." "Don't you think that's a little—" BOOM!
  • Crowning Moment Of Funny: The tag: "Troy and Abed in stop motion!"
  • Designated Villain: Britta mostly, but Duncan too. Granted, he was trying to help Abed for his own purposes, but he was trying to help him. And what Abed was doing isn't healthy.
    • Duncan stops being "designated" about halfway through the episode, when his motivations switch from helping Abed so he can study his condition and possibly secure a publishing deal based on it (motives which are self-interested but more-or-less benevolent) to gaining revenge on Abed dredging up memories of his own unhappy Christmases, where he's clearly motivated by little more than spite.
      • Nonetheless, the episode can be quite uncomfortable regarding the whole thing, since the two people who realize that what Abed's doing is incredibly unhealthy and try to help him (even if it was selfishly in Duncan's case, and he stopped trying to help after having to be reminded of his own unhappy Christmas memories) are cast as the villains, with Britta being a Designated Villain until she learns to accept Abed's delusions.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Duncan becomes more sympathetic once we see how unhappy his own Christmas' were after his dad left.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • A stop-motion episode, co-written by Dino Stamatopoulos.
    • The episode's last scene shows the group watching a Christmas special on TV. In the final shot, the screen on the set goes blank and we briefly see a reflection of the characters in live-action form, signifying that Abed's breakdown has finally ended.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Duncan becomes more sympathetic once we see how unhappy his own Christmas' were after his dad left.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The reason why Abed's searching for the true meaning of Christmas: Every year his mother would visit on December 9th to celebrate Christmas with him and watch Rudolph. This year, she didn't because she has a new family.
    • Abed's song about Britta when he leaves her behind:
      Programmed badly,
      Wires with fraying ends.
      Mad and sadly.
      No faith in herself
      Or friends.
    • Any sympathy gained by it is pretty much negated by his Jerkass behavior at the end of the episode, but Duncan's outburst about his missing father and terrible home life counts.
    • One that doubles as Fridge Brilliance: Of course Pierce is the only one to stay until the end: this is his first Christmas without his mom, too.
  • Villain Has a Point: Everything Duncan says is perfectly true. It's just not a pleasant truth, and it's delivered without any consideration for its effect on Abed's already disturbed mental state. Additionally, it's delivered in a way that reveals Duncan's own self-serving motivations.