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Recap / Community S1 E13: Investigative Journalism

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The study group is back from winter break and all Jeff wants to do is hangout and relax. This is a problem when another student tries to enter the study group and upsets the current group dynamic. At the same time the Dean is trying to improve the school's newspaper, and ropes Jeff into running it.

The Community episode "Investigative Journalism" provides examples of (YMMV):

  • Acrofatic: When discussing what he'd bring to the group, Buddy says they need a chubby, agile guy. Then he demonstrates his high kick and accidentally hits Jeff in the nose.
  • Actor Allusion: Defied when Buddy talks about being Acrofatic and brings up Paul Blart: Mall Cop rather than, say, Kung Fu Panda.
  • Big "NO!": Jack Black as Buddy lets out a long one when Jeff drags him kicking and screaming out of the study room.
  • The Cameo: Owen Wilson at the end.
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  • Call-Back: Pierce sings the Britta song he cowrote with Vaughn when he interviews for the rival group in the tag. Also Troy and Abed do the Spanish rap
  • The Cast Show Off: When you're paying for Jack Black, not handing him a guitar for a brief musical interlude would be sort of silly.
  • Credits Gag / Quip to Black: Played with, in the sense that the credits are rolled in the middle of a sentence. This lampshades the concept of a new character upsetting the balance of the show.
    Buddy: "I’m sure you guys have a natural rapport and timing, and you’re scared that adding a new member might throw everything off of its natural" — CUT TO TITLE SEQUENCE — "rhythm."
  • Cringe Comedy: Jack Black's usual antics lend this to his scenes.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The Greendale Gazette Journal Mirror.
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  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Parodied, as the first Spanish class of the new semester features a memorial for Señor Chang and a new teacher explaining he had an unfortunate moped accident during the break. Señor Chang then enters the room, dismisses the teacher, saying she was a professional actress to teach the class that "[he] can never die".
  • Failed Attempt at Drama
    Annie to the Dean: The people want the truth. I have to give it to them and I won't let anyone get in my way. (beat) Excuse me. (Dean gets out of the way)
  • Fun T-Shirt: Pierce gets a bunch of what he calls "ironic T-shirts".
  • Godwin's Law: Buddy compares Jeff to Hitler quite early into their dispute.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: Reporter Annie Edison after her Editor tells her to back off the story or risk academic trouble.
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Buddy in-universe, but the show is so meta, it's hard to tell how obnoxious he is in the show's universe.
  • Hypocrite: Pierce in The Tag accuses Troy and Abed of being unloyal to the group by applying for a spot in the cooler group. Then he goes on to do exactly the same.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Jack Black's character, Buddy, tries to come up with ideas for the study group to use. One of his ideas actually lampshades lampshade hanging itself:
    Buddy: I was thinking as a group we could start saying "you go girl", not in a way like "I'm so cool" saying "you go girl" but in a way where we are kind of winking at it?
  • Mud Wrestling: Annie and Britta wrestling while covered in soap suds and wearing cheerleader outfits.
    Buddy: That last one might have been a dream. I sleep in class a lot.
  • Production Throwback: Jack Black plays a character named "Buddy Austen", who shares a last name with Jack Austen, the main character in the TV pilot Heat Vision and Jack (created by Dan Harmon) also played by Jack Black. Also, Owen Wilson, who voiced Heat Vision, makes a cameo appearance in this episode.
  • Reality Subtext: Jack Black's plotline.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Jack Black as Buddy. Apparently he's been in the Spanish class all of last semester. Lampshaded in that none of the main characters remember him.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Buddy reminiscing about Britta and Annie fighting in cheerleader's outfits without bras on. Shortly after, they fall into a kiddie pool full of bubbles.
    • He does admit that he sleeps in class a lot, and that that memory may actually have been a dream.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: In-universe; despite having apparently shared a class with him all of the previous semester, the study group have no idea who he is and are pretty weirded out by him.
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  • Similar Squad: Played with. As it turns out, the Spanish 101 Group was the second study group Buddy was applying to be in. The other group leader implies Buddy doesn't have to apologize for making it into "the better group". Later episodes have yet to show these students as anywhere near as influential or popular as the Spanish/Anthro group (for obvious real-life reasons).
  • Special Guest: Parodied with Jack Black wanting to join the study group after coming back from the mid-season break.
  • Story-Breaker Team-Up
  • Think Nothing of It: Jeff uses this line in a not so heroic situation when Annie thanks him for getting mad at her.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Parodied. Jeff is clearly going for the editor role for selfish reasons, but his managing style is less The Neidermeyer and more Sgt Bilko.


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