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Recap / Community S2 E13: Celebrity Pharmacology 212

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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 huge jerk.
  • 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-schoolers backfires thanks to Pierce's interference. The intermission ends up with a room full of middle-schoolers chanting for drugs. The message gets reconstructed though when Chang takes over.
    • There's also Britta's drug use, before and after she does the play. Her health seems not to suffer seriously throughout the rest of the series. Doubles as a Clueless Aesop.
  • 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 the PA sales announcements at the dildo store beneath her apartment keep her awake.
  • 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 actually 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!
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  • Dirty Kid: Britta's nephew.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: In-Universe. 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 above a dildo store.
  • Friend to All Children: The kids all love Pierce's antics … too bad he's playing Drugs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Happier Home Movie: A not-so-happy version. We see Pierce sit at home watching an old Hawthorne Wipes commercial starring his father, Cornelius Hawthorne. Despite his earlier claims to have been in the commercial, it turns out his father chose a child actor to play the part of his son rather than Pierce.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction:
    Pierce: Come on, Annie. You and I are alike. We're independent. We need each other.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue/Incoming Ham: Parodied:
    Shirley: That's a suicide mission!
    Chang: Did someone say crazy PERSOOOOOON?!
    Everyone else: 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: Are you ignoring me because I'm Korean?
    Shirley: You're Chinese.
    Chang: (sardonically) Oh, there's a difference?
  • Love Letter Lunacy: Well, more like Sexting Psychosis, but still.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Pierce dials it up this time.
  • Never My Fault: Jeff tries to drag Abed into helping him fix his own mistake, despite Abed being against it from the beginning.
  • Playing Cyrano: Jeff tries to do this for Britta. It does not go well.
  • Replacement Scrappy/The Other Darrin: An Invoked In-universe example. Pierce's character Drugs in the school play becomes the most popular character, leaving a roomful of middle-schoolers shouting for "Drugs." The gang recasts Drugs as Chang, to make the audience hate the character. Surprisingly, Chang actually manages to save the play by getting the point across about what drugs actually do to you; make you think they are appealing at first, but are really dangerous, deceitful things.
  • Shout-Out: Abed apparently thought smoking weed just made people paint vans and solve mysteries.
  • Sleep Mask: Annie wears one in the tag.
  • 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.]
  • Toilet Humor: Pierce's farting strikes a chord with the youngsters.
  • Unlikely Hero: Chang, of all people. After Pierce ruined it by making the kids love drugs, He manages to save the show by taking on the role of drugs and demonstrating how drugs create a chemical dependence and no longer seem as appealing as they initially were, once you're addicted to them, which gave the show a much stronger message than it initially had in the original script.
  • Wakeup Makeup: Annie looks just as fresh and cute when woken up in the night as in day time.


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