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Recap / Community S3 E02: Geography of Global Conflict

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Annie acts pleased when she meets Annie Kim, a fellow student in her political science class and if anything a more determined overachiever. She's less than happy when Other Annie takes her idea of a Greendale model UN and makes it official. Annie responds by forming her own model UN with the biology study group. Their teacher (guest star Martin Starr) approves the idea of a model UN face-off.

Not participating, at least not inside the hall, is Britta. Jealous of an old classmate who's being held as a political prisoner in Syria, she haphazardly sets out to get back in touch with her rabble-rousing roots. Her wish to be a notorious troublemaker dovetails with Chang's desire to be a brutal cop.


The Community episode "Geography of Global Conflict" provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: This episode would seem to set up Annie Kim as a major antagonist to Annie, but she only makes two more brief appearances in the show.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Britta apparently hasn't learned from way back in "Spanish 101" that her particular brand of 'activism' is basically just a flashy means of feeling good about herself.
  • Almost Kiss: Jeff and Annie, during the Held Gaze mentioned below.
  • Alternate Universe: Discussed when Abed decides that there should be a second Earth to go with a second UN and Cligoris runs with it.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Annie Kim.
  • Broken-Window Warning: Britta sends a message with a brick through the window of the campus security office.
  • Buffy Speak: A long example when the other security guard has trouble explaining to Chang (paraphrased) "that thing that comes down and keeps cars out of the parking lot".note 
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  • Captain Obvious
    Britta: This is what the UN is doing to your freedom! I'm your freedom! And I'm in a cage! With the world! Because of them!
  • Chewing the Scenery:
    • Britta's speech, complete with hand gestures.
    • Annie's Big "NO!" and following tantrum.
  • Cue Card Pause: Chang, while reading the note Britta left on a brick she threw through his window, has to pause and rotate the brick to read the far right side of every line.
  • Discriminate and Switch: Pierce, though it doesn't help the situation. He switches from racism to sexism. Then from sexism to racism.
    Pierce: They are ruthless.
    Everybody: What?
    Pierce: What? Not Asians... Women.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Britta and Chang act like they're about to be married but she backs out at the last minute. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Don't Explain The Symbolism: Britta explains every point of the weird visual "cage" metaphor to anyone who will listen.
  • Don't Look at Me!: Annie after her tantrum.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: Annie claims that even if Annie Kim takes the practical victory, the former's committee extending an olive branch to the latter's automatically earns the former this status.
  • Evil Twin: More "jerkass twin" than "evil twin," but Annie Kim still counts. She possesses all of Annie's overachiever nature and obsession with winning, but without any of her humanizing or endearing qualities. Lampshaded, of course, by Jeff.
    Jeff: Wow, Annie, how progressive of you to have a multicultural evil twin.
    Pierce (admiring): An Asian Annie. Obama's America.
  • Floating Advice Reminder: Garrett's head spouting with "Crisis Alert!"
  • Foreshadowing: Chang letting slip that he plans to eventually turn on the Dean and take over the school seems like just another one-off gag... until he does just that in "Course Listing Unavailable."
  • Freak Out!: Annie does NOT want to lose.
  • Friendly Enemy: Annie and Annie at least at first.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Professor Cligoris
  • Growing Up Sucks: Annie is concerned that growing up would ruin the close friendship she and Jeff have.
  • Held Gaze: Between Jeff and Annie during the couch scene where Jeff explains his reasons for being so protective of her and they both realize they need to grow up because their interest in each other doesn't fit the barriers they built for it anymore.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Prof. Cligoris: Ready, set, peace! (shoots gun)
    • The only rational way Prof. Cligoris could solve which is the better model UN was with a UN Battle Royale.
  • I Am Spartacus: Parodied in the "I farted" conclusion, where Jeff was trying to say he actually was the one who farted, only for everyone to do the "Spartacus thing".
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Uruguay not Ur-a-gay.
    • Cligoris says that either CLI-goris or cli-GOR-is are acceptable.
  • Last-Second Word Swap:
    Jeff: My Annie gave this other Annie the idea and this diabolical little b—usybody stabbed her in the back.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: The security officer recapping Britta's trespassing.
    "So let me get this straight. You're bringing her in here for 'making a mess'."
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Professor Cligoris really likes Model UN.
  • Music Video Syndrome: Whenever Britta and Chang butt heads.
  • invokedName's the Same: Georgia. Troy knows it's a country but uses a Southern accent to hilarious results.
    "Backyard barbeque!"
  • Nerd Glasses: Annie Kim wears a classic set. YMMV on whether they're flattering or not, but the fact her character wears them pushes the "bookworm" aspect of Annie further.
  • N-Word Privileges: Britta actually calls the study group "My N-words!" instead of using the word. It's subverted when Troy and Shirley display offense anyway, prompting a hasty apology.
  • Offhand Backhand: Britta gets one in against Chang.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with two Annies.
  • Papa Wolf: Jeff towards Annie, so much. Overlaps with the Ship Tease near the end of the episode, he admits to thinking that playing this role is the only safe way he can express his affection for her.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Cut-ups
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: Britta is called out In-Universe on being one of these by the head of campus security.
  • Rule of Fun: Why Troy speaks with a Southern accent.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Jeff spends a long moment denying that Annie and he are in a relationship to Annie Kim.
  • Ship Tease: Jeff/Annie, but they both realize it's way too creepy considering the whole "Annie is still a kid, but she's growing up" discussion that led up to it.
    • The Foe Yay entry above mentions Britta/Chang.
  • Shout-Out: To Spartacus where everyone claims to have farted.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Annie Kim to Annie; the rest of the study group peg it immediately, despite Annie's protests to the contrary.
  • Spiteful Spit: Britta spits Chang in the face out of contempt.
  • Static Stun Gun: Chang uses a taser to take down Britta when she disrupts the UN competition.
  • Stepford Smiler: Played for laughs; after Annie Kim steals her Model UN idea, Annie's desperate attempts to put on a cheery front and pretend that she's totally cool with this and not absolutely seething with rage prompt her to rant hysterically while insistently maintaining an upbeat tone and generally come across like she's having a nervous breakdown.
  • Take That!: Cligoris deals a pretty harsh hit to the usefulness of the United Nations.
    Cligoris: A logical, effective, common-sense move, Annie Kim. One which flies in the very face of the United Nations itself—a fundamentally symbolic organization founded on the principles of high-minded rhetoric and empty gestures.
    • Jeff makes a similar criticism.
    Jeff: I think the lesson here is clear. A model UN, just like the real UN, quickly falls apart when faced with an actual crisis-(Annie freakout)
    • Britta pouring paint on the globe looks like the Sherwin-Williams "Cover the Earth" logo.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Subverted, and not with the word "bitch," but the same principal applies. When Britta is ranting about wanting to get back down to her activist roots, she discovers that she does not have N-Word Privileges.
    Britta: Maybe my path is a war path that leads to the Terrordome, n-words! (Looks over to Shirley and Troy who are clearly offended.) Okay, maybe I went too far. Maybe I don’t want to offend my African-American friends. But the larger point is, maybe I’m not done raging against the machine!
  • Throwing Off the Disability: When we first see Prof. Cligoris.
  • Unfortunate Name: Cligoris, not that he seems to mind.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Abed attempts to invoke this with his plan to win the UN competition. The trope is lampshaded by Jeff, and then immediately played arrow-straight.
    Jeff: Abed, what did I tell you? You can't just mumble nonsense, no one's cutting away.
    Abed: Okay fine. Here's my actual plan:
    (Scene cuts away)