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Recap / Community S 6 E 10 Basic RV Repair And Palmistry

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During a road trip to unload the latest ridiculous thing that Dean Pelton's bought with Greendale's money, Abed imagines the trip as a flashback-filled feature film.

The Community episode Basic RV Repair & Palmistry provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Ken Jeong is absent from the episode until the last minute before The Tag.
  • Bottle Episode: The majority of the episode was done within the confines of an RV.
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  • Call-Back: The Dean claims that the only "human" among the Study Group is Abed, a reference to "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps", in which Abed was the only one of the group to pass a sanity test.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Played with. The cell phones remain fully charged and have signal throughout the episode. Unfortunately, the only help within hundreds of miles is busy, and charging the phones killed the backup battery for the RV.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The final few minutes of the episode made what was a comical episode into a complete downer.
  • Flashback: Played to hell and back, let's count the ways
    • Played straight: When Abed remembers setting the flashback point during the reunion at Greensdale
    • Subverted: When he starts remembering things that didn't actually happen
    • Discussed and Invoked by Abed, as usual
    • Deconstructed: When Abed is so focused on flashbacks that he makes no contribution to the present problem.
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    • Attempts to Reconstruction by fake remembering suggesting extra thick straps, but ultimately fails since flashbacks aren't time travel
    • Ultimately Inverted, Frankie gets Abed to cooperate by convincing him that the present is actually a flashback.
    • Parodied, which is the combined result of all of the above.
  • Hero of Another Story: After having been absent the entire episode, Chang comes back at the end of the episode, covered in feathers. The camera cuts away as he begins to tell the study group what happened to him.
  • Hope Spot: for a moment there Abed really believed he could change the past through flashbacks.
  • Idiot Ball/Out-of-Character Moment: Considering Abed's knowledge of the tricks and tropes of storytelling, you would expect him to know that the point of a How We Got Here plot is to explain the character's current situation. Instead, he seems to think that it's about the characters travelling back in time to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Jeff wants to be in charge so much that he pretends he knows all about RVs, even though he apparently thinks that you can flood a battery.
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  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Jeff, for once. "Abed, insert dialog here about you dropping the fourth wall schtick." Abed approves.
  • Mood Whiplash: The tag is awfully dark after a happy ending.
  • Never My Fault: The group finally has enough of the Dean refusing to accept any of the blame for his screw ups.
  • Noodle Incident: How Chang got feathered and how did Britta get her black eye?
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown
  • Reality Ensues: Abed tries to secure the hand by having a flashback and adding the memory of using extra thick straps, the dean, however, pointsout that doing it doesn't actually change reality a second before both fall from the RV roof.
  • Road Trip Plot
  • Strangely Arousing: When Britta tries to squeeze between the thumb and the index finger of the giant hand:
    Jeff: What's wrong with me if that's hot?
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Jeff was notably less charming in this episode.
  • The Unreveal: "The reason why I'm covered in feathers is-" cut to The Tag.

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