COMMUNITY “The Psychology of Letting Go” Review

Community (NBC) "The Psychology of Letting Go"

COMMUNITY “The Psychology of Letting Go” Season 2 Episode 3 – The gang faces their mortality when Pierce’s mother dies and Jeff learns he has high cholesterol in the “The Psychology of Letting Go” episode of COMMUNITY. Meanwhile, Britta and Annie face off and Abed is in his own world for the episode.

It’s apparently religion week on television: Glee, Modern Family, and now Community. While Troy is upset about Pierce’s mom’s death since he found her body and all, Pierce believes she has been vaporized and is now in a lava lamp. “Do people in your religion ever take liquid form, like the children in ‘The Abyss’ or children’s Tylenol?” I’m with Pierce’s mom re: death, but Jeff really is only focused on his own cholesterol issues and not Pierce (“You’re worshipping yourself and now that your god has high cholesterol, you’re trying to kick Pierce’s in the balls.”), so I’m glad he and Troy finally let Pierce believe what he wants–that’s about as good a freedom of religion message as you can get.

Community‘s ratings are hurting, so I guess the women wrestling in oil was inevitable. “Now this is why I came to America.” Yes, Britta and Annie, men are even grosser. How much money were those guys throwing, anyway? Hopefully enough to save the pelicans Britta wuvs. Nice that Britta and Annie finally (I hope) put the Jeff thing behind them and I like how Annie drops little hints about her past. Now we know she wore a back brace. Hmm. I wish there were more Shirley tonight, but her jealousy is fun to watch and “Yeah, you’re both so different. Skinny bitches” rocks my world.

I’m so glad John Oliver is back as Professor Duncan. “Why don’t we open that up to the floor, since I don’t know and a book for this class is expensive.” Of course when there’s incentive, he can pull 40 minutes of anesthesiology out of his ass. Of course he also tortures Chang. “Hold on–I need to use my force field to prevent Chang from getting food.” I’ve been getting worried about Chang and his constant humiliation, so thank goodness he seems to be getting his mojo back at the end of the episode. “Mutually assured destruction. Well played, Chang.”

Talk about the cycle of life–I love that Abed spends most of the episode in the background with a pregnant woman: listening to her belly, getting chased by the baby’s dad, and finally delivering the baby. We even get to see the happy family (nice recovery, new mom!) while Abed says he hasn’t been up to much. Well played, show.

The oil spill model uses a Wilde Oil barrel and the end tag with Betty White explaining Inception is awesome. It’s those touches that make Community special. Plus they have Patton Oswalt telling us that “those paps aren’t going to smear themselves” and Troy’s eyes lighting up while he says “I wanna touch a ghost!” I really can’t ask for much more than that.

What were your favorite bits in “The Psychology of Letting Go?”

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