"Routine Light Check"= hard reboot for the Season? One can hope...
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Jim Rash (the Dean) knocks one out of the park! One of the best episodes of the season. I can't remember which episode held the top spot before hand but Basic Human Anatomy takes its place as numero uno. Jim Rash wrote the episode and not only does it humorously use the Freaky Friday narrative, it also explores the relationship between Britta, Tory, and Abed in an interesting and emotional way. If you haven't seen it, stop reading and watch it. Then come back.
I'll wait, don't worry. I have some things around here to catch up on. .... laundry, etc....
Ok, now that you're fully informed, pretty good episode, right? It is possible that I was influenced by my day. I had just finished a ridiculously long assignment for work and submitted it. Deciding to celebrate, I grabbed a friend, some beers, and a spot on the couch and watched this master piece. But for now, I will stand by my celebration of this episode.
Soon after the beginning of the show, Shirley mentions that Troy and Britta's one year anniversary is coming up. Troy and Britta clearly have no clue that it is and don't really seam to care. Yet another indication that their relationship isn't on firm ground. More troubling, Troy does remember that its been three years since he and Abed watched Freaky Friday. Troy then gives Abed a bunch of Freak Friday theme DVDs. Troy and Abed then go through the classic swicharoo dialogue before characters switch in these movies. I wish i was more like you, your life is so easy, (said together) I wish i could switch bodies with you for just one day! They then spin around as the lights flicker. (janitor is just doing a "routine light check" lol). Disite their efforts, they remain in thier bodies. I feel like if this was an episode from the first three seasons, this gag would have stood separate from the rest of the plot. It would have been funny, random, and been another charming part of the show.
Troy then wakes up then next morning pretending to be Abed. Abed then does the same. Hilarity ensues. In the study room, Jeff realizes that he's not going to get his passing grade until Tory and Abed stop screwing around so he decides to help them find the DVD (which would allow them to switch back). Abed (as Troy) has to go with Britta to dinner and Troy (not Abed) goes with jeff in seach of the DVD.
As Troy and Abed spend time with Jeff and Britta respectively, we continue to see the cracks in Troy and Britta's relationship. Abed reveals to Britta that Troy has been talking to him about how he is worried about their relationship. How they might just be going through the motions. Troy tells Jeff that he is glad he doesn't have to spend dinner with Britta and would much rather be doing this hyjinx. Abed almost breaks up with Britta, only to have Troy come back. They switch bodies and Troy can talk to Britta "in his own body." At this point I thought Jeff had convinced Troy to stay confident in his relationship with Britta and to stay the course, but he breaks up with her instead.
I'm glad their relationship will no longer be a plot point but their break up is a bit unrealistic. We all know
how well break ups go and how often people "stay friends." But Troy breaks up and Britta's ok. Maybe people who are mutually agreeing to break up don't have that angry baggage weighing them down. I've always had a relationship end because of me or the girl breaking up with me which always results in some messy emotions. But Troy and Britta just hug and move on. Like i said, at least its done.
Side note, and an other example of how great of an episode this is was the Dean pretending to switch bodies with Jeff. good stuff.
Hopefully the last two episodes will be as amazing as this one was. It's kind of a crap shoot at this point.
This next episode is going to be Abed demonstrating how the Gang has influenced each others lives before the met. Here are a few picts. They don't reveal too much which could mean they have some funny stuff in store.
Hope you've enjoyed the blog.
See you all soon,
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