Air Date: Thursday December 2, 2010 | Grade: B+
Everyone hits the bar in celebration of Troy’s (Donald Glover) 21st birthday after they realize he’s actually a year older than he thought. It’s good that the writers mix things up a bit by taking them off campus. It freshens things up but also explores how they function outside of their comfort zone.
Britta, Jeff and Troy find Shirley's picture
When I first heard about this storyline, I wondered how they were going to work around Troy being a Jehovah’s Witness. Avoiding the words “Happy Birthday” on his cake and only singing the last two words of the Happy Birthday song, is a nice touch in acknowledging that he doesn’t celebrate birthdays. One of the great things about this show is its diversity and how the writers embrace it.
We get to learn a little bit more about Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown). She’s a regular at the bar and spends most of the night taking down pictures of herself. This gives a little more insight into her character. It isn’t mentioned why she became a frequent drinker at the bar but learning about this other side to Shirley opens up a window of opportunity. Will any of the gang ask her about it; will we ever learn anymore; and does it have anything to do with her ex-husband? Despite the serious reason behind her past drinking, the photos of her are hilarious and so is the bar’s use of them: “If you look like this, call a cab.”
Robert and Abed talking about Farscape
There’s so much that can be read into Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Jeff (Joel McHale) kissing but it definitely reopens the door to the triangle. Regardless of the two being drunk, there’s no denying there are unresolved issues between them. Throw in Annie’s (Alison Brie) more than convincing act in “Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design” and you have a brewing situation waiting to boil over.
One of my favorite scenes involves Abed (Danny Pudi) finding a kindred spirit – a fellow Farscape fan, Robert (Paul F. Tompkins). The dialogue leading up to Robert throwing a drink in Abed’s face makes me laugh every time I hear it.
Other funny moments
Pierce (Chevy Chase) is still in a wheelchair, following his accident in “Aerodynamics of Gender,” and the joke still manages to remain funny. He spends the whole evening unsuccessfully trying to guide himself into the bar.
Making Pierce believe he forgot the birthday party they pretended to throw him.
Annie’s fake story and accent to fit with her fake ID.
The doorman asking Pierce for ID and also stopping Britta to check hers.
Community continues to make me laugh every week. Though parts of “Mixology Certification” aren’t as strong as previous episodes, there are still enough jokes to keep me entertained.
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Originally written for The Voice of TV.