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Community 2.02 “Accounting for Lawyers” Review

Drew Carey and Rob Corddry guest star as we get a peak into Jeff Winger’s (Joel McHale) old world. Corddry plays Alan Connor, an old colleague from the law firm Jeff was fired from, while Drew Carey plays Ted, Jeff’s old boss.

Alan has been attending Narcotics Anonymous at Greendale College. After bumping into him, Jeff starts to hang out with his ex-colleague. Annie (Alison Brie) recognizes Alan from the NA meetings and recalls Alan mentioning he sent an email to the Bar Association telling them about Jeff’s deception regarding his education.

Jeff’s growth in Accounting for Lawyers is evident as we see how much his character has developed. He often tries to resist things and makes it look like he doesn’t care. The other members of the study group have been a good influence on him. I love McHale in this role, his line delivery, especially when being sarcastic, is great.

It’s a rare occasion that we get to see the group outside Greendale College. They attend Alan’s office party and work together to find proof that Alan was the one who got Jeff fired. Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) are one of my favorite TV duos. On paper you wouldn’t think the two would be friends but they work so well together. It’s one of the great things about this show; no matter which pair of characters you have in a scene, the dynamics work so well that it produces comedy gold.

Troy, Abed and Annie go to Alan’s office to find the email but the guys are caught in the office by the cleaner. Annie and the chloroform is my favorite scene in “Accounting for Lawyers.” Annie has an innocence about her but every now and then she breaks through it – whether intentional or not. Using chloroform on the office cleaner is such an extreme thing to do and that’s part of the reason it is so funny. To do it twice and even prepare to do it a third time, later in the episode, is even more hilarious. It’s one of those scenes that can literally have you in tears, laughing and watching over and over again.

Señor Chang (Ken Jeong) is still trying to join the study group. I’m enjoying the way the character is being used so far this season. You don’t quite know which Chang you’re going to get and it’s a good expansion of the character. With Chang being a student, it gives Jeong a larger presence and I’m happy about it. I’m looking forward to seeing what his next plan is and if he will get the chance to join the study group.

I didn’t think the guest appearances enhanced the episode. The regular cast stole the scenes and in fact the funniest scenes didn’t involve Corddry or Carey at all.

Tune in to Community on Thursdays at 8/7c on NBC. For more information on the show and to watch full episodes online, go to http://www.nbc.com/community.

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