‘Community’: Can Greendale Human Beings Avoid ‘Eating Fresh’? (Recap)

Has the Save Greendale committee accomplished too much for its own good?


Call it a fast food fix!

Greendale Community College — once ranked America’s number two commuter school by GreendaleCommunityCollege.com — has been sold to Subway and the Save Greendale committee is no more. For now.

Last night’s episode of COMMUNITY was part 1 of the two part season (series?) finale of NBC’s cult comedy.

Here’s what went down…


Everyone’s convinced that there aren’t any stories left worth telling, that is, except for Abed (Danny Pudi). The Save Greendale committee has completed every task they’ve set out to accomplish, and the hijinks previously ensued appear to be distant memories for our former study group and their new acquaintances. Abed spends plenty of time searching for a story, even attempting to create a handful of his own, but by the end of last night’s episode, two significant story lines were unleashed. First, Greendale was sold to Subway, leaving everyone ––– especially Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) ––– to wonder what life will be like outside the confines of what Jeff (Joel McHale) once called a college-shaped toilet. Later on, Abed, Annie (Alison Brie) and Pelton came upon a secret that could save Greendale from a wrath of overzealous product placement. Could there really be buried treasure hidden deep beneath the school?

My Two Cents: Whatever happens in next week’s season finale will surely save Greendale from its Subway overlords, at least for 13 more episodes. If “Basic Story” proved anything, it’s that Abed, Annie and Pelton’s journeys are not yet over. The pieces might be in place to conclude Jeff and Britta’s (Gillian Jacobs) individual narratives, but Dan Harmon and company clearly need more time to flesh out what lies ahead for Greendale’s supporting players. Speaking of which, let’s not forget about Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown). If she’s had anything at all to do in season five, it hasn’t been significant enough to warrant recollection.


Realizing their professional lives had taken them about as far as they were going to get, Jeff and Britta were left reminiscing about the formation of their misfit study group, and what brought them together in the first place. What resulted from their reminiscing was an impromptu wedding proposal, one which Britta agreed to with a less-than-enthused “okay, yeah.”

My Two Cents: Five years ago, the study group “went in on one end as real people” and came out “the other end as mixed up cartoons,” and season five was all about re-grounding the Greendale 7, forcing each character to face reality. For some, that meant taking their journey elsewhere (Troy); for others, the choice was not theirs to make (R.I.P. Pierce).

After making Jeff a complete and total ass, and dumbing down Britta to a point of almost no return, Harmon made it a priority to dig these characters out from the wreckage created before and during his absence. Harmon has always leaned away from letting romance drive the show in any one direction, and there’s no reason to believe he’s about to start now, so it’ll be interesting to see how this plot proceeds. It’s already more entertaining than Troy and Britta’s relationship ever was.

COMMUNITY airs Thursdays at 8:00 PM on NBC.

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Ryan Schwartz

Ryan Schwartz

Contributing Editor at TheTVPage.com
Ryan Schwartz is a New York-based television critic and founder of RyanTalksTV.com. He is a fourth year journalism student at Hunter College.In 2011, Ryan quickly became one of Posterous’ biggest success stories, becoming a featured writer for the micro-blogging website at the age of 18. The following year, he joined the writing staff of Voice of TV where he contributed features on Louis C.K., Matthew Perry, Jim Rash and Jeff Eastin. He's currently a contributor for The TV Addict.
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