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Communication Studies 

Jeff sets out to fix his relationship with Britta after things get awkward with a drunken phone call. Meanwhile, Annie and Shirley make plans to humiliate Señor Chang in order to defend Troy and Pierce's dignity.


Adam Davidson


Dan Harmon (created by), Chris McKenna




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McHale ... Jeff Winger
Gillian Jacobs ... Britta Perry
Danny Pudi ... Abed Nadir
Yvette Nicole Brown ... Shirley Bennett
Alison Brie ... Annie Edison
Donald Glover ... Troy Barnes
Ken Jeong ... Ben Chang
Chevy Chase ... Pierce Hawthorne
Jim Rash ... Dean Pelton
Lauren Stamile ... Professor Michelle Slater
Brandon Soo Hoo ... Abed's Chang
Dino Stamatopoulos ... Star-Burns
Dominik Musiol Dominik Musiol ... Pavel
Ryan Martin ... Abed's Star-Burns
LeJon LeJon ... Abed's Troy (as LeJon Stewart)


Jeff sets out to fix his relationship with Britta after things get awkward with a drunken phone call. Meanwhile, Annie and Shirley make plans to humiliate Señor Chang in order to defend Troy and Pierce's dignity.

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In the beginning of the episode, when Pierce doesn't get a Valentine gift in the study room from the "Cupid Being," he says, "Who cares about getting things? It destroys the true meaning of Valentine's Day; the birth of St. Valentine." In fact, St. Valentine and most Saint's days commemorate the day the Saint died, not their birthday. See more »


Jeff drains his shot glass but after a cut it's half full. See more »


Abed Nadir: I can't remember the name of that girl from Breakfast Club. Mary. Margo. Molly Ringworm. You broke me.
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References Stand by Me (1986) See more »


Greendale is Where I Belong
Performed by Ludwig Göransson
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In honor of "Community"- a review of every episode. (S1;E16- "Communication Studies")

(This is the sixteenth part in an ongoing series, in which I am writing brief reviews of each and every episode of Dan Harmon's beloved cult- comedy "Community." Originally conceived as a response to NBC's cancellation of the series before it was revived for its final season on Yahoo.)

"Community" does Valentine's Day that way only it can in this hilarious and often touching episode. One of my personal favorites of the first season, "Communication Studies" is a tour-de-force of both heart and humor, filled to burst with hilarious gags, a witty and quickly- paced plot and excellent development of the interpersonal relationships of the characters... particularly the often-argumentative and rocky dynamic of Jeff and Britta, who are both afforded beautiful growth in this episode.

I've always been a fan of Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs), and if I was to shameless "ship" any of the characters, it would be them. Their personalities just mesh very well in my opinion, and I always found them to be a complete joy when they work together. It's like watching two sides of the same coin, as both have strong wills to a fault, a bit of an ego problem... but also good hearts beneath it all. A large part of the episode is focused on Britta's embarrassment over leaving Jeff a drunk voicemail, which throws off their in-school dynamic and their friendship, especially as Jeff is actively involved with Professor Slater (Lauren Stamile) at this time. And so, in the amusing A-storyline, Jeff resolves to make things right by getting black-out drunk with Abed (Danny Pudi) in an attempt to leave Britta a drunk voicemail to make her feel less uncomfortable.

At the same time, Pierce (Chevy Chase) and Troy (Donald Glover) are at the center of a laugh-out-loud B-story where they inadvertently incur the wrath of the deliciously zany Professor Ben Chang. (Ken Jeong) When the two students have Valentine's gifts shipped to themselves in Spanish class in order to create the facade that they are "cool" and have girlfriends, Chang sees through this ruse and humiliates them. And subsequently, when it appears the two attempt to prank Chang with a fake letter from Princeton, the crazed professor is quick to call them out, forcing them to make a humiliating move at the upcoming Valentine's Dance, or else they will be failed. While it's more diversion than anything, it's a very charming subplot and supplies plenty of great belly-laughs to help even out the more emotionally turbulent focus that is the center of Jeff and Britta's plot line.

The episode excels thanks to the wonderful charm of the cast and the pitch-perfect writing of Chris McKenna- his first writing credit in the series. McKenna went on to become an invaluable resource to the series as an executive producer, and has continued to develop his craft with a number of high-profile projects in the works. The cast is also at the top of their game here, delivering widely varied but equally compelling performances that cover a variety of emotional impact.

"Communication Studies" easily earns its 10 out of 10 from me. It is easily and without doubt amongst the finest of the beloved first season of "Community."

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11 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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