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Community Episode: "The Psychology of Letting Go"

Season 2, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: The group rally around Pierce to offer comfort when his mother dies. Elsewhere, an out-of-his-element Professor Duncan takes the helm of Anthropology 101 after Professor Bauer takes a leave of absence.
Original Air Date: Oct 7, 2010
Guest Cast Betty White: June Bauer
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Season 2, Episode 3
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Aired: 10/7/2010
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Community Episode Recap: "The Psychology of Letting Go" Season 2, Episode 3

As Annie and Britta attempt to raise money for the oil spill, Jeff has just come from giving blood. As he puts it, even a Ferrari needs a tune-up. But all of this is over-shadowed by Troy seeing a dead body — Pierce's mother. Fortunately (right?), Pierce sees her as alive through his Buddhist journey (she is also a Level 5 Laser Lotus).

I would like to begin my viewing of Scene 2 by pointing out that Annie and Britta seem to be wearing the same t-shirt. I hope this plays into our story or the Community writers are just messing with me. Anyway, as the group attempts to convince Jeff that a memorial service of sorts is necessary, he reminds them of how he respects everyone's religious beliefs, even Pierce's. As he puts it, "Can't everyone just be cool like me?"

Off to Anthropology class we go, and would it not begin better than with Ian Duncan taking over teaching duties and Chang rocking his way in to class to defend his honor? Boom! Chang comes equipped with a 25-foot restraining order (against himself). Of course, he sees this as an advantage until he's forced out of the class, later on, as Duncan makes his way towards Chang's desk.

Back to Britta and Annie's attempt to focus on the oil spill and, finally, I realize their t-shirts read "Help The Gulf" — plain and simple and to the point — got me. Britta soon attacks Annie for using the "cute school girl routine" to make more money than her.

Jeff, when receiving his blood results (from Patton Oswalt of all people), finds out that he has a cholesterol problem. Not a big deal to most, but Jeff has just found out he is not the perfect specimen he thought he was. To the egg whites it is! Jeff soon compares his own medical dilemma to Pierce's conviction that his mother is alive through vaporized means. Or liquid form, as Abed suggests (which, according to scriptures, tastes like Hawaiian Punch). Jeff explains to Duncan that he has spent the majority of his years depriving himself from donuts and other cholesterol-raising foods to live longer and now it doesn't even matter. Death seems to be all around the group this week.

Side note — Duncan uses a sweet force shield against Chang to the point where he can't even eat in the cafeteria. Nice job, Duncan (even though I'm a big Chang fan)

Jeff, still dealing with the troubles of life and cholesterol, decides to take Troy and Pierce on a trip to "get ice cream," or to the morgue to truly see Pierce's mother's body. He explains this to Britta and Annie as they continue to argue each other's attempt to help the oil spill — quickly concluded by them beginning to fight and knock over their entire mock-oil spill entirely. This leads to an oil-covered fight comparable to one we witnessed in a Season 1 dream sequence between the two.

En route to the ice cream store (as Jeff sold it), Pierce finds a CD from his mother explaining the true way everyone dies, filling life with all you can and fixing mistakes of the past. In the end, Jeff realizes that it's best to let Pierce believe what he wants and does take them to an ice cream parlor after all. Annie and Britta also learn their lesson. As we all learn in this week's episode, you can't live forever and you have to enjoy what you have, which they all do.

Another great episode yet, in my mind, there wasn't enough Abed. Do you agree? Although concluding the episode with Betty White explaining Inception to a tribe somewhere didn't hurt though!

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As Annie and Britta attempt to raise money for the oil spill, Jeff has just come from giving blood. As he puts it, even a Ferrari needs a tune-up. But all of this is over-shadowed by Troy seeing a dead body — Pierce's mother. Fortunately (right?), Pierce sees her as alive through his Buddhist journey (she is also a Level 5 Laser Lotus).

I would like to begin my viewing of Scene 2 by pointing out that Annie and Britta seem to be wearing the same t-shirt. I hope this plays into our story or the Community writers are just messing with me. Anyway, as the group attempts to convince Jeff that a memorial service of sorts is necessary, he reminds them of how he respects everyone's religious beliefs, even Pierce's. As he puts it, "Can't everyone just be cool like me?"

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