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Community Episode: "Epidemiology"

Season 2, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: A campus Halloween party takes an unusual turn after Pierce and some students ingest a hazardous substance, which produces zombie-like symptoms in them. Dean Pelton responds to the situation by quarantining the area with the study group inside, forcing them to fend for themselves.
Original Air Date: Oct 28, 2010

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Community Episode Recap: "Epidemiology" Season 2, Episode 6

Community has never been afraid to push the limits of reality and ridiculous. This week, the show has encountered a paintball battle that would give Rambo a run for its money, space (simulated) exploration, a Mafia-like battle over chicken fingers and a drowning at sea — or parking lot sea. As Halloween approaches, they've pushed the envelope even further with an actual pandemic that hits the school and turns every student into zombies!

The annual Halloween party comes to Greendale, forcing me to wonder if the school has more parties and dances or actual classes. Jeff comes dressed as David Beckham, another way for him to show up "accidentally handsome." He is fitted in a $6,000 suit and is holding a soccer ball. Britta dons a frog-looking T-Rex costume, so large and padded with arms so short that she needs Jeff to feed her drinks. Troy and Abed portray characters from Alien (sort of). And Pierce is another heroic figure — Captain Kirk. Shirley has dressed herself as Glinda The Good Witch, though she's constantly mistaken for Miss Piggy. Finally, Annie shows up as Little Red Riding Hood. Cheng enters as Peggy Flemming (not to be confused with Kristi Yamaguchi or Michelle Kwan, because then you're racist). Not to be outdone, the dean is dressed to the nines in a perfect Lady Gaga outfit. Dean Gaga, as I'll describe him, is where the story begins. He cuts costs again by purchasing expired meat from an Army surplus store, which first sickens Pierce and is soon spread by vicious, zombie-esque biting. The first person Pierce gets to is Starburns, and it spreads rapidly from then on out, eventually hitting everyone.

The hero of the story ends up being Troy, who courageously fights through his disease to lower the school temperature to break the fever and save the day.

A few highlights before that dramatic ending:

Cheng and Shirley have sex, further confirmed via a voicemail that Cheng sent Troy just to make sure the news got out. This also adds to the zombie spoof as you would expect two unlikely characters to have sex in what may be their last moments on Earth.

Pierce as Captain Kirk, but more importantly Jeff's comment that "if you get more sweaty and puffy your costume's going to reach new levels of authenticity."

Doctor Rich (from Beginner Pottery) returns! Still hated by Jeff, who brings about another great line once Rich is a zombie — "Rich, just so you know I hate you less now. That's how much I hate your normal self!"

Troy's description of his second costume — "I'm a cool, sexy Dracula. I make love to ladies, and I survive." This is followed by Jeff announcing, "I'm with Troy."

I thoroughly enjoyed the constant thought that this was the end of days, but only because Rich expected the virus to last a year to a year and a half — to 2012!!

The soundtrack was also amazing. Throughout the entire episode, during violent battles of zombies and students and total chaos, Abba's Greatest Hits are playing. That is, of course, when Dean Gaga's voice recorded to-do list is heard. My favorite part of it is when he reminds himself to "add Eat, Pray, Love soundtrack to workout mix" along with "buy 2% milk, not for drinking."

Just before Starburns is bitten by Pierce, he walks down the hall as a pirate asking "who wants to walk my plank" — never subtle.

Troy and Abed make as dramatic an entrance as ever, Troy quickly "saving" two girls from Alien Abed — "Get away from those hotties! You're safe now, but if that thing comes back, I'm gonna need one or both of your numbers." Somehow that didn't work.

This was a great episode and one that Community fans have been waiting all season for. I loved the fighting and biting. I loved the costumes. I loved the Abba soundtrack. I loved George Takei narrating the opening and closing of the show. The best part of George is his little gift to all the Kevins watching as he leaves the following audio: "Hi, Kevin can't come to the phone. He's on a spaceship with me, George Takei. Please leave a message". All you Kevins out there are lucky! If only they could get Donald Sutherland to leave a "Corey" voicemail.

All in all, another great episode of Community. Thoughts? Favorite costumes? One of your favorite spoof episodes?

 

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Community has never been afraid to push the limits of reality and ridiculous. This week, the show has encountered a paintball battle that would give Rambo a run for its money, space (simulated) exploration, a Mafia-like battle over chicken fingers and a drowning at sea — or parking lot sea. As Halloween approaches, they've pushed the envelope even further with an actual pandemic that hits the school and turns every student into zombies!

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