Community Season 6, Episode 10 “Basic RV Repair and Palmistry” Review
Apparently all this season of “Community” needed was a big hand and an old, dilapidated RV.
But first: Three weeks earlier.
No study room opening. No study table. Hell, almost no Chang (Ken Jeong). “Basic RV Repair and Palmistry” was both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time, a constant give and take between the show that people are used to, and the show that has been evolving and growing over the last season.
Bottle episodes aren’t new to “Community,” but unlike the other territory the show has retread this season, this time it decided to actually do something new and fresh with the idea. Abed’s (Danny Pudi) fourth wall commentary is nothing new, but having Jeff (Joel McHale) get fed up with it to the point of outright decrying it, is.
Jeff tends to take Harmon’s voice, and while it’s impossible to write this sentence without using the word show (or this review itself), Jeff’s frustration over Abed hit a new tipping point, and one that while probably won’t be an end to Abed’s character as we know it, it could be the mark or reasoning for the change (or toning down) to his wild side that we’ve seen this season.
The show (sorry!) has been struggling all season with what to do with Abed, but at least here he’s given a gimmick that works. It’s always great when the show breaks form and fiddles with itself, and the jumping back and forth gag was a great play on form.
This week was also the group bonding story this season has so desperately needed, and probably the best example yet of the whole group (including the newcomers) bonding together nicely and working off each other quite well. These are the stories that made the study group a true…well, community, and hopefully the types of stories that will knit this new group of vagabonds together.
Ultimately though, it was Abed, and his inability to connect with people, that helped him connect with the Dean and save the day. (It was also Abed who had to stop Annie (Alison Brie) and Frankie (Paget Brewster) from being crazy earlier in the episode as well). Abed pulled it out in the end(even if he needed Frankie’s help), with a speech about the power of holding and letting go. And it’s hard not to read that as an overall metaphor for this season: Fans have held on to “Community” so strongly, that even after it was cancelled, it wasn’t let go. Harmon wasn’t able to let the series go and came back after leaving, but eventually, at some point, the show will have to let go. Everybody will have to let go of “Community.”
It wasn’t a perfect episode, but it’s one of the better entries this season, and just had the feel-good resolution that’s hard to decry. There was a soft but sure heart here, with a “Community” twist, and that’s something worth holding on to.
Notes & Quotes
-Is this really how RV (or car) batteries work?
-“I’m pretty sure the answer is no.”
-“I wonder what they are talking about.” “God who knows, they are sealed off behind this soundproof vinyl.”
-“Darn it i want to hijack this RV but I’m foiled but its impenetrable post-2001 security measures.”
-“I’m yelling even louder so you have to stop.”
-“We’re all gonna die.”
-“I’d like to establish this moment…”
-“Insert dialog here about you dropping the 4th wall shtick.”
-“It’s just sitting there in Memorial’s Day’s Shadow like a military Hanukkah.”
-“Season two you mean?”
-“Can I ask that it not be a show about you saying its a show because…dumb.”
-“Most conventional weapons don’t require electricity”
-“Are you going to eat me first?”
-I’m an adult, and you can’t make me not cry>”
-I can’t cry anymore unless someone brings me a Pedialyte?
-lol, people chess
-“That’s a really stupid question Annie. Obviously something fell off the roof, the question is what.”
-“What’s wrong with me if that’s hot?”
-“And I had to Christopher Nolan it.”
-“I’m space elder Britta…what are you guys talking about?”
-I almost thought they killed off the Dean, and Rash tweeted that there was actually discussion about it.
-Up next: More paintball. I’m very, very hesitant to them returning to pinball again, but the spy thing just might work. Also interesting that there’s two episodes up after paintball. Curious…curious.