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‘Analysis Of Cork-Based Networking’

This week’s episode recap comes in the wake of some sad news for Community fans: the show has been cancelled.

That’s right, the bigwigs at NBC who apparently think they know what the mindless consumer wants have pulled the plug on this epic show, leaving fans sobbing in dismay.

The only glimmer of light in this hellish nightmare is that we still have the rest of season 5 to go (they had better make it a good one) and therefore we have a duty to savour each episode from here on out, starting with this week’s one.

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We begin tonight’s episode with Annie jumping to the helm of the rapidly sinking ship that is Greendale Community College, in an attempt to steer them towards greater success.

In perfect OCD fashion, Annie holds a committee meeting to dish out the various jobs that need doing as part of the organisation of the mid-term dance and Buzz Hickie gets lumbered with putting up a cork bulletin board which is harder than it looks.

In an Abed-esque meta move, Game of Thrones is the newest obsession in the group (although it is renamed Bloodlines of Conquest for the sake of copyright disputes) and Britta is determined to ruin the series for Abed. Although he goes to some extraordinary measure to avoid spoilers including some ear-defenders, it leads him to meet a beautiful, funny deaf woman who appears perfect for him, for whom he learns sign language but who ultimately breaks his heart.

While Britta is trying to destroy Abed and the rest of the study group are guilty of a giant insensitive cock-up in their choice of dance theme, Annie takes on the challenge of the bulletin board and learns the politics of the college staff and the real price of bribes.

And for the first time, sarcastic, cynical Buzz Hickie shows his more human side as he and Annie learn so much from each other, and he proves to be a significant upgrade from Pierce Hawthorne as the role of grumpy old man in the study group.

It appears this season of Community has settled into its flow, it’s just a shame NBC cannot see what we see.

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