In which we learn Pierce’s shocking Eartha Kitt secret…
- Community: Hey, that was pretty good! Turning everyone into a puppet is a pretty decent metaphor for this season of Community: cute, harmless, soft around the edges. But while “Intro to Felt Surrogacy,” by far my favorite post-Harmon episode of the show, was all that, it also told a consistent story with a decent emotional climax that had enough amusing jokes sprinkled throughout to undercut what easily could have been disgustingly saccharine. In other words, thank GOD there was finally an episode ostensibly set around the study room table, the sight of so many of Community‘s finest moments. Plus, the puppets were adorable (and made sense; the gimmick could have felt Tumblr-baity, but we’ve had years of Dean character build-up to accept this is something he would do) and the songs, catchy, even if they were written by Adam Levine.
- Parks and Recreation: Donna smoking a cigar + April baring her wolf teeth + Oren’s resume + Ron drinking “one shelf” of alcohol + RAFI + Harris Wittels and Colton Dunn as two stoners (WILD STALLIONS) who happen to work in Animal Control + Councilmen Jamm and Milton + Ron eating a banana = a great episode.
- The Office: “Stairmageddon,” however,” NOT a great episode. One half was pure goofy slapstick, with Dwight and Clark literally rolling Stanley into a sales pitch, and the other, oh, just one of TV’s (once) greatest couples going to marriage counseling. Jim and Pam are barely even able to look at each other, but haha, that Dwight, always be shootin’ coworkers with deadly weapons. I’m not saying the goofy Stanley stuff couldn’t have worked in a different context; it just shouldn’t have been in the same episode as The Saddest Back Pat a Husband Has Ever Given His Wife ever. Too tonally different.
- Go On: my DVR crapped out and I wasn’t able to watch Go On. Miss anything good?
Ron’s right, bananas are the worst. Unlike GIFs.