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Ass Crack Bandit

     Basic Intergluteal Numismatics  
Director: Tristram ShapeeroWriter: Erik Sommers — Aired: January 9, 2014 — Season: Five — Number: Three
Summary: A campus investigation into a serial bandit leads to a surprising confession Jeff finds suspicious.


PlotEdit

Quote
A camera in the bathroom is better than a quarter in your butt.
EndQuote
— Troy


In the Greendale cafeteria, a ribbon cutting ceremony is being held for the reopening of "Shirley's Sandwiches". Shirley introduces her sons who sing a song for the occasion. Elsewhere in the hallways, Garrett struggles to open his locker and drops several folders. He bends down to pick them up only to be assaulted by a hooded figure who drops a quarter down Garrett's exposed derrière . After recovering from the attack, Garrett runs to the cafeteria and proclaims that the "Ass Crack Bandit" is back. The next day Dean Pelton holds a press conference and publicly denies that the campus menace has returned. However, in private Pelton confides to the Save Greendale Committee he received a note from someone claiming to be the bandit.



5X3 The bandit returns
And so it begins...
Pelton introduces the recently returned Professor Ian Duncan with whom he tasks with creating a psychological profile of the culprit. Later, Annie goes to Jeff's office and theorizes that the bandit is a teacher. She asks for his help but he refuses unconcerned about the current crisis. Back in the study room, Troy notices a teddy bear on the ground. As he stoops down to pick it up, the Ass Crack Bandit strikes again. Afterwards, Buzz Hickey's criminology class inspects the study room for clues. Annie finds a note hidden inside the teddy bear taunting the investigators. When she again suggests the bandit is a teacher, Pelton officially removes her from the investigation. Jeff finds a dejected Annie in the student lounge and finally offers to help.



5X3 Duncan returns
Ian Duncan returns to help find the Ass Crack Bandit
Pelton bans coins at school in response to the assaults as others like Leonard and Shirley use the new policy to make a profit. The campus atmosphere vacillates between fear and admiration of the Bandit. Chang volunteers to be bait to catch the perpetrator by wearing a specially designed backwards costume. Meanwhile, Jeff and Annie are doing their own investigation analyzing the content of the bandits note. When Jeff notices several lyrical references to Dave Matthews Band songs Annie researches Facebook to compile a list of eight faculty members who are fans of the group. In the cafeteria, Troy speaks at a students assembly advocating Dean Pelton's latest plan to put cameras in all the bathrooms.



5X3 ACB fan
An Ass Crack Bandit fan
As the assembly continues, Vicki is assaulted by the bandit who is under the stands. Later, Annie and Jeff meet after each eliminating a teacher from their suspects. They approach the next candidate Professor Bublitz who bolts when they attempt to question him. While pursuing him, they knock over several shelves until they corner him in the back of the lab. However, they discover he was only attempting to escape because he was growing a cannabis sativa plant. Pelton bursts in with news of the latest crackings but stops when he sees the destruction left in the wake of the chase. In his office, Pelton reprimands Jeff and Annie for thier actions and suggests they are just investigating to spend time with each other. As punishment he suspends Annie and makes Jeff the new water polo head coach.



5X3 Vicki gets cracked
"I've been cracked!"
It's then that Pelton receives a call from the Bandit who taunts him as Jeff and Annie listen in on another phone. When the call ends, they track the extension that was used to the campus stables and discover somebody has been living there. They see a figure emerging from the shadows who flees when he sees the trio. They give chase and find Star-Burns failing to escape in a cart attached to cats. Afterwards another press conference is held where , Pelton announceS Star-Burns confessed to the crimes. He then invites everyone to a dance later to celebrate the capture. Jeff storms out of the media circus with Annie following him. He argues that Star-Burns can't be the bandit since he's not a teacher but Annie is satisfied to just put the whole thing behind her. She also suggests that the Dean may have been right about their relationship and implores him to let both issues drop.



Star-Buns tries to make his get away
Star-Burns tries to make his get away
At the dance, Jeff looks on as Star-Burns is caged in the middle of the cafeteria as students pelt him with coins. Meanwhile, Annie sees Professor Duncan in his office and asks why he isn't at the dance. She is wary when Duncan reveals himself to be a huge Dave Matthews Band fan after the campus radio station plays one of their songs. Back in the cafeteria, Star-Burns hears the song as well but when he doesn't recognize it Jeff realizes he is innocent. He gets Star-Burns to admit that he made a deal with Pelton to confess in exchange for him dropping the meth charges. Back in Duncan's office, Annie becomes alarmed after noticing a roll of quarters on his filing cabinet. When she tries to leave she drops her keys. Without turning her back on Duncan, she awkwardly picks them up with her foot and runs off to find Jeff. At the same time, Jeff discovers a laptop connected to the school's automated switchboard which has a recording of the bandit's phone call to the Dean. Annie then arrives and tells Jeff her suspicions about Duncan. They try to locate him but the smoky and crowded hallways makes this difficult.



5X3 Star-Burns caged
An innocent man?
Duncan also enters the hallways but bends over to tie his shoelace and falls prey to the ACB. Hearing that Duncan get "cracked", they spot the bandit fleeing around a corner. As they make the turn they are stopped by Shirley with some startling news: Pierce is dead. Rather than continuing after the bandit, they meet with the rest of the study group to comfort each other. As they exit the Library the next morning, Jeff and Annie muse on the unpredictability of life and rue the missed opportunity to apprehend the bandit. The two share a hug and Annie heads home and as she walks away, Jeff assures her they will have another chance to catch him. Annie jokingly suggests the ACB might be female which makes them both pause. A montage then plays out featuring a few possible suspects: Britta who is writing a paper on the bandit; Abed who is expertly rolling a quarter on his fingers; Shirley who is shown to have profited much from the incident; Professor Hickey who studies a newspaper clipping of a serial killer who was never caught; a suspicious looking cafeteria worker; and Dean Pelton with his assistant Rhonda playing a drinking game with quarters. Jeff and Annie briefly consider each other before waving goodbye.



5X3 Goodbye Pierce
The investigation is derailed by something more important


5x03-Ass Crack Bandit results caption

End TagEdit

Star-Burns promotes his cat car idea as an environmentally friendly form of transportation in a crowdfunding promo video.


Recurring themesEdit

ContinuityEdit

  • Previously:
  • Returning students: Star-Burns makes his return in this episode after having faked his death in the Season Three episode "Basic Lupine Urology". Garrett appears and loudly warns the other students about the "Ass Crack Bandit". Vicki makes her first appearance of Season Five. Leonard and Neil also make appearances.
  • Googly eyes:
    • Dean Pelton and even the Ass Crack Bandit comment on the nature of Jeff and Annie's relationship.
    • Professor Duncan makes several advances on Britta.
    • Jeff talks about how holding Annie's shoulders is normal, and does it to Leonard to prove his point, in which case Leonard tries to kiss him. Later, Annie confronts Jeff about the Ass Crack Bandit being Duncan, while grabbing Jeff's shoulders. Jeff smiles at this contact. They later hug for a lengthy time, away from the others after finding out about Pierce's death.
  • Returning faculty: Ian Duncan returns after a long absence from the show. He was last seen in the Season Two episode "Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts".
  • School supplies: The Radio flyer red wagon that Star-Burns uses for his cat chariot is the same one used in the Puppy Parade from the Season Two episode end tag of "Cooperative Calligraphy"
  • School song: The song "Ass Crack Bandit" is heard early on in the episode and then later at the end. It was written for the episode by Ben Folds, who has a brief part in the episode as Professor Bublitz.

Running gagsEdit

  • Butt stuff: Troy is victimized by the "Ass Crack Bandit".
  • A dollop of whipped irony: Pelton calls Jeff and Annie unprofessional and creepy due to them teaming up only to sublimate romantic urges they have in acceptable ways. He then does something creepy and unprofessional by forcing Jeff to become the new water polo coach with Pelton stating he will be his assistant coach.
  • It's a mixer, it's a mixer: Dean Pelton suggests, “Abed, you're special. Can't you just stand at the scene of the crime and see what happened?”
  • Man crush: Dean Pelton makes Jeff coach of the water polo team with plans to be Jeff's assistant coach.

Pop culture referencesEdit

  • TV guide: Abed's DVR shows that he recorded popular shows such as The Bridge and Hannibal.
  • Name that tune:
  • Shout out: Not being a “real fan” Star-Burns mistakes the epithet "Dave" for David Lee Roth.

Meta referencesEdit

  • Use your allusion: "Numismatics" is the study or collection of currency including paper money and coins. "Intergluteal" means something inbetween the muscles which make up the buttocks. The episode title , "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics", refers directly to the Ass Crack Bandit's M.O. which is to drop quarters into the space separating the two major muscles of his victims gluteal region.
  • Homage: This episode pays homage to numerous genres of film as well as specific movies and TV shows.
    • Much of the episode strongly parallels the 2007 film Zodiac, which follows a political cartoonist who becomes obsessed with identifying a serial killer in the San Francisco area.
    • The opening credits is a homage to the 2002 adaptation of Red Dragon.
    • Several scenes, most notably Troy's cracking, evoke moments from slasher films such as Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
    • When Annie and Jeff analyze the letters left by the ACB, the radio on Jeff's desk begins playing J. S. Bach's "Air" from Suite No. 3 in D Major.  This is a reference to the 1995 film Se7en when Morgan Freeman's character, Det. Somerset, does lengthy research on the seven deadly sins in a library to catch a serial killer, during which the same music is played. Jeff and Annie, however, only play it for a few seconds before finishing their research and turning off the radio.
    • Troy's confrontation with Star-Burns at the press conference is similar to a scene in Jaws where the mother of a shark victim slaps Police Chief Brody after learning he didn't close the beaches after an earlier attack.
  • Up against a wall: Ian Duncan explains his long absence from the school by saying he had to care for his sick mother.
  • Parody:
    • Abed repeatedly drapes a blanket around Troy's shoulders and hands him a styrofoam cup before saying, "This is how they comfort victims in movies."
    • Professor Duncan's and Britta's analysis of the bandit poke fun at the sometimes scattershot nature of criminal profiling.
    • Abed's speech at the scene of the crime mimics many fictitious criminal profilers, such as Will Graham, and is also a critique of formulaic procedural/crime drama TV shows.

ReceptionEdit

Critical reactionEdit


Reviews:
Basic Intergluteal Numismatics” is a stirring paean to the everlasting humor of the word “butts.” (B+)Todd van der Werff
As a parody of serial killer thrillers like "Zodiac," I thought it worked very well. The best "Community" parody episodes, though, function both as loving tribute to a particular genre and as a character study of one or more members of the study group; it was less successful on that front.Alan Sepinwall
"Dark," by the way, is a literal thing in this "Community" episode. With a blue filter on the camera and a whole bunch of mood lighting, the show takes on a new identity. This makes sense though. When a criminal is sticking coins where the sun don't shine, there can be no true sunshine for anyone.Laurel Brown
Season 5’s first focused “parody” episode was a standout installment of Community. The Seven/Fincher homages were terrific and hysterical and this will likely be one of the most quoted Community episodes ever among fans, with one awesome line after another...(9.5/10)Eric Goldman
The Community writers are NEARLY there, but they’re still hesitant when it comes to completely committing to or developing the show’s romantic element. And whether you ship Jeff/Annie or Duncan/Britta or Troy/Abed for all I know, this unsatisfaction, this not-quite-there element WILL leave a tiny, gerbil-sized void in the series as a whole.Jennifer Marie
Basic Intergluteal Numismatics" was a VERY funny episode of Community, and what more can you ask for?Tim Surette
Though parody episodes have been a TV staple for longer than anyone reading this has probably been alive, no one executes them with the fervor and all-around excellence of Community. Those same qualities that sometimes work against the show - that obsession with detail, that willingness to reach conceptually far beyond where any sane TV writer would go - pay off wildly during these kinds of installments. (4.9/5)Gabrielle Moss
It’s lucky I’m easily amused by jokes about the buttocks because quite a lot of this episode rides on them. For people unlike me, I could see this episode being a completely alienating experience—Community finally managing to too heavily indulge in its immature side. But to you I say: have you no heart? Or at least no place in your heart for butts?
Not to say “Basic Intergluteal Numismatics” isn’t a funny or enjoyable episode of Community, but there’s so many homages and stories crammed into the final ten minutes, there isn’t enough time for anything to breathe – and ultimately, buries two-thirds of the cast in the background for the entire episode, with nothing to hang its hat on besides its butt jokes and tired Jeff/Annie material.Randy Dankievitch
Despite the dark and serious nature of "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics" it is still very funny.Jerome Wetzel
What continues to please me about Community after so many years, after all the acknowledged and well worn ups and downs, is that when the show just goes right down the pop culture rabbit hole, and I mean really burrows deep and just owns it and has fun, it goes to a place of such joy, a special place for us die hard fans, the ones who held on.Ben Umstead
Although it’s odd to get something this stylized this early in the season, concept episodes are what Community does well. (8/10)Sarah Shachat
Still, while “Numismatics” ended up being a big old mess, at least it was Community, with strange jokes and references and more ideas than it could keep track of, rather than the undead beast that called itself by the same name last season...(6.7/10)Sean Gandert
It’s thrilling (to see Annie and Jeff together again), scandalous (the underuse of the rest of the cast) and at times downright scary (DON’T TOUCH THE BEAR TROY) but most importantly it’s Community done right and that’s something everyone can enjoy...(B+)Jon Bowling
It’s the juxtaposition that sells it—the decision to partner what might be the single silliest plotline in Community history with a parody of one of the most decidedly not silly filmmakers in Hollywood, the dour David Fincher...(7.7/10)Matthew Guerruckey
The best concept episodes tie flawlessly into either a character arc or character dissection (see "Critical Film Studies" or "Pillows and Blankets"). This one doesn't quite achieve that level of perfection, but it certainly honors the genre with highly detailed and highly entertaining confidenceDerek B. Gayle
An amazing return to form by Community with a concept noir episode that is sure to be a classic. The only stain on an otherwise fantastic episode was a narrative shift in gear at the climax...(9.5/10)Jared Russo
Otherwise, a solid episode that makes good use of Greendale's expansive supporting cast and earns lots of laughs from their more random character attributes. And ultimately it might inspire someone to see Fincher's Zodiac (which is his best film but also the lowest grossing), so it's a winner in my book.Brian Collins
“Basic Intergluteal Numismastics” is the perfect blend of everything we love about the show: it’s got humor and loads of heart adorned with loving and clever metatextual references to television and film.Britt Hayes

RatingsEdit

According to Zap2it.com, the episode was watched by 3.58 million viewers placing second in its timeslot behind The Big Bang Theory and seventh overall for the night. In the 18-49 age range it garnered a rating/share of 1.4/4.; this is an increase from the Season premiere which received an 18-49 rating/share of 1.3/4. viewers and ratings from the season premiere. The ratings were also an improvement up from the 3.49 million who tuned in the previous week.

QuotesEdit

Ass Crack bandit quotesEdit

I am the Ass Crack Bandit. Humans make better banks than piggies. Whenever I get more change at the store I can't wait to drop it down your butts. I think I will go to the bank and get so much change and take all my dollars and make them into change and drop it all down there.ACB letter
I hope you enjoyed my work again. You can't stop me because what are you going to do, not have butts?ACB Note#1
I am the mad hatter, if hats were butts. I am neither left nor right. I am the space between. To me you are all like ants marching to class, freaks on parade.ACB Note#2
This is the Ass Crack Bandit. I find it funny that you ever thought you could catch me.ACB phonecall/recording
I've enjoyed our game of cat and mouse. It's funny how close your two little helpers get to catching me. I liked watching them run in circles. Although sometimes I wonder, are they chasing me as an excuse to get near to each other? I mean, get a room already.ACB phonecall/recording
I am the bringer of change. I am the filler of cracks.ACB phonecall/recording


Episode quotesEdit

This is the biggest PR crisis to hit the school since we held that rally protesting the wrong Korea.Dean Pelton
I am hereby banning change from this campus.Dean Pelton
You really think that's an effective...Professor Hickey
Well guess what. Your two cents is change, and it's banned.Dean Pelton
The nature of the Ass Crack Bandit's crimes would suggest that he's angry or just fell in love.Professor Duncan
We know that he hates money or loves it or doesn't care about money and hates butts or loves them.Britta
Let me be like the fiftieth person at this school to ask, what is this, huh? What is this creepy business?Dean Pelton, referring to Jeff and Annie's relationship
I think that this is spending too much money on a crime that nets you 25 cents a pop.Professor Hickey 
No, no. This was free.Dean Pelton 
Then I think you just admitted you already owned a fake butt.Professor Hickey

ProductionEdit

Production for this episode used the title "What's in the Hat?" on its clapperboard. This follows the the theme of hat-based puns throughout Season Five's production titles.

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GalleryEdit

CommercialEdit

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Sneak Peek "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics" - Community

Promotional photosEdit

Behind the scenes photosEdit

Season Five Episodes

1. "Repilot"
2. "Introduction to Teaching"
3. "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics"
4. "Cooperative Polygraphy"
5. "Geothermal Escapism"
6. "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking"
7. "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality"

8. "App Development and Condiments"
9. "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing"
10. "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons"
11. "G.I. Jeff"
12. "Basic Story"
13. "Basic Sandwich"

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