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     Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television  
Director: Rob SchrabWriter: Dan Harmon & Chris McKennaAired: 6/2/2015 — Season: Six — Number: 13
Summary: As the latest semester ends, Abed asks everyone to imagine pitching a TV show about next year.



PlotEdit

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Jeff, I know it comforts you to look at things through a meta lens but this is reality. TV's rules aren't based on common sense, they're based on a studio wanting to milk their property dry
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— Abed
The school year comes to a close as the Save Greendale Committee waits on Frankie to finish her paperwork so they can enjoy the summer. The last thing on the agenda is to rename the committee since Greendale is officially saved. To Frankie's dismay everyone agrees on Elroy's suggestion "Nipple Dippers". An over costumed Dean Pelton arrives just in time to accompany the committee to The Vatican for a post year celebration. Elroy declines as he's headed to another job in California and is unsure when or even if he'll be back. He wishes everyone a great summer before leaving. Later at the bar, Elroy leaving has the committee speculating about next year.



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Elroy says goodbye to the committee.
They ask Abed's opinion framing it in terms of a seventh "season" of their "TV show". He is uncertain about the future of the group since they are rapidly losing members. Britta suggests Shirley might come back and although Abed admits it would be a return to the "formula" he is still skeptical. Frankie asks him to elaborate and Abed explains: Jeff is snarky, Britta is clueless, Annie is focused, Shirley is sassy, Frankie supplies exposition, Chang inserts non-sequiturs, and Pelton wears a diaper. Pelton and Britta object to his skewed take on the group and the Dean reveals his idea which portrays Shirley and Elroy as ethnic stereotypes. It ends with Jeff taking off his shirt and a costumed Pelton fondling his abs.



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Shirley meets New Shirley.
Jeff and Britta are offended by his scenario while Chang argues against bringing anyone back. His pitch introduces a brand new committee member named "Ice Cube Head" who has magical powers and again ends with Pelton in a diaper dancing. Jeff becomes fed up and is about to leave when Annie arrives. She announces she got a summer internship with the FBI. As everyone congratulations her, Jeff has a nightmarish vision of his future. He imagines he is the only study group member left at Greendale. Replacing his friends at the table are Vicki, Garrett, Dave, Todd and "Scrunch" an Internet billionaire who bought the school. They all tell him they will also abandon him while he has to stay behind.



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Chang's pitch introduces Ice Cube Head.


Jeff is pulled out of his thoughts by a concerned Annie. He invites her to join them in speculating about next year. He imagines a scenario where Annie commutes to Colorado from the FBI headquarters in Washington. Britta counters with her own scenario where Greendale becomes its own nation; in it Annie is the school's FBI liaison and Pelton is a transgender. Although Frankie criticizes Brittas idea she is unable to offer a better one as her bland suggestion gets booed. Abed states that good TV is meant to be joyful, effortless and comforting. Jeff pitches another idea where he is the Dean and everyone on the committee is faculty at the school. While everyone seems to like the pitch, Abed says it might not be possible.

He's headed to Los Angeles and taken a job as a production assistant on a new Fox TV show. When he tells everyone he's uncertain if he'll be back, Jeff imagines himself strangling multiple Abed clones before abruptly walking out of the bar. Over at Greendale, Jeff is in the study room contemplating a future where Annie is his wife. He finds himself unable to reconcile his vision with reality and his thoughts are interrupted by the real Annie's arrival. Jeff admits he is bitter about his age and resentful his friends are leaving. Annie tells him he needs to embrace the status his age gives him, accept the things he can't change and move on. Jeff unexpectedly confesses to Annie his feelings for her are one of those things he's been trying to let go of.

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Jeff has a brief violent fantasy

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Jeff returns to the study room.

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Jeff's imagination is affected by reality.

Annie is silent until she receives a text alerting her that the other committee members are coming. At Annie's suggestion she and Jeff share a brief kiss goodbye so that he'll have no regrets. Their friends intrude on the moment and Jeff lies that they were saying farewell to the study room. Annie shares a look with Jeff and hints it may not be for good as there are too many variables to consider. Frankie suggests that they take a minute to imagine their own personal Season Seven. Once they finish everyone embraces in a group hug. Days later, Jeff drives Annie and Abed to the airport and sees them off. He then heads to the Vatican and meets up with the rest of the committee to share a drink.

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Jeff kisses Annie.

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Jeff says goodbye to Abed and Annie

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Jeff joins the group for a drink

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The episode ends with a hint at a possible future

End tagEdit

A commercial is shown featuring a family playing the "Community Board Game". A narrator does a voice over selling the game as the father of the family has a startling revelation. His son plays a move that has him hand a script of the commercial to his dad. The father has a sudden breaking the fourth wall epiphany that he and his family are just promotional constructs and aren't real. As the truth dawns on everyone in his "family" the narrator continues plugging the game. The commercial comes to an end as the narrator's sales pitch turns into a lengthy meta commentary.
Community Board Game Commercial S6 E1302:12

Community Board Game Commercial S6 E13

Recurring themesEdit

ContinuityEdit

  • Returning students:
    • Shirley returns in this episode in several pitches imagined by the committee for a possible Season Seven.
    • Leonard returns to announce the end of the school year. He also joins Vicki, Todd, and Dave in an imaginary sequence as possible replacement committee members.
  • Previously:
  • Familiar face:
    • Actor Seth Green appears in Jeff's Season Seven pitch as a millionaire who bought Greendale.
    • The intensely staring guy in The Vatican, played by Community writer Dan Guterman, who first appeared in "Advanced Safety Features", reappears in the background just as the remaining Committee is starting to share their drinks in the ending scene.
  • Replay:
    • Several different versions of shows opening credits are played before each of the committee members Season Seven pitch.
    • In one of Jeff's imaginings of Season Seven, he paraphrases his line from the Season One pilot episode and says "You've just stopped being a study group. I hereby pronounce you a community".
  • Catchphrase: The phrase sixseasonsandamovie is spoken by Jeff. It was first used in the Season Two episode "Paradigms of Human Memory".
  • School uniform: Annie wears her cardigan, skirts and flats from her wardrobe in Seasons One through Four in two of the Season Seven pitches.
  • Googly eyes: Jeff admits to Annie he has feelings for her and the two share a kiss goodbye.
  • A sweet ride: Jeff drives Annie and Abed to the airport in his Lexus.

Running gagsEdit

  • Attention students!: Dean Pelton officially announces the end of the school year on the Public address system.
Congratulations Greendale students, we pulled off another year! Take that health inspector, building inspector, foundation inspector, water line inspector, geologist, exterminator, plumber and dad!
  • Nice outfit:
    • After not putting on a costume all year Dean Pelton finally dresses up in several different outfits at once.
    • Dean Pelton wears a diaper in two different Season Seven pitches.
    • Dean Pelton wears a Father Time outfit in one imaginary scene.
  • Fanservice: Jeff takes off his shirt in Pelton's Season Seven pitch.
  • Shut up Leonard!: The father in the episode end tag delivers the joke when playing the Community board game.
You look like a German puppet maker and smell like the inside of a church!
  • Gay, he's so gay!: Chang calls Jeff this but then apparently admits to being gay himself.

Pop culture referencesEdit

  • Shout out: Dan Harmon, who reads the voiceover in the end tag, compares his own voiceover to sitcom producer Chuck Lorre and his "rants", referring to Lorre's vanity cards at the end of shows he's produced, such as "The Big Bang Theory " and "Two and a Half Men ".
  • Product placement: Elroy mentions he was hired by the online job market site LinkedIn.
  • Name that tune: The song "Ends of the Earth" by Lord Huron plays during the scene where Jeff drops Annie and Abed off at the airport.
  • IMDb: Jeff and Annie criticize the Marvel Cinematic Universe .
  • TV Guide:
    • "The Simpsons ", "Seinfeld ", "South Park " and "Friends " are mentioned by Chang as examples of shows that peak after their sixth season.
    • Abed describes the show where he's going to be working as a production assistant as '"30 Rock " meets "IT Crowd " meets me', the latter presumably referring to Community.
  • Use your allusion: The father's line in the end tag ("The whole show is happening inside this game") and the Snow Globe playing card he is holding refer to the series finale of St. Elsewhere, where it was suggested that the entire series took place inside the mind of an autistic kid (Tommy Westphall) who imagined the events while staring at a snow globe.

Meta referencesEdit

  • Parody:
    • The episode pokes fun at the process of continuing a show past six seasons.
    • Also being parodied are the several changes in the core cast of Community, particularly with the CGI animated character Ice Cube Head (voiced by Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon's friend and co-creator of Rick and Morty).
  • Up against the wall:
    • Abed says "Cool" for every "Season/year" the group has been at Greendale but briefly pauses before senior year. This alludes to Season Four, the one season creator Dan Harmon was not the showrunner. Chang asks Abed to repeat saying cool and when he again pauses at year four Ben farts and claims it's an inside joke. Harmon has been vocal about his dislike of Season Four.
    • Frankie describes herself as a "humble outsider who came in and nailed it" referencing actress Paget Brewster's addition to the cast this season.
    • The end tag features a family playing a board game and realizing they are fictional characters. The commercial's voiceover is read by Community's creator Dan Harmon. He also recites a lengthy diatribe about criticisms regarding Community and its creator.
  • Résumé:
    • Referencing Britta's "Pitch", Frankie says she wouldn't watch it even though she doesn't own a television. In The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Paget Brewster's signature character Sadie Doyle uses the recurring catchphrase "I would not watch that TV show" as a reaction to absurdist situations.
    • Actor Seth Green makes a cameo in one of Jeff's imaginary future scenario's wearing bunny ears. This could possibly be referencing his past role in the short lived Fox TV program "Greg the Bunny ".
  • Background check: The nine numbers on the white board behind Annie and Elroy, all starting with NM, are a reference to the IMDB website. Inputting one of the numbers and letter combinations into a search engine will bring up the IMDB pages of Dan Harmon and the eight main actors of this season. The number GC613 is just a reference that this is the 13th episode of season six.
Number IMDb page
NM1363595 Dan Harmon
NM0570364 Joel McHale
NM1843026 Gillian Jacobs
NM2209821 Danny Pudi
NM1555340 Alison Brie
NM0711110 Jim Rash
NM0421822 Ken Jeong
NM0108295 Paget Brewster
NM0202966 Keith David

TriviaEdit

Ass Crack Bandit case solved?Edit

It's implied that the Ass Crack Bandit, or at least one of them, was possibly Annie. Stage directions in the script hint at this but does not definitively say she is the ACB.

F bombsEdit

This episode features the first use of a broadcast television banned expletive. It was spoken twice by both Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) and Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs). In an interview with TV Insider, "Community" creator Dan Harmon explained how it happened:

It was kind of unintentional. That one that Jim [Rash, as Dean Pelton] does is adlibbed. As soon as he said it, the entire cast started laughing, but I edited around it. As for Britta's I should have bleeped it… it's weird to have two "f***s" on that one.

Elroy's LinkedIn profileEdit

The official Community Facebook page created a real LinkedIn profile for Elroy Patashnik. It can be seen HERE.



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Elroy's LinkedIn profile

GalleryEdit

Promotional photosEdit

Behind the scenes photoEdit

QuotesEdit

Dice not included, some assembly required. Lines between perception, desire, and reality may become blurred, redundant, or interchangeable. Characters may hook up with no regard for your emotional investment. Some episodes too conceptual to be funny, some too funny to be immersive, and some so immersive they still aren't funny. Consistency between seasons may vary. Viewers may be measured by a secretive obsolete system based on selected participants keeping handwritten journals of what they watch. Show may be cancelled and moved to the internet where it turns out tens of millions were watching the whole time. May not matter. Fake commercial may end with disclaimer gag which may descend into vain Chuck Lorresque rant by narcissistic creator. Creator may be unstable. Therapist may have told creator this is not how you make yourself a good person.Life may pass by while we ignore or mistreat those close to us. Those close to us may be those watching. Those people may want to know I love them but I may be incapable of saying it. Contains pieces the size of a child's esophagus.TV commercial narrator
There is skill to it. More importantly, it has to be joyful, effortless, fun. TV defeats its own purpose when it's pushing an agenda, or trying to defeat other TV or being proud or ashamed of itself for existing. It's TV, it's comfort. It's a friend you've known so well, and for so long you just let it be with you. And it needs to be okay for it to have a bad day, or phone in a day. And it needs to be okay for it to get on a boat with Levar Burton and never come back. Because eventually, it all will.Abed


I don't wanna be fine. I wanna be 25 and heading out into the world. I wanna fall asleep on a beach and be able to walk the next day, or stay up all night on accident. I wanna wear a t-shirt without looking like I forgot to get dressed. I want to be terrified of AIDS, I want to have an opinion about those...[whispers] boring ass Marvel movies. And I want those opinions to be of any concern to the people making them.Jeff
Well I want to live in the same home for more than a year, order wine without feeling nervous, have a resume full of crazy mistakes instead of crazy lies. I want stories and wisdom, perspective. I wanna have so much behind me I'm not a slave to what's in front of me, especially these...[whispers] flavorless unremarkable Marvel movie.Annie
I let you go, Annie. From my hands and my head. The heart, which cynics say is code for penis, wants what it wants. But I let you go.Jeff
The others are coming. I think you should kiss me goodbye or you might regret it for the rest of your life.Annie
What about you? Jeff
Oh, I'll regret the kiss for a week, I'm in my 20s Annie
Season Six Episodes

1. "Ladders"
2. "Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care"
3. "Basic Crisis Room Decorum"
4. "Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing"
5. "Laws of Robotics & Party Rights"
6. "Basic Email Security"
7. "Advanced Safety Features"

8. "Intro to Recycled Cinema"
9. "Grifting 101"
10. "Basic RV Repair and Palmistry"
11. "Modern Espionage"
12. "Wedding Videography"
13. "Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television"

Community Season Six DVD front cover

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