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Troy, Teacup and Daisy

     Interpretive Dance  
Director: Justin LinWriter: Lauren PomerantzAired: January 21, 2010 — Season: One — Number: Fourteen
Summary: Britta and Troy hide a secret talent from the group while Jeff tries to hide his love life.

PlotEdit

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Girls are supposed to dance. That's why God gave them parts that jiggle.
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Troy
In the study room, Annie brings a problem to the attention of the group. The door behind the library is locked at 5:00, which means most of them have to walk all the way to the front to enter; she asks that they move their meetings to 4:30. Troy and Britta immediately object, stating that they both have classes at that time, and they can't reschedule. Annie suggests that someone stand by the back door to let the rest of them in. When Shirley nominates Pierce, the group wonders where he is as he has yet to arrive to their meeting. They begin to think the worst has happened and are relieved when he finally shows up. Britta notices a long brown hair on Jeff's coat and teases him about it. He inadvertently admits that he's been seeing someone but refuses to reveal who it is.



ID Mystery hair
Mystery hair
Afterwards, Troy acts furtively as he heads towards his next class. He then enters the school's dance studio and greets the students before quickly stripping down to his leotard and joining in on their practice. Elsewhere, Jeff is in the hallway waiting for Professor Slater. After some playful bantering, he follows her into her office, and they begin to make out. They quickly break apart when they are interrupted by Dean Pelton who has transcripts for Slater to look over. Oblivious to what they had been doing, he warns them about the dangers of student/teacher fraternization and proceeds to go on at length about their attractiveness which makes both of them uncomfortable.



ID Jeff and Slater
Jeff and Slater
Back at the dance studio, Troy is praised by his teacher Madame LeClair for his efforts during practice of the upcoming recital. With class over, he is about to leave when he runs into Britta who is arriving for the next class. Once they both get over their mutual shock, they admit to each other that they've been secretly taking dance classes for awhile. Britta believes that they must stop hiding and come clean to their friends. She suggests that they invite them to their recital to which Troy hesitatingly agrees. Later, Jeff is in the library when he is approached by Slater and pulled behind a stack of bookcases for a kiss. Jeff is at reluctant at first, fearing the study group could see them but eventually gives in. His fears are proven correct when Pierce makes the study group's presence known outside of the window.



ID Jazz hands
Jazz hands!


  • Dean Pelton confronts Jeff about his relationship with Professor Slater
  • Jeff wonders how it's possibly since no one left the room
  • Pierce discreetly putting his phone back after Tweeting it

text=Jeff and Slater ask the group to keep their relationship a secret. Abed notes that since Jeff is the de facto 'Dad' of the group Slater is seen as their new Mom. Many in the group seem uncomfortable with the new couple but everyone agrees to keep their secret. Britta then grabs Troy's hand and tells the group they have an announcement, revealing that she has been taking a tap class and invites everyone to the recital. The group finds this humorous and ironic because, in Abed's words, "the act of dancing is considered both vulnerable and feminine," neither word being apt to describe Britta. Upon seeing this reaction Troy chickens out, explaining that his announcement was that he knew Britta's secret. Dean Pelton interrupts to confront Jeff after learning about his relationship with Slater, Pierce having immediately posted the details to Twitter. The group files out and Britta tells Troy how disappointed she is because, "a real man doesn't bail on his friends."

Sensing that Britta is upset, Shirley assumes the cause is Jeff and Slater and tries to comfort her. Britta, actually upset about Troy's change of heart, asserts that the couple won't stay together now that their secret is out. In the Dean's office, Pelton fills out a questionnaire with Jeff and Slater regarding their relationship. When asked if they are boyfriend and girlfriend, Jeff shrugs while Slater gives a definite yes. Both are surprised at the other's answer and Slater, feeling that Jeff is just avoiding commitment, storms out. Jeff follows her and admits that the term 'boyfriend' freaked him out but he's willing to go for it if the official status doesn't change the nature of their relationship. Slater decides to give him a second chance.


Backstage before the recital, Britta learns from Annie that Jeff and Slater are an official couple now, even filing paperwork with the Dean. This news hits her harder than expected. She freezes up during the elementary tap performance when she sees Jeff hold Slater's hand in the audience. Troy, watching from off stage, strips to his dancing costume and comes to her rescue. The music quickly changes and they do a modern dance number, to the delight of all. After the show, everyone congratulates Britta. Abed is interested in learning to dance but doesn't want to put in the time required. Pierce congratulates Troy for his gutsy and creative way to tell the world he is gay. Jeff tells Britta that having a girl as a friend helped him grow and he is now able to have a steady girlfriend. We then see Abed trying out his dancing skills on the stage, showing remarkable aptitude for someone with no training.



DeanQuestionnaire
Bad answer!

End tagEdit

Abed helps Troy with a crossword puzzle seemingly based on the names of the study group members. Jeff explains that the pattern is things you can see on TV although the use of the word "pierce" is a misdirect.

Recurring themesEdit

Continuity:Edit

  • Returning faculty: Michelle Slater returns in this episode.
  • Middle Eastern Magic 8 Ball: Troy and Britta's attraction to each other is hinted at in this episode.

Running gags:Edit

  • Fanservice: Both Troy and Britta wear skin-tight black leotards for their dance class and recital. Britta later wears an even more revealing version in Competitive Wine Tasting and a green leotard during Regional Holiday Music.
  • Gasp:
    • The entire group gasps when they find out that Jeff is sleeping with the same woman more than once.
    • Annie gasps when she thinks Troy and Britta are dating.
    • Abed gasps when Troy reveals that he knew Britta's secret.
  • Gay, he's so gay!: Pierce thinks Jeff's secret relationship is with a guy.
  • Nice Outfit: Britta wears a teapot costume in the dance recital.
  • Turning it into a snake: Britta freezes up on stage while performing in the dance recital.
  • Mediocrity, thy name is... Jim Belushi is Community's running gag as a symbol of mediocrity

Meta references:Edit

  • Up against the wall:
    • Britta notices that she hasn't spent a lot of time with Troy.
    • Slater refers to Britta as "that blond in your Spanish class with the infinite supply of leather jackets".
    • Troy and Abed do a crossword puzzle that includes all the study group members' names. They are stumped at the clue for "Jeff", and Jeff in the background mentions it's obvious that the theme is "things you can see on TV", offering the solution "Beau" (the other Bridges). Continuing the meta-joke-confusion, Abed mentions how he loves "The Big Lebowski", which starred Jeff Bridges, not Beau! Multi-layered meta.

Pop culture references:Edit

QuotesEdit

If you like her why would you want to keep her a secret? Don't you want us to meet her?Annie
We have an agreement to keep it low key.Jeff
That's ridiculous. Obviously it's a guy.Pierce
You're wrong, Pierce. It's two guys. Sometimes I do wish you were dead.Jeff
Thank you.Pierce
You know, we laugh, but the fact is student-teacher relationships do happen and they are a magnet for lawsuits so we do stay vigilant. In fact, physically attractive students and faculty are actually placed on a watch list and are ranked by their potential to incite fraternization.Dean Pelton
You rank people by how hot they are?Jeff
You got it. Number two.Dean Pelton
Dean Pelton.Slater
Yes, professor seven-uh SlaterDean Pelton
You guys be extra careful, now. Two people of your rankings in this small room, with this type of lighting and, his upper body, and what her heels and hemline are doing to enhance what were already quite a few favors from God, it's all the more important to keep it tasteful.Dean Pelton
Oh my god, How can you do this to me? I'm so disappointed in youBritta (after finding out that Troy won't be in the dance recital and is dropping the class)
You don't get to talk to me like, You are not Shirley, and Shirley's not my mom.Troy
Can I just ask as a divorced black housewife, what part of being a single, white, slacker makes you people so jaded?Shirley
Ooooh! 'You people'?! What do you mean 'you people'?! Can not believe I got to say that.Britta
It's the little things, isn't it?Shirley
First question: How long have you been doing it? Oh! Not 'it', I mean this, dating.Dean Pelton
A few weeks.Slater
And, how long have you been 'doing it'?Dean Pelton
Season One Episodes

1. "Pilot"
2. "Spanish 101"
3. "Introduction to Film"
4. "Social Psychology"
5. "Advanced Criminal Law"
6. "Football, Feminism and You"
7. "Introduction to Statistics"
8. "Home Economics"
9. "Debate 109"
10. "Environmental Science"
11. "The Politics of Human Sexuality"
12. "Comparative Religion"
13. "Investigative Journalism"

14. "Interpretive Dance"
15. "Romantic Expressionism"
16. "Communication Studies"
17. "Physical Education"
18. "Basic Genealogy"
19. "Beginner Pottery"
20. "The Science of Illusion"
21. "Contemporary American Poultry"
22. "The Art of Discourse"
23. "Modern Warfare"
24. "English as a Second Language"
25. "Pascal's Triangle Revisited"

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