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Jeff Season Five
  Jeff and Annie  
Annie Season Five

  Jeff Winger : Joel McHale  WILLTHEYWON'TTHEY   Friends     Annie Edison: Alison Brie  
  Status: U.S.T, frequent partners  -  First appearance: "Football, Feminism and You"


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Jeff and Annie
When Annie first meets Jeff, she is immediately suspicious of his credentials as a "board certified tutor" in Spanish but is eventually charmed by him along with the rest of the study group. Despite pursuing other members of the study group, the two discover to their surprise that they are both attracted to each other. They share a kiss during a debate competition which leads to another one at the end of the year outside the Tranny Dance. This creates an underlying tension between them throughout the rest of their time at Greendale. Jeff initially tries to keep his distance from Annie as he is uncomfortable with the age difference. Although Jeff has become a bit more honest about how he feels towards her he has yet to clarify to himself or to her what those feelings actually mean. Jeff is portrayed by Joel McHale, and Annie is portrayed by Alison Brie.


Pairing history

Season One


Milady.
Milord.

–Jeff and Annie, "Spanish 101"

After forming a fake study group to impress Britta, Jeff is surprised when Abed invites a number of other students to join them. Annie shows up and is eventually won over by him along with the rest of the study group. They bond after confronting each other over selfish reasons they have for trying to manipulate Troy. Later, the two discover an underlying attraction in the episode, "Debate 109", when Jeff and Annie compete against Greendale's rival school City College in a championship debate. She kisses Jeff in order to win, causing them to have an awkward sexual tension. The U.S.T is hinted at in various episodes, subtly leading up to the finale. A heartfelt conversation about their respective romantic troubles results in Jeff and Annie sharing a second kiss outside of the Tranny Dance.



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Significant episodes:

"Football, Feminism and You": Jeff confronts Annie about her selfish reasons for wanting Troy to not play football.


"Debate 109": Jeff helps Annie represent Greendale in the championship debate. Annie ends up having to kiss Jeff for Greendale to win the debate.


"Investigative Journalism": Jeff takes on the role of editor at the school newspaper, naming Annie his ace newshound.


"Romantic Expressionism": Jeff and Annie share a very loaded look when he states that anyone in the study group is fair game as a sexual prospect since they aren't related to each other.


"Physical Education": When Jeff plays pool and takes his underwear off, most of the study group (including Britta) looks away, while Annie cannot stop herself from ogling Jeff.


"Basic Genealogy": Annie convinces Jeff to help Pierce bond with his ex-step daughter Amber.


"English as a Second Language": Annie inadvertently admits she dressed like a professor in order to impress Jeff.


"Pascal's Triangle Revisited": Jeff and Annie have an intimate conversation about their relationship problems which leads to a passionate kiss.

Season Two


I'm talking about the 'Annie of it all'! The long looks, the stolen glances, the general atmosphere of of 'would they?, might they?
Annie, I think you might be reading into some things.''

Jeff claiming Annie imagined the moments between them, "Paradigms of Human Memory"

Jeff tries to deal with the fallout from the Tranny Dance and makes it clear to Annie that the kiss was a mistake. Despite his denial that it meant anything, there are moments throughout the season which hint otherwise. Annie struggles with her feelings for him as well even after expressing her disgust over his behavior and claiming to Britta that she only kissed him to be cool. Although they drift apart at the beginning of the year, they find themselves drawn back together as Jeff helps Annie uncover a conspiracy, searches for her lost pen, and becomes jealous over a crush she has on Rich. Towards the end of the year, things start to become rocky between them again. Although they only briefly clash when they both run for student body president, a revelation by Abed about Jeff and Britta's casual hook ups throughout the semester is harder to resolve. An upset Annie confronts Jeff about the flirting that had been going on between them while this affair was happening. Jeff strongly denies it and asserts that just as many moments could be found with any random pairing in the study group. Abed refutes Jeff's claim and states whatever is going on between them is more significant then he is willing to admit. The year ends with them arguing about whether Pierce should be allowed to stay in the study group and Annie kissing Abed during that end of the year paintball competition.



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Significant episodes:

"Anthropology 101": In the aftermath of the Tranny Dance Jeff has to endure the scorn of the female population at Greendale while also dealing with Annie's schoolgirl crush on him.


"Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design": Jeff and Annie team up to discover the truth behind the mysterious Professor Professorson.


"Asian Population Studies": Annie confronts Jeff over the real reasons behind his not wanting Rich in the study group.


"Intro to Political Science": An off-the-cuff insult from Annie prompts Jeff to compete against her in the Greendale election for a new student body president.


"Paradigms of Human Memory": Jeff's year long affair with Britta is exposed, and he denies "The Annie of it all" when confronted by Annie.

Season Three


Listen, when you really hate someone the way you hate Annie Kim or you feel the way I feel about you, the easy loophole through the creepiness and danger is to treat them like a child. 'Chip off the old block!', 'You're the best kiddo!' It's a crutch, it's a way for me to tell you how important you are from a distance. But now you're becoming this mature, self-possessed, intelligent, young woman and I can't keep patting you on the head or talking down to you.

Jeff admitting to Annie he does have feelings for her, "Geography of Global Conflict"

The third year sees Jeff in therapy and now slightly more honest about his feelings towards Annie. A Model UN showdown with Annie's rival unexpectedly leads to a frank discussion between the two of them about their relationship. Although they spent the year still unsure of where they stand, they continued to have flirtatious moments throughout their latest semester at Greendale; there were even a few significant ones in other timelines. They also manage to partner up on several occasions including helping out with the Glee club, trying to find a student named Kim McFadden whom Jeff offended, exchanging texts during the drawn out Pillows and Blankets War, and prosecuting Todd for sabotaging their Biology lab experiment.



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Significant episodes:

"Biology 101": Jeff has what he hopes is a prophetic daydream concerning the study group's third year at Greendale which includes the idea that he and Annie would sleep together.


"Geography of Global Conflict": Jeff finally admits that he has feelings for her, but also says that they both need to mature before anything can actually happen between them.


"Remedial Chaos Theory": Several alternate timelines show Jeff and Annie becoming more intimate.


"Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps": Annie tells a horror story of a selfish vampire who toys with a young girl only to be devoured by her after it turns out she's a werewolf.


"Regional Holiday Music": Annie tries to persuade Jeff to join the Glee club by putting on a private performance for him.


"Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts": When Jeff is trying to write a speech for Shirley's wedding, he turns to Annie for advice. When given a look into Jeff's heart (at Annie's suggestion), we see multiple pictures of Annie.


"Digital Exploration of Interior Design": Jeff and Annie try to find a student named Kim who wrote Jeff a poison pen letter.


"Pillows and Blankets": Amid the Pillow and Blanket fort war, Jeff and Annie exchange texts.


"Origins of Vampire Mythology": Annie nervously laughs when Jeff asks if he has affected anyone like Blade did to Britta.


""Virtual Systems Analysis": Annie rejects Abed's analysis of her relationship with Jeff but admits she had selfish motivations behind their kiss at the Tranny Dance, and would have considered it "a bonus" to have gotten together with Jeff if Troy and Britta began dating.

"Basic Lupine Urology": Jeff and Annie team up to prosecute Todd for the death of their yam.

Season Four


You got one thing wrong in your fantasy, if we were married you wouldn't find me flirting with another woman in a hotel bar

–Jeff, "Conventions of Space and Time"

The fourth year of the study group at Greendale sees Jeff looking to graduate early which upsets Annie. During Halloween, a text message miscommunication sees the pairing costume Jeff had planned with Annie ruined when she shows up dressed as the girl from The Ring. During a weekend trip the study group takes to an "Inspector Spacetime" convention, Jeff and Annie's plans to go skiing fall through. Jeff decides to leave but Annie elects to stay behind and take advantage of his hotel rooms perks by pretending to be "Mrs. Winger". She creates an elaborate scenario imagining what it would be like being married to him. Before Jeff graduates, he entertains some fantasies himself about Annie when he imagines their evil counterparts from "The Darkest Timeline" canoodling and plotting to destroy the "Prime Timeline".



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Significant episodes:

"History 101": Annie is hurt that Jeff kept the fact that he is graduating early a secret from the study group.

"Paranormal Parentage":Jeff and Annie plan a pairs Halloween costume with Jeff as a boxer and Annie meant to be a ring girl.


"Conventions of Space and Time" Annie pretends to be Mrs Winger and enjoys the perks of his hotel room.


"Intro to Knots":Annie redecorates Jeff's apartment after inviting Professor Cornwallis to the study group's Christmas dinner party Jeff is hosting there. In the episode end tag, The Darkest Timeline is shown and Evil Jeff frees Evil Annie from Greendale institution for the criminally insane.


"Advanced Introduction to Finality": Jeff daydreams a scenario where the Darkest Timeline counterparts to himself and Annie cross over into the Prime Timeline and try to corrupt him.

Season Five


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.

–The "Ass Crack Bandit" commenting on a Jeff and Annie's motives, "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics"

Jeff and Annie, along with the study group (sans Pierce), reunite for an unexpected fifth year at Greendale. Jeff accepted a teaching position at school and Annie enrolled to get a degree in Criminology. She joined Jeff's Law class to ensure he took his job seriously. The two team up to catch the mysterious assailant known as the "Ass Crack Bandit" and when Abed hosts a campus wide game of "Hot Lava". When the committee plays a game of Dungeons & Dragons they end up in the same party as Buzz. On Jeff's fortieth birthday, he over medicates, slips into a coma and imagines himself along with Annie and their friends as characters in a G.I.Joe cartoon. After the Greendale school board sells the school to the Subway corporation, a depressed Jeff rashly gets himself engaged to Britta. Although greatly upset by this, Annie she lets him know that she will accept and support his decision. When the two join the rest of the committee on a quest to save the school, they all end up trapped in an underground secret computer laboratory. Jeff is told a strong "burst of passion" into an emotion processing computer called "Raquel" could cause the lab doors to open. Jeff voluntarily hooks himself up to the machine and fulfills the requirement after looking at Annie. The gang escapes and Jeff stops Greendale's sale with a legal loophole he discovered while in the lab. With the crisis resolved Jeff and Britta mutually call off the wedding. Afterwards he and Annie attend a Save Greendale Committee where they all celebrate saving the school.



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Significant episodes:

"Repilot": Jeff unexpectedly reunites with Annie and the study group.


"Introduction to Teaching": Annie enrolls in Jeff's Law class to make sure he is taking his job as a teacher seriously.


"Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Jeff and Annie launch their own investigation into the school menace known as the "Ass Crack Bandit".


"Geothermal Escapism": Jeff and Annie form an alliance when Abed hosts a campus wide game of "Hot Lava".


"Basic Sandwich": Annie tells Jeff she will sport whatever decision he makes about marrying Britta. When the gang gets trapped inside Russell Borchert's lab, Jeff uses his feelings for Annie as a catalyst to power up an emotion fueled computer in order to free them.


He loves Annie. No, it is not just because he looked at everybody. I think you know it’s Annie. I’ll be direct about that. He looked at her, and his heart opened the door.

Dan Harmon, Community Season Five DVD commentary for "Basic Sandwich"

Development

At the start of the show, Jeff and Annie were meant to have a more fraternal dynamic between them although it was hinted that Annie had a small crush on him when they began their signature exchange to each other, "Milady/Milord" ("Spanish 101"). The age difference was established in order to reinforce the idea of the older brother/little sister relationship ("Football, Feminism and You"). It had already been made clear who their intended love interests were to be at the start of the show. Jeff was pursuing Britta, and Annie had a huge crush on Troy ("Pilot"). However, the writers slowly began to notice their onscreen chemistry in the few scenes they had. In this interview and on DVD commentaries, creator and showrunner Dan Harmon mentioned how he had decided to add a romantic element to their dynamic to acknowledge that rapport. He had the episode "Debate 109" make an attraction between them canon which was well received. AV Club critic Todd VanDerWerff at the time the episode aired named it the best one yet making a note of Alison Brie and Joel McHale's chemistry (source). The popularity of the pairing increased and the new dynamic between them created a long running sexual tension which has fueled most of their interactions on the show. It also inspired a sizable following online which is still active today (see Fandom). In an interview with TV Line , Harmon stated he loved the energy between them and detailed the conflicted nature of their relationship:
Im going to continue to put them on screen together in ways that make people squirm in different ways...she has a schoolgirl crush on him and he has feelings that are that are somewhere in the vicinity of paternal and romantic and all kinds of inappropriate...weird...wonderful flavors of all kinds of things...I like to explore that energy.Dan Harmon

On the DVD commentaries for Community The Complete Fifth Season, Dan Harmon confirms that Jeff loves Annie. He clarified that it was Jeff's passion for Annie that opened the door to Borchert's lab in "Basic Sandwich".

I think when we see Jeff and Annie together, there's such natural chemistry between Joel and Alison, there's never any question that those two characters have the strongest heat between them. Our discussions in the room are never about whether there's something strong between Jeff and Annie, they're about what we do with that something and what makes the best television.
 


Relationship analysis


You're becoming dangerous, Annie. It's those doe eyes. Disappointing you is like choking the Little Mermaid with a bike chain.

Jeff, "Basic Genealogy"

Jeff and Annie represent an opposites attract type pairing. Although they often clash over opposing viewpoints, they are usually able to resolve most conflicts between them easily. They have also teamed up effectively on a number of different occasions and have shown to complement each other quite well in each instance. The age difference, which was originally hinted to be 12 years and now has been retconned to 17, has been something that clearly bothers Jeff. This is evidenced by his reactions in "Anthropology 101" and "Asian Population Studies" and continues to be an issue Jeff struggles with. This had caused him to keep Annie at a distance by continuing to act in a "big brother" type role. Ultimately he recognized how harmful forcing this dynamic between them was when they both have non-fraternal feelings for each other ("Geography of Global Conflict"). Annie has subtlety implied she understands Jeff's reservations ("Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps"), but she also has bitter feelings over his earlier denials about his feelings for her ("Digital Exploration of Interior Design"), ("Paradigms of Human Memory"). They respect each other and have acknowledged that they both care how the other sees them ("Intro to Political Science"). While inside the Dreamatorium, Annie is confronted by Abed role playing as an idealized version of her who is madly in love with Jeff. She rejects this version of herself but admits to having some selfish motivations in kissing Jeff outside the Tranny Dance ("Virtual Systems Analysis"). While she still is strongly attracted and will sometimes indulge in fantasies about being married to him ("Conventions of Space and Time") she understands that it hasn't become love yet. Jeff for his part may be becoming more enamored with her; this is shown when a look inside Jeff's heart reveals several pictures of Annie (as well as a few of her cleavage) ("Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts"). It also further illustrated when he opens the door to the lab by generating an intense burst of passion after looking at Annie ("Basic Story").
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It's called "chemistry" I have it with everybody!

Jeff, "Paradigms of Human Memory"

Fandom

Creator Dan Harmon has openly stated his appreciation of the fans dedicated to this pairing and mentioned in several interviews a particular fanvid he saw which made him aware of shippers. The Season One finale kiss was intended to be a nod to those fans, and later in Season Two, he made another gesture through a montage meant to pay homage to the shipper video. Several entertainment reporters have also acknowledged Jeff and Annie; most notably Micheal Ausiello from Entertainment Weekly is known to be a big fan. In 2011, Jeff and Annie were nominated for the E! Online 2011 Top TV Couple Award. By a very slim margin, they managed to overcome the more well-known TV pairing House and Cuddy and win the award. Joel McHale sent a somewhat tongue-in-cheek email to E! accepting the award:

"It's so great for Community's Annie and Jeff to win E! Online's poll for best couple. The fans for the show are incredible, and I thank you. I hate to point this out, but Jeff and Annie are not a couple."

An online fansite devoted to the pairing can be found on livejournal called "Milady/Milord.


Gallery

Promotional photos

Gifs

Quotes

Season One

"Introduction to Statistics"

This won't work. The last time you did this I saved a vial of your tears and I've been slowly building up an immunity.Jeff

Season Two

"Intro to Political Science"

I care what you think about me, you know?Annie
Yeah. I care what you think about me. That's why this happenedJeff

Season Three

"Remedial Chaos Theory"

You're important to me.Jeff

Season Four

"History 101"

Getting up early, helping others, sending girls away...could this a whole new Jeff Winger?Annie
Don't ruin it by approving.Jeff

Season Five

"Basic Intergluteal Numismatics"

Let me be like the fiftieth person at this school to ask, what is this, huh? What is this creepy business?Dean Pelton
WHAT!?Jeff and Annie
I think you two like to partner up on curtesy capers and hold hands in the dark so you can address your urges in semi-acceptable scenarios.Dean Pelton
Maybe I was wrong or maybe the Dean was right about us.Annie
What? No! Annie, I took this case because I wanted to help you.Jeff
Then what is this...? [Looks at his hands resting on her shoulders]Annie
It's..platonic shoulder holding.Jeff


External links

  1. Alan Sepinwall interview with Dan Harmon
  2. "Milady/Milord" Livejournal Jeff and Annie fansite
  3. Article on Jeff and Annie by Claire Zulkey
  4. E! 2011 Top Couple Award
  5. Jeff and Annie tumblr
  6. Micheal Ausiello interview with Joel McHale and Alison Brie
  7. Five TV Couples That Just Need To Get Together Already
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Ultimateatomicbuster 21:02, June 2, 2012 (UTC)

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