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Jeff Season Five
  Jeff and Britta  
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  Jeff Winger : Joel McHale  Exes   Antagonists   Friends     Britta Perry: Gillian Jacobs  
  Status: Ex-Lovers, occasional antagonists, friends  -  First appearance: "Pilot"



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So, it begins. The greatest relationship ever known.
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Jeff and Britta
Jeff and Britta were the first major pairing, romantic or otherwise, on Community. A clear love/hate dynamic was established between the two with Jeff's aggressive pursuit of Britta romantically in the beginning of Season One. Although Jeff created the study group as a means to impress her, he eventually forms a close bond with all of them including Britta. Initially, they felt a sense of responsibility towards the other members of the study group and considered themselves to be their Greendale parents. They have since abandoned those roles and just become friends with them. The nature of their own relationship has ranged from bantering friends, scheming co-conspirators, and casual sex partners. Jeff is portrayed by Joel McHale and Britta is portrayed by Gillian Jacobs.

Pairing History

Season One


Oh, hey! Spanish...
Yeah, don't hit on me.''

–Jeff is dismissed by Britta

Jeff aggressively pursued Britta romantically in Season One, but she repeatedly refused him; he did see some hope with her after Shirley reveals that Britta had a sex dream about him. Eventually, he moved on and started dating Professor Slater. During her tap dance recital, Britta saw that Jeff and Slater were actually serious, which made her realize her own potential feelings for him. She ends up leaving Jeff an embarrassing drunk dial laced with BCI. Upon Abed's insistence and with his help, Jeff later drunk dials her as well in order to restore the balance between them. Not long afterwards, however, Slater unceremoniously dumps Jeff. During the chaos of a Greendale paintball competition, Jeff and Britta find themselves swept up in the moment and end up having sex. Afterwards, they both agree it was a mistake and decide to keep it a secret from the study group. At the end of the school year, Abed throws a keg party at his dorm, and Jeff makes an awkward pass at a clueless Britta. Slater interrupts the moment, having made an attempt earlier that day to get back with Jeff. That night at the Transfer Dance formal, Slater and Britta compete for his affections. Desperate to win at the competition more than be with Jeff, it culminates with both women declaring their love for him. Instead of choosing between them, Jeff leaves the dance and ends up running into a third option.



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Jeff and Britta in Season One
Significant episodes:

"Social Psychology": Jeff becomes jealous of Britta's new relationship with Vaughn Miller and inadvertently ends up sabotaging it.

"Introduction to Film": Jeff helps Britta out with her problem with Abed and his father, so she pays him back by kissing him to help him obtain a passing grade from Professor Whitman.


"Interpretive Dance": When Britta sees that the relationship between Jeff and Slater is serious, she freezes onstage during her dance recital, and Troy has to save her.


"Communication Studies": Britta is embarrassed when she drunk dials Jeff, so he drunk dials her back to restore the balance between them.


"Romantic Expressionism": Jeff and Britta conspire to break up Annie and Vaughn.


"The Art of Discourse": Jeff and Britta team up to take down three annoying teens.


"Modern Warfare": Jeff and Britta get swept up in the moment and have sex during Greendale's paintball assassination game.


"Pascal's Triangle Revisited": Britta and Slater compete for Jeff's affections at the Tranny Dance.

Season Two


Look, just because we're good-looking doesn't make us villains.

–Jeff, "Paradigms of Human Memory"

Jeff deals with the fallout of the Tranny Dance events, which sees him being scorned by the female students at Greendale who believe Britta to be the victim of unrequited love. Jeff starts a competition between them to bring the truth to light which sees them almost getting married thanks to Abed's interference. Although Jeff manages to win the contest, they nearly end up tearing the study group apart in the process. Troy's birthday celebration at a bar leads to a drunk make out session between the two of them, but they quickly decide it was a mistake. Eventually, at the end of the school year, it's revealed to the study group by Abed that Britta and Jeff have been secretly sleeping together. Although the group forgives them for keeping it a secret and gives them their blessing to continue, they both agree not to.



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Jeff and Britta in Season Two
Significant episodes:

"Anthropology 101": Jeff initiates a game of escalating romantic gestures between him and Britta in order to get her to publicly admit the truth behind the events at the Tranny Dance.


"Mixology Certification": Jeff and Britta have a drunken make out session in the back of Jeff's Lexus while Abed is forced to watch.


"Celebrity Pharmacology 212": Jeff uses Britta's phone to send suggestive text messages to someone he thinks she is sleeping with.


"Paradigms of Human Memory": It is revealed to the rest of the study group that Jeff and Britta have been hooking up all year.
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  • Britta flirts with Jeff at the Halloween party.
  • Abed finds Jeff and Britta half naked in his dorm room.

Season Three


Okay, listen to me, you are not that big of a deal. do you understand? You have bad posture, when you do too many push-ups it looks like you have boobs, the tile in your bathroom is tacky, you were emotionally closed-off in bed to the point where one time I didn't come up because I couldn't find close enough parking! You have an unusually high butt-crack!

–Britta destroying Jeff's ego for his own good

Jeff and Britta appear to have moved on romantically but still have a good friendship with each other. On Halloween, Jeff tries to help Britta figure out which member of the study group could be a psychopath. When Pierce's father shows up, Britta warns Jeff about his issues with his own father which might be affecting him more than he thinks. Jeff defends Britta when Mr. Rad berates her for ruining the school musical. When a recently engaged Shirley and Andre Bennett have a wedding rehearsal, a drunk Jeff and Britta try to get married themselves. Later, Britta tries in vain to stop Jeff's ego from spiraling out of control. Jeff decides to see for himself what the big deal is about Britta's old boyfriend and makes a shocking discovery. After the study group learns how Ben Chang set them up to be expelled and had the real Dean Pelton replaced with Faux-by, the group concocts an elaborate plan to set things right. As part of the plan, Jeff and Britta team up and infiltrate the school as Ricky Nightshade the rock and roll magician and his goth assistant respectively.



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Jeff and Britta in Season Three
Significant episodes:

"Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps": Jeff helps Britta determine which member of the study group could be a murderous psychopath.


"Advanced Gay": Britta believes Jeff is suffering from an "Edible complex".


"Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts": Jeff and Britta get drunk and try to get married at Andre and Shirley's wedding rehearsal.


"Contemporary Impressionists": Jeff's new therapist gives him too much anti-anxiety meds which causes him to turn into an ego fueled monster.


"Origins of Vampire Mythology": Jeff decides to meet one of Britta's old flames to see if he can learn his ability to drive women crazy.


"First Chang Dynasty": Jeff and Britta disguise themselves as "Ricky Nightshade" and his goth assistant in order to infiltrate Greendale which has been taken over by Sgt. Chang.

Season Four


You're probably feeling a very strong urge to sleep with me right now and that is normal.

–Jeff repeats Britta's psychiatric advice back to her, "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations"

At the start of their senior year at Greendale, Britta is now in a relationship with Troy ("History 101"). During Thanksgiving, Britta decides to help Jeff deal with his father issues on Thanksgiving when after over twenty years he meets up with his estranged father. Although initially she was an unwanted presence at the reunion, Jeff later sincerely thanks her for motivating him to finally get some closure over his unresolved anger towards his dad. Abed later reveals that Jeff and Britta met earlier before Greendale and provides a photo as proof. On his graduation day from Greendale, Jeff has anxieties about leaving his friends and Greendale behind. He discusses his concerns with Britta although he hides his own feelings by pretending it's the group who has problems with him leaving. Britta reassures he needn't worry as everyone is looking forward to see him graduate but he still has some reservations.



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Jeff and Britta in Season Four
Significant episodes:

"History 101": Jeff and Britta show up for the first day of class wearing hipster glasses.


"Paranormal Parentage": The study group splits up into pairs to search for Pierce with Jeff and Britta forming one of the pairings.


"Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations": Britta finds out where William Winger lives from the Dean in order to 'help' Jeff get closure from his father. Jeff later thanks her for efforts and the two share a brief moment.


"Herstory of Dance": After Jeff mocks Britta, she becomes determined to throw an alternative Sadie Hawkins Day Dance featuring Sophie B. Hawkins.


"Intro to Knots": Professor suggests to Troy that there is still heat between Jeff and Britta in order to splinter the study group after they take him captive over a failing grade in his class


"Heroic Origins": Abed reveals that Jeff and Britta met before Greendale as she and her anarchist group was there to congratulate him over successful defense of a stripper called Mysti.


"Advanced Introduction to Finality": Britta tries to get Jeff to admit his own anxieties about leaving Greendale and his friends once he graduates.

Season Five


You're going to think I'm joking but you were getting through to me more with mustard on your lip.

–Jeff telling Britta the power of mustard on her face, "App Development and Condiments"

After graduating from Greendae, Britta reunites with Jeff and the study group to "save" their alma mater. Jeff ends up taking a teaching position at school while the rest of the group re-enrolls with Britta redetermined to get a degree in Psychology. When a campus wide game of "Hot Lava" is held in honor of a departing Troy, Britta reluctantly ends up participating. Britta and Jeff face off on in a office chair duel where she emerges the victor. Not long afterwards, an app called MeowMeowBeenz is beta tested at Greendale. Britta tries to rebels against the status ranking app. She tries to convince Jeff to help but he has a more personal vendetta against Shirley that takes precedent. Sometime later, Duncan enlists Jeff help in trying to woo Britta. Although Jeff found himself suddenly attracted to Britta again he allowed Duncan to take his shot at her. When Jeff, Hickey and Shirley discover stolen textbooks they get Britta's help to try and fence it. Towards the end of the school year, Jeff has an unexpected proposal for Britta.



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Jeff and Britta in Season Five
Significant episodes:

"Repilot": Some time after the study group graduates, Britta and them are reunited with Jeff at Greendale.


"Geothermal Escapism": Britta eliminates Jeff from the Hot Lava competition after a one-on-one combat.


"App Development and Condiments": Britta and Jeff plan on taking down the MeowMeowBeenz society but plan on doing it in different ways.


"Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality": Jeff tries to help Duncan hook up with Britta but suddenly finds himself attracted to her.


"VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing": Jeff gets Britta help in trying to fence some stolen textbooks.


"Basic Story": Jeff has a proposal for Britta.


"Basic Sandwich": Jeff and Britta come to a decision about their relationship.


Development

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To be blunt, Jeff and Britta is no Ross and Rachel. Your sexual tension and lack of chemistry are putting us all on edge, which is why, ironically — and hear this on every level — you’re keeping us from being friends.

Abed, "Modern Warfare"

Dan Harmon initially based this relationship, as well as the story of Community itself, on his real life experience of going back to community college in order to impress a girl he was dating at the time. The couple was featured prominently in a lot of NBC's promotional material and was to be the main pairing on the show. At first, the differences in their personalities were emphasized; Britta was selfless, and Jeff was selfish. In Season One DVD commentaries and in this interview, Harmon mentions how Britta had become relegated to policing Jeff's bad behavior. Reacting to feedback from critics and his own writing staff, he sought to change that aspect of their relationship. A noticeable change was made mid-season as her negative similarities with Jeff began to be emphasized more while her positive influence was phased out. A new dynamic was established which led to Britta being a partner-in-crime of Jeff's antics and an enabler of his bad behavior; this was highlighted in a number of episodes ("Romantic Expressionism","The Art of Discourse", "Mixology Certification") and even commented on by Shirley in "Paradigms of Human Memory". As the series progressed, Harmon further tweaked the relationship between them. Harmon wanted to subvert the traditional "Will-They-Won't-They" sitcom elements and change viewers perception of romance on TV. Jeff and Britta went from flirting and a one night stand in Season One, casual secret hook ups throughout Season Two, and back to being just friends in Season Three through Five.

So, second season, that conversation resulted in Emily Cutler saying, “What if you just found out toward the end of the year that Jeff and Britta have been doing it the whole time, and it was no big deal?” And I thought that was genius because the audience might not believe you if you just tell them on camera in real time that it’s possible for a relationship to not eclipse everything, but they won’t believe it in their hearts, because they haven’t seen any evidence that it’s possible for a relationship to not eclipse everything. Guess what, as many of you in the audience have been doing at various points in your lives, particularly the broken points, two of these people have been, in an ungodly middle finger to our fairytale perceptions of monogamy, using each other as sex toys.

 
— Dan Harmon, AV Club interview

Relationship analysis

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Will they or won't they, sexual tension.

Abed, "Football, Feminism and You"

Jeff and Britta are initially introduced as the main focus of show with a will-they-won’t-they dynamic. Many of the earlier episodes in Season One involved Jeff trying to win Britta's affections. Britta at first denied any attraction she had to him, but Jeff's relationship with Michelle Slater forced her to realize her feelings. It's worth noting that two contradictory analyses of Britta and Slater in relation to Jeff are made in Season One. In the episode "Communication Studies", Abed explains to Jeff that Michelle accepts him as he is and expects nothing more from him while Britta is the opposite and challenges him to be a better person. Jeff agrees with this statement but curiously changes his opinion by the end of the year. In Pascal's Triangle Revisited, Jeff reveals to Annie that Slater is the one who makes him want to be a better person while Britta is the one who accepts him as he is. In an interview, Dan Harmon somewhat admitted the contrasting views was an unintentional oversight on his part, although he did offer a retroactive explanation for the discrepancy.

Personality wise, both Britta and Jeff share a cynical outlook on life, sarcastic attitudes, and moments of vanity and selfishness. Although they connect through these similarities, their interactions unfortunately often brings out the worst in them with humorous consequences to follow. Despite their past sexual history, they have not let it affect their friendship as they both genuinely care for each other in spite of all their bickering. The snarky bantering between them is mostly indicative of how comfortable they are around each other. There have been occasions when Jeff went too far ("The Science of Illusion"), ("Herstory of Dance") but ends up apologizing later. While Jeff may enjoy taunting Britta, he defends her whenever someone else does the same ("Regional Holiday Music"). They both have been there to support each other, although Britta usually ignores Jeff's pleas not to. This was the case when she tried to help Jeff mend his relationship with his father ("Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations"). Britta herself has become something of a sounding board for Jeff shown when he privately expressed his reservations about his early graduation ("Advanced Introduction to Finality").

Romantically they have both seemed to have moved on and have pursued or flirted with other romantic possibilities, notably with two other members of the study group. Jeff even gave his silent approval for Britta to explore a relationship with Troy and helped Duncan try to woo her ("Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality"). Sometimes they will fall back into an attraction but usually this occurs when they are drunk("Mixology Certification") ("Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts"), depressed ("Basic Sandwich") or competing against each other or someone else ("Anthropology 101") ("Pascal's Triangle Revisited"). In each instance they eventually come to their senses realizing the less than sincere motivations behind their actions.

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Fandom

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Jeff and Britta have a devoted shipper following online, particularly on tumblr. A Live Journal fansite called "You should kiss me now" has fanfics and other fanworks dedicated to the pairing. A particular fanvid called "Jeff Britta 500 days", based on the movie "500 days of Summer", was praised by Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs and Donald Glover on their twitter accounts and has so far received close to 100,000 views. Back in October 2010 when Community during Season Two, online Entertainment Weekly published an article online entitled "9 TV Couples We Say Belong Together". Jeff and Britta were one of the couples mentioned although the description of their relationship suggested the early Season One version of the dynamic between them.

Promotional photos

Quotes

"Pilot"

Oh hey! Spanish!Jeff
Yeah, don't hit on me okay?Britta
Whoa, I wouldn't dream of it. I just wanted to let you know about my Soanish study group.Jeff
Oh whoa, whoa! The guy who was playing "Bejweled" on his iPhone all class has a study group? Um, can I sign up twice?Britta
I'm taking the classes as an easy credit. I'm actually a Spanish tutor, board certified.Jeff
Can you say that in Spanish now?Britta
Yo duermo tarde Espanol, uno hora mas, no radar mi coche.Jeff
I really need help with Spanish.Britta
Yeah, I figured. I'm Jeff or "Jeffe". The group meets set the library at 4.Jeff
Britta. Thanks.

"Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking"

Hi, hey, hi. I'm Jeff's dad.Britta
Hi Jeff's dad, I'm Britta's dad.Jeff
What? Why?Britta
I don't know...got drunk, didn't have a condom...and her mom gets freaky when she hears "Oingo Boingo".Jeff
Oh God, I wish I could relate but much like my son I'm a closet homosexual.Britta
Don't apologize for that, you're talking to the guy that banged Britta's mom. I have no standardsJeff
Well, what do you say we have a tumble? I'll put on a wig.Britt
Thats it! Your under arrest, I'm a undercover cop.Jeff
Its not illegal to be gay.Britta
It is in Iran.Jeff
Not when were in the Green zone.Britta
Thats Iraq stupid.Jeff
Well what do I know?! I'm Jeff Winger's dumb, gay dad!Britta

External links

  1. The New will-they-won't-they Joel McHale and Gilian Jacobs
  2. Hitflix-Alan Sepinwall interview with Dan Harmon
  3. Fanlore: Britta Perry/Jeff Winger
  4. Jeff and Britta tumblr
  5. "You should kiss me now" Jeff and Britta livejournal fansite
  6. Harmon audio interview on Jeff and Britta/Slater/Annie
  7. Jeff Britta 500 days
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