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     Laws of Robotics & Party Rights  
Director: Rob SchrabWriter: Dean Young — Aired: 4/7/2015 — Season: Six — Number: 5
Summary: Jeff squares off against a charming prison inmate Willy who’s attending Greendale via telerobot. Britta enlists Abed to get around Annie’s rules against parties in their apartment.


PlotEdit

Quote
Are you trying to murder me?
EndQuote
— Jeff
Frankie calls a meeting of the Save Greendale Committee to discuss a financial oppurtunity for the school. As they wait, Britta asks Annie and Abed if she can throw a party at the apartment. She objects when told any party has to be kept to a minimum of eight guests. Jeff interrupts to point out the arrival of a Teleprescence robot with Frankie's face on the tablet. She starts her presentation on the device before entering the room. She tells everyone that the Department of Corrections will pay the school $300,000 in funding if they'll allow Convicts to attend via the robots. Pelton objects at first until Jeff convinces him it's a good idea. Afterwards, Frankie, Dean Pelton and Jeff oversee the activation of the robots and introduce the convicts to the campus.



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Frankie presents a unique proposition
from the Department of Corrections.
At Jeff's Law class, he meets a prisoner named Willy convicted for murder. The two exchange some underlying hostile banter before Jeff starts his class by playing a movie. Over at Abed's locker, Britta asks him to overrule Annie about the party. Abed defers to Annie's decision but Britta hatches a scheme to get her way. That night in the school's parking garage, Jeff is both amused and horrified when Willy attempts to use his robot to push him down some stairs. Over at her apartment, Annie finds that Britta convinced Abed to have a party by filming her script about the perfect party. Annie retires to bed and allows Britta her victory but warns her that she'll be begging for her forgiveness soon.



6x5 Jeff and Willy
Willy tells Jeff to look down some stairs.

The next day, Jeff goes to Dean Pelton's office to complain about Willy only to find the convict already there via a laptop chatting to Craig. The Dean admonishes Jeff for his lackadaisical efforts at teaching his class. Jeff tries to object by mentioning hiw Willy tried to murder him but the prisoner convinces Pelton he's lying. The next day, Jeff finds Willy in front of his students answering questions about prison. He tries to regain control of the class but finds that they respect Willy more than him since. Later at Britta's party, Jeff is complaining about Willy but is unable to find a sympathetic ear. She is too busy rom her or Abed who is filming the event for his movie.

Dean Pelton and Frankie arrive to the festivities to inform everyone that the D.O.C. is pleased with how the program is going. They bring in a few of the prisoners iPads to join in the party including Willy which causes Jeff to leave. The morning after, Abed is still trying to film his movie and the lively cast keeps Britta from getting any sleep. Over at the school parking garage, Willy has his tablet robot approach Jeff and offers some suggestions about class. Before he can finish Jeff grabs the device and tosses it down the stairs. Dean Pelton walks in on the scene and immediately puts Jeff on a forced sabbatical and has him escorted off campus by security. Some time later, the committee holds a meeting at Britta's bar.


Britta is forced to Annie she was right and asks for her help in dealing with Abed. When Jeff finally shows up he's angered when he learns Pelton is holding a ceremony to make Willy an honorary professor. The others point out the only reason Jeff's upset is because Willy is the one manipulating the Dean now instead of him. Although Jeff admits to using Pelton he denies having lead him on or intentionally hurting him. The committee encourages Jeff to tell this to the Dean but because of his suspension he's not allowed on campus. However, Elroy comes up with a plan while Annie accompanies Britta back to their apartment. They interrupt Abed's filming and Annie has Britta confess that she lied to him about the project so she could throw a party.

Abed cancels the rest of the shoot and Annie tells Britta he's going to slowly make her pay for her actions. Over at Greendale, Jeff crashes Willy's Professor Emiritus ceremony using a makeshift teleprescence robot Elroy created. Via the iPad, Jeff's tells the Dean he's not a manipulating murderer like Willy but an employee who enjoys working at Greendale and considers Pelton to be a friend. The warden then reveals Willy is not a killer but a wrongly convicted man whose sentence was just overturned. When Jeff mocks Willy for being exposed as a fraud, the prisoner uses his robot to attack Jeff's makeshift one. The two devices repeatedly smash into each other until Jeff's gets knocked over. Before Willy can claim victory, Pelton turns off his iPad and pushes his robot over. He picks up Jeff's device and carries him away amidst the cheers of the ceremony attendees.

End tagEdit

The Save Greendale Committee meets in the study room via the telepresence robots, which they're testing because the prison is offering them at a discount. Frankie also announces that the rehabilitation program has been aborted. The meeting goes awry very quickly: Britta is arrested in a coffee shop, a kid draws Elroy's attention by vandalizing his RV and it's found out that Chang is actually in the bathroom of Annie's and Abed's apartment. Frankie assumes they will have to decline the prison's offer. Abed disagrees and takes every tablet over with his own signal. The Abeds vote an unanimous yes on the purchase and announce that they're planning world domination, chanting eradicate and getting the janitor who still retains the signal of the Dean's tablet to chant with them.

Recurring themesEdit

ContinuityEdit

  • Previously:
    • In the opening scene Abed is wearing a "Space Clone" T-shirt. This references the "Space Clone" comicbook he put up as the prize for his "Hot Lava" game in the Season Five episode "Geothermal Escapism".
    • Abed has a "Pop back" flashback which reveals an unseen moment when Annie moved into his and Troy's apartment in the Season Three episode "Studies in Modern Movement".
    • Part of a lock is seen outside of the door to Annie's bedroom, this refrences when Britta asked Annie to keep her from contacting her ex-boyfriend Blade. Annie installed the lock mechanism in case it became neccessary to physically keep Britta away from Blade. This occured in the Season Three episode "Origins of Vampire Mythology".
    • Annie's whispering of threats into Britta's ear in a manner that is both creepy and seductive is oddly similar to the way in which City College's Dean Spreck repeatedly threatens Dean Pelton.
  • Familiar faces:
  • Googly eyes:
    • Britta briefly shows attraction to Jeff when it seems like he is being progressive about prisoner reform but quickly loses interest when it's revealed he was only after the government funding.
    • After the robot fight between Jeff and Willy, Dean Pelton swings Jeff's robot around and carries it away.
  • School supplies: Inside Abed's locker is the felt goatee he wore as Evil Abed from the Darkest Timeline which was featured in Seasons Three and Four.
  • Returning students: Leonard Rodriguez, Garrett Lambert and Dave return.
  • A sweet ride: Jeff's Lexus returns in this episode.
  • Coined and minted: "Coucher" - A moocher who is allowed to live in a residence and sleeps on the couch.
  • Catchphrase: The multiple Abeds on tablet screens chant "Eradicate!", the catchphrase of the Blorgons.
  • School Song: "Pillar of Garbage" by Natalie is Freezing can be heard during the scene where Jeff is talking to Britta at the party.
  • Express tuition aisle: Jeff's law class consists of watching "Planet Earth". He himself admits it's a phony class.

Running gagsEdit

  • A dollop of whipped irony: After Annie refuses Britta's house party request, she tells her she's not some authoritative controlling power to rebel against. When Britta denies that's what's she's going to do, Annie tells her she'll do what she's told.
  • That's you:
    • Abed does an impression of comedian Jerry Seinfeld when referring to Britta as a "coucher".
    • Abed does an impression of "the black guy in every sci-fi movie" by repeating back what was just explained to him.
  • PCness: Dean Pelton gets uncomfortable saying the word "black" around Elroy.

Pop culture referencesEdit

  • Use your allusion: Elroy says he is nobody's "fourth Ghostbuster". This is a reference to the movie "Ghostbusters " and the character of "Winston Zedmore ". He was a African American who became the fourth official member of the group and was generally referred to as the token black guy.
  • Product placement: Double Robotics Telepresence robots are featured prominently on the show as are the Apple iPad s attached to them.
  • Shout out:
  • IMDb: Abed mentions the films "Can't Hardly Wait " and "Risky Business " when describing the party film he is trying to shoot with Britta.
  • TV Guide: the BBC documentary film series "Planet Earth" is shown by Jeff for his "Fundamentals of Law" class.
  • Resume: Elroy reluctantly allows Abed's impersonation of "the black guy in every sci-fi movie". Keith David (Elroy) himself played such parts in science fiction films as "The Thing " and "They Live ".

Meta referencesEdit

  • IRL: The janitor who appears in the end tag and retains the signal of his tablet even when Abed takes all the other tablets over is played by Abed Gheith, Dan Harmon's original inspiration for the character of Abed.
  • Parody:
    • Abed mentions "Pop back" and "Pop forward" gags which have become staples of several situational comedies on television, notably the Tina Fey sitcom " 30 Rock ".
    • The final study room scene in this episode mocks traditional romantic comedy conventions, particularly love triangles and the last minute confession at a wedding ceremony.

GalleryEdit

GalleryEdit

Alternate scene photosEdit

According to Community writer Alex Ruebens, the following pictures are from an unused scene which was later reshot at The Vatican (source).

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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