|"Paradigms of Human Memory"|
|◄ Season Two, Episode Twenty-One ►|
|Air date||April 21, 2011 on|
|Written by||Chris McKenna|
|Directed by||Tristram Shapeero|
|“||Abed, stop being meta! Why do you always have to take whatever happens to us and shove it up its own ass?||”|
Paradigms of Human Memory is the twenty-first episode of the second season of Community. The study group assembles their twentieth- and final- Anthropology diorama of the year. When Troy's monkey reappears and subsequently disappears into a ventilation shaft, the group starts reminiscing about their year together.
PlotEditAnnie's Boobs appears and steals Troy's paint brush before retreating to a nearby vent. He is pursued by an oiled up and semi-naked Chang, who discovers the trove of objects the monkey had been stealing since being released. Chang brings the items back out including the missing purple pens Annie accused the group of stealing. The group then recalls a couple adventures they've had over the season: being shot at during a visit to a ghost town and filling in for the Glee Club when they all died in a bus crash.
Jeff and Britta argue they are all focusing on the bad stuff. Jeff suggests that Abed comes up with something positive that happened this year. Abed counters with the revelation that the two have secretly had sex all year. He points out several things he noticed over the semester. Exhibit A: Jeff and Britta went into the restroom together at the Halloween party in "Epidemiology", Exhibit B:Abed overhears Jeff proposition Britta after he left his therapy session with Ian Duncan, Exhibit C: Abed found the two of them half naked in his dorm room after the group's river rafting adventure.
Boob-A-Tron only to be pulled out of the way by Jeff; Annie and Jeff spin two jump ropes for Pierce and look at one another.
Dean Pelton then bursts into the room in a yet another costume after having overhearing their argument.
speech. The speech is inter cut in a montage of other speeches he made previously that year at various events the group took part in; at a haunted house, with Mexican drug-runners, at an old west Locomotive, river rafting, Caesar Salad Day, on a camping trip, inside a mental institution, and the group comforting Abed about The Cape's cancellation. Jeff ends his argument by saying that despite the arguing and fighting, they are becoming closer and more fantastic as a group. Everyone is sufficiently moved to reconcile and they all hug it out. They tell Jeff and Britta they can continue hooking up but the two decide not to. Chang returns to find them all gone. He then begins to reminisce about his time in the vent with Annie's Boobs.
The episode ends with a cartoon written by the Dean, showing him getting revenge on the study group for being mean to him.
- Double Take: The sequence that pays homage to the fan video Gravity is parodied twice, using Pierce and Abed, then Annie's Boobs and Chang instead of Jeff and Annie, as the first sequence and the video it's based on did.
- While all of the "clips" are never-before-seen footage, some come from episodes that are canon, like the Halloween and Christmas episodes, but divulge new information about what happened.
- It's mentioned in "Romantic Expressionism" by Troy that in High School when Annie was freaking out while on Adderal, she ran through the hallways screaming "Everyone is a robot!". One of the flashback's sees her in the Greendale hallway faced with an out of control robot.
- The monkey Annie's Boobs is revealed to be the culprit behind Annie's missing pens in Cooperative Calligraphy.
- Winger Speech: This one alternates between eight Winger speeches from the past (chronologically in the show, however like all the other clips it's actually new footage), and one that takes place in the present.
- Changuage: Chang claims to know the school's air vents like the back of his chang.
- I hate Glee!: One of the flashbacks reveals that the study group filled in for the Greendale Glee club.
- Gasp!: Annie gasps when Jeff denies any romantic undertones in their interactions and suggests that Pierce and Abed had just as many moments which could be perceived that way as well.
- NOOOOOO!: Troy screams when they are surrounded by a crowd of students after Jeff announces that they are giving away free iPhones.
- Man-crush: In the ending cartoon written by the Dean, Jeff seems to have hidden feelings for the Dean.
- Annie's Boobs: The monkey returns and is revealed to have stolen many things from the group.
- WWBJD: Shirley claims that it's not God that hates the group but Jeff and Britta due to their hooking up
- Bag-ul: In the camping trip adventure clip, Jeff and Britta argue over her pronunciation of the word "s'more".
- Nice outfit: Several instances of Pelton making announcements in different costumes are shown.
- "Dean-de-de-de-dean-dean-dean, dean dean dean dean."
- "What's dean got to do with it?"
- "Deanie, vidi, vici!"
- "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a dean."
- IMDB: Gone With The Wind, Alien
- TV Guide: Glee, The Cape
- Shout Out: Troy refers to the old prospector in the ghost town as "1800's Disney Racist", referring to the racism in old Disney cartoons (such as Fantasia). When Jeff calls the group a "supergroup", Troy references the Traveling Wilburys, a rock and roll supergroup.
- Name that tune: "Gravity"
- The episode is an homage and parody of a "clip show", an episode of a television show comprised of clips from previously aired episodes. This subverts the old formula by using almost entirely new footage shot for this particular episode
- The Jeff and Annie, Pierce and Abed, Ben Chang and Annie's Boobs montages are all parodies of a particular "shipping" video (see main article "Gravity"). These fanvids are made by fans who enjoy a particular romantic pairing on the show, even some pairings not considered canon. This is one of the few instances when a fan work has been incorporated within the canon of a show.
- John Oliver as Professor Ian Duncan
- Jim Rash as Dean Craig Pelton
- E.J. Callahan as Old Prospector
- Marcus Folmar as Barber Professor
- “I can't believe this is our twentieth and final anthropology diorama of the year.”— Annie
- “I can't believe our assignment is making a diorama of us making our nineteenth diorama.”— Britta
- “Didn't we decide, at the beginning of the year that, for the good of the group, we wouldn't allow any intimacy between each other or ourselves?”— Troy
- “Troy, we never said 'ourselves'.”— Jeff
- “Okay, now I'm really mad.”— Troy
- “Feast your ear-tongues on these memory-pops.”— Britta
- “Dean-a-ling-a-ling. I was just heading to judge our belated carnival when I heard you guys having a tiff. What's the rumpus?”— Dean Pelton
- “We were debating how many times per year a man can drop in a study room in a dumb costume with irrelevant news.”— Jeff
Clip show episodes are usually included in a show to save money on the budget, as not much new filming is required. However, this episode showcased all new and extravagant footage. Additionally, in order to acquire the rights to "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles, Dan Harmon had to pay $30,000 of his own money.
|Season Two Episodes|
1. "Anthropology 101"
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