Community: Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television
June 2, 2015 4:43 PM - Season 6, Episode 13 - Subscribe

Two families come to troubling realizations about their futures. Season (series?) finale.

#andamovie
posted by DoctorFedora (37 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Doing what it does best, Community goes meta and begins to ruminate on how you could keep a group of community college students together for a seventh year without it feeling contrived.

Not the funniest episode (though it absolutely had its moments, like Chang's inside joke) but it had the sort of emotional vulnerability that characterized the best of the series.

This is, what, Community's third series finale? Fourth? I struggle to think of any other series that has such consistently "this is probably the end of the series" season finales.

All in all, I really liked it (especially the stinger — what's with how dark those have been, anyway?) but part of me wonders if it's time to put Community to rest before we wind up with Scrubs Season 9.
posted by DoctorFedora at 4:51 PM on June 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


Dice not included, some assembly required. Lines between perception, desire, and reality may become blurred, redundant, or interchangeable. Characters may hook up with no regard for your emotional investment. Some episodes too conceptual to be funny, some too funny to be immersive, and some so immersive they still aren't funny. Consistency between seasons may vary. Viewers may be measured by a secretive obsolete system based on selected participants keeping handwritten journals of what they watch. Show may be cancelled and moved to the Internet where it turns out tens of millions were watching the whole time. May not matter. Fake commercial may end with disclaimer gag which may descend into vain Chuck Lorresque rant by narcissistic creator. Creator may be unstable. Therapist may have told creator this is not how you make yourself a good person. Life may pass by while we ignore or mistreat those close to us. Those close to us may be those watching. Those people may want to know I love them, but I may be incapable of saying it. Contains pieces the size of a child's oesophagus.
posted by Doktor Zed at 5:34 PM on June 2, 2015 [15 favorites]


A really great episode.

It was like an anvil dropping when the dad called out the very existence of the board game commercial family.
posted by drezdn at 5:37 PM on June 2, 2015 [6 favorites]


Wow, I loved this episode. I got a bit emotional at the end. Maybe I'm identifying with Jeff a bit too much in my real life at the moment. I didn't think I'd feel sad, because I haven't felt the same connection to the latest season(s) the way I did previously, but still - if this is the series finale - I'm okay with that.
posted by liquorice at 5:58 PM on June 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


I'm so slow today. Sorry about that.

"School's out, bitches!" announces Leonard. The Dean brags over the loudspeaker that we're still standing--take THAT, health inspector, building inspector, a long list of things like that including a geologist, and Dad!

The study group remains, with Abed having brought a loud ticking metronome to tick away the final seconds. Frankie says they need to rename the Save Greendale committee because it has been SAVED! They proceed to suggest terrible names and end up choosing The Nipple Dippers. Frankie is all, "You guys are rebelling against yourselves. You got that, right?" and refuses to nipple dip. The Dean didn't wear any silly outfits all term (budget cuts, right?), so he binged pretty hard after the bell rang and shows up in the room in everything he could find in the props department.

Elroy announces that he got a job in California for Linked In. "They hired me to figure out why people don't use it." He also plans on chasing a chick who just got divorced. Will he come back? "I think so. Probably. Maybe. Have a great summer." Awwww. The Dean falls over.

"I can't count the reasons I should stay," indeed, y'all.

Cut to Britta's Bar. Do bar scenes all have to start with a billiards shot, Abed wonders. Britta imitates Elroy's departure and is all "what was that, right?" Meanwhile, Annie's out at an interview and she's the only one who gets Chang. Abed starts musing about their televisual nature, despite Jeff's "Don't put a nickel in him." How likely is a seventh season, anyway? Other more long lasting shows weren't losing people every year. What if say, Shirley came back?

Cut to the brief Community credits, which will happen every time someone pitches a seventh season. Shirley's back! She and Frankie meet, and the Dean runs in in a diaper.

"If I had no self-awareness, I think I'd know," Britta says. The Dean is all, "No offense, Abed, but isn't the shape of your brain kind of fucked up?"

The Dean's pitch: what if we not only brought back Shirley, but got a third random black person? Where would they sit in the room? "They sit wherever they want, as of the 1960's." So there's a random third black guy on a stool in the corner. Elroy and Shirley hit it off in a stereotypical way and Jeff takes off his shirt--

"CRAZY AND RACIST AND TERRIBLE," says everyone.

"Season seven don't need no past," says Chang. So his pitch has Jeff delivering pickup lines and an ice cube head puppet who eats cell phones and zaps peope. The Dean is still in a diaper, dancing.

Jeff wants to go home now. He doesn't want to care about Greendale and spend his brief moment of humanity developing the imaginary TV show of our lives. Also, Chang sucks at improv for looking at his ice cubes in his glass for that.
Annie walks in and announces she got an internship at the FBI for the summer! Britta wants her bedroom if Annie doesn't come back. Will she? Maybe...probably...maybe.

Jeff's pitch: he's at the table with Garrett, Leonard, Todd, Vicki, and another random black guy. (WHERE IS MAGNITUDE?!) Todd wants more paintball. There's also Scrunch, the tech genius who doesn't do shit, wears bunny ears and cuts your paycheck now. "It is your job to work. It is our job to party." And eventually leave you.

Jeff looks sad and disturbed? Are you okay....

Annie's pitch: Jeff strolls in all cool in leather and sunglasses talking about the awesome time he just had, while Britta is all, "It must be hard work, running away from your old age." Annie's back and needs to move back in, but Chang moved in--she'll kick him out. Annie says that "the only credit hard to get at Greendale is from a bank" and wonders why the audience doesn't feel sorry for her. Then the Dean runs in (still in diapers) and announces that Britta's parents have been murdered. Annie's on the case!

This is a pitch?!, Britta says. The Dean wants to know why he's in diapers for everything.

Britta's pitch: new depressing war and pollution credits! She calls senators, tells them off, and declares war. She sends Annie to Washington. The Dean shows up in a nice suit and makeup and hair and is now strictly transgender and says "We're all born free into a world of lies." The Dean wants his diaper back after this.

Frankie wouldn't watch this show. What's her pitch? The Disney version of the theme song plays. Everyone sits up politely, clenches their hands and talks politely. Why don't we do an educational show? Chang farts on command. Everyone boos this. "It is possible there is more skill to this than I thought," Frankie says.

Abed muses that TV has to be joyless, effortless, fun. It's a comfort. It's a friend you've known for so long, you just let it be with you. And it needs to be OK for TV to have a bad day, or get on a boat with LeVar Burton and never come back. Abed looks like he's gonna cry. Britta definitely cries. I feel verklempt myself. Oh, never mind Britta, she's crying about her pitch.

Jeff's pitch: he agrees with Abed... and there's a Friends-style setup in the teacher's lounge. Abed teaches TV appreciation, Britta is the school shrink, Frankie is a lesbian and that's why she hasn't hit on Jeff, and Annie teaches criminology. She's happy and hot, but not little girl hot. Jeff is now the dean and the Dean is in a class on being a Dean. Group hug!
"In this version, will you tell me what to do a lot?" the Dean asks. Chang likes that he's on meds. Annie and Abed like it. How do we make it real? Annie could take some education classes...

And that's when Abed announces that he got a job as a PA and is moving to LA. Will he come back? Maybe. Probably. Maybe. But what about six seasons and a movie? This is reality. It's not based on common sense, it's based on networks milking things dry.

Jeff's pitch, round two: him just choking a bunch of clones of Abed over and over again. Jeff gets up and leaves. Chang farts. "And so on." he says.

There was a Subway commercial, and an ad that said, "It may sound strange, but some people love their laxative." O RLY? This wasn't a fake ad? Seriously? I just had to mention it. Back to the show.

Jeff is alone at night in the study lounge. Jeff's pitch, round three: he and Annie are a couple with a kid named Sebastian, who shows up for a second to look cute before "back to your child area!" Jeff tells Annie he loves her and she's all, are you ok? Is this really what you want? Of course..or a dog...but whatever you want. Do you have any idea what I want, Annie asks. "Yes?"

Annie enters for real. "You left weirdly." "Well, there's no normal way to do anything now." Jeff wishes he was 25 and heading out into the world. (Cue "I Wish I Could Go Back To College" from Avenue Q in my head.) He also wants to have an opinion about the boring ass Marvel movies and have someone care. Annie essentially wants to be an adult with a past, but she agrees with him on the Marvel movies. She wants Jeff to accept being older and he says, "I let you go, Annie." OMG. "The heart, which cynics say is code for penis, wants what it wants. But I let you go." She tells him he should kiss her goodbye or he'll regret it for the rest of her life--and she'll regret it for about a week. They kiss goodbye. Awwww.

Everyone else comes in. "Are you guys doing an unauthorized finale in here? That's not cool," Abed says. They are saying goodbye to the room. Who knows if any of them will be back, it's out of our hands. Abed says "cool" six times, one for each season. Chang farts some more. Frankie says everyone should imagine their own personal version of season seven and not share it with anyone. If you cut to it, it won't come true.

Jeff's pitch, round four: "You just stopped being a study group. I hereby pronounce you a community," Jeff says to a table of hot young redheaded chicks. They'll all have adventures for awhile and then leave him, but now he's equipped to handle people leaving. He's sort of the hero that way. Can Jeff cut to that at home, alone?

"I love that I got to be with you guys," Jeff says while Chang yells out "gay!" They group hug. Chang comes out as"I'm legit gay!" Get in line, Chang.

Cut to the airport, where Jeff is dropping Abed and Annie off. There's a really great song playing during it- Sepinwall says it's "Ends of the Earth" by LordHuron and I have to go find it when I'm finally done with this. Lyrics were something like "to the ends of the earth, would you follow me? There's a world out there that we're meant to see."

Jeff meets the remaining cast at the bar and they have a toast. "This is the show." The end screen is "#andamovie."

The last stinger: Community! It's a board game now! The show is happening inside this game! Oh, wait, here's a tiny script of this fake commercial, proving that this family playing it doesn't exist, nobody's winning anything, and we don't exist. "We're not created by God, we're created by a joke." We were never born and we'll never actually live. The show ends on a brilliant but long Chuck Lorre-esque disclaimer/goodbye by Harmon himself, which sadly I couldn't write down too well.

Okay, we'll finish off with a link roundup:
No one talks about Community any more. Here's why we should.
AV Club review.
Variety review.
IGN review.
Alan Sepinwall review.
Firewall and Iceberg podcast discussing Community.
Possibility of the show returning somehow.
Harmon is staying quiet for now.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:53 PM on June 2, 2015 [8 favorites]


Anyway...pretty much like everyone else: kinda want it to stay but understand if it goes. I would actually like them to do a movie and get Troy and Shirley back and finally have Greendale end as a hole in the ground a la Buffy.

It was very touching and I'm still a little verklempt here. Cheers to Doktor Zed for getting all of that down.

I kinda feel like Jeff myself in some ways. (One of those links pointed out that ironically, the "staying" people like Britta have other gigs but Annie and Abed's have fallen through IRL.) I live in a college town and there's a lot of people coming and going and meanwhile I am stuck myself. It sucks, but ... well, you get used to it.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:56 PM on June 2, 2015 [4 favorites]


"This is, what, Community's third series finale? Fourth? I struggle to think of any other series that has such consistently "this is probably the end of the series" season finales."

Parks and Recreation.

Ends of the Earth song video.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:07 PM on June 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


The right way to end it (barring a movie). Especially after such an uneven season, I think it's time to let it go.
posted by gerryblog at 7:30 PM on June 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


Just watched board game ending. Can't breathe. Tears of laughter and joy. Send help.
posted by zachlipton at 9:27 PM on June 2, 2015 [3 favorites]


"We just might live the good life yet". I'm so mad at myself for not picking up that reference the moment the Dean said it.
posted by Gary at 10:17 PM on June 2, 2015


My husband made fun of me for crying and didn't believe it was because I cried laughing at the stinger. To be fair to him, it was plausible that I might cry at the end of Community. But I DIDN'T.

I agree with pretty much every review I've read: if Community doesn't end here, it'll be doing the series a real disservice. Its time has come. I'd happily watch the hell out of a movie, but I don't think anyone needs or wants more seasons.

I have a Twitter account that I started with the best of intentions about figuring out what the kids are doing on Twitter, but the only tweet I ever wrote was #sixseasonsandamovie. Soooo...in short, #andamovie, I guess?
posted by town of cats at 11:15 PM on June 2, 2015


I loved that stinger so so much.
Even more so that it was a bit of a tired fake board game gag suddenly transitioning into the most meta of meta dark horrible wonderful non-life for the board game family.
In the most meta episode, that was the only way to end it.

Are the dad's lines about never existing in the tiny script?
If they aren't is that better or worse?

I agree wholeheartedly. Community should stop now.
If it continues then #SixSeasons is apt to become a painful whatif rather than a hopeful cry.
(But I still stand by #andamovie)

It was a shame that Troy was not in the finale.
(I'm fine with Pierce not being in it)
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 5:28 AM on June 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh also, Annie was the Ass crack bandit all along?
Is that... canon?
Are there clues?
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 5:32 AM on June 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


If the series does end here, 2015 (and 2014-2015) will have seen the end of so many great shows.
posted by drezdn at 5:52 AM on June 3, 2015


Oh also, Annie was the Ass crack bandit all along?
Is that... canon?
Are there clues?


I'm pretty sure there's one scene in that episode where Annie is on screen when the ass crack bandit strikes. Though I've long thought she was involved, my assumption is there wasn't a single ACB, but multiple people striking at different times.
posted by 2ht at 5:54 AM on June 3, 2015


I agree with pretty much every review I've read: if Community doesn't end here, it'll be doing the series a real disservice.

In connection with an interview just after the Mad Men finale, Alison Brie referred to Community's sixth season as "this final season".

Either that was a mental glitch because it was fresh in her mind, or she's prepared for this too be Community's last one as well.
posted by Doktor Zed at 6:58 AM on June 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


I thought the final episode was a strong one. I think the last few episodes have just been superior to anything made since Season 3, and definitely on par with some of the better ones in Season 2.

I watched this on my phone during lunch, an early lunch, in my office, and while I laughed off and on through the episode, the stinger killed me. Conveniently, my boss shares a wall with me. I'm sure he's recommending my dismissal this morning.

In terms of in-show likeliness of people returning, Annie won't be getting a job with the FBI unless she has a degree, so unless she transfers to a four year college, she should be back. Abed, more of a chance of staying away. Elroy, it's where life leads him. Everyone else? Sure.

In terms of out of the show, oof. If I could be promised a seventh season like the last few episodes, I would accept it. If it was a seventh season like season five, I'd probably just ask for the movie. It definitely felt as if everyone believed it was the last season, or at least, Harmon felt it was much more important to say farewell than to be optimistic about returning. In his podcast, granted, the one I'm on right now he's almost done filming the season, he's come across as someone who's a bit weary and unsure if he can continue the show and do the characters justice. It's not that he's bored, it's that his creations have moved on with their lives.

Incidentally, yesterday, Harmon announced on Twitter that he was deleting his Twitter app and taking a vacation from the internet.

I definitely loved Yvette Brown's cameo return. It was a nice touch. (Incidentally, she's a positive person on Twitter).

Going back to the show, itself, this was, as someone mentioned, the essence of "Remedial Chaos Theory," but without the dice. Instead the dice became theoretical and observed by the characters by means of Abed's own personality influencing the discussion of the group. It's ironic that Abed, who the show has really leaned on this season in terms of his perception of the world as televised or cinematic, was not the person who clung to the idea of a follow up season. That was Jeff - who was offered the escape courtesy of Abed's own idea.

Each idea offered a glimpse of how everyone saw themselves as part of the group, such as Frankie who appeared to really just want the presence of everyone. She didn't want to be alone and what everyone else said or did didn't really matter, so long as they were there. Chang, incidentally, was further redeemed when he basically wanted an existence where he could solve everyone's problems, as Ice Cube head (voiced by Justin Roiland! Hi Morty!) helped people shooting lasers at them, we cut to Chang pretending to do as much.

As I watched, I realized how much the characters of the show had become real in the sense they were no longer superficial ideas and issues slapped onto actors as they were in the beginning of the show. They had all evolved in one way or another, for good or bad, but it seemed as if it might be impossible to go back to the past because the characters simply were too realized to belong in the universe that required people more fictional. Does that even make any sense?

#andamovie.
posted by Atreides at 7:14 AM on June 3, 2015 [6 favorites]




Observer review.
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:17 AM on June 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


That was the Claridryl of stingers.
posted by uosuaq at 6:30 PM on June 3, 2015


I thought this was pretty good, acceptable as a series finale, although it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. Excepting the stinger, which was amazing.

In my opinion, this has been one of the best seasons, which I totally didn't expect. But its real weakness has been any real continuity or character development, aside from Frankie. That's suggestive to me -- both that this is true, and that Frankie is the exception.

I feel like although Harmon and the writers have a lot of great ideas and had a lot of freedom to explore them this season, and that worked out well, they don't really know where else to take these characters. Frankie quickly became a fully-developed and very interesting, watchable character. Elroy, not as much, but I think they sort of wrote themselves into a corner with him. Frankie was mostly a blank slate and, unlike Elroy, changed the dynamics of the group -- those two things in combination made her fertile ground for the writers and actor to work. Elroy was better than he might have been, but he didn't push the show into some new (characterization and interaction) territory like Frankie did. And the regular gang -- well, my sense is that the only possibility would be to really push a character into a major transformation, and I don't think they wanted to risk that. My intuition is that this was the right decision.

But another season would have this same problem, except more so. They've run into a wall with the regular gang and they were lucky that this season was as successful as it was. I think the status quo wouldn't work for another season, I think the stagnation would be much more apparent. So the choice would be to have some major change. And that would be a huge crap shoot. From that perspective, ending now would be a good choice.

I don't really know what they could do with a movie.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 6:15 AM on June 4, 2015


I think Ivan Fyodorovich is probably right. It is time to let these characters go out on a high note. I'd love to see more Frankie, but what I think that really means is that I want to see more NEW ideas from Harmon.

That said, I would pitch an epic road movie -- trilogy? -- pulling in references from National Lampoon's Vacation to Hard Day's Night to Lord of the Rings and everything in between.
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 7:33 AM on June 4, 2015 [2 favorites]


I could see a road trip movie working -- putting them into a new environment.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:02 AM on June 4, 2015 [1 favorite]


I agree with Ivan, too. The finale almost screamed, "Our original characters have completely matured to the peak of who they can be!"

Jeff, the cynic who starts at Greendale entirely so he can get back into a profession he considers based around one's ability to B.S., and who treats the school contemptuously, particularly its staff. He becomes sincere and a teacher, granted, not a good teacher, but an instructor never the less. (If you think about it, he's still not really qualified to teach a class on law.)

Annie the pill popper finds her fresh start and an internship with an organization that is dedicated to following the rules and doing things the proper way.

Abed follows his dream to hollywood, growing as someone who can deal with loss and his own social miscues.

Britta is the only problem and it's because the writers pretty much couldn't figure out what to do with her after Season 2. Allegedly, she will go on to become a psychologist, but that aim has become virtual lip service. She's lost a fair bit of the fire of her anarchic protester image (that she cultivated). The best one might say is that she's become more comfortable with who she is versus who she wants people to think she is.
posted by Atreides at 8:36 AM on June 4, 2015 [1 favorite]




"Britta is the only problem and it's because the writers pretty much couldn't figure out what to do with her after Season 2."

Yeah, Britta completely disproves my theses that they've reached end-of-life with these characters. It's striking that I would forget this and my defense is that they've so thoroughly destroyed her as a character, as anything resembling a human being (and not just a joke), that I just erased her from that analysis.

So, yeah, one thing they could do is resurrect Britta from the dead. There's so much potential in Britta that, at this point, I can't see with any of the other long-term characters, and it's totally because they sketched out someone kind of complicated and interesting in the first two seasons and then scribbled over that person and replaced her with whatever it is that Britta is now.

There was just a small amount of something real there with Britta in the episode about her parents -- it was a joke, of course, that these apparently nice people were parents that she'd rebelled against to the point of practically disowning. Typical overreacting Britta. That's the joke. But I felt like there was actually some stuff with more weight implied in all that -- that maybe her parents' niceness smothered Britta as a teen when Britta needed to explore being something else and they really couldn't see that at all. In fact, they still really can't see Britta for who she is, but more that they expect that being nice and platitudes will make everything fine. And the funny thing about Britta is that this makes sense for her -- for someone who attaches herself to what she thinks is radical politics and such, she's actually pretty inoffensive and not unlike her parents.

It's too late to go back to the smarter Britta of the early show, but it's not too late for them to treat the character as if she was more than a running joke. It felt like they came close to doing this in that episode with her parents, but in the end needed to make sure that the audience still saw Britta as a joke. It's almost as if Harmon or the writers personally dislike the character she was or could be. I wonder if it's character assassination by proxy. I dunno. It's always been weird.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 10:04 AM on June 4, 2015 [4 favorites]


As someone with occasional (brief and minor, but unsettling) dissociative episodes, the stinger was deeply harrowing for me. Then the final monologue was so gorgeous and personal I was in tears.

There's your emotional consequences!
posted by rabbitbookworm at 10:07 AM on June 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Huh. I just learned Ken Jeong has a show on ABC this fall. Who's possibly going to be left at this point?
posted by psoas at 10:20 AM on June 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


I thought the episode did a good job at capturing the petering out that happens when tight-knit groups begin to part ways. Groups of friends brought together due to shared circumstances (be it school, work, or whatever) have difficulty sticking together when those circumstances no longer exist.
"I think so. Probably. Maybe." A week later you get a Facebook friend invite and that's that.

Ice Cube Head is the closest this season got to the Rick & Morty crossover episode I was hoping for. And I'm okay with that.

I thought the stinger was a great sendoff for the series. Funny, unsettling, and bittersweet in turns. Much better than S5's final stinger, which while funny, basically was Harmon giving NBC the finger.

The only thing that would have made that stinger better would be if it turned out Todd was writing the whole thing.

Loose plot points that the movie could address:
What happened to Professor Slater?
Who is the Ass Crack Bandit?
Were Levar Burton and his non-celebrity companion ever rescued from the pirates?
Is Buzz Hickey really dead?
posted by Dr-Baa at 11:59 AM on June 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


WOW. Just watched it and loved it. The best episode in quite a long time, and a great finale.

And the opening credits to Britta's pitch literally had me crying I was laughing so hard.
posted by jbickers at 12:25 PM on June 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


What happened to Professor Slater?

"Professor Slater still missing..."
posted by Doktor Zed at 12:35 PM on June 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Groups of friends brought together due to shared circumstances (be it school, work, or whatever) have difficulty sticking together when those circumstances no longer exist.

Yeah, at first I was a little startled by Elroy's sudden exit, and then I realized, no, that's how a lot of groups disband. Someone almost always has to leave unexpectedly before the big final event, and then everyone else trickles away.
posted by psoas at 12:35 PM on June 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Bittersweet! I think it must be the end of the regular show and I have to agree it's a good time. A reboot with all new characters except one or two? Might be worth a shot, but I would not expect it to approach the greatness of those times this show was truly in top form.

That much said, bring on the movie! Troy would have to be in it.
posted by Glinn at 5:03 PM on June 5, 2015


A reboot would have the problem of bringing together the right mix of personalities without them turning into Abed 2.0 or Annie 2.0. I'd just take a movie and call it a night than go that route.
posted by Atreides at 7:00 PM on June 5, 2015






According to McHale, even though Yahoo is game, there will be no 7th season for the simple reason that every single contract would have to be renegotiated. Given Community's ratings and the growing uneven quality, and the fact that now every single actor is now attached to another project, this represents a silly capitol largesse that even Yahoo is no longer capable of.

And thus, this episode was like daggers to the heart. The Office, Parks and Rec, and 30 Rock all specialized in some tasty wish fulfillment and delicious fan service in their wrap ups. Community gave the realistic melancholy of growing up. The people who represented the most potential move away. And you recognize your place in their lives, the old friend from back home. Although you also had potential, spending decades of your life focused on the easy path, the short term score, you find yourself sitting at the table of misfit toys at the end of the night. You still can call, can still visit and still keep in touch... but if you were the type of person able to maintain meaningful emotional relationships despite distance... well... then if you were that type of person you wouldn't be so lonely on your 40th birthday.

As an older single guy who didn't think I'd be single at this age, I have to admit I'm a little bit of a secret Jeff and Annie shipper. Jeff (and Dan Harmon) recognized at 15 years older, he would never be able to be in love with anything other than the idea of Annie. Jeff would be bored with someone still discovering the world and Annie deserved someone better than Jeff. That kind of cruel realizations that sit-coms normally help us escape. Instead, Annie leaves for something bigger than Greendale and we the viewers don't have to feel sorry for her. Good.
posted by midmarch snowman at 8:09 AM on August 26, 2015 [6 favorites]


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