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Tuesday, June 2, 2015
45 Favorite Episodes: 13
This episode of Community, Repilot, means a lot to me. Not only is it a great character study of Jeff Winger, but it is also a great study on the show itself and what makes it so wonderfully adored. After the rocky, Dan Harmon-less fourth season, he makes his triumphant return by flipping everything on its head. Jeff tried to help people, but now he's turning on his friends to make some money with the lawyer who turned him in in the first place. He's trying to destroy Greendale even though it's a "good place" for "good people." There is so much depth in the script and the storytelling in the episode that it's hard to even understand a fraction of what's going on the first time around. Repilot is viewed as Community's return to form by viewing the characters - not as perfect - but as so terribly flawed that the only way they can survive is with each other. In addition to this, the episode boasts some pretty heartbreaking lines. (See: "You're an amateur monster, Alan. And you stomp in the grave of a real monster who was willing to stay buried because real monsters have shame...That's for making me go to this school. That's for making the last four years happen. And now I get to make them un-happen for me and the only people I care about.") But fortunately, just as in the pilot (after all this is a revamp, a do-over), Pierce is the one who convinces Jeff not to turn his back on Greendale. In the same spot as five years ago. There's a beauty to it.