God, it feels good to have a terrible reason to not leave the house again. There is truly nothing like deciding not to do something because it is cold outside and “shows are on.” At once incredibly reliving and horribly distressing. Fox’s comedies returned this week, and so did Parks and Recreation, and so did Bob’s Burgers! Community, after having returned last week, jumped right into a concept episode, “Basic Intergluteal Numismatics.” After feeling immediately worn out by the group’s return to community college last week, I was actually happy to see a Dan Harmon-y parody rather than an episode focused on Jeff’s role as a teacher or the group’s role as students. (Though I can see how one would feel the opposite.) Sometimes Community‘s concept episodes like this can feel like work, but this one — maybe due to the fact that it wasn’t strictly parodying anything specific, rather just the general idea of procedural shows and David Fincher movies — was just enjoyable, I thought! My one complaint would be that the Jeff/Annie flirtation, at this point, feels pointless to their characters’ story lines– only trotted out when necessary and then forgotten until it becomes necessary again. The realistic portrayal of that sort of relationship might be what the show is going for, but it feels more like an easy trick to get to where they want an episode’s particular story to go. Otherwise, I liked the episode. (Abed’s clumsy takedown of on-the-spectrum detectives didn’t have me until the look he gave before walking away.) I really liked Parks and Recreation‘s “Second Chunce.” The episode was warm and funny and set up Tom and Leslie’s future ambitions beautifully. I cannot believe that before this episode I had not noticed that Ann’s ob/gyn, Dr. Saperstein, has the same name as Rosemary’s ob/gyn from Rosemary’s Baby, which is perfect even though it is a joke that means nothing and makes no sense. I also cannot believe that no one has ever cheered me up with a trip to Paris. What a bunch of garbage. Let’s take a jump and talk about the rest.

Remember how mean Danny used to be to Mindy on The Mindy Project? The show has really come a very long way in like-ability since its first season, and it is in no small part thanks to Danny’s change from jerk to Perfect Man. (Also in no small part thanks to the show becoming very funny.) WHAT A DREAMBOAT! The series continues to be something that I enjoy. The end. Speaking of things that I enjoy: New Girl was great. If there is one thing I love on television it is bottle episodes. Why don’t they build the whole television out of the bottle episode? If only all shows could consist of characters just making jokes and talking to each other in one place. I really like when Jess took all of those expensive shots and said they were disgusting. I really like Winston. I really like Schmidt. I don’t totally buy that Nick Miller passed the bar and could have been a lawyer since he legit seems like he has 0 brain almost always, but he looked very handsome in his law school clothes. Coach had a small role, which felt correct. Cece remains wonderful and beautiful. This is a good show. Also a good show: Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Everyone in the cast is so good. Craig Robinson was a very good guest star. Also a GREAT show: Bob’s Burgers. Please watch Bob’s Burgers, if you do not already. The end. WHAT DID YOU THINK?

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  1. I liked Community possibly just because Zodiac is one of my all time favorite movies and also you can’t really go wrong with Jonathan Banks and John Oliver in the same episode. The Troy parts of the episode didn’t really sit right and I agree that the Jeff/Annie stuff is pointless and overdone, but despite that it was very funny and Starburns was trying to build a cat car in the Greendale stables!

    Cougar Town came back this week too and it was… good-ish? I would say it was good except most of the episode was about Travis and Laurie’s ludicrous relationship which will never not be gross to me, and they made it even grosser with Jules repeatedly walking in on them Doing It. But the bit Bobby being recognized by all of the tourists because of Penny Can was great! And I loved the story about Andy showing Stan Nightmare on Elm Street. I usually hate Tom but him dressing up as Freddy Krueger and explaining to Stan that he was moving to Canada was probably the best part of the episode.

  2. Community had a little part played by Ben Folds who is very great!
    The Mindy Project is really enjoyable, I think. Lots of great jokes and lovable characters.
    Bob’s Burgers was great as always.

    Parks and Rec was pretty great but I didn’t love that Andy slept the whole time…what’s the point of bringing him back if he’s not making awesome jokes? Also would like more Donna please. Also I found Kathryn Hahn’s character much less likable this time even though she helped our best friend remember that she has bigger dreams.

    Also remember Brooklyn Nine-Nine…with Craig Robinson? So funny. New Girl was funny but I am not as much a fan of “flashback episodes” because usually the joke is “look at that hair” or “look at fat schmidt” which is very similar to “look at fat monica” of Friends fame. I just think they’re funnier when they do relatable stuff.

  3. When Chang backwalked by with the extra long churro in his mouth, those watching the episode in my house stood up and cheered like Mission Control after hearing Jim Lovell’s voice when Apollo 13 came back down to earth. There were tears and there was rewinding.

    Also, what is the 2014 word for “rewinding”?

  4. Spoils of Babylon disappointed.

  5. I wasn’t sure about The Mindy Project at first, but ultimately I am on board forever and ever amen after Danny danced for Mindy as a Christmas present. http://www.vulture.com/2013/12/see-chris-messinas-aaliyahmindy-project-dance.html

    love love love love x infinity.

    • Agreed! I’m at the point where I really look forward to the next Mindy episode. This week’s was one of the funniest ever. Even my husband (not yet a Mindy fan) was laughing. I predict Mindy and Danny will get married in the series finale. You heard it here first.

      • I agree with both of you…I wanted to love The Mindy Project because I love Mindy Kaling so much but it’s much better now than when it first started.

        I was talking recently about how great of a character Mindy is because she’s a very likable anti-hero, esp compared to Hannah of Girls (sure the ages are drastically different, but they’re both “single girl in the big city” shows). Like we can all roll our eyes when she talks about fashion and shitty music so much because we know that ultimately she has her shit together. And she’s hilarious. LIke when she was dating that really pretentious guy and he was like “that’d be like if you said you liked music and your favorite musician was Rhianna (or whoever)” and she was like “Okay, yeah, Rhianna is my favorite musician” That was hilarious.

  6. My favorite part about Bob’s Burgers this week was how quickly Bob went from being mad that Linda had brought the raccoon inside to being 100% on Team Little King Trash Mouth.

    • Oh man, yes. We have a statue of a raccoon (tanuki) in our front yard and its name is now officially Little King Trash Mouth. I love him a million times more than I did before last Sunday.

  7. Two guest appearances by Kathryn Hahn in the comedies this week! Yay!

  8. Psych had one of its best episodes in years. And it had a bunch of my favorite British actors in it. And an art heist. And a really really good Morrissey joke.

    • vinnie jones is always great.
      and the harry potter /guy ritchie stuff was funny.


      • I watched it twice because I was distracted and missed a few really good jokes. Totally worth it. I haven’t loved an episode this much since the vampire one with Corey Feldman and Johnathan and OG Buffy. There was a really good meta joke about what a bottle ep it was, even with rad new felons.

        Vinnie Jones is my favorite. Have you seen him on Elementary? Actually, there was a lot of overlap with the Psych ep and Elementary this season. I always forget the sister in the Wonder Years is actually a Brit, but her weird accent in Kicking and Screaming made me wonder if she was actually British or having a series of mild strokes in the weird flashback bits.

    • OMG, Psych was so funny! How hilarious was the intro? It’s easily one of my favourite shows, it’s funny, charming and always cheers me up to no end. Kelly, you need to start watching it, it’s definitely better than Brooklyn Nine Nine.

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