Tube Watch: Community – Basic Lupine Urology

by Cap'n Carrot on April 27, 2012 · 3 comments

in Television

Annie (Alison Brie) discovers the group’s the study group’s science project has been destroyed the group sets out to find the person responsible. In an attempt to salvage their grade the group begins an investigation and puts one of their fellow students on trial in true Law & Order style (complete with a parody opening and trademark beats).

Abed (Danny Pudi) and Troy (Donald Glover) take on the roles of detectives and question potential suspects including Pierce (Chevy Chase) Star-Burns (Dino Stamatopoulos) and Magnitude (Luke Youngblood). Annie and Jeff (Joel McHale) are called upon to present their case to the Biology teacher (Michael Kenneth Williams), but their leading suspect turns out to by an Irar War hero with a general (Michael Ironside) for a lawyer (and uncle) who uses the student’s war record as his defense.

After riling Annie up enough to destroy the soldier on the stand (or a chair in the biology room) the group appears to have won their case. However, Jeff suspects they’ve only uncovered half the truth and seizes an opportunity to catch the real yam killer in his closing arguments.

As parodies go this one is ridiculous but pretty damn spot on,  including a rather morbid final sequence concerning the final fate of Star-Burns. The show’s closing credit sequence featuring Troy, Abed, a pair of bunk beds, and Dean Felton (Jim Rash) is one of the best of the season as well.

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  • CoosCoos

    I thought this was one of the most clever episodes they’ve done. The pace, the flow, the scenes, and writing, were so reminiscent of Law & Order that I was amazed. From the scene where they ask the clerk who checked out the key, to the interrogation of Starburns and tap on the glass to get the ‘cops out of the room’, to the mock courtroom, all the way to the shocking end where somebody gets a phone call giving revealing the fate of someone involved. Absolutely perfect.

    It was well-written, also. Right down to an unseen twist in the case. Brilliant.

    • Cap’n Carrot

      Did you catch them crediting Law & Order creator Dick Wolf at the end?

  • CoosCoos

    Nope, totally missed that. Nice touch.

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