Thursday, May 28, 2015

Community - Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care

The second episode of the show's Sixth Season continues to work Frankie (Paget Brewster) into the mix as she attempts to help Jeff (Joel McHale) force Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) to give up on ridiculous old school virtual reality technology Greendale can't afford and steps in as the calming influence to help Britta (Gillian Jacobs) with her latest wig out caused when she learns her friends have been accepting help from the parents (Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren) she refuses to have anything to do with.

Much like "Digital Estate Planning" and last season's "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing," and a number of other episodes over the series' run, "Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care" enjoys taking a good-natured potshot (or twelve) at outdated technology. Eventually Jeff is able to convince the VR inventor (Keith David) to help disconnect the Dean from his 90s graphically-stylized make-believe reality.

The episode's B-story which begins with Britta moving in with Annie and Abed (Danny Pudi) ends with the character finally coming to terms with her parents who have certainly mellowed in the years since she saw them last. It's not as memorable, or entertaining, as the Dean's VR meltdown, but it allows the show to suggest that Britta's view of her parents is as skewed as everything else in her life while introducing the idea the other members of the Study Group have befriended the Perrys for months, if not years, in order to help take care of their friend.

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