b intern Becky Quinn chimes in about what tickled her funny bone this week. Hint, it was not the Dundler Mifflin billboard.
"Community": Troy and Abed’s housewarming party turned into a weird parallel universe with dice rolling, lost body parts and death?! Yes, in the end, Jeff loses an arm, Troy loses his larynx (but is equipped with a delightfully high-pitched stoma) and PIERCE IS DEAD. Abed comes equipped with goatees so that the study group can fully commit to evil. As a personal fan of faux facial hair, these goatees were the stars of this episode. Other stars were Troy and Abed’s footie pajamas at the end of the episode when they wake up from this weird dream.
"Parks and Recreation": Pawnee Parks Department has the day off this episode. Leslie and Ron take the Pawnee Goddesses and Pawnee Rangers on a scout camping trip. Leslie plans a puppy party while Ron’s rangers only goal is “not getting killed.” Things I learned this episode: Ann is the worst Girl Scout ever; Donna and Tom’s Treat Yo’ Self Day is the BEST DAY EVER (acupuncture is involved “Needles in yo face, pleasure in yo base”); and it’s weird seeing a grown man, Ben, cry in a Batman suit. Random LOL quote: “Google the rat tumors” –Chris Traeger
"The Office": In case you were wondering what Dwight and Andy look like doing it on a billboard, the opening scene clears up any questions you had. Thanks for that image. In other news, Andy hosts a garden party, which is more dignified than a BBQ, for the office and his parents in celebration of his promotion — yes it is as awkward as it sounds. What could be a better location for such an occasion than Schrute farms? It’s always a good time when Mose is there. Andy’s parents (played by Stephen Collins — yes the dad from 7th Heaven — and Dee Wallace) are as uppity as you could imagine. Josh Groban makes an appearance as Andy’s younger, better “bro-nard” and upstages Andy with a duet with Papa Bernard. Has anyone else noticed that Groban usually plays a subtle jerk in his guest roles? We now have insight as to why Andy is always seeking approval, which leads to a rare sentimental ending. Highlight of the episode: Dwight’s impromptu Last Supper pose. Dwight as Jesus, priceless.
"Whitney": The focus of this episode is romance. Whitney hates it, Alex wants it, Lily is trying to change it, Roxanne is looking for it via sexting a stranger (who turns out to be a 15-year-old boy, oops). Whitney’s best outburst — “Holy balls! I shed a tear. Who’s romantic now, bitches?!” One of my favorite things about Whitney is that it is filmed in front of a live studio audience, so it’s funny to catch the actors trying to stifle a smile or giggle — look for it next week. I almost forgot, Whitney acquires a samurai sword, so an impromptu Japanese voice-dub scene is in order.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times