27 April, 2012

Review - COMMUNITY 3.17: 'Basic Lupine Urology'

When the study group's (yam) science experiment is destroyed, the gang tries to find the criminal.

COMMUNITY has parodied a wide range of shows and ideas but never has it done an entire homage to another show with such precision. Right down to the tiniest beats, musical cues, camera moves, plot devices, and actor/character behavior, this show carries out a faithful and impressive version of its own episode of LAW & ORDER.

In the grand scheme of things, 'Basic Lupine Urology' doesn't deal with too much of a grander story arc, except for the one character death but I'll touch on that in a second. What it does is deliver a purely fun experience of watching characters we love faithfully play in a familiar sandbox. It works because the show has already established that it exists in a world of weirdness where our characters could conceivable carry out these actions without it simply being a straight-up gimmick heavy parody that you see other shows do.

We get Jeff and Annie playing the lawyers parts; Troy and Abed as the detectives who switch off being good-cop and bad-cop; Shirley in the police captain role, because she is an avid fan of these type of shows; Professor Kane acting as judge over the case, seeing as he is the ruling party in what grades are handed out; Britta as the proverbial computer geek who always seems to have evidence that can be manipulated digitally; and even a kickass appearance of Dr. Rodgers from the actual LAW & ORDER show, as the coroner; and Michael Ironside in the role of the defense attorney.

As with any episode of L&O, the second and third individuals the "detectives" interview, who first appear to not be involved, end up being the major players in the end of the story. After war veteran Todd admits to killing the yam, Fat Neil admits his role in the grander conspiracy because of love, and just as everything seems to have worked itself out, a call to the office reveals tragedy.

Starburns is dead. Killed when his mobile meth lab explodes in a car accident.

Though, I wouldn't put it past this show to unkill him later.

Narrator: Greendale Community College is represented by two separate yet equally important types of people. The goofballs that run around stirring up trouble and the eggheads that make a big deal out of it. These are their stories.

Prof. Kane: Miss Edison, when you called me down here at midnight, I expected more than a yam. Specifically since you said there's been a murder.
Annie: Our yam was murdered.
Jeff: If it's any consolation, she got me here on a very misleading text message.
Annie: Jeff, technically you are about to be screwed in the biology room because our final project has been destroyed.
Prof. Kane: Alright look, I'm sorry for your loss. I know you guys put the work in so you'll get a passing grade.
Annie: A passing grade?! Like a C?! Why don't I just get pregnant at a bus station? That was gonna be an A+ yam.

Abed: We named the yam Pam. It rhymed.

Troy: Clean-up on aisle busted.

Trying to escape a pursuing Troy and Abed.
Starburns: (to girl) Kiss me!
Girl: What?!
Starburns: I'll explain later!
Girl: No!
Starburns: I'll explain later!
Girl: The explanation isn't the issue!

Troy and Abed go to arrest their suspect who isn't cooperating.
Abed: He wants it the hard way. Tell him what Shirley said.
Troy: Todd Jacobson, you have the right to do whatever you want. Nothing you say or do can be used against you by anyone but we'd really like it if you came with us. Please and thank you.

Prof. Kane: A man's gotta have a code.

Troy: Sorry about my partner. He's been on edge ever since we switched.

Annie: We have proof our yam was murdered and now you find your softness? It's eat or be eaten when that's convenient, but when the going gets tough Winger gets nervous, huh?
Jeff: We have no case, Annie!
Annie: It's too late to get one, Jeff. We only have time to get justice.

Lt. Colonel Archwood: A man who, for all we know, is a Holocaust denying, 9/11 pedophile.
Jeff: Objection!
Lt. Colonel Archwood: Withdrawn.

Annie: Is that why you hit your wife? Withdrawn! Is that why you drink and pop pills? Withdrawn! Are you a virgin? Withdrawn.

After winning the case, Annie gloats as the defense attorney, aka the colonel, leaves.
Annie: That's right! Always have an exit strategy!

Fat Neil: I boiled the yams. Vicki's yam never sprouted and I didn't want her to fail so I threw off the grading curve so she wouldn't have to go to summer school and we could finally have sex in my parents' cabin. God forgive me, I did it for love!

Prof. Kane: Holy crap! We are definitely dissecting pine cones next year!

If I had to rate this one, and that classic music cue says I do, then I'd give it:

96 out of 100

It was nothing but a joy to watch... four times before I even sat down to write this.


  1. How many different ways can I say how awesome this episode was? How about how awesome this season has been? Let me count the ways.......

  2. There were so many tiny details in this episode .

    - I spit out my pop when they were at Garret's hot dog stand , that was priceless .
    - Star Burns being interrogated , then shirley knocking on the fish tank lol
    - the first courtroom scene when Jeff and Annie are laying out the evidence , so much like the original L&O
    - " Can I object ? " , " I'll allow it " , " sustained " lol
    - the dean's dalmation mug made me chuckle . Not to mention " sweets deans " lmao .
    - when the trial started the camera pans over the guy drawing the scene in the courtroom on a note pad lol
    - the Yam diagram beside Todd marked with points of impact
    - cutting Britta off mid sentence with the bong bong lol

    There's so much in this ep it was fantastic . 2nd fav this year behind Remedial Chaos Theory .

  3. Absolutely brilliant! This show makes me so happy... Whatever did I do to deserve it?

  4. That was simply an incredible half hour of television. I don't know how anyone could dislike it but I've read some complaints that make no sense to me. Fuck them.

  5. Replies
    1. You can't give any episode a 100 unless it is the series finale!

  6. Todd Van De Werrfe just said that he no longer loves this show the way he used to when only 6 episodes ago he was saying this is the best show ever and he loves it so much. A couple of episodes and fans bitch and he joins the crowd and as such I will not being reading his reviews again because what a fucking poser!

    This episode was awesome! I do not need people to validate that. What is the world coming to!

  7. A site that aggregates the COMMUNITY reviews (which is cool) questioned whether I be man or I be not-man.

    Madame, all you had to do was click on my name to find out. :)

  8. The explanation isn't the issue !!