The official synopsis for Digital Exploration of Interior Design reads: As the new Greendale Subway shop opens in the cafeteria, Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), Pierce (Chevy Chase) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) plot to bring about its early demise. Vice Dean Laybourne (guest star John Goodman) makes another attempt to get Troy (Donald Glover) to join the Air Conditioning Repair Annex, while Abed (Danny Pudi) and Troy find themselves at odds over their competing pillow and blanket forts.
Synopsis for Pillows and Blankets: What started as a casual disagreement about blankets and pillows blossoms into all-our war on the Greendale campus. While insults are hurled and the study group chooses sides, Jeff (Joel McHale) tries desperately to negotiate a truce, but with neither Abed (Danny Pudi) nor Troy (Donald Glover) budging on their principles or their real estate, the future looks grim for the former best friends.
So Human Beings, I decided to hold off recapping last week so that I could have the context of this episode.
Really, I took away from last week that there’s too much tragic love around Greendale (I’m looking at you Britta and Subway 1.0 and equally at Abed and Troy, who seem in some modern and fort-style version of Romeo and Juliet (which also makes me wonder who’s will give up what first, but that’s besides the point now.))
But this week, we have a Ken Burns style documentary (something I love to death), and there’s a reason for the camera crew (again thanks show!) to follow around a battle between blankets and pillows in the name of Guinness.
Jeff, you’re not really a good mediation, but I suppose that’s part of the purpose here. However, any and all callbacks to Jeff’s skills as a lawyer are welcome and appreciated.
Watching Blankets versus Pillows turned into a Civil War style war is both hilarious and awful at the same time. The historian in me is crying and laughing at the same time.
(All Tomato, also thanks Troy!)
Britta’s horrible photography skills, I think I love you most of all, especially in the context of battle photography and how often it’s used in a documentary like this (or not used as the case may be, because wow Britta, you’re bad at it.)
Hilarious poems are also hilarious and sound like the things I can write myself. But in the absence of songs from the war to sing, I suppose the poem is the next best thing.
Annie and Jeff’s texts are just like the best of the letters to the home front.
Changlorious Basterds! Oh Ben Chang! You’re hilarious.
The side of me that knows of the relationship between Chevy Chase and a few other comedians wants to die laughing at Pillow Man! (It looks like he StayPuff Marshmallow Man! Now I want Bill Murray to pop up on the show, though I know that won’t happen.)
My feelings and my idea about Abed and Troy breaking up is growing more and more likely. Please boys, just make up and go back to watching “Inspector Spacetime”. Maybe just switch the roles every now and again. Abed would make a cool Reggie.
There’s no logical explanation for why the war ended, but I don’t really care, because Abed and Troy are still friends, even if they fought a war over how much they didn’t listen to each other.
Pledge drive! Thanks show for making me feel like I’d just watched PBS without actually making me watch PBS.
Next on Community, guest star John Goodman enlists the help of Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) to convince Troy to join the Air Conditioning Repair Annex.
Watch Community Thursdays at 8/7c, on NBC.
Photos: Neil Jacobs/Tyler Golden/Michael Desmond/Lewis Jacobs/NBC