Episode 12 – “Wedding Videography”
I admit, I thought I had Community’s endgame figured out. Like past seasons, I assumed the next-to-last episode of the year would end on some dramatic cliff-hanger that sets up the finale. It would end with the study group’s backs against a wall with the fate of Greendale/the Dean/Elroy’s RV(?) hanging in the balance.
But it seems, with almost six seasons in the can, everyone’s tired of all the drama.
“Wedding Videography” is a stand-alone episode that perfectly encapsulates the unbridled absurdity that’s defined Community season six. How crazy did they go, you ask? Let’s recap (man, I’m going to miss writing these):
Episode 12 opens with Abed behind the camera documentary-style in Jeff’s law class. Unbeknownst to all, he’s there to record notable human-disaster Garrett as he proposes to long-time girlfriend Stacey (Dan Harmon’s real-life wife Erin McGathy). She accepts, to the shock of all present, and just like that the second-to-last Community of the season is a wedding episode.
The big day arrives, but while Todd is presiding over the vows, musing aloud that he might in fact be God (is Todd becoming a super-villain?!), the gang cause a scene by showing up drunk and falling over a hedge. Garrett’s mother (theatre legend O-Lan Jones) tells off Jeff and co., they apologize, and pledge to be the best wedding guests EVER for the rest of the night.
That’s when things get really bad.
Without getting into specifics, the gangs efforts at nicety somehow result in fainting, a spot-on Aubrey Plaza impression, alcoholic relapses, and mild to moderate incest (depending on your state law).
As crazed as all that sounds, “Wedding Videography” is par for the course in a season that has been pushing the limits of lunacy since the premiere. I mean, was anything we saw tonight nuttier than the Dean becoming addicted to 90s-era virtual reality? Or Britta falling in love with a guerrilla marketer for Honda? Or Abed directing a sci-fi to cash in on Chang’s stardom for a ham-related catch phrase? Season six has first and foremost been about the laughs. Plot, moral-learning, and character growth (outside of some Britta/parents stuff) was, for better or worse, pushed to the backburner in favor of outrageous gags and dean-puns.
That isn’t to say there’s nothing at stake in next week’s finale. As funny as the gang have been this season, viewers know that Jeff Winger is clearly not okay. His drinking issue has yet to be addressed, Frankie just revealed she’s actively keeping Annie and him separated, and Jeff’s morose expression after Garrett’s proposal implies a loneliness he has yet to articulate. Whether any of these character issues are resolved remains to be seen, but for a show that once prided itself in building grounded characters with relatable problems, I’d be genuinely surprised if they weren’t.
12 down and one to go! No word yet on a definite season seven renewal (Yahoo keeps a tight lid on their ratings) but I for one remain hopeful next week isn’t the last of everyone’s favorite human beings.
See ya then!