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Social Psychology 

Jeff and Shirley bond by making fun of Britta's new hippie boyfriend, which doesn't go well for any involved. Meanwhile, Troy and Abed become pawns in Annie's psychology experiment.

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Jeff and Shirley bond by gossiping about Britta's new boyfriend. When Jeff tries to stop and be a good friend to Britta, he discovers that gossip is a difficult monster to escape. Meanwhile, Annie joins Professor Duncan's psychology research team and recruits Troy and Abed as test subjects. Written by NBC Publicity

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Professor Duncan's (John Oliver) incompetence as a psychologist is even more apparent with his explanation of his experiment. By talking about the Id and the Ego, etc, he reveals that his "Duncan Principle" is founded on Freudian theory, which is largely discredited in modern psychology, which is founded primarily in Behaviorist theory. Basically, even if he tried to publish his experiment, it would amount to basically nothing and get him almost zero recognition anyway. See more »

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When Annie is asking the group if they want to take part in her experiment, Troy answers looking directly at her but whenever the camera cuts back to her replies, he has turned his head away from her. See more »

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Dr. Ian Duncan: You! You did this! You've ruined the Duncan principle!
Annie Edison: You told me to bring two subjects.
Dr. Ian Duncan: Subjects, not Rain Man over there! Little Annie Fannie Panties in a bunch!
Annie Edison: Oh, really? Why don't you try going to the dentist once in a while?
Dr. Ian Duncan: Let me answer that question with another question!
Dr. Ian Duncan: [blows raspberry]
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References Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989) See more »

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Greendale is Where I Belong
Performed by Ludwig Göransson
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In honor of "Community"- a review of every episode. (S1;E04- "Social Psychology")
12 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(This is the fourth part in an ongoing series, in which I am writing brief reviews of each and every episode of Dan Harmon's beloved cult- comedy "Community.")

"Social Psychology" is a very good early episode of Dan Harmon's "Community", full of some genuine laughs, and a lot of great moments that start to chip away at the facade created by the character of Jeff Winger.

While Annie (Alison Brie) enlists Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) to take part in a psychological experiment being run by Professor Duncan (John Oliver), Jeff (Joel McHale) begins to come to terms with his feelings for Britta (Gillian Jacobs) after discovering she is dating the hippie-ish Vaughn (Eric Christian Olsen). He also forges a very friendly connection with Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), after discovering that they have fun gossiping together.

This is a really solid, fun episode. In big part because it is one of the episodes to really give the underrated character of Shirley something to do, and it allows her to really connect with another member in the study group in a way previous episodes hadn't quite done. It fleshes out her character, and thus, the "family" of the Study-Group as a whole. It's also a really fun episode of John Oliver, and it is probably his first really big "role" in an episode, despite having appeared before in the series.

But the beating heart of the episode is the almost "pseudo love- triangle" situation between Jeff, Britta and Vaughn. This is one of the episodes that really humanizes Jeff in a way that makes him all the more relatable and enjoyable as a character, and it's nice seeing Britta put into similarly humanizing circumstances. (Especially given the turns her character takes later in the series)

I also have to comment that the "B-Plot" involving Annie, Abed and Troy is an absolute blast. It's full of great jokes, some fun twists and turns, and supplies some of the best belly-laughs of the season.

While it's far from the best episode of the season, I do think this is a fantastic effort. And that's why I am giving "Social Psychology" a near-perfect 9 out of 10.


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