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Accounting for Lawyers 

Jeff blows off the study group and their break-dancing competition to hang out with his old co-workers at the law firm, but Annie tries to prove that one of them is the person who turned him in and got him fired.

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Jeff blows off the study group and their break-dancing competition to hang out with his old co-workers at the law firm, but Annie tries to prove that one of them is the person who turned him in and got him fired.

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Guest star Rob Corddry is the fraternity brother of Joel McHale; they both are brothers of Theta Chi, although Joel was only a member for three months at University of Washington. Corddry is an alumnus of Theta Chapter at UMass. See more »

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When Jeff is discussing the lawyer in his childhood custody case, he says that the lawyer's car was a Mercedes SLK. The SLK wasn't sold until 1996, by which point Jeff would have been in his twenties. See more »

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Shirley Bennett: Jeffrey, did you punch Alan in his rotten face and storm out?
Jeff Winger: Hell, no. That guy is useful to me. Thanks to you, I've got leverage over a spineless jag that just made partner. That is the place I want to work. But I prefer to hang out with cool people. People so cool, they care.
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Written by Lamar Van Sciver
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In honor of "Community"- a review of every episode. (S2;E02- "Accounting for Lawyers")
23 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(This is the twenty-seventh installment in an ongoing series. I am in the process of writing brief reviews of each and every episode of creator Dan Harmon's beloved cult-comedy series "Community." This project was originally conceived as a response to NBC's cancellation of the series before its renewal on Yahoo's streaming service. As this is a hobby, updates will come incrementally and it may take some time for me to complete this.)

I have something of a confession to make. Despite Dan Harmon's "Community" having easily earned a spot as one of my favorite television franchises of all time... And despite the fact that in many ways, I view it in the same high regard as other classics old and new... I didn't watch Season One when it first aired. I just didn't.

I was aware of it, sure. I was a regular viewer of co-star Joel McHale's program "The Soup", and he talked about it constantly. And I had heard nothing but ravings and praise for it. But I didn't watch it. I just didn't feel like investing myself in another television series, especially after the crippling disappointment of having followed many a show that that ended prematurely. I didn't want to invest in something, only to set myself up for future heartbreak. And thus, it wasn't until one day in early October of 2010 that I finally viewed my first episode... something a friend put on to watch while I was visiting. I didn't pay attention to the first few minutes, but soon enough, the razor-sharp dialog and boisterous laughs caught my attention. And it was this very episode- my first episode of "Community"- "Accounting for Lawyers."

Jeff (McHale) stumbles upon an old colleague from his former law- firm, Alan Connor (Rob Corddry), who he quickly becomes reacquainted with. However, the rest of the study group doesn't trust Alan and feels he is pulling Jeff away from them and back into his old lifestyle of cynicism and debauchery. Especially Annie (Alison Brie), whom remembers Alan from an NA meeting they had attended together, and realizes that Alan might have been the one who betrayed Jeff and got him fired from the firm previous year. Soon the stage is set as the rest of the group follows Jeff to an office party being held at his former law-firm, where they hope to uncover evidence of Alan's treachery, while Jeff finds himself warming back up with his former boss Ted (Drew Carey). Though as the night progresses, he begins to question his values and loyalties...

The great thing about "Accounting for Lawyers" is how it is an episode that is both fiercely rewarding for long-time fans, but also accessible enough to welcome newcomers to the proceedings. While I do admit I have a degree of "rose colored glasses" regarding the episode as it was my first, I think it's an exceptionally strong example of one of the things that "Community" does best... crafting and developing highly likable and relatable, but from from perfect characters. Writer Emily Cutler and director Joe Russo weave a tale that's quite astonishing and really brings Jeff to a new level in terms of character exploration, while also supplying plenty of great comedic material for the others. (I won't spoil it, but a recurring gag involving Chloroform is still to this day one of my favorite broad gags in the series.)

I also was very taken with the way the cast handled the episode and their continued excellence in their performances. McHale gets a lot of great material to sink his teeth into in particular. And I absolutely adored the guest stars in Rob Corddry and Drew Carey. Both represent the spectrum of individuals you can encounter in a lifestyle such as Jeff's, for both the better and the worse, and both are given some absolutely phenomenal scenes to play around with. (Although I still don't quite get a weird one-time gag involving a "weird hole" in Carey's hand?)

This is a special episode to me, and I might be rating it a point or two higher than I would have if it was not my first experience with the series. But even still in saying that... I quite love the episode and think that as a straight character-centric story... It might be one of Season Two's best! And thus, I really gotta give it a perfect 10 out of 10.


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