Community: Season 3, Episode 4

Remedial Chaos Theory (13 Oct. 2011)

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At Abed and Troy's housewarming party, Jeff decides to let the decision on who gets the pizza rest on the roll of the dice, leaving Abed to contemplate six alternate realities.

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When Troy and Abed decide to share an apartment, they host a party for the group, which takes on an altered reality as several scenarios play out. Written by NBC Publicity

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In the opening, Annie and Britta argue about whether Troy and Abed's apartment is 303 or 304. This is a reference to the fact that this episode and episode 304 Competitive Ecology were aired out of order. See more »

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Near the end as the group begins singing, Pierce is seen throwing away his present to Troy, then after Jeff enters again we see him somehow throw it away again. See more »

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Jeff Winger: Starting on my left with one, your number comes up, you go.
Abed Nadir: Just so you know, Jeff, you are now creating six different timelines.
Jeff Winger: [incredulous] Of course I am, Abed.
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The defining episode of season 3
26 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It makes sense that an episode of Community where many of the laugh out loud moments are set up in one timeline and only reach their true payoff in another timeline is the episode which pops up throughout the rest of the season as a reference point for the study group.

This episode was about a lot of things. It certainly pushed the limits of what a twenty-two minute television show on NBC can do. It did something deeper with an exploration of the group dynamic within the study group. This episode delves into what place each character has in the group and where their strengths lie for the group as a whole. It does so in a supremely clever way, by subtlety removing a person from the group in seven separate timelines and allowing us to see how the group reacts without that person. The only difference from timeline to timeline is that a different person is removed in each timeline. There's your episode.

Brilliant writing. Fantastic concept. A solid 10 and a must-see episode of Community.


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