This episode is delightful. From the white/black pop culture translation to Britta’s pronunciation of the word “bagel,” individual moments are awesomely hilarious. The group’s attempt to hook Abed up with Jenny Adams, and Jeff’s attempts to amp up his cool factor with a pool class are just the cherry on top of a delightful sundae. Or is that soondae?
What makes this episode great is the simplicity of its premise: emphasize a specific element of a character (Jeff’s coolness, Abed’s geekiness, Britta’s tendency to britta everything), add a conflict, and shake well.
After discovering (or so they think) that the previous owner of Troy’s Spanish book had a crush on Abed, the group (sans Jeff) decide to help Abed hit on the lovely, literate Jenny Adams. Should Abed become someone else, someone more likable? Why not? His ability to break individual personalities into their TV-character percentages is fascinating, and a skill worth exploring.
Turns out, though, that Abed has self-esteem coming out of his butt. (For the record, I absolutely hate that phrase.) He’s willing to change, not because he feels flawed, but because his friends asked him to. Once again, Abed pulled the trump card in the great poker game of misguided friendship.
Jeff, on the other hand, doesn’t suffer from a lack of coolness. He has coolness coming out of his butt, and we know that because his PE shorts were extremely short. Thanks to Abed’s explanation of how coolness works, Jeff learns that there’s more to pool than looking cool in clothes. There’s something to be said for looking cool by winning, too. And Warren Zevon makes everyone 23% cooler; they’ve done studies.
Britta, on the other hand, doesn’t have baggles coming out of her butt. (Thank goodness!) But she’s comfortable with brittaing everything. And, luckily, she’s found a group of people who love her despite her flaws—maybe even because of them.
There were so many things to love about this episode.
There was Jeff's legen - wait for it - dary game of strip pool with Coach Bogner. It was an epic clash of naked, sweaty titans, one that will be spoken of for years to come. Especially by Annie and Dean Pelton. Yeah, we all saw you two sneaking a look (and photo) while everyone else recoiled in horror.
Okay, everyone else bar Abed. Man, I would not want to play poker with that guy.
There was the way that Britta pronounces Bagels. She's the worst, but we don't love her any less because of it.
There was groups' attempt to
And finally, there was that wonderful credit skit with Troy and Abed as Bert and Ernie (how you interpret this scene is entirely up to you).
Cool Cool Cool:
• So many great quotes, but none of them sound as funny without the delivery.
• The Zoolander-esque de-underpants made me grimace, and I don’t have boy parts.
• Shut up, Leonard.
Three and a half out of four Baggles