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Moment of Goodness

Moment of Goodness: Abed and Shirley make peace on Community 

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Community‘s a show that constantly makes me laugh. That’s what it’s designed to do and it succeeds big time every week. For example, the sitcom’s recent flight simulator adventure was hilarious. But apparently, Community also has the capacity to make me react in other ways too.

In “Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples,” Shirley sees how all those viral videos that populate YouTube can be a great tool to get a more Christian-like message out to the masses. She enlists Abed’s help in creating one for her Church. Abed, of course, goes Fellini on us and ends up turning himself into an enigmatic Jesus figure complete with Jesus wig. And the making of his film becomes a huge campus hit. Shirley, on the other hand, isn’t feeling her friend’s movie. This is certainly not what she had in mind and is more than frustrated as Abed’s film gets more and more popular. It’s interesting that as Abed’s message gets more twisted and pretentious, Shirley’s the one that comes off like a villain as she travels her own road and vocally opposes his creation.

This is what I love about Abed, however. Just when you think that he’s gone completely delusional and turned his life over to the world of movies, he gets real and lucid. Abed, after watching his dailies, realizes his movie utterly sucks. He prays to God for some sort of miracle to come wipe his disastrous effort away. Shirley overhears and voluntarily takes on the villainous role as she grabs a bat and destroys the video in front of her fellow Greendale students. Shirley becomes Abed’s savior.

Abed praying and savior Shirley are both great moments, but they don’t quite make my Moment of Goodness. That comes near the end of the episode when the two make up after Shirley watches the more recent viral video Abed shot for Shirley’s Church. It features Troy rapping with the Greendale student population in the background. It’s a song that spreads the message that’s more in line with what Shirley wants to convey. Shirley takes Abed’s hand and the Muslim says to the Christian: “You humble me.” Shirley responds with: “You humble me too.” It’s a really nice moment that elicited a tearful reaction from me. Something I never ever thought would happen. Danny Pudi and Yvette Nicole Brown really shined in this moment as well as throughout the entire episode.

This is why I love the show. It continues to surprise me. And that’s why Community deserves to live a long life. It’s hilarious and thoughtful and features a diverse cast that shares an effortless chemistry. What more can one ask for in a sitcom? So, please tune in on Thursdays at 8/7C on NBC.

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