Community is ostensibly about a group of seven wacky community college students in a study group, but it’s really a vehicle for brilliant pop culture satire. The show has lovingly parodied everything from Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction to My Dinner With Andre and the films of Charlie Kaufman.
Last year’s Christmas episode was filmed entirely in stop-motion animation, in the style of the classic Rudolph special, and managed to be both hilarious and touching. This year, the show set its sights on Glee.
The Greendale Community College Glee Club is out of commission and their director (“a perfect blend of Hanson and Manson”) turns to the study group as replacements. He flips one of them to the Dark Side, Body Snatchers-style, and they fall like dominoes after that, each succumbing to the power of song (and obsessing over “regionals!”).
In this scene, bright-eyed overachiever Annie (Alison Brie) seduces cynical Jeff (Joel McHale) by donning a skimpy Santa get-up and doing a dumb-is-sexy routine that gets more dumb and less sexy as it goes on.
Show me how to open a box
It hurts my little head
When I’m lying in my bed
With visions of sugarplum socks?Teach me how to understand Christmas
Do I trim the tree or the deer?
I can’t keep it straight
And now it’s getting late
Where does the stocking go? Here?
What’s a Christmas Eve? Is that Santa’s lady?
Are snowmen cold or hot?
Won’t you be my daddy
I’m a silly Christmas baby
Tell me what to deck ‘cuz … hehe … I forgot
Bwian huwty undewstandy Cwistmas
Mistletoe for eatie taste good?
You smawty, me dumb
Help pwetty have fun!
Boopy doopy doop boop sex