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Romantic Expressionism 

When Annie starts hanging out with Britta's ex-boyfriend Vaughn, Britta and Jeff vow to protect her. Meanwhile, Pierce feels left out at Troy and Abed's movie night.


Joe Russo


Dan Harmon (created by), Andrew Guest




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McHale ... Jeff Winger
Gillian Jacobs ... Britta Perry
Danny Pudi ... Abed Nadir
Yvette Nicole Brown ... Shirley Bennett
Alison Brie ... Annie Edison
Donald Glover ... Troy Barnes
Ken Jeong ... Ben Chang
Chevy Chase ... Pierce Hawthorne
Eric Christian Olsen ... Vaughn
Richard Erdman ... Leonard
Dino Stamatopoulos ... Star-Burns
Gian Molina Gian Molina ... Drummer (as Giancarlo Molina)
D.C. Pierson ... Mark Millot
Dan Eckman ... Derrick
Meggie McFadden ... Linda


When Annie starts hanging out with Britta's ex-boyfriend Vaughn, Britta and Jeff vow to protect her. Meanwhile, Pierce feels left out at Troy and Abed's movie night.

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Release Date:

4 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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WILHELM SCREAM: Heard as Abed, Prof. Chang, Pierce, Shirley, and Troy watch the movie "Kick Puncher". See more »


When Pierce trips over the bowl, the popcorn goes flying in front of him. In the next shot the popcorn is on the floor behind him. See more »


Annie Edison: Hey, guys! Thanks for getting involved in my love life, that was super cool and mature of you! Oh, and since you're both clearly idiots, I should probably let you know that I'm being sarcastic!
[storms out]
Troy: Hey, guys! Thanks for taking ugly Annie out of the palm of my hand and turning her into another hottie that will never get with me!
[storms out]
Leonard: Hey, guys! Thanks for eating all the macaroni!
Jeff Winger: Shut up, Leonard! No one even knows what you're talking about!
[Leonard leaves]
Jeff Winger: ...I did eat all the ...
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


Greendale is Where I Belong
Performed by Ludwig Göransson
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In honor of "Community"- a review of every episode. (S1;E15- "Romantic Expressionism")
4 June 2016 | by MaximumMadnessSee all my reviews

(This is the fifteenth part in an ongoing series, in which I am writing brief reviews of each and every episode of Dan Harmon's beloved cult- comedy "Community." Originally conceived as a response to NBC's cancellation of the series before it was revived for its final season on Yahoo.)

Following right on the heels of the excellent "Interpretive Dance" comes another strong winner for the first season of "Community." "Romantic Expressionism" is another knock out of the park that successfully blends expert humor with depth and heart to deliver a stirring and hilarious episode of television.

Some tensions are rising as Annie's (Alison Brie) budding romance with Vaughn (Eric Chirstian Olsen)- Britta's ex-boyfriend- further develops. While Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) try to manipulate Annie into dating her previous crush Troy (Donald Glover), Pierce (Chevy Chase) leads a wonderfully amusing sub-plot where he tries desperately to be accepted as a funny guy, only to lead to somewhat disastrous results.

This is another really nice character-episode for all involved. It keeps its humor focused and avoids too many broad jokes to keep us concentrated on the more emotional matters at hand regarding life and relationships. Brie and Jacobs are particularly given some good material, and Chase also gets to stretch his comedic chops nicely, which is always welcome on the show. Especially as Chase sometimes isn't given the chance to do what he does best. So it's great seeing him in a somewhat more focused-on supporting role.

That being said, I do think the prior episode was fundamentally a somewhat more solid experience, and I had a few minor issues with this episode. Don't get me wrong... It's a fantastic episode. I just don't quite think it's perfect. A few jokes didn't land and I do think the pacing and focus could have been somewhat improved for a few key scenes.

But regardless, those faults cannot distract from what is otherwise a near-flawless example of "Community" at its finest.

And so it gets a near-perfect 9 out of 10 from me. Another great entry in what is arguably the best season of "Community."

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