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‘Community’ Season 5 Episode 7 Recap: “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality”

Since the last episode, it seems like Professor Ian Duncan has a little bit of a crush on Britta which comes to fruition in this episode. Jeff tries to help Duncan win her heart by giving him pointers, like becoming involved with a benefit for starving children with cleft palates. Britta instantly becomes intrigued when she hears about it, which is where they end up on Friday night.

When they’re there, Britta sees a former anarchist friend, Mike Hale, who is so happy to see her, he tells the crowd of people there that she’s great. She gives a small little speech about listening to yourself, which triggers Jeff to stay for a few more drinks. Seems like he’s suddenly very interested when other people are.

Meanwhile, Abed is alone in the study room creating a Kickpuncher costume. The key word here is “alone.” He looks over at Troy’s seat, clearly missing him. He enters the hallway in the costume where he finds Professor Hickey hard at work. Abed gets so excited about his costume that he shows off his foam gun, wrecking all of Professor Hickey’s papers that he was working on. He spent 5 hours on those, so in his fury, he handcuffs Abed to his filing cabinet. Abed sees that he wasn’t really working on work, but on his duck cartoons. After some reluctance, Hickey shows him his cartoons, which make Abed laugh a little.

Back at the theatre, Chang gets a very dramatic phone call, which he takes in a separate room. After he hangs up, he realizes that there’s an audience of people there thinking that he’s an actor, so he goes ahead and gives a rousing monologue of his childhood. Once out, a janitor said that there hasn’t been anyone in there since the fire some years back. So, Chang just gave a monologue to about 24 ghosts. At least they liked it. Chang, very confused, runs back into the theatre and yells that they’re all ghosts, but then they tell him that janitor is a ghost. Chang then runs back out to the janitor, who asks him, “You really believe a bunch of ghosts?” Chang runs away practically crying because he doesn’t know what to think.

Duncan confronts Jeff about his feelings for Britta, which he admits to. He’s got a problem where when everybody likes her, it turns him on. He stays at the bar, while Duncan approaches a crying Britta. Her ex-anarchist friends made fun of her for wanting to take risks and said “she had nothing to lose” in painting graffiti on a poster. Duncan hugs her and gives her a handkerchief as he walks her outside. In the car, he tells her that she shouldn’t rely on friends to define her, she’s a person even by herself. He decides to take her home, rather than hitting on her.

After Abed sees Hickey’s cartoons he compliments him on them and apologizes for ruining his drawings. Hickey accepts that apology, but still won’t let them go. They get into a fighting argument with Abed insulting his cartoons and blaming him for missing his movie. Finally, Hickey lets him go in anger. Abed comes back with a spec script he created which needs some “substance.” He thinks that Hickey can incorporate that if they become film partners. They apologize to each other and get to work on the script.

After dropping Britta off, Duncan heads back to the bar to talk to Jeff and have a “boys night in.”