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Hercules Has Seen The Final 2011 Episodes Of COMMUNITY, PARKS And THE OFFICE!!

I am – Hercules!!

NBC is batting three for three tonight with its best sitcoms.

NBC says of “Regional Holiday Music”:

When the Greendale Glee Club is unexpectedly sidelined, the school's effervescent choir director Cory Radison (Taran Killam) sets about recruiting the study group members to fill in. Skeptical at first, they eventually fall under his hypnotic spell - one-by-one - singing and dancing their way to the annual Christmas Pageant.

Tonight’s elaborate “Community” installment is bittersweet because it’s likely the last we’ll see for at least three or four months. “30 Rock” will do battle with “Big Bang Theory” this winter and perhaps beyond. More in invisotext.

* I think this episode might be asking the musical question “What if the body snatchers were really gay, but not necessarily homosexual gay?” The allusions are subtle until they’re not.

* The first line belongs to Annie: “Wow. They found a way to make The Human Being even creepier.”

* While I approve of the amount of Senor Chang this week, I much prefer the amount we got last week.

* Abed (who only appears in this episode after The Human Being leaves) discloses early on that he has acquired a legendary 1981 “Inspector Spacetime” Christmas special. Near episode’s end, we get to see some of it! 

* I wish I had a dollar for every utterance of the words “glee” or “regionals” in this episode.

* Fans of Alison Brie should find pleasing Jewish Annie’s Santa suit.

* Brace for another excellent Britta dance.

NBC says of “Citizen Knope”:

Unable to get work done from inside the Parks Department, Leslie forms a citizen action group and fights from the outside. Meanwhile, everyone in the office brainstorms ideas for what to get Leslie for Christmas.

* We learn early on that Ben is already interviewing for non-government jobs. One of the guys he interviews with reminds me a lot of Toby Flenderson.

* Leslie’s gifts for her campaign staff made me laugh harder than the gifts she got for her parks department staff. Amy Poehler sells this moment perfectly.

* This episode contains at least two great Andy/April/food gags.

* Ben’s scene with the heretofore unseen Eddie is hilarious.

* For what I’m guessing is the first time, the episode’s epilogue features NONE of the regular characters.

NBC says of “Christmas Wishes”:

Andy tries to make this year's Christmas the best ever by granting each person's holiday wishes. Meanwhile, Robert California tries to drown his sorrows at the office party.

I laughed hard last week when Andy yelled “Tuna!” as he pried Jim Halpert off the ladder. Tonight’s excellent installment of “The Office” reminded me a lot of the series’ episodes of yore, when the gags seemed more inspired and events carried consequence. More in the text invisible.

* NBC fails to mention (but does depict in its promos) that this episode introduces Andy’s hot new girlfriend, an assistant cross country coach at Bryn Mawr College.

* Pam is still wholly absent this week.

* Kelly Erin gets quite drunk and does some dancing and other things.

* Expect references to at least two “Daily Show” vets not named Steve Carell or Ed Helms.

* I watched Kelly’s quasi-verbal reaction to California’s ethnic holiday greeting three times now. (See clip above.) It cracks me up every time.

* I correctly guessed what precipitated California’s sorrows, as many others will.

* The term “deskclump” is central to one of the episode’s lesser plotlines.

* Mark Proksch, the alter ego of faux yo-yo entertainer Kenny "K-Strass" Strasser, appears again this week, this time as one of the warehouse employees.

* Somebody ponied up for The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping,” which is cool.

* Dwight tonight breaks out his falconry gloves.

* We learn Oscar lived in the East Village in 1983.

* I loved the oatmeal gag.

* Near episode’s end, The Nard Dog offers a well-chosen term for a component of Meredith’s anatomy.

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  • Dec. 8, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Christmas will be bitter-sweet this year...

    by buffywrestling

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Obama says that the American way of life "has never worked."

    by locke815

    What a piece of crap he is.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Locke, go tr0ll somewhere else...

    by Judge Briggs

    Fox 'News' forums are that way... ---->

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    Have you heard any murmurs about NBC not cancelling 'Community?' I mean, I know the news has made its rounds on the internets about how stupid NBC would be to cancel the show. So I am wondering what you've heard since the initial announcement. Thanks!

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Somewhere in South America...

    by theGoldbergV

    ...buried in the deepest, darkest jungle, obscured by pillars of rock and bone, hidden from view for thousands upon thousands of years, there is a mystical cave painting that depicts the final days of humanity. There are only 5 panels on this ancient artifact, one shows the creation of the atomic bomb, another renders Dubya reading that book to the school kids, then there's Goldman Sachs destroying the world economy, another merely says "TWITTER" scrawled in blood and the final panel, the last piece of the puzzle, depicts the one action which will signify our ultimate downfall and proof positive that we as a species are doomed... ...its the NBC schedule for April sans Community. Don't do it NBC, the whole of human civilisation depends on you

  • WHAT A FUCKING LIE!!!!!! OBAMA DID NOT SAY the American way of life "has never worked." STUPID GODDAMNED FUCKS!!!!!! I GUESS ALL OF HIS WORDS JUST GET CONFUSING TO POOR RUSH, SO HE SAYS THAT OBAMA SAYS SOMETHING HE NEVER SAID. ASSHOLES hERE IS WHAT HE SAID: there is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. “The market will take care of everything,” they tell us. If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes – especially for the wealthy – our economy will grow stronger. Sure, they say, there will be winners and losers. But if the winners do really well, then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. And, they argue, even if prosperity doesn’t trickle down, well, that’s the price of liberty. Now, it’s a simple theory. And we have to admit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That’s in America’s DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. But here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked. It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the ’50s and ’60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade. I mean, understand, it’s not as if we haven’t tried this theory. “The market will take care of everything,” is NOT the same thing as te American Way of Life BUT IT IS A FAIR CRTICISM FUCKING MORONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Black Eyed Peas

    by c4andmore

    Spot on, Mr. California. Spot on.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Obama ACTUALLY said ...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    That the free market doesn't work. Now, if you want to say America IS the free market, fine. But it was the free market that he criticized, not specifically America. Personally, I think he's a fucking raging idiot-moron, but he does and says enough ACTUAL shit to be criticized for without making shit up. And on this mention of Goldman Sachs "destroying the economy," I'd love to know how that is figured. I've got no love for the liberal douches at Goldman Sachs (over $1,000,000 to BHO's election in 2008) ... But, just like Obama didn't say "America," Goldman Sachs ain't the one who got rid of Glass-Steagall or who insisted that credit standards be relaxed to the point where those clearly unable to pay for a down payment or a mortgage were able to purchase McMansions with balloon notes. Might I suggest "All the Devils Are Here" by McLean and Nocera for a very interesting and insightful book on the recent crisis. "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis is also quite good. The mortgage and banking crises were a lot more complex than "it's Goldman Sachs" or "it's Barney Frank." In total, the crash was the work of many, many douche bags -- the banks, the mortgage companies, the mortgage purchasers, Congress, Clinton, Bush, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, government meddling and tinkering, and laissez faire, etc. No one person or institute is "the one" who caused it.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    fuckers don't hijack this thread. #savecommunity

    by rakesh patel

    I'm hoping this ep really is good. If it's going on hiatus it needs to ensure it does well. Hopefully the cast get go on full promo mode ( apart from heading all off to the soup) ala chuck and get the show more exposure. Community has done so well, especially wining the peoples mag cover. It[ frequently tops twitter because poeple are tweeting and watching. NBC would be foolish to let it go. ( im being civil to NBC! RIP journeyman!)

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Thanks. Feel free to express yourself with passion as well. it is needed now.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Community is not watched

    by Michael Lunney

    ...because conservatives are too dumb to get it. They need laugh tracks to tell them when to laugh. They need to be told how to react. The show may have its inconsistencies, but it does deliver comedy brilliance more often than not. But it's not dumb enough for half the country.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    The Office was screwed by the WGA this year.

    by frankenberry

    Other than Modern Family, The Office was the only comedy nominated for two individual episodes. So I'm not sure how it didn't make the cut for Best Comedy Series.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    I'm a conservative who loves "Community"

    by zacdilone

    I think the term you're looking for is "redneck" or "simpleton." Plenty of those in both political parties. #stillmissyoujourneyman

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Geez, Locke, from a lifelong conservative...

    by OutsideChance

    ...take it somewhere else. Political trolling is no fun no matter who does it (including you, Herc) and for whom.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Yeah, you're right.... my libertarian friend doesn't but he can't tell me why. Is there some sort of liberal bias in the show that might keep conservatives away from it? Just wondering, because I don't see it.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    holy shit holy shit holy shit

    by Bobby Brown

    childish gambino in the fuckin house on community tonight! beyond the awesomeness of words!

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Fuck off with that shit.

    by buffywrestling

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    i guess i just like liking things

    by Bobby Brown

    preach it, abed! wish more people were like that instead of the other way around. and i really like the idea that the guys blanket fort can be used as a device to introduce whatever fantasty sequence they want. brilliant.

  • how strangely appropriate given the shows situation right now. oh community--youre so meta its meta. and i love it.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Wasn't the study group taking over for the glee club

    by jim

    one of the memories from the pseudo clip show last season? Does this mean in future episodes (when it comes back, stronger than ever!) we'll also get to see them visit an old west town and stay in a haunted mansion?

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Where'd the talkback go?

    by Cartagia

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    Being conservative has nothing to do with being stupid or not finding Community funny. I'm a Conservative and absolutely love Community.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    big jim

    by Bobby Brown

    i thought of that too--maybe they'll address it in the ep tonight. i know my wife was upset when pierce's father showed up, because pierce's mother had said in the 1st season that she'd seen his ghost (like he was dead)---but they even put in a throwaway line for pierce where he said his mother just wanted to believe his dad was dead. despite how jumbled all that i just wrote is, its just to say they're usually aware of continuity snafus and at least put in a line or two to explain or at the least excuse those snafus. but i actually hope you're right---any of the stories from the fake clip show would make great set-ups for full episodes!

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    zacdilone (and mcgootoo)

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Zacdilone, well said. Mcgoodtoo, I'm with dukeroberts. I'm a conservative and my wife and I are despondent about Community being off-air for a while. I think that conservative/liberal show-watching thing has more to do with the TYPE of comedy as opposed to anything objectionable. Conservatives tend to enjoy classic, family-oriented type comedies -- Home Improvement, Everybody Loves Raymond and the like. Conservatives are just that -- conservative. They like traditional stuff. Liberals tend to enjoy snarky, self- or pop culture- or current event-referential shows. Arrested Development, Seinfeld, Community, 30 Rock. As a conservative who BY FAR tends to like liberal-preferred shows, I hope I don't offend anybody by saying ... Conservatives like "safe" shows that reaffirm their "safe" and traditional view of the world, but that liberals regard as mundane and trite ... And liberals like shows that reaffirm how cynically smart and cool they see themselves as. And I include myself in that latter category. Can't tell you how many times I get a little geeky thrill in explaining a reference to my wife. Sad, but true.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Just look at Twin Peaks

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    A show chock-full of references to other things, loved by the left-leaning (and me) and pretty much eliciting a head shake from traditional, conservative audiences. The same, quirky, can-you-figure-it-out nuttiness that makes the intellectual and pseudo-intellectual thrill is also what makes everybody else roll their eyes. So, it's not politics, per se, (although that can play a part -- see "The West Wing" and "Law & Order"), but other factors that are equally, if not more, influential in deciding viewing habits.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    bicycle sharer

    by dukeroberts

    Earlier this year I read an article showing poll results of shows that conservatives and liberals like. Being a conservative, I was kind of surprised that the shows I watch (Dexter, Mad Men, Community, 30 Rock, The Office, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and some others) were squarely on the liberal side, while shows that I detest, like NCIS, CSI, Criminal Minds and other garbage of that ilk, plus Dancing with the Stars and American Idol were all on the conservative side. Oh well. What are you gonna do? The only show that showed up on both sides was Modern Family, which I love.

  • as one of the families in it is a gay couple with an adopted child. doesnt that go against conservative ideals?

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    I miss Annie's Boobs!

    by Jake Pantlin

    Such a cute little monkey.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by Bobby Brown

    in the top ten, baby! go community! dont let this show go away! sersly, cannot stop watching that clip. "then he'll come down the chim-e-ney and it'll be just him an' me but he won't know we're enemies 'cause i'll play sincere." the "animation" just makes it that much better.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by MaxTheSilent

    ...swings for the fences more than any other comedy on TV. Sometimes it doesn't quite work but more often than not they deliver a 21-minute comic masterclass. There'll be a special place in hell for any network executives who allow it to get cancelled before they at least get their fourth season so everyone can graduate.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    the bicycle sharer

    by Michael Lunney

    fair enough and open minded - a 2fer.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    bicycle sharer/dukeroberts

    by Michael Lunney

    Now if we could only break down our political differences through the peaceful process of shared favorite TV programs. And the walls came tumblin' down through a shared love of Community!!!!

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    i say boycott 30 rock

    by jsfithaca

    so we can show nbc how shitty a timeslot communitys been stuck in, theyll switch the timeslots, community will get the ratings it deserves and will be on forever!

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    But Herc...

    by Jim A.

    What about the Christmas episode of Whitney? We're all dying to find out what happens in that piece of shit.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    re: Community, conservatives, liberals and rednecks..

    by mcgillj

    I probably fit under the "redneck" banner aforementioned above.. and I MUST.. cause I don't find "Community" to be an utterly brilliant creation of comic genius. There's quite a solid cast.. but I've always found its "out there nature" while funny.. somewhat off putting to me.. although, I will admit to enjoying the "what if" episode that aired a couple months back. But the most recent.. while I "GET" the whole.. making fun of, and even the show acknowledges, the B story of the whole sitcom roommate breaks something and tries to replace, create a crazy story B-story.. it just never really felt .. whole. Honestly.. I started watching, and maybe its why I am quite so dissapointed as a whole.. for Chevy Chase whom I grew up with.. and aside from a few weeks ago.. when we met his father.. His character is more or less relegated to 3 lines per episode. So I can admit to being biased in that regard.. and not really the greatest supporter of the "sitcom" at any rate.. but I can say... "Community" is MUCH better than some of the CRAP that I have seen other wise.. "2 Broke Girls" wow.. just AWFUL.. no matter how amazing Dennings' rack may be.. her cute spunk and rack can not save that pile.. the ill fated Shatner sitcom? awful.. as is what I've seen of Mike and Molly, Rules of.. well ANYTHING on CBS.. even Big Bang Theory is on a real downward SLIDE (has been since season 3). the ONLY, and I admit its more a tradtional family sitcom.. is ABD's "The Middle" which reminds me alot of "Malcom in the Middle" before it got so out there in its later seasons.. some may argue that's when it became great.. but.. I think Neil Flynn is hiarious.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST


    by Bobby Brown

    i could see how the show might be funny but offputting to some; i really appreciate your honest assessment of your thoughts on the show, and for still giving it a chance week to week. and ive heard the middle's pretty darn good---i still need to check it out. i love me some neil flynn---his janitor was one of the only consistently humerous part of scrubs for me.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Took me a while to warm up to Community

    by gotilk

    But now, I'm a HUGE fan and am scared to death it'll get canceled. I fear for Community now as much as I do for Fringe. For me, that's a big thing. I really think it's one of those shows that needs to kind of sink in. I re-watched that multiple reality episode (that mcgillj just mentioned above) again and while I liked it before, I now consider it a classic episode of television. This show needs a break, like the kinds they gave to Cheers and Seinfeld. It needs time to build an audience. It can be quirky, but it's just broad (and with an attractive cast) enough to draw that mainstream audience as well. PLEASE give it a chance. And if you like it, watch it. AND DVR it and let it play while you do housework.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    The Middle I just could not get into week after week

    by gotilk

    I tried. I did see a clip today, from the Thanksgiving episode (kitchen scene) that was hilarious. Maybe I'll give it another watch. The scene reminded me of something that might happen with my ex and her family. We'd be joking around, being silly.... and then I'd say something genuinely funny (but usually much darker) and they'd just stare at me as if I'd just made a holocaust joke. I mean, they were not serious, they were just jamming me for fun... but it totally reminded me of that. In a way it did something miraculous. It made me miss my former in-laws.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    I don't need Community to be on forever. Just

    by RaveX


  • Dec. 8, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    If NBC doesn't want Community than I say let Comedy Central,

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    FX, or USA take it off NBC ungrateful asses! This was one of the best Christmas ep. Annie made my pee-pee feel funny! Damn funny ep tonite!

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Save Greendale

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by Bobby Brown

    thank you for that. how awesome. pierce's non-sequitur (or should i say chevy's) made me do a spit-take.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    All it needs is next year

    by DookieMercury

    From what i remember Community was written with 4 years in mind and if it could make to that then I'll be thrilled. It gives closure and an ending. I have to admit the musical was funny in how it played glee club like a horror event like the blob.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST


    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Me, too, on that poll. WTF?!?!? But who cares, right? I likes what I likes. One of my all-time favorite movies, "Blue Velvet," would probably send most conservatives over the edge. Fuck 'em if they got no taste -- no matter what their political affiliation.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST


    by The Bicycle Sharer

    If only!

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    community great 1st season shit the rest

    by johnnyg korrupt

    Season 1 they went purely for laughs. Chevy chases sleazy comments and storylines were hilarious. Chang was actually funny. Somewhere along making season 2 they decided to change focus and go for cynical satire, and nerd patriotism. Its just not funny anymore. Same thing happened to South Park they went from hilarious laughs to satire.

  • Golden. Gonna miss this show.

  • seriously what the FUCK is wrong with the majority of this country.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Liberal douches at Goldman Sachs

    by Turingtestee


  • Dec. 8, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Have you gotten a fucking job yet?

    by Turingtestee

    Have you up and gotten off the tit yet?

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Community is rough tonight.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Okay, so now that more people have seen tonight's Community

    by buffywrestling

    Was Abed just making up that ending in his head that everyone dropped by? It just felt strange that he says, "This sucks" then hears them all caroling. A pat ending like that doesn't seem Community's style, considering what they did tonight to tropes re: turning a musical into a horror movie.

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Thank god I'm not a Black Eyed Peas fan!

    by Tacom

    They were getting hit tonight on Parks and Rec AND the Office!

  • Dec. 8, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Britta of Nine and Santa Annie

    by Charles Calthrop

    A very Merry Christmas from the Community Costume Department!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Community = Best sitcom ever?

    by Ryan

    I think so. I think anyone and everyone can enjoy it they just have to take the ride. That's the problem. Not intelligence. Too many people just don't want to run with something when it get's outside of the comfort zone. You gotta take the ride.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Correction to invisotext

    by Charles Calthrop

    That's INSPECTOR Spacetime, Herc.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    I thought last night's Community was so-so

    by beastie

    until Britta's dance and the Dean's "Just let Britta finish her awkward dance", line. I was in tears and couldn't stop laughing after that. Community is not the best sitcom ever. I believe that spot is reserved for Arrested Development. But I do believe that it is one of the best shows on television, right now.

  • Its not terrible just unremarkable to me, like a copy of a copy of a copy. It seems like it was made by someone who REALLY wants it to be a mix of 30Rock and Spaced, IMO it doesn't measure up to either of those shows. Best sitcom ever? Not even close, sorry. It's not even the best sitcom on right now. With that said I would never hope for its cancellation just because I don't enjoy it.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Just watched last night's Community....I thought it was brilliant

    by Bobo_Vision

    A very subversive Christmas special....the glee club represented how Christmas is all bullshit and how everyone gets sucked into celebrating it, but the people behind it are the evil corporations who start churning out their ads at the end of October, and everyone falls in line and starts celebrating with fake cheer as they are programmed by the Christmas music in the malls, elevators, and when they are put on hold while calling various utilities companies. People become zombies. After New Year's they wake up to a harsh cold reality...but they are never truly awake...because come November...they repeat the same thing all over again.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Did Anyone Else NOT Miss Pam From Last Night's OFFICE?

    by Graphix67

    Honestly, it was one of more enjoyable entries since Steve's departure. With the exception of Jim and Dwight's cartoonish pranking with each other, the other segments really flowed smoothly in my opinion. And it wasn't until the final credits flashed did I realize that Pam was totally absent and I didn't notice in the least. I hazard to say that the current incarnation of the Pam-character is totally expendable.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Liberal douches at Goldman Sachs

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    1. Over $1,000,000 in campaign contributions to Obama in 2008. 2. $2.6 million to Dums in '08. $805,000 to Repukes. 3. The head of Obama's Commodity Futures Trading Commission head? Goldman Sachs partner Gary Gensler. 4. Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney reported that Goldman Sachs paid White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel $3,000 monthly retainer while he worked as Clinton's chief fundraiser. 5. Former Goldman Sachs lobbyist Mark Patterson serves under Geithner as his top deputy and overseer of TARP bailout -- $10 billion of which went to GOLDMAN SACHS. Lehman Brothers got ZERO in that bailout. Now, all that having been said, I more properly should have said "THOSE douches at Goldman Sachs" because THOSE douches give quite a bit to Repukes as well and the BIGGEST beneficiary of their crooked benevolence is ... Incumbents -- the biggest douches in Washington, period, no matter what side of the aisle you're from.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST


    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Yep. I started my own business. Oddly, I did that right AFTER that unemployment check ran out at 99 weeks. Thanks, Barack and Ed Schultz and turingtestee! It's much appreciated! No, really. I totally appreciated my two years of drawing a check from you guys! You totally owed me. I work from home doing accounting and taxes, the same thing that I did before. Doing quite well and loving it AND I get to spend time with you fine folks when I'm not working (as I'm not yet this morning).

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    By the way, turingestee

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Your mom's tit? Not all that. But I made it suffice for a couple of years. Ahhhhh. Leisure at the taxpayer's expense. Simply wonderful.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    People Watch NBC?

    by Aquatarkusman

    How quaint.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    How many drinks have you had? A million.

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    Creed asking about Andy's Grandmother was funny. So there was talk about some oatmeal... Did you fart? Pretty good Office.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Last night's Parks and Rec was one of the best

    by zacdilone

    It has, in my opinion, surpassed The Office in terms of consistency. Comparing the two shows' runs, Parks and Rec keeps hitting doubles and triples with the occasional home run (like last night). The Office, on the other hand, has had a frustrating mix of home runs and strikeouts. I prefer the former. Cal-cu-later!

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Liberal Goldman-Sachs is my favorite thing of the thread.

    by Sodomy Redux

    I know someone third-hand who works at Goldman-Sachs. He comes from a family of money-grubbers. I mean this family absolutely worships money. Sons are lawyers..for the money. Dad is an investor. Third son went to Goldman-Sachs. Their God is money. Their reason for existing is the accumulation of money, and setting up a dynasty. They don't give a fuck about anyone else; if they could make a buck by selling their neighbors into slavery I have no doubt they would do it. I don't know if y'all have met people in the finance industry but they are all like that. They worship money and they don't give a fuck about society at large. They will do and say anything to get more money; it's like a hobby, obsession, and career all rolled into one. It has to be. Because the type of work they are doing - the fraud, lies, and deceit that the finance industry consistently engages in - would drive any decent person away.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Vote for COMMUNITY at's 'Best of 2011' poll

    by supertoyslast

    Best Overall Show: Best Comedy:

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Sodomy redux

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    I have friends that work in the financial industry, here in L.A. and in Chicago, Toronto, and Frisco -- Wells Fargo, Citicorp, Silver Stream Capital, Onex Corporation, Watershed Asset Mgmt, and Northern. (I was a finance and accounting major in college.) I don't agree that they are ALL as you describe, but many, many, many of them are.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Also ...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    The notion that your god can't be money AND you be a liberal is pretty laughable, too.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Okay, back to shit that matters ...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Heading over to vote for Community right now. Thanks.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    He's equal parts Hanson and Manson

    by jim

    I'm singing my heart song

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Hercules called it

    by jim

    All 3 of NBCs funny comedies were great last night. As much as I always enjoy Community's end-credits tags (last night being no exception), the best end-credits bit of the night belonged to Parks & Recreation with John Ralphio: "That makes sense. I go out the way I came in?".

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    COMMUNITY is down but WHITNEY is steady?

    by supertoyslast

    What the hell? It seems that the only hope for COMMUNITY is that WHITNEY fails in its new slot and ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? bombs. I just hate that such a great show is doing so badly and will only survive if other shows do even worse. It's a scenario in which nobody wins.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Didn't love this week's Community

    by Mr. Giant

    Althogh "boop be doop boop SEX" almost killed me, as did Pierce's singing about giving everyone the world. Parks and Rec is the more consistent show, it's good every time...but when Community hits a high, there is no higher in tv comedy.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    You're right about Community, monolith_jones

    by AnnoyYou

    It started out as a sitcom for the ages but has devolved into almost unrelieved wankery. This is why it hasn't built an audience and why it's lost a lot of its former viewers. It wants to be "Spaced" but doesn't have a tenth of that show's wit, insanity or heart. It's too bad - for a while there it seemed as if it might have a chance to be a really great show. Unfortunately the compulsion to be self-referential (really - did we NEED to see Abed's Batman again or do endless paintball episodes when the first one was so perfect?), make constant pop culture references and movie parodies AND pander to various "shippers" has made it tiresome. I won't miss it when it goes.

  • Seriously, I don't understand why Dan Harmon isn't spending any energy parodying Big Bang Theory which is so obviously this show's nemesis. All they have to do is an episode where Troy, Abed and Annie get a new group of science nerd neighbors down the hall who for some reason have a creepy laugh track playing in their apartment all the time. Abed can do all his meta commentary and even have a conflict with the Shelton character since they're both borderline sociopaths with aspherger's syndrome. Even do some creepy shit where the Shelton character tries to kill Abed. Just a thought.

  • That show is in desperate need of being skewered.

  • You have summed up not only wall street bankers, but politicians. They will do anything for power and money....including murdering their own citizens and staging an act of terrorism to make a fortune from military contracts and kickbacks from the bogus wars that follow.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Community is as good as Spaced

    by Mr. Giant

    And they don't have the luxury of only have to do like 12 shows total.

  • Dec. 9, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    @big jim re: John Ralpho on P&C

    by TheSeeker7

    hell YES. For me, John Ralphio's been sort of a hit or miss character on Parks & Rec (that I only just started watching about 2 months ago, though I'm fully caught up now) that tag was easily the best segment of his in the short history of the show. The fluidity with which he delivered that last night, priceless.<br> <br> and actually I just saw an online ad tonight for some new series he's going to be in on Showtime headline by Don Cheadle. I'm guessing he'll have a major role, there were like 5 people in the poster and he was one of them.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    bobo vison are you retarded?

    by Xiphos_2

    Or an Alex Jones follower? which is the same thing as being retarded.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Xiphos 2

    by Bobo_Vision

    A retard is an American who believes that their government is compassionate and scrupulous, and would never do anything immoral in the name of money and power. So the question is, are you retarded?

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Jeff basically killed a guy?

    by Bass Ackwards

    What was that a reference to? Having a hard time recalling Community this season.

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I think that was Pierce's Dad

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Dec. 10, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    It was Pierce's dad

    by jim

    after Jeff says that, it cuts to Pierce who gives him a "don't worry about it" look (at least that's how I interpreted it).

  • I usually find him funnier (but maybe because most of his scenes are with Aziz Ansari). However, the last scene was why I enjoy that character so much. The Showtime show you are thinking of is called House of Lies. It's supposed to begin in January. Kristen Bell is also in the cast.

  • A couple minutes was all I could take. So very, very bad. It was like an imitation of a sitcom, created by a committee of robots trying very hard to understand human comedy. The dialog, the acting, the scene -- a bunch of douches at a bar firing dialog back and forth that no human would ever say, and that made not an ounce of sensse -- just made me want to hate each and every one of them. I turned to my wife and said "good, god, do they think there are enough people like this out there to sit and watch this drivel?! All the insufferable douches like this bunch are way too cool to own TV's. Who do the think they are broadcasting this to?" Community is fantastic, and as someone above said, sometimes they miss when they swing for the fences, but at least they're swinging for the fences ... and not poking randomly at what they think humans may think is funny.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Theme from Bonanza

    by Jay Bond

    Being used as the song pierce used with the children, was absolute brilliance.