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'Community' proves the third time's the charm

After a so-so pilot (http://www.examiner.com/x-13568-Austin-TV-Examiner~y2009m10d4-Community-doesnt-try-hard-enough-to-look-like-its-not-trying-hard-enough) followed by an outstanding second episode (www.examiner.com/x-13568-Austin-TV-Examiner~y2009m10d8-Community-makes-its-critics-eat-crow), Community's (http://www.nbc.com/community/) third go around finds a balance between the two that turns out to be a bittersweet delight.  In this episode, titled Introduction to Film, Britta (Gillian Jacobs [www.imdb.com/name/nm1843026/]) and Abed (Danny Pudi [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2209821/]) workout some of their daddy issues on one another.  She by paying for the film class his father refuses to, and he by manipulating her emotions in order to control her performance in a short film he's making about his relationship with his father.  Meanwhile, in search of an easy A, Jeff (Joel McHale [www.imdb.com/name/nm0570364/]) takes a class taught by Professor Whitman (John Michael Higgins [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0383422/]), who fancies himself a modern day version of Robin Williams' character in Dead Poets Society (www.imdb.com/title/tt0097165/), only requiring his students to "seize the day" for an A.  But for Jeff, both seizing the day and an A become a lot more difficult than he'd imagined.

This is the perfect baseline episode for this series.  The plot's solid, reveals character, and is funny throughout.  Community may have just found its groove.

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