The Politics of Human Sexuality

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"The Politics of Human Sexuality"
Community episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 11
Directed by Anthony Russo
Written by Hillary Winston
Production code 110
Original air date December 3, 2009 (2009-12-03)
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"The Politics of Human Sexuality" is the eleventh episode of the first season of the American comedy television series Community. It originally aired in the United States on NBC on December 3, 2009.

Dean Pelton and Annie host an STD awareness fair at Greendale as Troy and Abed compete against each other to see who is the better athlete.

Plot[edit]

Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) and Annie (Alison Brie) are promoting Greendale's upcoming STD fair, handing out fortune cookies and flyers. Troy (Donald Glover) is handed a flyer, but misses the trash can when throwing it away. Abed (Danny Pudi) does the same but makes the shot. Fearing Abed is better at sports, Troy challenges him to prove who is the better athlete.

Pierce (Chevy Chase) asks Jeff to double date with him and his new girlfriend, Doreen (Sharon Lawrence) to the fair later that night. Pierce teases Jeff that he can't get a date in time. Irritated, Jeff accepts his challenge. Jeff calls a few women asking them accompany him on the date, but is brutally rebuffed. When Britta looks through his phone and finds no names, but descriptions such as "hot blonde from Spanish class" as contacts, she suggests his shallow approach to dating is perhaps why he can't find a date.

Dean Pelton decides that Annie should conduct a condom demonstration on an anatomically correct model of a penis center stage at the STD Fair. Annie panics, having never seen an actual penis in her life. Worried she'll mess up the demonstration, she asks Britta and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) for help. Annie admits to not being a virgin, but also that her previous "relations" were with an ex-boyfriend in high school who wouldn't let her look at "it". She later found out he was gay. Annie suggests they break into the Dean's office to get the actual model to practice with. Britta and Shirley agree.

At the fair, Pierce tries to comfort Jeff, reassuring him that in his experience, dry spells with women only last 12 to 15 years. Jeff immediately turns his focus to Sabrina (Sara Erikson), the Dean's new assistant and asks the Dean for information about her.

Annie, Shirley and Britta try to break into the Dean's office, but as they look at the model penis through the keyhole, campus security walk in and detain the three. They are brought to Dean Pelton and the school counselor to discuss the incident.

During the double date, Doreen tells Jeff that he could do a lot better than Sabrina. Jeff leaves with Sabrina anyway. Doreen (who is actually an escort, but Pierce thinks otherwise) tells Pierce that if he wants to continue to hang out for the night it will cost him $200.

Abed easily beats Troy at basketball, a carnival game and at arm wrestling. When the two race across campus, Abed lets Troy win.

Back inside the fair, Chang suggests to Dean Pelton that this might be the only STD fair to actually spread STDs. When students decide to make water balloons, they discover holes from the exclamation point at the end of the word "Greendale!" printed on the condoms. Panicking, the Dean asks Troy to run to his office to make an announcement to not to use the distributed condoms. Troy, however, bestows the responsibility to Abed, the faster of the two. Abed mistakenly warns students not to use condoms at all.

Jeff ends things with Sabrina and returns to the STD fair to chat with Pierce. Jeff privately changes "hot blonde from Spanish class" to "Britta" in his phone.

Reception[edit]

In its original U.S. broadcast it was viewed by 5.42 million.[1]

Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club rated the episode positively with a B+ and that it was "another fine and funny episode of a show that's rapidly turned into one of my favorites."[2]

Sean Gandert of Paste noted the struggle of trying to fit 40-minutes of ideas into 22 minutes and that "The strange level of Orwellian doublespeak and strange standards are a magically weird affair and Community captured the essence of just how odd these things really are. That being said, I wanted more of it."[3]

Jonah Krakow of IGN was negative and not hopeful on the quality of future episodes, stating, "[...] nor was this the worst episode in the history of television. But I'm done making excuses or holding out hope that it will eventually improve."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gorman, Bill (December 4, 2009). "Thursday broadcast & cable finals: Flash Forward down; other Broadcast shows unchanged". Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (December 4, 2009). ""Politics of Human Sexuality" S1 / E11". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Gandert, Sean (December 4, 2009). "Community Review: "The Politics of Human Sexuality" (Episode 1.11)". Paste. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Krakow, Jonah (December 4, 2009). "Community: "The Politics of Human Sexuality" Review - Annie's never seen a penis and Jeff keeps his in his pants.". IGN. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 

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