Father (trampoline)

Aerodynamics of Gender
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Director: Tristram ShapeeroWriter: Adam Countee — Aired: November 4, 2010 —Season: Two — Number: Seven
Summary: Britta, Annie, and Shirley abuse Abed's skill at insulting people while Troy and Jeff find serenity.


We took it too far. We became the kind of women that we hate, turned you into a monster.
Britta Perry
Outside on a basketball court, Troy and Jeff are playing a one-on-one game as Abed watches. Nearby, Britta, Annie, and Shirley are discussing their new Women's Studies course. Pierce arrives and shows off a radio controlled helicopter he bought. Jeff and Troy are dismissive of him causing Pierce to disrupt their game with his new toy. Jeff throws the ball at it but ends up hitting the table where the women were seated. Annoyed, the three ladies leave for their class and are surprised when Abed decides to join them. Troy wins the game, and in frustration Jeff kicks the ball into the hedges. When Troy goes to retrieve it, he makes a startling discovery. At the women's studies class, Abed arrives before the ladies and secures them seats in the back of the room.

2 points for hitting the water bottle.

They instead go to the front row but after settling in, three young female students insist that they give up their seats. Although they refuse at first, the girls insult them and Shirley suggests to her friends that they take the high road. They join Abed in the back row and Shirley explains they were chased off by the campus mean girl Meghan and her cronies. Abed uses his observation skills to insult the three girls impressing his friends who invite him to join them for lunch. Meanwhile, Jeff finds Troy in a secret garden bouncing away on a trampoline. A Greendale groundskeeper shows up and introduces himself as Joshua. He informs them that the trampoline is a tool to reach a state of bliss.

Mean girls
The mean girls.
They can use it but must follow two rules: the garden must remain a secret and no double bouncing. Jeff tries the trampoline out and experiences the peaceful sensation that bouncing brings. In the student lounge, the study group ladies enjoy Abed's knack for pointing out the imperfections of other students. He leaves to get soda but ends up confronting Meghan at her table in the cafeteria. He uses his newfound smack-talking skills to insult Meghan and her friends, chasing them away. Britta, Annie and Shirley lead the rest of the students in celebrating the fall of the campus mean girls. Elsewhere, Troy and Jeff are still bouncing away on the trampoline without a care in the world.

Bouncy bouncy
Bouncy, bouncy!

Back at school, the study group ladies find another victim for Abed to insult. He is reluctant at first but the ladies reassure him that being bad to bad people is okay. In the study room, Pierce is suited up for a game of basketball but a blissed out Troy and Jeff aren't interested. The study group ladies walk in with Abed in tow and Jeff congenially objects to Britta's new aggressive attitude so she sics Abed on him. He is unfazed by Abed's insults causing Pierce to angrily demand to know how they achieved such a laid-back state. The girls and Abed leave, as does Pierce, who tells Troy and Jeff he will be watching them closely. Troy and Jeff head out for another trampoline session but are unaware that Pierce has used his Draganflyer to follow them.

2X7 Thses balls on your butts
'"These balls on your butts."'

The ladies find a trio of coeds sitting in their usual sofa in the commons area so Britta insults one girl and they leave. Abed is confused by the hypocricy and decides that their bad behavior makes them targets for his insults. Annie defends their actions by saying they were just joking which everyone does. Abed concludes that now everyone is now fair game and begins to verbally abuse anyone he sees. At the secret garden, Jeff and Troy's serenity is shattered when Pierce shows up. He climbs on the trampoline and, not satisfied with bouncing on his own, demands to be double bounced. Troy and Jeff refuse until Pierce threatens to tell everyone about their secret retreat. Troy does as he asks but Pierce gets bounced so high that he flies over a hedge into a dumpster and breaks both of his legs.

2x07-Shirley Britta Annie HUD bitches
They're all bitches.
In the cafeteria, Abed's insults have led to him becoming a pariah as no one wants to be anywhere near him. Realizing he's gone too far, he seeks out Meghan and hands her index cards of insults to use against him to restore the status quo. Outside, Pierce's accident led to construction workers destroying the trampoline. Joshua tells Jeff and Troy that the trampoline cost him his job but he blames himself for trusting a black guy. Jeff and Troy are stunned until they recall several ambiguous incidents that hinted at Joshua's racism. A now wheel chair bound Pierce tells Jeff and Troy that true paradise exists “right here” as he holds his hand over his chest. When Jeff and Troy leave, Pierce pulls a bottle of medication from a pocket where his hand was resting.

2x07-Jeff Joshua maze tatoo
It's going to be a maze.
In the cafeteria, Meghan and her friends confront Abed's and begin to verbally assault him with scathing insults he provided. As Meghan's insults continue, others in the cafeteria begins to voice their approval. She finishes by admitting that she acts mean sometimes to boost her own self-esteem but Abed did it to fit in. She walks away to cheers but Shirley, Annie, and Britta who witnessed the scene comfort Abed. They apologize for turning into the kind of women they hate and for turning Abed into someone everybody hated. He admits that he got carried away and they all agree to be more forgiving in the future. Jeff and Troy arrive with Pierce who is flying his Draganflyer. Pierce claims that there is a little man controlling the R/C helicopter. The rest of the group witness Pierce talking to the imaginary figure who Pierce hallucinates is telling him to take more pills.

2x07-Annie Abed Britta Shirley nose goes
Who's going to be in charge of making sure he doesn't OD?

End tagEdit

Another "taping" of the "Troy and Abed in the Morning!" show is being held with Star-Burns as their latest guest and Garrett doing the weather report.

Troy and Abed in the morning2
Star-Burns is the latest guest on the show.

Recurring themesEdit


Continuity lists
Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
Recurring or debuting places in this episode:
Recurring or debuting items in this episode:
  • School supplies:
    • The Foosball table is seen when Abed proclaims all women bitches and starts to insult them.
    • The trampoline makes its first and last appearance.
    • Pierce's Draganflyer UAV appears in this episode.

Running gagsEdit

List of Running gags
Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
  • A dollop of whipped irony: Troy says "Let me just make sure Pierce isn't hovering around", referring to Pierce's claim he will be watching them all the time. Pierce then proceeds to use a device that hovers around to spy on them, and ruin their secret.
  • Annie's Boobs: Annie says, "Bring it in for a boob bump ladies," when speaking with Shirley and Britta in the beginning of the episode.
  • Awwww!: Shirley, Britta and Annie love that Abed buys them a round of sodas. They "Awwww" again when he apologizes to them for going out of control.
  • Bag-ul: Britta mispronounces RoboCop as Rowboat Cop.
  • Biggest laugh of the night!: Pierce gets double bounced and flies over a hedge and crashes into a dumpster, breaking both legs.
  • Come sail away!: Troy cries when Pierce wants to be double bounced on the trampoline.
  • Gasp: Annie, Britta and Shirley gasp, first when Meghan's friend insults Annie, and later when Abed insults all three of them.
  • Gay, he's so gay!: Pierce think's Jeff's new boots are gay.
  • Troy and Abed in the Morning!: Star-Burns is their unwitting guest and Garrett does the weather.

Pop culture referencesEdit

List of Pop culture references
References to popular culture in this episode:
  • IMDb: Abed compares his ability to belittle people to RoboCop's crime fighting.
  • Product placement: Pierce buys himself an expensive Draganflyer RC helicopter which is featured prominently in this episode.
  • Shout out: Abed describes Tom Cruise as "short and nuts."
  • TV Guide: Abed's RoboCop vision reminds him to record Cougar Town.
  • Use your allusion:

Meta referencesEdit

List of Meta references
Meta references in this episode:
  • Résumé: Hilary Duff worked with Chevy Chase in the movie Stay Cool.


  • On the Community The Complete Second Season DVD commentaries, Donald Glover mentions that the library setting is full of ridiculous and racist books purposely put there by the setting crew.


You're like a machine.Annie
Like RoboCop.Abed
Exactly like Rowboat cop. Sharice is a bad rowboat. Sink her.Britta
Are you two ready to shoot the rock after study group? I'm going to slit your butts' throats.Pierce
Tell me how to get this laid back or I'll kill your families!Pierce
Check that attitude at the door.Shirley
Check the door before you go through it, Shirley.Abed
Let me buy you some ice cream. My white guilt is doing somersaults.Jeff
...Worth it.Troy
Look at your face. It's like your mom was a lizard who got raped by a muppet.Meghan
That burn was brought to you by the letter 'S' as in Snap!Chang
Season Two Episodes

1. "Anthropology 101"
2. "Accounting for Lawyers"
3. "The Psychology of Letting Go"
4. "Basic Rocket Science"
5. "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples"
6. "Epidemiology"
7. "Aerodynamics of Gender"
8. "Cooperative Calligraphy"
9. "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design"
10. "Mixology Certification"
11. "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas"
12. "Asian Population Studies"

13. "Celebrity Pharmacology 212"
14. "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons"
15. "Early 21st Century Romanticism"
16. "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking"
17. "Intro to Political Science"
18. "Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy"
19. "Critical Film Studies"
20. "Competitive Wine Tasting"
21. "Paradigms of Human Memory"
22. "Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts"
23. "A Fistful of Paintballs"
24. "For A Few Paintballs More"

Community Season Two DVD

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