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Yeah, well, you can tell your disappointment to suck it. I'm doing a Bottle Episode!
Jeff

The study group has finished an assignment for Anthropology class and everyone is getting ready to go on their separate ways. Jeff has a date, Britta has a photography project, and the rest are going to a puppy parade on the quad. Then, Annie notices that her pen is missing. Hilarity Ensues as each member of the group is successively accused of having taken the pen.

The Community episode "Cooperative Calligraphy" provides examples of:

 Troy: Maybe nobody took it. Sometimes I think I lost something really important to me, and it turns out I already ate it.

  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The pen turns out to have been stolen by Annie's Boobs, Troy's monkey.
  • Fan Nickname: While this is certainly not Community's only Bottle Episode, it's invariably the one any member of the cast, crew, or fanbase is referring to if they say "the bottle episode".
  • Fan Service: Everybody strips down to their underwear. There's something for everyone!
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When removing Pierce's casts to find the pen, Abed expresses uncertainty that they should be doing that, noting that "this is how supervillains get created." Throughout the second half of the series, Pierce's increasingly erratic, Jerkass and cruel behaviour has been an ongoing subplot, culminating in his revenge scheme in "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking".
    • You also notice at the beginning of the episode that when Annie starts to get upset, Abed has a chocolate for her - hinting at the reveal later in the episode about his tracking the girls' menstrual cycles.
    • Britta comments that Jeff "usually" wears Beetlejuice boxers - only Abed notices, setting up his realization in "Paradigms of Memory" that they have been sleeping together.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • The theft of Annie's pen during the drive by deaning.
    • On the whiteboard, you can see the phrase "If we evolved from monkeys, how come we still have monkeys?" with the second monkey crossed out and replaced with "Pierce?"
  • Funny Background Event: You can see Annie's Boobs take the pen in the back of one of Troy and Abed's shots early on.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:

 Britta: I still think man is going to evolve into woman, not a dragon monster with three legs.

Pierce: Three legs?

 Annie: I am not hiding my own pen, you paranoid weirdo! Everybody stay within each other's eyelines please, one of you is a monster.

    • When the group discover Shirley's pregnancy test:

 Annie: Guys, this is a terribly childish way to handle this kind of situation. (runs over to Shirley and hops up and down in excitement) Does this mean you have a new boyfriend? Who, who, who?

  • I Can Explain: Abed in when the group discovers his charts on the female group members' menstrual cycles. Double-subverted in that while he didn't expect them to actually give him a chance to explain, he's prepared with an explanation when they do.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Dean Craig Pelton gets called a "non-miraculous son of a bitch."

 Craig: Non-miraculous?

 Jeff: I have a date to catch, or, should I say, a catch to date.

Britta: Oof, I hope you just came up with that.

(later)

Dean Pelton: I expect to see you all at the puppy parade. Except you, Jeffrey - I know you've got a catch to date.

 Dean Pelton: Attention, students! The puppy parade is starting on the quad! Better come quick--with every passing moment, these puppies grow older and less deserving of our attention.

 Shirley: Mother Hen? I think we're about the same age.

Britta: Sure, unless time is linear.

Shirley: I'll make your ass linear.

Britta: That doesn't make any sense.

Shirley: I'll make your ass sense.

 Annie: It's not a pen; it's a principle!

 Britta: There! Happy?

Jeff: Not if that's a used q tip.

 Annie: Last week, she invoked the Freedom of Information Act to request photocopies of my notes.

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