Community Plays Politics: Jeff and Annie (and Star-Burns!) Run for President

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Why, yes, that is Dean Pelton (played by the incomparable Jim Rash) rocking his finest Uncle Sam duds — but what’s the occasion? This Thursday’s Community (NBC, 8/7c) of course, which brings political satire — and a faux Joe Biden — straight to Greendale.

“Joe Biden is coming to campus so the Dean is frantically trying to assemble some sort of student government,” Alison Brie tells us of the episode. “Of course, Annie is superexcited to run for president, and when Jeff (Joel McHale) fails to help, she gets upset at him and he runs against her. So they get into a bit of a battle for president.”

And with that battle inevitably comes some smoldering sexual tension between the two — and Jeff/Annie fans everywhere rejoice.

“Their flirtation is not over,” Brie offers. “There is a push-and-pull between the two of them, and there’s a bit of that tension throughout the election.” But, she cautions, “Their spark is not totally dead and you may catch glimpses of it [on Thursday], but we’ll have to wait and see if it’s going to amount to anything in the future.”

Elsewhere on campus, Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) are documenting the election — which also includes bit-player candidates Star-Burns (Dino Stamatopoulos) and Leonard (Richard Erdman) — on Greendale’s newly discovered local cable access channel, GTV.

“Tonight’s episode is similar in tone to [the] Troy and Abed in the Morning [tags] and made me feel like we were doing that because we’re playing news anchors and we have our mugs with us and a whole crew,” Pudi laughs, “except this is real. Abed [also] knows that the CIA is all around campus and it becomes an interesting noticing-versus-noticing session.”

And if this premise sounds at all familiar, you’re not alone. Explains Brie: “At first we thought this was going to be very similar to [last season's] debate episode which also featured Annie and Jeff, but as we were shooting we realized that it is a political satire.”

Hit the comments with your Jeff/Annie gushing, then tune in to an all new Community Thursday night at 8/7c on NBC.

Comments (24)

  • Jeff/Annie is creepy and I hope they stay far away from it.

    Comment by JT – February 24, 2011 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yaaas! I Completely agree. Creepy.

      Comment by Meg – February 24, 2011 01:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • This was an awesome episode! Once again the awesome jeff and Annie emotional moments, with the same music as the one from last season’s finale! And a milady reference!

        Comment by Axsal – February 24, 2011 10:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No way. Annie and Jeff are smoldering. Love all of their scenes. Excited for the abed and troy moments as always!

      Comment by anne – February 24, 2011 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • On the other hand, Annie is definitely in some ways more mature than some of the others in the group. I think they could maybe pull it off if they can show that she is continuing to grow up and mature very fast. They’ve already shown that she clearly doesn’t have any support from her parents.

      Comment by jeremiah – February 24, 2011 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL it’s not creepy at all. They are the best

      Comment by Carla – February 24, 2011 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • POP! POP! (points)

      Comment by Magnitude – February 25, 2011 12:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So excited. I love Jeff and Annie, but I kinda like them not being a couple either. They’re really different and the group dynamic as a whole would probably shift a little, so sprinkling in the little chemistry moments are my favorite.

    Comment by RP – February 24, 2011 01:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So excited for some more Jeff/Annie tension! Best couple on television – they have insanely awesome chemistry, especially when they get to fight with one another, lol.

    Comment by Jenn – February 24, 2011 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the Annie/Jeff dynamic.

    Comment by Alex C – February 24, 2011 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jeff and Annie’s tension is the best! I love their intense arguments.

    Comment by savanna – February 24, 2011 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so sick of Community being “The Jeff and Annie Variety Hour” this season. Enough already, the pairing is creepy and their dynamic feels like father/daughter half the time.

    Comment by LP – February 24, 2011 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It hasn’t been all Jeff and Annie this season. In fact there really was no hint until episode 8, and it hasn’t been every week. It’s probably been only 3 or 4 episodes that you can really call Jeff and Annie episodes. Other people might see more because they are wearing shipper’s goggles but otherwise there is more Troy and Abed as a couple than anyone else.

      Comment by Becca – February 24, 2011 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YAY Jeff and Annie!!!!!!!! They have the best chemistry ever. Imagine the sex.

    Comment by elsa – February 24, 2011 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • IKR! If only…; )

      Comment by Teresa – February 24, 2011 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jeff/Annie chemistry is NOT creepy at all. To not use the outstanding chemistry of Joel/Alison will be a shame. FYI, REAL people in real life had been on LIFE long relationships with even more age difference that J/A so to say is creepy is more like a way to dismiss this pairing, which is so sad to see. EXAMPLE (google if you like) Lauren Bacall/Humphrey Bogart-long life relationship. Recent couples that nobody says nothing about (ironic, huh) George Clooney/Elisabetta Canalis, Matthew McConaughey/Camila Alves, Brian Austin/Megan Fox, Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas/ Catherine Zeta Jones, Harrison Ford/Calista Flockhart, so on. That said, Yeah, Jeff/Annie for the win!

    Comment by Aileen – February 24, 2011 02:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jeff and Annie have amazing chemistry. Love them.

    Comment by LLL – February 24, 2011 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There is absolutely nothing creepy about Jeff/Annie! She is twenty now, and definitely old enough to date Jeff. If tptb could have foreseen the amazing chemistry between Joel/Alison (which makes the pairing even better as it happened organically) I wonder if they would have made Annie older? I’m sure the naysayers would find another excuse to dislike them either way.

    Anyway…I’m very much looking forward to tonights episode. It’s always icing on the cake for me when they are Jeff/Annie centric. You can just see how much Joel/Alison enjoy playing off each other. They have the best banter/sexual tension I’ve seen in a long time.

    Comment by Teresa – February 24, 2011 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Both my favorite couples on Community tonight!!! Troy and Abed have the best bromance on t.v. period. Jeff and Annie have the best guy and girl relationship on the show romantic or not, but I prefer the former :p. I don’t think I’ve shipped a couple this hard before. Agree that the age issue doesn’t matter since there were and are successful couples that work. Also some of my favorite fictional couples have an age difference like Mr. Knightley and Emma and Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre.

    Comment by Becca – February 24, 2011 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh, really? More Jeff/Annie? They have some chemistry, but they are just wrong for each other. Annie still acts like a little girl and Jeff is jackass. Nothing hot or awesome about that.

    Comment by Anne – February 24, 2011 04:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I adore the Jeff/Annie relationship. He pushes her to be tougher, she pushes him to be a better person, and they both learn from each other. They don’t need to get together right away, but maybe when they graduate…

    Comment by Ashley – February 25, 2011 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • omg!! i love jeff and annie they are so right for each other just perfect, lets all admit that ok!! lol

    Comment by cesyya – March 4, 2011 03:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How is Jeff and Annie creepy? 20 and 32? That’s not creepy. Men don’t mature as fast as women. I know plenty of people who have similar or bigger age difference and make great couples. It’s about a connection and chemistry, and J/A have both in a big way.

    Comment by Ashley – April 24, 2011 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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