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

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.