This second appearance of the season is reportedly the last for Larson, but here’s hoping they’re doing whatever it takes to keep her around for the sixth season and the movie, because she’s a wonderful addition to the show—just as Jonathan Banks’s Hickey has turned out to be, to say nothing of the season’s many ingenious guest turns. The most meta line of the episode (okay, second most meta line, behind “I’m here to do my third act apology”) is Anthony’s comment about Troy: “I don’t know his name, man, I just know he’s clearly left some kind of vacuum.” As we’ve discussed, that vacuum has sort of been the undercurrent of the last few episodes, but it must be said: Community really hasn’t skipped a beat. Donald Glover (and, to a lesser degree, Chevy Chase) are certainly missed, but their short- and long-term replacements don’t have the musk of stunt desperation; they merely feel like the weirdo Greendale universe in the natural act of expansion.
(Side note: I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence that Britta’s “EEEEVVVVERRYBOOOODDDYDYYY” was the second shout-out this season to Gary Oldman in “Leon” [aka “The Professional”], but I’d like to think it’s not, and that the entire study group will eventually get the chance to ape Oldman’s crooked cop Stansfield. Because why shouldn’t they?)