Friday, October 5, 2012

Jeff Winger says...

'Alright everybody, I want to say something, everybody sit down! You know what makes humans different from other animals? We're the only species on Earth that observes Shark Week. Sharks don't even observe Shark Week, but we do. For the same reason, I can pick up this pencil, tell you it's name is Steve, and go like this *snaps pencil* and part of you dies, just a little bit, on the inside. Because people can connect with anything. We can sympathize with a pencil, we can forgive a shark, and we can give Ben Affleck an Academy award for screenwriting. People can find the good in just about anything, but themselves. Look at me. It's clear to all of you that I am awesome. But I can never admit that because that would make me an ass. But what I can do, is see what makes Annie awesome. She's driven. We need driven people, or the lights go out, and the ice cream melts. And Pierce, we need guys like Pierce, this guy has wisdom to offer. We should listen to him sometime, we wouldn't regret it. And Shirley, Shirley has earned our respect, not as a wife, not as a mother, but as a woman. And don't test her on that, because that thing about the jukebox was way too specific to be improvised. And Troy, who cares if Troy thinks he's all that, maybe he is. And Abed, Abed's a Shaman, you ask him to pass the salt, he gives you a bowl of soup, because, you know what, soup is better. Abed is better. You are all better than you think you are, you were just designed not to believe it when you hear it from yourself. I want you to look to the person to the left. Sorry, look at the person sitting next to you. I want you to extend to that person, the same compassion that you extend to sharks, pencils, and Ben Affleck. I want you to say to that person, I forgive you. You've just stopped being a study group, you have become something unstoppable. I hereby pronounce you: A Community.'

Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale, 'Pilot', written by Dan Harmon, Community, 2009)

Note: This is the first, of many, Jeff Winger speech on Community. I know they've pretty much overhauled the entire show, but I hope that's one element they keep, because Joel McHale nails it everytime. Community returns on October 19th!

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