Hel-loooooooo! This week we're discussing the first post-hiatus episode, and it involves a wedding. Always a crowd pleaser, right? And the ratings even seemed to agree!
We're also mainly discussing Shirley this week. This episode presents two milestones in Shirley's life, and it's a good opportunity for us to go back to how we knew her then and now.
3. 11 — Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts
Character development: Shirley
Is it just me, or were there better Shirley stories this season? In our discussion of Shirley's character evolution, we can refer to these episodes (fair warning, there are a lot): 1.04, 1.07, 1.12, 1.18, 2.05, 2.10, 2.12, 2.16, 2.18, 3.04, 3.07, 3.09, 3.13-3.14, 3.22. Or bring up your own favorite Shirley moments below.
- What is the significance of the events of this episode given what Shirley has gone through in the last three years?
- How would you describe Shirley's character arc during this season, and the series in general? Was there a case that you felt Shirley was acting in contrast to your impression of her personality?
- What is your favorite of Shirley's character quirks, and why? Do you think any of her defining characteristics have been over- or under-emphasized?
- How did your perception of Andre change from when we first found out about him in Season 1, to when we met him in Season 2, and with the role he now plays in Shirley's life?
- What are your thoughts about Jeff and Britta's attitude on marriage?
- Do you believe that the de-whimsified Troy and Abed were real aspects of their personalities?
- Favorite line and scene?
- Anything else you'd like to discuss?
Production Code: 312
Directed by: Kyle Newacheck
Written by: Vera Santamaria
Character Evolution: 3.08 Documentary Filmmaking: Redux | 3.11 Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts | 3.21 The First Chang Dynasty