Community is arguably a show that doesn’t place a huge emphasis on romantic relationships. And this is one of many reasons why it’s currently my favorite comedy on air. I love the whole dynamic between the “Study Group.” I love Troy and Abed’s bromance. And I even find Pierce and Annie’s “father-daughter-like” friendship to be some what endearing. But just because romance takes a backseat doesn’t mean that those few and rare moments don’t make me grin like an idiot, because they do. I am proud to say that I am 150 percent on Team Jeff/Annie, and no amount of Dan Harmon’s love for Britta will make me abandon this ship.
You’d think that a relationship between a [then] 18-year-old girl and a guy pushing 40 would make me sick to my stomach. But on the contrary, these two have such a unique chemistry that I couldn’t help but root for them. This past season came and went, with Jeff denying that there is an “Annie of it all” and refusing to accept his feelings for Annie. And even though we got glimpses of Jeff’s apparent jealousy of the Black Rider and Abed in the season finale, nothing concrete was said between the two.
I always like to go into new seasons optimistic and this time my hopes are already getting dangerously high. It was this particular TVLine article that sent Milady + Milord shippers like me into hysterics. I sincerely hope this isn’t some ruse, because I don’t know if my inner fangirl can handle that.
And since the third season premiere of Community is still over 2 weeks away, I thought I’d take a stroll down memory lane and reminisce on the pivotal JA scenes that made them one of my OTPs:
1. “What do you think?” “Yeah…”
Obviously, the entire Debate 109 episode is JA gold, but I love this scene in particular because there is something in the way Jeff says “yeah” when Annie asks what he thinks that just makes my little shipper heart so happy. This is also the moment that I jumped on board the Milady+Milord express.
2. “You’re becoming dangerous, Annie. It’s those doe eyes. Disappointing you is like choking The Little Mermaid with a bike chain”
Even though their screentime was brief, it really showed how Annie could potentially make Jeff a better person. And I know that one of the biggest criticisms about their relationship is that Annie is “always trying to change him” or what not, but I think that Jeff has just as much influence on Annie as she does on him.
3. “I took that kiss for the team.” “What?!”
I love this whole exchange because it’s obvious that Annie did not just take that kiss for the team and that it wasn’t “strategic and joyless” for Jeff. And it’s like he’s testing her to see if she’ll break.
4. “Greendale is where I belong.”
Britta has just professed her love for Jeff. And who does he end up with? Not Britta, not Slater, Annie.
5. “You precocious little bitch!”
Hello sexual tension. I just wish Britta would have gotten out of the freaking way!
6. “Either you want me or you don’t, what is it going to be?”
This is the most outright either of them have been about their relationship, mostly from Jeff. And no, he doesn’t directly answer her question, but I think his expression in the last cap after Annie tells him she’s going to ask out Rich is telling enough.
This was adorable and if Pierce hadn’t interrupted, they would have so would have gone in for the kill.
8 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why I Love Jeff & Annie”
Just FYI, Jeff is only 33 or 34, currently. So he’s actually not pushing 40. On the episode Political Science, he said he was 19 in 1997. That makes him at most 34, possibly 33.
Oh, and I ship them too. 🙂 They are great together, and even if their moments were few in Season 2, they were great and IMO pretty obvious if you’re paying attention.
I think now that Annie is 20 going on 21 and these two have known each other for a while, the age difference should be irrelevant as an argument against them. They have an established friendship and history now. And hey, a 13 year age difference isn’t that big of a deal, right?
If Jeff were a vampire no one would care about his age. Edward was a 100 years old and in love with a 17 yr old
I ship them SO bad! I especially love Jeff’s pout in the “either you want me or you don’t” scene!
Yay Jeff/Annie !!best chemistry on tv ever!!
Hey you guys, vote for Jeff/Annie on TV Line’s TV’s Most Divisive Love Triangles Forum.
All I’ll say is in Romantic Expressionism when they were staring at each other … was epic!