Britta From Community Was Molested At A Birthday Party
Britta's backstory before ending up in the study group at the center of Community involved dropping out of high school because she "thought it would impress Radiohead." She then joined the Peace Corps, dated some anarchists, and traveled the world before returning to her hometown and enrolling in Greendale Community College. She mentions several times a strong disdain for her parents, and attempts to rally against "The Man" at every possible opportunity. In Season 6, we meet her parents, and they seem like perfectly nice, normal people. So what could have caused Britta's hatred of them and her strong anti-establishment personality?
It's because she was molested at a birthday party by a homeless man dressed as a dinosaur. If this sounds insane, that's because it is! It's the sitcom equivalent of burning down your house instead of lighting a birthday candle. The writers needed a reason for Britta to drop out of high school and bum around for a decade before entering community college late. It could have been that she joined The Polyphonic Spree, or got really into an underground Pokemon card game, or anything other than getting molested by costumed children's party entertainer.
There's no big soppy scene wherein Britta spells this out for everyone while weeping over a dinosaur costume, but there have been various allusions to it through out the series. Also, Dan Harmon confirmed it in a Reddit AMA. And it was apparently mentioned under her bio on the original website for the show when it launched.
This horrifying Easter egg that no one wanted to find puts the rest of Britta's personality into perfect context. Of course she's angry with her parents; they failed to protect her from something awful. Her strong but directionless sense of social justice probably comes from a misplaced sense of repressed anger at dinosaurs. If I were her, I'd be out there burning down every damn natural history museum on earth.
Diane From Cheers Is Drawn To The Exact Spot Where Her Life Fell Apart
I used to wonder why Diane hangs around Cheers. She obviously sees the bar as beneath her, but her attachment makes much more sense if you watch the pilot episode. Diane didn't arrive at Cheers looking for a waitress job. She stopped by for a drink on her wedding day with her fiance ... who subsequently abandoned her AT CHEERS!
To make things even more depressing, her fiance was also her boss. So not only was she out a husband, but also a job. Cheers is the place where Diane's world collapsed. She spends years trying to get back into the academic field she was in before, but she always ends up right back at Cheers. Why? Is there something about the florescent lighting and sticky floor that she just can't quit?
Her relationship with Sam the bartender went so badly that she ended up checking herself into a mental hospital, but when she got out, she came right back to work beside him at Cheers. Knowing her backstory, it seems like an unhealthy attachment to the place where her entire life fell apart. Imagine being dumped by someone in a place you've never been before, and then hanging out there for five years. That's a deep-fried Big Mac level of unhealthy.
Even when she did finally leave the show for several seasons to pursue her dream of becoming an author, she ends up coming back to Cheers in the series finale. In a cruel parody of her entrance to the show, she and Sam decide to get married, get on a plane, and then Sam leaves her to return to "his one true love": Cheers. Was the original title of this show Fuck Diane? I feel like there's going to be a Cheers reunion show someday that just features Diane's skeleton clinging to a smoking doorknob.
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