I don’t think that anyone likes to believe that they’re a petty or manipulative person. I really don’t. But what’s funny is that children are petty and manipulative (don’t get me wrong, they’re also adorable and often pretty wise) without ever having to be taught those characteristics. My mom is a pre-school teacher and I’ve visited her classroom on multiple occasions. If you enter, you’ll find children playing and coloring and building with blocks. And, nine times out of ten, you’ll find one child playing with a toy longer than another. Then there will be inevitable complaints and children whining about how they don’t WANT to share. My mom is a great teacher, so she reminds the children about how sharing or, alternatively, not sharing actually has nothing to do with the toy. It has everything to do with how selfishness makes the other person feel. She’ll tell the children to look at their friend and apologize. Children never have to be taught to be selfish, you see. It’s this innate quality they possess that lingers with us through adulthood. Here’s something else about children: they don’t like time-outs. They really don’t. If you’re around children long enough, you’ll realize that they don’t like punishment, even when they know they’re in the wrong (who does, really?). So here’s what children do: they say the magic words in hopes that through apology, their parents will lessen the punishment. They do this into their teenage years and adulthood and it’s this subtle little form of manipulation that we see play out in Community’s first post-Olympics episode titled “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality.” In this week’s episode, say goodbye to Shirley and Annie who disappear at McDonald’s, but say hello to potential ghosts, the ghosts of Britta’s past, and cartoon ducks. That’s right – only on Community.