'Community': What's with all the Barenaked Ladies talk? Here's our theory.

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Forget that Pierce ( Chevy Chase) hallucinated about a mini version of Andy Dick. And that Britta ( Gillian Jacobs) made out with a girl. 

Thursday's (Feb. 10) episode of "Community" made some pretty funny jokes around the nineties band, Barenaked Ladies, while making references to its powerhouse competition for the 8 p.m. timeslot, "The Big Bang Theory." Or, that's our take.

The Canadian band (which, like the study group, we'll refer to as "BNL" going forward) scored its biggest hit in 1999 with "One Week." But they also recorded "The Big Bang Theory's" theme song in 2007 at the request of their big fans, the series creators, Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady.

So, tell us if we're stretching here, but you can totally play back that scene and see they're making all kinds of references to their CBS competition:

"The Barenaked ladies are triple platinum, are you?" - Troy ( Donald Glover )

Translation: "The Big Bang Theory" has really high ratings.

"Why does everyone leap to defend that band so aggressively?" - Jeff (Joel McHale)

Translation: A nod to that show's dedicated nerd herd audience.

"And maybe, 'BNL' has two Billboard awards to your zero?" - Annie (Alison Brie)

Translation: A gesture to Jim Parsons' two major lead actor awards (an Emmy and a Golden Globe) to the zero major awards for McHale, perhaps. He needs some love, award shows!

"They're 'BNL' now? We need a shorthand for the Barenaked Ladies. That's how fundamental they are." - Jeff 

Translation: Obviously, a reference to the "TBBT" acronym for "The Big Bang Theory" and the love of their maniacal fan base, once again.

Gosh, we haven't felt this fulfilled since we watched "The Sixth Sense" for the first time -- before M. Night Shyamalan's shtick got tired. 

Re-watch the scene below:



It all makes sense now, right?
Photo/Video credit: NBC