|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- All by myself: Pierce finds himself excluded from another group activity.
- Middle Eastern Magic 8 Ball: Pierce's frustration at his treatment by the rest of the group would later play a part in his actions for the rest of the year culminating in the two part Season finale "A Fistful of Paintballs" and "For A Few Paintballs More".
- Trust me, that's not what they call you: During the opening narration, the members of the study group are all given titles:
- Jeff is Jeff the Liar, Son of William the Barely Known.
- Annie is Annie the Day Planner.
- Abed is Abed the Undiagnosable.
- Troy is Troy the Obtuse.
- Shirley is Shirley the Cloying.
- Britta is Britta the Needlessly Defiant.
- Pierce is Pierce the Insensitive, Pierce the Dickish and Grandfather Flatulent.
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|Recurring or debuting places in this episode:
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|List of Running gags
|Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
- I'm Batman: The entire study group role plays as various characters creared by Abed:
- Jeff is Marrrrrr.
- Annie is Hector the Well-Endowed.
- Abed is The Dungeon Master.
- Troy is Bing Bong the Archer.
- Shirley is Zippideedoo.
- Britta is Lavernica.
- Pierce is Pierce Hawthorn.
- Chang is Brutalitops.
- Fat Neil is Duquesne.
- My other half: Abed tells Annie that the character she chose to play, "Hector the Well Endowed", was created with Troy in mind. Shirley isn't surprised.
- PCness: Jeff says that he referred to Neil (to tell him apart from another student named Neil) by his body type instead of skin color was because he doesn't see the world that way.
- Raging against the machine:
- In the opening montage, Britta is venting about current events when introduced by the narrator.
- She later bemoans the racial injustices in the world of D&D.
- You're the worst!: Troy refers to Britta as "the AT&T of people."
|List of Pop culture references
|References to popular culture in this episode:
- Product placement:
- The popular role playing game "Dungeons & Dragons" is prominently featured in this episode.
- Troy had other kinds of games in mind, like Jenga and Chutes & Ladders.
- Shout out:
- Use your allusion: Abed ends the game by saying " Excelsior!", Stan Lee's catchphrase.
- Well read: Britta compares Assange to Thomas Paine.
|List of Meta references
|Meta references in this episode:
- Frequent background extra Long haired guy makes another of over 65 episode appearances. He's the person that Jeff tells that the bathrooms are by "Fat Neil".
- Jeff's D&D name Marrrrrrr is Jeff said as a zombie in "Epidemiology."
- Although Abed claims to be completely impartial, he allows Pierce to make use of information that is obviously obtained from reading the adventure. This goes against specific rules regarding player knowledge; there are in fact rules in "Dungeons and Dragons" that determine what a character does and doesn't know in the game.
- In the original concept, Pierce turns out to be an expert D&D player due to hanging out with Gary Gygax, co-creator of D&D, in the '70s. The concept also had Pierce sealing the others in a cube instead of freezing time, thus causing everyone to start a new game of D&D within the cube (a game within a game) that Pierce could not join as he was outside of the cube.
- “I'd like to introduce myself to the group. Hello, I am a dwarf named Zippideedoo...”— Shirley
- “Okay, I'm not the best at making up names.”— Abed
- “Oh, hey, I'm Marrrrrr. Boy, you weren't kidding.”— Jeff
- “I'm – ew. "Hector the Well-Endowed?" Abed.”— Annie
- “I didn't know you'd grab one at random. I made that one with Troy in mind.”— Abed
- “Yeah, I bet you did.”— Shirley
- “Why are these goblins attacking us? Maybe these woods are their rightful land and from their perspective...”— Britta
- “Ugh! You're the AT&T of people.”— Troy
- “Look at that. What am I not good at?”— Jeff
- “Sex.”— Britta
- “And so it was that the group began to describe themselves walking. And as they described themselves walking, so did Abed confirm they had walked.”— Narrator
- “In about 13 turns, he will die of exposure. Jeff?”— Abed
- “I wait 14 turns.”— Jeff
- “I'm sick of you threatening me and talking to me like a kid, and giving me that look you give like I can't get erections!”— Pierce
- “What?”— Jeff
- “I won Dungeons and Dragons! And it was advanced!”— Pierce Hawthorne
- “You made up Fat Neil?”— Neil
- “Someone asked where the restrooms were. You were standing by them, but you were also standing kind of near, uh, other Neil.”— Jeff
- “So call him Skinny Neil.”— Neil
- “He's not that skinny.”— Jeff
- “He's bald! He's black!”— Neil
- “I don't look at the world through that lens.”— Jeff