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- Anticlimax: Shirley gives birth, and the father of the baby is revealed to be Andre.
- A nice gesture: Troy and Abed sell their signature handshake to Pierce, temporarily ruining it for themselves. They rediscover its joy after Ben is born and perform an extended version of it in celebration.
- Googly eyes: The flirting between Neil and Vicki is obvious enough that even Pierce notices it.
- Discontinuity: When Troy and Abed attempt to do their handshake after selling it to Pierce, Troy's money switches hands between camera cuts.
- Middle Eastern Magic 8 Ball: Neil and Vicki do end up dating in Season Three.
- Express tuition aisle: Instead of a final exam, Duncan and the students spend the time drinking.
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- Annie's Boobs: Annie objects when a paper ball strikes her in the chest.
- Come sail away!: Troy cries after Pierce forces him to do his special handshake.
- Like an evil genie: Duncan's toast "Here's to never telling the Dean" is immediately followed by the Dean entering the class room.
- PCness: Dean Pelton says there are 18 different nationalities of food at the food fair which he corrects to "equal to whites" and then "better than whites".
- Raging against the machine: Britta offers unwelcome advice about natural childbirth and celebrates the connection women have with their bodies and children during pregnancy.
- Rhyme time: "No probl-O, Rob Lowe" - Britta.
- Take that, inspector!: The fire alarm Troy and Abed try to pull turns out to be fake.
- Thrown together: Annie gets hit with a barrage after she objects that Professor Duncan shares her good grade with the whole class.
- You're the worst!: Britta despairs at her inability to help Shirley.
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- Homage: The scene when Britta looks under Shirley's skirt pays homage to Eraserhead (solid black background and droning music) which deals with the struggles of parenthood. Britta's line "Are you saying I'll be a good mom?" is a reference to Mary X who is a horrible mother.
- IRL: Britta having a booger seems to be a nod to actress Gillian Jacobs habit of asking if her nasal passages are clear between shots which can be seen in the outtakes.
- The TV Obsessed: The blog had "little interest in Shirley's baby", but they liked the "stuff surrounding it--Jeff getting Britta to step up, Pierce stealing Troy and Abed's handshake". They wonder about Chang and what will become of him. The episode gets a 8.8/10.
- Television Blend review: Steve West apparently thinks we "all knew that Chang couldn’t be Shirley’s baby’s daddy", but thought the episode was still executed with "panache". They liked that Chang got "a chance to shine as [a] fully functional [person]", and name the Troy/Abed/Pierce story the "saddest and funniest side plot".
- TV Squad review: Maggie Furlong found it interesting that the writers "chose this episode to make Chang more normal". She liked the callback to Abed's previous baby-delivering, and she's happy that "all of Britta's grandstanding -- while often pretty funny -- might take a backseat for a while". She calls the Dean subplot "perfectly bizarre".
- AV Club review: Steve Heisler liked "the moments when Community got out of its own way and let Shirley deliver her baby". He "found it hard to get behind" the Jeff-Britta storyline because of Jeff's snarky comments, and was also annoyed by the Troy/Abed/Pierce story (though he says it was "saved by the always stellar Donald Glover").
- CliqueClack review: Kona Gallagher thought "it was nice to see Shirley get more of a storyline than she usually does" since usually the show does not "take nearly enough advantage of Yvette Nicole Brown". She also liked seeing Chang more human.
- TVFanatic review: Jeffrey Kirkpatrick thinks "you have to appreciate an episode that gives both Shirley and Chang more than three lines a piece, not to mention Dean Pelton". He calls this "Gillian Jacobs' best episode yet" but thought the Pierce/Troy/Abed thing felt "disconnected".
- ology review: Emily Cheever says the episode was "an exciting one, albeit a little short on laughs". She liked the recurring joke of Fat Neil and Vicki falling in love but calls the episode "a little quieter than I would've liked for a typical labor episode".
- Houston Press Art Attack Blog review: Daniel Carlson liked that this was a bottle episode that didn't call attention to itself ("As a result, the episode was tightly done and perfectly pitched"). He calls the Troy/Abed/Pierce story a "fun way to kill time" and asks a valid question in his scattered thoughts about Annie and Britta's financial problems.
- Vulture review: Andy Greenwald is impressed at the tight storytelling required to tell this entire story in 20 minutes. (I... have trouble seeing if he's sarcastic; I'm going with no.) That's their main comment in the recap - I'm not even sure if they liked the episode or not. (A commentor over there says "The recap does mimic the episode. A succinct miss!")
- Hollywood.com review: Kelsea Stahler was annoyed at the implausibility of the very early birth and thinks there was "a bit of a lull in the usual wealth of fantastic one-liners". She loved the callback to the baby delivered by Abed, the Fat Neil/Vicki story and the fact that Britta "finally redeemed[ed] herself a bit".
The ratings were slightly up (10%) from the previous Community episode: 1.5 and 3.589 million viewers.
- Frequent background extra Long haired guy makes another of over 65 episode appearances. He's in numerous scenes and is behind Shirley when her water breaks.
- “Nothing can stop us. Not the hurricanes, not the communists, not the feds, not the girl scouts.”— Ben Chang about Chang babies.
- “On each contraction, you need to tell Shirley to push.”— Abed
- “That's it?”— Britta
- “Well, don't tell any doctors I said this but at this point in time the bus pretty much drives itself.”— Abed
- “Who exactly is the bus in this scenario?”— Shirley
- “Congratulations, sir. After a fierce campaign, I happily concede this baby to you. Pretty classy of me.”— Chang