|In the study room, the study group puts the finishing touches on their latest Anthropology diorama. Jeff brags about a hot date he has when the Dean shows and up announcing a puppy parade happening in the quad later. Shirley offers to assist a recently injured Pierce but he declines as he has a new expensive wheelchair to aid in his mobility. The group starts to leave but are stopped by Annie who is missing her pen. Abed sympathetically offers Annie chocolate while the others assure her they don't have it. Unappeased, Annie again demands to know the pen's whereabouts. Shirley tries to placate her by saying next time everyone will be more respecting of each others property. They all turn to go but stop again when Annie lets out a piercing scream. The group reluctantly conducts a search of the study room but fails to find it.
|Annie insists one of them has to have it, offering a photo she had taken ten minutes earlier of the pen as proof. It had been on the table and no one had entered or exited the room since. Jeff points out how trivial this is but Annie insists there's a higher principle of trust at stake between beyond just the object in question. Britta attempts to leave causing Annie to demand Britta show what's in her bag to prove her innocence. Britta refuses stating that such an act is a violation of her civil liberties. The other study group members apply peer pressure until she caves and angrily dumps the contents of her bag onto the table. When a look at the scattered items reveals no pen, Britta berates the others for their mob mentality. At that moment, Dean Pelton then chimes in on the PA that the puppy parade has started. Troy and Abed turn to go, joined by Shirley and Pierce but Britta demands they all empty their bags too.
|As accusations fly amidst the group as to who the guilty party is, Abed bemoans that the situation is becoming a "bottle episode". At Annie's insistence, Jeff tries to bring an end to the matter by offering absolution for the pen thief as long as he/she comes forward and apologizes after the count of three. As he counts down, Pierce suggests that Jeff is guilty and the others quickly agree. Incensed at the accusation, Jeff angrily cancels his date over his phone and orders a lockdown on the study room. A search of the rest of the study group members' bags is then conducted by Jeff and Annie, starting with Troy's. His backpack only has a pillow; Jeff, amused, makes a sarcastic note of it. They group moves on to Abed's bag and is shocked to discover a notebook charting the menstrual cycles of the women in the group. Abed explains that he was originally noting which days they were easier to talk to, but soon realized what his notes actually charted.
|When Annie shows visible outrage at the notebook, Abed offers a chocolate and she accepts, but throws it away after realizing what he was doing. Abed then asks Shirley to dump her bag, as it was the only bag that wasn't searched yet. When she refuses, Pierce tricks her, snatches her purse and throws it over. Jeff finds a pregnancy test among the contents, and Shirley confesses that she "reconnected" with her ex-husband over Labor Day weekend. Abed consults his chart and points out she was ovulating on Halloween, not on Labor Day weekend, causing Troy to have an epiphany. Shirley tries to leave but is blocked by Pierce, who reminds her that nobody goes until the pen is found.
|Jeff snaps and begins to tear the room apart, snarling he would find the pen no matter what. Frightened, Annie pleads him to stop, saying "It's just a pen." Jeff turns on her, heatedly noting her sudden change of heart from her resolve to find the pen. Jeff accuses her again, and Britta agrees. Furious at the insinuation, Annie begins to strip to show her innocence. Jeff's shock turns to anger when Annie taunts him, and he begins stripping too. The resulting chaos forces Abed to step in and propose they divide by gender and search each other behind overturned tables. Even after ending up in their underwear, the study group still fails to find the pen. They believe every possibility has been exhausted until they remember the casts on Pierce's legs
|Jeff and Abed hold Pierce while Troy cuts through the casts. The only significant thing they find, however, is a horrible smell. After everyone gets dressed, the group laments that the trust between them is gone for good. Jeff suggests that something impossible is more likely than anyone in the group being guilty. He turns to Troy to elaborate on his earlier theory about a ghost being the culprit; the heartwarming story he spins brings about a satisfactory resolution. The group happily leaves the room together just as Dean Pelton walks by and reacts to the devastation they left in their wake. Back inside, Annie's Boobs scampers out of the air vent and picks up a spoon. She retreats back into the vents and adds the utensil to her collection of study group related knick-knacks that includes the missing pens.
|The much talked about Puppy Parade is shown with Dean Pelton emceeing the event. He praises every float except for the last one which has a puppy and cat together and calls for "Equality and Togetherness". He finds it to be too preachy and starts loudly booing it.
- That just happened:
- Previously: When Britta objects to the possibility that Abed is the thief, other group members remind her of what he did to them in "Contemporary American Poultry".
- School supplies:
- The episode revolves around the loss of Annie's purple pen. Pierce's wheelchair is introduced in this episode. Jeff's cell phone is also featured.
- Annie's Boobs' stash contains various items from previous episodes including: Pierce's Ear-Noculars from "Social Psychology", Shirley's WWBJD? bracelet from "Comparative Religion", Annie's picnic basket covering from "Home Economics", the Greendale Human Being doll Troy sent to himself as a Valentine's Day gift in "Communication Studies", a miniature sombrero Britta put on a frog for April Fool's and a Troy and Abed in the Morning! mug both first seen in "The Science of Illusion", Britta's Tranny Queen sash from "Pascal's Triangle Revisited", , lip balm which was first used by Abed in "Modern Warfare", Jeff/Britta balloon from the wedding Abed arranged in "Anthropology 101". In addition, Troy's Greendale student ID card and the watch he wore in Season One is also shown.
- School uniform: Jeff's striped underwear makes another appearance.
- Googly eyes: Jeff and Annie have a very heated exchange and stare-down before they start stripping down to their underwear. Dan Harmon on DVD commentaries for this episode commented that they were probably hot for each other in the scene.
- Middle Eastern Magic 8 Ball:
- Shirley's pregnancy test hints at an upcoming storyline with her ex-husband Andre and Ben Chang.
- After Troy and Jeff have cut open Pierce's leg casts, Abed states "I'm worried we've gone too far, this is how super villians are created.", foreshadowing Pierce's role in future episodes, especially "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons".
- This must be the place: Excepting the end tag, the entire episode takes place inside of Group Study Room F.
- Winger speech: Subverted when Jeff merely supposes, "What if a ghost took the pen?" Troy's ghost story serves the purpose of the usual Winger Speech.
*Special Note: The episode features the second utterance of the word "Beetlejuice". The 1988 Tim Burton film is about a ghost that is summoned after having his name spoken three times. The movie was first mentioned in the Season One episode "Communication Studies" and later in the Season Three episode "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps" which takes advantage of the previous mentions and gives a brief payoff for the unexpected two year setup.
- Deanotation: The Dean says he is "Drive-by-Deaning".
- Awww!: The whole study group responds to Dean Pelton's announcement of a Puppy Parade.
- NOOOOOO!: Annie loses it when the group tries to walk away before she is able to find her pen.
- Raging against the machine: Britta goes off on the police-state conditions Annie has created in the study room.
- Annie's Boobs:
- The monkey steals Annie's pen to set off the entire chain of events and is revealed to the audience as the culprit at the end of the episode.
- Annie shows some cleavage when she takes off her sweater and minutes later when wearing just a bra.
- Annie is initially topless behind the study table.
- Gasp: Several characters gasp multiple times throughout the episode.
- Attention students!: Dean Pelton makes a couple announcements about the Puppy Parade.
- Butt stuff:
- Troy worries that the thought police will search his butt.
- Annie suggests that Jeff has the pen in a certain area of his anatomy and not to relax or it will fall out.
- Rhyme time: This is the first instance of intentionally rhyming words with celebrities' names.
- Raging against the machine: Britta makes a speech about civil liberties and privacy when the group asks to search her bag.
- Fan service: The entire group strips down to their underwear.
- WWBJD: Shirley questions the morals of the other group members several times. However, her own morality is questioned by Britta when it's revealed that Shirley slept with Andre who is now married to someone else.
- TV Guide: Pierce assumes Abed watches Benny Hill.
- Well-read: Britta invokes Nineteen Eighty-Four when Annie wants to look in her bag.
- Product placement:
- Shout out: Annie, Troy, Britta and Pierce mention Harvey Keitel, Henry David Thoreau, Mike Tyson and Stephen Fry, respectively.
- Use your allusion: Troy's ghost theory is inspired by Paranormal Activity.
- IRL: During Season One and the beginning of Season Two, Dan Harmon had been exchanging a war of words on his twitter account with a user named "Gwynnifer" over her criticisms of the show. He ended up using her account name in this episode as the name of Jeff's date. In the Community The Complete Second Season DVD commentaries for this episode he mentions this bit of trivia and also suggests that within the story "Gwynnifer" is Jeff's code name for Britta.
- Up against the wall:
- Jeff directly states that the study group is doing a bottle episode.
- Abed wonders why Jeff can't "just make an inspiring Winger Speech about trust, throw in a few digs at an easy celebrity target and put a ribbon on this thing."
- Homage: The entire episode follows the convention of a bottle episode and/or locked room mystery.
Ratingswise, the episode pulled in 4.89 million total viewers in the fast overnights, with a 2.1 rating/6 share in the 18-49 demo.
- “I want to see if those wiener dogs are born that way, or if they start off normal, and then get wiener.”— Troy
- “If anything, this chair makes me more than human. You move it by blowing into this tube here. It's the most expensive one. I outbid three hospitals for this baby and it was worth every penny.”— Pierce
- “Accidents don't just happen over and over and over again, okay? This isn't budget daycare.”— Annie
- “Attention students, the Puppy Parade is starting on the quad. Better come quick, with every passing moment these puppies grow older and less deserving of our attention.”— Dean Pelton
- “Side effects: Verbal dysphasia and octopus loss. I don't see anything on this about memory, Troy.”— Pierce
- “Gwynnifer. Hi. Yeah, it's me. I can't make it. Well, tell your disappointment to suck it. I'm doing a bottle episode!”— Jeff, on the phone with "Gwynnifer"
- “Okay if I could just take this time to share a few words of sarcasm with whoever it is that took this pen. I want to say thank you for doing this to me, for awhile I thought I'd have to suffer through a puppy parade but I much prefer being entombed alive in a mausoleum of emotions I can neither understand nor reciprocate. So whoever you are can I get you anything? Ice cream, best friend medal, anything? Okay, sarcasm over. You're last up Shirley. Dump your comedically huge bag and end this.”— Abed
|Season Two Episodes|
1. "Anthropology 101"
13. "Celebrity Pharmacology 212"
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