|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- That just happened: Before meeting Abed in the restaurant, Jeff recalls the events of "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas."
- Identity crisis: Abed apparently is undergoing one of these by appearing "normal" to Jeff and wanting to discard his pop-culture obsessed persona. He later reveals it was all just an act. The act leads Jeff to reveal some personal information himself, as well as undergo a minor identity crisis also.
- Catchphrase: Abed says his signature catchphrase "Cool, cool, cool" but adds two additional "cools" when he sees all his friends in their outfits.
- History lesson:
- Jeff admits that he called a phone sex line because he is insecure about why people like him.
- Jeff tells Abed that he was forced to dress up as an Indian girl on Halloween one year.
- I'm gonna get a drink:
- Jeff asks the bartender at the restaurant for a Macallan neat.
- Abed asks the bartender for a spritzer.
- Triy has a sip of wine which he refers to as "No-no juice."
- Middel Eastern Magic 8 Ball:
- Annie correctly guesses that Abed says 'cool' five times.
- Pierce wears leather S & M gear which foreshadows his own interest in that type of act which is revealed onscreen in the Season Four episode "Paranormal Parentage."
- Sweet spread:
- At the restaurant Abed orders Rillettes de saumon and a squab.
- At the restaurant Jeff just orders a salad.
|Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
|Recurring or debuting places in this episode:
- This must be the place:
- Abed invites Jeff to a fancy restaurant. Abed's actual birthday party is eventually held here.
- Jeff planned to use "The Greasy Fork", a 1950's themed diner Britta works at, as the place for Abed's surprise birthday party.
|Recurring or debuting items in this episode:
- School supplies:
- Jeff uses his cell phone to update Britta on when he and Abed were arriving for the party. Jeff gets annoyed by her constantly texting him and ends up throwing the phone into his drink.
- Jeff buys Abed what he thinks is the authentic Briefcase from the film "Pulp Fiction."
- School uniform: Abed wears a different, heavier cardigan with a thick collar to go with his homage.
|List of Running gags
|Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
- Come sail away!: Troy chokes up when he sees that Jeff bought Abed the actual briefcase from Pulp Fiction. During the end tag Troy cries after seeing the bill for his and Abed's lunch.
- Gay, he's so gay: Pierce calls Jeff "pretty gay" for wasting the group's time with the surprise party.
- I'm Batman!: Abed takes on the persona of the titular character in My Dinner With Andre.
- My other half: Troy is jealous of the great birthday gifts Jeff has for Abed.
- Nice outfit: Most of the Study Group and Chang dress up as various characters from "Pulp Fiction while Abed dresses as the character from "My Dinner with Andre":
- Jeff is "Vincent Vega" from the film "Pulp Fiction." The character was originally played onscreen by actor John Travolta.
- Britta is "Mia Wallace" from the film "Pulp Fiction."
- Shirley is "Jules Winnfield" from the film "Pulp Fiction." The character was originally played onscreen by actor Samuel L. Jackson.
- Annie is "Honey Bunny" from the film "Pulp Fiction." The character was originally played onscreen by actress Amanda Plummer.
- Troy is "Pumpkin" from the film "Pulp Fiction." The character was originally played onscreen by actor Tim Roth.
- Pierce is "The Gimp" from the film "Pulp Fiction." The character was originally played onscreen by actor Stephen Hibbert.
- Chang is "Butch Coolidge" from the film "Pulp Fiction." The character was originally played onscreen by actor Bruce Willis.
- Abed is "Andre" from the film "My Dinner with Andre." The character was originally played onscreen by actor Wallace Shawn.
- You're the worst!: Although not explicitly stated, it is heavily implied when it turns out Britta gets no tips as a waitress at the cafe. Annie and Shirley exhibit little surprise. Later Britta's boss accepts less money from Jeff for the damages to his restaurant just so he doesn't have to re-hire Britta.
|List of Pop culture references
|References to popular culture in this episode:
- IMDb: Pulp Fiction and My Dinner with Andre are both named checked multiple times and play central roles in the episode.
- Name That Tune: French composer Erik Satie's Gymnopédie No.1 is used a leitmotif in several scenes. It was also in the film "My Dinner With Andre" which was paid homage to in this episode.
- Shout out:
- TV Guide: Abed tells a lengthy story about visiting the set of "Cougar Town" in which he plays an extra in one scene. Danny Pudi would actually have a cameo later on that sitcom in reference to this. In the show's credits he is listed as "Abed". "Cougar Town" also stars Busy Phillips and Dan Byrd who made cameos in "Community"'s Season Two finale "For a Few Paintballs More".
- Use your allusion: "Pulp Fiction" director Quentin Tarantino also wrote and directed "Reservoir Dogs." At the beginning of the film the characters carry on a lengthy dialogue about tipping waitresses. This may have influenced the exchange between Britta and her boss about her lack of tips.
|List of Meta references
|Meta references in this episode:
- Jeff is a pawn in Abed's homage to "My Dinner with Andre" which starts at the beginning of the episode and lasts until Pierce shows up at the restaurant wearing his gimp suit.
- Jeff throws Abed a "Pulp Fiction" birthday party at a diner with the rest of the study group dressed up as characters from the film. He also gives Abed a replica of the trademark wallet and the infamous briefcase.
- In the Community The Complete Second Season DVD commentaries, Danny Pudi mentions that due to the lateness of the script delivery and the length of many of Abed's monologues, teleprompters were used for the first time on set. Also, the only scenes where Chevy Chase is in the gimp costume are those where his face is seen.
- “His obsession with pop culture always alienated him. He'd quote movies, pretend his life was a TV show, he'd watch Cougar Town... it was as if he didn't want people to like him.”— Jeff, narrating
- “Can you imagine the expression on Abed's face when he walks in?”— Annie
- “Of course I can imagine it. It's always the same.”— Pierce
- “Yeah, but he's gonna say 'cool' at least five times.”— Annie
- “Pulp Fiction? Yeah, I saw it on an airplane. It's cute. It's a thirty minute film about a group of friends who like cheeseburgers, dancing, and the Bible.”— Shirley
- “How is it even possible to lie when you are alone?”— Abed
- “You can call a phone sex line. That's lying to yourself.”— Jeff
- “No, that's just being honest with a stranger about being lonely.”— Abed
- “What if you're dishonest about why you're lonely? What if you're a good-looking guy who calls a phone sex line and tells them he weighs 400 pounds, just so he can hear a woman say she's attracted to him anyway?”— Jeff
- “Well, I don't believe that happens.”— Abed
- “Wrong. That's me! I did that last week.”— Jeff
- “But why would you pay a woman on the phone to think you're fat?”— Abed
- “Because I'm scared that if I were overweight that no one would like me. God, that feels good to admit!”— Jeff
- “And I said: "No, that's a girl's costume." And my mom said: "It's fine. Indian boys have long hair and braids too." There was only 45 minutes left to trick-or-treat, so what could I do? I put the damn thing on, and I went door-to-door. And everyone was going: "Oh, what a pretty little girl!" And by the third house, I stopped correcting them. I mean, why draw attention to it? And honestly, once the shame and the fear wore off, I was just glad they thought I was pretty.”— Jeff
- “You said the meal was at market price. What market are you shopping at?!”— Troy