|◄ Season One, Episode Nine ►|
|Air date||November 12, 2009 on|
|Written by||Tim Hobert|
|Directed by||Joe Russo|
|“||Man is a collection of base animal urges, to act on them and experience sinful pleasure would be morally no different than taking a breath.||”|
Summary: Jeff is convinced to join the debate team with Annie for a championship debate against Greendale's rival school City College. Meanwhile, Shirley gets spooked by the accuracy of Abed's short films of the study group which seem to predict their future.
PlotEditIn the study room, Pierce is trying to tell a story to the study group when Britta suddenly snaps, angrily insulting him and threatening him to stop talking. Jeff explains her bad mood to everyone by letting them know that she is trying to quit smoking. Pierce offers to assist by using his expertise with hypnosis. Jeff is surprised when Britta agrees, but she explains that she's letting him help her out of pity. Troy arrives, anxious to show the group something he found posted online by the Greendale AV Club: they're short films called "The Community College Chronicles" created by Abed. The study group becomes disturbed when they realize that not only are the characters and events on the show inspired by them, but that the situations depicted also seem to predict their future.
Later in the hallway, Jeff is confronted by Dean Pelton, Professor Whitman, and Annie. They explain that they need his help at the Debate Championship Finals against City College being held that night. Annie's partner is sick, and as a former lawyer, he is the best candidate to help her go up against Jeremy "Soulpatch" Simmons. After a little convincing, namely a faculty parking spot for his Lexus, Jeff agrees to help. Meanwhile, Britta is preparing to be hypnotized by Pierce in the school's music room. It's clear Pierce has no idea what he's doing, but Britta plays along. The hypnosis session ends with Pierce falling and injuring his leg as Britta tries to pretend that she is still under.
Back in the study room, Annie tries to get Jeff to discuss strategy, but he is unwilling, feeling that a former lawyer can easily handle a mere college debate. Britta shows up and tells Jeff about the disastrous hypnotherapy session with Pierce. Troy and Shirley then arrive, still bothered by Abed's films. When Abed finally appears, he notices the group is disturbed by his presence and immediately figures out that they saw his films. He explains that his films are simply based on his observations of them and are not predictions of their future. He shows them the latest episode to make his point but only ends up freaking them out even more when Pierce arrives with an injury similar to one that his character suffered on the show.
Later in the school's gymnasium, the debate championship begins. The argument is whether man is good or evil. After Annie finishes her opening statement, Jeremy Simmons is introduced. The audience erupts in applause, filled with his supporters from of City College. When it's Jeff's turn to counter, he chooses a more informal approach. He plays to the crowd and the judges and charms them into singing along with him. After he finishes, he is shocked to learn that he received zero points. The debate is interrupted when the basketball team arrives for practice. Dean Pelton suspends the rest of the debate until tomorrow and urges Jeff to get his act together.
Outside the gymnasium, Jeff is furious over his poor performance. A smug Jeremy Simmons appears and starts to taunt Jeff. Annie defends him which causes Simmons to start mocking her past Adderall addiction. Jeff puts an end to it by promising Simmons that tomorrow, they'll be better prepared. In the library, Troy is crying after Britta insults him; Shirley remembers the same thing happened in Abed's film and goes to confront him again. Abed once more explains that his prescience is just based on knowing how everyone would react to certain situations. Shirley believes him only after seeing another clip from his film, which has her character being chased by a werewolf as well as the Jeff and Annie characters kissing.
In the study room, Jeff and Annie are preparing for the second half of the debate. When Jeff experiences a stress headache, Annie tells him that such things are to be expected and that winning means doing the work. Jeff agrees but offers that she needs to loosen up and go off book if she wants to win. Annie takes his advice and removes the clip holding her hair back. Jeff suddenly becomes aware of how attractive she is. Shirley interrupts and warns them not to kiss as Abed had predicted they would in his film. After she leaves, tension develops which Annie tries to defuse by refocusing on the debate. Unfortunately, her décolletage and the use of a particularly suggestive quote proves too distracting. Jeff quickly exits, not even bothering to grab his phone.
The judges then declare Greendale the winner and the students in the audience cheer. As the celebration continues outside, Abed tries to convince Shirley that just because the kiss happened doesn't mean a werewolf will appear. As proof he mentions in his next film Pierce is revealed to be a genius. Abed then hears Britta calling Pierce a genius due to him curing her addiction. Cigarettes disgust her now because all she can think of is being in a three-way with him. Upon hearing a remark from Professor Whitman about a full moon tonight, Abed rushes off to find Shirley. Jeff and Annie then exit the gymnasium. He congratulates her victory and goes in for a hug but there is still some awkward tension. She insists he pats her on the head and they both then run off in different directions.
Abed and Troy are directing the actors who are playing them on "The Community College Chronicles" but are unable to get them to do the La Biblioteca rap to their satisfaction.
- First appearance: Greendale's rival school City College is introduced in this episode.
- Returning faculty: Professor Whitman from "Social Psychology" returns in this episode as the debate coach.
- Middle Eastern Magic 8 Ball: Abed is able to predict several things in this episode based on his character observations of the group. Notably, his prediction about the attraction between Jeff and Annie ended up shifting the dynamic of the relationship between them.
- A nice gesture: Jeff pats Annie on the head twice in this episode. It's a gesture he repeats several times throughout the show and that he fully explains in the Season Three episode "Geography of Global Conflict".
- Googly eyes: This is the start of Jeff and Annie's U.S.T. which becomes an ongoing part of their interactions over the seasons.
- This must be the place: Group Study Room F, the library, the Music room, the gymnasium.
- Attention students!: Dean Pelton announces the upcoming debate amidst his usual ramblings.
- Catch phrases: Troy "This is wrinkling my brain!", Shirley's "That's nice!"
- Annie's Boobs: Annie's cleavage proves too distracting and tempting for Jeff.
- Shout out: After Jeff finishes singing his argument, the female judge tells him that he's competing in a debate, not American Idol. Jeff tells Annie that he's not iCarly when she tries to use reverse psychology on him.
- Name that tune: "Evil Women" by ELO, "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
- Soul-Patch: Simmons mentions Apu from The Simpsons in one of his debate arguements.
- Résumé: Professor Whitman mentions the E! Channel when asking Jeff (Joel McHale) to join the debate team. McHale is the host of E! Channel's "The Soup".
- “Britta, I'm saying this because I care about you and you're my friend: You need to start smoking again.”— Jeff
- “By Zeus! What sort of jackassery is this? We're in the middle of a championship debate!”— Professor Whitman
- “Maybe Simmons is right, you really are all sizzle and no steak. You probably couldn't beat him if you tried.”— Annie
- “What do you mean I can't beat him? You and I are going to study harder than we've ever studied before and beat City College tomorrow!”— Jeff
- “Really?”— Annie
- “No. Who am I, iCarly?”— Jeff
- “Zero for Winger, ba na na na na na na, was a big shot law-yer, ba na na na na na na, now he's a L-o-o-o-o-o-o-ser!”— Jeremy Simmons
- “Little Annie Adderall, was an outcast in high school...”— Jeremy Simmons
- “That's it. Dude, we are going to debate the living crap out of you.”— Jeff
- “We make an amazing team!”— Annie
- “I know! We're so in-synch. We're like a perfect duet or great s-e-e-Hey Professor Whitman!”— Jeff
TriviaEditDVD commentaries for this episode revealed that a minor subplot involving Annie's attraction to Simmons was deemed unnecessary once the chemistry between Annie and Jeff was shown to be strong enough to carry the episode by itself. A full script of the episode containing the original versions of key scenes including the Simmons/Annie interactions as well as an extended debate sequence where Simmons uses a baby for his rebuttal can be found here
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