|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- History lesson: Chang tells Jeff how he met his wife and why they separated.
- Middle Eastern Magic 8 Ball:
- Pierce makes a joke with no response but when Jeff gets a big laugh for making the same joke Pierce asks, "What is it? The chair?" Later in the episode, when Jeff misses a study meeting Pierce sits in the vacant spot and has more success with his quips. Then, in the first episode of Season 3, "Biology 101", Jeff is again separated from the group and blames his resulting erratic behavior on lack of contact from the study table, claiming it has magical powers.
- Dean Pelton watches an unsettling video featuring a man wearing a suit with a dalmatian pattern and says, "This better not awaken anything in me." Later in the season, his office features dalmatian decorations ("The Science of Illusion") and he invites dalmatian furries to join him at the Tranny Dance in "Pascal's Triangle Revisited".
|Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
|Recurring or debuting places in this episode:
|Recurring or debuting items in this episode:
- School supplies: In Chang's office, there is a picture of his wife with a little speech bubble added that says "enjoy it while it lasts". Behind the picture is a profile card of Jeff that includes info such as his Hometown, Course Focus and that his favorite spot is "Sitting in my Lexus with the air conditioning on".
- School uniform: In the end tag, Troy wears a pair of goggles similar to, if not the same as, the ones Abed wears in "Modern Warfare".
|List of Running gags
|Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
- A dollop of whipped irony: Troy tells Britta how cold she is being towards Jeff. Right after he says this Troy acts the same way towards Abed by avoiding helping him look for their lab rat Fievel.
- Annie's Boobs: Annie pretends to be a choo-choo train while wearing a tight fitting sweater.
- Attention students!: Dean Pelton makes an announcement to the cafeteria promoting Green Week at the school.
- Biggest laugh of the night: Pierce sits in Jeff's chair and leans back too far.
- Board certified tutor: Pierce offers to help Shirley with her presentation. Though inconsiderate and overly critical, he does give her some good advice and ends up coaching her to success.
- E-vasive: Jeff uses fake outrage to storm away from the group when they confront him after Spanish class.
- Pansexual imp: Dean Pelton is intrigued by an Internet video featuring a man slowly posing in a white and black dalmatian bodysuit.
- Screw you guys: Jeff breaks up with the group after they discover he sold them out to get better grades in Spanish class.
- Turning it into a snake: Britta dances oddly to Greene Daeye at the end of the episode. Actress Gillian Jacobs said in the DVD commentary that she was unaware that cameras were filming at the time.
|List of Pop culture references
|References to popular culture in this episode:
- Abed and Troy's rat is named Fievel after the main character from An American Tail. The song they sing to Fievel features prominently in the movie. Additionally, the reunion of Troy, Abed, and Fievel is reminiscent of a scene in the film.
- Pierce references A Few Good Men by altering the quote to "You can't handle a moist towelette!"
- The Shining; at the close of Shirley's presentation, she holds back her hair and says "Heeeere's brownies!"
- Name that tune:
- Dean Pelton announces that Green Day will perform at Greendale. However, he was mistaken and the band is actually a traditional Celtic group with the homonymic name Greene Daeye.
- Several Biology students sing songs to their rats, including Mary Had A Little Lamb and Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Abed and Troy sing Somewhere Out There.
- TV guide: The View.
- Shout out:
- While teaching Spanish Chang calls Shirley "Shakira" and Troy "Tupaco".
- Pierce tells Shirley that the best way to end a presentation is with a Jack Nicholson quote. She chooses to say "Here's brownie!" a variation of the famous line Nicholson delivered in The Shining.
|List of Meta references
|Meta references in this episode:
- Résumé: Chang and Jeff exiting the Spanish classroom laughing about "Cherry daiquiri," which was the stage name of a character Gillian Jacobs played in the movie Choke.
- “You have to get Chang to call off some of this homework. You're the one with the silver tongue.”— Annie
- “Yeah, go tongue Chang.”— Pierce
- “Guys, what makes you think I can convince Chang of anything if I can't even convince you not to make me do it.”— Jeff
- [everyone mumbles in defeat]
- “Wait, you are convincing!”— Troy
- [Everyone gasps!]
- “Can I ask you a personal question, Señor Chang?”— Jeff
- “Okay, Freud. Sure, you try to penetrate my psychological armor and you-”— Chang
- “Did your wife leave you?”— Jeff
- “Holy-!”— Chang
- “You make no mistake about this, Winger. I pleasured that woman greatly.”— Chang
- “Yeah, you look like you would have to.”— Jeff