|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- Previously: Abed is reprimanded by Jeff for treating the others like sitcom characters. Abed agrees to lay low for the episode, admitting that he relied heavily on the gimmick last week (it is unclear whether "last week" refers to production date, air date or neither). He scarcely appears for the rest of the episode.
- Mad skillz: Though previously mentioned, the full extent of Troy's football talent is revealed.
- Middle Eastern Magic 8 Ball:
- History Lesson: We learn more about Troy's life at Riverside High School.
- Catchphrase: Shirley says, "That's nice" when Britta invites her to the bathroom.
- The Human Beings mascot had previously appeared in posters for the swim team in the preceding episode Advanced Criminal Law, visible behind Britta when she testifies. Which makes sense only in terms of the production order of the episodes but not with how they were ultimately aired on television.
- Troy reveals that he injured himself on purpose back in high school, with Annie mentioned in "Pilot" that he dislocated both shoulders. However, in the season 4 episode "Heroic Origins" the flashback shows Troy faking an injury rather than self-inflicting himself with an actual injury; additionally, he claims to have a knee injury, rather than dislocating both shoulders.
- Replay: In the end tag Troy and Abed introduce themselves over the school's PA as "Abed and the Disco Spider". This is a callback to the end tag from Spanish 101 where Troy raps, in Spanish, "My name is T-Bone, the disco spider".
|Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
|List of Running gags
|Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
- Attention students!: Troy and Abed make an announcement.
- Board certified tutor: Pierce offers to assist the Dean in designing a mascot claiming to "have a wealth of experience in image management, icon development and Y2K preparedness".
- Butt stuff: Troy says, "Butt soup!" over the PA in the end tag.
- Gasp: The debut of Annie's gasp as she sees the Greendale Human Being for the first time.
- PCness: Dean Pelton's whole subplot revolves around designing a racially-neutral mascot, with truly disturbing results.
- You're the worst: Britta egregiously breaches female bathroom etiquette in her first trip to the bathroom with Shirley.
|List of Pop culture references
|References to popular culture in this episode:
- IMDb: Jeff compares the football stadium, unimpressive as it may currently be, to "Thunderdome", a gladiator-like arena from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and mentions The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Pierce also mentions La Bamba to describe a type of coffee drink.
- Name that tune: "Please Do Not Go" by the Violent Femmes.
- Shout out:
- TV Guide: Abed mentions Jonny Quest at Jeff's bequest.
- Use your allusion: Riverside's outdated fight rap refers to the 2004 US presidential elections but the actual rapping style is even older, similar to one of the very first rap records, The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" (1979).
|List of Meta references
|Meta references in this episode:
- IRL: Troy calls a student Poindexter, coincidentally Childish Gambino's (Donald Glover) second rap mixtape is titled "Poindexter".
- I wrote this!: The DVD commentary mentions that the episode writer Hilary Winston is the woman combing her hair in the bathroom the first time Shirley and Britta enter it in the episode. In addition, Hilary's writing credit is shown beside her on screen.
- The Community The Complete First Season DVD commentary mentions that it took 39 takes for Troy to hit the football player in the head when he throws his pass.
- Signs seen at the pep rally indicate that the Greendale football team's next opponent will be "the Dentists".
- This is the episode where the Dean walks into the study room with the group.
- When Troy and Jeff are out on the football field palm trees can be seen in the far background. Colorado does not have any naturally growing palm trees as they cannot handle the intensely dry and cold climate.
- “Well, look at this group having some kind of meeting and being so diverse. There is just, boy, there is just one of every kind of you, isn't there?”— Dean Pelton
- “Goodness. Look what we have stumbled onto. An opportunity to help each other out. I suppose I wouldn't need this promotional campaign if I could announce to the press that Troy Barnes is playing football here.”— Dean Pelton to Jeff Winger
- “I miss knowing what to think.”— Troy
- “You still know what to think, Troy.”— Jeff
- “Oh, good.”— Troy
- “I'm saying you're a football player! It's in your blood!”— Jeff
- “That's racist.”— Troy
- “Your soul!”
- “'That's racist.”
- “Your eyes?”
- “That's gay?”
- “That's homophobic!”
- “That's black!”
- “'That's racist!”
- “I think not being racist is the new racism.”— Jeff
- “The important thing is that you are the only one there for him. And you don't really care what he wants, just as long as you don't have to share him with the rest of the world because really, you are just as selfish as I am. You're just not as good at it yet.”— Jeff to Annie about her feelings for Troy
- “The Dean has pictures of me, okay. Horrible pictures of me, attending his school.”— Jeff
- “A life of disillusionment and depression begins on the other side of that door.”— Jeff
- “Hey, man. Is this your first pep rally or something?”— Eric