◄"For A Few Paintballs More"► Directors: Joe Russo — Writer: Hilary Winston — Aired: May 12 2011 — Season: Two — Number: Twenty-Four Summary: City College has invaded the Greendale campus as the paintball competition becomes an all-out war between the two schools.
Troy and Abed go toDean Pelton's office looking for answers about the mysteries surrounding this year's paintball contest. They find bothEricand the Dean there, but before they can question him any further, Pistol Patty and the City College Storm Troopers arrive. Troy and Abed hide as Eric and Pelton are shot repeatedly by the invaders. Pistol Patty reveals herself to be Dean Spreck from City College. He tells Pelton he orchestrated the entire thing in order to get the Greendale students to destroy their own school. The troopers then notice Troy and Abed eavesdropping and chase them off.
In the Anthropology class, the remaining students gather as Troy and Abed explain the situation to them. Troy proposes that they form an alliance to stop the invasion and win the prize money, so they can repair the damage done to the school. Sensing a shift from the western motif to a Star Wars theme, Abed decides to assume a Han Solo persona. He starts to flirt with Annie whom he now considers his Princess Leia. As Jeff mocks Troy's attempts at trying to be a leader, a modified radio controlled car rigged with a paintball grenade slips into the room. Garrettspots it, causing everyone to immediately take cover. Magnitude throws himself onto it before it explodes, sacrificing himself for the group.
Can't have a Star Wars-themed episode without the text crawl...
Spreck is in Dean Pelton's office, monitoring the situation through the drone. Jeff notices the camera as he inspects the device, prompting Spreck to reply over the school's P.A system. He defends his actions as being well within the rules of the paintball contest. Jeff vows that they will beat him and make him pay for what he's done. The paintball troopers enter the office with a prisoner, Pierce. He offers to tell Spreck everything he wants to know about Jeff. Back at the Anthropology room, Jeff and Troy rally the Greendale students while simultaneously bickering over the leadership position.
A sacrifice of great Magnitude
Dean Spreck starts to taunt the Greendale students over the P.A. as his troopers continue to rampage across the campus. After eliminating two of the City College's commandos, Annie, Abed, and Shirley manage to recover a large cache of paint. They bring it back to the alliance headquarters where Jeff and Troy butt heads over which of their strategies to carry out. Troy wants to set up a trap: he intends to lure the troopers into the library and rig the sprinkler system there to spray them all with paint. Jeff instead wants to launch a massive assault on the ice cream truck and capture the paintball machine gun.
It was hard at first, but the City College succeeded in piercing Greendale's defenses...
..they inserted themselves inside, slipping in through the backdoor...
...penetrating the very center of the school...
they decided to erect their flag...
...a violation that Greendale will be sore over for quite some time.
Backed up by Abed, Annie suggests a compromise between the two strategies. She advises that they split up their forces and carry out both plans simultaneously. Troy's team will act as bait and carry out raids to engage as many of the City College invaders as they can; this will force the enemy to split up their numbers as well in order to deal with them. After leading them into the library for the trap, it will leave fewer troops guarding the machine gun and hopefully make it easier for Jeff's team to take it down. The two accept Annie's proposal and begin their individual missions.
The Rebel Alliance
Troy's team, which includes Abed, Annie, Garrett, and Shirley, successfully diverts some of the ground forces away from the ice cream truck. As planned, they lead the troopers into the library, but things start to unravel when Garrett accidentally sabotages their escape route. They end up trapped in the study room and surrounded by the enemy. They have no choice but to fight their way out of the library before Shirley can set off the sprinklers. Jeff and his team launch their offensive, but despite gaining some ground, they become pinned down by the machine gun and are unable to advance any further.
May the farce be with you...
With Annie and Abed's help, Troy tries to escape but ends up running into a squad of paintball troopers and is shot and eliminated. The Greendale alliance begins to suffer many casualties on both fronts. Abed contacts Shirley over her comm headset and tells her to activate the trap as no one from their team is going to make it out in time. She activates the fire alarm, narrowly escaping the downpour of paint from the sprinkler system as well as a group of invaders chasing after her. Orange rains down, eliminating everyone left inside the building. As City College troopers close in on them, Annie and Abed share a prolonged kiss, losing themselves in their roles as Han Solo and Princess Leia.
I'm out of it for a little while, and everyone has delusions of grandeur.
Stay on target!]]Meanwhile, Jeff's group is faring no better as they cannot safely approach the enemy base. As Jeff and Quendra are taking cover, he tries to motivate her with an inspirational speech. He makes an attempt to get his team to continue the assault but ends up getting shot. Britta watches in horror as the other students are quickly taken out as well including Quendra. She notices a large crowd of eliminated players on the sidelines cheering her on. She freezes as it suddenly occurs to her that she may be the last member of the alliance left. The sudden and unexpected arrival of the campus security patrol cart raises her spirits.
Stay on target!
Shirley is at the wheel and asks Britta to help her end this. Relieved, Britta quickly climbs on board, and they carry on with the mission. As they near the enemy target, the cart's windshield gets splattered continually with paint. After defeating the few remaining guards surrounding the ice cream truck, they finally make it to the machine gun. Britta manages to shoot its operator but gets shot herself by another hidden trooper. Shirley retaliates, taking him out as well. The Greendale students celebrate, thinking that the contest is over. However, two more invaders exit a nearby van and shoot Shirley in the back.
Striking down City College with great vengeance...
A third paintball trooper shows up to congratulate them; he then promptly shoots them both. Revealing himself to be Pierce in disguise, he addresses Dean Spreck who was there to witness the final battle. He tells him to pay up the prize money and to make the check out to Greendale College. The students rejoice as they erupt in a chant of "Human Beings!". Afterwards, the study group assembles for the final meeting of the semester. They all have to decide which course they will take together next year. Jeff compliments Troy for his ideas during the paintball contest and asks his opinion on the matter.
"Who are you?"
"Your mother's lover!"
"My name is Pierce Hawthorne. I've come to rescue you."
Troy accepts the praise and decides they should all just sleep on it. Pierce walks into the study room at that point, looking for his day planner. Jeff attempts to make peace with Pierce and extends an offer on behalf of the study group for him to rejoin them. Pierce refuses, saying he's done with the group for good. He leaves, but Jeff smugly predicts that he will return soon. The study group waits, but it soon becomes apparent that he's not coming back...
This episode is a direct homage to Star Wars and has very obvious references to it. Examples include:
Dean Spreck and his paintball troopers walk down the hallway, mirroring Darth Vader's first appearance in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope'.
The text crawl used in the opening
Abed taking on the Han Solo persona and convincing Annie to play the role of his Princess Leia
The paintball troops pull down the statue of Luis Guzman just like citizens of Coruscant pulled down Emperor Palpatine's statue in 'Return of the Jedi".
A scene where a paintball RC drone races through the hallway of Greendale followed by paintball troopers mimics a similar shot in Star Wars involving a droid and two stormtroopers in the hallway of the Death Star.
Jeff's plan to assault the ice cream truck is similar to the assault on the Death Star.
Jeff tells Leonard, "I'll see you in hell.", a line said by Han Solo in Star Wars Episode V:"The Empire Strikes Back".
Pierce disguising himself as a paintball trooper is reminiscent of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo disguising themselves as stormtroopers.
Non-Star Wars related references include:
Dean Spreck talking on the P.A. system is a nod to the DJ character in the 1970's gang war movie "The Warriors".
Upon ambushing two of the City College students, Abed mentions that "[They're] already dead", a commonly used line in the animated series Fist of the North Star.
Vicki valiantly charges head first into the enemy while screaming her name, a reference to Leeroy Jenkins.
Troy collapsing to his knees and screams to the Heavens is a reference to The Shawshank Redemption and Platoon.
“Greendale students, I understand you've unified and intend to draw this game out. Well, if it's a war you want, it's a war you will lose. City College is stronger, faster, our sperm counts are higher-even in our women. Resistance is as pointless as your degrees. Honestly, ask yourselves-what does Liberal Arts even mean?”— Dean Spreck
“Everyone look alive. Leonard, good enough. Greendale, it's been a pleasure fighting with you. Some of us won't make it, but there is a place where we will all see each other again, and that place is Denny's.”— Jeff
“Which Denny's? If it's the one near the 15th exit, I'm banned.”— Leonard
“Then I'll see you in hell!”— Jeff
“Well, I'm out. We lost.”— Jeff
“See you at Denny's?”— Britta
“Denny's is for winners.”— Jeff
“I've been in a few real wars, and this is a lot more terrifying.”— Leonard
“You know, I've been coming to this school for twelve years? I've never been friends with anyone here for more than a semester...probably for the same reason I've been married seven times. I guess I assume eventually I'll be rejected, so I push people, test them until they prove me right. It's a sickness, I admit it... but this place has always accepted me, sickness and all. This place accepted all of you, sickness and all. It's worth thinking about.”— Pierce
In " Critical Film Studies" Abed tells Jeff that he had a cameo in his favorite sitcom "Cougar Town". Two of the shows stars, Busy Phillips and Dan Byrd, appear prominently in the crowd of Greendale Students celebrating their victory over City College. Danny Pudi would later return the favor by appearing in a cameo on "Cougar Town".
In an extended version of the scene where the Greendale alliance argue over strategy, Shirley attempts to remove herself from the game but is stopped by Britta.
When Troy's team is pinned down in the library by City College paintball troopers, Star-Burns unsuccessfully tries to avoid gunfire by calling on "the spirits of the elders" to aid him. DVD commentary suggests he was high at the time.