|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- Theoretical Phys-Ed: The "Grifting 101" class, which mostly consists of switching briefcases.
|Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
- Familiar faces:
- Returning students: Leonard and Garrett both appear in this episode.
|List of Running gags
|Running gags in this episode:
- Britta'd it: Elroy gets the group's origin story wrong believing that Britta started a fake biology group so that she could have sex with Troy.
- Nice outfit:
- Ryan Ridley wears a telegram messenger outfit he borrowed from Dean Pelton.
- Leonard wears a bellhop outfit as part of Jeff's grift.
- The Jim Belushi of...: The African telegram scam is referred to by DeSalvo as the Jim Belushi of grifts.
|List of Pop culture references
|Pop culture references in this episode:
- IMDb: The group (sans Frankie) actually watches "The Sting" in order to learn grifting, after which Abed recommends they watch another con movie, "Matchstick Men".
- Shout out: When the group has finished watching the film "The Sting", Britta expresses disappointment because the musician Sting wasn't in it.
- Use your allusion: When the grifting students are practising passing their briefcases back and forth, Professor DeSalvo flippantly says "Pass them like your sister's dying," a reference to a scene in Empire, where a record executive directs a singer to remember how she felt when her brother was dying.
|List of Meta references
|Meta references in this episode:
- Homage: The episode's plot pays homage to the Robert Redford and Paul Newman 1970's film classic "The Sting". Aside from the movie itself being directly referenced within the show other nods include the use of old Saturday Evening Post type title cards, the Iris Shot technique which ends some of the scenes and Scott Joplin's The Entertainer piano piece as soundtrack.
- Parody: The Guy from Jeff's Gym (the end tag) parodies 1980s action TV shows' title sequences, particularly "The Equalizer".
- Résumé: Professor DeSalvo mentions Because the Internet, which is the title of Donald Glover's (Troy Barnes) second solo album as Childish Gambino.
- Against the wall:
- Annie explains the plot of the episode as Jeff being jealous of someone which is similar to past episodes like "Beginner Pottery" from Season One and the Season Six episode "Laws of Robotics & Party Rights".
- Community staff writer Ryan Ridley, who is also credited with writing this episode, appears as a character also named Ryan Ridley who is indebted to Jeff.
- “Grifting is lying.”— Jeff
- “Okay, so like a string is a sweater. Like paint is the Sistine Chapel. Sure, grifting includes lying, but only a liar would call grifting lying.”— Professor DeSalvo