Director: Justin Lin — Writer: John Pollack and Tim Hobert — Aired: 10/29/09 —Season: 1 — Number: 7 Summary: Jeff blows off Annie's Halloween party in order to score with his sexy statistics professor.
If life is just a series of ridiculous attempts to be alive you're a hero to everything that's lived.
— Jeff to Pierce
In Spanish class, Señor Chang informs the students of an upcoming academic event. He turns the floor over to Annie who announces that tonight at the library, she is throwing a Día de los Muertos party. Chang explains that students who attend get extra credit while he has to use his own free time to supervise the party without being paid. After he dismisses the class, Annie tries to get confirmation on who will be there. Shirley agrees, looking forward to her first college party. Britta scolds Jeff for not supporting Annie by attending the party. Pierce checks his cell phone to see if he sent the e-vite for the party and accidentally calls his mother. He tries to hang up but inadvertently switches to speaker and her incessant ramblings embarrass him in front of the study group.
An enthusiastic Annie and an annoyed Chang.
During his statistics class, Jeff flirts with the attractive professor. After she ends the class, he stays behind to flirt with her. Slater admits she is attracted to him and impressed by his boldness but states that as a rule she doesn't date students and leaves. Jeff follows passing Shirley and Britta in the hallway and they watch in disdain as he pursues the professor. Shirley is upset Jeff is going after another woman but Britta insists it doesn't bother her. Jeff continues to charm Slater but is unable to change her mind. Annie then shows up and presses Jeff for an answer about attending her party. As the coolest guy on campus, his attendance is necessary to ensure her party's success. Jeff tries to refuse but when she cries he finally agrees. During lunchtime, Pierce attempts to secretly take his pills, but Abed notices much to his embarrassment.
That night In the study room, Annie's party begins, and the study group members arrive in costume. Dressed in an unflattering squirrel costume, Britta laments about women who use Halloween as an excuse to dress sexy to Annie, who reveals a skin-tight skeleton outfit. Jeff shows up not wearing a costume while Pierce arrives dressed as the Beastmaster. He goes to the restroom to take his evening meds and runs into Star-Burns. He convinces Pierce to trade one of Pierce's pills for his own unaware that they are not recreational. Back at the party, Jeff sees Chang leave and follows him to the faculty Halloween party to see Slater. Britta and Shirley team up to bring him back angry that he bailed on Annie. When Annie calls for Jeff and the attendees realize he isn't there they begin to talk about leaving early.
One of mine for two of yours.
Nearby, Pierce and Star-Burns begin to experience the effects of the pills they swapped. At the faculty party, Slater continues to resist Jeff's advances, worrying that word of a relationship would spread from his friends to the whole school. Jeff claims that he has no friends, but immediately they all start to appear. Britta confronts him about skipping out on Annie followed by Abed as Batman, who also condemns Jeff for his actions. Then Troy, dressed as Eddie Murphy, reports that Pierce is high and needs Jeff's help. It's then that Dean Pelton points out that Shirley is outside in the parking lot breaking the antenna off of Slater's car. Finally, Pierce arrives, high on Star-Burns' drugs, and makes a huge scene. Fed up with their interference, Jeff lashes out at each member of the group, driving them away.
Britta finds Shirley attempting to destroy Slater's office. Shirley admits that she is misplacing her anger and reveals that her husband returned for their wedding ring in order to give it to his new girlfriend. Shirley confesses that she pretended Britta was hurt in order to avoid her own pain. Britta realizes that she is also guilty of avoiding her own feelings regarding Jeff and Slater. As he returns to Annie's party, Pierce's drug trip progresses to hallucination, and Annie is unable to calm him. Back at the faculty party, Chang mocks Jeff's failure to score with Slater, and Jeff blames Greendale for draining his coolness. At Chang's suggestion, Jeff approaches Slater and straightforwardly pleads with her to have sex with him only to be shocked when she agrees.
Take that, Professor Slimcalves!
They leave and walk past the library, where a crowd has gathered. Troy runs up and tells Jeff that Pierce is in the middle of a mental breakdown and only Jeff can help. Reluctantly, Jeff leaves Slater and approaches Pierce, who has barricaded himself inside a sizeable fort made of tables and chairs. Pierce tells Jeff that the real reason for his freakout is having to face the fact that he is old. Jeff responds that Pierce has done a lot of living in just the last two months and should be proud. Reassured, Pierce pumps his fist which causes the fort to collapse. Abed swoops in at the last second and drags both men to safety. The episode closes with a dramatic Abed/Batman voice over as the group recovers and continue the party together.
Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
Annie mentions to Jeff how unpopular she was in high school and she hopes to improve her popularity in College.
Shirley reveals that she and her husband have been separated for six months and she no longer wears her wedding ring. It is later revealed that he asked for his ring back, so he could propose to his new girlfriend.
Discontinuity: Pierce accidentally calls his mother who mentions having recently seen his father's ghost implying that he is dead. However, Pierce's father, Cornelius Hawthorne, appears in the Season Three episode "Advanced Gay" alive. The discrepancy is explained in the story by Pierce who says that his mom liked to imagine his father was dead.
Nice outfit: Many characters wear ridiculous outfits for Halloween/Dia de los Muertos. A wizard outfit, seen briefly when Chang is driving Jeff on his moped, appears once again in "The Science of Illusion" worn by Pierce.
“Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is sometimes referred to as Mexican Halloween.”— Annie
“Which is actually quite offensive to people familiar with Mexican Halloween as a sexual position.”— Chang
“Are you trying to get formidable with me?”— Jeff
“It worked on Pierce.”— Annie
“Infomercials work on Pierce.”— Jeff
“You know what the crazy thing is, Britta?”— Shirley
“Everything you've done tonight?”— Britta
“You feel a breeze here? Cause someone just struck out.”— Chang
“She blew you off too, Chang.”— Jeff
“Is that what you have to fall back on? Dude. Look at me, bro. Look at me. I've got the body of a fifth grader. M'Kay? If I was workin' with what you've got, she'd be at the Comfort Inn right now giving me a Mexican Halloween.”— Chang