|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- While all of the "clips" are never-before-seen footage, some come from episodes that are canon, like the Halloween and Christmas episodes, but divulge new information about what happened.
- It's mentioned in "Romantic Expressionism" by Troy that in High School when Annie was freaking out while on Adderall, she ran through the hallways screaming "Everyone is a robot!". One of the flashback's sees her in the Greendale hallway faced with an out of control robot.
- It is revealed to the group that the monkey Annie's Boobs is the culprit behind Annie's missing pens in Cooperative Calligraphy.
- During one scene from the Dean's montage, a Radio-Controlled Car is on the table in front of Jeff. It was mentioned in "Aerodynamics of Gender" that Jeff and Troy had been playing with RC Cars the previous week but it was never seen on the show.
- It is hinted in previous episodes throughout Season Two that Abed suspected Jeff and Britta were secretly hooking up. Several of the clues he picked up on were these:
- In "Cooperative Calligraphy", Abed questions Jeff when Britta mentions a type of underwear he usually wears. Abed asks what does she mean "usually".
- In "Mixology Certification", Jeff and Britta make out in the back seat of his Jeff's Lexus oblivious to Abed who is also in the car sitting next to them.
- In "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons", Jeff asks what is he not good at and Britta replies sex. Abed is shown to be curious at this statement as it implies they had done it more than once.
- Winger speech: This one alternates between nine Winger speeches from the past (chronologically in the show, however like all the other clips it's actually new footage), and one that takes place in the present.
- That just happened: At the end Jeff asks Chang how many vents he was going to crawl out of this year. In the previous episode "Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy" Jeff saw Chang crawl out of a vent at the police station.
- Middle Eastern Magic 8 Ball: Jeff's comments about Chang and air vents seems to inadvertently foreshadow the beginning of Season Three's "Biology 101" which has Ben living in the air vents.
|Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
- Familiar faces: Crystal the Monkey returns as Troy's former pet Annie's Boobs.
- Returning faculty: Professor Ian Duncan makes an appearance in one of the flashbacks playing the piano when the study group practices for the Glee Club.
|Recurring or debuting places in this episode:
|Recurring or debuting items in this episode:
- School supplies:
- School uniform: The Greendale PE gear makes another appearance.
|List of Running gags
|Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
- Annie's Boobs: The monkey returns and is revealed to have stolen many things from the group.
- Bag-ul: In the camping trip adventure clip, Jeff and Britta argue over her pronunciation of the word "s'more".
- Changuage: Chang claims to know the school's air vents like the back of his chang.
- "Dean-de-de-de-dean-dean-dean, dean dean dean dean."
- "What's dean got to do with it?"
- "Deanie, vidi, vici!"
- "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a dean."
- E-vasive: The group tries to confront Jeff in the hallway but he yells, "These people are giving out free iPhones," and escapes when students clog up the hall.
- Fivehead: Jeff objects to the size of the forehead on his likeness in the diorama.
- Gasp!: Annie gasps when Jeff denies any romantic undertones in their interactions and suggests that Pierce and Abed had just as many moments which could be perceived that way as well.
- I hate Glee!: One of the flashbacks reveals that the study group filled in for the Glee Club.
- Man crush: In the ending cartoon written by the Dean, Jeff seems to have hidden feelings for the Dean.
- Nice outfit: Several instances of Pelton making announcements in different costumes are shown.
- NOOOOOO!: Troy screams when they are surrounded by a crowd of students after Jeff announces that they are giving away free iPhones.
- Raging against the machine: Britta interrupts Troy and Abed watching the premier of The Cape to watch news coverage of the Tunisian riots.
- WWBJD: Shirley claims that it's not God that hates the group but Jeff and Britta due to their hooking up.
|List of Pop culture references
|References to popular culture in this episode:
- IMDb: Gone With The Wind, Alien.
- Name that tune: "Gravity".
- Shout Out:
- Troy refers to the old prospector in the ghost town as "hard-core racist. Like 1800s Disney-style", referring to the racism in old Disney cartoons (such as Song of the South).
- When Jeff calls the group a "supergroup", Troy references the Traveling Wilburys, a rock and roll supergroup.
- TV Guide: Glee, The Cape.
|List of Meta references
|Meta references in this episode:
- The episode is an homage and parody of a "clip show", an episode of a television show comprised of clips from previously aired episodes. This subverts the old formula by using almost entirely new footage shot for this particular episode.
- The Jeff and Annie, Pierce and Abed, Ben Chang and Annie's Boobs montages are all parodies of a particular "shipping" video (see main article "Gravity"). These fanvids are made by fans who enjoy a particular romantic pairing on the show, even some pairings not considered canon. This is one of the few instances when a fan work has been incorporated within the canon of a show.
- In the clips from the study group's shark-related adventure, Abed is dressed up as Richard Dreyfuss' character in the film Jaws.
- IRL: Former Community writer Andy Bobrow explained the phrase "Annie of it all" on a Reddit thread:
- “"The X of it all" is an annoying phrase that had started creeping into business speak, particularly in the meetings we had with executives. Typically in reference to the process of making the show. "We need to address the Bob Greenblatt of it all," or "What are you guys doing about the budget of it all?" It was super annoying to us so we made fun of it. Seemed like a thing Annie Edison would do.”— Andy Bobrow
- The music in the song performed by the Study Group as they fill in for the Glee Club is the fifth and final track on Childish Gambino's "EP", called "Not Going Back". Community is scored by music composer Ludwig Göransson, who works with Donald Glover in his music career on Gambino's releases from as early as "Culdesac" to his most recent release "STN MTN / Kauai".
- This episode is the source of the phrase "Six seasons and a movie!" which became a rallying cry for people trying to keep Community on the air. In the context of the episode, Abed is referring to the NBC show "The Cape".
- Clip show episodes are usually included in a show to save money on the budget, as not much new filming is required. However, this episode showcased all new and extravagant footage. Additionally, in order to acquire the rights to "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles, Dan Harmon had to pay $30,000 of his own money.
- Look closely and you can see that the study group's diorama includes a model of Chang peering into the library study through a window. The front can be seen indistinctly at the very beginning and when the study group is finishing up the diorama. The back can be clearly seen when Chang is walking into the empty room right before his final monologue.
- “I can't believe this is our twentieth and final anthropology diorama of the year.”— Annie
- “I can't believe our assignment is making a diorama of us making our nineteenth diorama.”— Britta
- “Didn't we decide, at the beginning of the year that, for the good of the group, we wouldn't allow any intimacy between each other or ourselves?”— Troy
- “Troy, we never said 'ourselves'.”— Jeff
- “Okay, now I'm really mad.”— Troy
- “Feast your ear-tongues on these memory-pops.”— Britta
- “Dean-a-ling-a-ling. I was just heading to judge our belated carnival when I heard you guys having a tiff. What's the rumpus?”— Dean Pelton
- “We were debating how many times per year a man can drop in a study room in a dumb costume with irrelevant news.”— Jeff