|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- History lesson:
- Jeff's past as a lawyer is explored, and the details behind his disbarment are revealed. Annie mentions her past N.A. meetings.
- Jeff's middle name is revealed as Tobias in the letter to the state bar.
- Winger speech: Jeff uses his powers of persuasion to convince Ted that Alan deserves to be a partner at the law firm.
- Discontinuity: In the Season One episode "Advanced Criminal Law", Troy is smart enough to see through Abed's elaborate prank. In this episode end tag, he easily falls for a prank Abed pulls on him, believing that Abed has crossed over into the cartoon realm.
|Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
- Returning students:
- Garrett returns as a member of the dance crew the "Poppy Longstockings".
- Leonard returns as a member of the dance crew the "Poppy Longstockings".
- Star-Burns returns as a member of the dance crew the "Poppy Longstockings".
- First appearance: Jeff's former co-worker at his old Law firm Alan Connor is introduced in this episode. Alan later reappears in Season Three and Season Five.
- Familiar faces:
|List of Running gags
|Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
- Annie's Boobs: Upon the group's arrival, Alan greets Annie's boobs directly. Later, when Annie complains about only being used as bait and a distraction, Troy and Abed can't stop looking at her chest, resulting in her angrily storming off.
- Biggest laugh of the night!:
- Ted shows off the hole in his hand by dropping an olive through it. He later shakes Jeff's hand which causes a loud "pop" sound to be heard.
- Pierce tries to casually pick up a glass of champagne and ends up knocking over several other glasses.
- When Annie chloroforms the janitor and knock him out, Troy jumps over his unconscious body and later trips over it while fleeing.
- Gay, he's so gay!: When Jeff misses a few study group meetings because of Alan, Troy asks what Alan has that they don't. Pierce says a butt for Jeff's wiener.
- Like an evil genie: Jeff says he talks about a lot of things that annoy him. The Dean accosts the study group almost immediately.
- Mad or hungry?: Abed describes Jeff not smiling as "your mouth isn't curved upwards" and asks why.
- Nice outfit: Dean wears Lederhosen in celebration of Oktoberfest.
- That's you: Britta tries to do an impression of Jon Stewart but Chang recognizes it as Stewart's impression of Johnny Carson.
|List of Pop culture references
|References to popular culture in this episode:
- IMDb: Abed mentions the 1980 film Bad Influence when describing the effect Alan has on Jeff.
- Name that tune: The Flower Duet, from Léo Delibes' opera Lakmé, plays during Chang's fantasy about being part of the study group.
- Product placement: Troy mentions that Go-Gurt is actually just yogurt.
- Shout out:
- TV Guide: Yo Gabba Gabba is sarcastically mentioned by Jeff when he questions the study group's assertion that Alan was responsible for his disbarment.
- Use your allusion:
- A post it note saying Smashmouth can be seen on the computer Abed and Troy use to find Alan's email likely referring to the 90's pop rock band Smash Mouth.
- Alan calls Jeff "Tango", and Jeff calls him "Sundance", references to the movies Tango and Cash and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.
- The Dean, displeased by Ben's maniacal laughter, says "He's bringing us down...can we move him?" a reference the The Beach featuring Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Teams at the "Pop and Locktober Fest" include the Study Group's team the "Heather Pop-and-Lock-lears", the "Poppy Longstockings", "Papa Don't Lock", "Pop and Locksmiths" and several other teams.
- When Jeff is discussing the lawyer in his childhood custody case, he says that the lawyer's car was a Mercedes SLK. The SLK wasn't sold until 1996, by which point Jeff would have been in his twenties.
- “You know what a therapist calls this kind of relationship?”— Jeff
- “A goldmine.”— Pierce
- “Co-dependent. You guys don't want me to be happy, you want me to need you. It's getting a little claustrophobic. I used to run full-speed through the boundless wilderness and now I'm in the zoo...where the horizon is wall-paper and the air is stale and nothing is ever at stake.”— Jeff
- “In other words, we're not cool.”— Britta
- “I never said it. You may have heard it, I may have thought it and it may be true, but I never said it.”— Jeff
- “Annie, go back and keep lookout.”— Troy
- “Why me, lookout? Why not you guys?”— Annie
- “If someone comes up, Kanye and Kumar get taken to jail. You get taken to dinner.”— Troy
- “You guys, I'm the smartest one in this whole group and all ive been used for is bait and distraction. [noticed Troy and Abed staring at her bouncing chest] Ugh! Go on your stupid mission. I hope it sucks.”— Annie
- “What did she say?”— Troy
- “I don't know.”— Abed
- “All I heard was "suck."”— Troy
- “My whole brain is crying!”— Troy
- “Guys, guys! Do you know I actually have a civil case against the bitch that stole my husband?”— Shirley
- “Shirley, don't sue a stripper.”— Jeff
- “Why not?”— Shirley
- “She's a stripper, life sued her and she lost!”— Jeff
- “Jealous because we're fitting in with your cool friends?”— Pierce
- “No, I'm distracted watching you mutate. Britta, you're not a whore. Shirley, Jesus turned the other cheek he didn't garnish wages. Pierce, do I even need to say this? It is bad to hunt man for sport.”— Jeff
- “Bad ass!”— Pierce