|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- Express tuition aisle: Marion Holly not only gives participation credits to all of the students who attend, even if they don't do anything, but also "contact credits" to students passing by in the hallway.
- History lesson:
- Jeff has a flashback to his childhood where his mom is continually praising him.
- Pierce tells Jeff about his complicated childbirth.
- Identity crisis: Jeff becomes jealous of Rich because he's usually the cool one that everyone admires. He then starts "Goldbluming" taking on characteristics of actor Jeff Goldblum type characters.
- Replay: Jeff reimagines the flashback with his mom, this time with her telling him the truth instead of blindly praising him.
- That just happened: Annie mentions regretting taking Jeff's last blow off class last semester which asked her to live in the moment and foreshadows her trying to "live in the moment" at the end of the school year.
|Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
- Familiar faces:
- First appearance: Rich Stephenson debuts in this episode and later returns in Season Two.
- Returning students: Star-Burns is in the boating class along with Pierce, Britta, Shirley, and Troy.
|List of Running gags
|Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
- Annie's boobs: Rich helps Annie check for breast lumps.
- Catchphrase: Shirley's says "Oh, that's nice" when being informed that the boat they are using in class was purchased at a government auction, presumably previously owned by a criminal.
- Gasp: Annie reacts to Chang walking into the Spanish classroom wearing no shirt.
- It's a vase: The name of this running gag, Annie makes some very suggestive hand movements while forming a vase.
- Nice outfit: Pierce wears a yachting outfit for his sailing class complete with a captains hat. Chang arrives to class without a shirt because someone stole his clothes at the YMCA. In the episode end tag this happens again, and he is forced to leave the gym wearing only a swimsuit and a bike helmet.
|List of Pop culture references
|References to popular culture in this episode:
- IMDb: The movie Ghost, particularly the famous pottery scene, is directly referenced a few times in this episode, inspiring a new phrase "ghosting".
- Shout out:
- Professor Holly is fed up with reenactments of the Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore pottery scene in Ghost.
- Abed calls Jeff's weird behavior "Goldblumming" after the actor Jeff Goldblum. Right after Abed makes the Goldblum reference, a fly is heard. This is a reference to the Goldblum movie The Fly.
- Use your allusion:
- Abed's narration in pottery class mimics the narration used in the TV show Arrested Development. Tony Hale, who plays Professor Holly, was a main character in the show.
- Jeff mentions Tennille upon seeing Pierce's yachting outfit, referencing the partner of the 70s singing duo Captain and Tennille.
- Jeff calls Annie "Laura Ingalls" after the main character on Little House on the Prairie.
- Jeff calls Rich "Doc Potterywood" after the Micheal J.Fox movie Doc Hollywood.
- Pierce stands on the bow of the boat and is about to say the famous line from Titanic but is immediately stopped by Professor Slaughter.
- The flashbacks to Jeff's past with praise from his mother are a reference to the flashbacks in the movie Midnight Cowboy.
|List of Meta references
|Meta references in this episode:
- Homage: The sailing class scenes have many references to the movie The Perfect Storm.
- Abed's narration at the beginning of the episode is somewhat reminiscent of the narration found on Arrested Development, a television show starring Tony Hale, who plays the pottery teacher.
- In the DVD commentary, episode writer Hilary Winston mentions that the character Rich was named after her first boyfriend.
- Frequent background extra Long haired guy makes another of over 65 episode appearances. He is seen multiple times in Pottery class including behind Rich and Jeff during the hilarious guy on guy scene.
- “How about you, Abed? Wanna sail with us? There's black people.”— Pierce
- “Jeff's competitive side had come out before, he had even displayed envy. But on that first day of pottery class he discovered-”— Abed, narrating
- “Abed!”— Jeff
- “What did we discuss?”
- “No voiceover, I'm sorry. It is kind of a crutch.”
- “Reef the mainsail and furl the jib.”— Shirley
- “Is that nautical talk or urban speak?”— Pierce
- “I've never been a Captain before.”— Shirley
- “I have! I commanded a jet ski through an electrical storm and only had one causality!”— Pierce
- “Jet skis only hold two people.”— Troy
- “Exactly I saved half the crew.”— Pierce
- “Well anyone can be a lawyer. You can even represent yourself. You can't do surgery on yourself, it's illegal. You'd get arrested. And then you get a free lawyer.”— Abed
- “I feel like I'm being interrogated but by someone who doesn't really want to know anything important.”— Rich
- “Troy can't swim!”— Shirley
- “Uh, I can swim, racist.”— Troy
- “I hope I get multiple personalities; I get lonely in long showers.”— Troy upon learning that many psychological issues manifest during college
- “Congratulations. You failed a class so easy that people passing in the hallway get a contact credit.”— Professor Holly
- “Jeffrey, when I was born I got my umbilical cord wrapped around my neck, both arms and one of my ankles. Mom said there came a point when the doctors stopped delivering me and just started laughing. I mean, if I ever let being bad at something stop me, I wouldn't even be here. That thing some men call 'failure', I call living, breakfast. And I'm not leaving till I've cleaned out the buffet. Now, how about a shove?”— Pierce
- “Good luck, Pierce.”— Jeff
- “Don't need it. Never had it.”— Pierce
- “Jeff, you're a normal person. There's nothing very special about you at all. You're going to be great at a few things, but really crappy at more. And that takes a lot of the pressure off, so you can live a full, happy life. Oh, and sorry it took me so long to tell you that. And it was only in your imagination. My bad. I'm kind of a sloppy mom.”— "Jeff's Mom"
- “That's okay, Mom. Nobody's perfect.”— Jeff