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I can't remember the name of that girl from Breakfast Club. Mary. Margo. Molly Ringworm. You broke me.
— Abed
Michelle and Jeff arrive at the school as she informs him that she has volunteered to chaperone the Valentine's Day dance tomorrow. Jeff agrees to join her at the dance and asks what exactly she expects from him on the holiday. She tells him to do whatever makes him happy before heading off to her class. As Jeff walks to the study room, he checks messages on his cell phone and notices an interesting voice mail left by Britta. Later in the study room, the Greendale Human Being delivers gifts for Shirley, Annie, and Abed. Pierce and Troy are upset that they didn't get anything.

CS Jeff and Slater
Jeff and Slater.
Britta finally arrives, looking dishevelled and hung over. After the rest of the group leaves to go to their classes, Jeff stays behind to talk to her. He plays her voice mail back to her which consists of a rambling drunken rant laced with BCI. Embarrassed, she runs out of the room as Jeff laughs at her. On her way out, she passes Abed who asks Jeff what happened. When Jeff gleefully explains the situation, Abed warns him about its possible ramifications. He explains that the balance between Jeff and Britta has shifted and that he now has something he can hold over her. Jeff is skeptical until he observes a noticeable change in Britta's attitude towards him in Spanish class. Señor Chang's "lecture" is interrupted when the Greendale Human Being arrives.

CS Booty Call implications
B.C.I. - Booty Call Implications.
He delivers two Valentine's gifts for Troy and Pierce. Chang sees through their ruse and points out to that they bought and sent the gifts to themselves. He leads the class into laughing at the embarrassed duo. Later in the cafeteria, Shirley and Annie are angry at Chang for humiliating their friends and decide to do something about it. Meanwhile, Jeff is trying to smooth things over with Britta, but she interprets his efforts as pity and asks him to leave her alone. Afterwards, Jeff interrupts Abed's movie shoot in the Spanish classroom with Abed's Chang to ask his advice on how to resolve the situation. Abed suggests that he pretend to drunk dial her back. When Jeff is unable to convincingly act drunk Abed offers to help him with his performance.

Kid's gonna be a star.
Later, Abed is trying to inspire a realistic performance out of Jeff back in his dorm room by having him drink. Jeff is annoyed at the entire situation, even more so after Abed offers his personal observations about his attraction to both ladies. He points out that Britta challenges him to be better while Slater is low maintenance and is fine with him the way he is. Jeff tells Abed that he can't do this while being studied by him. Abed agrees and starts to drink along with Jeff. Pretty soon, no performance is necessary as they both get extremely drunk and party the night away. The next morning, they are both noticeably absent from Spanish class. The Greendale Human Being arrives and delivers a letter to Chang that supposedly contains a job offer from the Princeton Spanish Department.

We Are Not Alone
Did somebody order a pizza?
Chang easily sees through the prank and pins the blame on Pierce and Troy. He orders them to accompany him to the Valentine's Day dance as his dates while wearing ladies pantsuits. They start to protest, but Chang threatens to fail them if they don't comply. Meanwhile, back in Abed's dorm room, Jeff and Abed finally awaken with bad hangovers unable to remember the night before. When Abed checks Jeff's cell phone, it reveals that not only did he call Britta last night but Slater as well.

At the Valentine's dance, Annie and Shirley see Pierce and Troy dressed up as ladies and confess. Troy and Pierce decide to go through with their deal anyway, and are seen on the dance floor with Chang. Slater is annoyed at Jeff for calling her only to hang up when she wasn't Britta. Britta shows up in makeup and wearing a nice dress, making Jeff believe he asked her out, just to mess with him. When Slater sees them together she starts to walk out until Britta reveals that the real drunken call has Jeff saying "Michelle is the perfect girlfriend". Slater and Jeff make up and thank Britta. They leave, but not without Jeff looking back at dancing Britta one last time.

Drunken aftermath
Drunken aftermath of a meta homage.

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Troy and Pierce exit the Valentine's dance, glad that their ordeal is over. Troy is surprised when it turns out that Pierce has plans to go out with Chang for frozen yogurt. He screams "Slut!" as Chang and Pierce drive off.

Troy Pierce and Chang
Pierce and Chang ditch Troy.

Recurring themes[]


Continuity lists
Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
  • A nice gesture: Annie and Shirley debut their signature pinky handshake.
  • Discontinuity:
    • Abed's observations about Jeff's relationships with Slater and Britta is retconned several episodes later in the Season One finale "Pascal's Triangle Revisited".
    • Abed mentions his inability to get past the opening credits of "Who's the Boss" as his reason for never having seen an episode, but is later excited to take a class on the show in the Season Two episode "Competitive Wine Tasting".
    • In this episode Jeff reveals that he went to Disney World in Florida yet in the Season Five episode "Geothermal Escapism" he tells Troy that he never left Colorado. It's possible he was lying in both cases just to make the other person feel better.
  • School song: "If I Die Before You", composed by Ludwig Goransson, is featured in this episode. The song is part of the Community soundtrack.
  • Coined and minted: Jeff and Abed mention the acronym "B.C.I." when discussing Britta's drunk voice mail. It stands for "Booty Call Implications" which refers to any sexual or implied flirtatious subtext.
  • Googly eyes: Jeff is still dating Slater, but hints of Jeff and Britta's feelings for each other begin to surface.
  • Replay: Abed shoots a scene for his web series The Community College Chronicles that echoes Chang's actions in Spanish class when he mocked Pierce and Troy.
Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
Recurring or debuting places in this episode:
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Running gags[]

List of Running gags
Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
  • Special Note: The episode features the first mention of the movie "Beetlejuice". The 1988 Tim Burton film is about a ghost that is summoned after having his name spoken three times. The movie would later be mentioned in the Season Two episode "Cooperative Calligraphy" and again in the Season Three episode "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps" which includes a brief payoff for the three year setup to the joke.
  • Attention students!: Dean Pelton announces that it's Valentine's week, and that the Greendale Human Being will be the delivering Valentine's presents to the students from their admirers.
  • Nice outfit: Troy and Pierce are forced to wear women's pants suits by Chang.
  • Raging against the machine: Jeff mentions Britta ranting against Valentine's Day as it ritualizes a connection between affection and candy so girls can learn the ropes of prostitution.
  • Fivehead: Britta says Jeff could get a shorter forehead.

Pop culture references[]

List of Pop culture references
References to popular culture in this episode:
  • IMDb:
  • Name that tune:
    • The song "We Are Not Alone" is played during Jeff and Abed's drunk sequence. (See Meta reference below "Homage" for further details)
    • The song "Going Crazy" is played while Chang dances at the Valentines Day party.
  • Product placement:
    • Abed's "Chang" was in a Papa John's commercial.
    • Michelle asked Jeff to bring Chubby Hubby ice cream.
  • Shout out: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love are mentioned along with his suicide.
  • TV Guide:
    • Senor Chang's rooster dance is an homage to the running gag in Arrested Development.
    • The 1980's Tony Danza sitcom "Who's the Boss?" is mentioned by Abed where he compares Jeff and Britta's situation to that of Tony and Angela.
    • "Friends" is mentioned by Abed when he compares the drunk dialing to a somewhat similar plot on the show involving Rachel and Chandler. ("The One With The Boobies")
    • "Lost" is mentioned by Abed, referring to his latest star as young version of the Asian guy in the show.
    • Britta calls Jeff "Drunky Brewster," a reference to Punky Brewster.
  • Well read: Pierce called Annie and Shirley "Tweedledum and even Tweedlerdum," a reference to Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

Meta references[]

List of Meta references
Meta references in this episode:
  • Current events: After "Chang's" outburst Abed mentions that after one Papa John's commercial he thinks he is Christian Bale. This is a reference to Bale's outburst on the set on Terminator Salvation.
  • Homage: Jeff and Abed's drunk partying is an homage to a similar sequence found in the 1985 John Hughes classic "The Breakfast Club" and even uses the same song. This movie and the director were directly referenced before in the series Pilot. There was also a 2011 Entertainment Weekly photo shoot with the cast which had them recreate the iconic movie poster Abed can also be seen wearing Judd Nelson's "John Bender" outfit during some of the scene as well as the morning after when Jeff and Abed awaken, hung over from their escapades.


  • Frequent background extras Long haired guy and Jeremy make another of over 65 and 45 episode appearances respectively. They are both dancing with Chang to "Going Crazy". Long haired guy is in a white fedora.
  • After his drunken night, Jeff wakes up wearing the pizza delivery guy's t-shirt.


It's Valentine week when the Greendale Human Being is the Cupid Being, delivering your gift to that special someone. But remember, Cupid's face is magic marker on nylon so love is not only blind but also dizzy and a little belligerent.Dean Pelton
As punishment, because you two obviously don't have any girlfriends, escort me to the Valentines Dance wearing elegant ladies pantsuits.Chang
Yeah, right.Troy
You'll do it or you'll fail my class.Chang
You can't do that.Pierce
Have you met me?Chang
I can't remember the name of that girl from The Breakfast Club. Mary. Margo. Molly Ringworm. You broke me.Abed
Michelle, I was trying to call Britain to order you toffees. Now, that may sound dumb but I needed to open with it to make the truth sound less ridiculous.Jeff
Season One Episodes

1. "Pilot"
2. "Spanish 101"
3. "Introduction to Film"
4. "Social Psychology"
5. "Advanced Criminal Law"
6. "Football, Feminism and You"
7. "Introduction to Statistics"
8. "Home Economics"
9. "Debate 109"
10. "Environmental Science"
11. "The Politics of Human Sexuality"
12. "Comparative Religion"
13. "Investigative Journalism"

14. "Interpretive Dance"
15. "Romantic Expressionism"
16. "Communication Studies"
17. "Physical Education"
18. "Basic Genealogy"
19. "Beginner Pottery"
20. "The Science of Illusion"
21. "Contemporary American Poultry"
22. "The Art of Discourse"
23. "Modern Warfare"
24. "English as a Second Language"
25. "Pascal's Triangle Revisited"


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