|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- Climax: This episode featured a major turning point in Jeff and Britta's relationship.
- When entering the study room in the opening scene, Jeff and Britta set their books down on the table. However, there are no books when the reaction shot to their bickering from the study group is shown.
- After the contest is over, the school is basically back to normal the very next day despite having been trashed so thoroughly the day before. Group Study Room F in particular shows no sign at all of having had a large paintball explosion go off inside it.
|Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
- Returning students:
- Returning faculty: Dean Pelton appears in this episode.
|List of Running gags
|Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
- A dollop of whipped irony: Jeff says he's all for winning but doesn't like resorting to cheap ploys. He then takes off his shirt and revealing a tight fitting vest which he wears for the rest of the competition.
- Annie's Boobs: Annie is shot in the right breast by the Glee Club.
- Awwww!: Annie says this when Shirley is mentioning her sons bringing breakfast to her in bed.
- I hate Glee!: The show takes another shot at Glee, mocking the fact that they don't use original songs. Coincidentally, Glee would later do original songs in the Season 2 episode, "Original Song."
- Man crush: As the Dean enters the Study Room to announce the paintball game, he puts his hand on Jeff's shoulder and lets it linger.
- OK we get it, you're young!: Shirley says this when Annie asks who Sam and Diane (from Cheers) are.
- WWBJD: Shirley says to Troy that "they are walking with God". As Troy get shot, Shirley cries that he made God mad (as he just proposed that he and Shirley shoot the rest of the group).
|List of Meta references
|Meta references in this episode:
- Everyone's a critic: Abed's criticism of Jeff and Britta's relationship and their lack of chemistry is a pointed reference to fans and critics with similar complaints about the pairing. He also responds to the critic saying that "it keeps us from being Friends."
- Homage: The episode is an homage to various action/adventure type films, notably referencing Die Hard, Rambo, The Warriors as well as a few other movies in this genre. Examples include:
- When Jeff wakes up and walks across a deserted campus, it's filmed in the same way as a scene in "28 days later".
- When Abed saves Jeff from Leonard, he runs up the wall in slow motion, reminiscent of scenes in "The Matrix" The music is also similar to that used in the film.
- When Abed saves Jeff from Leonard, he tells Jeff a reworking of the famous quote from the "The Terminator" franchise".
- When The 70s roller skaters encounters the study group, the line "Come Out to Play!" they taunt them with is a reference to the movie "The Warriors". The roller skaters themselves may be a reference to the many bizarre and colorful gangs featured in The Warriors, which included both 70s themed gangs and a roller skating gang.
- Shirley recites a passage from the bible while shooting down the roller skaters, simliar to the sniper character from "Saving Private Ryan".
- When Jeff reveals that he removed the ammo clip from Britta's gun, he asks her "No paintballs, Hans?" a reworking of a quote from the movie "Die Hard".
- Jeff's wifebeater attire is essentially the same outfit worn by John McClane in "Die Hard".
- "Rambo: First Blood Part II" is referenced when Jeff goes into the dean's office and shoots it up, mimicking a similar scene when Rambo confronts Murdock.
- "Die Hard" is referenced again when Jeff shoots the Dean with a paintball pistol that was taped to his back, which is an homage to John McClane doing the same thing to Hans Gruber.
- Chang's entrance as well as his outfit and toothpick in his mouth are a nod to Chow Yun Fat and director John Woo's Hong Kong cinema action films, specifically Hard Boiled. Chang's "firing with one arm" move can also be seen as an homage to final scene "Scarface".
- Chang's suicide bomb and his laugh at the end of the paintball fight is an homage to the final scene in "Predator".
- Britta and Chang's is filmed in a "bullet time" manner similar to "The Matrix."
- Britta and Chang's fight at the end is very similar to the style used in 1996's Romeo + Juliet, in particular Chang's stylized guns and the pacing.
- Abed can sense somebody has had sex on the study room table [false], like Jeff Goldblums character in Vibes.
- In the Community The Complete First Season DVD commentaries, Dan Harmon mentions that his favorite movie of all time is "Die Hard" which inspired much of the references to it in this episode.
- “Let's get back to Britta and Jeff.”— Annie
- “There's no Britta and Jeff!”— Jeff
- “He said fully erect.”— Pierce
- “The-the paintball game was-was-was starting and then the Dean-the Dean announced the prize...THE PRIZE...we-we turned on each other like ANIMALS!”— Garrett
- “What was the prize?”— Jeff
- “WAS? THIS IS NOT OVER. THIS IS STILL HAPPENING. RIGHT NOW...ARGHHH!!!”— Garrett
- “Come with me if you don't want paint on your clothes.”— Abed
- “Tell the drama club their tears will be real today!”— Jeff
- “I'm going home, Britta.”— Shirley
- “I know, Shirley. I know.”— Britta
- “No, seriously, I'm going home. Can you help me up?”— Shirley
- “Jeff, you help people more than I do and you don't even want to. You're not a jerk. You're fine. Especially now that I've repaired your overworked torso with my trembling feminine fingers.”— Britta
- “Yes-too-much-sexual-tension-dam-bursting!”— Jeff