|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- Middle Eastern Magic 8 Ball: The basic outline of the show is laid out with Jeff learning to be a better person through his interaction with the study group. The first major story arc is also introduced in the form of the possible budding romance between Jeff and Britta.
- History lesson: We get a brief synopsis of all the main characters' pasts before they came to Greendale and why they are there now:
- While talking with Jeff, Abed goes into great detail about his life, including hints he may suffer from a mental disorder. He further hints at being a lonely person, positively replying to Jeff's dismissive remark about "seeing his value now" and rejoicing when he receives a text message for the first time.
- Jeff tells Professor Duncan that his law credentials were falsified, he was disbarred and now needs to earn a legitimate degree at Greendale.
- Britta's biography is recounted by Abed, who informs Jeff that she has brothers, is 28, and her birthday is in October. She herself tells more of her life story to Jeff when they meet in the study room later on.
- Troy calls Annie "Little Annie Adderall" referencing her Adderall-induced breakdown at Riverside High School.
- Annie mentions how Troy injured himself in a keg incident that cost him his football scholarship.
- Pierce introduces himself as moist towelette tycoon and C.E.O. of Hawthorne Wipes.
- Shirley is shown reacting to Dean Pelton's speech when he mentions the cliché of "middle-age divorcees" attending the school, hinting that she is one of those.
- Mad skillz: Jeff's ability to talk his way into and out of situations is demonstrated.
- Winger speech: Jeff gives the first of his many Winger speeches to the group.
- Catchphrase: Several of the study group's signature catchphrases are introduced in this episode:
- "Cool, cool cool cool." — Abed
- "That's nice." — Shirley
- "You just wrinkled my brain." — Troy
- In this episode, it is stated that Jeff has to replace his Bachelor's degree to practice law again. However, in the Season Four finale "Advanced Introduction to Finality", he graduates with an Associate's degree in education instead.
- In this episode, the Study Room is shown to be upstairs, as Jeff is seen going up a staircase to reach it. For the rest of the series onwards, it is ground level.
- Annie mentions that Troy dislocated both his shoulders during a keg-flip injury, with Troy revealing in "Football, Feminism and You" that he had intentionally injured himself. However, a flashback to the incident is shown in the Season Four episode "Heroic Origins," where Troy is seen faking his injury rather than suffering a real one, as well as it being a knee injury as opposed to his shoulders.
- Abed is the first one to point out that Britta looks like actress Elisabeth Shue. In later episodes, he states he is face-blind and unable to recognize specific features.
- Screw you guys!: Jeff is kicked out of the study group but is later asked to rejoin.
|Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
- First appearance: The main characters and a few recurring ones are introduced.
- Jeff Winger: Disbarred attorney going to Greendale to earn a 4-year degree and return to being a lawyer.
- Britta Perry: Former activist trying to find some direction in her life by going to Greendale.
- Abed Nadir: Pop-culture obsessed student who has a possible psychological disorder.
- Troy Barnes: Former high-school BMOC and football star.
- Annie Edison: Recovering Adderall addict who went to the same high school as Troy.
- Shirley Bennett: Recent divorcée taking business courses at school.
- Dean Pelton: Dean of Greendale.
- Professor Duncan: Psychology professor at Greendale.
|Recurring or debuting places in this episode:
|Recurring or debuting items in this episode:
- A sweet ride:
- School supplies:
- Troy's letterman jacket makes its debut.
- Jeff names a pencil "Steve" and then breaks it to prove a point during his first "Winger speech." A pencil is later seen in the opening credits for several seasons. In Season Five a broken pencil that is taped together, possibly referring to "Steve", is shown in the opening credits.
|List of Running gags
|Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
- A dollop of whipped irony: When Shirley tells Pierce he has been sexually harassing her, Pierce replies he wouldn't do that to someone that turns him on and Troy points out the irony of his statement.
- Attention Students!: The series begins with Dean Pelton welcoming all the new students to Greendale over a portable Public address system.
- Board certified tutor:
- Jeff pretends to be a board certified Spanish tutor.
- Pierce butchers the group introductions despite claiming to be a Toastmaster.
- Disney face: Annie uses her sad eyes to help convince Britta to let Jeff study with them.
- It's a mixer, it's a mixer!: Abed recounts, word for word, everything Britta said when they met first met.
|List of Meta references
|Meta references in this episode:
- The original script for the pilot had a number of differences from the broadcast version including dialogue, extended scenes and most notably a different last name for Jeff, "Crocker". Also the lunch lady made recurring appearances throughout the episode but all the scenes with the exception of her meeting Jeff were cut. The original script can be read here.
- When giving the "Look Left" speech, Jeff says that instead of giving you salt you asked for, Abed would give you soup, because soup is better. Joel McHale, who plays Jeff, is the host of The Soup.
- Troy calls Jeff "Seacrest". It is a running gag of Joel McHale's on The Soup to make fun of Ryan Seacrest.
- Britta claims to have been a Peace Corps volunteer after dropping out of high school. This would not be possible as Peace Corps generally requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree for acceptance into its volunteer program; Britta does not have the background for its non-degree positions.
- This episode was in memoriam of director John Hughes, who directed the film The Breakfast Club which is referenced multiple times in the episode.
- The following scenes are absent from the version available on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, reducing the episode's length from 24:28 to 21:48:
- The very beginning of the episode, when Dean Pelton tries and fails to switch his boombox from "tape" to "mic" is missing. Instead, the episode begins with his speech.
- Jeff's comment on the size of Professor Duncan's office. Duncan and Jeff reflecting on the time Jeff helped Duncan with his DUI by bringing up 9/11 in court.
- The chalupas incident is nevertheless mentioned later on, now stripped of its context, and instead of saying he does love America, Duncan simply ponders silenty for a couple of seconds, then agrees to help Jeff.
- Jeff's conversation with the lunch lady.
- Britta recounting her past to Jeff. Here, she immediately answers "what's your deal?" with "Honesty".
- Abed and later Jeff bringing up Britta's resemblance to Elisabeth Shue.
- Jeff commenting on the age of the people running around the football field.
- Annie reminding Troy she sat behind him in class. Here, he recognizes her on his own when she brings up his letter jacket.
- The shot of Jeff looking for Duncan and reacting with disgust when he sees his car.
- Troy asking Jeff whether he should keep wearing his letter jacket.
- “I still cannot figure out how you got a jury to connect September the 11th with my DUI.”— Ian
- “The state bar has suspended my license. They found out my college degree was less than legitimate.”— Jeff
- “I thought you had a bachelor's from Columbia?”— Ian
- “And now I have to get one from America.”— Jeff
- “Jeff, are you familiar with the adage 'cheaters never prosper'?”— Ian
- “No, and if I had wanted to learn something, I wouldn't have come to community college.”— Jeff
- “You already know Brittles.”— Pierce
- “Britta”— Britta
- “Abed. Abed the Arab. Is that inappropriate?”— Pierce
- “Sure.”— Abed
- “Roy. Roy the wonder boy.”— Pierce
- “Troy.”— Troy
- “Little princess Elizabeth.”— Pierce
- “Annie.”— Annie
- “And finally, this beautiful creature is named Shirley.”— Pierce
- “Is that even close?”— Jeff
- [Shirley nods]
- “You have been sexually harassing me since the very first day of class.”— Shirley
- “'Sexually harassing'? What? That makes no sense to me. Why would I harass someone who turns me on?”— Pierce
- “Saying she turns you on is the harassment, dude.”— Troy
- “You know what I got for Christmas? It was a banner year at the Bender family. I got a carton of cigarettes. The old man grabbed me and he said, "Heeeey, smoke up Johnny!" No dad, what about you!”— Abed
- “Well, that actually was from the Breakfast Club.”— Jeff
- “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”— Abed
- “Dirty Dancing.”— Jeff
- “You know what makes humans different from other animals?”— Jeff
- “Feet.”— Troy
- “No, no, come on. Bears have feet.”— Pierce
- “We can sympathize with a pencil. We can forgive a shark, and we can give Ben Affleck an Academy Award for screenwriting.”— Jeff
- “Big mistake.”— Pierce
- “You've just stopped being a study group. You've become something unstoppable. I hereby pronounce you a community.”— Jeff
- “I like you, Jeffrey. You remind me of myself at your age.”— Pierce
- “I deserve that.”— Jeff
- “Jeff, before you say anything, you might wanna think about the gift you've given.”— Duncan
- “An excuse to punch a hippy?”— Jeff
- “No, no. Not that. An important lesson. You see, the tools you acquired to survive out there will not help you here at Greendale. What you have my friend, is a second chance at a honest life.”— Duncan
- “Why are people trying to teach me everything at a school that has an express tuition aisle? Give me my keys.”— Jeff
- “No, I have to keep your car for a lesson.”— Duncan
- “(Jeff scaring Duncan)”
- “Please, please don't hit me (Gives Jeff his key back)”— Duncan
- “Are we cool, are we cool? We cool”— Duncan
- “Well, the funny thing about being smart is that you can get through most of life without ever having to do any work.”— Jeff