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Chang eats the sun and drinks the skies, and they both go with him when he dies...
— Singing girl

At Troy and Abed's apartment, the study group tries to convince Officer Cackowski that Chang has replaced Dean Pelton with a look-alike. However, the best proof they can present is a recent commercial for Greendale which features propaganda pushed by Chang as well as the impostor. Because the footage is shot at a distance, it's not conclusive. Due to their lack of actual evidence, he dismisses their claim, unable to buy such a ridiculous premise. When Annie offers to return to the school to find more proof, Cackowski issues them a warning: if they get within fifty yards of the campus, he'll have them arrested.

FCD Cacakowski is unconvinced
Cackowski is unconvinced by
the study group's evidence.
Back at Greendale, Chang and his lieutenant Joshua are going over plans for his lavish birthday extravaganza. Outside the school, Troy, Annie, and Britta are doing surveillance of the campus but are unable to get closer due to the heavy security. Troy contacts the A/C repair school to find out further information and meets up with Murray at Señor Kevin's. Troy learns the Dean is being held captive in the cafeteria basement and is provided details on Chang's security layout. Murray tells him that they'll need the A/C repair school's help which they will only provide if Troy finally agrees to join them. Troy returns to the study group with the information and Murray's offer. They all reject the A/C repair school's assistance and instead set out to plan an elaborate heist.

Chang has now become Kim Jong.
On the night of Chang's party, Chang greets Richie and Carl from the Greendale school board. Despite his warnings to his troops to be on high alert, Shirley sneaks into the school disguised as a baker who delivers the birthday cake. Inside the cake is Annie, dressed in a security guard uniform. Shirley then clogs up a toilet in the women's restroom. The resulting flood causes Chang's guards to call in plumbers who turn out to be Troy and Abed in disguise, as Barry and Rod. Their job is to break through the wall of the restroom and get to Chang's office which has the codes to unlock the door to the cafeteria basement. Meanwhile, Jeff cancels the magician scheduled while Britta gets Joshua to abandon his post by flirting with him on Facebook.

FCD Troy and Abed as Rod and Barry plumbing
Troy and Abed as plumbers Rod and Barry.
Britta and Jeff disguise themselves as the entertainment for Chang's party, as Ricky Nightshade and his gothic assistant. They get Chang to participate in a magic trick, and manage to grab the key to the basement that was hung around his neck. Meanwhile, Troy breaks through the restroom walls into Chang's office and finds the codes to the first basement door. Via walkie-talkie he contacts Annie, who had taken over Joshua's sentry duties, and she unlocks the outer door with the codes. Britta then arrives with Chang's key for the second door. Back in the cafeteria, Jeff's performance is interrupted by Pierce wearing a swami outfit. Chang sees through his disguise and realizes a caper is taking place. He contacts his goon guarding the door to the basement and is told that the Dean is missing.

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Jeff as the rock and roll magician Ricky Nightshade.
Chang checks his surveillance camera and sees the Dean being escorted by Troy and Abed down a hallway. He and his troops converge on that area to stop their escape. When they get there, they discover it was a trick when all he finds is Faux-by. When Shirley first arrived in the cafeteria, she had hidden a message in the Dean's food for him to hide. Once the guard thought Pelton had escaped, he left his post, allowing Britta to use the key she acquired to retrieve the real Dean. At the same time, Troy and Abed tricked Faux-by into providing a distraction while all this was going down. The study group then reunites with the Dean and are basking in the success of their plan until they are unfortunately intercepted by Chang and his forces.

FCD The thrill of victory
The thrill of victory.

FCD agony of defeat
The agony of defeat.

Chang and his troops escort the entire group back down to the cafeteria basement. Jeff questions how he plans on getting away with this. He tells them he has a plan for destroying all the proof of his misdeeds. Once he finishes performing on his keytar, the last note will trigger fireworks he placed in the records room. After they go off, any incriminating evidence will be gotten rid of. Annie tries to warn him that that will end up burning down the school, but Chang ignores her, claiming fire can't go through doors because it's not a ghost. He leaves to begin his solo as the group tries to figure a way out of the basement. As they brainstorm, Troy notices a surveillance camera. Knowing from footage that Murray showed him earlier that the A/C repair school is monitoring the situation, he looks directly at it and nods.

A giant fan at the end of the room stops rotating, allowing an escape route for the group. They make it to the hallway, but the path to the records room is blocked by six guards. The Dean suggests they use black lights he had installed for midnight raves at the school as a distraction. Jeff tells Troy and Abed to make a run for it while the rest of the group handles the guards. They reach the record room and manage to disarm the trigger just as Chang finishes his keytar solo. The rest of the study group joins Troy and Abed in the record room to celebrate. Chang shows up, furious that they stopped his plan and is about to get into a stun baton battle with Jeff when they are interrupted by the arrival of Richie and Carl.

FCD Trobed races to stop Changs plan
Trobed races to stop Chang ...

FCD Trobed races to stop Changs plan 2
through the black lights.

The two men confront Chang with the imposter Dean he hired who they had run into having a slap fight with Pelton. Instead of explaining things Chang runs away leaving Carl and Richie worried. If word got out about what Chang had almost done under their watch, it could cost them their jobs. Pelton reassures them that he'll keep a lid on it as it's his job as Dean to do such things. Later at Troy and Abed's apartment, Troy is forced to say goodbye to the study group. Now enrolled in the A/C repair school, he has to move into their housing and can no longer see them. Murray then shows up to escort him and after a sad farewell to his friends he goes to the A/C school. Once Troy arrives, Vice Dean Laybourne is there to personally welcome him.

Troy Barnes...Welcome home.
Troy Barnes...Welcome home.

End tag[]

Dean Pelton is participating in the midnight rave that he rents the school out for on the weekends.

Recurring themes[]


Running gags[]

  • Awww!: Annie and Shirley are touched by Dean Pelton's commitment to Greendale.
  • Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?: Abed suggests an elaborate heist twice. After the caper seems to be over, Jeff points to each of the study group members and asks "Done?" several times.
  • Changuage: When asked what's going on by Richie and Carl, Chang tells them he can exchang.
  • Fan service: Jeff's open waistcoat shows off his torso, Annie wears a tight-fitting Changlourious Basterd outfit, Britta as a goth girl.
  • Man crush: While in captivity, Dean Pelton constructed a makeshift doll he refers to as Jeff to ease his solitude. When the Study Group rescues the Dean, Jeff touches the Dean, who then faints/orgasms.
  • Nice outfit:
  • Pansexual imp: When Richie and Carl worry that nobody will cover up a scandal this big, Dean Pelton responds, "I'll sit on it." He elaborates that he "made a pledge to swallow this school's failures and spit out degrees."
  • Rhyme time: Chang says everything is "Peachy keen, Avril Lavigne!"

Pop culture references[]

  • IMDb: Pierce mentions Ocean's Eleven when the study group is caught by Chang. Also, when the air conditioning school is telling Troy the process of breaking into Greendale to free the Dean, he is telling it the same way as the scene where Daniel Ocean's crew briefed him about the process and security behind breaking into the Bellagio vault.
  • Product placement:
  • Shout out: Avril Lavigne is mentioned by Chang.
  • Use your allusion:
    • The scene in which Jeff and Chang are about to fight each other using stun batons is a reference to duels with lightsabers in Star Wars (also Chang's "double-edged" taser references Darth Maul's double-edged lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace).
    • The music used during the initial rave scene is a close homage to the "Blood Rave" music (New Order - Confusion 1995 Pump Panel Remix) in the 1998 film Blade.
    • The episode title is a reference to Chinese dynasties. There was never a "Chang dynasty" in reality.

Meta references[]

  • Homage:
    • This episode is an homage to heist films and has many examples of typical actions found in that genre.
    • When Chang chases after and then catches up to the Dean/Faux-by, it mimics the final scene from the 1976 film Don't Look Now.
    • Troy's farewell to Abed is a reference to the final scene from the 2003 film Lost In Translation.
  • IRL: Abed and Troy pretend to be plumbers whose names are Rod and Barry. On the DVD commentary, writer Matt Fusfeld reveals that these names were chosen because the staff writers of Community prefer to use the toilet in the nearby Roddenberry building (named after Gene Roddenberry the creator of "Star Trek") rather than the bathroom adjacent to the writers' room.


The real Dean never would have expelled us. He loved us.Shirley
Unfortunately, love is not admissible evidence. Ooh! [sings into recorder] Love is not admissible evidence! I'm working on a cop opera.Officer Cackowski
COPERA!!!The study group minus Pierce
How's it coming with the guard?Jeff
Boys are pathetic. Two days of facebooking with this Joshua kid, and he's eating out of my hands. 'Got a new flavor of lip balm. Meet me at Chili's in ten minutes.' Sheep.Britta
Um, I just want to reiterate that this should be the only time you seduce a child over the internet.Jeff
Is that me in my swami disguise?Pierce
No, Pierce. For the last time, you're in the getaway van because your swami act is notoriously horrible.Jeff
A, that is racist. B, swamis can't drive. They're Indians.Pierce
Season Three Episodes

1. "Biology 101"
2. "Geography of Global Conflict"
3. "Remedial Chaos Theory"
4. "Competitive Ecology"
5. "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps"
6. "Advanced Gay"
7. "Studies in Modern Movement"
8. "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux"
9. "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism"
10. "Regional Holiday Music"
11. "Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts"

12. "Contemporary Impressionists"
13. "Digital Exploration of Interior Design
14. "Pillows and Blankets"
15. "Origins of Vampire Mythology"
16. "Virtual Systems Analysis"
17. "Basic Lupine Urology"
18. "Course Listing Unavailable"
19. "Curriculum Unavailable"
20. "Digital Estate Planning"
21. "The First Chang Dynasty"
22. "Introduction to Finality"

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