|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- That just happened:
- Professor Duncan takes over Bauer's class because she attacked Jeff in the previous episode, "Anthropology 101".
- Annie and Britta resolve a few of their issues after recent revelations.
- History lesson: Annie reveals to Shirley that she used to wear a backbrace.
- Express tuition aisle: Ian Duncan, a psychology professor, takes over June Bauer's anthropology class despite knowing nothing on the subject. He later manages to improvise a forty-minute class on anesthesiology.
|Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
|List of Running gags
|Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
- Annie's Boobs:
- Annie raises her hand and Duncan calls on her by saying, "You, in the boobs."
- Britta calls Annie out for the way she tends to stick out her chest while soliciting donations for the oil spill.
- Annie scoops oil off her chest and throws it at Britta.
- Awww!: Annie, Shirley, and Britta all "Awww!" when Troy tells them he discovered Pierce's mom's dead body.
- Biggest laugh of the night!: Duncan uses his "force field" to chase Chang across the cafeteria into the student lounge where he stumbles over the couch and runs into the vending machine.
- Fan service: Britta and Annie get into a sordid oil wrestling fight.
- Nice outfit:
- Britta dresses up like Annie wearing a tight cardigan and skirt.
- Pierce wears a traditional uniform of his religion which is a teal nehru jacket along with matching pants.
- That's you: Britta mocks Annie by acting like a bimbo while soliciting donations. Annie then does her impression of Britta mocking her feminist ideas.
|List of Pop culture references
|References to popular culture in this episode:
- Name that tune: Jacques Slade/Kustoo's song "Best of the Best" is the music Pierce's mom used to play herself out at the end of the recording she gave to Pierce.
- Product placement:
- Jeff jokingly says that he has the AOL homepage bookmarked but he does mention two examples of the type of stories that tend to appear there.
- Jeff mentions the Sharper Image Catalog when referring to the lava lamp Pierce believes is his mother.
- Pierce mentions Hawaiian Punch.
- Abed notes that Children's Tylenol is available in liquid form.
- Use your allusion:
- Nurse Jackie mentions the Temple of Doom and how movie franchises get worse as the series goes on which marks the second reference to the "Indiana Jones" franchise.
- When Pierce is asked for more details about his religion's beliefs, he says that once Buddha returns, humanity will dissolve and merge into a "shimmering ocean of knowledge". This is possibly a reference to the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion and the movie The End of Evangelion which served as an alternative end to the series.
|List of Meta references
|Meta references in this episode:
- Current events:
- Annie and Britta raise money to help the gulf recover from an oil spill. This is a reference to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Annie notes that she finds this tragedy easier to help with than Haiti, meaning the earthquake that struck the island earlier in the year.
- Jeff mentions a smoking turtle which had made the news at the time.
- I wrote this!: The DVD commentary mentions that the episode writer Hilary Winston is the woman sitting in the health centre next to the woman Jeff keeps pointing to.
- Résumé: The oil barrels had the Wilde Oil logo on them. This is a reference to the Fox TV series Running Wilde, where the main character is employed by his father's company, Wilde Oil. The show was from Executive Producers Joe and Anthony Russo who also served in the same position for Community in Seasons One, Two and Three. Another alumni of the series, Mel Rodriguez, would be cast as on Community as the head of campus security Sgt. Nunez.
- Up against the wall: Television critic Alan Sepinwall appears as a Greendale student alongside Eric and Mark Millot. His review of the episode was positive (shocker) and can be found here along with an account of his time as a Community extra.
"The Politics of Human Sexuality"Edit
|This hidden storyline is a probable callback to the Season One episode "The Politics of Human Sexuality". In that episode, an STD fair hands out faulty condoms with holes in them. Abed was asked by Dean Pelton to alert the students via the PA system not to use the condoms. The time frame of when the girl would have gotten pregnant fits as this episode originally aired on December 3, 2009 and the episode "The Psychology of Letting Go" aired on October 7, 2010 ten months later.
- “I don't see much difference between Pierce's religion and anybody else's.”— Jeff
- “Well then you're not listening because his has lasers.”— Annie
- “So, what is Anthropology? Seriously, does anyone know?”— Professor Duncan
- “It is the single largest disaster in recorded history! It is worse than 50 Exxon Valdez spills!”— Britta, shouting unnecessarily
- “You don't have to yell at us. Nobody is on the other side of this issue.”— Eric
- “I treat my body like a temple!”— Jeff
- “Well, I can't be the first person to tell you that the temple doesn't last forever. I mean, it's made of hamburger. This is a... This is a temple of doom. And you know what? Like the real Temple of Doom, it represents the inconvenient fact that all good things, be they people or movie franchises, eventually collapse into sagging, sloppy, rotten piles of hard to follow nonsense.”— Nurse Jackie
- “Bitter much?”— Annie
- “Say 'Bitter much?' much?”— Britta
- “Say 'Say "Bitter much?" much?' much?”— Annie
- “I don't know anything. I need boys. Saving the planet makes my back hurt.”— Britta
- “Oh, I obviously don't need boys for anything. That's why I wear stripper boots during the day and eat only celery and mustard for lunch.”— Annie
- “I never stop smiling.”— Britta
- “I never start.”— Annie
- “My sweaters keep shrinking.”— Britta
- “I get up an hour early to ever so slightly curl my hair.”— Annie
- “Yeah, you're both so different. Skinny bitches.”— Shirley
- “Guess what. I'm not actually taking them for ice cream. I am taking them to the county morgue where I have confirmed that Pierce's mother's very un-vaporized corpse will be lying on a stainless-steel slab for all to see. Surprise. Welcome to reality. Welcome to death.”— Jeff
- “Have fun.”— Britta
- “Good luck.”— Annie
- “Wow, you guys are real downers. I can't believe I made out with both of you. Ugh.”— Jeff
- “Pierce, you've found this CD which means... I'm dead. ”— Pierce's mom
- “Vaporized.”— Pierce
- “I'm not vaporized. I'm gone, Pierce. Gone forever, and that's how I like it. Life is only worth a damn because it's short. It's designed to be consumed, used, spent, lived, felt. We're supposed to fill it with every mistake and miracle we can manage, and then we're supposed to let go. I can't force you to do that for yourself, Pierce, but you can't force me to stay... and if you unscrew the top of that stupid thing, you'll see it was made in China. I love you, son. Goodbye.”— Pierce's mom