|Recurring or debuting plot points in this episode:
- Pierce's religion as a "Laser Lotus" is further explored and expanded upon.
- Britta's obsession with her cats is demonstrated again.
- Identity crisis: Annie struggles to be seen as more of an adult, Shirley struggles to be seen as something other then just a older mother figure, and Britta struggles to be seen as less of a buzz-kill.
- Discontinuity: Chang's fear of frogs was clearly established in this episode. However, in the Season Three episode "First Chang Dynasty", as campus security guard (and Greendale dictator) Chang has his second-in-command Joshua book the Budweiser frogs. He appears to be looking forward to seeing them despite his ranidaphobia.
|Recurring or debuting characters in this episode:
|List of Running gags
|Recurring or debuting running gags in this episode:
- Attention students!: The Dean's announcement about April Fools Day is interrupted by Leonard.
- Come sail away!: Troy cries because he doesn't get the joke that Jeff played on Pierce.
- Gay, he's so gay!: Pierce calls Jeff gay again.
- I'm Batman!: Abed does another impersonation, this time as a typical angry African American police captain found in movies like "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Lethal Weapon".
- Pansexual imp: First appearance of the Dean's office being decorated with dalmatians. Previously, there were pictures of pug dogs.
- Troy and Abed in the Morning!: Debut of their fake morning show with Jeff as their guest.
- You're The Worst!: For the first time, Britta is called a buzzkill.
|List of Pop culture references
|References to popular culture in this episode:
- Product placement: While wearing the magician's robe, Pierce is called Cookie Crisp by Star-Burns, a reference to the wizard who used to be the mascot of the brand. The joke is further elaborated on when Jeff gets him a wand with a chocolate chip cookie attached to the end of it.
- Shout out: Leonard interrupts Dean Pelton's announcements by grabbing the microphone away from him and saying "Baba Booey" three times. This is a reference to a word used by fans of Howard Stern in numerous prank calls to other shows. It's also a nickname of Stern's producer Gary Dell'Abate.
- TV Guide:
- Shirley calls Annie "Hannah Montana" after the TV show. Actress Alison Brie (Annie Edison)'s first appearance on a television show was on an episode on Hannah Montana.
- Jeff calls Annie and Shirley "Cagney" and "Lacey" after the TV show.
|List of Meta references
|Meta references in this episode:
- Homage: The Annie and Shirley story line is a direct homage to the classic buddy cop movies from the 80s where a loose cannon teams up with a straight-laced partner. Abed makes repeated references to this genre as he observes them at work.
- When Britta drops the body out the window at the 06:55 mark in the episode, a mattress can be seen being pushed behind her to cushion Gillian Jacob's fall.
- The photo of Britta's cat that Jeff uses as evidence of her guilt is actually a picture of Dan Harmon's real life pet. Gillian Jacobs revealed this in a Twitter message.
- “You're more of a fun vampire because you don't suck blood. You just suck.”— Troy
- “Knock, knock. Who's there? Cancer! Oh good! Come on in! I thought it was Britta.”— Britta