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Everyone in the study group except Jeff helps Annie move from her old apartment to Troy and Abed's. Jeff lies to get out of it and runs into the Dean who blackmails him into having lunch and singing karaoke with him. Annie is upset to find that Abed and Troy don't have a second bedroom for her, but made a blanket fort instead. Britta picks up a hitchhiker to prove a point to Shirley. Pierce's attempts to repair a broken electrical outlet at Annie's apartment goes awry.
The Community episode "Studies In Modern Movement" provides examples of:
- Achilles Heel: In Troy, Abed and Annie's stick puppet show, King Blorgon's only weakness is his butt.
- Actor Allusion: Joel McHale seems so natural in front of a green screen, doesn't he?
- Adult Child: Troy and Abed, even more than usual.
- Awful Truth: Annie would rather believe Britta is lying to her then acknowledge she might get sick of Troy's and Abed's antics.
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: With actual blackmail no less.
Dean Pelton: Call me Craig. And call blackmail "a day at the mall with Craig."
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Britta steals Shirley's "That's nice!" when "Jesus" corroborates her opinion on marijuana.
- Brake Angrily: The hitchhiker's racism is the last straw for both Britta and Shirley.
Hitchhiker: Now, with your permission, I'd like to sing a little song about race-mixing. This one's called "Don't You Do It".
[Britta slams on the brakes, which squeal]
Shirley & Britta: GET OUT!
- Buffy-Speak: "You broke my pluggy-thing!"
- Chroma Key: Used in-universe when Jeff and the Dean sing karaoke.
- Continuity Nod: The blanket fort harks back to season 2's "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design".
- Not to mention Annie's award from the Debate contest in "Debate 109".
- Candy cigarettes. Abed also flipped open a similar silver cigarette case (possibly the same one, but stocked with real cigarettes, judging by their colored filters) while seducing Annie with his Don Draper impression in Physical Education.
- In the season opener, Abed says that he and Troy "already have linens, we mostly want things." Well, clearly, as they have enough to make a blanket fort.
- King Blorgon
- The back of Britta's car contains boxes of Lady Miss Lady cosmetics.
- Of Troy and Abed. The point of the episode is to show that while Troy and Abed's Man Child antics are funny and charming in small doses (such as the twenty-odd minutes they appear on television a week), if you had to live with them they could very easily start coming off as selfish and insufferable very quickly. The Reconstruction comes at the end when they acknowledge that they're not the easiest people to deal with and make amends with Annie for the difficulties they've put her through by giving up their room for her.
- Also of the Loony Friends Improve Your Personality trope; in her rant, (comparatively) strait-laced Annie angrily points out that she's always the one who has to adapt to Troy and Abed, and it's not fair that they seem to make no effort to meet her halfway and adapt to her.
- Distant Duet: Pierce, in a hallucination in Annie's apartment, plays the piano for Jeff and the Dean's duet.
- Duet Bonding
- Idiot Ball:
- Why didn't Annie check out Troy and Abed's apartment properly before moving in? At the very least she should have inspected the room she thought she would be living in.
- Abed, of all people, should have been Genre Savvy enough to know that Annie would not be happy living in a blanket fort. Didn't he watch any movies that dealt with a similar situation?
- There aren't, to be fair, a heck of a lot of movies or TV shows where a pair of room-mates have a disagreement over one of them being forced to sleep in a blanket-fort in lieu of another bedroom.
- Both Abed and Troy seem to grab this actually. While they have always been Adult Children, it seems much more exaggerated in this episode.
- Why would Troy and Abed put Annie in the blanket fort room rather than use it themselves to begin with? Actually, why would Abed ever even pick the room that doesn't have a TV? Or indeed a blanket fort?
- It may have been their misguided plan to be considerate to Annie, giving her what they believed to be the better bedroom. Of course, this reasoning in itself is an Idiot Ball.
- Why would Jeff spend the whole day with Dean Pelton, someone who greatly annoys him and is obviously a Stalker with a Crush, instead of just admitting the truth to the group? Sure they might get angry at him, but ditching out on helping a friend move is a relatively minor misdeed compared to some of his other acts.
- Because Jeff is the guy who always takes the easy way out of any given situation, even if it's ultimately the worst choice -- and at that point, it looks like the easiest way out of that particular situation is to just suck it up and spend a bit of time hanging out with Dean Pelton (especially since he's already there) rather than go to the group, 'fess up and take the aggravation and drama, however ultimately minimal, the group will most likely send his way. When he agrees, he figures it'll just be a bit of shopping and maybe dinner -- he doesn't expect karaoke.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: "Craigular Joe"
- Jesus Delusion: The hitchhiker thinks he's Jesus.
- Karma Houdini: Apart from a physical beating from Jeff, the Dean seems to avoid any legal punishment for making a HUGE violation of student privacy and then using it to blackmail/manipulate the student. And then tweets about it.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Jeff pretends to be sick to avoid helping Annie move when actually he's out shopping for clothes. Immediately after, he bumps into Dean Pelton, who uses this to blackmail him into spending the day with him. Eventually subverted/justified; the Dean had been reading his emails.
- Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Deconstructed; during her angry rant about the Dreamatorium, Annie points out that she's always worried about being an uptight, fun-ruining buzzkill compared to the loony, wacky Troy and Abed and that she worries that she doesn't fit in with them, but it's not fair that she should always be the one to adapt and change as a response to their immaturity without them making any effort to accomodate her in return.
- The Dean In The Moon
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Pierce tries to fix a broken electrical outlet so Annie does not lose her security deposit. He ends up doing serious damage to the apartment and possibly sustains brain damage.
- Oh Crap: Shirley and Britta, when the hitchhiker mentions drinking human blood in his song.
- Pan-Up-To-The-Sky Ending
- Playing Sick: Jeff
- Puppet Shows: Troy and Abed perform a shadow puppet play for Annie to make her feel better about her room being a blanket fort.
- There's another one in the Tag which makes Jeff cry
- Read the Fine Print: Troy and Abed made some additions to the lease in crayon that Annie wasn't expecting.
- Sarcastic Confession: Jeff makes a long and detailed one towards Britta while Playing Sick.
- Skyward Scream: "HE TWEETED IT!"
- Stalker with a Crush: Dean Pelton, towards Jeff.
- Take That
Shirley: I've seen enough episodes of 'Friends' to know that cohabitation among friends leads to sex, drugs, and something Parade magazine calls "Schwimmer Fatigue."
- Taking a Third Option: Annie does not want to live in a blanket fort if there is an empty bedroom available but Troy and Abed don't want to give up their "dreamatorium". They solve this by giving Annie their bedroom and moving into the blanket fort themselves
- Too Dumb to Live: Pierce attempts to fix an electrical outlet without first turning the power off. He follows this up by trying to paint a poorly ventilated room with paint that emits toxic fumes.
- Waxing Lyrical: "Oh, hey Jeff, did you know that when it snows, my eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen?"
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Annie gives one to Troy and Abed for making her move-in so difficult and how inconsiderate they were being. And it was awesome.
- Britta also calls Shirley out on her frequent interpretation of being the group's 'moral compass' as 'getting everyone to abide by her religious beliefs'.
- She also points out how accusing Britta of being amoral because she's an atheist is religious persecution. Shirley wonders how it could be religious persecution when she doesn't have a religion.
- Wink Ding