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Jeff enlists Shirley to help him beat three obnoxious German students at foosball. While the experience initially helps bring them closer together, it ends up stirring up a history between them neither anticipated. Annie accidentally breaks Abed's autographed DVD of The Dark Knight with exclusive special features, and her efforts to conceal what she's done quickly result in chaos.


The Community episode "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism" contains examples of:

 Troy: Annie, do you know how many sitcoms have done the 'secretly replace a broken priceless item' thing? 'Cause Abed does. Abed knows everything.

  • Buffy-Speak: After Abed decides that the landlord must have "robbed" the apartment:

 Troy: Let's not leap to thing-doing, right Annie?

 Britta: I'm volunteering at the animal hospital.

Troy: (excited) Animal hospital?

Abed: The animals are the patients.

Troy: (sad) Oh, that makes sense.

 First off, would somebody please explain to me why in the age of digital streaming, I have to pay late fees for the movies I rent. I'm a responsible person. I pay my taxes. Seriously, I'm not trying to be a dick about this. I really want to know. It seems to me the only competitive advantage over the internet is face-to-face customer service. So why are you working so hard to make me not want to talk to you. Just because I kept Dan in Real Life a couple extra days. There were a lot of special features, and I didn't ask my daughter for a blu-ray player not to see them all. Oh and by the way? What happened to the days when these rental jockeys would actually WATCH the movies they have, so they could give you recommendations instead of standing there like "Duh doy, I guess there's some nudity in Dan in Real Life." Well guess what Chelsea, THERE ISN'T. That Juliette Binoche though, Va-va-Va-va-VOOM. That's one frozen pizza that gets MY oven going at 350 degrees. Anyway hit me up on the comment side, unless you're a hater. Or catch me at @leonard_GCC and remember: see something, say something. Watch the thing!

 Batman!Abed: Men like Rick operate above the law. But there's something else above the law... bats. And me.

  • Noodle Incident:
    • Jeff reminds Shirley of the disturbing something she once did to Pierce's hoagie.
    • Annie and Abed also reference an unseen disagreement they appear to have had following Annie's disposal of some buttered noodles Abed apparently wasn't quite finished with. So, an actual noodle incident.
  • Only Sane Man: Troy takes this role for once, complete with increasingly panicked and exasperated Lampshade Hanging that this is supposed to be Annie's job. Being Troy, he sprinkles this with appreciation of his grappling hook gift being used and encouragement of Abed interrogating the landlord.
  • Overly Pre-Prepared Gag: The German's scaled up foosball. Lampshaded by Jeff.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:

 Troy: Abed! Where have you been?

Annie: Troy, really?

 Officer Cackowski: Sorry we couldn't get a car over here until now; our captain was killed on duty last night.

Annie: My God, I'm so sorry!

Officer Cackowski: Yeah, good man. Leaves behind two kids and a pregnant wife. So, you're missing a Batman DVD?

Abed: [Very seriously] My Dark Knight extended-extended cut. It wasn't insured.

    • Thanks to her experiences with it in the past, Shirley is convinced that foosball is an inherently evil game which brings out the worst in people.
  • Women Are Wiser: Hilariously averted. Troy was hoping that Annie would be this and rein his and Abed's antics in. It turns out that she made things worse.

Notes

  1. Which is good, because it seems to be prone to bursting into flames.
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