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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[ActorAllusion It's debate, not]] AmericanIdol."]]

Jeff joins Annie on the Debate Team. The study group finds out that Abed has been making films about them, covering events before they even took place. Pierce helps Britta quit smoking.

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!The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Debate 109" provides examples of:

* ActorAllusion:
-->'''Professor Whitman:''' Jeff, I am offering you an opportunity to spend the night drinking from the cup of life, rather than romancing your nether regions in front of [[TheSoup the E! channel.]]
** When Abed makes a webseries, the actor he casts as the character based on himself is played by Sandeep Parikh, best known for his work with the webshows ''TheGuild'' and ''TheLegendOfNeil''. He's also a Website/{{Channel101}}er. Other 101ers including Jenny Flack and Kelsy Abbott play other characters in the webseries.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Jeff quotes Romans 3:10 in an attempt to prove that man is evil.
-->'''Jeff:''' Now, I realize that Mr. Simmons's quote was from [[DeadpanSnarker the great Franz Wickmeyer]]. Mine was just from a simple desert handyman... ''named Jesus''.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Abed can predict behavior and conversations a week in advance. [[MundaneUtility He uses this to make student films.]]
* BatmanGambit: The wheelchair-bound captain of the opponent debate team tearing up his cards and [[spoiler:launching himself in the air at Jeff. Its a huge risk, as he could hurt himself badly, but he knows that he will get the crucial proof to his argument as Jeff will instinctively catch him]]. Needless to say, when asked what this is, Abed tells Shirley:
-->'''Abed:''' It's a gambit.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Annie, although kind of unnecessary since she's clearly attractive. However she wears her hair tied back most of the time which makes her seem sweet and adorable. When she undoes it, in a case of LettingHerHairDown, lets her hair fall down her face in front of Jeff, she then goes from being cute to '''smokin' hot''' in both his and the viewers eyes. This might also be because just after she lets her hair down, she shows off some surprising cleavage for the first time.
* BrickJoke: The Dean makes a quick reference to the school's reputation being weakened by the men's basketball team, which everyone assumes is filled with gay men. Later in the episode, the basketball team shows up to use the gym - all of them mustachioed, in ripped shirts and short shorts, and speaking with a slightly flamboyant lisp.
* BullyHunter: Notice how Jeff only starts taking the debate seriously after Simmons starts picking on Annie and snidely brings up her pill addiction.
-->'''Jeff:''' That's it; dude, we are gonna debate the living crap out of you.
* {{Callback}}/{{Continuity Nod}}: TheTag references "Donde Esta la Biblioteca" from episode 1.02.
* CourtroomAntic: Jeff's go-to strategy fails him when he uses it in Debate and [[spoiler:his team loses the first round, 50-8 (and the 8 were to Annie)]].
* DontYouDarePityMe: Pierce, even after he stumbles into a set of drums after hurting his leg. "Don't help me!"
* FreudianSlip: Annie in "Debate 109".
-->'''Jeff:''' We should study separately, by ourselves.\\
'''Annie:''' Yeah, that way we can be more reproductive-- ''productive''!
* GlassesPull: The opposition debate team captain at the end of his first speech. "Man is inherently... good".
* HeldGaze: One ShipTease-laden gaze happens between Jeff and Annie when Annie is letting her hair down. This long gaze also shows a sign of Jeff's CharacterDevelopment and growing feelings for Annie since he looks at her with the most gentle, tender expression that so far no one else has seen.
* HumansAreSpecial / HumansAreBastards: The opposing debate topics.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Jimmy Simmons, the opposing debate team captain arguing that "Man is inherently... good" is a colossal douche who starts mocking Annie over her pill addiction & resorts to the above mentioned BatmanGambit when he realises he can't win the debate by actually, y'know, ''debating''.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Jimmy "Soulpatch" Simmons isn't shy about using his handicap status to win debate arguments.
* {{Jerkass}}: While a charismatic debater, Jeremy "Soulpatch" Simmons is an arrogant bully. [[spoiler:Which is why, despite him being handicapped, it's funny when Jeff ends up dropping him on his face at the climax of the debate.]]
* LargeHam: Jeff & Simmons during the Debate. Jeff even says that mechanically reciting her argument is a detriment to Annie, and advises her to ham it up during the Debate to draw people's attention to her words.
* LettingHerHairDown: Annie
* MythologyGag: Possibly with the actor playing Jeff in Abed's Community College Chronicles. According to TheOtherWiki, ''Community'' is based on Creator/DanHarmon's own experiences at community college, and Jeff Winger is [[AuthorAvatar based on a younger version of himself]]. Jeff Short (Abed's Film!Jeff) actually physically resembles Harmon.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Jeff had no interest in actually putting any work into preparing for the debate until Simmons bullied Annie.
* OhCrap: Abed, [[ItMakesSenseInContext after Britta tells Pierce he's a genius]].
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Abed's DangerouslyGenreSavvy student films.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Shirley comes in to tell Jeff and Annie about the crazy idea Abed had that they would kiss. This leaves them awkwardly confronting their sexual tension with each other [[spoiler:and presumably gives Annie the inspiration to lay one on Jeff during the debate to defeat Simmons' gambit.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Debate
* ShipTease: Jeff/Annie. Arguably, the first real instance of chemistry between the characters. Certainly not the last.
* SimilarSquad: The cast of Abed's films.
* {{Squick}}: Invoked by Pierce - After realising Britta was merely pretending to be under a trance during their hypnotherapy sessions, he begins "abusing" his power in a deliberate attempt to get Britta to come clean by telling her that she would suddenly find herself attracted to him & willing to have a threesome in his hottub.
* XanatosSpeedChess: The above BatmanGambit is thwarted [[spoiler:when Annie passionately kisses Jeff, causing him to drop Simmons.]]
* YouRemindMeOfX: Variant 1, but with slightly worst hair.
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