While hanging out in the cafeteria Jeff and Britta become targets of ridicule for a trio of elitist high school students attending Greendale for early college credit. They try to get revenge but find the results are less than satisfying. Meanwhile the study group is torn apart when Pierce goes too far and humiliates Shirley and fails to apologize, resulting in an ultimatum. On the lighter side, Abed has a Quintessential College Experience List and Troy is helping him complete it.

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!The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "The Art of Discourse" provides examples of:
* AffectionateParody: Abed goes down a list to fulfill every college movie trope he can with Troy.
* AnimalReactionShot: When a joke by Britta falls flat, the goat[[note]]a rival school {{Mascot}} that Troy and Abed stole for Abed's list[[/note]] [[EvenTheDogIsAshamed gets a reaction shot]].
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Abed and Troy pantsing each other at the beginning. Pierce attempts this on Shirley, but the result [[DudeNotFunny is not taken well.]] [[ChekhovsSkill At the end of the episode, Pierce and Shirley humiliate two of the annoying teenagers by pantsing them.]][[note]][[{{Blooper}} An eagle-eyed viewer will notice that the girl's pants were already unzipped before she loses them.]][[/note]]
* ExtremeOmniGoat: One of the HilariousOuttakes shows the goat trying to eat Troy's notes.
* FoodFight: One breaks out right after the usually GenreSavvy Abed points out that [[TemptingFate "classic college experiences never happen organically"]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After Pierce refuses to apologise to Shirley, she goes back into the woman's bathroom and Annie goes with her, while Britta looks at Pierce disapprovingly. Abed tries to follow, only for Troy to pull him back just in time.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: After pantsing Troy, Abed comments that it'd be funnier if this trope was enacted, only for it to be invoked when Troy does the same thing to him & Abed reveals he was wearing them specifically for this reason.
* IBangedYourMom: ...just so he can have the satisfaction of telling him about it.
* IdeaDing: Britta figures out how to take down the high school students.
* InstantAIJustAddWater: [[ConversedTrope Conversed]]:
-->'''Abed:''' Boob-a-tron's great. And once someone spills bongwater on his circuitry and he comes to life, he's gonna make us the coolest guys on campus and help us get babes.
* {{Irony}}: It's implied that Mark, the leader of the high schoolers, will meet the same fate as Jeff. His medical license will be revoked and he will disappear possibly to a community college to earn an actual medical degree.
* MagicalNegro: Troy offers to help Abed finish all the entries on his Quintessential College Experience List.
-->'''Troy:''' I'll be your MorganFreeman.
* NameTron: Boob-a-tron
* NoodleIncident: Abed had already kissed the hottest girl on campus and it was neither Annie nor Britta.
* {{NOT}}: Britta. [[EvenTheDogIsAshamed Even The Goat Is Ashamed]].
* NotSoAboveItAll: Shirley advocates that Pierce's racism is one of the reasons that he should be kicked out of the group. But as Annie later points out, she's the most bigoted out of all of them after Pierce.
* NotSoDifferent:
** Jeff tries to tell Britta that she shouldn't be concerned about some asshole teenagers asking them what mistakes they made to end up where they are in life, but interrupts himself by blowing up at Pierce and asking him what mistakes he made to end up where he is in life.
** Pierce & Shirley realize this is the case with the two of them, as they share most of the same complaints about the rest of the Study Group leaving them out of things. It's this realization that prompts her to forgive him for the pantsing incident.
* PizzaBoySpecialDelivery: Troy and Abed are [[DiscussedTrope discussing]] PornNames when porn-esque bass music starts playing and a studly pizza delivery guy enters asking in a suggestive manner who ordered the pizza with "extra sausage" he has. After Troy and Abed flee the room, the music stops and the camera cuts to Leonard [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn with a bass]] saying he ordered the pizza.
* TakeThat: Abed explains how the absence of Pierce has left the status of group ButtMonkey up for grabs:
-->'''Abed:''' We've lost our [[{{Cheers}} Cliff Clavin]], our [[{{Seinfeld}} George Costanza]], our [[{{Entourage}} Turtle... or Johnny Drama... or E]]. Man, that show is sloppy.
* TeensAreMonsters: The highschool students attending campus for a program to earn college credits won't stop MERCILESSLY hounding the cast for going to a community college, when they'll be one day going to universities. Strangely UpToEleven - many fans felt they were too cruel or just too annoying to be funny.
** Mark's mom taught him to be cruel.
* TotallyRadical: "Pwn" had pretty much run its course by 2008. The teenagers were infuriating enough without using that word with one of the kids' mothers.
* UnusualEuphemism: The utterly impenetrable obscurity of "schmitty!" just makes it all the more infuriating.
* VolleyingInsults: Jeff and Britta attempt to make clever comebacks towards the teenagers, only to realize that the teenagers will simply repeat anything they say in a mocking tone. Later, the study group members sink to their level, and eventually the members of the two groups just end up incessantly saying "duh" back and forth to each other.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: After [[spoiler:Pierce gets kicked out of the group for pantsing Shirley, they quickly realize that they need him back, because his vital role as the biggest {{Jerkass}} there allows the rest of them to get along better with each other by diverting all their vitriol toward him.]]
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: In keeping with the ''AnimalHouse'' influence of Abed's subplot.
-->Jeff Winger: Banged Mark's mom. Twice.
-->''Abed and Troy will be back in "College Cut-Ups 2: Panty Raid Academy"''.