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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 ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' with exclusive special features, and her efforts to conceal what she's done quickly result in chaos.

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!! The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism" contains examples of:
* ArtShift: To {{animesque}} during Jeff and Shirley's foosball match.
* TheAtoner: Shirley both gave up foosball and began a complete shift in her personality out of guilt when [[HeelRealization she realized what a cruel bully she was turning into]].
* BrokenTreasure: Both {{Discussed|Trope}} and played with in the Annie/Abed plot.
-->'''Troy:''' Annie, do you know how many {{sitcom}}s have done the 'secretly replace a broken priceless item' thing? 'Cause [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Abed does. Abed knows everything.]]
* BuffySpeak: After Abed decides that the landlord must have "robbed" the apartment and declares that "something has to be done" in a tone that suggests hijinks are afoot:
-->'''Troy:''' Let's not leap to thing-doing, right Annie?
* CallBack:
** The foosball table is noted by Dean Pelton as one of the main selling points of Greendale in "[[Recap/CommunityS2E04BasicRocketScience Basic Rocket Science]]".
** Britta's [[Recap/CommunityS2E22AppliedAnthropologyandCulinaryArts one-eyed cat]].
** Troy is humming the Muzak from Abed's halloween story in "[[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps]]".
** Abed is, [[Recap/CommunityS1E07IntroductionToStatistics once again]], Batman. With Christian Bale's approval.
** Jeff refers to gossiping about Vaughn's tiny nipples as [[Recap/CommunityS1E04SocialPsychology one of the times]] Shirley and he bonded.
** Jeff's "art films and well-engineered cars" insult calls to mind his 'complisult' to the nurse in "[[Recap/CommunityS2E16IntermediateDocumentaryFilmmaking Intermediate Documentary Making]]".
** The officer references [[Recap/CommunityS2E09ConspiracyTheoriesAndInteriorDesign his last appearance]] teaching Annie a lesson about fake gun usage.
** The Mexican restaurant Jeff and Shirley eat in is identical to the one that Jeff and Dean Pelton ate in "[[Recap/CommunityS3E07StudiesInModernMovement Studies in Modern Movement]]".
** There's an ''[[Recap/CommunityS3E01Biology101 Inspector Spacetime]]'' poster on the wall in Troy and Abed's apartment.
** How many times has Shirley objected that she's not much older than Jeff? This is the episode that finally proves her right -- she's not more than a year or two Jeff's senior.
** In the episode tag, the song that plays at the end of Leonard's Website/YouTube video is the same song that Dean Pelton can't shut off in the pilot episode just before giving his less-than empowering speech.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Abed to Troy, briefly.
--> '''Britta:''' I'm volunteering at the animal hospital.\\
'''Troy:''' (''excited'') Animal hospital?\\
'''Abed:''' The animals are the patients.\\
'''Troy:''' (''sad'') Oh, that makes sense.
* ComedicSociopathy: Most of what happens at the foosball table. The German foosball jock pretends to be unfamiliar with the redirect term [[GermanLanguage "Schadenfreude."]]
--> [[LampshadeHanging I wish there was a word to describe the pleasure I feel at viewing misfortune.]]
* CookingDuel: Foosball style.
* CreepySouvenir: Discussed. When Annie is uncomfortable that they have to live in the same building with a guy who is into footwear. The police officer tells her she should be happy he's not into heads.
* TheDarkSide: Foosball corrupts those who play it, according to Shirley. And oh how right she is.
* DeathGlare: Annie shoots Troy one of these to make him go along after telling Abed the apartment was robbed.
* DisappearedDad: Young!Shirley incorporates this into her trash talk. It seems like a lucky guess.
* {{Eagleland}}: Shirley invokes Flavor 2 when she tries to convince Jeff to ignore the German foosballers.
* ElSpanishO: Jeff says they're gonna "kick das Butt" when he tries to threaten the German students.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Jeff's childhood nickname "Tinkle Town," which Young!Jeff is credited as.
* ExplodingCloset: The landlord's closet full of women's shoes.
* FakingAndEntering: Annie's over-the-top [[TakeAThirdOption solution]] to the BrokenTreasure dilemma. It takes Batman!Abed about three seconds to work out it was an inside job, which he blames on the landlord.
* FastRoping / StairsAreFaster: Batman!Abed attaching his grappling hook to the fire escape.
* {{Fetish}}: Abed, Annie and Troy's landlord seems to have one for women's shoes and has been stealing them from his tenants and keeping them in his closet.
* FelonyMisdemeanor:
** Officer Cackowski and Abed appear to have different views on exactly how heinous The Case Of The Missing ''Dark Knight'' DVD is.
---> '''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 ''Franchise/{{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.
* FlashBack: To when Shirley and Jeff were kids, 12 and 10 years old, respectively.
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: Big Cheddar and Tinkletown.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The WallOfText at the end of Leonard's frozen pizza Website/YouTube review in TheTag. This is widely thought to be a ShoutOut to the wordy vanity cards of Chuck Lorre, who produces both ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' and ''Community'''s [[Series/TheBigBangTheory time slot rival]].
-->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 ''Film/DanInRealLife'' 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 throne!
* {{Funny Foreigner}}s: The German foosballers.
* GenreSavvy: Troy has lived with Abed long enough to be savvy about Abed being too GenreSavvy to fall for any of the standard BrokenTreasure schemes.
* HeelRealization: After she humiliated Jeff when they were children, Shirley realized that she turned into a bully when playing foosball.
* HiddenDepths: Shirley's previously unrevealed skills at foosball.
--> '''Shirley''': You don't know me.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Nearly every insult that Jeff and the Germans trade back and forth is some sort of pun on a German word or phrase.
* KidsAreCruel: Shirley verbally and physically abused Jeff at foosball when they were children.
* MediumBlending: Jeff and Shirley's angry foosball game suddenly turns into an {{Animesque}} style segment.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Something of a trademark of Batman!Abed.
-->'''Batman!Abed:''' Men like Rick operate above the law. But there's something else above the law... bats. And me.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: A rather angry game of Foosball between two people is represented as an anime-style shouting match.
* NoodleIncident:
** 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. [[LampshadeHanging So, an actual noodle incident.]]
* NotSoAboveItAll: Troy, of all people, acts as the OnlySaneMan in this episode, but still can't help but get excited when he seen Abed use the grappling hook Troy got him for Christmas. And when Annie and Troy see him menacing their landlord:
-->'''Annie:''' Stop it!
-->'''Troy:''' GET HIM! I mean, stop it.
* OhCrap: After Shirley tells him why she stopped playing foosball, Jeff's expression is one of absolute ''horror''.
* OnlySaneMan: Troy takes this role for once, complete with increasingly panicked and exasperated LampshadeHanging 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.
--> '''Troy''': (''exasperated'') Your moving in was supposed to tone us down!
* OverlyPrepreparedGag: The German's soccerball. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Jeff.
-->'''Jeff:''' Were you guys walking around with a soccer ball just so you could do that?! ''[The Germans strut out; to Shirley]'' They left the ball and everything! I think they were literally walking around with it like a prop to use. It's like a twenty-five dollar bit, it's not even that good!
* PaperThinDisguise:
-->'''Troy:''' Abed! Where have you been?\\
'''Annie:''' Troy, ''[[LampshadeHanging really]]''?
* PlotInducedStupidity: Why would you leave your newly purchased $299 DVD case on the floor? [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation To kick off the]] BrokenTreasure [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy plot and live out a sitcom staple?]]
* PoliceAreUseless: To the point that larceny is shrugged off as "you're a renter." Of course, this is only natural for a plot about the Dark Knight.
* PricelessMingVase: As soon as Abed and Troy gush about their extremely valuable and unique DVD, viewers might suspect is's going to be destroyed. Annie steps on it when she accidentally shoves it off a shelf while she's dusting their TV set.
* {{Pun}}: Deutschbags; Power-Krauts; [[Film/DasBoot Das Butt]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The explanation that at the end tag, the viewer has been treated to "Leonard's! FOOD! ''REVIEW''!!"
* PurpleProse: Annie once again shows her penchant for detail, by creating an unnecessary back story for her nonexistent stolen jewelry.
-->''"My nana gave it to me. She was a Rockette. She married a Count. He was blind. He married her for her mind."''
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Abed deduces that the landlord must have been stealing valuables from the tenants since he had both means and opportunity. [[spoiler: He is only incorrect about his motive because of the lie fed by Annie who was unknowingly FramingTheGuiltyParty. He had in fact been stealing women's shoes in the exact manner suggested by Abed.]]
* SarcasmFailure: In her panic over the broken DVD, Annie fails to realize that Troy's suggestion of recording a fake exclusive commentary track by Christian Bale over a replacement disk is neither a serious suggestion nor, in fact, an option in this case.
* ShipTease:
** Annie/Abed. Although technically, once again it's more Annie/A Character Abed's Playing (in this case Batman).
** And for once, Jeff and Shirley.
* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: Britta's phone is a genuine [[BlandNameProduct Totorola]]. It comes in packs of six![[note]]Which is good, because it seems to be prone to bursting into flames.[[/note]]
* ShoutOut:
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' -- the animated sequence, triggered by [[ScreamingWarrior Jeff and Shirley screaming]], or perhaps ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' OR ''Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi'' as it's just a game and not a world-shattering physical battle.
** [[CallBack Once]] [[Recap/CommunityS1E07IntroductionToStatistics again]], we see Abed rocking his ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' Franchise/{{Batman}} costume.
** Before being confronted by Batman!Abed, the landlord appears to be watching a ''Series/QuantumLeap''-themed porn parody ("Sam, Ziggy says there's an 80% chance you can't leave Woodstock until you bone these hippies!").
** Leonard's video in TheTag has a vanity card similar to the ones that Chuck Lorre's shows (including ''Community'''s timeslot rival ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'') use.
** "See something, say something" is the awareness and crime-prevention slogan of New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
** Dan Harmon mentioned in [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/dan-harmon-walks-us-through-communitys-second-seas,57085/ an article]] that ''Series/TheWire'' would a pretty big influence on the third season. A major plot point of the show was that the dealers started using prepaid cellphones or "burners". [[LiteralMinded Funny that Britta's phone goes up in smoke.]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Zizmor Dr. Zizmor]] is a heavily-advertised dermatologist, not a veterinary ophthalmologist.
** Cats wearing [[HighClassGlass "pretentious" monocles]] are a minor Internet meme, such as [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Twisp and Catsby]].
* SlouchOfVillainy: The landlord, Rick.
* SplitScreenReaction: Happens during the foosball match with Jeff, Shirley, and (for no explainable reason) a cat.
* SuperheroEpisode
* VolleyingInsults: Jeff spends more time trading these back and forth with the Germans than actually playing foosball.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Where Annie hides the shard of broken DVD before planting it in the landlord's closet.
* WomenAreWiser: Hilariously [[AvertedTrope 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.
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