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[[caption-width-right:350:[=InspectiCon=] here we come!]]

The study group ventures forth to an ''InspectorSpacetime'' fan convention, called [=InspectiCon=].

While Troy and Abed's friendship seems endangered when Abed meets his pen pal Toby Weeks (Matt Lucas), another passionate fan of the series, the rest of the group has their own troubles. Jeff meets up with an attractive woman ([[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Tricia Helfer]]) at the bar, which seems not to go over too well with Annie.

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! The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Conventions of Space and Time" provides examples of:
* FourOneNineScam[=/=]SpanishPrisoner: Played with. Abed's internet friend Toby is a banker who works in Nigeria. He had financial difficulties so Abed sent him 700 pounds and a plane ticket. Britta is about to break the news to Abed that he was scammed when Toby shows up and gives Abed back his money. He then complains that of all the people he contacted, only Abed was willing to help him.
* ActorAllusion: Toby is played by Matt Lucas, most famous for being half of the duo that star in LittleBritain, with the other half being David Walliams. Now, what did Toby say was the name of his best friend who couldn't come to the convention...?
* AmbiguousDisorder: Toby has one like Abed's, and even condescendingly refers to the rest of the populace as "neurotypicals", an actual term coined by the autistic community.
* AnxietyDreams: Referenced when Jeff wishes to ''wake up'' during a final exam completely unprepared--a common RealLife Anxiety Dream.
* BaitAndSwitch: Jeff itemizes Annie's elaborate details for simulating a hotel room occupied by a married couple, then swerves to concern over [[PrematurelyBald how she acquired his hair]].
* BuildingSwing: Britta swings around the corner of the building to the fire escape.
* CallBack:
** Pierce reads [[Recap/CommunityS4E02ParanormalParentage "blonde with long legs and a tennis racket"]] out of his little "burnt umber" book.
** Troy and Britta put a new spin on "Britta" as a verb:
--->'''Troy:''' I screwed it up. Classic Troy.
--->'''Britta:''' That's okay; it happens to [[Recap/CommunityS3E18CourseListingUnavailable the best]] of us.
** When he is locked in the booth, Abed begins his high-pitched whine. In previous episodes, this preceded a HeroicBSOD requiring assistance. Abed is able to calm himself.
** Abed refers to his [[Recap/CommunityS3E16VirtualSystemsAnalysis "long history of being locked in things"]].
** [[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps Troy and Abed are fused together]] in the Gluon Chamber souvenir photo.
* CatchPhrase[=/=]KneelBeforeZod: "Bow before Thoraxis!" The con attendees obey. Pierce lies prone.
* CelebrityResemblance: Troy and Abed wait to reveal that Jeff looks like Thoraxis.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Both Troy and Annie, towards Abed and Jeff respectively.
* ContinuityNod: In [[Recap/CommunityS2E03ThePsychologyofLettingGo "The Psychology of Letting Go"]], while Annie and Britta were fighting, Annie accused Britta of "getting up an hour early to ever so slightly curl [Britta's] hair." In this episode's scene where Britta is changing into her clothes outside of the apartment, Annie hands her a curling iron through the window.
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:Toby immediately leaves Troy & Abed alone when he learns Troy can make a fist.]]
* DrinkOrder: Annie orders scotch ("the good kind") for her pretend husband, Jeff. She's not a fan.
-->'''Annie:''' Tastes of bog.
** She also later gets Jeff to (begrudgingly) order her an appletini.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Britta & Annie when Jeff rips open his shirt & quotes the "Bow before Thoraxis!" line from Inspector Spacetime.
* EiffelTowerEffect: San Francisco, must mean we're within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge.
* EvilIsHammy: [[spoiler:Toby gets a lot hammier upon locking Abed into a DARSIT]].
* {{Fanservice}}: We start out the episode with Troy and Britta in bed together; then we get one nice long shot of a Britta in her underwear making her way to Annie's room while dressing herself.
** Not to mention yet another ShirtlessScene for Jeff.
* FanConvention: [=InspectiCon=], duh.
* {{Fauxreigner}}: Jeff pretends to be Nigel Cuthbertson, Thoraxis's British actor, to flirt with an attractive fan.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The name of the episode's real life writer appears on the pilot for the american remake (the one shown to the focus group that includes Pierce and Shirley).
* FoodSlap: Jeff gets two drinks thrown in his face. Annie tries to then throw two drinks in his face simultaneously, but they're the same (now empty) cups from the first two times, prompting her to bashfully order more drinks.
* TheForeignSubtitle: The planned American version of ''Inspector Spacetime'' is titled ''Epochs of Eternity: Inspector Spacetime''.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** The hotel staff is very supportive when Annie confronts Jeff.
** Britta gets a gaggle of nerds following her.
** When Abed expresses his distate to the changes Pierce had made to ''Inspector Spacetime'', Britta & Shirley can be seen nodding in the background.
** When Abed is trapped in the booth, you can see postcards with a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe lying in a suggestive pose.
* GenreSavvy: Britta is this for once. She knows from the start that Toby is trying to lure Abed away from his friendship with Troy and points out that Troy showing his jealousy will just discredit him.
* GreenEyedMonster:
** Annie's apparent reaction to Jeff flirting with another woman; she later claimed it was just to keep up the act that she's his wife with the staff.
** Troy also goes "psycho girlfriend" in reaction to his anxieties of Abed leaving him.
* HandshakeRefusal: Toby ignores Troy's extended hand, and Troy plays it off by brushing his hair. Britta also brushes her hair sympathetically.
* HeldGaze: Jeff and Annie on the couch during the "If we were married...." conversation.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[BeverlyHills90210 Luke Perry and Jennie Garth]] show up in the Americanized "Inspector Spacetime" show.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Britta tells Troy the "if you love someone, set them free" cliche regarding Abed and Toby, but she's also referring to herself.
* KnuckleCracking: Troy audibly cracks his knuckles when making a fist to threaten Toby.
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Toby resorts to this after Abed sees through his ruse.
* MistakenForCheating: Poor Jeff, the hotel staff believe he is cheating on his wife. A wife that he doesn't have mind you. Jeff emphasizes that he would not cheat if they were married.
* MsFanservice:
** The "leggy blonde with the tennis racket" in American remake of Inspector Spacetime.
** We also got to see Britta run around in nothing but bra and panties for half of the cold open.
* MyOwnGrampa: The American Inspector must impregnate his own grandmother. According to Abed and Toby, the original Inspector Spacetime is both his own grandfather and grandmother.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Jeff, who had previously called the convention lame, finally has fun at [=InspectiCon=] at the end, by uttering Thoraxis' immortal line.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Britta gets confrontational about the (unpopular) female Inspector to Abed, after a moment of tension Abed -- claiming that he is trying to be more relaxed about such matters -- cheerfully replies that everyone is entitled to their opinion. Troy begins to panic.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Jeff claims that he needs to practice his American accent so that he can stop faking a British one.
* OpenSecret: [[spoiler:Troy and Britta are having sex. Abed knew, even though they went to extremes to hide it. He just likes Britta bringing donuts when she "drops in" every morning.]]
* OutOfOrder: Like last season a door appears in this episode with what was supposed to be the episode number. This time Annie's hotel door says 404.
* PersonAsVerb: Winger. Used in the sense of giving an epiphany speech.
* PrematurelyBald: Jeff is ''very'' concerned about how Annie acquired his hair.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: The Inspector Spacetime fan who thought Jeff's "American accent" wasn't remotely convincing.
* RealitySubtext: Pierce dumbing down the American ''Inspector Spacetime'' continues the themes from [[Recap/CommunityS4E01History101 "History 101"]].
* RedOniBlueOni:
-->'''Abed''': Maybe all relationships are made up of logical Inspectors and emotional Constables and we need both to make space and time a better place.
* RunningGag:
-->'''Annie:''' "You're on your own, Al Capone."
* ShipTease:
** Britta warns Troy about Toby: "That dude is trying to steal your boyfriend."
** Jeff & Annie's entire subplot - First, they're planning to go skiing whilst Troy, Abed & Britta were at the Inspector Spacetime convention. The ski resort being closed leads to a bored Annie pretending to be married to Jeff, and she later admits to have pretend-married Jeff a number of times; whilst Jeff tells Annie that if they were married, she'd never find him flirting with some random girl at a bar.
** There's also a very brief moment towards Annie[=/=]Troy, as when she admits to pretend-marrying Jeff a number of times, she mentions that she's done the same thing with Troy.
* TheScrappy: In-universe--there was a much-maligned female Inspector, Minerva. [[SoapboxSadie Since Britta is present]], Abed is quick to point out that she isn't hated for being ''female'', she's hated for sucking.
* ShirtlessScene:
** Jeff rips open his shirt and delivers Thoraxis's CatchPhrase.
** There are several nice shots of Troy shirtless in his room.
* ShoutOut:
** Obviously, several to ''Series/DoctorWho'' dressed as things from ''Inspector Spacetime''. For example, the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pharaohbots]]. The episode also shows a different version of the quantum spanner (an {{expy}} of the sonic screwdriver) than the one seen [[Recap/CommunityS3E16VirtualSystemsAnalysis last time]].
*** It even references the Sixth Doctor strangling Peri of all things!
*** And how [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the US Version of Doctor Who]] was also set in San Francisco.
** Troy thinks Abed finding out he's sleeping with Britta will lead to Abed having a breakdown that can only be solved by re-enacting ''Film/FantasticVoyage'', which he realizes he would actually like.
** Annie has had many marriage fantasies with Jeff, Troy, and Creator/ZacEfron. A ''Charlie St. Cloud'' poster is visible in her bedroom.
** [[KneelBeforeZod "Bow before Thoraxis!!"]]
*** Given that Inspector Spacetime is based on Series/DoctorWho, it could be in reference to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "Kneel before the might of Sutekh!"]]
** The much-hated female inspector may be a nod to how many ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fans feel about [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Janeway]].
** The fan Jeff flirts with is Tricia Helfer of BattlestarGalactica fame (slightly hard to recognise with her naturally darker hair).
* StylisticSuck: The American version of ''Inspector Spacetime'' after Pierce's input. The little we see is full of [[ViewersAreGoldfish excessively]] [[AsYouKnow explanatory dialogue]], BadBadActing, terrible innuendo, and [[NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe outright worship of the 1960s]].
** The 1960s version of the British ''Inspector Spacetime'' continues its proud tradition of somehow managing to look even cheaper than [[Series/DoctorWho the show that inspired it]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial[=/=]BlatantLies: "I'm not psycho!"
* TakeThat:
** A rather unsubtle one to the new run of ''Series/DoctorWho'', where the Inspector states that "we can go anywhere, at any time in the universe! ...But it'll probably be London during the Blitz" -- a reference to the common fan complaint that the Doctor can go anywhere, at any time in the universe... but keeps going to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild Great]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances Britain's]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks Finest]] [[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe Hour]]".
** ''Epochs of Eternity'' is one to every TransatlanticEquivalent that manages to completely bastardize the original show in the process, and the producers who miss the point of why the original show is popular to begin with.
* TitleOnlyOpening: This is only the second episode after season 1 to use the short version of the standard opening theme. Its last appearance was in season 2's [[CommunityS2E08CooperativeCalligraphy Cooperative Calligraphy]].
* TranquilFury: Abed's reaction to the effects of Pierce's input on the American ''Inspector Spacetime'' remake.
-->'''Abed:''' (whispered) I hate you.
* TransatlanticEquivalent: An American version of ''Inspector Spacetime'', apparently called ''Epochs of Eternity'', was shown in production during the show.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Shirley (black, female, and older than original demographic) and Pierce ([[Recap/CommunityS3E19CurriculumUnavailable old]]) cover "several significant quadrants" in the focus group.
-->'''Shirley:''' We have every right to be here, and I don't know if you're being sexist, ageist, racist, or what, but I don't think I like your -ist.