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[[caption-width-right:280:Is Chang really a chang'd man?]]

The study group works on Abed's documentary about Changnesia to earn a grant from the [=MacGuffin=] Institute.

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! The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Advanced Documentary Filmmaking" provides examples of:
* FiveFiveFive: Chang's ex-wife's phone number.
* AdultChild: Annie notes that as Kevin doesn't have any memories, he's experiencing everything for the first time with a childish glee.
* AmbiguousDisorder
-->'''Abed:''' He practices smiling and frowning--we've all done it.
* TheAtoner: Kevin.
* {{Blackface}}: Pierce does a "blackface Senor Wences act" for the [=MacGuffin=] group. Technically more like black knuckles.
* BrickJoke: Midway through filming, Abed requests that Jeff fund an expensive licensed song. He uses "You Only Get What You Give" by Music/NewRadicals to close the film.
* CallBack:
** Abed directs another documentary.
*** And the Dean gets frustrated at Abed for [[Recap/CommunityS3E08DocumentaryFilmmakingRedux never making a documentary about the thing he plans to make a documentary about]].
** Annie points out the name-brand glitter on the [[Recap/CommunityS4E07EconomicsOfMarineBiology Welcome Archie!]] banner. (Aired OutOfOrder.)
** Britta has poor camera skills as in "[[Recap/CommunityS3E14PillowsAndBlankets Pillows and Blankets]]".
** Troy finally gets to be [[Recap/CommunityS3E17BasicLupineUrology the Bad Cop.]]
** Jeff's PrecisionFStrike is [[Recap/CommunityS2E16IntermediateDocumentaryFilmmaking bleeped and blurred out.]]
* [[spoiler: EvilLaugh]]
* [[spoiler: EvilPlan: Whatever Chang and Dean Spreck have been planning, it is probably this (and like the best evil plans, also magnificently convoluted -- Chang not only has to pretend to have LaserGuidedAmnesia, he apparently spent ''three months'' as a payless worker in a trout farm before even coming to Greendale!).]]
* ForcefulKiss: Jeff plants one on Chang's ex-wife in hope that Chang still had feelings for her and would be upset by it.
* FreezeFrameBonus: "Ask not what your [[TitleDrop community]] can do" is written on the blackboard behind Jeff.
* GoodCopBadCop: Annie and Troy. Except that Troy takes the 'opposites as partners' approach a little too far and simply contradicts absolutely everything Annie says out of hand -- even when she's simply stating the absolute obvious.
-->'''Annie:''' This is the place.\\
'''Troy:''' No, it's not.
* TheDogBitesBack[=/=]WhosLaughingNow: Discussed; the trout farmer seems genuinely concerned about the possibility of the trout he farms gaining human-like sentience and emerging from the water to wreak vengeance upon him for farming them.
-->'''Farmer:''' One mornin', I see somethin' comin' out of the trout tank, and at first I was scared because, well, I'm the last face a lot of trout ever see. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I'm not sayin' that the trout are a vengeful breed]], but if they were I'd be public enemy number one ... I was pretty relieved when I found out it was a naked Asian guy and not an angry trout.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: In his misssion to out Kevin, Jeff becomes Changier than Chang at his Changiest.
* IdiotBall: Everyone except Jeff.
* INeverToldYouMyName: "I didn't say I was a lawyer." Subverted when Kevin [[Recap/CommunityS3E21TheFirstChangDynasty ex-changs]] immediately and convincingly.
* [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Laser Guided Changnesia]]: Kevin, it would appear.
* LampshadeHanging: "Changnesia affects the memory, but not the ability to make forced puns."
-->'''Kevin:''' The food is Kevin-ly.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Britta accidentally hits stop instead of record on the camera while shooting Shirley, then presses record for stop and the camera records everything after that, [[spoiler:including potentially damning footage of Chang dropping his cover.]]
* MacGuffin: Lampshaded, meta'd and mentioned by name, the MacGuffin Grant.
* NerdGlasses[=/=]PurelyAestheticGlasses: Britta ("basically a therapist") wears them to bolster her "controversial" theory despite a lack of scientific basis (not that the ''accepted'' theory has scientific basis).
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Jeff's attempt to sabotage the entire documentary leads to the grant givers seeing the struggle they have to cope with, and gives Greendale all the money they need.]]
* [[spoiler: ObfuscatingInsanity: Who else but Chang, of course]].
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Britta tries to film Shirley talk about her sandwich shop, but stops the camera by mistake. When the camera goes back on, Shirley is crying from some deep emotional revelation brought about by the conversation that Britta failed to put on tape.
* OutOfOrder: Annie points out the name-brand glitter on the Welcome Archie! banner, which is made and put up in the next episode, "[[Recap/CommunityS4E07EconomicsOfMarineBiology Economics of Marine Biology]]".
* OverlyLongGag: Kevin recites an entire earlier scene from his surprisingly good short-term memory.
* ThePowerOfLove[=/=]LoveRedeems: In a complicated way, Jeff calls Chang/Kevin's love for his ex-wife into question and expects it to reveal Chang's con.
* ReactionShot[=/=]RelaxOVision: Abed decides we should only be shown his ''reaction to'' the rest of Jeff's attempt to disprove Kevin/Chang because it's so shocking. Subverted when he realizes the cut scene isn't that bad, he's just going to skip it anyway to keep the plot moving.
* ReversePsychology: Annie uses it on Troy in his role as Bad Cop to get the trout farmer to expose his lies.
-->'''Annie:''' Clearly he has nothing to hide.
-->'''Troy:''' WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?!?
* ShoutOut:
** ''Film/CapturingTheFriedmans''
** Kevin has "Rent ''{{Film/Memento}}''" and other messages written on his body similar to the way Lenny did in ''Memento''.
** "You Only Get What You Give" by Music/NewRadicals
** The scene of Abed reacting to shocking footage is from ''Film/GrizzlyMan''.
* TakeThat:
** ''Film/HoopDreams'' of things people care about
** "It was hard to sit through, and I sat through ''Film/TheTreeOfLife''."
* TapOnTheHead: According to an actual psychiatrist employed at Greendale, not only is this trope real, it also can only ''cure'' amnesia if a TapOnTheHead was the original cause.
* WeNamedTheDogIndiana: Both Kevin and Troy.